CPP LogoWhat is the Community Performances and Partnerships Program? What is Performance Outreach?

Performance Outreach refers to performances for diverse audiences that take place in community settings. The primary purpose of these performances is the education and enrichment of the audience, along with an interaction between performer and listeners. The Community Performances and Partnerships Program (CPP Program) is the title of the program that has been created at NEC to link students with the greater Boston community to do performance outreach work.

In what kinds of places will CPP Program events take place?

Our community partners range from nursing homes, senior centers, homeless shelters and libraries to Boston Public Schools, after school programs and preschool centers. Many performance outreach concerts take place in neighborhoods that are near NEC or easily accessible by public transportation.

Why might I want to get involved?

In this day and age, the ability to communicate effectively with audiences and perform in diverse settings is an integral part of every career in the music field. Whether you go on to become a solo artist, an orchestral musician, a music teacher, or follow a career path outside of music, the experience of performing in your community will be both an asset to your career and personally enriching. Students who have participated in the CPP Program often find it inspiring, thought-provoking, and refreshing to perform outside the walls of NEC and to connect with community members all over the Greater Boston area.

How often can I be involved?

You can be involved as little or as much as you like. This program is designed to be flexible and fit with your schedule and interests. Some students may want to be involved on a weekly or monthly basis; others may want to occasionally participate. Students who are interested in a more intensive performance outreach experience may apply for one of the CPP Fellowship Programs. These fellowships require a commitment to a particular number/type of community performances, along with mandatory meetings, training sessions, and evaluation.

How does the system work?

Initially, you will need to fill out a Student Information form that tells the department about your interests, experience, and availability. Once you have filled out this form, you should make an appointment to meet with a CPP staff member in order to coordinate a plan for the year, which may include applying for a CPP Program Fellowship. The department will also send e-mails throughout the year to notify you of general community performance opportunities that you can take part in.

I have never participated in a Community Outreach performance before. Will I receive guidance and training?

All performances in the CPP program are organized and guided through the CPP Department, and no previous experience is necessary to participate. CPP staff members will work with you as needed to design an effective outreach program, and make you feel as comfortable as possible interacting with audiences of different ages in diverse settings. Workshops with guest educators and performing artists will also be held throughout the year.

Will I have to talk to the audience at a CPP event?

Yes! Talking to and interacting with the audience is an integral part of most CPP events. CPP staff members are available to help with public speaking skills as you prepare for your program.

I have a recital coming up and I would like to run through my program beforehand. How much advance notice do you need to set up a CPP event for me?

The more advanced planning the better; at a minimum, four weeks is usually needed. Please note that you will generally need to reduce your recital program to about 1 hour, and will be asked to introduce yourself and the music you will be playing.

Do I need to be a member of an ensemble to participate?

Individuals, duos, and ensembles are all welcome to participate in the CPP Program.

Will I get paid for community performances?

Most performances offered through the CPP Program are considered community service activities and are not paid. However, there are occasionally paid performances that become available, especially in conjunction with some of our partnering concert series. Students who are interested in a more extensive outreach experience may apply for one of the CPP Fellowship programs, which does include an honorarium payment at the end of the academic year.

How will I get there? Will my transportation costs be covered?

The CPP Program covers all transportation costs and arrangements to performance sites that are not easily accessible by public transportation. Students who use their own cars to travel for a CPP event will be reimbursed for mileage.

Where can I go for more information?

Visit the Community Performances and Partnerships Program Offices, Rooms 311 & 313 Jordan Hall. You can also contact:

Tanya Maggi
Director of Community Performances & Partnerships Program