By the SpaceFinder team at the Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston
The Boston arts community is bustling with new productions, exhibits, and performances every day, and artists are always looking for a place to create and present their work. But if you’re an artist looking for a place to establish yourself, a theatre company in the market for a new home, or a musician hoping to book another venue, where do you start the search?
The Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston is excited to announce the launch of SpaceFinder Boston, an online service enabling artists and creative spaces to connect with one another. Sponsored by the A&BC, StageSource, Boston Dance Alliance, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council, SpaceFinder Boston is the latest platform created by Fractured Atlas, which has already established similar services in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and elsewhere in the United States with great success. Bringing this service to Boston, the A&BC hopes to make communication between artists and rental spaces easier and more efficient with one directory available to all artists and venues, totally free of charge.
SpaceFinder Boston presents an easy, organized way to search for rental space based on your specifications. Interested renters can search through SpaceFinder’s directory based on space usage, availability, discipline, rates, location, size, and more. These filters are designed to help you find a space that best suits your particular needs. Popular venues are included, but lesser-known spaces are not forgotten, and SpaceFinder’s search system gives all listings equal opportunity for visibility. Therefore, SpaceFinder is not only a service for artists but also arts organizations and venues who can use this platform to promote their rental spaces. Furthermore, all types of space listings can find their niche in SpaceFinder – currently there are listings for studio space, performance venues and theaters, event halls, live/work artist housing, and more!
For artistic spaces and organizations, creating a listing on SpaceFinder is simple. Visit http://www.spacefinderboston.org and click “List Your Space” – this link enables you to create your organization profile and space listings. Once these listings are approved, they are taken public and enter the website’s searchable database, where artists and potential renters can find you.
SpaceFinder Boston is the latest service created by the Arts & Business Council to support the creative and logistical needs of local artists and performers. In addition to this new program, the A&BC offers professional development programs such as Essential Training for the Arts (ETA), Artist’s Professional Toolbox (APT), and Musician’s Professional Toolbox (MPT). These programs include workshops, webinars, and courses that provide training for the business challenges of being an artist. Additionally, Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts provides roughly $1.5 million dollars in pro bono legal services for artists every year, and our Fiscal Sponsorship program provides legal and tax-exempt status for artists and organizations engaged in activities related to our mission. For more information on our programs, please visit our website at http://www.artsandbusinesscouncil.org.