On October 16, 2004 under the charge of Pastor James E. Dove (Ebenezer Baptist Church, Boston MA), Dr. Emmett G. Price III (then serving as Assistant to the Pastor) convened and moderated “The State of Music Ministry in the Black Church - Greater Boston Area Symposium” as part of the 133rd Anniversary of Ebenezer Baptist Church. The Symposium featured a keynote charge by Eli Wilson, Jr. (Eli Wilson Ministries) followed by a panel of area ministers of music concerning the current state of church music ministry.

Amongst the responses by participants were the desired need to have more leadership training, more conversation(s) about the history, the present and the future of Black Church Music Ministry. To respond to this need, Dr. Price created the BCMMP (Black Church Music Ministry Project) during the summer of 2006 in order to meet the needs of numerous pastors, ministers of music, music ministry participants and churches. Beyond lecturing, leadership clinics and consultations, BCMMP launched a Music Ministry Survey (2006) to assess the needs and desires for the constituencies for which BCMMP aims to serve.

BCMMP (Black Church Music Ministry Project) is an ecumenical, intergenerational organization founded on Biblical principles for the purpose of serving, nurturing and developing spiritual leaders within music ministry through research, the publication of resources, and hosting leadership training via forums, workshops and conferences. We serve in the spirit of excellence and a commitment to integrity, accountability, dignity and honesty. We are recognized for our dedication to musical and intellectual excellence as well as mentoring spiritually mature music ministry leaders. We pride ourselves on adhering to the unchanging Word of God, remaining accountable and committed to our ministerial call as well as exemplifying servant leadership. It is our prayer that through our service, the body of Christ will benefit and God will be glorified and pleased.

BCMMP Mission Statement

BCMMP (Black Church Music Ministry Project) aims to serve, nurture and develop spiritual leaders within music ministry.

BCMMP (Black Church Music Ministry Project) is committed:
To Empower music ministry leaders with effective spiritual leadership principles.

To Preserve the rich heritage and legacy of music ministry within the Black Church while leaving a legacy of hope and promise for future generations.

To Encourage the incorporation of contemporary methods of presentation of the unchanged Word of God.

To Promote the re-establishment of the local church as the primary training ground and venue of expression for children, youth and young adults.

To Develop a replicable ecumenical system of training for ministers acknowledging a call specifically to the ministry of music.

BCMMP Vision Statement

Our vision is to see music ministry leaders fulfill the Great Commission (Matthew 28: 18-20) through the ministry of music in local churches.

ABOUT BCMMP President & Founder

A native of Los Angeles, California, Rev. Emmett G. Price III, Ph.D. is an ordained minister of the gospel and veteran musician, music director and minister of music and worship. Rev. Price presently serves as the Founding Pastor of Community of Love Christian Fellowship (Allston, MA). Since 2011, he has served as the Director of the James Abbington Church Music Academy as part of the Hampton University Ministers' Conference & Choir Directors' and Organists' Guild. He is internationally ranked as a scholar, clinician and lecturer on a number of topics including: Black Church Music, The Black Church, Leadership in Music Ministry, Black Music of the United States (African American Music), Bridging the Generational Divide and Christian Worship. He has most recently edited The Black Church and Hip Hop Culture: Toward Bridging the Generational Divide (Scarecrow Press, 2012). His current project, The Black Church and Black Popular Culture is slated for publication in 2015. 

Dr. Price has a B.A. in music from the University of California, Berkeley and both an M.A. and Ph.D. in music (ethnomusicology) from the University of Pittsburgh. He also obtained an M.A. in urban ministry from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. In addition to being a widely published author and internationally renown musician, he is a tenured, associate professor of music at Northeastern University (Boston, MA) where he served as chair of the African American Studies Department from 2008 to 2012. He has served as a visiting professor of Africana Studies at Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA) and a visiting guest professor at Andover Newton Theological School (Newton, MA) in the spring of 2013. For more on Rev. Price, please visit http://www.emmettprice.com.

 BCMMP: In The Press


 Dr. Price is quoted in Faith and Leadership (the online magazine of Leadership Education at Duke University), Hip-hop Mosaic.


11.16.13 - Theological Reflection and Critical Dialogue on the Practice of Worship in the 21st Century

A Music Ministry Symposium

06.02-07.13 - 99th Annual Hampton Ministers' Conference & 79th Annual Choir Directors' & Organists' Guild Workshop


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