Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation® Awards Nicky Jam Scholarship to Pianist Leomar Cordero

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Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation® Awards Nicky Jam Scholarship to Pianist Leomar Cordero

Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation/Aug 23, 2023 - 06:15 PM

The Foundation also awarded an additional 43 scholarships to music students worldwide and announced the creation of its Scholarship Alumni Network

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MIAMI (AUGUST 24, 2023) — The Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation® awarded the Nicky Jam Scholarship to Dominican pianist Leomar Cordero during a special presentation with the artist in Miami, where the Latin GRAMMY® winner performed alongside Cordero and additional scholarship recipients.

Also known as the Prodigy Scholarship, and sponsored annually by a Latin music icon, it was created nine years ago to support music education and Latin music genres. It holds a maximum value of $200,000 and allows Cordero to pursue a bachelor's degree at Berklee College of Music in Boston, starting this fall. Previous sponsors include: Sofia Carson (2022), Juanes (2021), Julio Iglesias (2020), Emilio and Gloria Estefan (2019), Carlos Vives (2018), Miguel Bosé (2017), Juan Luis Guerra (2016) and Enrique Iglesias (2015).

Cordero is a 19-year-old musician from La Romana, was selected by the Foundation's Scholarship Committee from a highly competitive group of hundreds of applicants worldwide. Since its establishment, the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation has committed an extraordinary sum of more than $9.3 million in scholarships, grants, musical instruments, and educational programs throughout the United States and Ibero-America.

“Since our inception nearly a decade ago, the Foundation's unwavering mission has been to support and cultivate the next generation of Latin music creators. I am humbled to announce our ninth Prodigy Scholarship winner and continue this mission,” said Raquel "Rocky" Egusquiza, Executive Director of the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation®. “With the extraordinary generosity of respected artists such as Nicky Jam, we have the unique privilege of fostering the education of future generations, paving the way for their dreams to flourish and carry forward the rich legacy of Latin music.”

Nicky Jam shared "My heart swells with joy as I join the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation in awarding the Nicky Jam Scholarship to the extraordinary pianist Leomar Cordero. This is more than a scholarship; it's a symphony of dreams harmonizing with dedication. To witness the power of music uniting us all, to be a part of Leomar's journey, is an honor beyond words. Through education, we nurture the melodies of tomorrow and keep the soul of Latin music alive. Congratulations, Leomar – let your music paint the world with colors only your heart can imagine."

“I am beyond thankful to the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation and Nicky Jam for rewarding my efforts and motivating not just me, but also a large number of passionate young musicians who share an infinite love for music and our rich culture,” said Cordero. “I am committed to making the most out of this incredible opportunity and leaving a lasting impact in the world of music.”

The Foundation also announced the recipients of its annual Gifted Tuition Scholarships and Tuition Assistance Scholarships, that award 43 talented students from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to pursue an education at some of the most prestigious music institutions in the world.

In addition, upon completing their studies, Cordero and all the Gifted Tuition and Tuition Assistance scholarship recipients listed below will have the opportunity to join the newly formed Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation Scholarship Alumni Network. This network formalizes the Foundation’s ongoing commitment to serve beyond scholarships by providing graduates opportunities to mentor current scholarship recipients, network with industry professionals, access exclusive events and resources as well as give back to the community.

Gifted Tuition Scholarship Recipients:

The following three students will each receive the Gifted Tuition Scholarship, with a maximum value of $100,000, which will support the tuition costs of four years of study at the university, college or music institution of their choice are:

  • Gabriel Américo, guitarist from Brazil

  • Camilo Astiazarán, guitarist from Uruguay

  • Olivia Soler Espinosa, tres cubano from Cuba

Tuition Assistance Scholarship Recipients:

In addition, the following 40 students will each receive the Tuition Assistance Scholarship, a one-time scholarship with a maximum value of $10,000 toward the tuition costs for the university or college of their choice:

Nombre País Instrumento Universidad
Sofía Almeida Portugal Voice Berklee College Of Music
Juan Diego Alván Madueño Peru Piano Los Angeles College
Cobe Isai Banda Salcido Mexico Guitar Tecnológico de Monterrey
Gabriel Braga Brazil Trombone Faculdade de Música Souza Lima
Sebastián Castillo Panama Piano Boston Conservatory
Pedro Henrique Cheik Costantin Brazil Guitar Faculdade de Música Souza Lima
Lorenzo Curik Argentina Drum Set Berklee College of Music
Abner Felipe Dos Santos Martins Brazil Electric Guitar Faculdade de Música Souza Lima
Juan Pablo Faundez Chile Drum Set Berklee College of Music
Marien Femerling García Mexico Piano Manhattan School of Music
Rodrigo García Vargas Mexico Piano Manhattan School of Music
Yandy García-Palacio Cuba Drums Berklee College of Music
Francisco Garrido Venezuela Guitar Conservatorium van Amsterdam, Holanda
Luis González Venezuela Cello Chicago College of Performing Arts
Andrés Guerra Venezuela Guitar Mannes School of Music at The New School
Sebastián Guerrero Colombia Electric Bass Longy School of Music
María Insuasti Colombia Voice Concordia University Irvine
Julieta Iricíbar Argentina Voice The New School
Pau Jorba Bonastre Spain Saxophone The New School
Marina Marchi Silveira Brazil Voice Faculdade de Música Souza Lima
Simón Martínez Ecuador Piano Berklee College of Music
Laia Martínez Gelabert Spain Electric Bass Berklee College of Music
John Maruri United States Drums Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University Bloomington
María Medina Almaguer Cuba Piano Berklee College of Music
Pedro Mujica Venezuela Flute Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University Bloomington
Rafael Ernesto Nocedo Cuba Piano Berklee College of Music
Daniel Olivero Venezuela Voice Berklee College of Music
Estevan Olmos United States Percussion University of Southern California
Andrés Felipe Palacios Rodas Colombia Guitar Peabody Institute de Johns Hopkins University
Andy Popescu Australia Electric Bass Berklee College of Music
Murilo Reis Teixeira Brazil Piano Faculdade de Música Souza Lima
Kalebe Requena Brazil Trumpet Faculdade de Música Souza Lima
Oscar Rojas Mexico Piano Berklee College of Music
Juan Sebastián Sánchez Colombia Percussion Berklee College of Music
Arthur Scarpini Brazil Guitar Faculdade de Música Souza Lima
Kristalis Sotomayor Matos Puerto Rico Flute Boston Conservatory
Cristian Tamblay Chile Drums NYU Steinhardt
Gustavo Tenes de Oliveira Brazil Bass Faculdade de Música Souza Lima
Guillermo Wan Ecuador Electric Bass Berklee College of Music
Tianxiang Ni China Piano Bard College

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ABOUT THE LATIN GRAMMY CULTURAL FOUNDATION:

The Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation® is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization established by The Latin Recording Academy® in 2014 to further international awareness and appreciation of the significant contributions of Latin music and its makers to the world’s culture. The Foundation provides college scholarships, educational programs and grants for the research and preservation of its rich musical legacy and heritage, and to date has donated more than $9.3 million with the support of The Latin Recording Academy’s members, artists, corporate sponsors and other generous donors. For additional information, or to make a donation, please visit latingrammyculturalfoundation.com, Amazon Smile or our Facebook page. And follow us @latingrammyfdn on X and Instagram, and at Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation on Facebook.

ABOUT NICKY JAM:

Nick Rivera Caminero, known as Nicky Jam, is an icon in the Latin urban genre. The Puerto Rican singer’s unique perspective made him a reggaeton pioneer starting in the 2000s and into the last decade, helping to shape the genre into a global phenomenon. The Latin GRAMMY winner continues to enjoy success with many multi-platinum hits and sold-out world tours adding to his inspiring legacy.

At age 11, Nicky Jam broke into Puerto Rico’s reggaeton scene with his debut album, Diferente a Los Demás (Different From the Rest). In his teenage years he became a rising star in the genre with hits like “Yo No Soy Tu Marido,” “Me Voy Pa’l Party,” “Fiel A Tu Piel” and “La Combi Completa.” He was also part of the duo Los Cangris with another musical pioneer, Daddy Yankee. However, time in prison and a deep depression derailed Nicky Jam’s career soon after.

Three years later, he moved to Colombia with a renewed spirit to reclaim his career. After a 10-year hiatus from the charts, Nicky Jam returned with “Travesuras,” which peaked on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs in 2014 for over 20 weeks. The following year, he scored another global hit, “El Perdón,” with Enrique Iglesias, which won the Latin GRAMMY Award for Best Urban Performance. He had the biggest hit of 2016 with “Hasta el Amanecer.” The songs were featured on his comeback album, 2017’s Fénix, which is credited with reviving global interest in reggaeton music.

Nicky Jam’s songs have achieved more than 14.5 billion views on YouTube and 1.1 billion streams on Spotify. Among his recent hits are the 35-times platinum “X,” with J Balvin, and his collaborative single “Te Boté,” featuring Casper Mágico, Nio García, Darell, Bad Bunny, and Ozuna. In 2019, Nicky Jam turned his inspiring life story into the hit series El Ganador, which he also starred in. He made his big screen debut in Bad Boys For Life alongside Will Smith and Martin Lawrence.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

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Nathalie Alberto

Nathalie.Alberto@grammy.com

BODEN Agency on behalf of the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation

Valentina Rojas

Valentina@bodenagency.com

The Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation® And JPMorgan Chase Host  Financial Health Workshop Series for Students

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The Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation® And JPMorgan Chase Host Financial Health Workshop Series for Students

Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation/Sep 12, 2023 - 02:37 PM

The Latin GRAMMY® Master Series: “Educación Financiera” took place in Miami with participation from Lena Burke, Bruno del Granado and Manu Manzo providing financial education for high school and college students

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MIAMI (SEPT. 12, 2023) — Today, the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation®, in partnership with JPMorgan Chase, hosted its third Educación Financiera financial health education workshop as part of the Latin GRAMMY® Master Series. The event, hosted by Univision reporter and radio host Vicky Van at the FIU Graham Center in Miami, drew more than 400 students in person and virtual.

Latin GRAMMY® nominated singer-songwriter Manu Manzo, Latin GRAMMY® winner, pianist and singer-songwriter Lena Burke, and head of the global Latin music touring group at Creative Artists Agency (CAA) Bruno Del Granado kicked off the workshop, “Essentials of Building Credit in the Music Arts Industry”. JPMorgan Chase representatives, Jackie Gutierrez, and William Jaramillo discussed the importance of building credit to help jumpstart financial wellness. Together the special guests, along with the Foundation and JPMorgan Chase, shared the goal of amplifying the importance of financial education from access to money and credit management in building a career in Latin music and the arts.

Through live and virtual sessions, hundreds of high school and college students, including emerging musicians, gained access to money and credit management information and resources—along with expert advice from financial leaders, music executives and creators.

“Providing students with financial education knowledge is essential to help their professional success,” said Silvana Montenegro, Global Head of Advancing Hispanics & Latinos at JPMorgan Chase. “That’s why we are thrilled to continue our partnership with the Foundation to equip young talent with the information and tools they need to build a stronger economic future via the Latin GRAMMY Master Series.”

“Financial literacy is a universal language of empowerment, bridging the gap between dreams and reality in every discipline, including music,” said Raquel “Rocky” Egusquiza, Executive Director of the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation. “Our partnership with JPMorgan Chase is a testament to our ongoing commitment to nurture the financial health of the next generation of Latin music creators, expand access and create meaningful connection opportunities for them.”

Throughout the year, the Foundation and JPMorgan Chase have hosted two additional workshops for students to learn more about financial health topics. The last session held at the end of August featured Latin GRAMMY and GRAMMY winning singer and producer, Tommy Torres as a special guest. Through this series with JPMorgan Chase, the Foundation continues to support students with the tools to improve their financial knowledge with confidence and establish financial wellness. This collaboration is part of the ongoing efforts led by JPMorgan Chase to drive inclusive economic growth and close the racial wealth gap for Hispanic, Latino and unbanked and underbanked communities.

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About JPMorgan Chase & Co.

JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) is a leading financial services firm based in the United States of America (“U.S.”), with operations worldwide. JPMorgan Chase had $3.9 trillion in assets and $313 billion in stockholders’ equity as of June 30, 2023. The Firm is a leader in investment banking, financial services for consumers and small businesses, commercial banking, financial transaction processing and asset management. Under the J.P. Morgan and Chase brands, the Firm serves millions of customers in the U.S., and many of the world’s most prominent corporate institutional and government clients globally. Information about JPMorgan Chase & Co. is available at www.jpmorganchase.com.

ABOUT THE LATIN GRAMMY CULTURAL FOUNDATION:

The Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation® is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization established by The Latin Recording Academy® in 2014 to further international awareness and appreciation of the significant contributions of Latin music and its makers to the world’s culture. The Foundation provides college scholarships, educational programs and grants for the research and preservation of its rich musical legacy and heritage, and to date has donated more than $9.3 million with the support of The Latin Academy’s members, artists, corporate sponsors and other generous donors. For additional information or to make a donation, please visit latingrammyculturalfoundation.org or our Facebook page. And follow us @latingrammyfdn on X and Instagram, and at Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation on Facebook.

MEDIA CONTACT:

The Latin Recording Academy

Nathalie Alberto

Nathalie.Alberto@grammy.com

El Fantasma Joins Latin GRAMMY In The Schools™ Program Benefiting Sidney Lanier High School In San Antonio

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El Fantasma Joins Latin GRAMMY In The Schools™ Program Benefiting Sidney Lanier High School In San Antonio

Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation/Jun 05, 2023 - 11:00 AM

The Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation® and Ford Motor Company Fund joined forces, for a record 27th time, to offer a live educational program and musical instrument donation

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SAN ANTONIO, TX (JUNE 5, 2023) — The Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation®, in partnership with Latin GRAMMY®-nominated artist El Fantasma and Ford Motor Company Fund, the philanthropic arm of Ford Motor Company, invested $40,000 as part of an educational experience that included a donation of musical instruments to Sidney Lanier High School in San Antonio, TX.

This investment in music education marks the 27th time that Ford Motor Company Fund supports a Latin GRAMMY In The Schools™ educational program. The program featured a conversation and performance with El Fantasma, along with a Q&A session with students who were gearing up to celebrate the end of the school year.

“It is important to support the artistic development of our newer musical creators,” said El Fantasma. “The Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation is committed to encouraging and fostering the next generation of musicians, and I’m honored to contribute to this journey.”

“Creating spaces that foster learning and meaningful conversations is incredibly important to us,” said Yisel Cabrera, Senior Manager, Economic Mobility at Ford Motor Company Fund. “We believe music is a powerful tool for learning and personal development, and we are committed to making it accessible to everyone. This partnership celebrates the rich legacy of Latin music and the voices that have helped shape our culture.”

Over the last two years Sidney Lanier High School’s marching band, known as the Mighty VOK (vocational) Marching Band, has grown from 44 members to 120 members, under the leadership of Jesse Orta, Director of Bands & Department Chair, who attended the high school 15 years ago. Given the 173% growth, the school has been challenged to keep up with the demand for instruments while providing access to music education and an outlet to students whose families face financial struggles. Despite these challenges, the Mighty VOK Marching Band continues to perform in competitions and receive top honors.

“We are grateful to Ford Motor Company Fund for their partnership as we celebrate the 27th Latin GRAMMY In The Schools together, impacting more than 30,000 students over the last eight years,” said Raquel “Rocky” Egusquiza, Executive Director of the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation. “Consistency is the cornerstone of commitment, and as a result of Ford’s generosity along with artists like El Fantasma, we continue to empower communities through Latin music and culture.”

Since the beginning of the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation's partnership with Ford Motor Company Fund in 2014, the program has benefited schools in U.S. cities such as Aransas Pass, Dallas, Detroit, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, and New York; as well as internationally in Buenos Aires, Argentina; Mexico City, Mexico; Arecibo, Humacao, Yauco, and San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Latin GRAMMY In The Schools is an educational program that informs and connects music students with professionals in the Latin music industry and supports educational music departments that have financial limitations. The Foundation invites artists and professional musicians to visit middle and high schools, or music education institutions to share their personal stories and experiences with students that highlight the effort it takes to overcome career obstacles. The goal is for students to learn to optimize the educational opportunities presented to them, giving them an advantage and strong academic preparation to be able to compete in the music industry.

Previous artists who have participated in the program include: Ángela Aguilar, David Bisbal, Marilina Bertoldi, Miguel Bosé, Calle 13, Pedro Capó, Camilo, Chino & Nacho, Chiquis, Luis Coronel, Silvestre Dangond, Joss Favela, Fonseca, Luis Fonsi, Becky G, Karol G, Kany García, Gente de Zona, Leslie Grace, Carlos Jean, Jesse & Joy, Natalia Lafourcade, Poncho Lizárraga, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mau y Ricky, Claudia Montero, Ednita Nazario, Christian Nodal, Ángel "Cucco" Peña, Prince Royce, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Olga Tañón, Thalía, Christian Serratos, Diego Torres, Carlos Vives, Wisin, and Sebastián Yatra.

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ABOUT EL FANTASMA:

El Fantasma is the vision of Mexican singer-songwriter Alexander García. As regional Mexican music continues to explode around the world, the Latin GRAMMY nominee is leading the way. He moved to the U.S. and worked as a gardener before debuting in 2016 with the album Equipo Armado. Since then, El Fantasma’s music videos have amassed over a billion views cumulatively on YouTube, and has earned four No. 1 hits on Billboard’s Regional Mexican Airplay chart. In 2018, El Fantasma received his first Latin GRAMMY nomination for Best Banda Album for En El Camino. Under the regional Mexican music umbrella, he has also scored hits in the Mexican corridos and norteño genres. El Fantasma has collaborated with greats in the Mexican music scene like Pepe Aguilar, Grupo Firme, and Los Dos Carnales. He has sold out venues across the U.S. on multiple tours, and released his most recent album in 2022, Pa Los Recuerdos, Vol. 5.

ABOUT THE LATIN GRAMMY CULTURAL FOUNDATION:

The Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation® is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization established by The Latin Recording Academy® in 2014 to further international awareness and appreciation of the significant contributions of Latin music and its makers to the world’s culture. The Foundation provides college scholarships, educational programs and grants for the research and preservation of its rich musical legacy and heritage, and to date has donated more than $7.6 million with the support of The Latin Recording Academy’s members, artists, corporate sponsors and other generous donors. For additional information, or to make a donation, please visit latingrammyculturalfoundation.org, Amazon Smile or our Facebook page. And follow us @latingrammyfdn on Twitter and Instagram, and at Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation on Facebook.

ABOUT FORD MOTOR COMPANY FUND:

As the automaker's philanthropic arm, Ford Motor Company Fund has been supporting local communities for more than 70 years. Working with nonprofit organizations, community partners, and across the Ford network in the U.S. and in 43 countries, Ford Fund provides resources and opportunities that advance racial equity and empower people to reach their highest potential. Since 1949, Ford and Ford Fund have invested more than $2.2 billion in initiatives that ensure basic needs are met, provide access to essential services, offer tools to build new skillsets, and open pathways to high-quality jobs. For more information, visit www.fordfund.org or join us at @FordFund on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

MEDIA CONTACT:

The Latin Recording Academy

Nathalie Alberto

Nathalie.Alberto@grammy.com

The Latin Grammy Cultural Foundation announces The  2024 Sebastián Yatra Scholarship

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The Latin Grammy Cultural Foundation announces The 2024 Sebastián Yatra Scholarship

Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation/Dec 14, 2023 - 02:00 PM

Four-year scholarship providing up to $200,000 in financial aid towards a bachelor's degree at Berklee College of Music and 43 additional scholarships are available to music students with financial limitations

Deadline to Apply: April 10, 2024

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MIAMI (DECEMBER 14, 2023) — The Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation® announced that Latin GRAMMY® winning singer-songwriter Sebastián Yatra will sponsor its prestigious Prodigy Scholarship toward a bachelor’s degree at Berklee College of Music for the 2024 fall semester.

The Foundation's scholarship provides up to $200,000 in financial aid for music students in need. Created nine years ago, it has been co-sponsored by iconic Latin music creators including: Nicky Jam (2023), Sofia Carson (2022), Juanes (2021), Julio Iglesias (2020), Emilio and Gloria Estefan (2019), Carlos Vives (2018), Miguel Bosé (2017), Juan Luis Guerra (2016), and Enrique Iglesias (2015).

“Joining the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation for their annual Prodigy Scholarship is beautiful because I’m part of something that I would’ve wished for as a young kid. One of my big dreams was to study music at Berklee and although my career took a different path which I’m super grateful for, I would’ve loved to have that kind of preparation and knowledge,” said Sebastián Yatra. “I hope that the person who gets this opportunity takes full advantage of the scholarship and enjoys it to the max. I’ll be looking out for applicants that share a lot of heart and sincerity in their art.”

The scholarship announcement comes as a follow-up to the artist’s role as host during the 24th Annual Latin GRAMMYs where he both performed and shared on-air about his enthusiasm for the Foundation, inviting the world to join in and support Latin music education. The Colombian American artist first joined forces with the Foundation in 2019 for Latin GRAMMY In The Schools™ in Miami – an educational experience for middle school and high school music students to learn about the industry from talented Latin artists and music professionals.

Additionally, Gibson Gives – Gibson's philanthropic arm – will sponsor three Tuition Assistance Scholarships of up to $10,000 each, for students pursuing a music education with electric or acoustic guitar as their principal instrument.

Applications for all 44 scholarships available in 2024 are now open and available to music students between the ages of 17 and 25. The additional 43 scholarships available in addition to the Sebastián Yatra Scholarship are as follows:

  • Three (3) Gifted Tuition Scholarships of up to $100,000 each will be awarded to students to cover tuition costs towards a four-year bachelor's degree in music starting in fall 2023 at the university of their choice.

  • Three (3) Gibson Gives Tuition Assistance Scholarships of up to $10,000 each will be awarded to students pursuing a music education with electric or acoustic guitar as their principal instrument. This is a one-time award that will cover tuition costs over one year (fall 2024 and spring 2025 semesters) and includes a Gibson guitar.

  • Thirty Seven (37) Tuition Assistance Scholarships of up to $10,000 each will be awarded to students pursuing a degree in music. This is a one-time award that will cover tuition costs over one year (fall 2024 and spring 2025 semesters).

To date, the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation® has awarded 383 scholarships, investing $7.6 million over the last nine years.

“Our scholarships provide more than just funds for college tuition,” said Raquel “Rocky” Egusquiza, Executive Director of the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation®. “The ongoing support we receive from artists such as Sebastián Yatra and our generous sponsors allows us to take it a step further and create meaningful educational and mentoring opportunities for the next generation of Latin music creators.”

The Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation® is accepting applications for all 2024 scholarships from Dec. 14, 2023, to April 10, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. Click here to review 2024 guidelines and apply. The application includes two audition videos, two letters of recommendation, two essays, and an acceptance letter from an accredited university. Materials can be submitted in English, Spanish or Portuguese.

For information and the latest news, please visit the official Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation website at: www.latingrammyculturalfoundation.org

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ABOUT THE LATIN GRAMMY CULTURAL FOUNDATION:

The Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation® is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization established by The Latin Recording Academy® in 2014 with the vision of becoming a global champion of music education and empowering communities through Latin music and culture. The Foundation provides educational opportunities through scholarships, education programs and grants that advance Latin music and celebrate its rich cultural heritage, and to date has donated more than $9.3 million with the support of The Latin Recording Academy’s members, artists, corporate sponsors and other generous donors. For additional information, or to make a donation, please visit latingrammyculturalfoundation.org, or our Facebook page. And follow us @latingrammyfdn on X and Instagram, and at Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation on Facebook.

ABOUT SEBASTIÁN YATRA:

Sebastián Yatra is a leading force in Latin music today. The Colombian-born singer-songwriter has shown there's no limit to his artistry and composition through his hits that explore sounds spanning the Latin genre, including pop, urban, and traditional music influences. Since launching with his debut album Mantra in 2018, Yatra's songs have amassed over 37 billion combined streams across all digital music platforms and 26 RIAA certifications. In 2022, he won two Latin GRAMMY awards, including Best Pop Vocal Album for his third LP Dharma. That same year, "Dos Oruguitas," the song Yatra performed for the Disney movie Encanto, was nominated for an Academy Award and saw him perform the RIAA Platinum single on the Oscar’s stage. In February, Dharma was also nominated for Best Latin Pop Album at the 2023 GRAMMY Awards. Yatra is currently working on his fourth album. His recent hits include "Energía Bacana” which he performed at the Latin GRAMMYs as a co-host this year and "VAGABUNDO," which is certified Latin Platinum in the US. The chart-topping talent has collaborated with a variety of peers including John Legend, Rita Wilson, the Jonas Brothers, Michael Bublé, Ricky Martin, Carlos Vives, Myke Towers, Manuel Turizo, among others.

About Gibson Gives:

For over 130 years, the iconic and leading American instrument brand Gibson has been shaping sound across generations and genres. Gibson, and its charitable arm Gibson Gives believe in the power of music, and that getting instruments into the hands of those with a desire to make music is a life-changing event. Gibson Gives--a 501(c)(3) is committed to making the world a better place by supporting non-profit organizations and programs in their efforts to advance musicians, youth-focused education, music, health, and wellness initiatives. 100% of all donations to and from Gibson Gives go towards giving the gift of music. In the last three years, Gibson Gives has raised over $4.5 million dollars and enabled $46 million in funding for key organizations through product donations and meaningful giving worldwide. For more information, visit: www.gibsongives.org.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

The Latin Recording Academy

Nathalie Alberto

Nathalie.Alberto@grammy.com

Mireya Ramos Joins Latin GRAMMY In The Schools™ Program To Benefit  J.C. Harmon High School In Kansas City

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Mireya Ramos Joins Latin GRAMMY In The Schools™ Program To Benefit J.C. Harmon High School In Kansas City

Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation/Dec 06, 2023 - 02:14 PM

The Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation® and Ford Motor Company Fund joined forces, for a record 28th time, to offer a live educational program and musical instrument donation

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Credit: Fernando Leon/ Getty Images for the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation

KANSAS CITY, KS (DECEMBER 5, 2023) — The Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation®, in partnership with Latin GRAMMY® winner and founder of the all-woman mariachi band Flor de Toloache Mireya Ramos and Ford Motor Company Fund, the philanthropic arm of Ford Motor Company, invested $40,000 as part of an educational experience that included a donation of musical instruments to J.C. Harmon High School in Kansas City.

This investment in music education marks the 28th time that Ford Motor Company supports a Latin GRAMMY In The Schools™ educational program. The program featured a conversation and performance with vocalist and composer Mireya Ramos, along with a Q&A session with students moderated by acclaimed journalist Irasema Torres.

“I am truly honored and grateful to the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation for inviting me to be a representative of their generous initiative,” said Mireya Ramos. “"We hope that through the gift of these instruments, each student experiences the freedom to dream and create."

The music programs at J.C. Harmon serve underprivileged communities with limited access to

resources. In order to continue growing the program and impacting students’ music education,

instruments coupled with educational experiences are needed. The school will use these instruments to replace outdated ones that are no longer functional. The music programs at J.C. Harmon consist of six different wind and brass ensembles, three string ensembles, and four different choral ensembles and a mariachi ensemble.

"We are so grateful to receive this donation of instruments! Our students are thankful that foundations like the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation exist to support and uplift our underserved communities,” said Weston Cook, Director of Bands at J.C. Harmon High School in Kansas City, Kansas. “The instruments that were graciously donated will be used for the entire music department.”

“As we celebrate the 28th Latin GRAMMY In The Schools with Ford Motor Company Fund, we are grateful for their ongoing partnership, as well as the continued support from artists such as Mireya who join our effort to support the next generation of Latin music creators through unique educational experiences that teach them about the music industry,” said Raquel “Rocky” Egusquiza, Executive Director of the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation®.

Since the beginning of the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation®'s partnership with Ford Motor Company Fund in 2014, the program has benefited schools in U.S. cities such as Aransas Pass, Dallas, Detroit, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, New York and San Antonio; as well as internationally in Buenos Aires, Argentina; Mexico City, Mexico; Arecibo, Humacao, Yauco, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Latin GRAMMY In The Schools™ is an educational program that informs and connects music students with professionals in the Latin music industry and supports educational music departments that have financial limitations. The Foundation invites artists and professional musicians to visit middle and high schools, or music education institutions to share their personal stories and experiences with students that highlight the effort it takes to overcome career obstacles. The goal is for students to learn to optimize the educational opportunities presented to them, giving them an advantage and strong academic preparation to be able to compete in the music industry.

Previous artists who have participated in the program include: Ángela Aguilar, David Bisbal, Marilina Bertoldi, Miguel Bosé, Calle 13, Pedro Capó, Camilo, Chino & Nacho, Chiquis, Luis Coronel, Silvestre Dangond, Joss Favela, Fonseca, Luis Fonsi, El Fantasma, Becky G, Karol G, Kany García, Gente de Zona, Leslie Grace, Carlos Jean, Jesse & Joy, Natalia Lafourcade, Poncho Lizárraga, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mau y Ricky, Claudia Montero, Ednita Nazario, Christian Nodal, Laura Pausini, Ángel "Cucco" Peña, Prince Royce, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Olga Tañón, Thalía, Christian Serratos, Diego Torres, Carlos Vives, Wisin, and Sebastián Yatra.

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ABOUT MIREYA RAMOS:

Mireya Ramos is a Latin GRAMMY® winning and GRAMMY® nominee vocalist, musician, composer, producer, arranger and founder of Flor de Toloache – New York’s only all women mariachi. Mireya embodies all of her musical influences whether classical, mariachi, salsa, merengue or hip-hop, always creating a unique and refreshing sound. Her versatility, natural improvisational skills and beautiful tone has made her one of the top Latin artists in New York City. She is currently promoting her album featuring the Poor Choices, “Sin Fronteras”. Throughout the album, the musicians deftly blend ranchera and country, sprinkling in pop, jazz, and R&B along the way.

ABOUT THE LATIN GRAMMY CULTURAL FOUNDATION:

The Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation® is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization established by The Latin Recording Academy® in 2014 with the vision of becoming a global champion of music education and empowering communities through Latin music and culture. The Foundation provides educational opportunities through scholarships, education programs and grants that advance Latin music and celebrate its rich cultural heritage, and to date has donated more than $9.3 million with the support of The Latin Recording Academy’s members, artists, corporate sponsors and other generous donors. For additional information, or to make a donation, please visit latingrammyculturalfoundation.org or our Facebook page. And follow us @latingrammyfdn on X and Instagram, and at Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation on Facebook.

About Ford Motor Company Fund

As the global philanthropic arm of Ford Motor Company, Ford Fund focuses on providing access to essential services, education for the future of work and entrepreneurship opportunities for under-resourced and underrepresented communities. Ford Fund’s partnerships and programming are designed to be responsive to unique community needs, ensuring people have equitable opportunities to move forward. Harnessing Ford’s scale, resources and mobility expertise, Ford Fund drives meaningful impact through grantmaking, Ford Resource and Engagement Centers and employee volunteerism. For more information, visit fordfund.org or join us at @FordFund on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

MEDIA CONTACT:

The Latin Recording Academy

Nathalie Alberto

Nathalie.Alberto@grammy.com

J.C. Harmon High School

Markl Johnson

Markl.johnson@kckps.org