About Us

Who we are

A nonprofit founded in 1985, we support the creation, performance, and study of music through awards, scholarships, grants, and commissions.

Support for the Foundation comes primarily from BMI- affiliated songwriters, composers, and publishers, BMI employees, and members of the public with a special interest in music. Many donors have chosen to contribute to the Foundation in the spirit of "giving back" to the field of music, which they feel has been generous to them. Because all members of the Foundation's staff and the distinguished members of the Advisory Panel serve without compensation, over 91% of all donations and investment income is available for charitable grants. Contributions to the Foundation are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law.

Throughout the year, the Foundation works to administer various scholarship competitions, awards, fellowships and commissions. The final selections for these programs are entrusted to panels made up of some of the world's most distinguished artists and musicians, all of whom volunteer their time and knowledge. The focus of these programs is on American music; however, there are several opportunities open to international students.

The Foundation also awards grants on an annual basis to nonprofit music and arts organizations around the country. The Foundation's Advisory Panel reviews and makes recommendations for these awards, which range from the support of classical music groups specializing in contemporary works, to musical theatre programs for inner-city youth, to programs designed to preserve and continue such indigenous American music as jazz and blues.

Our Board

Composed of various music publishing and entertainment executives and musicians, our staff serves without compensation to provide creative and educational opportunities to emerging talent, established artists, and other nonprofit organizations that share our commitment to music.

Deirdre Chadwick photoDeirdre ChadwickPresident
Mike O’Neill photoMike O’NeillHonorary Chair
David F. Bills photoDavid F. BillsExecutive Vice President
Porfirio Piña photoPorfirio PiñaSenior Vice President
Samantha Cox photoSamantha CoxVice President
Richard Garza photoRichard GarzaVice President
Gary Cannizzo photoGary CannizzoTreasurer
Antonella DiSaverio photoAntonella DiSaverioSecretary
Clay Bradley photoClay Bradley
Evelyn Buckstein photoEvelyn Buckstein
Anne Cecere photoAnne Cecere
Pat Cook photoPat Cook
Dan Coleman photoDan Coleman
Corey Field photoCorey Field
Theodora Zavin photoTheodora ZavinFounding President
(In Memoriam)
Ralph N. Jackson photoRalph N. JacksonPresident Emeritus

Advisory Panel

Our distinguished Advisory Panel includes many award-winning musicians and music industry executives, who work in collaboration with our staff to award our New Music Grants to music and arts nonprofit organizations throughout the country.

  • Robbin Ahrold
  • Martin Bandier
  • Caroline Bienstock
  • Oscar Brand (In Memoriam)
  • Paquito D’Rivera
  • Charles Fox
  • Lance Freed
  • Neil J. Gillis
  • Jeffrey L. Graubart
  • Aaron Jay Kernis
  • Cindy McTee
  • Ralph Peer II
  • Mike Post
  • Joan Tower
  • Troy Tomlinson
  • W. G. Snuffy Walden
  • Patrick Williams
  • Maury Yeston
  • Ellen Taaffe Zwilich

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