There's no question that students get real-world experiences at Berklee. Not only do they play gigs and get the chance to rub elbows with industry professionals—from faculty members to visiting artists—but they have the unique opportunity of running the show at a host of student-run enterprises, from record labels to publications to a full-service venue. Here is a look inside these ventures.
Most of these enterprises operate outside of the Student Activities department. Questions should be directed to the appropriate enterprise via the contact information on its page.
- The BIRN
The commercial-free internet radio station fills the airwaves with nonstop music, interviews, and commentary, covering just about every musical genre you can think of, from hip-hop to show tunes to salsa. The five-channel network's DJs spin music featuring local and international artists, students, and alumni.
- The Berklee Groove
The Berklee Groove is Berklee College of Music’s student voice in the form of an online newspaper. With articles covering the latest music industry news, show reviews, album reviews, interviews, and more, the Groove strives to provide interesting, entertaining, and relevant information for the Berklee and Boston communities.
- The Business Startup Initiative
Designed to help Berklee students develop and launch small businesses, this program guides them through a detailed business and marketing plan and, in collaboration with the U.S. Small Business Administration, helps them understand the loan application process to fund their startups.
- Caf Shows
Wednesday through Saturday, Berklee's 160 Massachusetts Avenue Dining Hall transforms into a concert venue and music hall run by students and for students. These concerts feature musical performances in nearly all styles and all Berklee students may apply to perform.
FUSION is Berklee College of Music’s global forum of writing, visual art, and music that engages notions of interconnectivity and interdisciplinary approaches to the arts. We publish high-quality literature, journalism, photography, film/video, and multimedia projects by our community as well as internationally recognized artists.
- Heavy Rotation Records
This working record label/for-credit class produces, promotes, and releases commercial recordings by Berklee students and alumni. Each year, the label produces a compilation album, and often showcases talent at nationwide venues.
- Jazz Revelation Records
Rising jazz artists have found their start with this label, and have gone on to make a name for themselves in the contemporary scene. Meanwhile, student staff members run live recording sessions, giving them firsthand experience in producing albums.
- Music Business Journal
This student publication serves as a forum for intellectual discussion and research into various aspects of the music industry. The goal is to inform and educate aspiring music professionals, connect them with the industry, and raise the academic level and interest inside and outside the Berklee community.
- Red Room at Cafe 939
There's no better place in town to catch a top-notch show than at Red Room at Cafe 939, the 200-capacity, all-ages, student-run music venue.