Our 2019-2020 Annual Report, released this week, share the highs and lows from our 2020 fiscal year and celebrates our collective accomplishments and impact. We invite you to click below to read our full report on Issuu and read a message from our Executive Director.
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Message from Boston Music Project Executive Director, Christopher Schroeder
Dear BMP Friends,
Our 2019-2020 season was full of highs and lows. Through it all, we stayed committed to our mission, values, and community.
We started the 2020 fiscal year with enrollment numbers increasing to 262 youth—the highest they have been since our founding in 2011. We introduced an eighth orchestra, expanded to a team of 28 teaching artists, and added a grant writer to our administrative team. Together our youth gave a total of 25 community performances before March 2020—originally we were on track to host 42 events around Boston by the summer! Our oldest youth explored various career pathways in music and we launched our first-ever adult orchestra, co-led by youth mentors and BMP teaching artists. We also expanded our footprint with new music partnerships and introduced our professional performance fundraising series featuring our teaching artists.
When we learned of the imminent school closures in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we continued to show up for our students, families, and teaching artists. We pivoted to online learning for nearly 300 youth in a matter of days with a three-person admin team and eleven-member board. We leaned into social-emotional learning through music and demonstrated to our community what resilience, hope, and joy looks like in the face of adversity. We enhanced our online teaching strategies through weekly team meetings, and introduced our first-ever spring-break music camp and creative summer program, serving over 80 youth—all virtually. We also underwent an organization rebrand and strategic planning process, both of which affirmed our commitment to bringing the power of music education to students across the Boston community and beyond.
I invite you to read more about our journey in this year’s annual report and celebrate with our team as we reflect on our collective accomplishments and impact. Thanks to you, we are poised and ready for another successful year.
This is harmony in action.
Together, we are the Boston Music Project.
Thank you for your commitment,
Executive Director | Boston Music Project