General Resources

Anchor House of Artists (Northampton)

Founded with the mission to support and expand the creative careers of artists living with mental illness

Creative Ground

Directory of creative enterprises and artists in New England

Flywheel Arts Collective (Easthampton)

Performance space and arts collective

Healthcare for Artists (western MA)

Free site for individual artists and artist-run organizations to aid them in navigating the  Affordable Care Act, its requirements and programs, and the existing available health care options

Hire Culture (Mass Cultural Council)

Creative employment in Massachusetts


Arts advocacy and action

Northampton Busking Permits

Requires signatures from the Department of Public Works and the Northampton Police Department

Pioneer Valley Theatre Newsletter

Weekly listing of performances and auditions

Straw Dog Writers Guild

Straw Dog Writers Guild is a volunteer 501(c)3 organization, committed to paying writers for their presentations.

Valley Art Share

Creative exchange in the Pioneer Valley

Valley Arts Newsletter

Weekly newsletter for visual art/artists in the Valley. Listing is free

Valley Free Radio 

VFR is independent media, all volunteer run, and their mission is to support the community

Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts of Massachusetts

Serves individual artists, musical groups, and cultural organizations in MA

Grants & Funding

Art Angels (Northampton)

Grant proposals are discussed each spring. Art Angels funds organizations and artists who facilitate empowerment, transformation, and education through the arts

Mass MOCA Financial Wellness Residency for Artists (North Adams)

Free opportunity for Massachusetts artists. Deadline to apply for 2020 is June 20

National Endowment for the Arts

Grants for organizations and individuals

New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA)

Grants, job postings, and artist directory

Northampton Arts Council

Grant opportunities for individual artists available throughout the year

Puffin Foundation (National)

Grants for individual artists

Open Mics/Jams

Bishop's Open Mic & Open Late Night Jam

Tuesday nights 7:30-1:30

Northampton Jazz Workshop Tuesday Night Jam Session 

7:30-10:30 at City Sports Grille at Spare Time in Northampton

The Yellow Sofa Open Mic

Thursdays from 7-9:30 (sign up at 6:30) at Thirsty Mind in South Hadley.

The Thursday Experiment

Select Thursdays monthly at Gateway City Arts in Holyoke. Featured artist followed by open jam


Dwellings 2019 Call for Works

Hosmer Gallery (Forbes Library, Northampton)

Created to showcase local artists

The Studios at Mass MOCA Residency Program (North Adams)

Need-based subsidies available

Valley Voices Story Slam

Women Composers Festival of Hartford

Annual festival, calls for scores, and workshop opportunities

Youth Arts Opportunities

Dwellings 2019 Call for Youth Poets

Northampton Center for the Arts

Check their schedule for youth programming

The Performance Project - First Generation


Young adults ages 12-24 who identify as "first generation,” for intensive artistic training, leadership development, and inter-generational mentoring

Summer Stars Camp for the Performing Arts (Greenfield)

Free performing arts camp for youth ages 12-17

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