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The Ziegfeld Club Proudly Announces the Fifth Annual Billie Burke Ziegfeld Award A $10,000 Grant for a Female Musical Theatre Composer Application Opens Monday, July 29, 2019

The Ziegfeld Club Proudly Announces the Fifth Annual Billie Burke Ziegfeld Award A $10,000 Grant for a Female Musical Theatre Composer Application Opens Monday, July 29, 2019

The Ziegfeld Club, Inc., one of New York City’s first performing arts charities to benefit women and the organization behind grants such as the Liz Swados Inspiration Grant (a $5,000 cash grant underwritten by Academy Award Nominee Diane Lane to honor an influential music educator in NYC), is thrilled to announce that they will offer the Billie Burke Ziegfeld Award for the Fifth consecutive year in a row. 

A prestigious grant in the amount of $10,000, The Billie Burke Ziegfeld Award aims to celebrate an emerging female composer or composer/lyricist who compellingly demonstrates outstanding artistic promise in musical theater composing and clearly demonstrates how the grant money & mentorship will further her artistic career,. Past recipients of the Billie Burke Ziegfeld Award include composer/lyricist Masi Asare, composer Anna Jacobs, composer & singer Shaina Taub (Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812), and Lucille Lortel Award nominated composer Julianne Wick Davis (Southern Comfort). In addition, the recipient receives one year of artistic and professional mentorship from a prominent Broadway composer or producer. Previous mentors include Tony Award-winning composer Jeanine Tesori, Tony Award-winning producer Daryl Roth, composer Kristen Anderson-Lopez, producer Barbara Whitman, and Pulitzer Prize-winner Lynn Nottage. 

The grant, which aims to celebrate an emerging female composer or composer/lyricist who compellingly demonstrates outstanding artistic promise in musical theater composing and clearly demonstrates how the grant money & mentorship will further her artistic career, will open to applicants beginning Monday, July 29, 2019. Those interested in applying for the Billie Burke Ziegfeld Award must submit their application by Friday, August 23, 2019. The recipient of the Billie Burke Ziegfeld Award will be selected by a committee of industry professionals chosen by the Ziegfeld Club and will be presented at a private reception in New York City in November 2018. Interested applicants can submit all application materials (see list below) via email tosubmissions@theziegfeldclubinc.com

The following application materials are required for consideration:•    Demo recordings of 3 contrasting songs from at least two separate original works of musical theater. Professional recordings are appreciated but not necessary. Piano-and-vocals are sufficient. The songs should be sent as individual MP3 files, and labeled with both the candidate’s name and the songs’ titles (Last Name, First Name- Title). Applicants retain all copyright of their work. Please do not submit live recordings.•    Dramatic context and lyric sheets. Please include piano/vocal music, or scores if available.•    An Artistic Statement of one page or less (no more than 500 words) describing your work in musical theater, and how the Billie Burke Ziegfeld Award will aid you in your artistic and professional goals. 

A current Resume that lists your experience and production history as a musical theater composer. Applicants will be considered eligible as emerging artists if, in the judgment of the committee, they have not already received substantial recognition in American musical theater.

 A completed application form is available for download atwww.theziegfeldclubinc.com/award-submissions/ For more information about The Ziegfeld Club, Inc. or about the Billie Burke Ziegfeld Award* please visit www.TheZiegfeldClubInc.com

The recipient of The Billie Burke Ziegfeld Award will be awarded through Fractured Atlas, pending acceptance into their fiscal sponsorship program. For more information about Fractured Atlas and their fiscal sponsorship program, please visit www.fracturedatlas.org

Described by The New York Times as one of “New York’s pioneering feminist institutions,” and “Broadway’s best kept secret,” The Ziegfeld Club is among the first not-for-profits in the Broadway community. Founded in 1936 by Billie Burke in honor of her late husband Florenz Ziegfeld musical theater impresario and producer of the legendary Ziegfeld Follies. The organization was originally formed to provide help to Ziegfeld Girls who had fallen on hard times. As all of the Ziegfeld Girls have now passed away, the Ziegfeld Club’s mission remains to help women of today’s musical theatre. Additionally, the Ziegfeld Club has preserved exciting theater history in their treasured archives that include unique Ziegfeld memorabilia. Today the Ziegfeld Club is expanding its legacy of helping women in the theatre by establishing The Billie Burke Ziegfeld Award a $10,000 grant and a year of professional mentorship which is awarded to an emerging, female composer-lyricist who compellingly demonstrates outstanding artistic promise in musical theater composing and who can clearly show how the grant money and mentorship will further her artistic career, and the Liz Swados Inspiration Grant, a $5,000 grant awarded to a NYC based female music educator.   

Who should apply? The BBZA is open to an emerging, single female composer or single composer-lyricist who compellingly demonstrates outstanding artistic promise in musical theater composing and who can clearly show how the grant money and mentorship will further her artistic career 

When can I apply? The application for the Billie Burke Ziegfeld Award will be open from July 29 through August 23, 2019. We encourage you to apply early. 

I’ve applied for the award in the past; can I apply again? Yes. 

I write with a collaborative team. Can we apply together? No, the BBZA Award is only open to a single female composer or single composer-lyricist. 

Can I apply if I am still in school? The BBZA award is not intended as a scholarship. Ideal candidates should be working professionals. 

Are there any age restrictions? No, although an ideal candidate must classify as emerging, meaning that they have not already received substantial recognition in American musical theater. 

What are the criteria for selection? The selection committee will judge applicants based on financial need, professional initiative, and outstanding artistic promise in musical theater composing. 

Can the songs I submit be from different works? Yes, applications must consist of at least two different works. 

Can I still apply if I cannot be in New York City in September for an interview? Yes.  In-person interviews are strongly encouraged, but a Skype interview can be arranged if necessary.

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Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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