Press Release: MPA and MENC Team Up to Offer Copyright Awareness Scholarship

Copyright Awareness Scholarship Available to Students

MPA Teams with MENC to Award Prizes of $10,000, $3000 and $2000 to Students in U.S. High Schools, Colleges, Universities and Trade Schools

RESTON, VA (March 8, 2010) – The Music Publishers Association of the United States is offering a Copyright Awareness Scholarship through MENC: The National Association for Music Education for students age thirteen through twenty-five. Three awards will be granted: a first prize of $10,000, a second prize of $3,000 and a third prize of $2,000. The scholarship was established to award students who present a creative and compelling message relaying the importance of intellectual property and copyright law. Students interested in submitting an entry to be considered for the award will find additional information at MENC Contests. Submissions for this year’s award must be received by May 1, 2010.

Submissions are taken in any genre, and can be submitted in written, audio, or audio-visual format using commonly-used software. If the submission contains any copyrighted material such as a song or video clip owned by another party, evidence of permission to use that material will be required. Interested parties may read the official rules online.

Winners are also invited to attend MENC’s 2010 Music Education Week, June 24-29, in Washington, DC.

For more information about these scholarships, please contact the MPA at or visit MENC Contests.
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. This non-profit association addresses itself to issues pertaining to every area of music publishing with an emphasis on the issues relevant to the publishers of print music for concert and educational purposes. Visit for more information.

MENC: The National Association for Music Education, among the world’s largest arts education organizations, marked its centennial in 2007 as the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. Through membership of more than 75,000 active, retired, and pre-service music teachers, and with 60,000 honor students and supporters, MENC serves millions of students nationwide through activities at all teaching levels, from preschool to graduate school. MENC’s mission is to advance music education by encouraging the study and making of music by all. Since 1907, MENC has worked to ensure that every student has access to a well-balanced, comprehensive, and high-quality program of music instruction taught by qualified teachers. MENC’s activities and resources have been largely responsible for the establishment of music education as a profession, for the promotion and guidance of music study as an integral part of the school curriculum, and for the development of the National Standards for Arts Education. MENC is located at the National Center for Music Education in Reston, VA.