Juan Luis Guerra scholarship to be presented in conjunction with the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation®

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December 04, 2015 -- 6:00 am PST

Latin Music Student With Financial Hardship Will Receive a Four-Year Scholarship, Worth $200,000, Towards A Bachelor's Degree at Berklee College of Music in Boston;

Deadline To Apply is April 10, 2016

MIAMI, FL (Dec. 04, 2015) — The Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation® announced today that it is accepting applications for the Juan Luis Guerra Scholarship from students admitted to Berklee College of Music to attend the fall 2016 semester. The Juan Luis Guerra Scholarship presented by the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation will be awarded to one student pursuing a career in Latin music. The four-year scholarship, which holds a maximum value of $200,000, will be awarded to study a bachelor's degree at Berklee. The Scholarship Committee of the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation, comprised of music professionals from all walks of the music industry, will select the beneficiary.

In an effort to further music education within the Latin genres, the Juan Luis Guerra Scholarship presented by the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation will be awarded to a student who not only possess a musical gift but is facing financial hardship. Latin GRAMMY and GRAMMY® winner Juan Luis Guerra will assist in financing the scholarship that bears his name as well as announce and present the scholarship to one fortunate Berklee student.  

"Our dedication to helping students from diverse backgrounds to further their musical education continues as, for the second year in a row, we are able to offer a scholarship of this magnitude and support the next generation of Latin music makers," said Manolo Diaz, Vice President of the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation. "Juan Luis Guerra is not only a music legend but he is also an honorary alumnus from Berklee, whose art transcends and influences generations. We are proud to partner with Guerra and are truly grateful for his contributions to the Latin GRAMMY Foundation."

"It's a great privilege to be part of this scholarship in partnership with the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation and Berklee College of Music," said Guerra. "As an alumnus of Berklee I understand the desire of many Latino students who wish to develop their musical gift at this wonderful school. Today we begin this beautiful dream and our hearts are filled with joy!"

Applications and guidelines are now available at www.latingrammyculturalfoundation.com. The deadline to apply is April 10, 2016, at 11:59 p.m EST. Students from the following 24 countries, who have been admitted to Berklee’s 2016 fall semester, are encouraged to apply: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Spain, United States, Uruguay, and Venezuela. After reviewing the guidelines that can be found at our website, submit any questions to lgcf@grammy.com.

The Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation was established by The Latin Recording Academy to promote international awareness and appreciation of the significant contributions of Latin music and its makers to the world's culture, and to protect its rich musical legacy and heritage. The Foundation's primary charitable focus is to provide scholarships to students of Latin music with financial needs, as well as grants to scholars and organizations worldwide for research and preservation of diverse Latin music genres. For additional information, please visit us at Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation  or on Twitter, Facebook  and Instagram.

Juan Luis Guerra, is a musician, composer, producer and songwriter from the Dominican Republic. Before he committed to music, Guerra studied philosophy and literature at the Universidad Autónoma in  Santo Domingo. He then studied guitar and music theory at El Conservatorio Nacional de Música in Santo Domingo, Guerra subsequently decided to go to the United States to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston. He graduated from Berklee in 1982 with a degree in jazz composition. In 2009 Guerra was awarded an honorary doctorate from his alma mater. Guerra is one of the most internationally recognized Latin artists in recent decades. His popular style of merengue has garnered him considerable success around the world. He is also credited for popularizing bachata music on a global level and is often associated with the genre. An 18 time Latin GRAMMY and three-time GRAMMY winner, Guerra has more than 15 albums and numerous awards.

Berklee College of Music was founded on the revolutionary principle that the best way to prepare students for careers in music is through the study and practice of contemporary music. For 70 years, the college has evolved to reflect the state of the art of music and the music business, leading the way with the world's first baccalaureate studies in jazz, rock, electric guitar, film scoring, songwriting, turntables, electronic production, and more than a dozen other genres and fields of study. Berklee serves distance learners worldwide through its award-winning online extension school, Berklee Online. The college's national after school music program for underserved teens, the Berklee City Music Network, is in 30 cities and counting.  A new campus in Spain, Berklee in Valencia, began hosting the college's first graduate programs in the fall of 2012. With a diverse and talented student body representing nearly 100 countries, and alumni and faculty that have collectively won more than 300 GRAMMYs and Latin GRAMMYs, Berklee is the world's premier learning lab for the music of today — and tomorrow.

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Media Contacts:

Teresa Romo/The Latin Recording Academy/310.581.1281/Teresa.romo@grammy.com


For Juan Luis Guerra:

Róndine Alcalá /Rondene PR/ 310.462.1208/ Rondinealcala@rondenepr.com