Cintas Foundation opens Music Competition

December 2008.  Cintas Foundation. Miami ArtsThe Cintas Foundation and the Frost Art Museum at Florida International University today announced the start of the annual competition for the 2009 Brandon Fradd Fellowship in Music Composition administered by the foundation and the Cintas Fellowship Program at The Frost. Applicants for the music fellowship must submit original musical compositions and recordings of their work by January 30th, 2009.  Cintas fellows are awarded $15,000 and the opportunity to pursue an art project outlined in their applications. 

The only one of its kind in the nation, the program has honored some of the world's most talented Cuban musicians. Past music fellows include Armando Bayolo, Sergio Barroso, Mario Bauza (known as the father of Afro-Cuban jazz), José Bernardo Aldo Rafael Forte, Julián Orbon, Tania León and Orlando Jacinto Garcia. Last year, the first William B. Warren Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Bebo Valdes. The Cintas Foundation awards fellowships annually to creative artists of Cuban lineage who are currently residing outside of Cuba. Winners will be announced in May 2009.

Established in 2006, this fellowship is generously endowed by Brandon Fradd of NewYork City.  Managing director of Apollo Medical Partners, Fradd, a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Medical School, grew up in Miami among Cuban friends from whom he learned Spanish and developed an interest in Cuban music.

Application forms and competition requirements are available online at or by contacting Stephanie Guasp at the Frost Art Museum at

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