Having space to work, rehearse, and perform is essential for most artistic disciplines. Use the following resources to connect with existing spaces or to help you think through the process of finding, financing, and developing your own space. And finally, we have included a fire safety tip sheet for artist spaces to keep everyone safe.
Find/List a Space
SpaceFinder Mass is like an Airbnb for cultural spaces. It’s a discovery tool for anyone looking to rent a creative space in Massachusetts.
Renters can find available, affordable, and alternative spaces for performances, rehearsals, readings, meetings, and more.
It’s a place where you can promote – at no-cost – the unbooked times of each of your organization’s space(s).
SpaceFinder Mass was developed by Fractured Atlas, a non-profit technology company serving artists, and is a project of the Arts & Business Council of Boston in partnership with the MCC.
CreativeGround is a real-time online community that reflects the rich range of creative people and places at work in the six New England states in order to promote and connect them with each other and with those who know that vibrant neighborhoods go hand-in-hand with a vibrant creative sector.
A product of the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA), this free online directory includes profiles for cultural nonprofits like libraries and theaters, creative businesses like recording studios and design agencies, and artists of all disciplines.
If you want to rent or buy a work studio or live/work space, or if you have a work studio or live/work space you'd like to list for rental or sale, check out ArtSake's Creative Space Classifieds.
Develop a Space
The MCC has put together a Guide for Developing Artist Space to help you think through the process of creating and preserving affordable artist spaces. The information can also be used to develop a variety of creative spaces such as makerspace, incubator space, communal kitchens, rehearsal space, etc. For simplicity's sake, we call it "artist space".
Going through the process of real estate acquisition and development can be challenging for anyone, even if they have gone through it many times before. This resource aims to help the novice and as well as the more seasoned in navigating the stages of real estate development.