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.