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2023 In Review

At Boston Music Project, we aim to bring our community together through music education. Over the past year, we have continued to innovatively explore the art of music and expand the impact of our programs. See what we’ve achieved by checking out this recap of our collective successes during our busiest year yet!


December 2023

Winter Events

BMP was thrilled about some exciting year-end events! Ranging from:

  • Open Mic Session at the Boston Public Library featuring BPL and BMP youth musicians

  • BMP's Newbold Orchestra playing at the Celebrity Series Winter Stringfest with Chelsey Green at the Salvation Army Kroc Center

  • Josiah Quincy Elementary & Upper Winter Concerts

  • Our annual tradition of Paper Orchestra Graduation, featuring K1 and K2 youth from the Josiah Quincy Elementary, Mendell K-8, and Winship School

  • BMP returning to perform at First Night Boston Saturday December 31st at 2:00pm.


November 2023

BMP at TD Garden

We were excited to bring students from Josiah Quincy Elementary School, Josiah Quincy Upper School, Winship Elementary School, and Dever Elementary School to perform the national anthem at TD Garden.

Paper Orchestra Building

Over two weeks, we collaborated with parents to build a paper orchestra for our K1 and K2 students. Assistance also came from students at Beaver Country Day School, who joined us at Josiah Quincy Elementary School. Additionally, for the first time, we extended this experience to Mendell and Winship Elementary Schools!

You can find a full gallery of photos capturing the exciting building process HERE!


2023 has been another year of innovative and transformative music-making by our Boston Music Projects students and teaching artists. Help us continue to amplify our mission and music with a year-end gift today, matched up to $5,000 by December 31st!


October 2023

Fall Celebration

We also hosted our annual Fall Celebration at Dorchester Brewing Company (DBc), featuring live music from Angel Subero and BMP Teaching Artists, which you can explore all the photo and videos from HERE!

HONK! Festival

We had a blast performing at the HONK! main stage at Harvard Square and drum circle/jam session in Winthrop Square!


September 2023

Another Year of Expansion - Now Serving Nearly 2,000 Youth

Last September, we launched our new interactive programs map to better showcase our program sites and program offerings across the City of Boston. Good thing we did because now in our 12th year, we've expanded from serving 56 youth at 1 school to now serving nearly 2,000 youth across 22 schools across Boston!

Summer '23

Our Summer Workforce released their album Summer '23. You can stream it HERE!


August 2023

Summer Workforce Training Cohort - Concert

This summer Boston Music Project hired 14 Boston youth musicians to record an album and produce live concerts through a partnership with SuccessLink, the City of Boston's youth summer employment program. Check out their full bios here! 

During the summer, they worked alongside our team of teaching artists and met with local professionals in all areas of the music industry and closed out the summer by putting together a concert! Read more about the program HERE!


July 2023

Ed Sheeran with BMP

On July 1st, 2023, Ed Sheeran surprised Boston Music Project students with an impromptu side-by-side performance of "The Hills of Aberfeldy" and "Eyes Closed" at the Tobin Community Center in Boston's Mission Hill neighborhood.


June 2023

BMP Block Party

On Saturday June 10th, 2023, the Boston Music Project hosted our annual BMP Block Party at the Rowes Wharf Plaza on the Rose Kennedy Greenway. The day was filled with music from BMP students and TA’s, games, and so much joy and fun for family and friends of all ages.

Make Music Boston

On June 21st, 2023 – the longest day of the year – the streets of Boston came to life with hundreds of free live music performances and events for all ages and genres of music!

Make Music Boston is partnered with the Boston BID and the City of Boston, the Rose Kennedy Greenway, and the NAMM Foundation, and powered locally by Boston Music Project.

Mark your calendars! Make Music Boston 2024 is set for June 21st!

JQ June Showcase

These showcases inlcude the Vivaldi (JQ Upper School) Orchestra, chamber music, Mozart, Rimsky, Sibelius, Newbold Orchestras, Simone, Boulanger, Villa-Lobos, and Newbold Orchestras.

Watch the performances HERE!


May 2023

Playing with Purpose Gala

On May 20, 2023, Boston Music Project friends and supporters gathered to celebrate and set the stage for our continued impact on thousands of Boston youth year over year. Take a look at our video highlights and photos from our evening celebration! Check out the rest of the photos and video HERE!