Black Music Action Coalition (BMAC) partnered with Primary Wave to honor Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis for their contribution to the music industry at a private star studded event to celebrate the legendary songwriter/producer duo’s induction to the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame. Together they announced The BMAC Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis Music Makers Grant which will award $5,000 annually to an emerging BIPOC songwriter or producer who want to break into the music industry.
Recipients of the annual Music Makers Grant will be personally screened by BMAC this month in a national search and finalists will be hand chosen by Jam and Lewis. Online applications close November 15 and the winner will be announced in December. In addition to the grant, the recipient will also receive studio time and mentorship by members of BMAC Board and Executive Leadership Council.
Apply here: https://form.typeform.com/to/zRXlTo4U
“Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis are two of the greatest examples of the musical genius that has emerged from the Black experience. Their careers are a living testament that our musical expressions aren’t restricted to a genre or group, All Music Is Black Music. Jam and Lewis have achieved success across all formats and have always represented the culture with style, dignity and purpose. And to ensure that the next generation of Black songwriters and producers are equipped with the tools and resources to excel, Black Music Action Coalition is proud to establish the BMAC Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis Music Maker Grant. An annual grant of $5000 awarded to an emerging producer/songwriter selected by Jam and Lewis and the BMAC Board. This recipient will also receive mentorship from members of the organization. Music has the power to heal, inspire and to motivate, and we must ensure we are supporting the next generation of storytellers, musicians and the creative community as a whole.” – Willie “Prophet” Stiggers, co-founder/co-chair
The private event held in Los Angeles in celebration of Jam and Lewis, now Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees, launched the Music Makers Grant with a powerful speech from BMAC co-founder/co-chair Willie “Prophet” Stiggers. In attendance were star studded guests Erving “Magic” Johnson, Giveon, Kenya Barris, Jesse Collins, Sugar Ray Leonard, Stokley, Holly Robinson Peete, Chante Moore, Harvey Mason Jr, Yvette Nicole Brown, Shawn “Tubby” Holiday, John “Big Jon” Platt, Stephen Hill, Alex Avant, and more with sounds by D-Nice and DJ Cassidy.
BMAC is an advocacy organization formed to address systemic racism within the music business on behalf of Black artists, songwriters, producers, managers, agents, executives, lawyers and other passionate industry professionals. BMAC continues their efforts to reinforce and champion the contributions Black artists have made in shaping the history of our society.