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Film Scoring Student Wins the ASCAP Foundation's Jimmy Van Heusen Award

NYU Steinhardt Film Scoring student Joe Twist, has been awarded the ASCAP Foundation’s Jimmy Van Heusen Award for the Best Score of the 2013 NYU/ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop in Memory of Buddy Baker. Twist was unanimously chosen to receive the $2,500 prize and will be formally acknowledged at the ASCAP Foundation Awards ceremony on December 11, 2013. Judges included composers Sean Callery (24, Medium, Homeland) and Mark Snow (X-Files, Bluebloods). The award is named in honor of Jimmy Van Heusen, one of the most accomplished songwriters from the mid-twentieth century ("All the Way," "High Hopes," "Call Me Irresponsible”), and is presented each year to a promising composer who has participated in the NYU/ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop. Click here for an article about the award on the ASCAP website. 

Twist is studying at NYU Steinhardt as a Brian May Scholar from Australia. He currently holds three tertiary degrees in music composition from the University of Queensland and the Australian Film Television and Radio School, Sydney, including a Doctor of Philosophy. 

Previously this year, Twist was awarded the 2013 APRA/AMCOS Professional Development Award. He was selected from over 2,000 composers and received $30,000 worth of prizes and a $12,000 cash prize. Please click here for more information.