ASCAP Members Henry Threadgill and Lin-Manuel Miranda Honored with Pulitzer Prizes
April 18, 2016
Two ASCAP members, the avant garde jazz composer/multi-instrumentalist Henry Threadgill and the musical theatre composer/performer Lin-Manuel Miranda, have been awarded the Pulitzer Prize in its hundredth year. We are thrilled that two great friends of ASCAP have received one of the highest honors in American arts and letters in recognition of their incredible careers.
Henry Threadgill has earned himself iconic status through continually pushing the boundaries of jazz, as a composer, saxophonist, and flautist. ASCAP was proud to induct Threagill into our Jazz Wall of Fame this past June. His 2015 recording In for a Penny, In for a Pound is being honored with the Pulitzer.
Lin-Manuel Miranda is having an incredible year: the runaway success of his musical Hamilton, which he wrote and also stars in, first earned him a Grammy for the cast recording, and now a Pulitzer Prize in Drama. Manuel has a long history of mentoring composers and songwriters through ASCAP. He was a panelist at the ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO in 2012.
See all winners of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize here.