Songwriters Hall of Fame

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For the hall of fame of Canada, see Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame.

The Songwriters Hall of Fame was founded in 1969 by songwriter Johnny Mercer and music publishers Abe Olman and Howie Richmond to honor those whose work represents a spectrum of the most beloved songs from the world's popular music songbook. It not only celebrates these established songwriters, but is also involved on the development of new songwriting talent through workshops, showcases and scholarships. There are many programs designed to teach and discover new songwriters.

The Hall of Fame only existed as an online virtual collection until 2010, when it was first put on display as a physical gallery inside The Grammy Museum in Los Angeles.[1] With a under-construction basement installation at the Brill Building in New York, the Hall doesn't have a permanent place and the awards aren't televised.[2]

Through 2010, 383 individuals had been inducted into the SHOF. The British rock band Queen was the first band to be inducted in 2003.[3][4]

Abe Olman Publisher Award[edit]

The Abe Olman Publisher Award is given to publishers who have had a substantial number of songs that have become world-renowned and who have helped to further the careers and success of many songwriters.[5]

Board of Directors Award[edit]

The Board of Directors Award is presented to an individual selected by the SHOF Board in recognition of his or her service to the songwriting community and the advancement of popular music.[6]

Contemporary Icon Award[edit]

The Contemporary Icon Award was established in 2015 to recognize songwriter-artists who attained an iconic status in pop culture. The American singer Lady Gaga is the first artist ever to win the Award.[7]

Hal David Starlight Award[edit]

Hal David at the ASCAP Awards in 2011

The Hal David Starlight Award honors young artists who have already made an impression on the music industry.[8]

Howie Richmond Hitmaker Award[edit]

The Howie Richmond Hitmaker Award is specifically tailored for artists or "star makers" in the music industry who have been responsible for a substantial number of hit songs for an extended period of time, and who recognize the importance of songs and their writers.[9][10]

Johnny Mercer Award[edit]

Johnny Mercer in New York between 1946 and 1948

The Johnny Mercer Award is the highest honor bestowed by the event. It goes to writers already inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame for having established a history of outstanding creative works.[11][12][13]

Patron of the Arts[edit]

The Patron of the Arts is presented to influential industry executives who are not primarily in the music business but are great supporters of the performing arts.[14]

Pioneer Award[edit]

The Pioneer Award was established in 2012 to recognize the career of a historic creator of an extensive body of musical work that has been a major influence on generations of songwriters.[15][16]

Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award[edit]

Sammy Cahn in 1950s

Named for the former President of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, the Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award is given to individuals or teams who are recognized as having done a great deal to further the successes of songwriters.[17]

Scholarship Awards[edit]

Abe Olman Scholarship[edit]

John Legend who was honored in 2002 with the Abe Olman Scholarship

Abe Olman was an American songwriter and music publisher. He was later director of ASCAP, and a founder of the Songwriters Hall of Fame which, in 1983, named the Abe Olman Publisher Award. In his honor, the Abe Olman Scholarship is given out each year by his family in the interest of encouraging and supporting the careers of young songwriters.[18]

1990
Nancy Magarill & H. Sefus Henderson (ASCAP)
April Higuera (BMI)
Emil Trombino, Sal Trombino & Walter Zelinski (SHOF)
Thomas Kjellberg (SGA)
1991
Nanette Maxine Brown (ASCAP)
Dee Ann Macomson (SGA)
Ellen O’Brien & Rich Campbell (SHOF)
Pantera Saint-Montaigne (BMI)
1992
Mark Batson (BMI)
Lorraine Ferro & Stephanie Lewis (SHOF)
Darren Quinlan (ASCAP)
David Stewart (SGA)
1993
Ilene Angel (SHOF)
Gregory Cohen & Matthew Lewis (BMI)
Mike Flynn (SGA)
Anika Peress (ASCAP)
1994
Jazmin Jackson (ASCAP)
Rebecca Martin (BMI)
Amy Powers & Stephanie Salzman (SHOF)
Alan Wolpert & Bill Pitzonka (SGA)
1995
Mike Blaxill (BMI)
Janie Coulter & Barry Wittenstein (SHOF)
Tina de Varon (ASCAP)
Caroline Horn (SGA)
1996
Cara Beckenstein (SGA)
Tamara Feinman (SESAC)
Nicole Johnson (BMI)
Pilley (ASCAP)
Liz Queler (SHOF)
1997
Stephanie Cooke (ASCAP)
Amanda Green (SHOF)
Lauren Kinhan (SESAC)
Dan Siegler (BMI)
Richard Winter (SGA)
1998
Chris Alastair (ASCAP)
Chris Moore (BMI)
Ivy Markaity (SESAC)
Clare Cooper (SGA)
Sandy Fredrickseon (SHOF)
1999
Mike Errico (SHOF)
Delilah Harris (SESAC)
Natasha Ming (BMI)
Jean Norris (ASCAP)
Stephen Rosenthal (SGA)
2000
Angela Ai (SHOF)
Jabe Beyer (SESAC)
Edie Carey (BMI)
James Day (ASCAP)
Nina Mankin (SGA)
2001
Sophia Ramos Dupre (SESAC)
Tabitha Fair (BMI)
Carrie FitzGibbon (SHOF)
James Glasco (ASCAP)
Stephen Goldfinger (SGA)
2002
Colin Brooks (SESAC)
Elizabeth Jordan (SHOF)
Lee Kweller (SGA)
Johnny Rodgers (ASCAP)
John Stephens (aka John Legend) (BMI)
2003
Janice FitzGerald (SHOF)
Karen Jacobsen (SESAC)
Michael McLeod (SGA)
Jeanine Smith (BMI)
Meleni Smith (ASCAP)
2004
Bliss: Kiirsten Moore (BMI)
David Ippolito (SGA)
Michele Jaffe (SHOF)
Lori McKenna (ASCAP)
Sofia-Jay: Jay & Jennifer Lyons (SESAC)
2005
Laurel Barclay & Matt Katz-Bohen of Daddy (SESAC)
Loretta Collins (SGA)
Kiara Duran (NAPM)
Morley Kamen (ASCAP)
Sylvia Tosun (BMI)
2006
Cassandra Kubinski
Summer Johnson
Wes Hutchinson
Annie Dinerman
Susan Cagle
2007
Dan Ferrari
Jayms Madison
Alice Smith
Jodi Shaw
Adam Falcon
2008
Galia Arad
Linda Kiraly
Reeve Carney
Watt White
Shelly Bhushan
2009
Madi Diaz
Michael Grubbs
April Smith
Kirsten Thien
Natalie Warner
2010
Gabriella Caspi
Keli Price
Comic Book Heroes
Rebecca Jordan
Chris Tedesco
2011
Erin Christine
Markeisha Ensley
Rachel Brown
Nenna Yvonne & Daniel Wisniewski
Jason Kingston
2012
Shea Rose
Jody Mulgrew
Bebe Rexha
Jeremy Current
Lyle Divinsky
2013
Amy Allen
Ro James
Emily Warren
Kat Edmonson
Tyler Lyle
2014
Cobaine Ivory
Sydney Wayser
Travis Nilan
Claire Wilkinson
Audra Mae

The Holly Prize[edit]

Created In 2009, The Holly Prize is a tribute to the legacy of Buddy Holly, a SHOF inductee. The award recognizes and supports a new "all-in songwriter" — an exceptionally talented and inspired young musician/singer/songwriter whose work exhibits the qualities of Holly's music: true, great and original. The Holly Prize is administered and juried by the SongHall.[19]

  • Ben Howard
  • Emily King
  • Jack Skuller
  • Jenny O.
  • Kendra Morris
  • Laura Warshauer

The NYU Steinhardt Songwriting Scholar Award[edit]

Announced in 2011, along with a collaboration between the Songwriters Hall of Fame and NYU Steinhardt's Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions, the NYU Steinhardt Songwriting Scholar Award is presented to a music composition student whose work holds great potential for success in the field, and embodies the art, craft, individuality and qualities of communication of the best songwriting.[20]

  • AJ Smith
  • David Marenberg
  • Monica Cialona
  • Shan Gao
  • Tiger Darrow

Towering Performance Award[edit]

The Towering Performance Award is given in recognition of one-of-a-kind performances by one-of-a-kind singers that have recorded outstanding and unforgettable interpretations of songs that have become iconic standards.[21]

Towering Song Award[edit]

The Towering Song Award is given to creators of an individual song that has influenced the culture in a unique way over the years.[22][23][10]

Visionary Leadership Award[edit]

Created in 2013, The Visionary Leadership Award recognizes members of the Hall of Fame Board of Directors who have made a significant contribution in furthering the ongoing mission of the organization.[24][25]

  • 2013 - Hal David
  • 2014 - Del Bryant
  • 2015 - John A. Lofrumento

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About Us". Songwriters Hall of Fame. Retrieved June 14, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Songwriters Hall of Fame Honorees Range from Gaga to Grateful Dead". Variety. June 18, 2015. Retrieved June 19, 2015. 
  3. ^ The Lives & Music of Queen ABC. Retrieved June 11, 2011
  4. ^ 2003 Award and Induction Ceremony: Queen Songwriters Hall of Fame. Retrieved June 11, 2011
  5. ^ "Abe Olman Publisher Award". The Songwriters Hall of Fame. Retrieved June 14, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Board of Directors Award". The Songwriters Hall of Fame. Retrieved June 14, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Lady Gaga To Receive First-Ever Contemporary Icon Award". Songwriters Hall of Fame. April 23, 2015. Retrieved June 14, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Hal David Starlight Award". The Songwriters Hall of Fame. Retrieved June 14, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Howie Richmond Hitmaker Award". The Songwriters Hall of Fame. Retrieved June 14, 2015. 
  10. ^ a b "Songwriters Hall Of Fame Celebrates The Best Of Songwriting Legends". The Songwriters Hall of Fame. Retrieved June 16, 2015. 
  11. ^ Christman, Ed (March 10, 2011). "Barry Mann And Cynthia Weil To Receive Johnny Mercer Award At 2011 Songwriters Hall Of Fame Event". Billboard. Retrieved June 14, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Johnny Mercer Award". The Songwriters Hall of Fame. Retrieved June 14, 2015. 
  13. ^ "The Johnny Mercer Award Winners". The Johnny Mercer Foundation. Retrieved June 16, 2015. 
  14. ^ "Patron of the Arts". The Songwriters Hall of Fame. Retrieved June 14, 2015. 
  15. ^ "Highlights From The 2012 Songwriters Hall Of Fame Awards". American Songwriter. Retrieved June 16, 2015. 
  16. ^ "Berry Gordy to Receive Pioneer Award From Songwriters Hall of Fame". Rolling Stone. Retrieved June 16, 2015. 
  17. ^ "Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award". The Songwriters Hall of Fame. Retrieved June 14, 2015. 
  18. ^ "Abe Olman Scholarship". The Songwriters Hall of Fame. Retrieved June 14, 2015. 
  19. ^ "The Holly Prize". The Songwriters Hall of Fame. Retrieved June 14, 2015. 
  20. ^ "The NYU Steinhardt Songwriting Scholar Award". The Songwriters Hall of Fame. Retrieved June 14, 2015. 
  21. ^ "Towering Performance". The Songwriters Hall of Fame. Retrieved June 14, 2015. 
  22. ^ "Towering Songs". The Songwriters Hall of Fame. Retrieved June 14, 2015. 
  23. ^ "Songwriters Hall Of Fame Celebrates The Best Of Songwriting Legends". The Songwriters Hall of Fame. Retrieved June 16, 2015. 
  24. ^ "BMI Head Del Bryant to Be Presented With Visionary Leadership Award at Songwriters Hall of Fame". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 16, 2015. 
  25. ^ "ASCAP CEO John A. Lofrumento To Be Honored With Visionary Leadership Award". The Songwriters Hall of Fame. Retrieved June 16, 2015. 

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