The mission of the Academy of Music is to enrich greater Northampton’s quality of life by offering first class performing arts and film presentations in an historic theatre of national significance, and encouraging the use of the venue for social, educational and professional events; the Academy of Music seeks a broad and diverse audience through its programming and outreach efforts.

The Academy of Music building is owned by the City of Northampton, which received the deed in 1892 from former owner and builder Edward H.R. Lyman. The Academy of Music, Inc., is the operating entity for the building, and it is an independent, private, not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) charitable organization governed by a Board of Trustees. The Northampton Mayor and Smith College President serve on the board, as was Lyman’s wish. The other board members are volunteers who have an interest in the performing arts, in the continued vitality of the City of Northampton, or who have special expertise related to the Academy’s operations.

Commitment to Racial Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Today and every day, the Academy of Music Theatre is committed to supporting our community and taking actions toward increased racial equity and inclusion.

We support our Black community, partners, collaborators, artists, promoters and fellow citizens who are speaking out against racism. We hope that together we can achieve a deeper understanding of racism and its impacts, and create a better, stronger and more just world. We need to listen more. We need to do more to uproot racism.

The arts have always been an agent for change and protest with the ability to shine the light on injustice. In the months ahead, we will take action by adding voices for change to our stage, to our programs, and in our institutional policies.

“I’ll tell you what freedom is to me: no fear. I mean, really, no fear.” Nina Simone