JP Porchfest Frequently Asked Questions

Thanks for your interest in JP Porchfest! Check out some frequently asked questions:

When can I apply to participate next year?

Thanks for your interest! We usually post the application on our website in February of each year.

I applied as a porch and/or as a performer for 2019. When should I expect an email with next steps?

Thank you for applying! If we have questions regarding your application, you should be currently receiving emails. Otherwise, we will be emailing you once the matching process is in process (by June 1st) to provide you with more information.

Can I curate my own "porch" with artists that I know?

Absolutely! Please ensure that all of the artists complete a performer application if you would like them to officially be part of JP Porchfest and included in our map and marketing materials. Make sure that they request your porch address in their application so that they are matched to your porch. Additionally, email to make her aware of the artists that you want on your porch. Performer application can be found at and is due by May 1, 2019.

Can I promote my porch or my performance on social media, newsletters, flyers, etc.?

After receiving confirmation of your porch or performance schedule, we welcome and encourage you to promote in all ways that you can. If you plan to create a Facebook event page, please tag Jamaica Plain Porchfest and make us an admin so that your event page shows up on our FB page which we will share with our more than 2.4K followers.

How is the "matching" done?

We have a semi-automated system that begins with performers and porch hosts submitting their application. Once the application deadline closes, JP Porchfest producers begin the matching process which will include some follow up as needed with performers and porches. Porch hosts can sign up their own performers and curate their porch (as stated in the above question), or we will match the performers to porches to make sure a variety of performances are happening across the neighborhood. All will then receive an Introduction email with the schedule for your porch and connecting Porch hosts, Porch managers and performers. Hosts are then to remain in contact with performers in advance, to do any needed planning (equipment needs, expectations, etc). Any changes on porch schedules after confirmation must absolutely be communicated with JP Porchfest producer Keep in mind that changes to marketing materials once complete are not guaranteed.

I am a new Porch Host this year. What should I expect? What is my role?

We are entering our 6th year and want to ensure we have another successful festival. We ask that as a porch host you inform/invite all neighbors so no one will be surprised on the day of the event. Many hosts put out chairs, offer snacks (but there are no requirements). Think if it as a little party on your "porch" for new and old friends. Additional notes and guidelines for Porch hosts can be found here:

I have a business (or know of someone who does) that would like to support JP Porchfest and be included in marketing materials. What should I do to get involved as a business sponsor?

Please email as soon as possible to learn know about our business sponsorship levels and perks.