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BMI Workshop Members Bring Jazz to Summer Showcase Concert in NYC

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From News, posted 5.31.16. The BMI Jazz Composers Workshop will again this year highlight the best new big band and jazz orchestra compositions that were created during the past year in the workshop, at the 28th Annual Summer Showcase Concert on Wednesday, June 22, at 7:30 PM.The free event, which will feature the BMI/New… Read more...


64th Annual BMI Student Composer Award Winners Announced

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From News, posted 5.19.16. The BMI Foundation, in collaboration with BMI, has announced the nine young classical composers, ages 15 to 27, who have been named winners of the 64th annual BMI Student Composer Awards. Renowned American composer and permanent Chair of the Student Composer Awards, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, BMI President and CEO and BMIF… Read more...


Belmont Student Wins BMI Foundation’s Nashville Songwriting Scholarship

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From News, posted 5.19.16. The BMI Foundation recently awarded a $5,000 scholarship to Katie Pruitt, a Belmont University student. The BMI Foundation routinely awards scholarships, grants and commission to songwriters around the country, but this award marks the first given to someone in the Nashville songwriting community. Katy submitted an original song and was voted… Read more...


BMI Foundation Reinstates Pete Carpenter Fellowship With Sonic Fuel Studios

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From News, posted 5.18.16. The BMI Foundation, a nonprofit organization founded in 1985 to encourage the creation, performance, and study of American music, proudly announced the reinstatement of the annual Pete Carpenter Fellowship, a competitive residency for aspiring film, television, and video game composers. The newly enhanced program will award a $3,000 stipend for four… Read more...


BMI Salutes its 2016 NEA Jazz Masters With Celebratory Dinner and Live Concert

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From News, posted 4.04.16. Last night, at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., BMI joined the National Endowment for the Arts in hosting a celebratory dinner honoring BMI affiliates and 2016 Jazz Masters Gary Burton, Pharoah Sanders and Archie Shepp. The dinner was part of BMI’s continued sponsorship of the NEA Jazz Masters, which is… Read more...


BMI Foundation Awards 9th Annual Evelyn Buckstein Scholarship to CCNY Student

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From News, posted 11.17.15. Board members of the BMI Foundation (BMIF) recently hosted a luncheon at BMI’s NY office celebrating current and prior winners of the Evelyn Buckstein Scholarship, an award valued at one year’s tuition for City College of New York (CCNY) music students. Jazz saxophonist/composer Berta Moreno was chosen as the year’s… Read more...


BMI Foundation Awards Berklee College of Music $5,000 Jazz Composition Scholarship

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From News, posted 11.17.15. The BMI Foundation has awarded Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music with a $5,000 scholarship to support an undergraduate student demonstrating outstanding achievement in jazz composition. Harpist Nicolas Castañeda was chosen as the scholarship recipient based on academic and artistic excellence by Berklee’s Jazz Composition and Contemporary Writing… Read more...


John Lennon Scholarship Winners Announced

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From News, posted 9.25.15. The winners of the BMI Foundation’s 18th Annual John Lennon Scholarships, a program that recognizes the nation’s best and brightest young songwriters between the ages of 17 and 24, were announced this week by Samantha Cox, Vice President of the BMI Foundation and Director of the competition. The John Lennon… Read more...


63rd Annual BMI Student Composer Award Winners Announced

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From News, posted 6.01.15. Broadcast Music, Inc., in collaboration with the BMI Foundation, has announced the nine young classical composers, ages 14 to 26, who have been named winners of the 63rd annual BMI Student Composer Awards. Renowned American composer and permanent Chair of the Student Composer Awards, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, BMI President… Read more...


BMI Foundation Announces Nicolás Farias as Winner of peermusic Latin Scholarship

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From News, posted 5.26.15. Porfirio Piña, Senior Vice President of the BMI Foundation and Director of the peermusic Latin Scholarship competition, has announced that Nicolás Farias is the winner of the 12th annual peermusic Latin Scholarship. Farias, a twenty-year-old native of Guatemala City and student at Berklee College of Music, received the $5,000… Read more...


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