MEIEA is proud to offer student enrichment grants to provide financial support for select and notable student activities intended to advance student education in the music and entertainment industries. Grants may be used to support a variety of activities that include, but are not limited to, workshops, guest speaker support, networking mixers, community service projects, and mentoring programs. Special consideration will be given to first-time applicants and/or projects with an emphasis on topics such as diversity and inclusion in the music industry.
Two levels of award funding are available:
- Level I Award: Institutional Member. Up to $1,000 is available to institutions that hold Institutional membership in MEIEA;
- Level II Award: Non-Institutional Member. Up to $500 is available to institutions that are not current Institutional members where the faculty sponsor is an individual member of MEIEA.
2021-2022 academic year Student Enrichment Grants deadline is October 30, 2021
PLEASE NOTE: Due to limited funding, grantees may be awarded a partial amount.
Past Award Recipients
MEIEA has awarded over $20,000 in student enrichment grants to date.
Below are past award recipients and a description of their funding purpose.
- Columbia College Chicago: ($1000) Student Travel to the International Band and Business Camp – PopAkademie University – Mannheim, Germany
- University of Hartford: ($1000) Student Travel to the Thomas Edison Center and Metropolitan Presents, NJ
- Hofstra University: ($1000) The MEISA Music Industry Conference, NY
- Appalachian State University: ($1000) “Sounds of Boone” CD Compilation, NC
- Western Illinois University: ($1000) Student Travel to NAMM, CA
- American University: ($1000) Student Travel to Music Business Networking Event in Los Angeles
- Belmont University: ($1000) Student Travel to Muscle Shoals and FAME Studios
- University of Texas at San Antonio: ($1000) Funding for Student Music Business Conference
- Western Illinois University: ($1000) Student Travel to NAMM
- William Patterson University: ($1000) Student Travel to Music Biz
- Western Illinois University ($1,000): Student travel to the 2017 Winter NAMM Show
- University of Texas San Antonio ($1,000): Music Biz Day at UTSA
- Indiana University ($1,000): Bloomington Music Summit
- Butler University ($1,000): Indy Jazz Fest/Jazz Kitchen event
- Appalachian State University ($1,000): Village Vision Music and Arts Festival
- Indiana University ($1,000): Partial funding of the Music Industry Conference for student organizations. This funding allowed Indiana University to host another strong regional one-day conference.
- Appalachian State University ($1,000): Partial funding for the “Live at the Uptown” project. Split Rail Records, Appalachian State’s student label, was able to team up with a new local venue to promote and stage concerts by local artists.
- American University ($500): Partial funding for a newly formed student group’s (Second District Records) CD replication. This project, consisting of original work from DC area artists, will be released in January.
- Butler University ($1,000): Partial funding of mastering and manufacturing of student group’s (Indyblue Entertainment) single artist EP release (the Jai Baker Band, to be released in February 2015). As part of a two semester capstone experience, students recorded and mixed the EP in fall of 2014 and will work to promote and market it in spring 2015.
- University of Miami ($1,000): Partial funding of the Southeast Sound Music Law Conference, which featured feature 5 master classes and targeted music business students interested in music law. The event took place at the University of Miami on Nov. 8th, 2014, and was produced by students in the school’s Music Industry Association student organization with faculty oversight.
- Appalachian State University ($1,000): Costs related to mastering and replication of a student organizations’ (Split Rail Records) CD. Kennedy Fitzsimmons Split Rail debut showcases not only her strong songwriting and performance skills, but also the Appalachian State students’ strong production and engineering abilities.
- Butler University ($1,000): Costs related to mastering and manufacturing of the Butler Music Industry Association student group’s sampler CD. All artists featured on the album were current Butler students performing original compositions.
- Indiana University ($1,000): Partial funding of the 2012 Midwest Regional MEISA Conference (“Music in the Digital Age”). This successful conference featured major industry personnel as panelists and brought in students from Anderson University and Butler University as well those from the host institution.
- University of Miami ($1,000): Partial funding of the 2012 Southeast Regional MEISA Conference. This successful conference targeted students throughout the state of Florida and the southeast region.
- Butler University ($840): Partial funding of a VH1 Save the Music Foundation fundraising concert that took place in spring 2011. The students gained hands-on experience with live music production, project and event planning, booking, sponsorship, grant writing, as well as networking.
- Butler University ($500): Partial funding of the 2009 MEISA Midwest Regional Conference. The event was well attended by students from the University of Cincinnati, Anderson University, Indiana University, Milliken University, Valparaiso University. The conference featured many local and regional industry panelists from the fields of law, concert promotion, audio engineering, and radio.
- Florida State University ($425): Partial funding of venue rental, ads in local papers, catering and equipment transportation for a MEISA songwriting and home-recording workshop.
- Appalachian State University ($400): Partial funding of sound equipment rental and ad expenses for a MEISA music festival.
- Ramapo College ($600): Partial funding of live sound production and catering for a MEISA chapter Battle of the Bands competition.