Berklee City Music Receives $50,000 from Celtics Shamrock Foundation

Nick Balkin
November 19, 2013
Press release
Berklee City Music student Calvin Falcone performs while Brandon Bass, power forward with the Boston Celtics, looks on.
Left to right: Robert Gould, Adeline Um, Lea Grace Hicks-Swinson, Calvin Falcon, and Grace Mann perform the national anthem at TD Bank Garden.
Left to right: Krystal Banfield, dean for Berklee City Music; J. Curtis Warner, executive director for Berklee City Music; and Stephen Pagliuca, Boston Celtics co-owner and Shamrock Foundation president.
Photo by Margot Hinchey
Photo by Kelly Davidson
Photo by Kelly Davidson

The Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation celebrated its partnership with Berklee City Music by presenting a $50,000 check to the after-school music education program last week. The presentation was made by Boston Celtics co-owner and Shamrock Foundation president Stephen Pagliuca at halftime during the game at TD Bank Garden on November 15. 

Before the game, a group of Berklee City Music students performed the national anthem. The students—vocalists Grace Mann, 17, Adeline Um and Calvin Falcon, both 16, and Lea Grace Hicks-Swinson, 14—attend Boston Arts Academy and participate in Berklee City Music after-school programs. 

One day earlier, Celtics power forward Brandon Bass visited Berklee to jam and hang out with three Berklee City Music ensembles. 

“This generous commitment from the Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation allows Berklee City Music to impact the lives of more youth, inspiring them to tap into their musical passions, build self-confidence and set the foundation for success in life,” said J. Curtis Warner Jr., executive director of Berklee City Music.

Berklee City Music is a nonprofit program that provides contemporary music education to students from underserved communities in Boston and at 45 network sites across the United States. Since its inception in 1991, the program has benefited 23,000 4th-12th graders, and has awarded more than 1,500 scholarships for summer and full-time undergraduate studies.  

The Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation benefits children directly through programs that provide education and support. The foundation currently partners with Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston, Perkins School for the Blind, Boston Children’s Hospital, Horizons for Homeless Children, the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (MSPCC), and Berklee College of Music. For more information on the Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation, visit