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New Grants Awarded by The ASCAP Foundation in 2009

The ASCAP Foundation Commission Program
The ASCAP Foundation Commission in Honor of the Centennial of Benny Goodman
$13,500, Chicago, IL
To support the commission of a new work by ASCAP composer Victor Goines which celebrates the Centennial of Benny Goodman. The commission, for Jazz Orchestra, will be 30 minutes long and premiere in Chicago on September 3, 2009. This commission is funded through The ASCAP Foundation Louis Armstrong Fund.

The ASCAP Foundation Jazz Educator Award in Honor of Louis Armstrong
$2,500, National
To support an outstanding and inspiring jazz educator at the high school, college or graduate level. This program is funded through The ASCAP Foundation Louis Armstrong Fund.

The ASCAP Foundation Cy Coleman Award
$6,000
Presented to a songwriter whose career would benefit from taking a music business course. The award will rotate between New York University, Berklee College of Music in Boston, and the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California. This program is funded through The ASCAP Foundation Cy Coleman Fund.

Junior Composers Institute
Junior Composers Institute 2009 Themes: The Alchemy of Words & Music
$1,500, St. Paul, MN
To support the participation of ASCAP members serving as mentors at a summer camp for highly motivated young composers. The emphasis will be on vocal composition and students will work with the choral group VocalEssence to compose new works for a vocal ensemble. This program is funded by a bequest from Rosalie Meyer, widow of Joseph Meyer.

Los Angeles Master Chorale
Voices Within
$5,000, Los Angeles, CA
To support a ten-week, in-school artist-in-residency program in which a team of 3 professional teaching artists teach approximately 3,700 5 th and 6 th graders from Los Angeles inner-city schools to compose and perform their own original songs. Funding will be used to support ASCAP lyricists and composers who serve as teaching artists-in-residency. This program is funded by The ASCAP Foundation Irving Caesar Fund.

Los Angeles Philharmonic
Composer Fellowship Program
$10,000, Los Angeles, CA
To support The Composer Fellowship program sponsored by the Los Angeles Philharmonic. The program provides high-school-aged composers with the skills to achieve excellence in music composition. Fellows receive private and group composition lessons, participate in seminars and attend Philharmonic concerts. This program is funded through The ASCAP Foundation Henry Mancini Fund.

ManUp4Kids Program
$1,500 Nashville, Los Angeles, New York, Miami
To provide support for low-income families to attend music, theatre and cultural events within their community that would be otherwise unavailable due to limited resources. It was established by ASCAP songwriter/producer Desmond Child to encourage parents/guardians to expose their children to new and different forms of entertainment, while sharing quality family time together. This program is funded through The ASCAP Foundation Desmond Child Fund.

Music Theatre Workshop
Teens Together
$3,000, Chicago, IL
To support a program which provides teens in underserved areas of Chicago the opportunity to participate in the development of an original musical. Students will work with an ASCAP songwriter to create original songs for the show. This program is funded through The ASCAP Foundation Irving Caesar Fund.

National Alliance for Musical Theatre
The National Fund for New Musicals
$5,000, Los Angeles, CA
To provide support for the development and production of new musicals by ASCAP or unaffiliated composers and lyricists working on new projects. This program is funded through The ASCAP Foundation Irving Caesar Fund.

Opus 118
Opus 118 Harlem School of Music's Improvising Composers Workshop
$3,500, New York, NY
To support a program which introduces young composers between the ages of 8-10 to the elements of music composition, music theory and improvisation. An ASCAP composer will guide the students through the composition process. This program is funded through The ASCAP Foundation Irving Caesar Fund.

The Sphinx Organization
The Commission of a new work for the Harlem Quartet
$10,500, Detroit, MI
To support the commission of a new work by ASCAP composer, Tania Leòn. The piece will be written for the Harlem Quartet and will premiere in 2010. It will become part of the Harlem Quartet's repertoire. This program is funded by a bequest from Rosalie Meyer, widow of Joseph Meyer.

Vermont MIDI Project
Composer to Composer: Professionals Mentoring Young Composers
$3,000, Essex Junction, VT
To provide an opportunity for composers from grades 3-12 to have their original compositions seen, heard and critiqued by professional composers through a password-protected website. The project exposes over 7,000 students in 35 schools from Vermont as well as "pilot" schools in CT, IL, NY, OK, VA, and WA to the composition process. Funding will be used to support ASCAP members who serve as teaching mentors. This program is funded by The ASCAP Foundation Buster Davis fund.

WriteGirl
WriteGirl Workshops
$5,000, Los Angeles, CA
To support ASCAP members participating in a Los Angeles songwriting workshop for inner-city girls and to support the introduction of a series of songwriting workshops into the existing In-Schools Program which will reach over 200 at-risk girls at 7 inner-city schools. This program is funded through The ASCAP Foundation Irving Caesar 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: www.grandcanyonmusicfest.org



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