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The ASCAP Foundation Children Will Listen program made it possible for 40 students ages 8-16 to attend a matinee performance of the hit show Newsies at the Winspear Opera House in Dallas, TX on May 10th.

The ASCAP Foundation, dedicated to supporting American music creators through music education, talent development and humanitarian initiatives, today announced that Colleen McDonough has been promoted to Executive Director of the Foundation.

ASCAP member, Richard Kok the lucky winner of a SE Angelus 10 guitar at the ASCAP EXPO in April donated it to The ASCAP Foundation to be used for a music education program.

The ASCAP Foundation also honored Lizz Wright with the ASCAP Foundation Jazz Vanguard Award and recognized Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Awards recipients.

ASCAP today announced that longtime ASCAP executive Karen Sherry is retiring from her position as Senior VP, Industry Affairs and as ASCAP Foundation Executive Director. CEO Beth Matthews praised Sherry for her "expertise, passion, loyalty, dedication and some of ASCAP's most memorable moments over the last four decades."

The ASCAP Rhythm & Soul/Urban Department and the ASCAP Foundation teamed up again for the second annual songwriting workshop, The Collective, on May 18th, 19th, and June 1st, 2015 in New York City.

On May 12, The ASCAP Foundation and The Library of Congress will jointly present the seventh annual "We Write the Songs" event at the historic Coolidge Auditorium in The Library of Congress in Washington, DC.

ASCAP and America SCORES announce that country songwriter Felix McTeigue will participate in the ASCAP Songwriter Residency. Felix will co-write a song with America SCORES New England students at Boston Teachers Union School, May 18th-19th.

To honor the legacy of the trailblazing musician, former Symphonic Jazz Orchestra (SJO) Co-Music Director and ASCAP board member, George Duke, the SJO has opened the George Duke Commissioning Prize competition to all direct ASCAP composer members, with a submission deadline of July 17th.

Grammy and two-time Emmy award-winner Adam Schlesinger along with ASCAP Creative Service Executives spoke to Berklee College of Music Film Scoring and Songwriting students about current trends in the industry on April 8th.

ASCAP Foundation President Paul Williams has announced the recipients of the 2015 Morton Gould Young Composer Awards. They will be recognized at the annual ASCAP Concert Music Awards at Merkin Concert Hall in New York on May 21, 2015.

"Songwriters: The Next Generation," a program of The ASCAP Foundation and The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, showcased the work of five emerging songwriters and composers on the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage on March 25th & 26th.

ASCAP Foundation President Paul Williams has announced the recipients of the 2015 Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Awards. The recipients, who receive cash awards, range in age from 16 to 30, and are selected through a juried national competition.

Seventy-five fifth graders from P.S. 20, the Anna Silver School located on the Lower East Side of Manhattan experienced the joy of the American Musical Theatre when they attended a matinee performance of the Broadway hit musical, Aladdin through The ASCAP Foundation Children Will Listen program.

The ASCAP Foundation President, Paul Williams, is pleased to announce that Mark Lanz Weiser has been named recipient of the 35th annual ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) Foundation Rudolf Nissim Prize.

The ASCAP Foundation honored Pulitzer, Grammy and Academy Award winning composer and music educator John Corigliano with the first-ever ASCAP Foundation Masters Award in recognition of his distinguished career.

An especially practical, yet thought-provoking Composers Workshop was held at ASCAP, just a few days in advance of a highly anticipated concert that will take place this Saturday, November 15th at 8PM at Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Music Center in New York City.

Tori Tullier has been named the recipient of The ASCAP Foundation Sammy Cahn Award, which commemorates the life and career of the lyricist behind the classic songs “High Hopes,” “Call Me Irresponsible,” “My Kind of Town” and more.




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Since 2008, The ASCAP Foundation has provided a grant to The Grand Canyon Music Festival to support its Native American Composer Apprentice program. The program provides a creative opportunity for 25 talented students annually within the Native American communities of Arizona to work with ASCAP composers to create original works, which are then fine tuned with the help of ASCAP member & Composer-in-Residence, Ravon Chacon and performed by renowned NYC quartet Ethel. The program was honored with the 2012 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from the President’s Committee on the Arts & Humanities. For more information go to: www.grandcanyonmusicfest.org



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