The opening of the 9th annual peermusic Latin Scholarship competition has been announced by the BMI Foundation, Inc. Established by music publisher Ralph Peer II and funded by peermusic, the competition for young songwriters and composers awards a $5,000 scholarship for the best song or instrumental composition submission in a Latin genre.
Latin pop superstar Chayanne stands behind the contest, which supports and encourages young Latin musical talent. “Music is a vital part of education,” he said. “It’s truly an honor for me to be a part of peermusic and the BMI Foundation’s program that gives students the opportunity to win a cash prize for showcasing their talents.”
According to Porfirio Piña, Director of the competition, the program is open to students between the ages of 16 and 24 who are enrolled in any college or university located in the United States and Puerto Rico. All words and music must be original. The postmark deadline for entries is February 10, 2012. Competition rules and applications are available online.
Founded by Ralph Peer in 1928, peermusic is a global network of music publishing companies operating from 33 offices in 27 countries, with well over a quarter of a million titles in the company’s catalog, and songs that vary from country, blues, jazz and pop to Latin, concert and rock & roll.
The BMI Foundation, Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation founded in 1985 to support the creation, performance, and study of music through awards, scholarships, commissions and grants. Tax-deductible donations to the Foundation come primarily from songwriters, composers and publishers, BMI employees and members of the public with a special interest in music.