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LaGuardia Arts Graduate David Hoffman Wins 2017 Theodora Zavin Scholarship

Published: 07.07.2017
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Above: (L-R) are BMI Foundation President Emeritus Ralph N. Jackson; BMI Foundation’s Antonella DiSaverio; Rhonda Hoffman; 2017 Theodora Zavin Scholarship winner David Hoffman; BMI Foundation’s Deirdre Chadwick; BMI Foundation Composer-in-Residence at LaGuardia High School, Jim Pugliese; Joshua Zavin; Jonathan Zavin; BMI Foundation’s Michelle Moore.

Photo by: Melissa Dispenza


The BMI Foundation has announced David Hoffman as the winner of the 2017 Theodora Zavin Scholarship, a music study prize named in honor of the Foundation’s late founding President, Theodora Zavin. The $2,000 award was presented at a private ceremony held on June 29, 2017 at Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI)’s New York City headquarters.

The Theodora Zavin Scholarship is granted annually to a graduating senior musician at Manhattan’s prestigious Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, and recognizes outstanding achievement in composition. The award was established in 2005 through the generosity of friends, family, and colleagues to honor the memory of Theodora Zavin, BMI’s former Senior Vice President & Special Counsel. Zavin was a pioneer supporter of copyright protection on behalf of songwriters and publishers for nearly fifty years at BMI; she also oversaw the establishment of the BMI Foundation and many of its core programs for young musicians.

“I am extremely honored to be receiving the Theodora Zavin Scholarship,” said Hoffman. “This is such an amazing achievement, and I still can’t believe that I was selected.”

David is a multi-talented musician who sings, produces and composes his own music. He will continue his studies at Berklee School of Music in the Fall of 2017, majoring in film scoring and music education.