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The ASCAP Foundation New York Songwriters Workshop focuses on the discovery, development and education of a select group of songwriters. The Workshop features guest speakers giving advice on topics including A&R, music publishing, management and legal issues. It is designed to enrich participants' knowledge of the industry, help them establish confidence and expand their collaborative partnerships.

On June 12th, four ASCAP composers premiered new works at the closing concert of Copland House’s CULTIVATE Emerging Composers Institute. CULTIVATE, sponsored by The ASCAP Foundation, is an intensive workshop and mentoring program that has become a coveted destination for gifted concert music composers on the rise.

Wouldn't you jump at the chance to see a first-class theatrical production, with excellent seats, top tier transportation to and from the theater, and a Q&A with the cast immediately following the show? These young kids certainly did. The ASCAP Foundation makes it possible for underfunded schools and summer camp programs to benefit from this exceptional music education program.

“Rising Star” Roxy Coss, selected to perform at the Newport Jazz Festival as part of a joint partnership with The ASCAP Foundation, talks about the opportunity to perform at the festival, fresh off her new album’s release.

May 22, 2016 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of ASCAP Composer Gordon Binkerd. His widow, Patty Binkerd, has made a promised bequest of his royalties in her will to The ASCAP Foundation to honor his legacy.

A dream became reality for 20 students from USC’s Scoring for Motion Picture and Television program who were mentored one-on-one by ASCAP composer James Levine - one of the giants of the scoring community. It was all part of The ASCAP Foundation Composer-in-Residence Program at USC, now in its fourth year.

Foundation President and Award-winning songwriter Williams establishes award as part of the annual Deems Taylor/ Virgil Thomson program for outstanding writing on the subject of music.

On April 7, Wendy Melvoin & Lisa Coleman spoke at the annual “ASCAP Day” @ Berklee College of Music in Boston, supported by The ASCAP Foundation. The annual "ASCAP Day" also found ASCAP staff hosting a panel about the state of the music business, and presenting scholarships to Berklee students Jeffrey Gaiser & Julia Battistin.

ASCAP Foundation President Paul Williams has announced the recipients of the 2016 ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Awards, which encourage talented young creators of concert music.

Songwriters: The Next Generation" will showcase the work of four emerging songwriters and composers -- Alastair Moock, Colleen Clark, Chaz Langley and Albert Behar on the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage, March 23 and 24, 2016.

The ASCAP Foundation proudly announces the establishment of The ASCAP Foundation Fred Ho Award to honor the memory of revolutionary Chinese American baritone saxophonist, composer, band leader, producer, writer and activist Fred Ho.

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Songwriting Composition Program St John School

Terre Roche serves as artist in residence.

The ASCAP Foundation is proud to support the Songwriting & Composition Program at St. John School of the Arts in the Virgin Islands.

Since January 2013, the St. John School has offered underserved students in grades 6-8 from the Julius E. Sprauve School the opportunity to explore the art of songwriting in a weekly program. Taught by instructor Luba Dolgopolsky and musician Laurie Keefe, with songwriter and ASCAP member Terrie Roche (of the vocal group The Roches) acting as the artist in residence, this program allows its students to express themselves through their own music compositions. For more information go to:


Opportunity For Songwriters, Composers & Musicians

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Are you a young songwriter, composer or musician between the ages 15-18 looking for a unique opportunity to develop your creative talents? Check out the programs and scholarships funded by the National YoungArts Foundation
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