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Berklee College of Music announces a record $100 million fund-raising campaign

The Berklee College of Music has announced a $100 million fund-raising initiative, the largest campaign in the downtown school’s history.

“Music can change the world, and at Berklee, we aspire to be a force in creating the innovations that change music,” Berklee President Roger H. Brown said in a statement today. “We want Berklee to serve the most talented students in the world and this campaign will help make that possible.”

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The campaign, called “Soundbreaking,” already has raised $57 million toward the goal, according to the statement. Half of the funds will be set aside for scholarships and financial aid.

The other portion is set to be used for two additional goals.

The first is to expand the college’s global programs, including the Berklee Popular Music Institute, the Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship, and the Berklee Global Jazz and Mediterranean Music institutes, among other initiatives. This will also help support the school’s Boston building, and the college’s campus in Valencia, Spain, according to the statement.

Money will also go toward the college’s music education outreach problems. This includes Berklee City Music and Amp Up NYC, which help install music education programs in high schools across the country.

The college’s music therapy program will also be enhanced.

The school celebrated the public kick-off of the campaign on June 12 with a performance from alumna Melissa Etheridge and students backed by Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops.

Jacqueline Tempera can be reached at Follow her on twitter @jacktemp
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