The ASCAP Foundation's talent development programs provide aid and encouragement to music creators who are in various stages of their careers.
THE ASCAP FOUNDATION SONGWRITER WORKSHOP SERIES - Pop, R&B, Jazz, Musical Theater, Film & TV, Gospel, Country... etc.
The ASCAP Foundation sponsors songwriter workshops in Musical Theater, Pop, Rhythm & Blues, Film & TV, Jazz, Gospel and Country, which are held in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, and Nashville. The workshops bring participants face to face with leaders of the music community who, in an informal setting, can critique the writers' work, offer them individual attention, and give them practical advice on the business of songwriting.
For information regarding workshop schedules, please contact the Membership Department at ASCAP:
New York: 212-621-6000 Los Angeles: 213-883-1000 Nashville: 615-742-5000
THE ASCAP FOUNDATION MARVIN HAMLISCH BROADWAY CONDUCTORS PROGRAM
The ASCAP Foundation Marvin Hamlisch Broadway Conductors Program is a unique initiative aimed at aspiring musical theater conductors, by giving them hands-on experience with current Broadway professionals. It is made possible by an unrestricted bequest to The ASCAP Foundation from the incomparable Marvin Hamlisch, a long-standing ASCAP member.
Hamlisch, a composer/arranger/conductor/pianist, died in 2012 at the age of 68. As a way to celebrate his memory, The ASCAP Foundation, under the direction of David Evans, the Associate Conductor of Broadway's Wicked, will launch The Marvin Hamlisch Broadway Conductors Program. The inaugural program will take place the first week of June 2013. Following a competitive application process, ten young aspiring musical theater conductors, ranging in age from 17-30 will be selected to participate in a 4-day intensive workshop which will include Master Classes with Broadway conductors, musicians, performers and a visit to an orchestra pit during a live performance. The workshop will culminate with each participant conducting an orchestra ensemble.
Marvin's widow Terre Blair Hamlisch, commented: "I am so pleased and supportive of such a unique and needed program in Marvin's name, especially since it gives young talent such a special opportunity. I know Marvin would have been pleased as well. Some time ago, Marvin had expressed that he had come to know what his true purpose was: that he was put on this earth to compose. As for conducting, Marvin felt it was thrilling and powerful and that if world leaders did it, they might lose the urge to wage war."
THE ASCAP FOUNDATION COMMISSIONING PROGRAM
This prestigious program supports commissions awarded to emerging concert composers. The commissioned works, which honor distinguished ASCAP composers, are premiered by symphony orchestras or other independent music organizations selected by the Foundation. Prior honorees have been Duke Ellington; Aaron Copland; Leonard Bernstein; John Cage; Morton Gould; Jacob Druckman; Bela Bartok, John Corigliano and Benny Gordman.
THE ASCAP FOUNDATION COMPOSITION FELLOWSHIP AT THE ASPEN MUSIC FESTIVAL AND SCHOOL
ASPEN MUSIC FESTIVAL AND SCHOOL; Aspen, CO: Open to students who are applying to the Susan and Ford Schumann Center for Composition Studies. The ASCAP Foundation Fellowship for Composition provides student composers with an unparalleled opportunity for an exchange of ideas with some of the world's foremost composers and performers of contemporary music. Eight to ten students will receive a variety of perspectives and teaching styles in an intensive full-session program. Master classes, lectures, and individual study will be given by prominent figures of contemporary music to include the AMFS composition faculty as well as visiting composers, including an established film composer.
How to apply: Complete the online application at www.aspenmusicfestival.com. Submit both scores and recordings of two recent works. Applicants must also include an electronic resume.
Deadline for entries: December 15 for the following summer's program
For more information, contact:
Office of Student Services
Aspen Music Festival and School
225 Music School Road
Aspen, CO 81611
THE ASCAP FOUNDATION JERRY HERMAN LEGACY SERIES
The purpose of the Jerry Herman Legacy Series is to bring our American musical theater heritage to students across the country. Jerry Herman, who wrote Hello, Dolly! and Mame, generously funds the program, which has two components. The first component includes a concert performance, a seminar on the craft of writing/working in musical theater and master classes in musical theater performance. The second component enables students in cities across the country to see touring productions of musical theater classics by providing students with theater tickets. Following the performance, the students participate in a discussion focusing on the creative aspects of the production and in particular on the composer/lyricist contribution to the work.
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|The Andy Akiho Quartet perform on the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage: (l to r) Dominic Severini, Andy Akiho, Austin Walker and Samuel Adams
SONGWRITERS: THE NEXT GENERATION. A PROGRAM OF EMERGING SONGWRITERS AND COMPOSERS DISCUSSING AND PERFORMING THEIR OWN SONGS. PRESENTED BY THE ASCAP FOUNDATION. MADE POSSIBLE BY THE BART HOWARD ESTATE.
"Songwriters: The Next Generation," a program of The ASCAP Foundation and The John F. Kennedy Center of the Performing Arts, showcases the work of emerging songwriters and composers in a free concert on the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage. Each evening's hour-long program is designed to spotlight the talent of young songwriters and composers.
"Songwriters: The Next Generation," was conceived by the late jazz pianist, educator, composer and ASCAP Foundation Board member Dr. Billy Taylor. Dr. Taylor stressed the importance of showcasing the talent of contemporary composers who are also performers. To that end, following the performances, the songwriters engage in a conversation focusing on the craft of songwriting and their personal creative process.
All performances are webcast live, and archived for future viewing at http://www.kennedy-center.org/programs/millennium/.
The ASCAP Foundation nurtures the talents of aspiring musicians by supporting programs, workshops and showcases in all musical genres that are both national and regional in scope. Organizations that provide the creative incentive and opportunities for young musicians to enhance their careers have also received ongoing support from The ASCAP Foundation. They include:
Adrienne Arsht Center
American Composers Orchestra
American Lyric Theater
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Bang on a Can
Boston University Tanglewood Institute
Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
College of St. Rose - Massry Center
Culver City Educational Foundation
East Fordham Academy of the Arts
Eastman School of Music
EducationThrough Music - LA Exploring the Arts
Fresh Air Fund
From the Top
Grand Canyon Music Festival
Henry Street Settlement
Hey Mozart! New Mexico
Intercultural Family Services
Jazz House Kids
Junior Composer Institute
Kid Pan Alley
Selma M. Levine School of Music
Little Kids Rock
Little Orchestra Society
Midori & Friends
National Alliance for Musical Theater
New Haven Symphony Orchestra
New Music USA
New York City Opera
New York Philharmonic
New York Youth Symphony
Rock 'n Roll Camp for Girls
Roseville Home Start
Swallow Hill Music School
The Conservancy of the Pantheon
Valley City State University
Vermont MIDI Project
The Walden School
Yellow Barn Music School
Young Peoples' Chorus of New York