Be a Sponsor of First Night 2016

On Thursday, December 31st, the Center for the Arts presents Northampton's 31st community New Year's Eve festival of the performing arts. First Night continues to be a special way to celebrate the cultural vibrancy of our city, and we look forward to sharing time with friends, neighbors and visitors at the venues and on streets of downtown.

Yes! There will indeed be a spectacular fireworks display at 6 pm. As midnight approaches, we'll gather, as always, at the Hotel Northampton for a unique "ball-raising." A bargain-priced button remains the ticket to each performance at each venue, day and night. We ask you to join us, and our partners at PeoplesBank, by sponsoring this alcohol-free, family-friendly event.

The Northampton Center for the Arts has produced First Night since 1985. Our goal is to provide a source of revenue for innovative arts programming, affordable places for artists to make work, and educational outreach to the community. This year, we continue to face the challenges of transition as we reinvent and renovate an exciting new arts space at 33 Hawley Street. We need your help.

First Night relies upon the support of our most important partner — the city of Northampton. The offices of the Mayor and Central Services along with police, fire, public works, and licensing departments are instrumental to its success. We also depend upon the generosity of performance venues throughout town and button-sales locations throughout the Valley. In the end, we benefit from the assistance of over 100 volunteers, including those organized by the Northampton Rotary, who make a complex logistical operation run smoothly.

While our partners and volunteers are important, sponsorship is the key to a successful and sustainable event. We hope that you will enthusiastically participate by underwriting the performers who make Northampton's First Night an uncommon occasion for all of us.

Your timely pledge enables us to put together a quality schedule of entertainment and activities. We ask you to make a commitment now and your contribution no later than November 1, 2015. Please download a detailed description of sponsorship opportunities to learn how to promote your business while sharing in our signature tribute to creative community. Thank you!