The Opportunity of a Lifetime

The 2017 Music Clubhouse Showcase Gives Teens Joy and Self-Confidence

Picture this: 100 teens from different cities and different backgrounds, all with a shared love of music, together backstage in one of Boston’s most storied performance venues. They’re nervous but incredibly excited as they hold guitars in their hands or give their song-lyrics one last look. They can hear hundreds of audience members taking their seats. They deserve this. They’ve worked so hard for months. They’re about to step onto the Berklee Performance Center Stage and show their peers and family members– and themselves– all they’ve accomplished, musically and personally.

And they did. The 2017 Music Clubhouse Showcase on May 5, was a tremendous success. Youth ranging from ages 10-18 represented 14 Music Clubhouses who played a variety of rap, hip-hop, pop, rock, and Latin music. 9 of the performances were original songs composed by the teens. They demonstrated incredible teamwork and skills and self-confidence on vocals, on traditional instruments, and on new technology, as youth DJs using iPad beatmaking stations wowed the audience between sets.

“Once I heard everyone from our Clubhouse scream for us, I knew it was going to be a great show!” reflected a 16-year-old band member. After the show, another performer reflected, “The night was so awesome. I will never forget it for the rest of my days. I want to go back and do it all over again!”

The audience felt the same excitement. One parent shared how thrilled she was to see her son performing with his friends and getting the “opportunity to be a rockstar!”

This performance sparked something special in both novice and veteran performers. “We feel all of our participants experienced personal growth because of the exposure and opportunity to perform at the Berklee Performance Center,” said one Music Clubhouse Director. “They are inspired to continue learning music and working towards the next opportunity.”

The 2017 Music Clubhouse Showcase was made possible by a generous grant from Berklee College of Music’s Office of Community and Government Relations. The Showcase featured teen performers from the following youth development partners:

  • Berkshire Partners Blue Hill Boys & Girls Club
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester
  • Charlestown Boys & Girls Club
  • Edgerley Family South Boston Club
  • Hyde Square Task Force
  • Jordan Boys & Girls Club
  • Lawrence YMCA
  • Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lowell
  • Lynn YMCA
  • Methuen YMCA
  • Sociedad Latina
  • Waltham Boys & Girls Club
  • West End House Boys & Girls Club
  • Yawkey Boys & Girls Club of Roxbury