May 01, 2012

Composer and Musician Pat Irwin Addresses Students During "ASCAP Day" at Berklee College of Music

On April 25, 2012, The ASCAP Foundation was pleased to present "ASCAP Day" @ Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. "ASCAP Day" provided both Film Scoring and Songwriting students an opportunity to talk to composer and musician Pat Irwin as well as ASCAP staff about information on current trends in the industry.

ASCAP composer and musician Pat Irwin headlined the day. The former B-52's guitarist, keyboard and sax player is also a film and television composer and songwriter and, early in his career, was a prominent figure in the Downtown "No Wave" scene in New York, performing and recording with the Raybeats and 8-Eyed Spy, and working with Phillip Glass. He later joined The B-52s as a multi-instrumentalist, touring and recording with them for 18 years. Irwin’s new band is called Command V, with a just-released self-titled CD and digital album on Mush Records.

Irwin's scoring career began in the 1990's, resulting in themes and/or background music for such animated programs as Rocko’s Modern Life, Pepper Ann, and the Emmy award-winning Class Of 3000 (with Outkast's André 3000). His independent film work is extensive, composing for such cutting-edge films as Bam Bam and Celeste, But I'm A Cheerleader, and My New Gun. He is currently teaching a film scoring workshop at NYU's Tisch School of The Arts Graduate Musical Theater Program and recently completed scoring the music for the film Pervertigo, which was selected for the 2011 edition of the IFP Narrative Independent Filmmaker Lab.

"By establishing an 'ASCAP Day' @ Berklee we show our support for young and emerging composers and songwriters at the college level," stated ASCAP and ASCAP Foundation Board President Paul Williams. "Today's Berklee students are tomorrow's ASCAP members. These students are taking a major leap of faith to try to make their art their lives. I want the question of what their future holds to have a positive answer."

Another highlight of "ASCAP Day" was the presentation of two tuition-based scholarships at Berklee: The ASCAP Foundation Film Scoring Scholarship at Berklee College of Music and The ASCAP Foundation Bart Howard Scholarship at Berklee College of Music. Each scholarship recognizes talent, professionalism, musical ability and career potential in film scoring and songwriting, respectively. Recipients are selected by the Berklee Film Scoring and Songwriting faculties.

Wayne Ingram, the recipient of The ASCAP Foundation Film Scoring Scholarship at Berklee College of Music, is a composer, producer and performer. He began writing on piano at the age of 10, becoming immediately engrossed. He picked up the guitar in his teens, teaching himself well enough to have the opportunities to play with Mike Garson (keyboardist for David Bowie and others), Nick D'Virgilio (Spock's Beard) and Michael Wilton (Queensryche), as well as tour with the Cal Poly Jazz Band. He has produced albums for Genrorama and Alex Cook, which brought him to film scoring. He composed for student films in his 1st year of college and liked it so much that he moved to Boston to attend the Berklee College of Music, where he majors in Film Composition.

Caitlin Timmins is the recipient of The ASCAP Foundation Bart Howard Songwriting Scholarship at Berklee College of Music. Caitlin began recording songs on her mother's Garageband program as a child. She sang so much in her Wisconsin hometown that her high-school picked her as their resident Star-Spangled Banner singer at all the sports games. She released her 1st album, On The Bright Side in 2009, and was soon after accepted into Berklee College of Music. Since arriving, she has released a string of singles including “The Lie,” which was voted the number one song at Berklee College of Music Performing Songwriter’s Showcase and garnered her an invitation to perform at Berklee’s 'In The Round Series' at The Red Room in Café 939 alongside Berklee faculty.

Pat Irwin and both scholarship recipients were honored at a private luncheon, which was attended by Berklee President Roger Brown, faculty and ASCAP/ASCAP Foundation staff. In addition, ASCAP staff was available to answer students' questions on the music industry. "ASCAP Day" @ Berklee College of Music is supported by The ASCAP Foundation Bart Howard Fund. The two scholarships are also made possible by the Bart Howard Estate.