About Us

Our Mission

Broadway School of Music & The Arts is a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to enrich lives by providing access to high-quality, diverse arts and music instruction and programming.

Guided by its core values of confidence-building, enrichment, empowerment, education, community building, quality and accessibility, BSMA seeks to provide such arts educational opportunities to all individuals regardless of age, race, religion, level of ability, or financial means, a philosophy shared by the 450+ members of the National Guild for Community Arts Education, to which BSMA belongs. To facilitate access to arts instruction and programming, many of BSMA’s programs are free or low-cost and increasingly provided at partner sites to reach more people and serve diverse audiences. With a developing focus on serving the Greater Cleveland community, BSMA has also prioritized a leadership role in the renewal of its distressed Slavic Village neighborhood, recognizing that arts participation can engender hope, improve lives and strengthen the fabric of urban communities.

Our Vision

To be a leader in connecting and empowering people through the transforming power of the arts

Our Facility and History

The Broadway School of Music & the Arts rents space in a landmark building that originally housed the Hruby Conservatory of Music (1918-1968)*. The building is prominently positioned in the broadway historic district of Cleveland’s Slavic Village area. Through the years, the conservatory served thriving polish and Bohemian/Czech neighborhoods economically dependent upon the area’s steel mills. Ten years after the conservatory closed its doors, the building was purchased by Dr. Nicholas Demmy and his wife Olean, who lovingly restored it and guided the establishment of the broadway branch of the Cleveland Music School Settlement in 1980. In 1983, the organization became an independent non-profit, the Broadway School of Music & the Arts, and later the building was sold to a private individual. A new owner took possession of the building in 2017. The Hruby of Music Conservatory was built by the Hrubys, Cleveland’s premier musical family in the early part of the twentieth century. Four of the Hrubys were members of the early Cleveland Orchestra, founded in 1918, the same year as the Hruby Conservatory was built. Learn more by clicking on the PDF file, “Musical Hruby Family History”*..


Executive Director
Outreach Coordinator
trumpet, trombone, beginning piano and keyboard, recorder

Our roster of lesson instructors and teaching artists bring years of experience as well as their own practice as professional artists to their work. LEARN MORE about our teaching artists.

Board of Directors

Gregory Berlin, Treasurer

Eric S. Brown

Education Program Officer, KeyBank Foundation

Bryan Dumm

Member, The Cleveland Orchestra; Faculty Member, Cleveland Institute of Music and Cleveland State University

Jennifer Hillmer
Cellist, Cleveland Philharmonic; Invasive Plant Coordinator, Cleveland Metroparks
Ann E. Knuth, Esq., President
Barbara Perkins, Vice President
Betty Ann Skrha
Broadway Community Activist; Retired Nurse
Judy Stuelpe
Retired Teacher; Community Volunteer
Sakina Newhams

Assistant Director of Development Programs, Cleveland Clinic

Kevin Newhams

Project Manager, Matrix Pointe Software

All people deserve access to the arts.
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