Application Now Open for the 2016 Billie Burke Ziegfeld Award

The Ziegfeld Club, Inc.

593 Park Avenue New York, NY 10065



New York, NY- 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 2nd 2016.

Apply here for the Billie Burke Ziegfeld Award 2016:

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.

Despite some progress in recent decades, there remains a surprising lack of gender diversity in the Broadway community.  According to recent studies, in the 2014–15 season women represented just 14% of composers, 9% of lyricists, and 7% of music directors and conductors.

Actress Billie Burk, best remembered as Glinda the Good in The Wizard of Oz, founded The Ziegfeld Club in 1936 to honor her late husband, Florenz Ziegfeld Jr., musical theatre impresario and producer.  The grant to honor emerging female composers helps to continue Florenz Ziegfeld’s legacy of providing a platform for women in musical theatre.  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 contemporary mission of The Ziegfeld Club is to support new work by women in musical theatre,” said Laurie Sanderson, Executive Director of The Ziegfeld Club. “Ziegfeld prided himself on cultivating the careers of unknown performers, our goal is to do the same for women working in musical theatre today.”

Also very important for New York City cultural history, The Ziegfeld Club has preserved unique items of American theatre history in their treasured archives that include original programs, sheet music, personal correspondence and costumes, as well as portraits of Ziegfeld Girls. This amazing legacy has never been seen by the public.  As Sanderson says, “The Ziegfeld Club archives are the DNA of Broadway and Hollywood.”


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Application process for the Elizabeth Swados Inspiration Grant is now open. Apply Here!


New York Times article announces the “Elizabeth Swados Inspiration Grant”

The actress Diane Lane is funding a grant for arts educators to honor the composer, writer and director Elizabeth Swados, who died in January. The grant is being created in partnership with the Ziegfeld Club and will award $5,000 to an influential female educator in New York.

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The New York Times, May 2015

Screen Shot 2015-06-23 at 2.16.48 PMRead our recent article by Tony Perrottet in the NY Times about the official relaunch of the Ziegfeld Club.

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Ziegfeld Club featured on the Comcast network

Laurie Sanderson interviews Authors Sara & Cynthia Brideson about their book, Ziegfeld and His Follies.

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The Wizard of Oz is one of my favorite spiritual tales, and Glinda is a spiritual goddess,” Ms. Winfrey said in the feature. “I love when she says to Dorothy, ‘You’ve always had the power.’ That is the message for all of us: You’re born with it, you always have it. It doesn’t matter how many yellow brick roads you go down, it’s always right there in your heart.”


Marc Jacobs Fashion Show at the Ziegfeld Theatre

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Read what the Ziegfeld Club has to say about women in musical theatre.
The Marbury Project

The Ziegfeld Club will sponsor The Marbury Project on The Clyde Fitch Report through December 2015. The Marbury Project combines theory and discussion, data gathering and analysis, and praxis-based approaches to fair practice and artistic self-sufficiency in order to find solutions to gender inequality, bias in representation and insufficient opportunities for female-identified individuals across artistic areas and disciplines.


Clyde Fitch Article


Submissions Open for The Billie Burke Ziegfeld Award 2015


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.

The Ziegfeld Club Inc., dedicated to helping women in theater since 1936, announces that submissions for the inaugural Billie Burke Ziegfeld Award will open on June 29th.

The Billie Burke Ziegfeld Award 2015 will be given to an emerging, female composer-lyricist, or team of composer and lyricist, who compellingly demonstrates financial need, professional initiative, and outstanding artistic promise in musical theater songwriting.

To Apply

Eligible candidates for the award must currently reside in the United States, and consist of a majority-woman team that includes a female composer. Eligible combinations include:

  • Single female composer-lyricist
  • Female composer, female lyricist
  • Female composer, male lyricist

2016 Details will be posted soon. Please check back.


The Ziegfeld Club: Helping Women in Theatre Since 1936

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The Ziegfeld Club Inc. will present never before publicly seen pieces of the club’s archives including personal letters from former Follies members, contracts, numerous articles, letters, photographs, and more at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Lincoln Center on Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 6:30 – 8:30 pm.

Besides the fascinating materials unveiled there will be performances with Broadway veteran singers, a brand new composition written for the event by composer Nadav Wiesel, and three “Ziegfeld Girls” in vintage Ziegfeld Costumes from the legendary Midnight Frollic.

Press 1936


“The Ziegfeld Club: Helping Theater Women Since 1936”
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Lincoln Center
40 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023
(Amsterdam Ave. and West 65th Street)
New York, New York 10023
October 21, 2014
6:30 – 8:30 pm

Presented in collaboration with Past Made Present and The New York Public Library