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


The ASCAP Foundation Jerry Herman Legacy Series, funded by composer and lyricist Jerry Herman who wrote Hello, Dolly! and Mame, is established to bring the American musical theater heritage to students across the country.

The ASCAP Foundation Henry Mancini Music fellowships are established with funding from Ginny Mancini in memory of Mr. Mancini, who wrote "Days of Wine and Roses" and "Moon River." These scholorships provide support for film and television composition student at universities across the country.

The ASCAP Foundation received a major bequest from the estate of John DeVries, writer of "Oh Look at Me Now," for the education and support of young musicians.


The ASCAP Foundation Young Jazz Composer Awards are established to encourage the creation of new jazz works.

The ASCAP Foundation Living Archive Project is initiated to videotape prominent ASCAP songwriter and composer members to document their place in music history and the music industry. This project is funded through a gift from The Cain Foundation, directed by Wofford Denius.

The ASCAP Foundation Fran Morgenstern Davis Scholarships are established for students at Manhattan School of Music. These scholarships are funded by a gift from Joan and Jay Morgenstern, a record and music publishing veteran, to honor the memory of their daughter.

The Heineken Music Initiative/The ASCAP Foundation Grant Program For R&B Songwriters assists up-and-coming songwriters in selected local markets with career advancement to develop new musical talent. The awards are supported with a grant from The Heineken Music Initiative.


The Richard Adler-ASCAP Foundation Musical Theater Development Program is initiated at the Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School & Camp in Colorado to nurture new composers, lyricists and librettists. This is funded through a gift from Richard Adler, Broadway musical writer of Pajama Game and Damn Yankees.

The ASCAP Foundation received a major bequest from Lola Brockman, daughter of James Brockman who wrote "I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles," for the support of music education and talent development for young composers.

The ASCAP Foundation Rudy Perez Songwriting Scholarship is established with a gift from songwriter Rudy Perez, one of the top producers of Latin music. This scholarship will be presented annually to an aspiring Latino songwriter who demonstrates potential to produce creative and original work and also demonstrates financial need.

The ASCAP Foundation Eunice and Hal David Instructor-In-Residence Award was established. This Award provides funding to support the work of an outstanding music instructor at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. The late Hal David was an ASCAP and ASCAP Foundation board member and the lyricist for such great standards as "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head," Do You Know the Way to San Jose?" and "Alfie." His wife Eunice, funds this program.


The ASCAP Foundation Steve Kaplan TV and Film Studies Scholarship is created by The Kaplan family in memory of Steve Kaplan, award-winning film and television composer whose talents and credits span 25 years and encompass multiple genres. The scholarship encourages the career development of aspiring film and television composers by providing financial support for participants in ASCAP’s annual Film Scoring Workshop in Los Angeles.

The ASCAP Foundation/Disney Musical Theatre Workshop is established in Chicago to provide musical theatre writers the opportunity to present their original works-in-progress for professional critique. The workshop is funded by Peter Schneider and The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs.

The Harold Arlen Musical Theater Award and The Harold Arlen Film & TV Award, to assist songwriters and lyricists, is established by Sam and Joan Arlen in celebration of the Centennial year of Harold Arlen, composers of "Over the Rainbow" and "Stormy Weather."

The ASCAP Foundation David Rose Award is established with a gift from The Rose Family Trust to honor television and film-scoring great David Rose. David Rose's best-known works include   the instrumental standards, "Holiday for Strings" and "The Stripper," music for Bonanza, Little House on the Prairie and decades of work with radio and television star Red Skelton. The award will be granted annually to a candidate working toward a career in scoring for film and/or television who is participating in ASCAP's Film & Television Scoring Workshop.

The Heineken USA/ASCAP Foundation Latin And Pop/Rock Grant Program is launched. This grant program benefits emerging Latin and Pop/Rock music songwriters in selected markets. The awards are supported with a grant from Heineken USA Inc.

The ASCAP Foundation is selected by The National Endowment for the Arts as one of only 10 organizations nationwide to receive a grant in a new initiative, the pilot phase of Summer School in the Arts.

The ASCAP Foundation is named the final beneficiary of all of Irving Caesar's assets (copyrights) including those held under his lifetime trust, those retained in his wholly owned publishing company, as well as his memorabilia.  Irving Caesar was a prolific and beloved lyricist who wrote hundreds of songs including "Tea for Two," "Just a Gigolo," "Swanee" and "Animal Crackers in My Soup."


The ASCAP Foundation Charlotte V. Bergen Scholarship is established and is awarded annually to the top ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer age 18 or under. This scholarship is made possible by The Frank & Lydia Bergen Foundation and is named in memory of their daughter, Charlotte, a lover of classical music. The scholarship is to be used for music study at an accredited college or music conservatory.

The ASCAP Foundation Children Will Listen program in honor of ASCAP member and musical theatre great Stephen Sondheim (West Side Story, Gypsy!, Pacific Overtures, A Little Night Music) is established to provide the musical theatre experience to a generation of students who might not otherwise have this opportunity.

The ASCAP Foundation Billy Joel Fund is established to provide composition scholarships for students attending Manhattan School of Music Summer Camp.  Billy Joel is one of the most popular recording artists and respected entertainers in the world. He has won 6 Grammy Awards and has received 23 Grammy nominations. He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1992 and presented with the Johhny Mercer Award, the organization's highest honor in 2001.  In 1999 he was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and has received the Recording Industry Association of America Diamond Award.  In 2004, Movin' Out, a Broadway musical based on Joel's music took home two including Best Orchestrations -- Billy's first Tony Award win.  


The ASCAP Foundation Robert Allen Award is established and is presented annually to an aspiring ASCAP songwriter participating in ASCAP's New York Paul Cunningham Workshop. It is named in honor of Robert Allen, composer of many classic pop songs including "It's Not for Me to Say" and "Chances Are," and is funded by a gift from Patty Allen, in memory of her husband.

The ASCAP Foundation Michael Masser Scholarship established in 1987 by Michael Masser, composer/producer of such classic songs as "The Greatest Love of All" and "Saving All My Love For You," is updated to support the educational advancement, professional training and development of someone who demonstrates outstanding talent in the arts.

The ASCAP Foundation Irving Berlin Summer Camp Scholarship is created to honor American songwriter Irving Berlin, who wrote such classics as "God Bless America" and "White Christmas," this scholarship makes the summer music camp experience possible for a young music creator who may otherwise not have this opportunity. The scholarship is funded by a gift to The ASCAP Foundation from the Irving Berlin Charitable Fund, Inc.

The ASCAP Foundation Leon Brettler Award is presented to a singer/songwriter participating in an ASCAP Foundation Nashville Songwriter Workshop. It is funded through a gift from Michael and Doug Brettler, and the music publishing firm, Shapiro, Bernstein & Co., in memory of their father, Leon Brettler (1926-2001), who helmed Shapiro, Bernstein & Co. and served on the ASCAP Board of Directors for nearly 40 years.

The ASCAP Foundation Life in Music Award is established. This award recognizes the efforts of veteran music creators who have made significant contributions to our nation's music culture. It is presented each year to up to three ASCAP writer members, each one representing a different musical genre. This program is exclusively funded by a bequest under the will of Rosalie Meyer, the widow of Joseph Meyer, a longtime ASCAP member whose standards include "If You Knew Susie."

The ASCAP Foundation Irving Burgie Scholarship to support an aspiring African-American songwriter from New York City is established. It is funded by Irving Burgie in celebration of the 50th anniversary of his song "Day-O."


The ASCAP Foundation Harold Adamson Lyric Award is established and presented annually to aspiring lyricists who participate in an ASCAP or ASCAP Foundation workshop in the musical theater, pop and/or country genres. Recipients must demonstrate talent and an intelligent and sensitive use of language, a talent and ability that the heirs of the late lyricist Harold Adamson, writer of "Time on My Hands" and "An Affair to Remember," seek to recognize and foster in future generations. It is funded by Harold Adamson's royalties.

ASCAP Foundation Jamie deRoy & Friends Award is established. This award is presented to an ASCAP songwriter (either composer, lyricist or team of writers) whose work has been of a high and consistent level of professionalism. The ASCAP Foundation Jamie deRoy & friends Award recognizes outstanding work, dedication and craftsmanship. This award is funded by the Jamie deRoy Charitable Trust.

The ASCAP Foundation BMG Scholarship in Honor of Quincy Jones is established. This scholarship supports the work of an African-American college or university student majoring in music who demonstrates musical talent and proficiency in the areas where Quincy has made his mark: composing, arranging, producing, conducting and performing. The scholarship is funded by Quincy Jones' publisher, BMG.

The ASCAP Foundation Joan and Irwin Robinson Scholarship is established by Irwin Z. Robinson, and his wife Joan. The scholarship supports a music business undergraduate or graduate student demonstrating leadership, knowledge, dedication, skill and career potential. The scholarship recipent is selected from New York University. Irwin Z. Robinson is the Vice President, Industry Affairs of the Richmond Organization.


The ASCAP Foundation Cy Coleman Award is established by Shelby Coleman in memory of her husband. Cy Coleman was a long time member of the ASCAP Board of Directors and a member of The ASCAP Foundation Board. Coleman wrote many pop standards including "Witchcraft," and "The Best Is Yet To Come," as well as hit Broadway scores such as Wildcat ("Hey Look Me Over"), Little Me ("Real Live Girl"), Sweet Charity ("Big Spender"), Seesaw ("It's Not Where You Start"), I Love My Wife, The Will Rogers Follies, and The Life. The award will be presented annually to support a student enrolled in a music business course and rotates between New York University, Berklee College of Music in Boston and the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California


The ASCAP Foundation Cole Porter Award is established with a gift to The ASCAP Foundation from the Cole Porter Musical and Literary Trusts. The award, which is presented annually to an ASCAP or unaffiliated member who writes music and lyrics, whose work shows promise, and who has participated in The ASCAP Foundation Musical Theatre Workshop. The Award honors the memory of Porter who wrote such classics as "I Get a Kick Out of You" and "Day and Night."

The ManUp4Kids educational program is established at The ASCAP Foundation by Grammy award-winning ASCAP songwriter/producer Desmond Child. Child who was inducted into The Songwriter's Hall Of Fame in 2008 and is known for his collaborations with many big-name pop artists such as KISS, Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Cher, Michael Bolton and Ricky Martin during his 30-year tenure at ASCAP. He has over 70 top 40 singles to his credit including: "Angel," "I Was Made For Loving You," "Livin' On a Prayer," Livin' La Vida Loca" and "Dude Looks Like a Lady," to name a few.

ManUp4Kids provides low-income families the opportunity to attend music, theatre and cultural events within their community that would otherwise be unattainable, as well as sponsoring instrument rentals, lessons and scholarships to music summer camps. ManUp4Kids helps to give struggling parents the possibility of sharing life changing musical moments and unforgettable memories with their children.

The ASCAP Foundation Jay Gorney Award is established by his wife, Sondra and son Dr. Roderic Gorney, to commemorate Jay's career and legacy. Jay Gorney, a long-time ASCAP member and composer, along with lyricist E.Y. "Yip" Harburg, wrote the 1930's classic, "Brother Can You Spare a Dime?" which became the anthem of the Great Depression. The Jay Gorney Award is presented annually for an original song written by an ASCAP member or unaffiliated songwriter who graduated from either an ASCAP, ASCAP Foundation or Songwriters Hall of Fame workshop/showcase. The song is judged on its message of social conscience/social significance as well as overall craft, artistry and compositional elements.

The ASCAP Foundation Scholarship in Honor of Louis Armstrong is established and is presented to an outstanding student of jazz composition at either Manhattan School of Music or the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. The scholarship is underwritten by a grant from The Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation.


The ASCAP Foundation Michelle and Dean Kay Award is established to support careers in music, particularly for those who concentrate their efforts in the Los Angeles area. The award is given to an aspiring ASCAP songwriter participating in either the pop or musical theater ASCAP workshops in Los Angeles. Dean Kay has been at the helm of some of the most highly respected publishing companies in the world, and is currently President/CEO of his own Demi Music Corp. and its affiliates, Lichelle Music Company and Yak Yak Music. Michelle Kay is Vice President and CFO of the company. Prior to his involvement in publishing, Dean was a successful songwriter having had hundreds of his compositions recorded including "That's Life" by Frank Sinatra.

The ASCAP Foundation Barbara and John LoFrumento Award was established by ASCAP CEO and his wife Barbara to support music and music therapy programs for autistic learners. This award, which was recently presented to the Music Conservatory of Westchester Music Therapy Institute, will enable the Institute to expand its music therapy program and provide weekly music therapy sessions to special needs students in the Eastchester, NY school district. Students will have the opportunity to work with music educators on songwriting and instrumental instruction.

The ASCAP Foundation Joe Raposo Children's Music Award was established by the family of Joe Raposo to honor his legacy. The award supports emerging talent in the area of children's music. Raposo, one of the creators of Sesame Street and its first and longtime musical director, wrote music for such diverse talents as Kermit The Frog, Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Dr. Seuss, Barbra Streisand and Cookie Monster. "Sing," "It's Not Easy Bein' Green" and the "Sesame Street Theme" are among the songs to earn Joe five Grammys and multiple Gold and Platinum albums.

Songwriters: The Next Generation, a partnership between The ASCAP Foundation and The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, is established to showcase the work of four emerging songwriters and composers in a free concert on the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage. This program is made possible by The ASCAP Foundation Bart Howard Fund.


The ASCAP Foundation Louis Prima Award is established by the late Gia Prima, wife of Louis, and her friends and long-time Counsel at Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP and is presented to a talented vocalist or musician attending the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts. One of the founding fathers of the Las Vegas entertainment scene, his group The Witnesses was a precursor to the Rock & Roll sound of the 50's. Many of the popular favorites Louis recorded included his own compositions such as "Jump, Jive, An' Wail," "Banana Split For My Baby," and "Oh, Marie." Louis was awarded the first Grammy award in the Vocal Group category for his rendition of "That Old Black Magic" in 1958. Artists as diverse as David Lee Roth and Brian Setzer brought Prima's music to the top of the charts in the 80's and 90's and his music was at the center of ad campaigns through the 2000's. Louis Prima passed away on August 24, 1978.

The ASCAP Foundation Freddy Bienstock Scholarship & Internship is established by ASCAP board member and CEO of Carlin America, Caroline Bienstock, along with her mother Miriam Bienstock and brother Robert, COO of Carlin America, to honor the memory of publishing great and ASCAP board member, Freddy Bienstock. Bienstock dedicated his life to the music industry as a music publishing and record company executive. He founded Carlin America Music Publishing, under its current name in 1995. Their catalog includes more than 100,000 titles spanning a wide variety of musical genres. The ASCAP Foundation Freddy Bienstock Scholarship & Internship provides a tuition-based cash award to an NYU student interested in music publishing who completes a full-time summer internship at Carlin America.

The ASCAP Foundation Mary Rodgers/Lorenz Hart Award is established by Mary Rodgers to honor the legacy of Lorenz “Larry” Hart who together with composer Richard Rodgers produced a roster of hit shows including Jumbo, On Your Toes, Babes in Arms, I Married an Angel, The Boys from Syracuse, Pay Joey, and A Connecticut Yankee. The Mary Rodgers/Lorenz Hart Award is presented annually to an ASCAP member who is a promising musical theater lyricist. A composer/lyricist team is also eligible.

The ASCAP Foundation "Reach Out and Touch" Award in honor of Nick Ashford is established by his partner in life and musical collaborator, Valerie Simpson. Ashford & Simpson, who collaborated on such iconic R&B songs like "Ain't Nothin' Like the Real Thing," "You're All I Need to Get By," "Gimme Something Real" and "Reach Out and Touch (Somebody's Hand)," began writing songs together in 1964. The Award was established to advance the careers of promising songwriters by providing financial assistance for professional recordings of their work.

The ASCAP Foundation Bart Howard Songwriting Scholarship at Berklee College of Music is established to honor the memory of long-time ASCAP member Bart Howard. This tuition-based scholarship recognizes the talent, professionalism, musical ability and career potential of a Berklee student majoring in songwriting. Bart Howard (1915-2004) was a prolific composer who wrote over 200 songs, most notably “Fly Me to The Moon,” which has been performed by hundreds of singers including Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee and Diana Krall.

The ASCAP Foundation Phoebe Jacobs Prize is established to honor the memory and work of Phoebe Jacobs, a long-time Jazz advocate and publicist who was also committed to music education and nurturing aspiring composers and musicians.  It is presented a promising female recipient of an ASCAP Foundation Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award.  This cash award, is in addition to the money she receives as a Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award recipient.  


The ASCAP Foundation Young Jazz Composer Awards (an annual program for jazz composers) received a major, multi-year financial commitment from The Herb Alpert Foundation. To honor that commitment, the program, established in 2002, has been renamed the Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Awards.

The ASCAP Foundation Jimmy Van Heusen Award is established by his family to honor his legacy. Van Heusen was one of the most accomplished songwriters from the mid-twentieth century with countless hits sung and recorded by such American vocal icons as Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Lena Horne and Rosemary Clooney. Some of his most popular songs were written for movies: "Swinging on a Star,” "All the Way," "High Hopes," and "Call Me Irresponsible.” The ASCAP Foundation Jimmy Van Heusen Award will be presented to an outstanding, promising composer who has participated in the ASCAP/NYU Television and Film Scoring Workshop. The recipient will be an ASCAP or unaffiliated member who is pursuing a career in television and film scoring.

The ASCAP Foundation "Sunlight of the Spirit" Award is established by ASCAP Foundation President Paul Williams and his wife Mariana. The Award is presented to an individual who is exemplary in recovery and in music creativity. Paul Williams is an Oscar, Grammy and Golden Globe winning Hall of Fame songwriter and President & Chairman of the Board of ASCAP and The ASCAP Foundation. Recognized as one of America’s most gifted lyricists and composers, Williams’ musical legacy, including "We’ve Only Just Begun," "You and Me Against the World" and "The Rainbow Connection," have been recorded by artists as varied as Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, REM, Tony Bennett, Dixie Chicks, Jason Mraz, and Kermit the Frog.

The ASCAP Foundation Vic Mizzy Scholarship is established by the Mizzy Jonas Family Foundation. The Scholarship honors the veteran film & TV composer-lyricist Vic Mizzy who created the beloved TV theme songs for The Addams Family and Green Acres, among many other musical achievements. Vic Mizzy was a proud and lifelong member of ASCAP joining the organization in 1938. The Scholarship assists a deserving graduate student of Film & Television scoring at New York University's Steinhardt School.


The Lucille and Jack Yellen Award is established by The Lucille and Jack Yellen Foundation. It is presented to an aspiring musical theater lyricist or based on talent and career potential. Among the hit songs in the Yellen catalog are "Down By the O-Hi-O," "Are You from Dixie?," "Ain't She Sweet?," and "Happy Days Are Here Again." His works were covered by singers such as Al Jolson, Sophie Tucker, Barbra Streisand, Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra. The Beatles famously recorded his song, "Ain't She Sweet."

Yellen married dancer and choreographer Lucille Hodgeman in 1944. Lucille was born in Minnesota and raised in Los Angeles, where she worked with Twentieth Century Fox and Metro-Goldwyn Mayer. Lucille partook in over 20 films, including The Wizard of Oz and The Prizefighter and the Lady.

The ASCAP Foundation Jerry Ragovoy Award is established by Jerry’s widow, Bev Ragovoy, to commemorate the life and career of the great R&B, Rock and Pop songwriter, Jerry Ragovoy. The East Coast Pop Songwriters Workshop is renamed The ASCAP Foundation Jerry Ragovoy Songwriters Workshop, also made possible through the financial support of Bev. Jerry wrote or co-wrote such classic hits as "Piece of My Heart," "Time Is on My Side," "Cry Baby," "Get It While You Can," "Stay with Me Baby" and "Pata Pata."

The ASCAP Foundation Marvin Hamlisch Broadway Conductors Program is established as a way to celebrate the memory of the incomparable Marvin Hamlisch. The inaugural program was launched in June of 2013 with the selection of 10 young aspiring musical theater conductors ranging in age from 17-30 for a 4-day intensive workshop. The workshop included Master Classes with Broadway conductors, musicians, performers and a visit to an orchestra pit during a live performance. The workshop culminated with each participant conducting an orchestra ensemble.

Hamlisch, a composer/arranger/conductor/pianist, died in 2012 at the age of 68. At the time of his death, Hamlisch was Principal Pops Conductor of the following orchestras: The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the San Diego Symphony, the Seattle Symphony, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and the Pasadena Symphony and Pops. The Dallas Symphony premiered Hamlisch's symphonic suite The Anatomy of Peace in 1991.

The ASCAP Foundation Betty Rose Scholarship is established by her family to honor her lifelong contributions to music. Betty is the widow of British-born composer David Rose, who made an indelible mark on film, television and easy listening instrumental music. Throughout her life, Betty has been a contributor, a sponsor and an active participant in numerous music charities, foundations and distinguished organizations. Her dedication to multiple musical institutions – The Young Musicians Foundation and The Society of Singers – comes from her 42 years of marriage to one of Hollywood’s most distinguished composers, the late David Rose, as well as jointly overseeing and running the David Rose Publishing Co.

The ASCAP Foundation Betty Rose Scholarship is presented annually to an outstanding, promising composer participating in The ASCAP Foundation Composer-in-Residence Program at the University of Southern California.

The ASCAP Foundation George M. Cohan Award / Friars Foundation Award is established.  The award is presented to a multi-talented individual connected to the music industry who’s had a multi-faceted career and has achieved success in a variety of roles including, but not limited to composing performing, writing, directing and producing.

George M. Cohan was an American entertainer, playwrite, composer, lyricist, actor, singer, dancer, director and producer. A trouper at the age of 8 and a successful songwriter before he was 21, Mr. Cohan starred in vaudeville, musical comedy, drama, on the screen and on the radio. He wrote more than fifty plays, including several variety sketches, and hundreds of songs of every description including the standards, “Over There,” “Give My Regards to Broadway,” “The Yankee Doodle Boy” and “You’re a Grand Old Flag.” His life and music were depicted in the Academy Award winning film Yankee Doodle Dandy and the 1968 musical George M!.

The ASCAP Foundation Johnny Mandel Prize is established.  This Prize is made possible by the film & TV composer, arranger and jazz musician, Johnny Mandel, and his wife Martha to further the career of an aspiring jazz composer who is also a recipient of the Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award.

Johnny Mandel may be best-known as the composer of “The Shadow of Your Smile,” the Oscar and Grammy Award-winning theme from the film, The Sandpiper. Mandel, an inductee of the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Award, also composed the theme for the classic film and television program, M*A*S*H*, among many more notable film scores.  In the 1940s and 50s, Mandel played trombone in bands led by Boyd Raeburn, Buddy Rich, Jimmy Dorsey, Elliot Lawrence and Count Basie.   A prolific jazz composer, Mandel’s compositions have been recorded by artists that include Stan Getz, Woody Herman, Chet Baker and Count Basie.  A three-time Grammy-winner for arrangements, he has worked on albums recorded by Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Peggy Lee, Natalie Cole, Quincy Jones, Shirley Horn, Andy Williams, Michael Jackson, Diana Krall and Tony Bennett.


The ASCAP Foundation Jerry Herman: The Broadway Legacy Concerts is established.  This program is a series of concerts and educational programs made possible by the revered ASCAP member Jerry Herman. Herman is best-known as the composer/lyricist of the iconic musicals, Hello Dolly!, Mame and La Cage Aux Folles. Each performance will include a full symphony orchestra and star Broadway performers.  In addition to the concerts,  Jerry Herman  established an ASCAP Foundation award in his name – The ASCAP Foundation Jerry Herman Broadway Legacy Prize. Recipients will be high school and university students chosen from a musical theater performing master class held in each touring city and hosted by the Jerry Herman Broadway performers. Master class students will be invited to audition with a Jerry Herman song. One local student will then be selected by a panel of performers and mentors to perform in the concert for each city and will receive the Herman Broadway Legacy Prize.

The ASCAP Foundation Chein García Alonso Scholarship is established by the family of Latin songwriter Chein García Alonso (1953-2014) to honor his memory and talent. The scholarship benefits a songwriter, musician and/or vocalist of Latino heritage from a Newark, New Jersey high school who plans to study music at the college level.

Born in Havana, Cuba, García Alonso immigrated to the United States in 1968 and resided in Newark, New Jersey. He had a successful career as a songwriter in both Spanish and English, having his songs recorded by artists such as Michael Jackson, Lara Fabian, Boyz II Men, Rocío Jurado, Santana, Willie Chirino, Alicia Keys and many more. His song “Experiencia Religiosa” appeared on Enrique Iglesias’s self-titled debut album, which won the 1996 Grammy Award for Best Latin Pop Album. The song also hit #1 on the Billboard Hot Latin Tracks chart. García Alonso released his own work as a singer/songwriter in 2010 titled Nace Una Canción. He was an ASCAP member and won eight ASCAP Awards throughout his career.


ASCAP Foundation President Paul Williams established the Paul Williams “Loved the Liner Notes” Award as part of the annual Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Awards for outstanding writing on the subject of music. Williams funds the award and suggested the name because of his personal affinity for liner notes and the connection they create for the fan with the music. A panel of industry professionals selects the recipient of the award.

The ASCAP Foundation Fred Ho Award is established by a gift from Flora, Florence, and (Mrs.) Frances Houn, Melanie West and Ann T. Greene in honor of Fred Ho. Fred Ho (1957-2014) was well-known for his work in African American music and was part of the Asian American and avant-garde jazz movements. During his nearly three decade career, he helped innovate a new American multicultural music. His works have been featured at Tanglewood, Carnegie Hall, the Guggenheim Museum, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and the San Francisco Jazz Festival among many other distinguished presenters and venues. The Award will be presented to innovative composers whose work, in the spirit of Fred Ho, defies boundaries and genres.


The ASCAP Foundation Harry Chapin Songwriters Workshop is established by Sandy Chapin to commemorate the life and career of her late husband, the great American troubadour, Harry Chapin. Chapin, who made an indelible mark on the world with his musical storytelling, was also a dedicated humanitarian who fought to end world hunger. Known for his hit songs including "Taxi", "W*O*L*D", and the No. 1 hit "Cat's in the Cradle," (co-written with his wife Sandy), Harry Chapin performed more than 250 concerts every year, and donated the proceeds for half of them to charity. He successfully lobbied Congress and President Carter to form a Presidential Commission on Domestic and International Hunger and Malnutrition, actively serving as a member of the commission.

The Hyman Family Trust established The ASCAP Foundation Molly Hyman Music Scholarship in honor of Molly Hyman’s life work and dedication in the world of entertainment. In 1977, Molly, along with seven other independent publishers, formed The Association of Independent Music Publishers (AIMP). Over the years Molly served as President and a member of the board, and remained active in AIMP until her retirement from the music industry in 2008. The original eight members of AIMP have expanded to over 2,000 members with chapters in Los Angeles, New York and Nashville. The ASCAP Foundation Molly Hyman Music Scholarship benefits an outstanding University of Southern California undergraduate student pursuing a bachelor’s degree in the Thornton School of Music Division of Contemporary Music who is also enrolled in music business/industry courses. Eligible candidates must be ASCAP or unaffiliated members who demonstrate financial need.


The ASCAP Foundation Mark Snow Lecture Series  is established through the generosity of prolific and successful Film & TV composer and ASCAP member, Mark Snow. The lecture series, in partnership with Brooklyn College provides a unique opportunity for aspiring film and tv composers, songwriters, composition and film students as well as SCL members to learn from Snow by sharing his knowledge and experience. 

The ASCAP Foundation Lucy and Didier Lean Rachou Award is established.  Didier Lean Rachou,  the award-winning film and television composer and his acclaimed author and photographer wife,  Lucy Lean, wife, established the award, which comes with a cash prize and is presented to a French passport holder who was accepted to and is participating in the prestigious ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop with Richard Bellis. The award recipient would be someone who has the potential to make a true impact and contribution to the scoring community. In addition, Didier will nurture and encourage the recipient by providing priceless mentoring sessions to help her/him with their career.


The Andrew A. Isen Musical Theater Songwriting Workshop is established by accomplished leader, business pioneer, strategist, marketer and musical theater devotee, Andrew Isen. The program will be launched at the Duke Ellington High School of the Arts in Washington, DC. The workshop presents an opportunity for theater students to learn the art and craft of musical theater songwriting under the guidance of an accomplished ASCAP songwriter. Additionally, the students will learn about copyright and intellectual property as they pertain to songwriting and will be walked through the process of copyrighting their new original songs.


The ASCAP Foundation Peggy Lee Songwriter Award is established by her family to mark the centennial anniversary of the Grammy awarding winning vocalist and songwriter.The Peggy Lee Songwriter Award consists of a cash award and the opportunity to engage with a music executive who would provide general career advice and a perspective of the music business.

Over her seven-decade career, Peggy Lee helped redefine what it meant to be a female singer, and her quietly captivating voice continues to resonate with audiences of all ages. She was coined "the female Frank Sinatra" by Tony Bennett, and she considered it one of the highest compliments. But, Lee did something few of her male counterparts ever attempted: she wrote songs.

In fact, Peggy Lee wrote over 200 songs, a number of which have entered the standards repertoire. Some of the highlights of her catalog are "It's A Good Day," "I Don't Know Enough About You," "I Love Being Here With You" and "Manana." Along with Sonny Burke, she wrote all of the original songs for Disney's Lady and the Tramp, including "He's A Tramp" and "Bella Notte" (Walt Disney was so pleased with Peggy's song demos, he asked her to voice four of the characters, and even named one after her).

A 13-time GRAMMYR nominee, Lee received Lifetime Achievement awards from NARAS, ASCAP, and The Society of Singers, was inducted into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame, and earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress in Pete Kelly's Blues.


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