Thanks for your interest in hosting a porch at this year’s Binghamton Porchfest! We would be absolutely nothing without the kindness and generosity of our neighborhood hosts: we make a schedule, but YOU make a festival! Before we get started, we should note that there's a few things we ask of our hosts to help us make the best festival possible:
-Homeowner consent. Because Binghamton Porchfest takes place entirely on private property, we require homeowner consent from hosts. If you rent, you must get permission from your landlord and the blessing of your housemates before signing up.
-Electricity. We encourage acoustic music at Porchfest, but even acoustic acts may need to use light amplification. Bands must have access to electricity for their sets: in most cases, this means just porch outlets or some extension cords and a power strip.
-Space: a yard big enough for attendees to converge in. We will be working with the city to plan street closures where necessary, but we strive to keep these to a minimum. Solo acts may require minimal space, but bands and their fans need some room to set up and dance. On quiet streets, a bit of pedestrian traffic is no big deal, but on Riverside and Leroy, we run into some issues.
-Location. We're tightening up our footprint this year so that we can provide the best experience for festival-goers. We're specifically looking for hosts within the borders of Seminary/College to the north, Chestnut to the east, Riverside to the south, and Rotary to the west. This is a fairly fluid footprint: if you're just outside the border, we'll make it work. If you are not located within reasonable distance of the borders, you are welcome to sign up as a satellite location and we'll do our best to lend our support, however we will not be able to help with booking or resources like porta-johns. Satellite locations are essentially planning their own event, but we'll include you in the program if our team deems it appropriate. We do this not for the sake of exclusion: we've found in years past that booking acts far from the festival epicenter dampens the experience for both performers and festival-goers.
-Hospitality. We’re not asking anybody to prepare a five-course dinner, but please take care of the talent! Water, light snacks, and use of your bathroom go a long way in making the musicians feel welcome.
-Trash. Hosts should be prepared to provide use of garbage cans and recycle bins to festival-goers during Porchfest.
-Neighbors. The whole point of Binghamton Porchfest is to get out and see your neighbors, not to alienate them. Please reach out to your neighbors when signing up your porch; we’d hate for them to be surprised by a street full of people the day of. Porchfest's future is reliant on community goodwill and neighborhood support, and that means we need to be considerate of those who choose not to participate.