Awards Week Offers Belmont Students, Alumni Opportunities, Recognition

Awards Week Volunteers

Belmont University students gained hands-on experience volunteering last week at the CMA, ASCAP and SESAC Awards. Through these unique opportunities, students were able to serve as talent escorts, seat fillers and more.

Belmont Service Corps and CMA EDU, two student organizations within the Mike Curb College of Entertainment & Music Business, allowed students to volunteer with industry partners and gain real-life experience to supplement what they learn inside the classroom. For many, the opportunity to serve on a red carpet provided insight into their career aspirations.

Gina Chappano volunteered as a talent escort for the CMA Awards. She said, “I want to go into artist management, and while being a talent escort, I get to work closely with the talent’s team and manager. I get to see firsthand what some of the responsibilities and duties of a manager are like across all facets of an award show.”

In addition, awards week was a celebration for many Belmont alumni who were honored for their accomplishments in songwriting, publishing and their impact on the music industry:

ASCAP – Read more here.

  • Ashley Gorley – Songwriter of the Year
  • Hillary Lindsey – Global Impact Award
  • Ben Vaughn (Warner Chappell) – Publisher of the Year

BMI – Read more here.

  • Nicolle Galyon – Songwriter of the Year
  • Ben Vaughn (Warner Chappell) – Publisher of the Year

SESAC – Read more here.

  • Justin Ebach – Songwriter of the Year
  • Ben Vaughn (Warner Chappell) – Publisher of the Year


Belmont & the Curb College are proud to recognize the hard work of its students and alumni during this special week that celebrates music and it’s industry professionals.