Passim has been a live music experience for both performers and audiences for fifty years in Boston. Within the Passim body there is Club Passim, the Passim School of Music, the Iguana Music Fund, Outreach and the BCM Fest. It has nurtured artists at every stage of their careers and has built on Boston’s vibrant music community.
Dan Hogan, who has served as executive director of Passim for the past seven years, and also spent an additional four years as a board member for Passim, is retiring. He will be missed by many.
Hogan’s letter to his staff at Passim says, “I consider myself blessed to have been able to end my career with Passim. It truly is an “iconic and legendary” institution that has had and continues to have a national impact on the music scene. For the first ten years as “Club 47,” it played a key role in the folk revival of the ‘60s and was the home of Joan Baez, Tom Rush, the Charles River Valley Boys and a host of others. Beat poet Bob Donlin and his wife Rae Anne kept the venue going as “Passim” from 1969 to 1994.
In closing in his letter Hogan goes on to say, “It takes a village to raise a child. For Passim, it takes a whole community of caring people to make it the iconic and legendary institution that it is today and will be tomorrow. I am incredibly glad that we have that community.”
Club Passim has been known as a listening room for more than 50 years. There, they present new and established performers from every genre of music. They produce upwards of 400 shows per year and have had audience attendance of 30,000 plus.
Passim has a School of Music which was established in 2000 and serves over 800 students in and around Boston. The School offers many classes and workshops for adults, and allows students the opportunity to take classes with Club artists and perform on the Club stage.
In 2008, the Iguana Music Fund was developed to provide grants to New England based musicians for career development and community service projects. In 2012, this Fund gave out over $40,000 in grants ranging from $500 – $2,000 to 25 select artists to aid their specific projects.
Then there’s the “Celtic Music Monday” series, that celebrated their 10th anniversary in 2013, and continue to celebrate with an annual weekend-long festival in January. Boston’s Celtic Music Festival showcases Greater Boston’s best performers of music, song and dance from the Irish, Scottish, Cape Breton, and other Celtic and Celtic-inspired traditions.
Passim also has an outreach program which partners with Berklee College of Music. Each summer they feature outdoor FREE weekly concerts in Harvard Square, and an additional weekly concert series in Kendall Square. For many years, Passim has also provided a stage for the Harvard Square Business Association Mayfair and Oktoberfest, which are each attended by more than 100,000 visitors.
We wish Dan Hogan well in his retirement and look forward to his contributions to the Boston Music Scene.