Musicians as Leaders
Berklee Teaching Artist Collaborative / Community Service Work Study Program
The Berklee Teaching Artist Collaborative (B-TAC) is the most highly engaging student-centered outreach initiative of the college. CACE developed B-TAC in collaboration with the Office of Scholarships and Student Employment to provide meaningful off-campus employment through which students gain professional experience, educational enrichment, and much needed income. B-TAC facilitates the federal Community Service Work Study Program (CSWSP), and every student employed through B-TAC and the CSWSP serves to advance the work of community-based partner organizations and the college's neighborhood network.
“What this program has done and what these people have done is that they have opened the doors and replaced the sound of gunshots with the sound of music.”
-Bill Stewart, probation officer, speaking about the music program, founded by alumna Juri Love, where Berklee student employees teach music to youth at the Boys and Girls Club of Dorchester.
The Movement @ Berklee is a powerful student-led program that uses music as a medium for community building and social change. Student, faculty, staff, and alumni volunteers collaborate with partner organizations to conduct a broad range of activities including youth mentorship, performance outreach, and musical instruction.
“Of all my experiences in four years at Berklee, my work with the Movement has hands down been the most impactful and life-changing.”
-Shea Rose, Berklee alumna
For the second year, the Movement will spearhead the Lead the Change Festival, a weeklong volunteer initiative that mobilizes Berklee musicians as leaders and agents of social change. While activities of the Movement are year-round, the festival concentrates a range of activities into one week in March. During this festival, students, faculty, alumni, and staff members are encouraged to participate in outreach activities that create access to music through performances and educational clinics.
The Movement @ Berklee is awarding grants of $500 each to Berklee students to facilitate community outreach projects that use music as a medium for social change and community building. Learn more about the grant and apply online.