2014 Fred Ebb Award
Eligibility Criteria and Application Form (Adobe PDF format)


Fred Ebb Foundation Donates $1.4 Million to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS in 2013:
Largest Single Contribution in BC/EFA History

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2013 Fred Ebb Award

MICHAEL KOOMAN AND CHRISTOPHER DIMOND
RECEIVE THE NINTH ANNUAL
FRED EBB AWARD FOR
MUSICAL THEATRE SONGWRITING

The Fred Ebb Foundation (Mitchell Bernard, Trustee) in association with the Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) will present the ninth annual Fred Ebb Award for aspiring musical theatre songwriters to Michael Kooman and Christopher Dimond. The award, named in honor of the late award-winning lyricist Fred Ebb, will be presented by Joel Grey on Monday, December 2nd from 6-8pm at a by-invitation-only ceremony in the Penthouse Lounge of The American Airlines Theater.

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Michael Kooman and Christopher Dimond

Michael Kooman and Christopher Dimond received the 2010 Jonathan Larson Grant and are the first recipients of the Lorenz Hart Award. Between them, they have received the Burton Lane Award, the Harold Adamson Award, the KC/ACTF Musical Theatre Award, a NYFA Fellowship, an Anna Sosenko Grant, and numerous ASCAP Plus awards.

They are currently working on the original musicals The Noteworthy Life of Howard Barnes (developed at the O’Neill Music Theater Conference and the Village Theater), Orphie & The Book of Heroes (commissioned by the Kennedy Center and set to premiere in February, 2014), and Judge Jackie Justice (commissioned by the Pittsburgh CLO, and scheduled to open in early 2014). Their first collaboration, Dani Girl (licensed by Samuel French) has been workshopped at the Kennedy Center, American Conservatory Theatre, Cherry Lane Theatre, the ASCAP/Disney Musical Theater Workshop, the Festival of New American Musicals, and was featured in the 2011 NAMT Festival of New Musicals. The show has seen productions in Toronto, Dallas, Boston, and Australia, and is currently enjoying a free, invite-only lab presentation at New York’s Exit, Pursued by a Bear (www.epbb.com).

The duo’s other works include Golden Gate (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Homemade Fusion (London’s Ambassadors Theater, Edinburgh Fringe Festival), the family-friendly Christmas musical Junior Claus (licensed by Dramatic Publishing) and the short film Flour Baby. Michael and Chris are members of the Dramatists Guild and ASCAP, and are proud alumni of Carnegie Mellon University. They were Dramatists Guild Fellows, received a fellowship at the O’Neill National Music Theater Conference, and attended the Johnny Mercer Songwriting workshop. Their debut album, OUT OF OUR HEADS, featuring an all-star lineup of Broadway performers, is now available on iTunes. Their official website is www.koomandimond.com.

The Fred Ebb Award recognizes excellence in musical theatre songwriting, by a songwriter or songwriting team that has not yet achieved significant commercial success. The award is meant to encourage and support aspiring songwriters to create new works for the musical theatre. The prize includes a $50,000 award. In addition to the monetary prize, the Fred Ebb Foundation will produce a one-night-only showcase of the winner’s work. The Fred Ebb Foundation is funded by royalties from Mr. Ebb’s vast catalogue of work. Each year, the Foundation also makes a donation to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.


The eighth annual Fred Ebb Award was given to Sam Willmott on November 26th, 2012 at The American Airlines Theatre Penthouse Lobby.

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The seventh annual Fred Ebb Award was given to Jeff Blumenkrantz on November 28th, 2011 at The American Airlines Theatre Penthouse Lobby.

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The sixth annual Fred Ebb Award was given to Douglas J. Cohen on November 29th, 2010 at The American Airlines Theatre Penthouse Lobby.

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The fifth annual Fred Ebb Award was given to Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich on November 30th, 2009 at The American Airlines Theatre Penthouse Lobby.

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The fourth annual Fred Ebb Award was given to Adam Gwon on December 1st, 2008 at The American Airlines Theatre Penthouse Lobby.

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The third annual Fred Ebb Award was given to Peter Mills on November 26th, 2007 at The American Airlines Theatre Penthouse Lounge.

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The second annual Fred Ebb Award was given to Robert L. Freedman and Steven Lutvak on November 28th, 2006 at The American Airlines Theatre Penthouse Lounge.

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The first annual Fred Ebb Award was given to composer John Bucchino on November 29th, 2005 at The American Airlines Theatre Penthouse Lounge. Visit John's website at: johnbucchino.com.

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