Good Music Makes Good Neighbors

May 29, 2021

a musical house tour in Montague Center


What is "good music makes good neighbors"?

GMMGN is an annual celebration of music in Montague Center.  It has been variously described as a “musical house tour” and “reverse caroling.”  It is Franklin County’s answer to Boston’s Porchfest.   This is our 6th year.


Our “mission” is to introduce Montagueans (and others!) to the hidden musical talents that live next door and down the road.  It’s also a chance to visit with neighbors and to formulate lofty artistic and community-oriented projects for the year. 

How does it work?


“Venues” are living rooms, barns, and porches of private homes in Montague Center.  Each venue hosts 2 - 3 different musical groups.  Each group plays for 35 minutes.  There will be a 15 minute break between groups.  



Is it “free"?


Yes and no.  We don't sell tickets, but we do want to cover our expenses AND pay the musicians.  


Our approach is to try to shame you into supporting live music.  At each venue there will be a tip jar.  Donations of $10 or more will receive a purple sticker.  This is your merit badge for the day.  

While stickers are not absolutely required for entry into venues, wearing one lets everyone know that you believe musicians deserve to be compensated for their time.  Trust us: no one is getting rich.  Last year each musician made $20.  Once expenses are covered, we divide the money amongst the performers equally.  The more you give, the more they get!

How do I get from house to house?


For the first time ever, all houses are downtown!  That means that walking is probably the preferred method.  That said, you are free to bike, unicycle, or roller skate, or ride a horse between performance venues.   

Who supports this great event? 


In large part, you! Your local music community benefits from your time, energy, and, yes money. In addition, we have great neighborly volunteers. Deepest thanks to the ever-resourceful and enthusiastic Amanda and Jonathan, and also the most willing and wonderful Judith, Emily, Carrie, Kate, Diane, and all of the hosts and musicians who donate their time, energy, and creativity.