The ASCAP Foundation Lucille and Jack Yellen Award

The Lucille and Jack Yellen Award was established by The Lucille and Jack Yellen Foundation. It is presented annually to an aspiring musical theater lyricist based on talent and career potential. The recipient must be an ASCAP or unaffiliated member.

Among the hit songs in the Yellen catalog are "Down By the O-Hi-O," "Are You from Dixie?," "Ain't She Sweet?," and "Happy Days Are Here Again." His works were covered by singers such as Al Jolson, Sophie Tucker, Barbra Streisand, Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra. The Beatles famously recorded his song, "Ain't She Sweet." Yellen married dancer and choreographer Lucille Hodgeman in 1944. Lucille was born in Minnesota and raised in Los Angeles, where she worked with Twentieth Century Fox and Metro-Goldwyn Mayer. Lucille partook in over 20 films, including The Wizard of Oz and The Prizefighter and the Lady. By Nomination Only.


Past Recipients: 

Khiyon Hursey 2020
Cheeyang Ng & Eric Sorrels 2019
Eli Bolin 2018
Julian Hornik 2017
Shaina Taub 2016
Neil Bartram 2015
Alexander Sage Oyen 2014
Jason Rhyne 2013