Caroline Watkins Awarded 2017-18 Miranda Lambert ‘Women Creators’ Scholarship

Caroline Watkins Awarded 2017-18 Miranda Lambert ‘Women Creators’ Scholarship

Sophomore music business major recently signed publishing deal with Warner/Chappell


NASHVILLE, January 23, 2018 –  Nashville native and a sophomore in the Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business,
Caroline Watkins, was recently selected as the second recipient of the
‘Women Creators’ scholarship, established in 2015 by reigning Academy of
Country Music Female Vocalist of the Year Miranda Lambert. The
scholarship was created to honor a female Belmont student who is
majoring in music business, songwriting or entertainment industry
studies and is actively working towards pursuing her dream of working in
the music industry. The scholarship will provide Watkins with more than
$40,000 in scholarship funds for the 2017-18 academic year.

Watkins grew up playing guitar and writing songs. In fact, after playing
throughout the city in recent years, including shows at Nashville’s
iconic Bluebird Café, she was signed last year to a worldwide publishing
agreement with Warner/Chappell Nashville.

Watkins said, “Receiving this scholarship is by far the greatest honor I
have ever received. From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank
Belmont and Miranda for believing in me. Anyone familiar with Belmont
knows the amount of talent at our school, so to have somehow been chosen
among all of the other deserving young women is incredibly humbling and
encouraging. Miranda Lambert has always been one of my music heroes.
She is part of the reason I started writing songs. I honestly know every
word to every song she has ever recorded, so I still just can’t believe
it! There are so many women doing great things in Nashville right now,
but there is not a better example for those of us working towards a
career than Miranda. I know this honor comes with a lot of
responsibility, and I will do my best to make Miranda, Belmont and all
of the other women creators who have come before and after me proud.”

Lambert established the Women Creators scholarship in an effort to
encourage outstanding women to follow their passions and pursue careers
in the music industry. Candidates for the scholarship are asked to
complete an online application and submit an original song. A selection
committee from the Curb College then gathers to review the applications,
more than 80 for 2017-18, and the top six finalists are sent for
Lambert’s review.

“I am so happy to continue supporting this scholarship fund for Women
Creators at Belmont University’s Mike Curb College of Entertainment and
Music Business,” said Lambert. “To be able to assist women in a
meaningful way means the world to me.”

Lambert raised the funds to continue the scholarship for a second year
with her Jan. 24, 2017 club show at Joe’s Bar in Chicago, a rehearsal
for her Highway Vagabond Tour, which supported her 2016 album, The Weight of These Wings. Songwriter Natalie Hemby, a Belmont graduate, joined her for the concert.

Doug Howard, dean of the Curb College, said, “I am extremely pleased to
send my congratulations to Caroline Watkins for being selected as
the recipient of the Miranda Lambert Women Creator’s scholarship, and to
give my deepest respect and gratitude to Miranda for backing her
beliefs with actions by providing another young female creator this
life-changing opportunity.”

The inaugural “Women Creators” scholarship for the 2016-17 academic year went to songwriting major Anna Vaus, who has since signed her first publishing deal with Black River Publishing.

About Miranda Lambert

Vanner Records/RCA Records Nashville singer/songwriter Miranda Lambert
is the reigning ACM Female Vocalist of the Year, having been bestowed
this honor for eight consecutive years. Her accolades include 2 Grammy
Awards, 13 (CMA) Country Music Associations Awards, and 28 (ACM) Academy
of Country Music Awards as well as many other honors, including the
prestigious Harmony Award from the Nashville Symphony. The Texas native
released her double album titled The Weight of These Wings in
November 2016, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums
chart and won the ACM Album of the year award in 2017. Early 2018 she
embarked on her Livin’ like Hippies headlining arena tour, for more details

About the Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business

In 1971, Belmont first established a Music Business program designed to
prepare young women and men for operational, administrative, creative
and technical careers in the music industry. The program grew in both
size and reputation, leading to the advent of the full Mike Curb College
of Entertainment and Music Business in 2003. Currently home to more
than 2,500 undergraduates with majors in six areas—music business, audio
engineering technology, entertainment industry studies, songwriting,
motion pictures and media studies—the college boasts an impressive
faculty of academic scholars and authors, entrepreneurs, songwriters,
producers, filmmakers, journalists and sound and recording engineers. It
is a world leader in music business and entertainment industry
education and the only freestanding college of its kind.

About Belmont University

Ranked No. 5 in the Regional Universities South category and named as a
“Most Innovative” university by U.S. News & World Report, Belmont
University consists of more than 8,000 students who come from every
state and more than 25 countries. Committed to being a leader among
teaching universities, Belmont brings together the best of liberal arts
and professional education in a Christian community of learning and
service. The University’s purpose is to help students explore their
passions and develop their talents to meet the world’s needs. With more
than 90 areas of undergraduate study, 19 master’s programs and five
doctoral degrees, there is no limit to the ways Belmont University can
expand an individual’s horizon. For more information, visit

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