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The program was established in 2002 to encourage young gifted jazz composers. The recipients range in age from 13 to 30 and are selected through a juried national competition.

The ASCAP Foundation is pleased to announce that Vincent Calianno has been named recipient of the 36th annual ASCAP Foundation Rudolf Nissim Prize.

Grammy award-winning songwriter Richard Marx wins The ASCAP Foundation Champion Award for his humanitarian efforts; Tony & Oscar Award-winning Joel Grey receives the George M. Cohan/Friars Foundation Award for his multifaceted career.

Great songs are the heart of the music biz, but it takes talent and know-how to succeed as a songwriter. That was the big takeaway from the first ASCAP Foundation Harold Adamson Songwriters Workshop, held at ASCAP LA in November.

Paul Williams, President of The ASCAP Foundation, and George Wein, Founder & Chairman of the Newport Jazz Festival, announced a new joint effort to benefit emerging jazz talent. The Festival has agreed to feature a performance by one of the recipients of the 2016 ASCAP Foundation Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Awards.

The ASCAP Foundation was proud to support a concert of choral works commissioned by Harold Rosenbaum and The New York Virtuoso Singers. The concert was held at National Sawdust, New York’s dynamic new concert venue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

The ASCAP/Columbia University Film Scoring Workshop has awarded Ariel Marx the prestigious ASCAP Foundation Henry Mancini Music Fellowship. The award provides development & support for an exceptionally talented young film composer.

The Joe Raposo Children’s Music Award was established by the family of Joe Raposo to honor his legacy. The recipient of this year’s Award is Alastair Moock for his playful and heartwarming song “The Bright Side of Me.”

The family of Latin songwriter Chein García Alonso has established a scholarship at The ASCAP Foundation to honor Chein’s memory and to benefit an aspiring songwriter, musician or vocalist of Latino heritage.

The ASCAP Foundation Sammy Cahn Award recognizes promising ASCAP lyricists and is funded by Sammy’s wife, Tita Cahn. This year’s Sammy Cahn Award recipient is ASCAP member Amy Kuney for her song "The World."

The ASCAP Foundation announces a nationwide series of concerts and educational programs made possible by Broadway composer/ lyricist Jerry Herman.

The winners of the 47th annual ASCAP Foundation Deems Taylor/ Virgil Thomson Awards for outstanding print, broadcast and new media coverage of music were announced today by Paul Williams, President of The ASCAP Foundation.

ASCAP singer/songwriter Eric Hansen was selected as this year’s recipient of The ASCAP Foundation Jay Gorney Award for his song “Hero in the Dark.” The song is an ode to the heroes in our lives that go unnoticed every day.

For the past 40 years, The ASCAP Foundation has been dedicated to making music education available in our schools and communities, bringing the work of aspiring songwriters to the public, and initiating and supporting programs that educate young people about the ethics of protecting and respecting the creative property of others.

ASCAP singer/songwriter Natalie Merchant took time from her busy schedule to spend an afternoon with young aspiring songwriters and musicians as part of The ASCAP Foundation Summer Guitar Project at the Fresh Air Fund.

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The Grand Canyon Music Festival

The Grand Canyon Music Festival
Native American Composer Apprentice Project
Grand Canyon, AZ

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:


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The YoungArts Foundation

The National YoungArts Foundation

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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