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The BMI Awards are accolades presented annually by Broadcast Music, Inc., honoring songwriters, composers, and music publishers in various genres. Based in the United States, the awards include the BMI Christian Awards, BMI Country Awards, BMI Film and TV Awards, BMI Latin Awards, BMI London Awards, BMI Pop Awards, BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards, and the BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Music Honors. The main pop music award was founded in 1952.
The BMI Student Composer Award—for young composers of classical music—has been won by such composers as Philip Glass (1959), John Adams (1970), Stephen Jaffe (1974), Jonathan Elliott (1985, 1987), and Mason Bates (2003).
- "BMI Awards". BMI. Retrieved November 9, 2019.
- Rich Podolsky, Don Kirshner: The Man with the Golden Ear, ISBN 1458471551, 2012. Quote: "For songwriters, a BMI Award was the near equivalent of an Oscar. BMI is the organization that keeps track of airplay, both radio and television, for music ..."
- Billboard, 15 Oct 1977. Quote: "The breakfast concept lasted a few years, then the BMI Awards became the most prestigious event"
- "Genres: BMI Student Composer Award Winners". BMI.com. Retrieved 2019-05-30.
- Swayne, Steve (April 2014). Orpheus in Manhattan: William Schuman and the Shaping of America's Musical Life. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780199367849.