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Inouye Family Endowed Fund
Shannon and Wayne Inouye made a gift of $250,000 to establish the Inouye Family Endowed Scholarship to honor their son Joshua Inouye '06 and provide much-needed scholarship support to music business and management majors. The Inouyes value the music and business education education Joshua received at Berklee, and wanted to aid the college in expanding scholarship support for non-performance majors. Many are surprised to learn that music business and management is the most popular major at Berklee College of Music, surpassing the longtime leader, performance. For music business/management majors to receive this new scholarship, they must be enrolled in their fifth semester or higher, maintain at least a 2.5 grade point average, and make satisfactory progress on their principal instrument.

  Livingston Taylor
  Photo by Bob Kramer

Morgan Family of Dallas Establishes Scholarship Fund Honoring Livingston Taylor
Professor Livingston Taylor leaves a lasting impression when you meet him. After a lifetime of composing and performing music that has reached a wide audience, Taylor has friends who honor his accomplishments. The Morgan family of Dallas, Texas, met Taylor when he performed for a group of Berklee parents at their home four years ago. The evening was moving for everyone and the Morgans decided to honor Taylor by committing to a lead gift of $50,000 to establish an endowed fund in his name.
"Livingston Taylor is the kind of teacher who can make a difference in the life of a student," says Vicki Morgan. "It's a privilege to begin this fund in his honor."
Stuart Scantlebury and Lecia Turcotte also hosted an event featuring Taylor at their home and asked their friends to join them in contributing to the fund in his name. Jim and Nancy Bildner, longtime Taylor fans, made a generous gift to the fund that was matched by the Kresge Foundation. For more information on donating to the fund, e-mail me at

Fundación Banco Popular Gives $50,000
Fundación Banco Popular, an institution devoted to music and music education, created the Fundación Banco Popular Endowed Scholarship Fund at Berklee to benefit talented students from Puerto Rico. This scholarship serves as a permanent recognition of the foundation's mission to support music.
The relationship between Berklee and Puerto Rico has flourished over the years, thanks to Luis Alvarez, Berklee trustee, alumnus, and businessman. He established a scholarship fund to enable gifted Puerto Rican students to attend Berklee. Berklee is grateful to the Fundación Banco Popular for expanding Berklee scholarship opportunities for Puerto Rican musicians.

Michel Camilo  
Photo by Phil Farnsworth  

Michel Camilo Supports Dominican Students
Dominican musician Michel Camilo is an extraordinary pianist, composer, and bandleader as well as a Grammy and Emmy award winner. He has also received his native country's highest civilian honors. He has a deep commitment to creating opportunities for aspiring Dominican musicians at Berklee. Camilo has generously contributed his own funds to create a scholarship fund for aspiring Dominican students and is inspiring others to join him. Berklee is pleased to be associated with Camilo the musician and the philanthropist.

Berklee City Music Program Supporters
The Clowes Fund has committed $50,000 a year over three years, making the foundation a leader in Berklee's initiative to reach a $2.9 million fundraising challenge offered by the Theodore R. and Vivian M. Johnson Foundation. Berklee is in year three of the five-year challenge put forth from the Johnson Foundation and has met its fundraising goals thus far. It is hoped that the Clowes Fund gift will provide an incentive for other donors seeking to create opportunities for underprivileged young people seeking a college music education. When the fundraising challenge is met, 11 new full-tuition scholarships will be permanently available for outstanding young, urban musicians.
To prepare young musicians to succeed at Berklee and other colleges, the City Music Program provides a rigorous regimen of private lessons, theory, ear training, and ensembles throughout the school year for middle- and high-school students. The Lehman Brothers Foundation made a gift of $20,000 in direct support of this program.
We are deeply grateful for the leadership demonstrated by the Clowes Fund and the Lehman Brothers Foundation. For more information on the Berklee City Music Program, visit

  "C.H.," (above), father of Berklee trustee Nora Huvelle. Nora Huvelle created an endowed fund to honor her late father who introduced her to jazz.