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 Future Jazz Master Scholarship

    for young jazz performers

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  • BMI Student Composer Awards

    for young composers of classical music

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  • Boudleaux Bryant Commissions

    funds the creation of new chamber works

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  • Carlos Surinach Commissions

    funds the creation of new works

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  • Charlie Parker Jazz Composition Prize

    for new work from the Jazz Composers Workshop

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  • Ellen Schwartz Award

    For Outstanding Literary Merit in Lyric Writing

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  • Evelyn Buckstein Scholarship

    a year's tuition to attend the City College of New York

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  • Jean Banks Award

    for new Musical Theater writers

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  • Jeffery Cotton Awards

    For presenting organizations

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  • Jerry Bock Musical Theatre Award

    for Excellence in Musical Theatre

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  • Jerry Harrington Musical Theatre Awards

    for creative achievement in Musical Theatre

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  • John Lennon Scholarships

    for songwriters and composers

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  • Lionel Newman Conducting Scholarship

    for young classical conductors

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  • peermusic Latin Scholarship

    for songwriters and composers of Latin music

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  • Theodora Zavin Scholarship

    to a graduating senior musician at LaGuardia

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  • Woody Guthrie Fellowship

    for researchers of Woody Guthrie’s life and legacy

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Learn about General Grants

For nonprofit organizations committed to furthering the creation, performance and study of contemporary music.

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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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