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How We Do It

Boston Art & Music Soul (BAMS) Fest is a 501 c3 nonprofit organization that strives to break down racial and social barriers to arts, music, and culture for marginalized communities of color across Greater Boston.

To create a diverse and inclusive commonplace for Greater Boston' recording, performing and visual artists of color, to use their artistic talents in a manner that changes societal perception, and empowers and engages audiences of color to convene.

  • An annual festival

  • Cultural Curation  

  • Creative Placekeeping  

  • Artist Professional Development 

  • Community Organizing

Our Core Values


Artistic Collaboration

& Cross-Cultural Understanding 

Arts and




Preservation and Sustainability


Audience Engagement

Meet Our Founder

Catherine T. Morris

Founder, Curator & Executive Director

Born in Jamaica Plain and raised in Roxbury, Mass., Ms. Morris has spent 15 years planning, supporting and producing events and programs for her community. From her first talent show at the Blue Hill Boys and Girls Clubhouse to serving as a radio personality and Director of Music Programming at two student-operated radio stations, WYAJ 97.7 FM and WSNC 90.5 FM, Catherine enjoyed developing partnerships with major and indie record music labels such as Jive, Arista, Sony, Atlantic, Bad Boy, Hidden Beach Recordings, and Columbia.  She has also provided event operations, planning and management expertise for organizations such as Sunoco Welcome America, MIT Technology Review, The TD Garden, The Liacouras Center, Hoop-It-Up, The Philadelphia Film Society and The Rhythm & Blues Foundation.

Catherine, now pursues her passion of bringing communities together for a music and arts festival that honors, celebrates and promotes the contributions of rising and legendary African-American musicians and artists whose work has shaped American pop culture. Boston Art & Music Soul (BAMS) Fest will become a pipeline to arts and culture ecosystems that permeate the streets of where we live, and can positively impact the livelihoods of our youth, families, seniors and future generations.