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New Grants Awarded by The ASCAP Foundation in 2008

Bowdoin International Music Festival
ASCAP Foundation Young Composer Fellowship
$2,700
Brunswick, ME
To provide one young American composer the opportunity to study and write with established composers and have his/her work performed during the 2008 Bowdoin International Music Festival. Funds provide full tuition for one student enrolled in the full six-week program. This program is funded by a bequest from Rosalie Meyer, widow of Joseph Meyer.

Boys & Girls Harbor on behalf of Harbor Conservatory for the Performing Arts
Latin Music Program
$5,000

New York, NY
To support two music students enrolled in the pre-professional Latin Music Program, which offers instruction in Afro-Caribbean folkloric music, Big Band music of the 1940s and '50s and Salsa. The grant is applied toward the cost of providing theory and composition classes, as well as participation in two ensembles over the course of two, sixteen-week semesters and a two-week summer intensive program. This program is funded by a grant from RL Public Relations and Marketing.

Chicago Humanities Festival
The 2008 Chicago Humanities Festival Meet the Musician Program
$2,500
Chicago, IL
To encourage students' creativity and exploration in the arts by providing opportunities for them to meet and interact with Festival composers, performers, authors, conductors and music historians. Funds support ASCAP songwriters participating in the program and provide master classes to students. This program is funded by The ASCAP Foundation Irving Caesar Fund.

Community Music School of Webster University
Music Alive! Summer Composition Intensives
$3,150

St. Louis, MO
To support 30 beginning and advanced students grades 7 — 12 in two, one-week composition sessions during the summer at the Community Music School of Webster University. The intensives are designed to provide young, aspiring composers with the opportunity to learn the essential elements of music composition, to write original compositions and to interact with their peers, faculty and ASCAP guest composers. This program is funded by The Irving Caesar Fund and by a bequest from Rosalie Meyer, widow of Joseph Meyer.

Country Music Foundation, Inc.
Words & Music
$5,000

Nashville, TN
To support the production of an updated Words & Music Teacher's Guide and Lesson Kit, which assists teachers in guiding students through the process of writing song lyrics in the classroom. Lessons are followed by a visit to the Country Music Museum, where professional songwriters help students refine their lyrics and add melodies to their songs. This program is funded by The ASCAP Foundation Irving Caesar Fund.

Education Through Music — Los Angeles (ETM-LA)
Music Education Program
$5,000

Los Angeles, CA
To provide in-school music education to schools with economically disadvantaged populations. Funds support the stipend of guitar teaching artist and ASCAP member Perry Smith, who will teach at the LA-based Academy of Conoga Park School and will conduct a series of Professional Development Workshops for other teaching artists focusing on teaching songwriting and composition to children. This program is funded by The ASCAP Foundation Irving Caesar Fund.

Exploring the Arts
Video Series: Exploring the Arts with the Masters
$10,000
New York, NY

To support a series of videotaped interviews with composers and professional artists taking place at the Kennedy Center as part of a distance-learning program targeted at high school students. Some interviews will be aired live to 400 high school students nationwide, enabling students to call in or email questions. Tony Bennett will host several of the interviews. This program is funded by The ASCAP Foundation Irving Caesar Fund.

Festival of New American Musicals
ASCAP/Festival of New American Musicals Staged Readings
$20,000
Los Angeles, CA

To present semi-staged readings of three new musicals by ASCAP writers in various communities throughout Los Angeles. Talkback sessions follow each performance, with a total of 2,500 students attending all six performances and educational sessions free of charge. This program is funded by The ASCAP Foundation Irving Caesar Fund.

Grand Canyon Music Festival
Native American Composer Apprentice Project (NACAP)
$6,300
Grand Canyon, AZ

To support a creative opportunity for up to 25 talented students within the Native American communities of Arizona, in which participants work one-on-one and in groups with an ASCAP composer-in-residence to each create an original 2-minute work for string quartet. This program is funded by a bequest from Rosalie Meyer, widow of Joseph Meyer.

Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra Association
Annual Children's Concerts
$3,000

Greeley, CO
To introduce students to live symphonic orchestral music in a concert hall environment and to develop the audience of tomorrow by instilling in young people (3,000 fifth graders) an interest in great music. The three children's interactive concerts include education packets with CD's of the music and pre and post activities focusing on musical themes, instruments, conductors, composers and concert etiquette. A composition component is to be introduced this year. This program is funded by The Irving Caesar Fund. Marquis Studios
Project MUSE
$5,000

Brooklyn, NY and South Bronx, NY
To support in-class music study for K-2 nd grade economically disadvantaged students at P.S. 170, the Esteban Vicente School in the South Bronx. Students participate in intensive once-weekly music sessions spread over the course of the school year and are instructed in various musical styles and genres. This program is funded by The ASCAP Foundation Irving Caesar Fund.

Purchase College Foundation
ASCAP Fellowship for Composition and Studio Composition Majors
$6,000

Purchase, NY
To support four low-income undergraduate and graduate students majoring in composition or studio composition by providing them each with $1,500 in ASCAP Fellowship monies to offset tuition expenses. Conservatory faculty at Purchase College selects the fellows based on financial need and merit. This program is funded by The ASCAP Foundation Irving Caesar Fund.

Seattle Theatre Group
Moore Music @ the Moore (MM@M)
$5,000

Seattle, WA
To support the recognition and nurturing of young talent by providing the tools and setting to create, rehearse and perform original music at a professional venue. Composers and musicians serve as mentors to inner city high school students and provide instruction in composition, songwriting, performance training and professional development in the music industry. This program is funded by a bequest from Rosalie Meyer, widow of Joseph Meyer.

The Songwriter's Beat
The Songwriter's Beat-ASCAP Initiative and NewSongs Workshop
$5,000

New York, NY
To support ASCAP songwriters in performing at monthly "The Songwriter's Beat" events held in Greenwich Village, New York, where songwriters are encouraged to perform new material in a supportive and intimate environment. A songwriting workshop led by advanced guest songwriters is also part of the program. This program is funded by a bequest from Rosalie Meyer, widow of Joseph Meyer.

Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Inc.
Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Inc. The Magic Thread Project
$5,000

Tampa, FL
To support ASCAP composer Augusta Read Thomas in her creation of a new piece for the Patel Conservatory Youth Orchestra, set to premiere in May 2008. Ms. Thomas will also participate in a two-week residency consisting of master classes, clinics and workshops for K-12 and college students in an effort to engage them and the community in the creative process of developing a meaningful work of art. This program is funded by a bequest from Rosalie Meyer, widow of Joseph Meyer.

Tisch School of The Arts Graduate Musical Theater Writing Program (GMTWP)
ASCAP Foundation-Tisch School of the Arts Second Avenue Songmakers
$3,000
New York, NY
To support a free eight-week songwriting workshop for 40 elementary children grades 1 — 4 who live in the Tisch School of The Arts community. Using a collaborative model adapted from the GMTWP's other longstanding community programs, the children will work with ASCAP members who will introduce them to the art and craft of songwriting and lead them through the process of writing original songs. This program is funded by The Irving Caesar Fund.

The Vivian Beaumont Theater, Inc. (d.b.a. Lincoln Center Theater)
Songwriting in the Schools Program (SISP)
$5,000

New York, NY
To support a four-week residency comprised of nine in-depth, hands-on sessions devoted to songwriting for the theater targeted at middle and high school students in New York City schools whose students represent underserved populations. Students engage in a rigorous creative process under the guidance of a professional composer and lyricist, writing their own songs from a character's point of view. This program is funded by The ASCAP Foundation Paul Cunningham Fund.

Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras, Inc. (WYSO)
Commission Connection: A Composer's Living Art
$2,000

Madison, WI
To support ASCAP member Joseph Koykkar in his commissioned creation of a 15-minute orchestral work to be performed by the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra as part of an educational project that includes rehearsals with the composer and orchestra, master classes and a composition course. The program is designed to maximize youth and audience interaction with the composer. This program is funded by a bequest from Rosalie Meyer, widow of Joseph Meyer.

Yellow Barn Music School & Festival
Young Artists Program of the Yellow Barn Music School & Festival
$4,000

Putney, VT
To support 6 scholarships at an intensive 18-day program for gifted musicians and composers ranging in age from 13 - 19. Designed to maximize interaction between composers and performers, this program has participants work with professional composers through lessons, classes and rehearsals of works in progress in an effort to help the young composers develop their skills. This program is funded by The Irving Caesar Fund and by a bequest from Rosalie Meyer, widow of Joseph Meyer.




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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: www.grandcanyonmusicfest.org





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