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 the recipient of three BMI Student Composer Awards, was a Fulbright and Guggenheim fellow and earned the Walter Hinrichsen Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, among many other honors. During his tenure as resident composer for the St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble in New York, he established the “Second Helpings” concert series, which offered reprise performances of recent works in novel performance spaces. This innovative series addressed the issue of momentum for new musical compositions, which are often successfully premiered, but never heard again.
The BMI Foundation was founded in 1985 to further the creation, performance and study of music through grants, awards and scholarships, a mission to which the Jeffery Cotton Awards strictly adheres. Application for this award can only be made in conjunction with a proposal to the BMI Foundation’s General Grants program, which is by invitation only. Complete rules and application details are available on the Foundation Jeffery Cotton Awards page.