The BMI Foundation has announced 20-year-old Messiah College student Mikaela Mummert as the winner of the inaugural, nationwide BMI Founders Award for Radio Broadcasting scholarship competition. The award was presented by BMI Vice President of Industry Relations and Scholarship Director Dan Spears, along with BMI Foundation Executive Vice President David F. Bills, at the 41st annual Conclave Learning Conference on July 14, in Minneapolis, MN.
Launched in 2015, the BMI Founders Award commemorates the group of radio industry leaders who founded BMI in 1939 with a groundbreaking open-door policy supporting songwriters, composers, and publishers of all genres of music. The program aims to encourage students who will further this legacy as future innovators of broadcast radio, awarding a $5,000 scholarship annually based on an applicant’s original essay response and academic record.
Mummert’s winning essay, entitled “Streaming Services and Social Media: Advancements Helping the Radio Industry,” discussed the ways in which digital streaming, mobile phone apps, and social media platforms have enabled modern radio to develop increased engagement with a broader audience of listeners and artists alike. The judges praised her entry for its clarity, cohesion, and strength as an overview of radio’s place in the rapidly changing media landscape.