150th Anniversary Campaign


“Times like these sharpen our focus on what really matters in life. As an organization, we have never been more committed to our mission. The education of our students is the single most important responsibility we have, not just for the preservation of the performing arts we treasure, but for fueling and sharing our sense of wonder and for expanding possibilities of the human spirit. I am grateful every day to be a part of this community and to share that responsibility with you all.” —Richard Ortner, President

Exceeding Expectations: The 150th Anniversary Campaign

The largest and most ambitious fundraising campaign in the history of Boston Conservatory at Berklee, Exceeding Expectations: The 150th Anniversary Campaign, is a comprehensive, $21 million effort that will significantly strengthen the conservatory’s endowment, provide much-needed funds for capital projects, and support the annual operating budget for a strong and successful future. The campaign focuses on three main areas of need to help donors best decide where and how they would like their gifts to be used:

Part I: The Ipswich Street Project

A new Boston landmark has taken shape on the conservatory campus: a 20,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art building that houses classrooms, dance studios, practice rooms, a performance library, and multipurpose performance spaces. Designed by Handel Architects, this building provides the first permanent home for critical teaching and rehearsal spaces, and the school’s first-ever orchestra rehearsal hall. Strategically located within minutes of our front door at 8 Fenway (and across the street from historic Fenway Park), the facility provides exciting new visibility for the conservatory, both to local residents and visitors to the area. Learn more about the Ipswich Project.

Part II: A Passion for the Future

With a long-standing record of balanced budgets and small operating surpluses, the conservatory is a financially stable and economically sound institution. But until now, no concerted effort has been made to secure endowment funds. Student scholarships, faculty salaries, and capital needs are all underfunded in comparison to similar institutions. We are building an endowment that will support at least five percent of our annual operating budget, which will give us greater financial stability and allow us to increase the amount of scholarships we provide to deserving students.

Part III: Essential Operating Support

The Annual Fund—unrestricted gifts that support the day-to-day operations of the conservatory’s mission—helps bridge the revenue gap between tuition and fees, and the real costs of providing this intensive training. Gifts to the Annual Fund directly support financial aid, library resources, technology, production, and extraordinary teaching. Maintaining a healthy Annual Fund is essential to our continuing success, and the 150th Anniversary Campaign includes Annual Fund support for the fiscal years 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017. Learn more about the Conservatory’s Annual Fund.

How to Give

Performing arts education requires a community of professional and aspiring artists collectively engaged in real space and time. The conservatory’s intimate size, commitment to the individual, and readiness to innovate serve this interest with a collective vision of the future that is ambitious, transformative, and achievable. The challenges ahead are great, but so too is the opportunity. Your gift makes a difference—to our campaign, to our community, and to the future of the performing arts. Please play your part in this amazing story!