Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice Receives $3 Million Donation

The money will create an endowed artistic directorship named after the institute's founder Terri Lyne Carrington

Terri Lyne Carrington (photo by Tracy Love
Terri Lyne Carrington (photo: Tracy Love)

Berklee College of Music’s Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice, established in 2018, has received a $3 million donation to create the Terri Lyne Carrington Endowed Artistic Directorship in honor of its founder and artistic director. 

The gift will be used to support long-term scholarly, creative, and programmatic work. Information about the donors was not immediately available, though a press release said it came from “generous supporters of the college.”

“It’s an incredible honor to receive this generous gift supporting our institute’s vision and goals; it is really very encouraging,” Carrington said in a press release announcing the donation. “The Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice was created to address the need for gender parity in our field, and it is inspiring to know that our work and scholarly pursuits will continue on campus and throughout the world for the foreseeable future. We’re very grateful for this outstanding assistance in furthering our cause.”

Since its foundation last year, the institute has hosted a number of events and launched seven courses, including those on performance, composition, and jazz’s social role. 

“Terri Lyne Carrington and the Berklee Institute for Jazz and Gender Justice are already challenging and changing the way music is taught, composed, performed, and shared,” Berklee president Roger H. Brown said in the release. “I am delighted to announce this significant gift that will fuel the important work of the Institute.”