Who We Are

The Black Scholars Initiative (BSI) is a campus-wide program for entering Berklee College of Music and Boston Conservatory at Berklee students who identify as Black or African American. BSI was established in 2017* to build Black and African American community and cultural understanding through the lens of African performing arts history and traditions. Through this initiative, we ignite the passion and talents of students of African descent, support and honor their collective backgrounds, and help them create a solid foundation to navigate life at Berklee and beyond.

*The name of the organization changed from the Berklee Summer Initiative to the Black Scholars Initiative in May 2021.

What We Do


Get Involved

All students who self-identify as Black and/or African American are welcome to join the Black Scholars Initiative. To join, please email bsi@berklee.edu.