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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...


American Authors to Give Special Benefit Concert for BMI Foundation

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From News, posted 1.07.15. On January 20, 2015, the BMI Foundation will offer a rare opportunity to enjoy a private concert by internationally renowned, platinum-selling alternative-rock band American Authors. The benefit event, to be held in BMI’s NY office, will help support the Foundation’s music performance and education initiatives. It will begin with a VIP… Read more...


BMI Foundation Introduces the Jeffery Cotton Awards

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From News, posted 12.08.14. The BMI Foundation is pleased to announce the introduction of the Jeffery Cotton Awards. Named for BMI composer Jeffery Cotton (1957-2013), the awards are intended to defray the cost of rehearsing and presenting in concert the second performance of a chamber or orchestral work by an American composer. Cotton was… Read more...


63rd Annual BMI Student Composer Awards Competition Announced

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From News, posted 12.08.14. Broadcast Music, Inc. President and CEO Mike O’Neill and BMI Foundation President and Student Composer Awards Director Deirdre Chadwick have announced the opening of the 63rd annual BMI Student Composer Awards competition. Co-sponsored by BMI and the BMI Foundation, a nonprofit corporation founded in 1985 to support the creation, performance, and… Read more...


BMI Foundation Announces Opening of John Lennon Scholarships Competition

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From News, posted 12.08.14. The BMI Foundation, a nonprofit corporation founded in 1985 to support the creation, performance, and study of music through awards, scholarships, commissions, and grants, has announced the opening of the 18th annual John Lennon Scholarships competition. The 2015 competition will award three scholarships totaling $20,000 to U.S. college-student songwriters for the… Read more...


BMI Foundation Announces Opening of 10th Annual Woody Guthrie Fellowship

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From News, posted 12.08.14. Deirdre Chadwick, President of the BMI Foundation, and Deana McCloud, Executive Director of the Woody Guthrie Center and Archives, have announced the opening of the 10th annual Woody Guthrie Fellowship. First established in 2005, the Woody Guthrie Fellowship seeks to encourage unique exploration into the life and legacy of one of… Read more...


17th Annual John Lennon Scholarship Winners Announced

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From News, posted 12.01.14. Vice President of the BMI Foundation and Director of the John Lennon Scholarship songwriting competition, Samantha Cox, announced that Caitlin Notey, a 22-year-old student of Popular Music at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music, is the first place winner in the 17th annual songwriting event for her song… Read more...


Samuel Zagnit Wins Theodora Zavin Scholarship

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From News, posted 9.10.14. The BMI Foundation proudly presented the 2014 Theodora Zavin Scholarship to Samuel Zagnit in a private ceremony at the BMI offices at 7 World Trade Center in New York City on September 8. Zagnit is a composer and bassist who begins studies at the Manhattan School of Music this week. The… Read more...


Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop Member Andrew Monroe Wins Jerry Bock Award

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From News, posted 7.14.14. The 2014 Jerry Bock Award, which is given for the most promising new musical to be written in the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop, was presented at a luncheon at Broadcast Music Inc.’s New York office on June 17, 2014. With the sad death of Jerry Bock, the awards were… Read more...


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