Michael Dorsey Announced As Second Annual Winner of BMI Founders Award for Radio Broadcasting

Published: 06.01.2017

Above: Michael Dorsey, 2017 BMI Founders Award Scholarship winner

The BMI Foundation is excited to announce Ball State University student Michael Dorsey as the winner of the second annual BMI Founders Award for Radio Broadcasting scholarship competition. The award will be presented by Broadcast Music Inc.’s (BMI) Vice President of Industry Relations and scholarship Director Dan Spears at the 42nd annual Conclave Learning Conference on July 27, 2017, in Minneapolis, MN.

Established in honor of BMI’s Board of Directors by BMI President and CEO Mike O’Neill and 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.

Michael’s winning essay, entitled “The Future of Radio,” discussed the ways in which modern radio is embracing new technology and mediums, like podcasts and live video performances, in an effort to expand their digital presence. The judges praised his industry knowledge and the ideas and originality he brought to his essay.

"It’s an amazing honor to receive this award,” said Dorsey. “I’ve become familiar with BMI through my work as a music director for 91.3 WCRD, and I’m a big fan of many of the artists represented by BMI. It feels great to have their support through the BMI Foundation, and I’m excited to further my education with this scholarship."

Dorsey is a senior telecommunications major at Ball State University. Over the past three years he has worked at 91.3 WCRD, a student operated radio station in Muncie, Indiana. His favorite aspect of working there is the opportunity to promote the discovery of new music. After graduation, he hopes to work in radio as a director.

About the BMI Foundation
The BMI Foundation is a nonprofit organization founded in 1985 to encourage the creation, performance, and study of American music. The Foundation’s programs include competitive scholarships for songwriters and composers, operating grants for nonprofit arts presenters, and support for innovative music education initiatives in schools and communities across the country. For more information about the work of the Foundation, please visit our website at For exclusive news and content, follow @bmifoundation on Twitter and Instagram, and like “BMI Foundation” on Facebook at