Concerts in the Common

June 15–October 26, 2022

Free outdoor entertainment series

Call for Performers

Brighton Main Streets and the Harvard Ed Portal are jointly hiring family-oriented musical acts and stage performers to perform a 75-90 minute outdoor show on a Wednesday afternoon (June–October) at the Brighton Farmers Market.

These free family friendly concerts present an eclectic soundscape of live music and can include acoustic or amplified music, dance, storytelling, and/or educational entertainment. We are actively seeking a wide array of genres, from Children's music to hip hop, acapella, funk or mariachi—surprise us!

Our primary mission is to serve the Allston-Brighton community, including its creative economy. We are also focused on the rest of Boston and Cambridge. Preference will be given to applications from performers living, studying, and/or working in these areas. However, we welcome artists living throughout Greater Boston. Performers can be emerging entertainers or long-time pros. Preference will be given to acts of two or more (including accompanist) or established soloists. BIPOC & LBGTQIA+ creatives are strongly encouraged to apply.

Performances take place on the outdoor stage located at Brighton Common, a city park across from the Brighton Library.

Presented in partnership with the Brighton Farmers Market and the Allston Brighton Health Collaborative.

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Application Deadline:
Thursday, March 31 at midnight

 

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To be considered this year, please submit a formal application, even if you are in one of our contact databases.

Applicant FAQ

What are the dates?

The market is open on Wednesdays, June 15–October 26, 2022. Entertainment is provided on June 15, plus subsequent 2nd and 4th Wednesdays.

What are the eligibility requirements?

Performers must be Greater Boston or Cambridge-based.

Is there a preference for Allston-Brighton performers?

Yes. Our primary mission is to serve the Allston-Brighton community, including its creative economy. We are also focused on the rest of Boston and Cambridge. Preference will be given to applications from performers living, studying, and/or working in these areas. However, we welcome artists living throughout Greater Boston.

What are we looking for?

We strive to book a diverse group of performers presenting a broad selection of original work. Artists will be selected with an eye toward variety, quality, and audience engagement.

How are applications evaluated and selected?

The Concerts in the Common selection committee evaluates each application carefully to assemble a mix of performers with a wide variety of styles and experience. There are many factors that go into determining who is accepted to the series, and we encourage performers of all levels of experience to apply (including those who are relatively new to gigging).

What are performers required to supply?

The performers are required to:

  • Provide promotional materials: 4 photos (2 vertical, 2 horizontal); a short bio; links to their website; AND social media handles.
  • Load in by 3:45pm and come prepared to plug in and play at 4:30pm.
  • Performers must bring their own instruments, props, additional sound equipment, and/or crew, as desired. Concerts in the Common will provide a simple stage set up: [2] amps on stands, [1] mic, [2] 110 volt outlets, a brief sound check, and an event manager.
  • Promote their show. Artists must be committed to generating buzz for their show through the tools and talents they have available, including but not limited to, word of mouth, digital marketing, and/or printed posters and palm-cards supplied by the producers.

What does "family-friendly" mean?

Performances should be geared towards an all-age audience, with a particular focus on engaging children when possible. Entertainment may not be sexually explicit, violent, profane, racist, sexist, homophobic/transphobic, ableist, degrading, or substance use-themed. Artists who are uncertain should err on the side of caution or seek advance guidance from producers.

Is this a paid performance?

Yes. All artists will be paid, rain or shine. Transportation, parking, and food are at the performers' expense.

Where is the venue?

Performances take place on the outdoor stage located at Brighton Common, a city park across from the Brighton Library.

Is any sound equipment provided? Will there be a sound check?

Performers should come prepared to plug in and play. Concerts in the Common will provide a simple stage set up: [2] amps on stands, [1] mic, [2] 110 volt outlets, a brief sound check, and an event manager. There is no professional sound technician onsite. Performers must bring their own instruments, props, additional sound equipment, and/or crew, as desired. Load-in is at 3:45pm followed by a brief sound check.

What is the weather policy?

All artists will be paid rain or shine as long as they report to the stage. Concerts are "fair weather only" but artists must make a good faith effort to provide entertainment if there is light rain or excessive heat; the farmers market provides essential services and rarely closes. Possibilities include delaying, cutting short, pausing, or canceling altogether. Based on safety and protection, decisions are made by the producers the day of the show with performer input.

Didn’t find the answer you were looking for OR need help filling out the application?
Contact the Harvard Ed Portal at 617-496-5022 or edportal@harvard.edu. Staff is available if you speak Portuguese, English, and/or Spanish.

We look forward to reviewing your application!