Berklee Urban Service Awards Nomination

The Berklee Urban Service Awards (BUSA) were created by Berklee's Office of Community and Government Relations (CGR) to celebrate Berklee students, faculty, staff, alumni, and partner organizations who use music as a catalyst for social change in the Greater Boston area. The awards are based on the principle that institutions of higher education realize their greatest potential when they serve as fully committed members of the local community. Past recipients have been recognized for projects such as (but not limited to): songwriting about the Boston Marathon tragedy, teaching music to underserved youth, producing workshops to expand music education access, and volunteering to perform at senior centers.

Nominations are accepted throughout the year for the next ceremony. Recipients must be present to receive an award. 


  • The project/work being recognized has to have occurred in the 12 months prior to the ceremony.
  • The activity should have taken place in the Greater Boston area.
  • The activity must in some way reflect the mission of the college in the community at large.
  • Past BUSA recipients must wait two years before being eligible to win another award.