Music by Black Composers
- Inspiring Black students to begin and continue instrumental training.
- Making the music of Black composers available to everyone.
- Helping to change the face of classical music through greater diversity.
Help us fulfill our mission!
Music by Black Composers (MBC) was founded in 2001 as a project of the Rachel Barton Pine Foundation, a long-standing, anti-racist organization in classical music. MBC’s mission is to help rectify historic and ongoing racial injustices in the classical music sphere.
Together with our nation, we grieve with the family of George Floyd, and all those in the Black community who suffer at the hand of racial injustice.
We also stand in solidarity with those courageously demonstrating on behalf of justice and social reform in our country.
and, as always,
Many people have asked about what it takes to create a single volume of our Music by Black Composers violin... Read More →
Piano teacher Kathleen Payette of Mundelein, IL organized a spectacular composers contest for her students! Using MBC’s coloring book, timeline... Read More →
“As a violin instructor, I would find the anthology especially helpful for motivating my young minority students with the knowledge that there is a history that is relevant to them in relation to classical music.”
“This is extremely important work … There have been many occasions in my professional life when I’ve wished that a resource such as the one you’ve started had existed … I am a huge supporter of this project.”
“All I can say is, hurry up, we need this NOW!”