The Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation Awards Miguel Bosé Scholarship To Bassist Ernesto Núñez
The Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation has awarded the Miguel Bosé Scholarship to Ernesto Núñez, a 22-year-old electric bass player from the Dominican Republic. The award, which has a maximum value of $200,000 over four years, was presented today at Berklee College of Music in Boston, where Núñez plans to earn a bachelor’s degree in contemporary writing and production starting this fall. The young Dominican was chosen by the Latin GRAMMY Foundation’s Scholarship Committee, which evaluated a highly competitive pool of applicants from the Americas and the Iberian peninsula.
At today’s award ceremony, Manolo Díaz, Senior Vice President of the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation, thanked Bosé, who also attended the ceremony, and said, “We are thrilled to award our third annual Prodigy Scholarship to Ernesto Núñez, who excelled among the thousands of applicants. Today’s event underscores our commitment to nurturing the next generation of Latin music makers, which without the support of Miguel Bosé would not be possible.”
About his work with the Latin GRAMMY Foundation and the decision to fund the scholarship, Bosé said, “I had the privilege of contributing to the creation of this scholarship and I am honored to be able to realize Ernesto’s dream of studying at Berklee College of Music in Boston. The Ibero-American countries have a very rich musical culture and the amount of talent that is lost due to lack of resources is incalculable. We must support this beautiful cause.”
Núñez expressed his gratitude to Bosé, the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation and the people who helped him achieve the honor. “I feel blessed and honored to win this scholarship. Blessed because I believe there is a God who has been with me throughout this process opening doors and putting everything in its place. Honored because I have achieved it through the rhythm that identifies my country, which makes me feel that I carry my flag where I am going,” he said. In order to qualify for continued annual financial assistance, Núñez must maintain a 3.5 GPA and standards of excellence set by the Latin GRAMMY Foundation and Berklee.
Addressing the group of musicians, educators and industry heavyweights who came together for today’s ceremony, Berklee’s president Roger H. Brown said, “We are proud to present this scholarship in collaboration with Miguel Bosé and the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation. Bosé is a seminal artist and it is an honor to partner with him and the Foundation to invest in and inspire the future leaders in the Latin music industry and beyond. Their generous gift will allow Ernesto to access a world-class education at Berklee that will prepare him to pursue his dream.”
Núñez will join a diverse group of scholarship recipients such as the initial recipient, saxophonist Silviana Itzel Salinas-Reyna of Mexico, who received the award in 2015 when it was sponsored by music icon Enrique Iglesias. The next year’s honor, which was sponsored by Dominican legend Juan Luis Guerra, went to self-taught Colombian pianist Jesús Molina-Acosta.
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 Latin GRAMMY 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 the research and preservation of the diverse Latin music genres. For additional information, please visit us at Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation or on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
Miguel Bosé was born in Panamá, the son of Italian diva Lucia Bosé and the famous bullfighter Luis Miguel Dominguín. He grew up surrounded by art and culture. Ernest Hemingway was a friend of his family. Theater and film director Luchino Visconti was his godfather and Pablo Picasso was the godfather to his sister Paola. After a short period as an actor, which included a leading role in Pedro Almodóvar’s film Tacones Lejanos, Bosé decided to devote himself fully to music. He became an innovative force in the Latin and Spanish music scene, creating numerous hits and selling more than 30 million albums. Bosé won a Latin GRAMMY for Best Male Pop Vocal Album in 2002 for Sereno and was honored by The Latin Recording Academy as Person of the Year in 2013. He is also an important activist for several charities, including his own, Fundación Patrimonio Indígena México, Fundación Lucha contra el Sida, National Geographic Pristine Seas, the Malviva Marine Corridor Project, and the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation. In 2016 he released MTV Unplugged, which features collaborations with several of his friends, including Juanes, Fonseca, and Maná’s Sergio Vallín and Alex González, among others. His MTV Unplugged debuted at No. 1 in nine countries and his worldwide Estaré tour kicked off in April with unprecedented attendance.
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 afterschool 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.