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The BMI Foundation to establish a scholarship in David Baker’s honor

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Oct. 28, 2015

Bloomington, IN -- Through the generous donation of music and media veteran Robbin Ahrold, Broadcast Music International (BMI) will be establishing an annual scholarship to be awarded to a skilled Jazz Composition Student at the Jacobs School of Music in honor of Distinguished Professor of Jazz Studies David Baker.

To be eligible for the scholarship through BMI, students must be enrolled full-time in jazz studies at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. They must be composing significant, original pieces of music in the jazz standard and be a junior, senior, or graduate student in good academic standing. Each spring, the jazz faculty will select a student to receive this scholarship.

Founded in 1985, the BMI Foundation is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to encourage the creation, performance, and study of music through awards, scholarships, grants, and commissions. The primary focus of the organization is on American music. Currently, Robbin Ahrold serves on the Advisory Panel for BMI which awards grants to music and arts nonprofit organizations throughout the country.

David Baker, Robbin Ahrold, and Tom Walsh finalizing the scholarship.

On the left is Distinguished Professor of Jazz David Baker, in the middle is Robbin Ahrold, and on the right is Professor of Music Tom Walsh.