Miranda Lambert is putting her money where her mouth is.
The country superstar is constantly talking about helping the women coming behind her get a leg up in the music industry. She made good on that talk awarding the first-ever Miranda Lambert “Women Creators” scholarship to Belmont University songwriting student Anna Vaus.
Miranda chose Anna from a list of six finalists, but more than 80 women applied before a small committee narrowed down the field. Each candidate was asked to complete an online application and submit an original song. The scholarship is only available to female Belmont students majoring in music business, songwriting or entertainment industry studies who are actively working toward pursuing a dream of working in the music industry.
So far, Anna Vaus has made quite a mark in the music industry. She’s opened shows for Hunter Hayes, Billy Ray Cyrus and Lee Ann Womack. Earlier this year, she made her debut at the famed Bluebird Café in Nashville.
Anna says, “I am so thankful and honored to have been chosen as the first recipient of the Miranda Lambert Women Creators Fund. Not just because of what a crazy opportunity it is for myself, but because the tide is changing for all of the young women in this industry. I have so much hope for women in country music because of the path that Miranda and so many awesome people are currently fighting to pave for us!”
Miranda raised the money for the scholarship with a sold-out songwriters show in Nashville in July 2015. Her tour mates RaeLynn, Clare Dunn and Courtney Cole were on hand for that show along with special guest Karen Fairchild of Little Big Town.