MASS MoCA Urges Locals to Rent Spare Rooms During Solid Sound Festival
Â Â Â (North Adams, Mass.)Â — With the closest and most convenient accommodations approaching full capacity for the MASS MoCA/Wilco Solid Sound Festival on the weekend of June 21-23,Â MASS MoCA isÂ urging those who wish to rent rooms (especially those in convenient proximity to the museum) to pre-register with the listing service Airbnb.com.Â The listing service specializes in short-term house, apartment, and â€śspare roomâ€ť rentals.
â€śThis is an opportunity for locals to pick up a little extra spending money, or for local churches, youth groups, and other civic organizations to utilize their membersâ€™ homes as a way of raising funds,â€ť said Jodi Joseph, MASS MoCA spokesperson.Â The process is simple.Â Register on-line at AirBnB.com through a questionnaire, detailing your lodging accommodations.Â Be specific and provide photos when possible.Â Joseph continues, â€śAs our regional motels, inns, and campsites begin to fill up in the coming weeks and months, we will soon be pointing Solid Sound patrons to AirBnB.com as a convenient, centralized way to find alternative lodging within our region.Â Rooms within easy walking, biking or driving distance to MASS MoCA will no doubt be extremely popular.â€ť
Because it takes a few days to get listed and approved on AirBnB.com,Â museum officials urge those who are interested to start now, so your listing will appear when the Solid Sound website begins directing potential festival-goersÂ to the AirBnB.com website.Â Â There is no fee for your listing; however, AirBnB (not MASS MoCA or Wilco) collects a small percentage of the rental fee for processing the transaction, should your room, house, or apartment be rented.
Joseph Thompson, MASS MoCAâ€™s Director, added, â€śObviously this is a way for our neighbors with extra room in their houses and apartments to reap a little direct economic dividend from the Solid Sound weekend, but it will also help keep more of our Solid Sound patrons ensconced in our region.Â Nothing against our more distant friends, but weâ€™d love as many people as possible to be able to enjoy our hometown and Berkshire hospitality, and to utilize the services of local merchants; the way to do that is to keep as many people as possible as close to home as possible.Â We offer bicycle racks within 100â€™ of our front door, plus a shuttle bus loop, opening up lots of ways to eliminate driving and parking hassles for those who find lodging nearby.â€ť
Â A second festival, FreshGrass, focused on bluegrass music, is planned for September 20-22.Â â€śWe expect to use AirBnB for FreshGrass in September as well, so once your lodging offerings are listed, you will be good to go for that event too,â€ť noted Joseph.Â For civic organizations, church groups, sports clubs, and other not-for-profits with active members or congregations, this could be a great way to raise additional funds for local activities.
Â MASS MoCA, the largest center for contemporary visual and performing arts in the United States, is located off Marshall Street in North Adams on a 13-acre campus of renovated 19th-century factory buildings. MASS MoCA is an independent 501(c)(3) whose operations and programmingÂ areÂ funded through admissionsÂ and commercial leaseÂ revenue, corporate and foundation grants, and individual philanthropy.Â Except for an initial construction grant from the Commonwealth, and competitive program and operations grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Cultural Council, MASS MoCA is privately funded: 90% of annual operating revenues are from earned revenues, membership support, and private gifts and grants.