Founder Biography

Ernie Boch, Jr.

Music Charity Founder

Ernie's automotive career began in the 1970's when he began working for his father, who was already an icon in the New England auto industry. For the next 20 years, Ernie gained inside knowledge of how an automotive empire operates and how it grows. Since the passing of his father, Ernie, Jr. has taken the business to even greater heights through his dynamic vision and innovative business model.

Though successfully running the family business has been the reward, Ernie's underlying passion has always been music. Ernie graduated from Berklee College of Music in 1982 and now sits on the school's advisory board, staying closely involved with the musical community in Boston.

Music Charity

In 2006, Ernie founded Music Drives Us, a Boch family Foundation that supports music education, preservation and awareness throughout New England. Through his own generosity and the investment of his own funds, Ernie has been able to reach deep into the underserved communities to ensure that everyone has access to music. By providing grants to individuals and groups in the area, the Foundation supports all facets of music insuring his mission of music education, awareness and preservation continues to thrive throughout New England. It was not until Ernie saw the results from his own investment that he looked into other sources of funding from strategic partnerships for the project. Those results have involved and impacted numerous individuals and groups throughout the region, providing support for such programs as early education, music therapy, marching bands, music mentors, free concerts, and specialty scholarships.

Click here for detailed information about our list of grant recipients and Board of Directors.

We can't imagine a world without music...

Music Drives Us