The Jeffery Cotton Awards are a grant for which presenting organizations may apply as a part of their proposal for the BMI Foundation General Grants.
BMI composer Jeffery Cotton (1957-2013) won three BMI Student Composer Awards, was a Fulbright and Guggenheim fellow, and was the recipient of the Walter Hinrichsen Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, among many other honors.
During his tenure as resident composer for the St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble in New York, Jeffery established the “Second Helpings” concert series, which offered reprise performances of recent works in novel performance spaces. This innovative series addressed the issue of momentum for new musical compositions, which are often successfully premiered but never heard again.
The Jeffery Cotton Awards are intended to defray the cost of rehearsing and presenting a reprise concert performance of a chamber or orchestral work by an American composer that was previously premiered in a different city or concert season.