The Recording Academy’s Black Music Collective (BMC) and its partner Amazon Music today announced the recipients of their “Your Future Is Now” scholarship, which targets historically Black college and university (HBCU) students with the opportunity to learn all facets of the music industry. The recipients — Jawan Davidson of Central North Carolina University, Akeal Evans of Morehouse College, and Nyah Hardmon of Howard University — were announced during BMC’s National Black Music Month program, Protecting black music… Preservation, heritage and protection of the history of black music, which took place on Tuesday, June 29.
The scholarship, first announced on February 22 during Black History Month, offers students the opportunity to receive $ 10,000 for the 2021/2022 school year and the opportunity to be part of a scholarship program. Immersive two-week rotation with heads of the Amazon Music department, giving each student a detailed overview of their particular area of work at Amazon Music. To coincide with these scholarships, BMC and Amazon Music will also be awarding two HBCUs a grant of $ 10,000 each to equip their music programs, which will be announced later this summer.
Additional highlights from Protecting black music… Preservation, heritage and protection of the history of black music includes remarks from the Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Valeisha Butterfield Jones; Executive Director, Washington DC Chapter and Executive Sponsor of the Black Music Collective Jeriel johnson; and CEO of the Recording Academy Harvey Mason jr. The event also featured a spoken word performance by the Chicago Chapter Administrator and BMC member. J. Ivy and a special appearance from the four-time GRAMMY winner HER, who announced the scholarship recipients.
A panel of the same name featured the founder of the Black Music History Library Jenzia Burgos; double GRAMMY winner, Patti La Belle; NPR Reporter and Editor Sidney madden; GRAMMY, GRAMMY Legend Awards winner and Lifetime Achievement recipient smoked robinson; and artist winner of a GRAMMY Raphael Saadiq.
The Recording Academy Black Music Collective is a group of prominent black music creators and professionals who share the common goal of amplifying black voices within the Recording Academy and the music community.
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