Updated: May 27
Every year, the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network (MNN) honors the dedication, passion, and impact of the state's nonprofit sector with the Nonprofit Excellence Awards. This year, a panel of judges reviewed over 130 nominations that represented the incredible work of nonprofits and leaders across Massachusetts and selected 30 finalists representing every region of the state.
This year, Boston Music Project’s Executive Director, Christopher Schroeder , was selected as a finalist for the Excellence Award in Leadership which specifically recognizes a nonprofit chief or senior executive who has an extraordinary record of organizational results and exemplifies strategic vision, passion, integrity, innovation, perseverance, and a collaborative spirit.
In 2018 Christopher Schroeder joined Boston Music Project (BMP) as its first full-time Executive Director. Under his leadership, BMP has won national acclaim, re-branded, and expanded its programming across the City of Boston. Furthermore, with Schroeder’s guidance, BMP has galvanized its fundraising efforts, tripled the number of youth it serves from 150 to 680, and solidified ten new school partnerships. Additionally, BMP was able to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic retaining all staff due to his innovative and intrepid mindset. Now leading a team of over 35 hourly or part-time employees, Christopher remains steadfast in his belief that music can serve as a transformative force for Boston youth and Boston Public Schools.
Schroeder has also been instrumental in the creation of BMP’s curriculum and its unique approach to the integration of music education, academics, and social-emotional learning. Paramount is BMP’s dedication to its community, we work to have all youth perform publicly to build skills such as self-discipline and self-confidence. BMP would not be able to host these opportunities without Schroeder’s work forging partnerships with 12 local nonprofit and for-profit companies, including The Rose Kennedy Greenway, Celebrity Series of Boston, the Museum of Fine Arts, and the Esplanade Association.
For a decade, Schroeder has worked with city leaders and arts advocacy organizations to advocate for the importance of arts education in our schools. Schroeder has made working with and advocating for schools in primarily urban settings his life’s work. His résumé lists many notable collaborations including those with the Boston Landmarks Orchestra, Boston Children’s Museum, Massachusetts Cultural Council, El Sistema USA, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.