Brighton Sounds: Unplugged

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WHAT IS IT? Brighton Sounds Unplugged is a new, unique cultural experience. For one summer Saturday, local businesses will host live acoustic music, entertaining visitors and increasing foot traffic in the business district. Brighton Main Streets will support all artists and businesses through the process of scheduling and signing contracts, promote the event, and provide support throughout the day’s activities. It's a "porchfest" for local businesses, and we'll help you pay for it. Fill out the business interest form below to learn more.

Business Interest Form

WHEN: Saturday, August 18, 2018. Time slots: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm. Choose a set time that works for your business and when your chosen band or musician is available.

HOW DOES IT WORK? Contact us and we will help you find and schedule the right band or musician to play in your place of business. As long as you are in the Brighton Main Streets business district, you don’t need a live entertainment license. Simply draft a contract and agree on a price, then submit a copy to Brighton Main Streets and we will provide an agreement to reimburse you after the performance day. Sign the contract with artist. After the performance, when you have paid the musicians, submit (1) the invoice or contract and (2) proof of payment, and Brighton Main Streets will reimburse you 50% of the cost up to $250. Brighton Main Streets is here to help you with every step of the process.

THE FINE PRINT: There are a few rules a business must follow to host an acoustic band.

  • The business is registered with the Office of the City Clerk and obtained a business license
  • There are no more than five (5) acoustic performers and/or musicians at a single venue at one time
  • Performances are limited to the hours of 10:00 am to 10:00 pm
  • There is no amplification of sound except for one microphone
  • No food or beverage service unless the business is a licensed food establishment or bar
  • The business maintains handicap accessibility during performances

The program has been made possible with grants from the Boston Main Streets Foundation, Boston Main Streets, and the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development. This funding will subsidize 50% of the cost of hiring musicians up to $250, to be paid out to the host businesses as a reimbursement (simply provide a copy of the contract and proof of payment).

Brighton Sounds: Unplugged presents a new opportunity to drive foot traffic throughout the district and create a measurable impact on local businesses. Musicians, bands, and artists perform acoustically (singer may be miked) in local businesses; barbershops, restaurants, neighborhood bodegas. Whatever your business, we will work with you to find the right artist to fit your space.


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