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The Recording Academy’s Black Music Collective and Amazon Music Bring Back Scholarships for HBCU Students

UPDATE: On Wednesday, June 29, the Recording Academy’s Black Music Collective and partner Amazon Music announced that Jayden Ahmad Potts, Amir Duke, Jasmine Gordon and Zsana Hoskins were this year’s winners of the “Your Future Is Now” scholarship. The program is designed to give students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) the opportunity to learn and explore all facets of the music industry.

The Academy noted in a statement, “This diverse group of students represents four schools, four stages of their higher education journey, and four different areas of interest in the music industry. Ahmad Potts is a freshman at Jackson State University with an interest in sound engineering and production; Duke is a Morehouse College senior interested in management and A&R; Gordon is a sophomore at Spelman College with an interest in music marketing. and Hoskins is a junior at Howard University interested in music journalism and programming.

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Are you a student at an HBCU pursuing a bachelor’s degree in music, music business, business administration, marketing, communications, or a related field? Do you have at least a 3.0 GPA? Could you use a $10,000 grant? It might be your lucky day.

The Recording Academy’s Black Music Collective (BMC) and Amazon Music are reuniting for the second year as part of their Your Future Is Now Fellowship Program. The program aims to provide select students at HBCUs (historically black colleges and universities) with the opportunity to learn and explore all facets of the music industry.

First launched in February 2021, the program provides select HBCU students with opportunities to network with members of the music industry, including an immersive rotation program with Amazon Music and Recording Academy department heads. This year, the BMC will select four students (up from three last year) currently enrolled in an HBCU for the program. Each will receive a $10,000 scholarship.

The BMC and Amazon Music will also give two HBCUs a grant of $10,000 each to equip their music programs.

“Our commitment to pitching for the next generation of black talent and creating pathways to success for them continues with the return of the Your Future Is Now Fellowship,” Rico’s Love, vice chairman of the Recording Academy board of trustees and president of the BMC, said in a statement. “We are thrilled to bring back this program with Amazon Music which creates invaluable mentorship opportunities for students as they begin their careers in the music industry.”

“We are honored to continue collaborating with the Recording Academy’s Black Music Collective,” Ryan Redingtonvice president of the music industry at Amazon Music, added.

The scholarship application will be posted on Thursday (May 12). The deadline to apply is Friday, June 10 at 5:00 p.m. PT/8:00 p.m. ET. Recipients will be notified no later than June 13.

Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents; currently enrolled, in good standing, in an HBCU, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in music, music business, business administration, marketing, communications, or related field; and have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent).

Applicants must also upload the following documents: a current and complete transcript; a personal statement (300-500 words); a creative video (three minutes maximum); and a signed letter of recommendation from a teacher or music industry mentor on official letterhead with contact information.

Personal statements should address “your academic goals and choice of major, what you intend to do with your education, and why a scholarship is important to you. Include any academic and non-academic achievements, personal characteristics, or experiences that make you particularly worthy of scholarship consideration.

The 2021 scholarship recipients were Akeal Evans (Morehouse College senior), Jawan Davidson (North Carolina Central University senior) and Nyah Hardmon (Howard University junior).

The BMC and The Recording Academy’s GRAMMY U will host conversations so interested parties can learn more about this opportunity and hear personal testimonials from past winners.

May 21
instagram live – @recordingacademy
instagram live – @blackmusiccollective, @GRAMMYU

June 8
instagram live – @blackmusiccollective, @GRAMMYU
Twitter space – @RecordingAcad

Email any other questions to: [email protected] For full instructions and to apply, go here.

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