Tony Melendez of Conjunto Primavera
Santana will be the first songwriter designated a BMI Icon at the company's Latin Awards. The honor is given to a creator who has been "a unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers."
The BMI Latin Awards recognize the songwriters and publishers of the most played Latin songs on U.S. radio and television of the company's repertoire of approximately 4.5 million musical works from around the world.
In addition to a Latin Song of the Year, Songwriter of the Year and Publisher of the Year, the 2nd annual peermusic Latin Scholarship will also be presented. A partnership with the BMI Foundation, the peermusic Scholarship, open to music students around the country, is a $5,000 award for continuing education. The winner will be announced that evening.