BMI Founders Award Deadline Extended to Apr. 1 for Broadcasting Students Nationwide

Published: 02.08.2017

The BMI Foundation has extended the application deadline for the BMI Founders Award for Radio Broadcasting scholarship competition through April 1st, 2017. Open to broadcasting students nationwide, the second annual program will award up to $5,000 for the best original essay response entry. The winner will also receive a trip to the 42nd annual Conclave Learning Conference in Minneapolis this summer, where the award will be presented. Aspiring radio newscasters, announcers, sales executives, program directors, etc. are encouraged to apply.

Established in 2015, the award commemorates the group of radio industry leaders who founded Broadcast Music, Inc. in 1939 with an unprecedented and enduring mission: to provide a competitive source for music licensing and an open-door policy to songwriters, composers, and publishers of all genres of music. Each year, the program recognizes a student with the potential to become an innovator in the rapidly changing field of broadcast radio.

According to Dan Spears, BMI’s Vice President of Industry Relations and Director of the competition, entrants must be current students at accredited U.S. colleges or universities, between the ages of 17 and 24 at the time of entry, and degree candidates in Broadcast Communications or related majors. Applicants will be evaluated based on their essay response, letter of recommendation, and academic record. Online applications must be completed no later than April 1, 2017, 11:59 pm EST. For more information and to apply, please visit

The BMI Foundation is a nonprofit organization, incorporated in the state of New York in February 1984, and dedicated to the creation, performance and study of music, in fields including but not limited to music education, the preservation of the indigenous American jazz form, and the creation and exposure to audiences of contemporary music, particularly in the areas of classical, jazz, and musical theatre. Tax-deductible donations to the Foundation may be made on our website. For exclusive news and content, follow @bmifoundation on Twitter and like “BMI Foundation” on Facebook.