The Billie Burke Ziegfeld Award Opens to Applicants Starting August 3rd, 2020
A $10,000 Grant for a Female Musical Theatre Composer
The Ziegfeld Club, one of the first New York City performing arts charities to benefit women is thrilled to announce that they will offer the Billie Burke Ziegfeld Award for the sixth consecutive year in a row. This grant is presented in partnership with New York Stage and Film.
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.
The application process will remain open from August 3rd through September 4th, 2020.
Past recipients of the Billie Burke Ziegfeld Award include composer/lyricist Masi Asare, Jonathan Larson Grant Recipient and composer/lyricist Anna Jacobs, composer & singer Shaina Taub (Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812), Lucille Lortel Award nominated composer Julianne Wick Davis (Southern Comfort), and Jonathan Larson Grant Recipient and composer/lyricist Rona Siddiqui.
The recipient of the Billie Burke Ziegfeld Award will be selected by a committee of industry professionals chosen by the Ziegfeld Club.
Interested applicants can submit all application materials (see list below) via Dropbox to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who should apply?
The BBZA is open to all emerging female/women composers or composer- lyricists who identify as a female/woman, who compellingly demonstrates outstanding artistic promise in musical theater composing, and who can clearly show how the grant money and mentorship will further their artistic career.
When can I apply?
The application for the Billie Burke Ziegfeld Award will be open from August 3rd – September 4th, 2020.
I’ve applied for the award in the past; can I apply again?
I write with a collaborative team. Can we apply together?
No, the BBZA Award is only open to an individual female composer or individual 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 ability to show professional initiative, outstanding artistic promise in musical theater composing, and who can clearly show how the grant money and mentorship will further your artistic career.
Can the songs I submit be from different works?
Yes, they must be from at least two different works.
Billie Burke (1884-1970) was an American actress remembered for her sparkling comic technique and distinguished career on stage and screen. Making her stage debut in 1903, Burke starred in dozens of Broadway and West End plays, as well as silent and talking films. In 1914, Burke wed Florenz Ziegfeld Jr., the Broadway impresario whose legendary series of Ziegfeld Follies—featuring statuesque show girls with elaborate feathered headdresses—“Glorified the American Girl” from 1907-1931. Their daughter, Patricia, was born in 1916. Upon Ziegfeld’s death in 1932, Burke continued to honor her husband’s legacy through the establishment of the Ziegfeld Club Inc. in 1936. She also produced the 1934 and 1936 editions of The Ziegfeld Follies.
Burke became a beloved character actress during Hollywood’s Golden Age, and was nominated for a 1939 Academy Award for her performance in Merrily We Live. The recipient of a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, she is eternally recognizable to all generations as Glinda the Good in MGM’s classic The Wizard of Oz.
About the Award
The Ziegfeld Club, one of New York City’s first performing arts charities to benefit women is proud to announce the fifth Billie Burke Ziegfeld Award to honor a female composer in musical theatre. The recipient will be selected by an expert panel chosen by The Ziegfeld Club Board of Directors and receive a prestigious grant of $10,000 plus a year of professional mentorship.
The grant which aims to celebrate an emerging female composer, or composer/lyricist who compellingly demonstrates outstanding artistic promise in musical theater composing was inspired by a noticeable lack of female composers being produced on Broadway today. The Ziegfeld Club enables the recipient to put the grant to the best use possible to help further the composer’s creative endeavors.
Anna K. Jacobs
Julianne Wick Davis