If you are a student composer, BMI wants you ! Announced earlier this week, BMI, known for the popular BMI Pop and Urban Awards, is looking for composers under the age of 28 who are citizens of the Western Hemisphere (North, South, and Central America, the Caribbean Island Nations and the Hawaiian Islands) who are able to submit an original composition or work. Established in 1951, the Student Composer Awards were created to encourage young composers in the creation of serious music, and through cash prizes, to aid in continuing their musical education. There are no limitations as to instrumentation, style or length of work submitted. The prizes, which range from $500 to $5,000, are awarded at the discretion of the final judging panel and compositions are judged completely under pseudonyms. Official rules and entry forms are available at bmifoundation.org. The competition, which is co-sponsored by BMI and the BMI Foundation, will award $20,000 in prizes. All entries must be postmarked no later than Friday, February 13, 2009.