The Application Process

Before applying, please read What You Need to Know.

1. Pre-apply

  • To pre-apply to be included in our applicant pool, you must complete and submit our online pre-application form.
  • Be prepared to answer a number of questions and include your art website that includes at least 10 examples of your artwork from the last three years with dates, sizes, and medium. Your website must include your statement and resume. Your application will be incomplete otherwise.

2. Applicant Pool

  • Once we receive your pre-application form with all the requested information and your application has been approved by the Artist Membership Committee, you will be notified by email that you have been added to our Applicant Pool.
  • If a share of stock for a live-work space becomes available for sale, all artists in the Applicant Pool will be notified via email with physical and financial details of the available space as well as the date of an upcoming open house. Governing documents will be provided upon request in advance or at the Open House.
  • Please note: It is your responsibility to keep us informed of any change in contact information. If we are unable to reach you by email, you will be removed from the applicant pool.

3. Open House

  • The open house will give pre-approved applicants an opportunity to view the live-work space and learn more about our building. Access to our governing documents will be provided at the Open House to those interested.
  • Applicants who are interested in buying the share of stock for the live/work space will have to submit the following documents, postmarked within 7 days after the Open House (if not already submitted)
    1. Bank pre-approval letter if share loan (2nd mortgage) is needed for the Maximum Transfer Value. (Suggestions: National Cooperative Bank or Brookline Bank, as they provide share loans for cooperatives)
    2. If not obtaining a share loan or loan to finance the Maximum Transfer Value, you will need to submit the financial application (as outlined below in section 5)
    3. Completed, signed and notarized Primary Residency Affidavit.
  • Please mail the requested documents (postmarked within 7 days after the Open House) to:
    • The Artist Building Coop Board
      Attention: Treasurer and Artist Membership Committee
      300 Summer Street
      Boston, MA 02210-1115

4. Interview

  • Interviews are scheduled about 10-14 days after the open house.

Please note: The Artist Membership Committee will only interview applicants who have submitted the documents 1-3 listed above. 

5. Financial Application for finalists after interviews

After the interviews, two or three finalists will be selected as potential buyers for the share of stock. These finalists will be required to submit the following additional financial information postmarked within 7 days after the interviews:

  1. Two most recent years income tax returns (first two pages only)
  2. Two current credit reports with scores (up to 3 pages each)
  3. Two most recent pay stubs, if employed
  4. Two most recent bank statements showing liquid assets and deposits, if self-employed
  5. Completed personal financial statement (Assets and Liabilities Form)

For complete details, see The Artist Building Membership Requirements in Four Parts (Part II, Financial Requirements).

Please mail the requested documents (postmarked within 7 days after the interviews) to:

The Artist Building Coop Board
Attention: Treasurer
300 Summer Street
Boston, MA 02210-1115

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