Code Listen

Music for Healing and Dialogue



A civic arts project using music to support healing and dialogue on gun violence, race and law enforcement practices for Boston residents. Led by Boston Artist-in-Residence Shaw Pong Liu (violinist and composer) in partnership with the City of Boston, the Boston Police Department, and community organizations including the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute Teen Empowerment and the Mattapan Teen Center.


2017 Musical Memorials

Call to Musicians

The Musical Memorial Project invites volunteer musicians (solo or ensemble) to perform for grieving families at the 21st annual Mother's Day Walk for Peace on Sunday, May 14th for 1.5 hour slots between 9:00am-1:00pm.

Musicians will perform 30-minute sets alongside a memorial poster, in honor of a community member lost to homicide, while 10,000-15,000 Peace walkers pass by. 

The Mother's Day Walk for Peace is an annual fundraiser for the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute, a Boston non-profit that supports families surviving homicide. Last year, an estimated 15,000 people walked. The Walk is an incredible community expression of peace and a collective demand for dignity and compassion for all families impacted by murder.

There will be several outdoor performance sites along the 6-mile outdoor route from Dorchester to City Hall, particularly by Roxbury Crossing and in the South End, as well as a possible performance at City Hall, the ending point of the Walk. Most sites are acoustic (though power may be available at 1-2 sites).

The Musical Memorials was initiated in 2016 as part of musician Shaw Pong Liu's City of Boston Artist-in-Residence project, Code Listen. It is a collaboration between the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute, musician Shaw Pong Liu, the Boston Police Department, and the City of Boston Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture.

Please complete this short musician registration by Wednesday, April 19th if you are available. Questions can be directed to

 Tanya Maggi and Amelia-Hollander Ames honor Robert Harden at the 2016 Mother's Day Walk for Peace

Tanya Maggi and Amelia-Hollander Ames honor Robert Harden at the 2016 Mother's Day Walk for Peace

We are collaborating with 6 organizations serving survivors of homicide to invite family members to honor and remember loved ones lost to homicide at the Mother’s Day Walk for Peace with memorial posters that will be accompanied by musicians at the Walk. The musical memorials will be placed along the Walk route (outdoors), and potentially in the City Hall as well.  

2016 Musical Memorials

Code Listen invites families to share photos and/or written memories of loved ones lost to violence. We will be honoring and remembering those lost with photos and musical performances at public events and in public spaces around the City of Boston, to pay respects and to raise public awareness of the toll of gun violence on our communities. Events include the May 3 day-long Harmony and Hope concert event at Arlington St. Church,  the May 8 Mother's Day Walk for Peace.

To participate, please contact codelistenboston  {at} or Officer Marivelle Crespo, Victims and Witness Resources, BPD Homicide Unit

 marivlle.crespo {at}