Application Now Open for The 2016 Billie Burke Ziegfeld Award

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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 second Billie Burke Ziegfeld Award to honor a female composer in musical theatre. The recipient will be honored in November 2016 at the New Amsterdam Theatre, and will receive a prestigious grant of $10,000 plus a year of professional mentorship. The application for the Billie Burke Ziegfeld Award will be open from August 4th through September 9th 2016. The recipient will be selected by an expert panel chosen by The Ziegfeld Club Board of Directors.  Two honorable mentions will also be noted.

The grant which aims to celebrate an emerging female composer, or composer/lyricist who compellingly demonstrates financial need, professional initiative, and outstanding artistic promise in musical theatre 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.  The recipient of last years inaugural Billie Burke Ziegfeld Award is composer/lyricist Masi Asare who in addition to the cash prize received a years mentorship from Tony Award® winners composer Jeanine Tesori and producer Daryl Roth.

  • The Billie Burke Ziegfeld Award will be given to an emerging female composer or composer-lyricist who compellingly demonstrates financial need, professional initiative, and outstanding artistic promise in musical theater composing.
  • Eligible candidates for the award must currently reside in the United States and consist of a single female composer or single composer-lyricist.
  • 6 Finalists will be selected and interviewed at the end of September in New York City.
  • 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 2016.  Honorable mentions will also be announced.
  • The recipient of the Billie Burke Ziegfeld Award will receive a grant of $10,000, as well as professional mentorship for one year.

Important Dates

The application for the Billie Burke Ziegfeld Award will be open from August 4th through September 9th 2016.

The recipient of the award will be notified by October 14th 2016.

Application


Applications for the Billie Burke Ziegfeld Award must include the following:

1) Demo recordings of 3 contrasting songs from an original work or works of musical theater, as well as dramatic context.  These songs can be from the same or from different shows.  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’ title (Last Name, First Name- Title). Applicants retain all copyright of their work. Please do not submit live recordings.

2) An Artistic Statement of one page or less (no more than 500 words, single-spaced) describing your work in musical theater, and how the Billie Burke Ziegfeld Award might aid you in your artistic and professional goals.

3) An up-to-date Resume that lists your experience and production history as an emerging musical theater songwriter. 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.

Resumes should include contact information, including mailing address, daytime phone number, and email address.

4) A completed Application Form.

Note: If you receive this grant, it 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

To submit an application for the Billie Burke Ziegfeld Award, please send the required materials to the following email address: submissions@theziegfeldclubinc.com

Frequently Asked Questions

Who should apply?

The BBZA is open to an emerging, single female composer or single composer-lyricist who compellingly demonstrates financial need, professional initiative, and outstanding artistic promise in musical theater songwriting.

When can I apply?

The application for the Billie Burke Ziegfeld Award will be open from August 4th 2016- September 9th 2016.

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.

Can I still apply if I cannot in New York City in September for an interview?

Yes, we will schedule a Skype interview instead.

Download Award Submission Guidelines and BBZ Award Application Form 2016