The BMI Foundation honored CUNY City College senior Natalynn Nunez as the 2021 winner of the Evelyn Buckstein Scholarship, an award that pays full tuition for one City College of New York (CCNY) music student annually. "I am incredibly grateful to be this year’s recipient of the Evelyn Buckstein Award" said Nunez. "With this scholarship, I will be able to finish my music production/engineering degree debt-free. Thank you to Evelyn Buckstein and the BMI Foundation for supporting composers and performers such as myself in their pursuit of education and a fulfilling career!
Natalynn Nuñez is a senior at CUNY City College, studying music production and audio engineering in the Sonic Arts Program. A lifelong vocalist and pianist, she has performed at venues all over New York City, from small stages to the Apollo Theater and Carnegie Hall, and has won awards from the National YoungArts Foundation and the ICCA Tournament. As an avid composer/songwriter, she has written and arranged for a cappella groups, instrumental ensembles, choirs, and solo performance. She plans to continue to cultivate her love of music and audio technology in her future career, and hopes to contribute to breaking the glass ceiling for female/female-identifying people of color pursuing engineering careers in the music industry.
The Evelyn Buckstein Scholarship was endowed in 2007 by BMI Foundation Board Member, retired BMI Assistant Vice President and Counsel, and CCNY alumna Evelyn Buckstein. The program annually awards $6,000 to a gifted CCNY music student who aspires to a career in professional songwriting, composition, performance and/or music education.