7/15/2015

New Billie Burke Ziegfeld Award for Women Theatre Composers!

Billie Burke Ziegfeld Award, 2015


The Ziegfeld Club is proud
to announce the inaugural
   
Billie Burke Ziegfeld Award!

The winner will receive a $10,000 grant and professional mentorship by a prominent musical theater composer or lyricist.  

The award will be given to an emerging female composer-lyricist, or team of composer and lyricist, who demonstrate financial need, professional initiative, and outstanding artistic promise in musical theater songwriting.

Described by The New York Times as one of “New York’s pioneering feminist institutions,” and “Broadway’s best kept secret,” The Ziegfeld Club, Inc. is among the first not-for-profit organizations in the Broadway community. We were founded in 1936 by Billie Burke who formed our Club to “keep alive and cherish the memory of Florenz Ziegfeld” and to help women who had performed in her late husband’s world-famous Follies who had fallen on hard times later in life.

Today, the Ziegfeld Club is expanding its legacy of helping women in musical theater by establishing the Billie Burke Ziegfeld Award.

Of the 11 new plays on Broadway during the 2014-15 season, one was written by a woman. Of the 10 new musicals, one had a book written by a woman.

Fun Home was only the third Broadway musical in the last quarter-century to have its book, lyrics and music all by women. That’s one musical every eight years.

During the 2013-14 Broadway season, 68 percent of the audience was female.

All these numbers demonstrate an urgent need to support women in theatre now. At the Ziegfeld Club, we have been devoted to this mission since 1936. Now in the 21st century, one of the ways the Ziegfeld Club can fulfill its mission is through the establishment of the Billie Burke Ziegfeld Award.

The recipient of the 2015 Billie Burke Ziegfeld Award will be chosen by a selection committee of industry professionals, and will be presented at a reception in New York City hosted by the Ziegfeld Club in October 2015.

The Ziegfeld Club wants to find talented, undiscovered women in musical theatre songwriting. Please help us spread the word about this incredible opportunity!  

Applications are currently being accepted through July 26th, 2015. For more information on how to apply, please click here or contact info@theziegfeldclubinc.com.

Copyright © 2015 The Ziegfeld Club Inc., All rights reserved.

Photo credit: Billie Burke, circa 1919.
Alfred Cheney Johnston,
Courtesy of the Ziegfeld Club Archive.


Our mailing address is:
The Ziegfeld Club Inc.
593 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10065
www.theziegfeldclubinc.com

Statera Conference July 31-August 2

INAUGURAL STATERA CONFERENCE  |  JUL 31 - AUG 2, 2015

Join us for the inaugural Statera Conference in Cedar City, Utah from July 31 to August 2, 2015. Meet with theater professionals from all over the country for three days of networking, socializing, experience-sharing, theatre-going and more! The Statera conference is all about gender balance and our goal is to take action to bring women into full and equal participation in the American theatre.

WHY ARE WE MEETING IN CEDAR CITY, UTAH?

We have strategically chosen to meet in the center of the country as a way of engaging both coasts as well as the wide swath of regional theaters scattered across the states. Cedar City, nestled in the middle region of the country, is called Festival City for good reason. The rich arts community is in the midst of great growth with the building of the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts, which will include the Southern Utah Museum of Art as well as the new outdoor Engelstad Theatre at the Utah Shakespeare Festival. Cedar City is also home to the Neil Simon Festival, Off the Cuff Improv Center and various art galleries, with access to Cedar Breaks, Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks in just a short drive. Cedar City's great artistic growth make it the perfect place for Statera's inaugural conference.

 

WHO WILL BE THERE?

We're excited to announce that Mary McColl, Executive Director of Actors' Equity Association, will be giving our keynote address. You'll also have the opportunity to attend small group breakout sessions moderated by noted professionals, attend world class theater at the Utah Shakespeare Festival and network with people from every corner of the theater profession. The conference is open to men and women alike: administrators, designers, educators, technicians, advocates, spouses, etc. The goal of this conference is to initiate and support action by individuals, organizations and institutions whose stated goal is to work towards gender balance in the arts. All are welcome!

Mary McColl of AEA Keynote Speaker at Statera Foundation Conference on Gender Equity in Theatre


WMM: Hand-clapping as storytelling in Let's Get The Rhythm




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Women Make Movies gratefully acknowledges the support of our funders: The National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. 

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Now Available! LET'S GET THE RHYTHM



"...its incandescent musicality brings this hand-clapping 

universe to life." The New York Times 

LET'S GET THE RHYTHM invites the viewer to explore the history of hand-clapping games around the world. Through wars and migrations, across language barriers and oceans, young girls connect with each other through thousands of variants-ancient as they are global-the film chronicles these rhythmic and recreational practices. Guided by three eight-year-olds from diverse cultural backgrounds on inner-city playgrounds in New York City, the film is a charming and beautiful survey with universal insight into the budding social mind and of the empowering impact of the practice on the lives of women. The charm of their personal insight is complemented by archival footage collected by Alan Lomax and observations by folklorists, academics, musicians, ethnomusicologists and cognitive neuroscientists. LET'S GET THE RHYTHM is a delightful homage to the beauty of the beat and to storytelling among young girls and is a necessary film for Anthropology and Sociology courses. 



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In honor of this new release, stream a FREE preview of GIRL POWER: ALL DOLLED UP below! 

GIRL POWER: ALL DOLLED UP
GIRL POWER: ALL DOLLED UP
This thought-provoking short film examines the notion that "girl power" has been co opted by commerce to create a feminist construct that is ultimately damaging to girls' identity and development. Click here to watch. Free preview expires July 28, 2015.

We would like to offer a 50% discount off the following select titles in the Young Women & Girls Collection, including GIRL POWER, with the purchase of LET'S GET THE RHYTHM:





*Enter code LEGETE15 to apply your discount. Cannot be combined with any other offer, only applies to institutional orders, other exceptions may apply. Offer expires September 15, 2015.

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7/08/2015

WMM: Inside Her Sex - an exploration of sexuality & shame




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Women Make Movies gratefully acknowledges the support of our funders: The National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. 

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Now Available! INSIDE HER SEX


"Female sexuality and shame is an endlessly fascinating subject...filmmaker Sheona McDonald takes a raw and comprehensive look at the issue." -YouBeauty.com


While we live in a highly sexualized society, the messaging around female sexuality is distorted and rife with shame. INSIDE HER SEX is a "fearless and important film" that bravely and unabashedly explores the uneasy coupling of eroticism and embarrassment through the courageous stories of three women: Elle Chase, a popular sex blogger, Candida Royallethe creator of Femme Productions Inc., a feminist, adult film company designed to speak with a woman's voice and Samantha Allen, the ex-devout Mormon and current gender, sex, and tech writer for The Daily Beast

Still today, youth will see sex, and particularly female sexuality, portrayed in media and pornography without access to comprehensive sex education. Filmmaker Sheona McDonald wants INSIDE HER SEX to help change that, beginning a much needed conversation around female sexuality and shame. This film is the perfect discussion starter for women studies, sociology, sexuality, media and communications classes.  

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In honor of this new release, stream a FREE preview of HOW TO LOSE YOUR VIRGINITY below! 

Female virginity. There is no official medical definition for it. And 50 years after the sexual revolution, it continues to define young women's morality and self-worth. This hilarious, eye-opening, documentary uses the filmmaker's own path out of virginity to explore its continuing value in our otherwise hypersexualized society. Click here to watch. Free preview expires July 17, 2015.

We would like to offer a 50% discount off the following select titles, including HOW TO LOSE YOUR VIRGINITY, with the purchase of INSIDE HER SEX:





*Enter code INHESEE15 to apply your discount. Cannot be combined with any other offer, only applies to institutional orders, other exceptions may apply. Offer expires August 31, 2015.

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About WMM:

Since our beginnings in 1972, WMM has grown from a feminist filmmakers' collective into an industry-leading nonprofit media arts organization and distributor. For over 40 years, WMM has transformed the landscape of filmmaking for women directors and producers, bringing the issues facing women around the world to screens everywhere. Now, with more than 550 films in our catalog, including Academy®, Emmy®, Peabody and Sundance nominees and award winners, WMM is the largest distributor of films by and about women in the world. Women Make Movies. By Women. About Women. For Everyone.