The Berklee Urban Service Awards (BUSA) celebrate people who inspire social change in the Greater Boston area. Nominees can be affiliated with Berklee or part of the larger community, including politicians, artists, neighbors, schools, nonprofits, and businesses. Past recipients have been recognized for projects such as writing songs about the Boston Marathon tragedy, teaching music to underserved youth, producing workshops to expand arts education access, giving volunteer performances at senior centers, and changing city entertainment licensing for acoustic performances. 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.
Nominations are officially open for this year's ceremony, which will be held Saturday April 25, 2020.
The nomination deadline is February 21, 2020.
- The project/work being recognized has to have occurred in the 12 months prior to the ceremony.
- The activity should have taken place (or been based) in the Greater Boston region.
- The activity must in some way use the creative arts to enrich society and intercultural understanding.
- Past BUSA recipients must wait two consecutive years before being eligible to win another award.
- Nominees should be recognized for work that is above and beyond the scope of their job.
- Current members of the BUSA nomination review committee are not eligible this year.