A Message on the Soundbreaking Campaign from Berklee President Roger H. Brown

Berklee President Roger H. BrownBerklee is unlike any other institution; we are continually breaking ground and creating new paths for those in the music industry. One of Berklee’s biggest milestones was the completion of our first ever campaign, Giant Steps, in 2011. The campaign raised a total of $54.5 million and laid the groundwork for Berklee to raise the bar. We now look to the future as Berklee launches its second campaign, Soundbreaking: The Campaign for Berklee, with a goal of raising $100 million. We’re already half-way there, having raised more than $55 million to date—but we need your help to reach our final goal.

Soundbreaking has a Berklee-like quality. “Breaking” implies innovation—something new, something iconoclastic, something that hasn’t been done before. And “sound” is what we’re all about. But sound is also a metaphor for a strong, stable institution. Soundbreaking is what we’re hoping to be, both literally, with a brand new building, and metaphorically, with new programs and innovation.

Through Soundbreaking, Berklee will create a global laboratory for musical discovery and artistry, promote the power of music to change people’s lives for the better, and transform the current model of higher education.

In the last decade, Berklee has tripled the amount of scholarship and financial aid support we offer to our students. Graduation rates are at an all-time high. It has made a big difference for our students, but we still have a long way to go.

Our biggest single need is to make Berklee more affordable for the unbelievably talented students from around the world who want and need to be here. The Soundbreaking campaign is designed to help us support those students more effectively while they're here, so they can have the experience they deserve.

Thank you for the role you have played in our progress; we hope that you will continue to stay connected with Berklee and be a part of our Soundbreaking journey.


Roger H. Brown

President, Berklee College of Music