Scott And Sandi Borchetta Award $150,000 In Music Education Grants To Celebrate Big Machine’s 15th Anniversary

Since its inception 15 years ago by founder Scott Borchetta, Big Machine Records has carved out a unique path to become one of the most successful independent labels in the world, selling over 185 million albums globally and racking up 137 chart-topping singles.

To celebrate the label’s successes over the past 15 years, Scott and Sandi Borchetta have announced a contest for 501c3 non-profit music schools and organizations. Fifteen recipients will be awarded $10,000 grants, which are supported by the Borchettas’ Music Has Value Fund, which was created in 2015 to provide financial support to organizations which support those who make music, aspire to make music, and access and appreciate music.

“The Big Machine Label Group’s hard work over the past 15 years has paid off,” said BMLG President, CEO and Founder Scott Borchetta. “We have been very blessed to work with so many artists and help them realize their musical dreams. We are now using the fruits of our labor to expand our reach and help more people and communities who could use some financial assistance during these hard times.”

“It is important to us to help music education programs in both rural and urban areas,” said Sandi Borchetta, Senior Vice President of Creative for BMLG. “We want to hear your stories. How are you making a difference to elevate music education? Do you have an innovative idea and plan to reach, connect and teach students music during this difficult pandemic time? What can we do to help support the plan?

Information on how to apply and to receive the official grant application with full eligibility requirements, can be found at MusicHasValue.com.

Borchetta also made another big-hearted donation this week with artist Thomas Rhett. When Thomas Rhett released his hit song “Be A Light” featuring friends Reba McEntire, Hillary Scott, Chris Tomlin and Keith Urban in March, it was accompanied by an announcement that he and the song’s collaborators would donate all proceeds from single to the ongoing MusiCares COVID-19 Relief efforts. Rhett and Borchetta surprised Recording Academy Chair and Interim President/CEO Harvey Mason Jr. and MusiCares Executive Director Laura Segura via a video conference with an additional $100,000 for the relief fund. The news comes as “Be A Light” nears the top of the country radio charts and fans all over the world share messages of hope with the #BeALight campaign.

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