The BMI Foundation’s annual Nashville Songwriting Scholarship is set to be revised and renamed after Dolly Parton.
The Dolly Parton Songwriters Award will be an annual, nationwide competition open to aspiring songwriters. The inaugural award will be presented in 2023, while applications will be accepted in October. The program will offer up to $20,000 for two best original song entries in the genres of Americana, Blues, Bluegrass, Contemporary Christian, Country Folk and Roots. BMI initially started the award in 2015 under the name of the Nashville Songwriting Scholarship to celebrate the company’s 75th anniversary.
The Foundation also establishes the Dolly Parton Music Fund, which will underwrite annual awards given to new songwriters, as well as programs to supplement music education in public schools (use as career grants for award studies, purchasing instruments, etc.) , recording costs or other professional expenses). Funding for the event included a major gift from Rusty Gaston of Sony Music Publishing, as well as a contribution from country artist Luke Combs from his recent BMI parking lot party, which celebrated his nine. Board number 1 hit.
“I know how personal and important songwriting is to people who have talent, and to everyone who enjoys it,” Parton said in a statement. “I’m proud to be part of a program that will help support songwriting in any way I can. Thanks to Sony Music Publishing, Luke Combs and everyone else who feel the same way and help support this.” I have been with BMI since publishing my first song as a child, so of course I feel very proud and honored to have received the BMI Songwriters Award in my honor.
“The Dolly Parton Music Fund will support the work of the BMI Foundation for years to come and make a meaningful difference to the lives of our nation’s budding songwriters,” BMI Foundation Board Member and BMI VP of Creative Clay Bradley said in a statement. “We are excited to be working with Dolly Parton on this event, honoring not only her legacy as a songwriter, but her unwavering commitment to fostering new talent, music education and musical appreciation.”
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