ASCAP Members CYN and Elie Rizk Win Abe Olman Scholarships from Songwriters Hall of Fame

June 24, 2020

The Songwriters Hall of Fame has announced ASCAP members CYN and Elie Rizk as two of the 2020 recipients of the Abe Olman Scholarships for Excellence in Songwriting. Abe Olman, for whom this program is named, was both a major figure in the music publishing community and an ASCAP songwriter himself, in addition to being one of the founders of the Songwriters Hall of Fame. The Abe Olman Scholarships, given out annually since 1990, have been made possible by his family in the interest of encouraging and supporting the careers of young songwriters. 



About CYN

It's not every day that the girl next door winds up being signed by one of the world's biggest pop stars, but that once-in-a-lifetime scenario is exactly what happened when CYN, who was born and raised in Detroit, met Katy Perry during a chance encounter. Katy fell head over heels for her voice, and quickly signed her to Unsub Records and publishing. CYN now lives in Los Angeles, where she has devoted herself to writing over 400 songs, released a 7-song EP titled Mood Swing and has had original songs featured on major motion picture soundtracks.


"It means a lot to me to be a recipient of the 2020 Songwriters Hall of Fame / ASCAP Abe Olman Scholarship," says CYN. "It is one thing to receive applause from the audience, but it is something totally different when you receive it from your peers. I am incredibly grateful to be recognized by the songwriting community and ASCAP as someone who could be awarded this scholarship. I have spent a long time looking for proof of my abilities and upon being rewarded this scholarship, I feel that much closer. I am so grateful for this recognition, thank you!"


CYN performed at the 2020 Sundance ASCAP Music Café. Watch her perform "Uh Oh" and "La Vie En Rose" live at the Café, and listen to her interviewed on VERSED: The ASCAP Podcast.


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About Elie Rizk


Elie is a songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist from Baltimore, Maryland. His song "Was It Something I Said" that he wrote and produced with his long time friend and now Warner Records artist, MyKey, received lots of support from Sirius radio and DSPs, leading to a major-label bidding war. His collaboration with another local artist, REI AMI, led to her being referred to as the "Artist Taking Over with a New Pop Sound." Elie just completed his Master's degree in Music Business at NYU and recently launched Good Boy Records. Just wait 'til he leaves home. 


Elie participated in ASCAP's 2019 Song Camp in New York.


Listen to some of his work on SoundCloud!





Find more information about all of the 2020 Abe Olman Scholarship recipients in the Scholarship section of the website.