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BMI Revises Guidelines for its Annual Composer Awards
To reflect BMI's focus on the composer, no matter where they are from, the program's new name is The BMI Composer Awards. To allow broad access, distribute resources more equitably, and create more inclusive programs, applicants are no longer required to be studying music formally. Works must still be largely notated (except for electronic elements) and through-composed; and compositions will still be judged based on the score; recordings of works are only acceptable for submissions that have non-notatable elements such as electronics.
Five Music Creators Honored with 2023 Vilcek Foundation Awards
Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Du Yun and Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Angélique Kidjo have been awarded the 2023 Prize in Music; additionally composer/singer/producer (and New Music USA Program Council member) Arooj Aftab, composer/conductor (and Amplifying Voices participant) Juan Pablo Contreras, and songwriter/producer Ruby Ibarra have been awarded 2023 Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise in Music. The Vilcek Foundation raises awareness of immigrant contributions in the United States and fosters appreciation of the arts and sciences.
Jessie Montgomery Named 2023 Musical America Composer of the Year
Musical America, the oldest American classical music magazine which now publishes music news online as well as an annual print directory, has named Jessie Montgomery its 2023 Composer of the Year. Montgomery, who was the subject of a Spotlight Session on NewMusicBox in 2016, is currently one of the composers involved in New Music USA's Amplifying Voices program.