About the Scholarship

BMI Student Composer Awards is sponsored by BMI Foundation, Inc. The foundation was started in 1985 as a charity organization that helps support the establishment, performance, and music-related study through awards, scholarships, grants, and commission. The BMI Student Composers Awards is an open competition for every young composer engaged in the study of classical music each year.

How to apply for this scholarship?

  • The students applying for this scholarship must have been completed their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application to receive this award.

  • A composer may enter no more than one composition, which need not have been composed during the year of entry.

  • All manuscripts must be in legible form and may be submitted either on the usual score paper or reproduced by a generally accepted reproduction process. 

  • Electronic music and recordings of non-traditionally scored graphic works that cannot adequately be presented in the score may be submitted.

  • Recordings should be on CD, and applicants should not send recordings of works that have standard notation. 


BMI Student Composer Award amounts to

  • This scholarship amount may range from $500 to $5,000. All rewards are non-renewable.

  • The judges shall have the right to determine the amount of each award to be given and the number of such awards to be made.

  • The number of awards offered varies annually based on the student's availability and judges making the decision.


Deadline information

The applications are to be submitted by the end of February 01, 2020. Students are informed to submit their scholarship application and other requirements are to be submitted before the due date. Applications and other information are available online on the BMI Foundation website.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The applicant must be a citizen of a country in the Western Hemisphere.

  • The student must be currently studying music in either an educational institution or privately.

  • The student must be younger than 28 years of age at the time of application.

  • The applicant should not have received the award for more than twice.

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