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." The recipient will be chosen by a selection committee of industry professionals and receive an award grant of $10,000, as well as professional mentorship by a prominent musical theatre composer or lyricist, yet to be announced. The award will be presented at a reception in New York City hosted by the Ziegfeld Club in October.
With an Aug. 9 deadline, submissions are being accepted online at TheZiegfeldClub.
The Ziegfeld Club Inc. was founded by American stage and screen actress Billie Burke, who performed in numerous Broadway and West End plays. The organization was founded in honor of her late husband Florenz Ziegfeld Jr., musical theatre legend and producer of the Ziegfeld Follies, as well as Broadway hits Sally, Rio Rita and Show Boat. It was originally created to provide financial help to Ziegfeld Girls in financial hardship. For more information on the Ziegfeld Club, visit ZiegfeldCub.