peermusic Latin Scholarship Rules

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The peermusic Latin Scholarship was established in 2003 by Ralph Peer II and generously funded by peermusic for the purpose of encouraging the next generation of Latin composers. The annual competition awards a $5,000 scholarship to a student composer for the best original song or instrumental work in any Latin genre. For over a decade, the program has nurtured promising musicians who have gone on to distinguish themselves in the fields of television, film, recorded music, and concert performance. 


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

  1. Students enrolled at a college or university located in the United States or Puerto Rico.
  2. A U.S. Citizen or valid visa or green card holder. Documents must be in hand by January 15, 2021.
  3. Between the ages of 17 and 24 years old as of January 29, 2021.
  4. Non-commercial artists: applicants must not have had any musical work commercially recorded or distributed. The applicant must warrant that he or she has not assigned any rights in the submitted work to a publisher, record company, licensing organization, or any other person or entity.
  5. Former winners (other than Honorable Mention) of this competition are not eligible.


Applications must be submitted online no later than  January 29, 2021, 11:59pm EST. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Before beginning an application, please read these guidelines thoroughly:

  1. The submitted entry must be an original song or instrumental work in a Latin genre. Both lyrics and music must be original and not based on any prior work.
  2. Applicants may submit only one song or instrumental work to the competition
  3. The entry must be submitted as a MP3 or MP4a file, which should be named only with the title of the song. One copy of the lyrics must also be submitted as a PDF. Neither of these items may indicate the name of the applicant or their school. Applicants should retain copies of their recordings and lyrics.
  4. If a submitted work is written by two or more applicants (e.g., a composer and lyricist):
    1. All applicants must meet all eligibility requirements.
    2. Such a jointly written work will be considered as a single entry.
    3. Should a jointly written work receive any type of award under this contest, the scholarship will be divided equally between applicants.


One $5,000 award will be available for the competition (to be split equally if there are co-writers). The Foundation reserves the right to make no award,  or to award a prize or prizes totaling less than the full amount. The BMI Foundation shall have the right (but shall have no obligation) to license up to three public performances of a winning composition and, in the case of works of a popular nature, authorize appropriate musical arrangements to be made for such performances. The BMI Foundation shall also have the right to post or share a recording and/or written lyrics of any winning compositions on the and websites and social media profiles and to authorize the reproduction and distribution on audio tape and/or CD of no more than twelve (12) copies of each work. All other rights under the copyright law remain vested in the composer and lyricist.

The winner, if any, will be announced in the spring of 2021 via email, in the press and/or on


Please address all inquiries to:

Director, peermusic Latin Scholarship
BMI Foundation, Inc.
7 World Trade Center
250 Greenwich Street
New York, NY 10007-0030

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