Denielle Campbell is 2021 Theodora Zavin Scholarship Winner

Published: 06.24.2021

Above: Denielle Campbell

BMIF has announced Laguardia High School senior Denielle Campbell as the winner of the 2021 Theodora Zavin Scholarship, a music study prize named in honor of the Foundation’s late founding President, Theodora Zavin. 

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.

"What an extraordinary privilege to receive this award, thank you so much to BMI for considering me. I could not have done this alone, I would love to thank my extremely supportive family. Also, honorable mention to Jim Pugliese and Robert Apostle, who have really pushed me to the limit in my songwriting, and for that I am very thankful. I would also like to thank The new music ensemble at LaGuardia for giving me a space to create, collaborate, and hone in on my craft" said Campbell. 

Denielle Campbell is a 17 year-old singer-songwriter from the Bronx. and has been writing music for almost 5 years, with musical influences in jazz, folk, RnB, and classical music. She has performed at local venues such as The Bitter End, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and enjoys collaborating with others. Denielle took part in LaGrardia's New Music Ensemble's virtual concerts where she recorded and produced her own music and is releasing my Debut EP Seasons in June. This fall Denielle is very excited to be attending Queensborough College to study Music Production and further her songwriting.