The ASCAP Foundation funds many music education, talent development and humanitarian programs that serve the entire music community. Our support of these programs is in keeping with The ASCAP Foundation’s commitment to support music creators, provide music education opportunities and community access to music. Funding for these programs is made possible by contributions from ASCAP members, other foundations, corporations and music lovers throughout the country.
Colleen McDonough, ASCAP Foundation Director (2nd row left) with John Arthur Greene, who plays Riff in the Broadway production of West Side Story (center) and school Principal Tanicia Williams (2nd row second from right) with students from the East Fordham Academy for the Arts, P.S. 459 in the Bronx.
Students from Nance Elementary School in St. Louis record their original songs at Shock City Studios as part of the ASCAP Songwriter Residency @ America SCORES.
ASCAP Foundation Executive Director Karen Sherry (l) with Jason Mraz and ASCAP CEO John LoFrumento (r) at the VH1 Save the Music Foundation Awards Gala held on November 8, 2010 in New York City.
"CHILDREN WILL LISTEN"
The ASCAP Foundation "Children Will Listen" program was established - in honor of ASCAP member and musical theatre great Stephen Sondheim (West Side Story, Gypsy!, Pacific Overtures, A Little Night Music) - in 2005 to bring the musical theatre experience to young students nationwide. The program was named for one of the songs from his musical, Into the Woods. This educational program offers a generation of students who may never have been to the theater their first musical theatre experience. There is no cost to schools or students participating in the "Children Will Listen" program. "Chidren Will Listen" is funded by many donors who chose to honor Stephen Sondhem's 75th birthday through gifts to The ASCAP Foundation in support of this program.
America SCORES, an after-school program that uses poetry and soccer to inspire literacy, healthy living and civic responsibility among urban youth, has partnered with The ASCAP Foundation to present a new program, ASCAP Songwriter Residency @ America SCORES. The program is designed to provide an engaging and inspiring way for kids to express themselves through songwriting, while teaching them to value and respect their own creative work and that of others.
THE JASON MRAZ MUSIC IN THE SCHOOLS PROGRAM
Grammy-nominated, Atlantic recording artist and ASCAP member Jason Mraz, known for many popular hits including "Remedy (I Won't Worry)," "You and I Both" and "Wordplay" decided to "give back" by making a contribution to The ASCAP Foundation to support its "Music in the Schools" program.
The Jason Mraz "Music in the Schools" Program partners The ASCAP Foundation with VH1 Save the Music Foundation and Alfred Music Publishing Co., Inc. to provide folios, sheet music, band arrangements and method books to the public schools nationwide selected by VH1 to receive musical instruments, thereby providing quality music for students to play as they learn their instruments.
Since the program's inception in 2000, over 1,700 public schools across the country have received instruments and accompanying folios, sheet music, band arrangements and method books impacting millions of children. In addition, schools receive information on Creativity in the Classroom: Creative Ownership and Copyright, a unique curriculum for grades 3, 4 and 5 designed to help students recognize their own creative work and understand their rights as owners of intellectual property as well as the ethics of protecting and respecting the creative property of others.
"CREATIVITY IN THE CLASSROOM"
"Creativity in the Classroom" is designed to help students recognize their own creative work and to understand their rights as owners of intellectual property as well as the ethics of protecting the creative property of others. The premise of the project is to encourage students to label their creative work with the copyright symbol, the year, and their names, just as they see on any published, professional creative work.
While "Creativity in the Classroom" focuses on student music compositions, it is directly applicable to all types of creative work and can 'float' on top of the Standards-based goals of any number of curricula.
The ASCAP Foundation and i-SAFE, a non-profit foundation dedicated to protecting the online experiences of youth, have partnered to provide teachers with a set of tools to educate their students in the seldom taught area of intellectual property. This unique curriculum for grades 3, 4 and 5 are called Creativity in the Classroom: Creative Ownership and Copyright.
The lesson plans are designed to teach young students fundamental intellectual property concepts as well as to teach young learners that their work and the creativity of others should be respected. Teenagers are widely regarded as the worst offenders of music piracy. Therefore, exposing pre-teens to the concepts of ownership and copyright will go a long way to proactively and positively affect their future behavior and their awareness of the value of creativity and the concept of ownership.
The interactive lessons plans, go beyond rote learning by empowering students to use what they've learned. Age-appropriate games and activities help students reinforce learning objectives. The curriculum explores the similarities between students' physical world and their online world. Therefore, all cyber citizens have the right to free speech, privacy, and the right and responsibility to protect what they create and own.
The curriculum unit is available free of charge to designated teachers in schools/districts that have purchased a Gold or Silver subscription from i-SAFE. Encourage teachers you know to go to a special page on the i-SAFE Web site www.isafe.org/creativelessons for more information. And, parents who want their children exposed to these dynamic intellectual property lesson plans are encouraged to call their local school and suggest that they be taught in their classrooms.
Summer Music Camp at Manhattan School of Music
The Summer Music Camp at Manhattan School of Music, initiated in partnership with The ASCAP Foundation in 1999, is undergoing some exciting changes in 2012. The summer camp has been expanded to include students from all over the nation who have completed grades 6-11. Set on a college campus in the heart of New York City, this special program provides intensive musical instruction in musical theater, chamber music, percussion, and piano studies. Campers develop their musical skills and join a community of young musicians through a wide variety of musical and social activities, with master classes taught by ASCAP members. National Endowment for the Arts has been an ongoing supporter of the camp.
Starting in 2012, this special program will be a residential camp (with a day camp option).
Scholarships to attend the Summer Music Camp at Manhattan School of Music are provided by The ASCAP Foundation Irving Caesar Fund and are available to US residents.
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SUMMER MUSIC CAMP STUDENTS PRACTICE AND PERFORM
The ASCAP Foundation has teamed up with the Music Education Coalition, the nation's largest grass roots initiative in support of school music programs. Key to this initiative is www.SupportMusic.com an innovative website that simplifies the advocacy process by allowing community members to customize campaigns to address specific problems.
SENIOR COMPOSERS PROGRAM
The ASCAP Foundation is pleased to assist the community service activities of Hospital Audiences, Inc. by providing funding for participation of senior ASCAP composers and lyricists. This program provides much needed entertainment to the elderly, the ill and disabled and hospitalized veterans. This program is funded by a bequest from Rosalie Meyer, widow of Joseph Meyer.
Guitar teacher Jeff Entin teaches students a new chord.
THE ASCAP FOUNDATION SUMMER GUITAR PROJECT
Initiated in 1999, the collaboration between The ASCAP Foundation and The Fresh Air Fund Summer Camps for New York City children brings music to Fresh Air Fund campers by providing musical instruments and visiting composers and songwriters to the camps throughout the summer. In 2002, The ASCAP Foundation initiated the Summer Guitar Project at the Fresh Air Fund Camps by providing additional guitars and guitar instructors enabling campers to take guitar lessons.
Some of the organizations and programs that have received on-going support from The ASCAP Foundation include:
Eastman School of Music Eastman Pathways Program; Rochester, NY
Kaufman Cultural Center Special Music School of America; New York, NY
Goodspeed Musicals Annual New Writer's Residence; East Haddam, CT
Hey Mozart! New Mexico Symphony Orchestra; Albequerque, NM
HMS School for Children With Cerebral Palsy "Something Magical" Program; Philadelphia, PA
JazzReach Education Programs; Brooklyn, NY
Jazzmobile Free Saturday Jazz Workshops; Harlem, NY
Kid Pan Alley Children's Songwriting Program; Washington D.C., LA, TN, VA
Los Angeles County High School for the Arts; Los Angeles, CA
Louis 'Satchmo' Armstrong Summer Jazz Camp; New Orleans, LA
National Alliance for Musical Theater Producer/Writer Initiative; New York, NY
New York Philharmonic Very Young Composer Project; New York, NY
Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls; Goshen, MA
The Lovewell Institute for the Creative Arts; Fort Lauderdale, FL
The Walden School Summer Camp Scholarships; Dublin, NH