Boudleaux Bryant Commissions

for classical composers

The Boudleaux Bryant Commissions fund the creation of new chamber works by former BMI Student Composer Award winners, for premiere with leading contemporary music performers and organizations throughout the nation.

The commissioning program was established through the generosity of family and friends of the late, celebrated songwriter, Boudleaux Bryant. Bryant and his wife Felice formed one of the most successful songwriting duos in recorded music history, penning such hits as “All I Have to Do Is Dream” and “Bye Bye Love” for some of the biggest acts in pop and country music, including The Everly Brothers, Bob Dylan, Sarah Vaughan, and Tony Bennett.

For each commission, the BMI Foundation chooses a prominent, contemporary artist or organization, and they in turn select a former BMI Student Composer Award winner to write the commissioned work. Because Mr. Bryant began his career as a classical violinist, the commissioned work must feature a violin part in his honor.

The inaugural Boudleaux Bryant Commission was written by composer/guitarist D.J. Sparr for the GRAMMY-winning contemporary chamber music sextet, Eighth Blackbird. Prior recipients also include Dan Visconti for the Janaki String Trio and Michael Gilbertson, chosen by Sybarite 5.


By invitation only, no applications accepted.