Be a Sponsor of First Night 2015

As summer winds down, plans for New Year's Eve are winding up at the Center for the Arts. On December 31st, we look forward to gathering with friends, neighbors and visitors at performance venues and in streets of downtown for the 30th anniversary of First Night Northampton.

Thanks to the Northampton BID, there will be another spectacular fireworks display in the early evening. As midnight approaches, we'll meet at the Hotel Northampton for the traditional "ball-raising." A single, bargain-priced button will open the door to every performance at every venue at this alcohol-free event. We ask you to join us, and our partners at PeoplesBank, by supporting our city's signature, family-friendly festival of the performing arts.

The Northampton Center for the Arts has produced First Night since 1985. It is a vital source of revenue that enables us to offer innovative arts programming, affordable and accessible arts space, and educational outreach. The funds that are raised this year have special importance as we continue to face the challenges of making a transition into exciting new arts space at 33 Hawley Street.

First Night would not be possible without 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. Most of all, we rely on vast numbers of volunteers who make a complex logistical operation run smoothly. The Rotary Club of Northampton will be assisting us again with this effort.

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 so special.

Your timely pledge of support helps us put together the finest schedule of entertainment and activities. Please download a detailed description of sponsorship opportunities to learn how to promote your business while sharing in our annual tribute to creative community. We ask for commitments no later than November 1, 2014. Thank you!