The BMI Awards are annual award ceremonies for songwriters in various genres organized by Broadcast Music, Inc., based in the United States and honoring songwriters and publishers. BMI Award shows include the BMI Latin Awards, BMI Pop Awards, BMI Film/TV Awards, BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards, BMI London Awards, BMI Country Awards, BMI Christian 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).
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