Concerts in the Courtyard

The courtyard of the Central Library in Copley Square is one of Boston's most beautiful havens from the hustle and bustle of the city. As is now tradition, the iconic space fills with music during Friday afternoons in the summertime.

Summer 2021 update: Due to COVID-19 safety guidelines, this summer’s concert series will feature solo artists or duos only, to be livestreamed from our Courtyard to the BPL’s YouTube channel. It is possible we may be allowed to have a small, live audience, depending on how safety guidelines change in the coming months.

Every Friday at 12:00 p.m. (from June 4 through August 27), tune into the to the BPL’s YouTube channel to enjoy an hour of free music in styles ranging from jazz and singer-songwriter to experimental and contemporary classical to Latin and African American spirituals. To watch past concerts, view our YouTube playlist.

For Performers

Thank you for your interest in the Boston Public Library’s annual Concert in the Courtyard Series. Our deadline for accepting this year's applications has passed. We enjoyed reviewing the exciting and diverse submissions. But there were too many for us to schedule every musician. The Programs Department will notify performers who were not selected in the beginning of June 2021. We hope that next year's application process will be for a series that is able to accommodate a bigger in-person audience.

We are grateful to the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, the presenting sponsor of Concerts in the Courtyard for the third year in a row. We deeply appreciate the Bank’s commitment to the arts and to these concerts, which are free and open to all.

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