November 2016

Woman Creator Earns Scholarship

Belmont University’s first Women Creators Scholarship has been won by student Anna Vaus.

Vaus is a junior at Belmont, majoring in songwriting and minoring in music business. She’s also a performer, having played opening slots for country artists Hunter Hayes, Lonestar, Billy Ray Cyrus, LeAnn Womack, and Phil Vassar. She made her debut at the prestigious Nashville, Tenn., concert venue the Bluebird Cafe in February 2016. Here she is with a solo rendition of her own “Friday Night Crowd.”

The Women Creators Scholarship, established by country music star Miranda Lambert, is for a female Belmont student with a major in music business, songwriting, or entertainment industry studies who is actively pursuing her dream of working in the music industry. Lambert raised funds for the scholarship by headlining a songwriter “round” (in which a group of songwriters take turns performing their own compositions) at the 3rd and Lindsley club in Nashville in July of 2015. Scholarship candidates were asked to complete an online application and submit an original song. A small selection committee reviewed the 80 applications received, and the top six finalists were sent for Lambert’s review.

Congratulations to Anna!