The ASCAP Foundation George M. Cohan/Friars Foundation Award
The ASCAP Foundation George M. Cohan/Friars Foundation 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. The recipient is selected by a panel of music industry professionals.
This award is made possible by the Friars Foundation. 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!.