Trust Transfer Project

Trust Transfer Project (TTP)

Presented by Community Music School of Springfield & Springfield Cultural Partnership 

What is the Trust Transfer Project?


Community Music School of Springfield (CMSS), in partnership with the Springfield Cultural Partnership (SCP), announces the launch of the Trust Transfer Project, an initiative supporting and celebrating Springfield artists whose work conveys public health information in order to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and increase immunization rates. Funding for the Trust Transfer Project is made possible by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development’s 2021 Urban Agenda Grant Program, supporting community-based solutions to workforce and small business challenges.

This project is designed to:

  • Empower Black and Latinx creatives from Springfield’s Metro Center and South End communities to develop artistic messaging in a variety of mediums that can be shared across the city.
  • Effect change and improve the overall health and wellness of the Black and Latinx communities in Metro Center and South End by increasing access to accurate health information through art.
  • Mobilize youth, artists, faith leaders, educators, health professionals, and other trusted community influencers to create and share culturally relevant, and representative messaging that helps stop the spread of COVID19 and increase immunization rates.

Read the full press release from CMSS/SCP here 

Read the full press release from Commonwealth of MA here

Contact Vanessa Ford, Project Manager

“We hope to bridge the partnership gap among artists, the faith community, health institutions & community organizations as we come together in unity. Out of the darkness of this pandemic comes a shining ray of hope. Artists will be lifted up and encouraged as their gifts make room for them to create as they help in the effort to stop the spread of COVID-19.” said Vanessa Ford, Project Manager, CMSS teaching artist and lifelong resident of Springfield, who served for the past eight years as a MA Senate Staff member.

 Invited Participants Information

Trust Transfer Project is Invitation Only for Black & Latinx artists and organizations in Springfield’s South End & Metro Center

If you are interested in participating and meet the above criteria, please reach out to: 

Project Manager, Vanessa

Trust Transfer Community Partners

“Trusting artists to create & support healthy communities.”

TTP Inspired by CultureRx & BeHealthy Partnership

Culture Rx

The Culture Rx Initiative is a Mass Cultural Council (MCC) program dedicated to improving health and well-being through cultural participation. Read more

BeHealthy Partnership

The BeHealthy Partnership is made up of the Baystate Health Care Alliance and Health New England. The goal is to be a health care partner, where the focus is on the partner and their family’s overall well-being. Learn more

The BeHealthy Partnership includes primary care providers (PCPs) who are based at five nearby health centers in Springfield, Massachusetts:

Project Funded by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development’s

2021 Urban Agenda Grant Program & Davis Foundation

Baker-Polito Administration Announces $2.5 Million in Urban Agenda Grants for Community Based Awards to Urban Neighborhood


Urban Agenda Grant Program awards support community-based solutions to workforce and small business challenges

“BOSTON – Thursday, March 4, 2021 – Today, the Baker-Polito Administration announced a total of $2.5 million in Urban Agenda grants to support 30 projects in 23 communities.

Launched by the Baker-Polito Administration in 2015, the Urban Agenda Grant Program promotes economic vitality in urban neighborhoods by fostering partnerships that capitalize on unique local assets and community-driven responses to specific challenges. READ FULL PRESS RELEASE


Thank you the Irene E. & George A. Davis Foundation for supporting the Trust Transfer Project & SCP operations.


Congratulations to Springfield

Springfield received 4 of the 30 project grants that were awarded across 23 communities:

Springfield – North End – New North Citizen’s Council: $75,000 to support Mano A La Obra, an initiative to help North End Latino businesses grow and remain competitive during and after the pandemic. The Council will also help start up new businesses among its participants.

Springfield – Otis Hill – Economic Development Council of Western MA: $75,000 to support 2Generation/Whole Family Approach to Careers Project. This project will support 20 unemployed and furloughed Black and Latino residents with families, with assistance in obtaining new skills to find jobs that fit their needs as well as the needs of their families.

Springfield – McKnight – Association of Black Business and Professionals: $100,000 to support Pathways to Economic Resilience in the Black Community, a partnership with Springfield and MassHire to provide workshops to business professionals, competitive grants to small businesses, and a $2,000 internship stipend to Black and Latino students.