Last year’s grant recipient was up-and-coming songwriter and artist Mondaii, who is based in Atlanta. Mondaii said of the grant’s impact, “The music maker grant and the $5000 funding helped to kick start my career. With the money, I was able to fund the mixing for my latest single ‘Back N Forth.’”
Emerging Black music producers and songwriters from the United States are eligible to apply for the second iteration of the grant. In addition to money, the winner receives studio time and mentorship from BMAC Board and Executive Leadership in addition to Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, who comprise the acclaimed songwriting and production duo known as Jam and Lewis.
The deadline to apply is Nov. 30; the application and more information can be found here.
The 2024 recipient will be revealed in December at an event presented by BMAC and Jam and Lewis; ASCAP will host. BMAC leadership will join Jam and Lewis in presenting the honor to the winner.
Willie “Prophet” Stiggers, CEO and president of BMAC said, “Black Music Action Coalition is committed to ensuring the next generation of leaders in our industry are equipped with the knowledge, resources and access that our community deserves and does not always receive.”
He continued, “We see the impact made when we truly invest in our future. Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis are two of the greatest producers, songwriters and human beings in this industry, so having them as mentors to a young person is invaluable. When you add the network that the BMAC Board & our Executive Leadership Council and ASCAP will provide, this is really an incredible opportunity.”