Berklee announces a record $100m 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. The campaign, called “Soundbreaking,” already has raised $57 million toward the goal, according to a statement from the college. Half of the funds will be set aside for scholarships and financial aid. The rest will go toward expanding the college’s global programs and toward its 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 12cq with a performance from alumna Melissa Etheridge and students backed by Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops. “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 Monday. “We want Berklee to serve the most talented students in the world and this campaign will help make that possible.”