Berklee College of Music and the Boston Conservatory to merge

January 28, 2016

Nixon Peabody advises in combination of arts education pioneers

Chief Communications Officer
Allison McClain

Boston, MA. In a move that will create the world’s most comprehensive and dynamic training ground for music, dance, theater, and related professions, the Berklee College of Music and The Boston Conservatory are merging. The combined institution of these two leaders in performing arts education will be known under the Berklee brand, with the Conservatory featured as The Boston Conservatory at Berklee. 

Behind the merger—which was met with unanimous approval by each institution’s board of trustees—is the belief that music, movement, and digital technology are converging to give artists powerful new means of creative expression in the theater, on the concert stage, and through established and emerging platforms. The combination will allow both schools to leverage their individual strengths in co-designing new courses and hybrid programs not possible elsewhere. The combined institution is poised to become the leader in exploring new and original art forms, breaking down boundaries that isolate genres, and unleashing the tremendous creative potential of the global arts community.

The Nixon Peabody legal team advising The Boston Conservatory in the combination was led by a team of higher education, M&A and nonprofit attorneys including Mike Cooney, Rich Stein, David Martland and Lauren Schoeffler.

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