Songwriting Department Chair James I. Elliott, was one of the recipients of the 2018 Wild West Songwriters Festival “A. J. Masters Award for Dedication To The Craft.”
In addition to the award, he was presented with an Epiphone Guitar signed by all the songwriters who performed at the festival. Kevin Williamson of Interscope Records presented the award to Elliott on stage the final night of the Wild West Songwriters Festival in Deadwood, South Dakota. Elliott performed in two songwriter rounds at the festival. The other recipient of the award was Dave Berryman, president of Gibson Guitars.