$15,000 in Prizes Awarded to Students Thomas Jordan Zed, Taylor Jones and Carrie van Amerigen
BMI Foundation, Inc. President Theodora Zavin has just announced the first and second place winners of the 3rd Annual John Lennon Scholarship. First place winner of the $10,000 prize is Berklee College of Music student Thomas Jordan Zed for his song, "Show Me Who You Are." Tied for second place are Vanderbilt University Blair School of Music student Taylor Jones ("Why Can't You Say") and University of Miami student Carrie van Amerigen ("In My Life"), who will each be awarded $2,500.
Established in 1997 by Yoko Ono, the Lennon Scholarship recognizes the talent of young songwriters between the ages of 15 and 24. The winning songs were chosen from nominations submitted by specially selected music schools, colleges and youth orchestras from across the nation.
"The Foundation expresses its deepest gratitude to Yoko's steadfast support and incredible generosity to the endowment of this scholarship, which allows us to continue recognizing young talent," said Zavin. "We are extremely pleased to see this program developing and gaining real momentum."
Founded in 1985 by BMI Senior Vice President Theodora Zavin, the BMI Foundation, Inc., among other activities, offers grants which make possible the continuation and development of creative programs for the composition of new music and the performance of these new compositions. With the aid of the distinguished writers, composers and publishers who serve on the Foundation's Advisory Panel and the executive staff from BMI who serve as its officers, the Foundation's grants offer a platform of support that fosters the growth of young composers and ensures the continuation of the heritage of American musical ingenuity for generations to come.