Dedicated to encouraging the creation, performance and study of music.

Recent Program Recipients

Throughout the year, the Foundation works to administer the various competitions for awards, scholarships, internships and commissions.


Our Programs

The final selections for these programs are entrusted to panels made up of some of the world's most distinguished artists and musicians.

  • BMI Founders Award for Radio Broadcasting

  • BMI Future Jazz Master Scholarship

  • BMI Student Composer Awards

  • Boudleaux Bryant Commissions

  • Carlos Surinach Commissions

  • Charlie Parker Jazz Composition Prize

  • Ellen Schwartz Award

  • Evelyn Buckstein Scholarship

  • Jean Banks Award

  • Jeffery Cotton Awards

  • Jerry Bock Musical Theatre Award

  • Jerry Harrington Musical Theatre Awards

  • John Lennon Scholarships

  • Lionel Newman Conducting Scholarship

  • Nashville Songwriting Scholarship

  • peermusic Latin Scholarship

  • Theodora Zavin Scholarship

  • Woody Guthrie Fellowship



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About Us

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

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