BMI Founders Internship Program for Radio Broadcasting Rules

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Established in 2015, the BMI Founders Award is an annual internship program open to radio broadcasting students nationwide. 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. A 4-6 week paid internship with a major US broadcasting corporation is awarded for the best original essay response submitted to the competition and recognizes a student with the potential to become an innovator in the rapidly changing field of broadcast radio. 


In order to be eligible for the competition, all applicants must be:

  1. Currently enrolled full-time at an accredited U.S. college or university. Students who are enrolled part-time and those who have been accepted for future enrollment are NOT eligible.
  2. Broadcasting degree candidates with an academic focus in radio broadcasting. Applicable majors include, but are not limited to: Broadcast and Emerging Media, Broadcast Communications, Broadcast Journalism, Broadcasting, Broadcasting and Mass Communications, Electronic Media and Broadcasting, and Radio and Television Broadcast Technology.
  3. Between the ages of 17 and 24, as of the application deadline. 


Applications must be submitted online no later than March 4, 2022 11:59pm EST. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. Before beginning an application, please read these guidelines thoroughly:

  1. Applicants must submit an original essay response to ONE of the following questions: 
    1. Since its founding, BMI has embraced innovation and developed new technologies to benefit music creators around the world. Which recent technological advancements or developments do you think most benefit the radio industry and why?
    2. In 2005, BMI introduced “See It Hear First,” the first music industry podcast to be featured in the iTunes directory, highlighting music from new BMI talent. Has the subsequent increase in podcast consumption helped or hindered terrestrial radio? -OR- How will the continued increase in podcast consumption affect terrestrial radio?
  2. All contents of the submitted essay response must be wholly original and not based on any prior work.
  3. The entry may be submitted in typewritten or video format.
  4. Written submissions must be between 700-1,500 words in length. Video submissions must be between six and twelve minutes in length. Applicants should retain copies of their entries, as the Foundation will not undertake to return materials.
  5. Applicants are also required to submit a copy of their most recent transcript, demonstrating a minimum 3.0 GPA, and one letter of recommendation from a full-time faculty member at their institution.


One internship at a major broadcast company will be available for the competition. The Foundation reserves the right to make no award. 

The winner, if any, will be announced in May 2021 in the press and on


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