BAMS FEST, Inc.
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
Artist Professional Development
Meet Our Founder
Catherine T. Morris
Founder, Curator & Executive Director
Born in Jamaica Plain and raised in Roxbury, Mass., Ms. Morris is amother, social entrepreneur, visionary, and events producer who works at the intersection of arts, culture and creative placekeeping. Over the last 20+ years, she has produced shows, as well as mobilized and engaged local audiences in interactive panels to experience the arts.
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.
Now, as the Founder and Executive Director of Boston Art & Music Soul (BAMS) Fest, she has created an organization that strives to breakdown racial and social barriers to arts, music and culture for marginalized communities and artists of color across Greater Boston. One of the goals of BAMS Fest is for it to become a pipeline to Boston’s arts and culture ecosystem and creative economy in a manner that inspires hope, changes individual and societal bias, and positively impacts the livelihoods of future creatives. Morris has also been a presenter, panelist and moderator with SPARK Boston, Podcast Garage, Berklee College of Music, Emerson College, Northeastern University, Simmons University, Company One Theater, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and Fenway High School. She is a 2018 National Art Strategies Creative Community Fellow (The Barr Foundation), and has served on grant review panels for the Cambridge Arts Council, The Lewis Prize for Music, and the Boston Neighborhood Fellowship (The Boston Foundation).
She is an alumnae of Temple University School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management in Philadelphia, PA, and received her Masters of Science from Simmons University in Boston, MA.