The Northampton Arts Council works to support and nurture the arts in the city of Northampton. The Council awards grants twice each year to artists and arts groups from both state and locally-raised funds, and seeks to improve public awareness of the arts. Its' goals include maintaining and preserving the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Northampton, programming such annual events of interest to the community as First Night Northampton and Transperformance.

Friday, December 21, 2018

Call for Submissions to the Bay State Hotel Music History Archive

Bay State Hotel Music History Archive

The Bay State Hotel Music History Archive seeks your help in preserving an important period in Northampton’s musical history! Share your memories of the Bay State years by sending us videos, photos, flyers, recordings, writing, etc to digitize for our online archive & upcoming events.

We consider it vital to preserve Northampton’s musical culture. We have already lost beloved figures in the community, so there is a dramatic urgency to collecting these memories now, to allow the public to recognize, remember and understand the stories behind this unique moment in Northampton’s musical history.

Help us tell the whole unvarnished story of the Bay State by submitting media to us at baystatehotel@forbeslibrary.orgOr deliver physical goods to:
Forbes Library
℅ Bay State Hotel Music History Archive
20 West Street
Northampton, MA

Have questions about formats, how your materials will be used, or just want to talk about the Bay State scene? Email us at, call us at 413-587-1013 or just stop by the Arts and Music Desk at Forbes Library.

About: The Bay State Hotel Music History Archive is a collaboration between Forbes Library, the Northampton Arts Council and Northampton Community Television documenting the unique & critical period from 1993-2003 during which the Bay State Hotel served as the home for local & national bands to play intimate shows to the dedicated Northampton music scene.

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