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 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.
We fulfill our mission through our various programs:
For more than 50 years, Club Passim has been known as a premier listening room, presenting both new and established performers in a huge variety of genres ranging from folk to Celtic to jazz. The historic music venue presents more than 400 shows per year to an audience of over 30,000.
Passim School of Music
Established in 2000, the School offers a variety of classes and workshops for adults, and allows students the opportunity to take classes with Club artists and perform on the Club stage. The School serves over 800 students from the community per year.
Created in 2008, the Iguana Music Fund provides grants to New England based musicians for career development and community service projects. In 2016, the Fund gave out over $40,000 in grants ranging from $500 - $2,000 to 25 select artists to aid their specific projects.
Through an annual weekend-long festival in January and a one-day festival in June, Boston’s Celtic Music Festival showcases Greater Boston’s best performers of music, song and dance from the Irish, Scottish, Cape Breton, and other Celtic and Celtic-inspired traditions. In 2016, BCMFest celebrated its 13th anniversary.
Passim strives to present artists to the greater Cambridge community. Each summer, in partnership with the Berklee College of Music, Passim presents free outdoor weekly concerts in Harvard Square, a series in Danehy Park, and an additional weekly concert series in Kendall Square. For many years, Passim has also provided a stage for the Harvard Square Business Association's Mayfair and Oktoberfest, which are each attended by more than 100,000 visitors, as well as the Cambridge Arts Council River Festival.