Giving Tuesday: The “UNselfie”

Yesterday was Giving Tuesday, a day that started two years ago in an effort to give back to our community and organizations that are helping to make a difference.  In contrast to this idea is the 2013 word of the year, “selfie,” a craze that has taken over the internet with many people posting photos of themselves.

Berklee City Music Board Member, Jeff Walker, suggests in his Huffington Post Blog Post that we turn it around and make it the “UNselfie” and show our support of those who are doing good by taking “pictures could be of people doing good things, of acts of kindness, of compassion in action! Being UNselfish!”  To help start the trend here is a collection of Instagram pictures from around the Berklee City Music Network and our supporters showing the “UNselfies” of those giving back.

Jeff Walker, author of The Generosity Network and Berklee City Music Board Member engaging members of the Berklee City Music Network at the 2013 Berklee City Music Network Conference about board development.

Boston Celtics power forward Brandon Bass, participating in a master class with Berklee City Music Boston students.

Berklee Alumni, performing artist, and Artistic Director of the Internship Program at our Network site Tipitina’s Foundation in New Orleans, Donald Harrison, teaching a master class with Berklee City Music Boston students.

Network member A Place Called Home‘s Executive Director, Jonathan Zeichner, and staff providing Thanksgiving Dinner to the South Central Los Angeles community.

The Shoe Crew providing 804 pairs of shoes to children at A Place Called Home.

The Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation presenting Berklee City Music with a donation at half-time. 

Berklee City Music providing full-college scholarships to students from across the Berklee City Music Network at the Scholarship concert this August.

You can support these organization and members of the Berklee City Music Network by visiting their websites (click here for a list of Network members).  Berklee City Music sends a big Thank You to all those mentioned above, our Network members, and supporters for their continued efforts to Making Dreams Possible One Note at a Time.

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Heroes Among Us Honors Dr. Krystal Banfield

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Last Tuesday August 6, Dr. Krystal Banfield, Dean of Berklee City Music, was recognized at the 15th Annual Heroes Among Us Award Ceremony.

The ceremony, held in The Great Hall at the Massachusetts State House, honored individuals for their commitment to serving their communities and making a lasting impact in the lives of others.

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Dr. Banfield was celebrated for her dedication to community music awareness. As stated by the Master of Ceremonies, Dr. Banfield “has been instrumental in expanding City Music’s reach from four to now 18 Boston Public Schools and thanks to her leadership, Berklee City Music has educated more than 13,000 youth.”

The award was presented by Eddie Palladino, Public Address Announcer for the Boston Celtics; Steven Grossman, Treasurer for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; Bob Epstein, Celtics Co-Owner and Managing Partner; Jared Sullinger, Celtics Forward; and Edward F. Davis, Police Commissioner of the City of Boston.

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J. Curtis Warner, Jr., Executive Director of Berklee City Music, has also received a Heroes Among Us Award. It is very exciting that Berklee City Music leadership continues to set the precedent for music education access and outreach.

Berklee City Music Night at the TD Garden with the Boston Celtics

As the 2013 NBA season comes to a close, the Boston Celtics hosted the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday, April 10.  The game had many playoff implications, which created a very enthusiastic crowd at the TD Garden. The game was also a marquee night for Berklee City Music.  Minutes before tip-off, three City Music High School Academy students––Adeline Um, Melissa Israel, and Grace Mann––stepped on to the court to sing the national anthem. Their beautiful rendition of the Star Spangled Banner was met with boisterous applause from the 19,000 fans in attendance.

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Before and during the game City Music work-study students could be seen walking around the arena selling 50/50 raffle tickets.  The 50/50 raffle is conducted each game by the Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation. The purpose of the raffle is to provide extra support for the Foundation so that they are able to provide resources to impact youth-based organizations in the community. Berklee City Music will be the beneficiary of a portion of the jackpot.

The highlight of the evening was the awarding of the “Heroes Among Us” award to Dr. Krystal Banfield, Dean of Berklee City Music.  Dr. Banfield was the honoree for her continued commitment to furthering the mission of Berklee City Music through low or no cost, after-school music education and mentorship.

Dr. Krystal Banfield accepts the Heros Among Us Award
Dr. Krystal Banfield Accepts the Heros Among Us Award

To cap off the evening a check for $50,000 was presented to Berklee City Music, a contribution from the Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation. Celtics Co-owner and President of the Shamrock Foundation Stephen Pagliuca presented the check to J. Curtis Warner, Jr., Associate Vice President for Education Outreach and Executive Director of Berklee City Music, and Dr. Krystal Banfield.  Berklee City Music sincerely thanks the Boston Celtics for their continued support.

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From left to right: J. Curtis Warner, Jr., Associate Vice President for Education Outreach and Executive Director of Berklee City Music; Dr. Krystal Banfield, Dean of Berklee City Music; Stephen Pagliuca, Celtics Co-owner and President of the Shamrock Foundation