City of Boston and #ARTSTAYSHERE Coalition announce opening of 88 music rehearsal studios in Dorchester

~ The City of Boston and the #ARTSTAYSHERE Coalition have announced the opening of an interim music rehearsal space at 55 Morrissey Blvd. in Dorchester. The space, which was built out by The Record Co., will host over 500 musicians across 88 rehearsal rooms.

The Mayor's Office worked closely with the #ARTSTAYHERE Coalition, City Councilor Liz Breadon, the Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture, and the Boston Planning and Development Agency to secure this space as part of the immediate and long-term solutions to artist displacement happening in Brighton.

Center Court Mass LLC came to the aid of hundreds of potentially displaced musicians by renting out the former Beasley Media Group site, rehoming those from 155 North Beacon Street in Brighton, which was sold in 2021.

Mayor Michelle Wu said "The arts are a large part of what makes our city special and we must do everything we can to ensure our artists and creatives can afford to stay and thrive in our city. We're glad all involved were able to provide an interim rehearsal space for so many musicians. We thank Center Court Mass LLC and The Record Co. for coming together so quickly to make the transformation possible."

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Matthew Snyder of Center Court Mass LLC said "We are glad to help the musicians, in the short term, find a practice space in the City. Our development won't begin for a while, so we're happy to put the space to use until then."

The 35,000 square foot location once housed commercial radio stations, yielding 88 studios which will house every musician who wanted to relocate from Brighton, among others. Located near the MBTA's JFK/UMass Station, it offers ample free parking, security patrols and cameras, online tenant portal, and will offer on-site recording and streaming studios this spring.

City Councilor Liz Braedon said "The opening of 55 Morrissey Boulevard will provide needed stability and affordable rehearsal space for many musicians displaced from 155 North Beacon Street in Brighton...I look forward to continued collaboration with advocates and community members on future plans for 290 North Beacon Street...a facility in Brighton that will be designed as permanently affordable rehearsal space for Boston musicians."

The interim space known as The Record Co @ 55 offers studios in five sizes with different levels of sound-proofing ranging from $374-876 with most big enough for multiple bands/musicians. It is operated by The Record Co., a nonprofit whose mission is to bring equity and sustainability to Boston's music community through affordable spaces to record rehearse and gather. Executive Director Matt McArthur said "This is what we do at TRC; we remove barriers for people to make and play music."

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Jim Healey (Blood Lightning Set Fire Black Thai We're All Gonna Die) said "We're not just relieved to have space; we're also excited about the work The Record Co has done both to make transition smooth...It's really starting too feel like city cares about its musicians."

City Councilor Frank Baker said "I am honored have these artists Dorchester thank Matt Snyder our partners Center Court Mass LLC being open different opportunities realizing importance artist community Boston."

New England Musician's Resource Fund provided moving support those relocating from Brighton Dorchester President Gabe Rice saying "When heard demolition rehearsal space knew needed step up help here support New England's music community committed investing advocating professionals whose talents bring music alive."

Ethan Dussault #ARTSTAYSHERE Coalition shared "This one important step toward ending arts/music/cultural displacement Boston through collaboration among artists advocates developers government tide starting change."

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