Porfirio Piña, Director of the BMI Foundation’s peermusic Latin Scholarship, has announced that Samuel Genao is the winner of the seventh annual peermusic Latin Scholarship, a competition for original Latin songs and instrumental compositions. Genao, a 22-year-old native of New York City and a student at The City College of New York, received a $5,000 scholarship for his song, “Amor Entre Acordes.” The award was presented onstage during the BMI Latin Awards ceremony held in Las Vegas, Nevada on March 4, 2010.
Honorable mention goes to Rene G. Boscio from Conservatorio de Musica de Puerto Rico and Edgar I. Barrera from University Texas-Pan American and their respective songs “El Dia Mas Bello Del Mundo” and “Digale.”
The scholarship competition was established through the generosity of Ralph Peer II and the peermusic companies and was open to students between the ages of 16 and 24 attending colleges and universities in the United States and Puerto Rico. The 2010 jury included BMI’s Marissa Lopez, peermusic’s Julio Bague, Sony ATV Music Publishing’s Claribel Cuevas, Universal Music Publishing’s Kenny Cordova, Spanish Broadcasting System’s Elizabeth Paulino, Universal Music Latino’s Pedro Guzman and Latin Grammy & BMI Award winner Daniel Freiberg. Porfirio Piña, Director of the Foundation’s peermusic Latin Scholarship and Senior Director of Writer & Publisher Relations-Latin Music at BMI in New York, oversaw the selection and judging process.
Founded by Ralph Peer in 1928, peermusic is a global network of music publishing companies operating from 33 offices in 27 countries. There are over a quarter of a million titles in the company’s catalogue, and songs that vary from country, blues, jazz and pop to Latin, concert and rock.
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