Bob Dylan Center Tulsa, OK
Photo by Barry Feinstein
Photo by Barry Feinstein
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From nearly 600 applications that were received and considered, the Bob Dylan Center and Universal Music Publishing Group have selected two songwriters to be a part of the 2024 Fellowship.

Taylor Zickefoose
Photo: Erin Rockers


Seattle, Washington

“Being accepted to the Bob Dylan Center Songwriter Fellowship means that I can continue to pour myself into my passion with reckless abandon. I am excited to learn from and work with the fellowship to have my music reach a wider audience.”

Tega Ethan


Ibadan, Nigeria

“Being accepted to the Bob Dylan Center Songwriter Fellowship makes me feel like a wide-eyed schoolboy. My mind and heart open to discover. I feel blessed.”


The Bob Dylan Center and Universal Music Publishing Group, the world’s leading music publishing company, have joined forces to launch the Bob Dylan Center Songwriter Fellowship. To be awarded to two recipients annually, the Fellowship was created to mentor and develop aspiring songwriters in association with the tremendous educational resources of the Bob Dylan Center.

Each Fellowship encompasses a $40,000 project stipend, public engagement and presentation opportunities, dedicated time in BDC’s Bob Dylan Archive® to study Dylan’s creative process, roundtrip airfare to Tulsa and accommodations in the city, mentorship from UMPG songwriters and executives, and recording time in Tulsa’s historic The Church Studio, the famous studio of Leon Russell.

In addition to being reviewed by BDC and UMPG executives, the 2024 Fellowship recipients were selected by a global panel of renowned and esteemed artists, including: French singer and songwriter Juliette Armanet; American singer and songwriter Patty Griffin; American singer and songwriter John Mellencamp; Mexican singer and songwriter Carla Morrison; and American rapper and songwriter Nas.

The inaugural Fellowship will run from May 2024 through April 2025.