Lucille & Jack Yellen Foundation Songwriter's Scholarship

Program Overview

Yellen Scholarship Logo
The Buffalo Music Hall of Fame, in collaboration with the Lucille and Jack Yellen Foundation, have been awarding young songwriters up to the age of 23 the chance to professionally record an original song since 2013. The lucky recipient receives a scholarship that includes a full day of recording at Robby Takac's (Goo Goo Dolls) GCR Recording Studio. Hall of Fame inductees are on hand as session musicians and mentors. The winning song is mastered and placed on a CD and presented to the songwriter. Recipients have also received a performance at the Hard Rock Café, Niagara Falls USA as well as getting their song published on a Buffalo Music Hall of Fame Compilation CD.

​The 2017 Scholarship got underway with a kick-off event that was held at the Hard Rock Café, Niagara Falls USA on January 5, 2017 at 7:00 pm. Past recipients Erin Sydney Welsh and Jessica Chizuk performed.Alternative Buffalo's Chelsea O MCd the event and performed for all. Chelsea will be highlighting our past recipients on her local show on ​107.7/104.7 on Sunday nights at 8:00 pm.

The 2017 Scholarship recipient is Matthew Connolly. Matthew will be going in to the studio this summer to record his original composition "Wedding Dress".

Our recipients have worked with some top-knotch musicians including: 

2013 - Erin Sydney Welsh (guitar and vocals): Joe Rozler (piano), Howard ”Fleetwood” Wilson II (drums), Frank Grizanti (guitar), Steve Sadoff (bass guitar) Justin Rose (mixing/engineering), Anthony Casuccio (mastering), Tom Lorentz (producer)
"It was invaluable to spend time with such skilled musicians and have the experience of working in the studio. The actual song turned out really great, but I think my greatest gain came from what I learned while making it; as someone who has always been interested in but also intimidated by the production side of the music industry, it was beneficial to see what goes into a song and how musicians with much more experience than myself are able to tailor a sound to a certain piece to get the most without overpowering the song."
 
2014 - Jessica Chizuk (guitar and vocals): Howard ”Fleetwood” Wilson II (drums), Frank Grizanti (guitar), Richie English (synthesized strings), Jerry Livingston (bass guitar) Justin Rose (mixing/engineering), Anthony Casuccio (mastering), Tom Lorentz (producer)
"Working with those involved with the BMHOF songwriting competition were some of the best experiences in my music career thus far. Collaborating with amazing, top notch musicians on my own song is something I'll never forget" 
 
2016 - Lyndsay Munich (guitar and vocals): Chris Panfil (fiddle and mandolin), Mark Panfil (banjo), Jim Whitford (bass & pedal steel guitar), Mike Stamp (cajon & percussion) Justin Rose (mixing/engineering), Anthony Casuccio (mastering), Tom Lorentz (producer)
"It was amazing to win the competition. I've been writing songs and doing home recordings for 5 years now and so winning this meant I got to record in a real studio for the first time. All the musicians really added a lot to the song and it was great to have Tom (Lorentz) as a producer. I really learned a lot since I'm used to doing everything myself. I would encourage any songwriter to submit their work for this competition. I would also say don't give up if you don't make it on your first try  – this was my second time submitting!"



Erin Sydney Welsh
2013 Scholarship Recipient
Erin Sydney Welsh
Jessica Chizuk
2014 Scholarship Recipient
Jessica Chizuk
Lynz
2016 Scholarship Recipient
Lynz Munich

​Click below to hear Erin's Scholarship Winning Song "What the Frack"

​Click below to hear Jessica's Scholarship winning song "China Plates"

Click below to hear Lynz's scholarship winning song "Enough"