National Music Council And Music Publishers Association Announce 2015 Copyright Awareness Scholarship Winners

After reviewing hundreds of applications for the 2015 Copyright Awareness Scholarship we are pleased to announce this year’s big winners!

First Prize ($5,000) went to Hannah Paine for her heartfelt and honest take on the value of music. Hannah, who just completed her first year at Chapman University, is studying film production.

Second prize ($3,000) went to Jordan Hendrickson. Jordan, who just graduated from High School in Luck Wisconsin, is headed to the Milwaukee School of Engineering to study Software Engineering.

Third prize ($2,000) went to Lorena Durán for her artistic take on the subject; her video asks the viewer to think about what happens when we dilute art. Lorena is a graduate student in film at NYU.

With so many outstanding submissions this year it was hard to select just three winners. The National Music Council and the Music Publishers Association would like to acknowledge the excellent work of our finalists:

Christopher Delgado, Palm Beach, FL
Victoria Miller, Sarasota, FL
Noelani Rachel Min, Memphis, TN
Alex Nazarchuk, Fife, WA
David Ramirez, Pembroke Pines, FL
Alex Rennie, Santa Fe, NM
Ryan Rusin, Garden Grove, CA

We are certain that each and every one of these students have a bright future ahead of them.

And to all of the brave students who stood up to the challenge to tell us why copyright and intellectual property are important, we commend them! We know so much work goes into these projects and look forward to viewing the creative and fantastic things that come from the minds of our applicants.

The Copyright Awareness Scholarship was created in 2010 by the Music Publishers Association to help students learn more about intellectual property and copyright. The MPA has since joined with the National Music Council to help cast a wider net and reach a larger audience of students.

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Founded in 1895, the Music Publishers Association is the oldest music trade organization in the United States, fostering communication among publishers, dealers, music educators, and all ultimate users of music.

The National Music Council is celebrating its 75th year as a forum for the free discussion of this country’s national music affairs and challenges. Through the cooperative work of its member organizations, the NMC promotes and supports music and music education as an integral part of the curricula in the schools of our nation, and in the lives of its citizens. The Council provides for the exchange of information and coordination of efforts among its member organizations and speaks with one voice for the music community whenever an authoritative expression of opinion is desirable.