|Theodora Zavin Memorial Scholarship winner Kim Anderson (center) accepts her $2,000 check from LaGuardia Composer-in-Residence Jim Pugliese and BMI Foundation President Ralph N. Jackson. photo by Dana Rodriguez|
The scholarship was established through the generosity of family and friends to honor the memory of Theodora (Thea) Zavin, Founding President of the BMI Foundation. In making the announcement, Jackson said, "Thea was passionate about helping young musicians and I know that she would have been delighted to be remembered in this way. Her vision, drive, intelligence and kindness serve as a compass for all of us who continue her charitable work."
Kim Anderson, a 2005 graduate of LaGuardia High School of Music and Art and Performing Arts, started writing folk songs in elementary school and became interested in jazz and classical music in high school, where she studied composition with Jim Pugliese, the BMI Foundation's Composer-in-Residence at LaGuardia. She is a flutist, pianist and singer and has performed in concert bands, jazz bands and other ensembles. Anderson is currently a jazz composition major at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston.
The BMI Foundation, Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation founded in 1985 to support the creation, performance and study of music through awards, scholarships, commissions and grants. Tax-deductible donations to the Foundation come primarily from songwriters, composers and publishers, BMI employees and members of the public with a special interest in music. Because both the Foundation staff and the distinguished members of the Advisory Panel serve without compensation, over 97% of all donations and income are used for charitable grants.