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Two Students Receive 2019 NYU Steinhardt Songwriting Scholar Award

Alexandra James and Pance PonyCongratulations to Alexandra James and Pance Pony, recipients of the 2019 NYU Steinhardt Songwriting Scholar Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

The prize, which has been distributed since 2011, is presented to "music composition students whose work holds great potential for success in the field, and embodies the art, craft, individuality and qualities of communication of the best songwriting."

Prior to studying at NYU, Alexandra James attended the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where she earned her bachelor's in Jazz Performance.

Her music is raw and personal and she is not afraid to take on bold, sometimes controversial subject matter. James delivers her thought-provoking lyrics with a resonant voice rooted in honest emotion. Her debut EP is called Ascension. Alexandra is an ASCAP member.

Before enrolling in the program in Songwriting, Pance Pony was the director of Recording Studies at Williamsburg Charter High School in Brooklyn where she founded Wolverine Studios, an independent record label run by students.

While studying at NYU, Pony launched Pance Sounds, a music publishing company. She is completing a children’s album and worked as a comedy songwriter and sound engineer for Views from NYU, the student talk show at NYU Tisch. She is also a teacher at the Blue Balloon Songwriting School.