Recording Academy’s Black Music Collective And Amazon Music Select “Your Future Is Now” Scholarship Recipients


The Recording Academy®‘s Black Music Collective (BMC) and partner Amazon Music selected Jayden Ahmad Potts (Jackson State University), Amir Duke (Morehouse College), Jasmine Gordon (Spelman College), and Zsana Hoskins (Howard University) as the recipients of the “Your Future Is Now” scholarship, aimed for students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) with the opportunity to learn and explore all facets of the music industry.
The returning scholarship, first launched in February 2021, offers students the chance to receive $10,000 for the 2022/2023 school year and the opportunity to be part of an immersive rotation program with Amazon Music and Recording Academy department leads, providing each student a detailed look at their particular field of work within the music industry. To coincide with these scholarships, the BMC and Amazon Music will also award two HBCUs a $10,000 grant each for equipment for their music programs to be announced later this summer.
“As part of our commitment to advance Black music, we’ve created another opportunity for Black rising talent to enter the world of music and entertainment with the second annual ‘Your Future Is Now’ scholarship,” said Ryan Butler, Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the Recording Academy. “We’re honored to work with Amazon Music to lay the foundation for Amir, Jasmine, Jayden, and Zsana’s music industry career goals.”
This diverse group of students represent four schools, four stages of their higher education journey, and four different areas of interest in the music industry. Ahmad Potts is a freshman at Jackson State University, interested in sound engineering and producing; Duke is a senior at Morehouse College interested in management and A&R; Gordon is a sophomore at Spelman College interested in music marketing; and Hoskins is a junior at Howard University interested in music journalism and programming.
For more information on the Black Music Collective and the “Your Future Is Now” scholarship, visit here.

By Andrew Germishuys

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