DEIA Programming at SOM

Highlighted Events

The committee is excited to announce the following guest artists for the School of Music’s 150th birthday as we work to bring more diverse artists to the Boston University CFA School of Music:

Fall 2022 Special Guests

Castle of Our Skins

Born out of the desire to foster cultural curiosity, Castle of our Skins is a concert and educational series dedicated to celebrating Black artistry through music. From classrooms to concert halls, Castle of our Skins invites exploration into Black heritage and culture, spotlighting both unsung and celebrated figures of past and present.

Gregory T.S. Walker

Gregory T.S. Walker is an American composer, violinist, and guitarist. He was the recipient of the American Academy of Arts and Letters Charles Ives Fellowship in 2000, and has performed with major orchestras around the world.

Spring 2023 Special Guests

Gabriela Lena Frank

Currently serving as Composer-in-Residence with the storied Philadelphia Orchestra and included in the Washington Post’s list of the 35 most significant women composers in history (August, 2017), Gabriela Lena Frank is an American pianist and composer of contemporary classical music.

Ken Amis

World-renowned composer-performer, Kenneth Amis, enjoys an international career of high acclaim. An active composer, Mr. Amis has received commissions from several institutions and music organizations. He was a founding member and on the Board of Directors for the American Composers Forum New England Chapter. Currently, Amis serves as principal tuba player for Empire Brass and the Palm Beach Opera Orchestra and is a performing artist for Besson instruments

Grants & Scholarship Opportunities

Write Her Future Scholarship 
This $10,000 scholarship is intended for Black students and students of color who identify as female, pursuing an undergraduate degree.
Deadline: May 20, 2022
More Info: HERE

Against The Grain Artistic Scholarship
$1,000 scholarship for Asian American/Pacific Islander students pursuing a major in the performing/visual arts, journalism, and/or mass communications.
Deadline: May 31, 2022
More Info: HERE 

Great Value Colleges Music Scholarship for Black Students
$5,000 scholarship for black undergraduate or graduate students who are majoring or minoring in music and are US Citizens. 
Deadline: July 30, 2022
More info HERE

QTPOC Artists and Youth Relief Fund
The Theater Offensive has established a fund of $10,000 to provide temporary financial assistance to Greater Boston’s QTPOC (queer and trans people of color) performing artists and youth affected by the pandemic. Temporary Assistance can be used for anything the recipient has need of– food, rent, education, utilities, healthcare, art/creation supplies, artistic support/sponsorship for upcoming events, etc. 
Deadline: Rolling
More info HERE 

NAAS Financial Support
The National Alliance for Audition Support (NAAS) provides individualized, long-term support to Black and Latinx orchestral musicians, identifying their unique needs and working in partnership with them over time with a shared end goal of orchestral placement. NAAS Financial Support directly supports resources and logistical needs for musicians and conductors pursuing careers in orchestral performance.
Deadline: Rolling
More info HERE