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Victoria Monét, Black Music Action Coalition Join Forces on Music Grant

The BMAC x Victoria Monét Music Maker Grant will provide $5,000, mentoring and more to its recipient.

Victoria Monét

Victoria Monét

Dalvin Adams

Victoria Monét and the Black Music Action Coalition are teaming up to make dreams come true for a talented Black artist.

BMAC and Monét are behind a new grant, which awards a Black emerging artist $5,000 to “aid in economic empowerment,” plus opportunities and direct career advice from the 10-times Grammy nominated performer.

The BMAC x Victoria Monét Music Maker Grant is part of BMAC’s commitment to facilitate access, equity and opportunity for the next generation of Black artists and industry professionals, and will be officially announced Wednesday (Jan. 31) at BMAC’s Grammy Week Music Maker Dinner in Los Angeles.


Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis are hosts of BMAC’s pre-Grammys event.

“We are honored to partner with Victoria Monét to uplift a young and deserving Black artist and help further their dreams within the music industry,” comments BMAC co-founder, president and CEO, Willie “Prophet” Stiggers, in a statement. Her story, Stiggers continues, “is one of resilience and perseverance and it is in that spirit we will continue to pay it forward.”

Monét enjoyed a hot streak in 2023, as the singer-songwriter nabbed her first No. 1 single on a Billboard chart, with “On My Mama” (via Lovett/RCA Records) leading the Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay tally, then swiftly led another as the single reigned over topped the R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay list.

There’s potentially more glory on the way for the Texas-based rapper. She’s nominated for seven Grammy Awards for the 2024 ceremony, set for Feb. 4, including record of the year, best R&B song, and best new artist.

With six nominations, she leads the way at the 2024 NAACP Image Awards, set for to air March 16.

BMAC’s growing portfolio of grants and empowerment programs for Black emerging artists and industry professionals including The Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis Music Maker Grant, BMAC Ernie Paniccioli Music Photojournalism Grant & Celebration Event, BMAC x Audiomack Paid Music Internship for HBCU Students, BMAC x Kobalt Music Maker Grant Making Program and more.


According to the organization, the recipient of the BMAC x Victoria Monét Music Maker Grant will be selected through a nationwide search hosted by BMAC, details on which will be announced in the weeks ahead.

Visit the official Black Music Action Coalition site for more information.

This article was originally published by Billboard U.S.

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