Meet our 2016 Scholarship Winners

December 12, 2016

October 01, 2016

The National Music Council and Music Publishers Association is pleased to announced the winners of our 2016 Copyright Awareness Scholarship!

First prize went to Tara Troiano for her simple and heartfelt message about the difficulty of building a future as a musician when people are illegally downloading content online. Tara is a sophomore at Frisco High School in Frisco, Texas. She hopes to attend college to study film, music, and business.


Second prize went to Kathryn Keller for her concise video which compares online theft to stealing money directly from a busker. Kathryn is a student at Columbia College Chicago where she studies television writing and producing.

Third prize went to Lexus Jackson for her submission Working for Free which poses the question to the viewer: if you wouldn’t work for free, why would you expect the same from artists and musicians? Lexus is a graduate student at Eastern Michigan University in Lansing studying business and entrepreneurship.

With so many exceptional submissions this year it was hard to select just three winners. The National Music Council and the Music Publishers Association would like to extend an honorable mention to finalists Jules Iradukunda and Blake Derksen.

We are certain that each and every one of these students have a bright future ahead of them in whatever field they chose.

And to all of the students who took the time to tell us why copyright and intellectual property are important, we commend them! We know how work goes into these projects and look forward to viewing the creative and fantastic things that come from the minds of our applicants. Our goal in having this scholarship opportunity available is not only to provide a few students with a little assistance for their studies, but also to educate students of all ages about the importance of protecting intellectual property and the myriad of diverse industries that are effected when copyright laws aren’t respected.

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.

For more information please contact [email protected].

In addition to the Copyright Awareness Scholarship, the NMC & MPA offer curriculum ideas for the classroom to help students understand copyright and intellectual property and how imperative it is to support the creation of new work. For more information on that, including educational resources, please visit