Fenway Porchfest FAQ

Who is Fenway Porchfest?

Fenway Porchfest is a collaborative partnership among three Fenway organizations —Fenway Community Development Organization, Fenway Civic Association, and the Fenway Alliance. The event takes place in a wide range of diverse outdoor spaces in the Fenway, ranging from the Verb Hotel to Massachusetts Historical Society to the Emerald Necklace to the MFA! We’re a bit different from other Porchfests in the variety of our sites and in the reach of music we draw from as the proud home to the Boston Symphony Orchestra, New England Conservatory and Berklee College of Music. Our first Fenway Porchfest was organized in June 2018. In June 2019 Fenway Porchfest hosted 36 locations throughout the Fenway and over 85 performers! Please see here for Fenway Porchfest 2019 location and performer list. We are very exited to be bringing Fenway Porchfest back in 2022!

What is Porchfest?

Porchfest is an afternoon of free music performed outside of people’s homes and in other public spaces. Over 100 cities across the country hold Porchfests. Fenway Porchfest 2022 will take place on Saturday, July 9th (rain date Sunday, July 10th). All musicians, professionals, amateurs, and everything in between, perform voluntarily at a designated time and location. Attendees stroll from venue to venue, in order to hear the music of their choice.

Where will this take place?

Fenway Porchfest will take place across a wide variety of residential, institutional, and park sites throughout the Fenway Neighborhood. We aim to have the porch sites equally spread throughout the neighborhood so all parts of the Fenway can join in the fun!

What kind of musical groups can perform?

Any and all groups are welcome! You can play an instrument, sign, play solo or part of a group. All types of music are welcome too!

Do I need to be from the Fenway to perform?

Not necessarily. If the demand for performance slots exceeds the number we have available, we will prioritize performers who live, work, and study in the Fenway. That said, groups from all around the greater Boston area are welcome to apply!

Can musicians sell CDs or other merch?

Sales are not permitted, but can be made available with a suggested donation or with the porch owner’s permission.

How long should I play for?

Sign up to play for one 1.5 hour time slot. Some of that time will be used for set up and breakdown. If you do not expect to be able to perform for 1.5 hours, let us know and we will work to accommodate you.

How loud can I play?

Performances should be acoustic or near acoustic or not excessively amplified. Think stripped down sound and equipment needs. The goal is to be heard to the sidewalk, but not down the street.

Should I bring my own water or other refreshments?

Yes, we’ll ask Porch owners to provide water but it won’t be required. See below for more info about what is and isn’t required by porch owners.

Should I bring my own equipment?

Absolutely! Organizers and porch owners will not provide equipment. Porch owners will provide electrical outlets, if they are available. You’ll need to talk logistics with porch owners before the performance date. The organizers will be sure to put you in touch.

Will I be performing on a porch?

“Porch” is a loosely defined term in the Fenway ☺ We plan to utilize any suitable outdoor spaces, including porches, but not limited to patios, stoops, green spaces, or nooks and crannies where we can fit a band.

How will I know where I’m performing?

Once sign-up is complete, we’ll be contacting you to let you know where you’ll be performing and connect you with the porch owner so logistics for the day can be worked out directly with them.

Who will advertise my performance?

The Fenway Alliance, The Fenway Civic Association, and the Fenway Community Development Corporation will be promoting Porchfest and its performers leading up to the event. We’ll be active on social media, and reach out to local news outlets for coverage. Providing links to your web or FB page will help us get the word out. We’ll request porch owners promote performances to neighbors, friends, and coworkers. You should do the same. Anything you can do to promote your performance is recommended!

What about parking?

Parking may be difficult, depending on the porch location. Arrive early and be prepared to walk. You can drop equipment, but depending on where the porch is located, you may need to park elsewhere.

I have other questions, who do I contact?

Please email us at info@fenwayporchfest.org.

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