Passim (47 Palmer Inc)

aka Passim   |   Cambridge, MA   |  www.passim.org

Mission

The mission of Passim is to provide truly exceptional and interactive live musical experiences for both performers and audiences, to nurture artists at all stages of their career, and to build a vibrant music community. We do so through our legendary listening venue, music school, artist grants and outreach programs. As a nonprofit since 1994, Passim carries on the heritage of our predecessors—the historic Club 47 (1958-1968) and for-profit Passim (1969-1994). We cultivate a diverse mix of musical traditions, where the emphasis is on the relationship between performers and audience and between teachers and students. Located in Harvard Square, Passim serves Cambridge and the broader region by featuring local, national and international artists. Our ultimate goal is to help the performance arts flourish and thereby enrich the lives of members of our community.

Ruling year info

1996

Principal Officer

Mr. Daniel Bolten Hogan

Main address

26 Church Street, Suite 300

Cambridge, MA 02138 USA

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Formerly known as

Club 47

EIN

04-3255365

NTEE code info

Music (A68)

Music (A68)

Raising & Fund Distribution (Pun)

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BCMFest (Boston's Celtic Music Fest)

BCMFest (Boston's Celtic Music Fest) showcases Greater Boston's best performers of music, song and dance from the Irish, Scottish, Cape Breton and other Celtic traditions. Founded in 2004, BCMFest is celebrating its 10th anniversary at its annual event, January 11-12, 2013. In addition to the annual festival, BCMFest sponsors other events during the year, including a monthly series at Club Passim.BCMFest's mission is to produce locally-based Irish, Scottish, Cape Breton and other Celtic and Celtic-influenced music and dance in an upbeat and all-ages friendly environment; to bolster appreciation for traditional Celtic music and dance among youth and the greater Boston community; to support a living, changing tradition by encouraging cross-genre collaboration and innovation among dancers and musicians of all generations; and to produce a variety of collaborative projects and performances for, in and of the greater Boston community.

Population(s) Served

The Passim Iguana Music Fund fosters a vibrant and exciting music community in New England through seed grants to aspiring local artists for music-related projects. The Passim Iguana Music Fund awards grants between $500 and $2,000 to individual artists with an affiliation to New England either by residence or tour history for specific career building and community service projects. Areas of support may include (but are not limited to): recording or manufacturing assistance, publicity & marketing support, instrument repair or replacement, additional equipment & instruments, special projects and other specific activities promoting artistic and/or professional growth. Since inception, the Fund has given out more than $200,000 in grants. Two of its recent grantees have been nominated for Grammy's.

Population(s) Served

Founded in 2000, the Passim School of Music offers classes, master classes, workshops, and private lessons to adults in a fun and informal setting. Part of the Passim mission is to create and encourage a vibrant music community, and the school helps accomplish this. A range of diverse classes, which cater to different experience levels, allows students to try their hand at guitar, mandolin, banjo, fiddle, harmonica, voice, and more. The heart of our school is the ensemble program, in which students learn how to collaborate in a band-like setting. Many students return term after term to the camaraderie and fun of the ensembles. Several times per year, students perform on the Club Passim stage at all-school recitals and ensemble showcases. Instructors are a mix of local musicians and visiting artists, many of whom play at the Club. This gives students the rare opportunity to work with an artist as an instructor, and then see the artist perform on the Club Passim stage.

Population(s) Served

Passim has a strong presence in the Cambridge community throughout the year, often collaborating with the Harvard Square Business Association, Cambridge Arts Council, Berklee College of Music, and other local businesses. Passim presents a stage at Harvard Square's Mayfair festival in the spring and Harvard Square's Oktoberfest festival in the fall. During the summer, Passim hosts the weekly Kendall Square Concert Series, in partnership with Boston Properties at Cambridge Center. The Passim/Berklee Music Series is held weekly in Harvard Square, all summer long. In 2014, in partnership with the City of Cambridge, Passim initiated a free outdoor biweekly summer series in Danehy Park. Passim hosts or co-hosts several festivals each year including campfire., the Passim Bluegrass Festival, Harvard Square Folk Festival, and New England Americana Festival. Passim also opens its doors to the Cambridge community for personal celebrations, book releases, benefits, and other special events.

Population(s) Served

Club Passim is a 110-seat concert venue presenting over 430 shows for more than 30,000 patrons a year. Programming focuses on mostly acoustic genres of music but does branch out to electric bands, comedy and storytelling. Club Passim is the direct descendent of Passim and Club 47, with a history stretching back to 1958. Throughout its various incarnations, it has been a proving ground for new artists and a place for them to hone their skills as songwriters and performers. The Open Mic creates an opportunity for artists to develop performance skills in front of an audience of listeners and peers. Our campfire. festival provides entry-level opportunities for artists to begin to develop an audience and work towards having a sustainable career in the arts. Club Passim maintains a relationship with artists throughout their careers, from open mics to headlining shows.

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Awards

Top 10 Cities With the Best Music Scenes Outside of Nashville NYC and LA 2012

Livability

Boston's Best Live Music 2011

TimeOut Boston

Best Folk Venue Winner 2010

Boston Phoenix

Best Folk Venue Winner 2009

Boston Phoenix

Best Folk Venue Winner 2008

Boston Phoenix

Best Live Music Venue Nominee 2011

Boston Music Awards

ableGiving Grant Recipient 2012

AbleBanking

Boston Best Live Music Finalist 2011

City Voter

Best Small Folk Venue in the U.S. 2007

Folk Alliance International

Top 7 Promoting the Arts Nonprofits 2012

Nerd Wallet

Best Small Venue, Camberville 2012

Dig This

Best Roots Club 2013

Red Line Roots

Best Micro Venue 2014

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Financials

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Passim (47 Palmer Inc)

Board of directors
as of 9/23/2015
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Jeremiah Morgan Potts

MSF Investment Management

Term: Jan 2015 - Dec 2016

Daniel Booth

Booth Sweet, L.L.P.

Nancy Darish

Constant Contact

Daniel Hogan

Passim

Ralph Jaccodine

Ralph Jaccodine Management

Peter Kolovos

WilmerHale

Ronald Pastore

AEW Capital Management, L.P.

Patty Katsaros

P.H. Koules Consulting

Diogo Teixeira

Retired

James Wooster

GlobalPost

C. Greenwald

Clean Energy Venture Group

Charles McDermott

Fayerweather Street School

Brad Paul

Brad Paul Media

Jaime d'Almeida

Duff & Phelps, L.L.C.

James Kelly

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