A Legacy of Ongoing Programs for Music Education, Talent Development, Awards and Recognition Supported by ASCAP Foundation Donors


The ASCAP Foundation Louis Armstrong Scholarship at The Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College is established to support a jazz composition student. It is funded by a grant from The Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation in memory of Mr. Armstrong, one of the leading American musicians of the 20th Century.


The ASCAP Foundation Berklee College of Music Songwriter-in Residence master classes are initiated.

The ASCAP Foundation Frederick Loewe Scholarship at NYU Tisch School of the Arts is created in memory of the composer of My Fair Lady with a grant from the Frederick Loewe Foundation. This scholarship encourages young musical theater writers.


The ASCAP Foundation Leiber & Stoller Music Scholarships are established on both coasts with gifts from Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, the writers of "Jailhouse Rock" and "Hound Dog."


The ASCAP Foundation Sammy Cahn Award is established by ASCAP in Mr. Cahn's memory to encourage new lyricists. It is now funded by a gift from the Tita Cahn Trust in memory of Mr. Cahn, who wrote "High Hopes" and "Call Me Irresponsible."

The ASCAP Foundation received a major bequest from the estate of Rosalie Meyer, widow of Joseph Meyer who wrote "California Here I Come, " to encourage young composers and support the efforts of senior composers.

The ASCAP Foundation Leo Kaplan Award is initiated for the top ranking Morton Gould Young Composer Award recipient. It is funded through the Leo Kaplan family in memory of Mr. Kaplan, former ASCAP Special Distribution Advisor, juror and music lover.


The ASCAP Foundation Lifetime Achievement Awards are created and funded through the Rosalie Meyer Fund to recognize senior composers and lyricists.

The ASCAP Foundation Leonard Bernstein Composers Fund, to assist young composers, is established with a grant from ASCAP in celebration of the 70th birthday of Mr. Bernstein, composer of West Side Story.

The ASCAP Foundation/Disney Musical Theatre Workshop is established in Los Angeles to provide musical theatre writers the opportunity to present their original works-in-progress for professional critique. The workshop is funded in part by Walt Disney Feature Animation.


The ASCAP Foundation John Denver Music Scholarships supported by BMG/Cherry Lane at Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School & Camp in Colorado are initiated in memory of Mr. Denver, who wrote "Take Me Home Country Roads." The scholarships are supported by BMG/Cherry Lane, John Denver's publisher, and The ASCAP Foundation Irving Caesar Fund.

The ASCAP Foundation Music Teacher Recognition Award is initiated to recognize outstanding music teachers. It is funded through the Rosalie Meyer Fund.

The ASCAP Foundation Musical Theater Development Program is established with a grant from the Johnny Mercer Foundation in memory of Mr. Mercer, who wrote "Ac-Cen-Tchu-Ate the Positive" and "Come Rain or Come Shine."


The ASCAP Foundation Fresh Air Fund Camps Program is initiated, providing instruments and composer instructors to inner-city children at New York camps throughout the summer.

The ASCAP Foundation Louis Armstrong Jazz Scholarships Honoring Duke Ellington at UCLA are inaugurated in the year of Mr. Ellington's centennial. The scholarships are funded through a grant by The Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation in memory of Mr. Ellington, who wrote "It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing."

The ASCAP Foundation New York University Film Studies Fellowship in Florence, Italy is initiated to broaden film composition students' understanding of their role in film.

The ASCAP Foundation Louis Armstrong Award Honoring W. C. Handy at Mount Vernon H.S. in Mount Vernon, NY is created for W.C. Handy's 125th birthday. The award is funded by a grant from The Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation in memory of Mr. Handy, who wrote "St. Louis Blues."

The ASCAP Foundation received a major bequest from the estate of Charles Kingsford, who wrote "The Ballad of John Henry," to promote the composition of art songs in the Romantic tradition.

The ASCAP Foundation Benny Davis Musical Theater Prize at the University of Miami is endowed through a bequest from Gilda Davis in memory of Mr. Davis, writer of "Baby Face."


The ASCAP Foundation 'In the Works' musical theater initiative is established in partnership with the Kennedy Center and subsequently with CLO/Carnegie Mellon ensure that promising new musicals undergo further development with an eye toward eventual production.

The ASCAP Foundation Livingston & Evans Music Scholarship, supporting aspiring songwriters and musicians, is established with funding from Jay Livingston and Ray Evans, writers of "Mona Lisa" and "Que Sera, Sera."

The ASCAP Foundation 'Music in the Schools' Program is launched in partnership with the Diane Warren Foundation and the VH1 Save the Music Foundation. This initiative ensures that students have quality music to play as they learn their instruments. Alfred Music Publishing, Inc. provides the printed music materials.

The ASCAP Foundation received a major bequest from the estate of Audrey Nelson, daughter-in-law of Ed G. Nelson, writer of "I Apologize" for the support of music education and talent development for young composers.

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