McDonald’s Just Launched a $75K HBCU Gospel Competition

McDonald’s just launched a new gospel grant competition offering up over $100K in prizes to four Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). The first-ever HBCU Exhibition will award a $75K prize to the school with the best choir or band, with each additional school taking home $10K. 

In addition to the grant, the winning school will also receive a featured performance in the Gospel Tour’s holiday show on December 2 in Houston, Texas.

The competition is hosted by gospel hip-hop artist Sir The Baptist as part of the 16th annual McDonald’s Inspiration Celebration® Gospel Tour: Homecoming Edition.

Sir The Baptist

“We’re celebrating Black education, arts, and excellence,” said Sir The Baptist, a Grammy and BET Award-nominated, DOVE and Stellar Award-winning writer, producer, and artist. 

Sir The Baptist has traveled the country to connect with, film, and help inspire this year’s inaugural class featuring Alabama A&M University, Jackson State University, Mississippi Valley University, and Shaw University. Each school performed its own rendition of a historical gospel hymn, such as “Wade In The Water,” “Motherless Child,” and “Go Tell It On The Mountain.”

The winning school will be selected through a combination of public voting round and a panel of celebrity judges, including Donald Lawrence, Kierra Sheard-Kelly, NotKarltonBanks, Samoht, and​ Smokie Norful. 

Visit to watch the schools’ performances and vote for your favorite. Voting runs now through November 9.

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