Singer/songwriter and upright bassist Kate Davis was selected as the 2012 recipient of The ASCAP Foundation Robert Allen Award. Davis was a participant in The ASCAP Foundation Paul Cunningham Workshop this year in New York City. Davis' song, "Movie" was cited by the workshop panel and ASCAP staff for its overall craft, artistry, and compositional elements. "Kate Davis is already an accomplished musician, and she came in to our workshop eager to soak up every bit of songwriting advice she could. She submitted a song that put her musicianship on hold and let her voice and words standout and truly touch her audience" said Jason Silberman, Senior Director of Membership and Creative Affairs.
The Robert Allen Award was established in 2006 by Patty Allen in honor of her husband, songwriter and ASCAP member Bob Allen, author of such standards as "Chances Are," "It's Not for Me to Say," and "Home for the Holidays." In the spirit of Allen's work, this cash award is presented annually to an ASCAP songwriter in the pop and/or jazz musical genres participating in The ASCAP Foundation Paul Cunningham Workshop in New York. Past recipients include Rosi Golan, Joshua Meltzer, Nick Howard and Chris Snyder.
Kate Davis, an upright bass player, vocalist, and songwriter, is currently studying at the Manhattan School of Music. Originally from Portland, Oregon, Kate got her start in music at a young age on the violin. She eventually transitioned into playing bass and singing, which piqued her interest for jazz and songwriting. Kate was named an NFAA youngARTS sliver winner in high school, during which time she also accumulated four Downbeat Magazine Student Awards, was invited twice to the Brubeck Summer Jazz Colony, and performed on bass in the GRAMMY Jazz Ensemble. Kate was also selected as a Presidential Scholar of the Arts through which she performed at the White House and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. In 2012, she participated in the National Arts Policy Roundtable in Sundance, Utah, where she joined Kerry Washington and Bob Balaban to speak to government representatives about the importance of the arts. Kate recently spoke and performed at TEDx Portland. Cited by the Herald-Tribune as "talent not to be missed," she can be heard around New York City in prominent venues including Lincoln Center, Dizzy's Club Coca Cola, Rockwood Music Hall and The Blue Note.