“Our partnership with Berklee brings some of the world's finest musicians to Boston's neighborhood parks,” notes Mayor Thomas M. Menino. “Music lovers of all ages and the musicians themselves welcome these opportunities to enjoy arts in great outdoor spaces citywide.”
—Thomas M. Menino, former mayor, City of Boston
Community Grant Program
The Community Grant Program opens Berklee's doors to organizations dedicated to providing public service through the arts. In-kind grants are awarded to subsidize rental fees, enabling recipient organizations to hold events at Berklee venues such as the Berklee Performance Center, Café 939, and the David Friend Recital Hall. Apply for a community grant.
Community Concert Program
The Community Concert Program has two components designed to create public access to professional musical performances:
Through the first component, Berklee donates tickets to public schools, neighborhood residents, and non-profit organizations for performances at the renowned Berklee Performance Center, Café 939, and other campus venues.
The second component involves collaborations with community agencies and the city of Boston to produce a series of free concerts in neighborhood parks and other public venues:
Swingin' in The Fens: A free annual concert in the Back Bay Fens, presented by Berklee College of Music, the Fenway Civic Association, and the City of Boston Parks and Recreation Department.
Jazz at the Fort: A free concert held every summer in Roxbury's historic Fort Hill neighborhood, presented by Berklee College of Music and the City of Boston Parks and Recreation Department.
The Tito Puente Latin Music Series is presented by Berklee College of Music, IBA - Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción, City of Boston Parks and Recreation Department. This annual summer concert series is an infectious soundscape of salsa, timba, mambo, bolero, jazz, funk, soul, groove, and more, featuring Berklee faculty, students, alumni, and world-renowned artists from Puerto Rico, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Cuba, and throughout Latin America.
Urban Outreach Performance Program
Through the urban outreach Performance Program, CACE works with the Ensemble Department to present educational concerts at local public schools and community centers. Performances are designed to encourage youth to consider higher education, stimulate their interest in the study of music, and inform them about Berklee City Music programs. Participating Berklee students work closely with faculty to experiment with repertoire, sharpen performance skills, and prepare for careers as professional musicians.
Contact us if you're interested in hosting a Berklee ensemble at your school or organization.
Instrument and Equipment Donation Program
The BID/BED Program provides quality computer hardware, musical instruments, and production equipment to the music education programs of public schools and partner organizations. To maximize impact, donations are most often made to sites where Berklee work-study employees, faculty, and alumni serve in outreach positions.
Contact us if you have instruments or equipment you'd like to donate to Berklee, or if you would like more information on getting your school or organization involved in the program.
Neighborhood Improvement Committee
In addition to managing outreach programs and relationships [link to Partners page] with municipal and state government, CACE oversees partnerships with residents of the Fenway and Back Bay. This work reflects the commitment to actively serve as a resource for the well-being of the neighborhood that Berklee calls home.
In 2010, CACE cofounded the neighborhood improvement committee (NIC) in collaboration with First Fenway Cooperative. NIC mobilizes over 40 residents, businesses, property owners, and institutions to share stewardship of the East Fenway neighborhood and create the optimum environment to live, work, study, and visit.
“I am impressed with Berklee's leadership in establishing the Neighborhood Improvement Committee (NIC). It is great that Berklee has managed to pull together local merchants, residents, the Boston Police Department, and other interested parties in the Fenway neighborhood”
-Walter Hunt, Fenway resident