Stephen Schwartz Presents Lyricists Jason Ma and Daniel Mertzlufft with 2021 ASCAP Foundation Harold Adamson Lyric Awards for Musical Theatre During ASCAP Foundation Honors 2021 Virtual Event

Musical Theatre Legend Stephen Schwartz presented lyricists Jason Ma and Daniel Mertzlufft with 2021 ASCAP Foundation Harold Adamson Lyric Awards for Musical Theatre during the ASCAP Foundation Honors 2021 virtual event, which streamed on The ASCAP Foundation YouTube channel on December 14.

The ASCAP Foundation Harold Adamson Lyric Awards are presented annually to aspiring lyricists who participate in an ASCAP or ASCAP Foundation workshop in the musical theater, pop and/or country and R&S genres. It is funded by bequested royalties from Harold Adamson, who co-wrote the famous American sitcom theme “I Love Lucy (And She Loves Me),” among other songs. Watch the presentation below.

Jason Ma

Jason Ma (⾺智培) is a son of an immigrant family and a grateful descendant of a long line of those who were able to persist, overcome, and succeed on their way to becoming Americans. In addition to writing, he is an actor who has performed extensively on Broadway and off-Broadway stages, in regional theaters, and in many international venues. This is Ma’s second ASCAP Foundation Award. Ma received the 2017 ASCAP Foundation Cole Porter Award for his work as a composer/lyricist, and he wrote the music, book, and lyrics for Gold Mountain. Utah Shakespeare Festival presented the World Premiere of Gold Mountain in November.

Gold Mountain is a love story set against the backdrop of a pivotal event in America’s history, the construction of the world’s first transcontinental railroad. Ma’s original musical celebrates the striving immigrant spirit, the redemptive power of love, and the ultimate nobility of self sacrifice among a team of Chinese railroad workers.

Ma shared, “An award like this can always open doors for us, and it allows me to knock a little harder and speak a little louder as we search for the next home for Gold Mountain, as well as advocate for our other new pieces, centered around Asian humans.”

With librettist/co-lyricist Christine Toy Johnson, Ma wrote music and lyrics for the new original musical Broken Ground, commissioned by Village Theatre, where it is currently in development. Please visit: and 

Rep. Elizabeth Weight Presents Jason Ma with Special Citation from the Utah State Legislature Honoring the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s World Premiere of His Musical GOLD MOUNTAIN; Limited Run at West Valley Performing Arts Center Ends Run

Utah Shakespeare Festival’s World Premiere of Jason Ma’s GOLD MOUNTAIN Starring Ali Ewoldt and Jonny Lee Jr. Ends Limited Run on November 20

Photo Diary: Inside Utah Shakespeare Festival’s World Premiere of Jason Ma’s GOLD MOUNTAIN Starring Ali Ewoldt and Jonny Lee Jr.

Photos: Utah Shakespeare Festival’s World Premiere of Jason Ma’s GOLD MOUNTAIN Starring Ali Ewoldt and Jonny Lee Jr.

Daniel Mertzlufft

Daniel Mertzlufft is a NY-based composer and arranger most known for his viral sensations The Thanksgiving Musical on The Late Late Show with James Corden, as well as his arrangement of “Remy The Ratatouille” by Emily Jacobson that launched the TikTok Ratatouille musical movement. Daniel also served as music supervisor, composer, and arranger for Ratatouille: The TikTok Musical, a live-streamed concert that raised over $2 million for The Actor’s Fund. Daniel also wrote “The Meaning Of Pride (Be True To You)” for Nickelodeon’s Pride 2021 collection performed by drag queen and activist Nina Queen. His other original works include: Breathe, Dot and the Kangaroo, commissioned by MTI Australaisa and iTheatrics, House Rules: A New Musical based on the New York Times Best Selling novel by Jodi Picoult. Additionally, Daniel is a member of the advanced class of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop.

Past ASCAP Foundation Harold Adamson Lyric Awards for Musical Theatre Recipients include Rona Siddiqui, Ben Bonneman & Christopher Staskel, Mark Sonnenblick, Michael R. Jackson, Benj Pasek & Justin Paul, Michael Lluberes, Gabriel Kahane, Sam Willmott, Mike Pettry, Joe Iconis, Matt Gould & Griffin Matthews, Adam Gwon, Christopher Dimond and Ryan Scott Oliver.

A complete list of 2021 ASCAP Foundation Scholarship and Award recipients can be found here.

About The ASCAP Foundation
Founded in 1975, The ASCAP Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to supporting American music creators and encouraging their development through music education and talent development programs. Included in these are songwriting workshops, grants, scholarships, awards, recognition and community outreach programs for songwriters, composers and lyricists. The ASCAP Foundation is supported by contributions from ASCAP members and from music lovers throughout the United

Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer, an Award winning filmmaker and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. Her short film, When the World Was Young, written and directed by Garth Kravits, recently garnered a 2021 DisOrient Film Audience Choice Award for Best Short Narrative. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young. She is also the Executive Producer for The Cactus, The Language Lesson, The Writer and Cream and 2 Shugahs. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers, musicians and corporations.

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