The BMI Future Jazz Master Scholarship is an annual competition open to rising jazz stars enrolled at colleges and universities nationwide. The award was established by Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) in 2015 in honor of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Jazz Masters Fellowship, a lifetime achievement distinction widely considered to be jazz music’s premier accolade, and pays tribute to the artistic excellence of jazz pioneers while providing crucial support for emerging performers.
A panel of NEA Jazz Master judges selects the winner based on evidence of talent and potential as a jazz performer and composer, and the $5,000 scholarship is presented at BMI’s annual celebration of NEA Jazz Masters Fellows. Past judges include jazz legends Ahmad Jamal, Jack DeJohnette, Jimmy Heath, and Ron Carter.
In order to be eligible for the competition, all applicants must be:
Current full-time or part-time students of a U.S. college or university. Students who have been accepted to a U.S. college or university for future enrollment are NOT eligible.
Between the ages of 17 and 24, as of time of submission.
Potential first-time winners of the competition: former winners (other than Honorable Mention) of the BMI Future Jazz Master Scholarship are not eligible to enter the competition.
Please direct all inquiries about the BMI Future Jazz Master Scholarship to:
Director, BMI Future Jazz Master Scholarship
7 World Trade Center
250 Greenwich Street
New York, NY 10007-0030, U.S.A.