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BMI Founders Award for Radio Broadcasting (Deadline: April 1, 2018)

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Who Can Apply:

  • Currently enrolled full-time or part-time at an accredited U.S. college or university. Students who have been accepted for future enrollment are NOT eligible.
  • 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.
  • 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 Founders Award for Radio Broadcasting are not eligible to enter the competition.


  1. Applicants must submit an original essay response to ONE of the following prompts:
    1. In 1939, BMI was founded by a group of visionary radio broadcasters to provide a competitive source of music licensing while supporting music creators of all genres. Which radio industry leader in American history has been most influential to your career choice and why?
    2. Since its founding, BMI has embraced innovation and developed new technologies to benefit music creators around the world. Which recent technological advancements most benefit the radio industry and why?
    3. 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.

Deadline: April 1, 2018

Amount: $5,000

Learn More: https://bmifoundation.org/programs/info/bmi_founders_award_for_radio_broadcasting