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BMI Foundation Presents 2015 Musical Theatre Awards

Published: 06.17.2015
Harrington Award winner Richard Sheinmel, BMI Foundation’s Pat Cook, Harrington Award winner Will Buck, Jean Banks Award winners Geoffrey Goldberg & Joseph Allred Olson, Harrington Award winners Kevin Hammonds & Kristin Bair, BMI Foundation’s David F. Bills, and Harrington Award winners Ok Kyun Kang & Jamie Cowperthwait.
BMI Foundation’s Antonella Di Saverio, Michael Schwartz, inaugural Ellen Schwartz Award winner Ray Bokhour, BMI Foundation’s Pat Cook, and BMI Foundation’s David F. Bills.
BMI Foundation’s Pat Cook, Harrington Award winner Richard Sheinmel, and BMI Foundation’s David F. Bills.
BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop Committee member Frank Evans, Harrington Award winners Kristin Bair and Kevin Hammonds.
BMI Foundation’s Pat Cook, Harrington Award winners Jamie Cowperthwait and Ok Kyun Kang, and BMI Foundation’s David F. Bills.
BMI Foundation’s Pat Cook, Harrington Award winner Will Buck, and BMI Foundation’s David F. Bills.
BMI Foundation’s Pat Cook, Jean Banks Award winners Joseph Allred Olson and Geoffrey Goldberg, and BMI Foundation’s David F. Bills.

Photos by: Melissa Dispenza


The BMI Foundation has announced nine members of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop as the winners of its annual Musical Theatre Awards, encompassing the Jerry Harrington Awards For Outstanding Creative Achievement in Musical Theatre, the Jean Banks Award, and the newly established Ellen Schwartz Award for Outstanding Literary Merit in Lyric Writing. The awards were presented by BMI Director of Musical Theatre/BMI Foundation board member Pat Cook and BMI Foundation Executive Vice President David F. Bills, during a ceremony held on June 15, 2015 at Broadcast Music, Inc.’s headquarters in New York City.

The 2015 award winners are:

  • Kristin Bair - Advanced Workshop, Jerry Harrington Award
  • Ray Bokhour - Advanced Workshop, Ellen Schwartz Award for Outstanding Literary Merit in Lyric Writing
  • Will Buck - First Year Workshop, Jerry Harrington Award
  • Jamie Cowperthwait - Second Year Workshop, Jerry Harrington Award
  • Geoffrey Goldberg - Second Year Workshop, Jean Banks Award for “Everyday”
  • Kevin Hammonds - Advanced Workshop, Jerry Harrington Award
  • Ok Kyun Kang - Second Year Workshop, Jerry Harrington Award
  • Joseph Allred Olson - Second Year Workshop, Jean Banks Award for “Everyday”
  • Richard Sheinmel - Librettists Workshop, Jerry Harrington Award

The Jerry Harrington Awards were established in 2000 by BMI Foundation Board Member Evelyn Buckstein in honor of her late friend and colleague Jerry Harrington, who was an avid supporter of musical theatre. Awards totaling $2,600 are presented annually for the works judged “most outstanding” in the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop, a program that is widely regarded as the premiere training ground for emerging musical theatre composers, lyricists, and librettists.

The Jean Banks Award was created by the BMI Foundation in 2012 to honor the legacy of former BMI Senior Director of Jazz and Musical Theatre and BMI Foundation Secretary Jean Banks. A $500 prize is presented each year for the best ten-minute musical written in the Musical Theatre Workshop.

The newly bestowed Ellen Schwartz Award commemorates the life and career of the late songwriter, Ellen Schwartz. A $1,000 award will be given annually to a Second or Third Year Workshop participant whose lyric writing demonstrates exceptional literary merit.