New Grants Awarded by The ASCAP Foundation in 2015
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
MusicNOW Young Composers Forum
$4,000, Cincinnati, OH
To provide local college-age music students with a variety of learning opportunities in the areas of new music and composition. Students from the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music, Indiana University, Miami University and Ohio State University will participate in master classes featuring ASCAP composers. Funding for this program is provided by The ASCAP Foundation Irving Caesar Fund.
Des Moines County Historical Society
Bart Howard 100th Birthday Celebration - "Bart From the Heart - Second Verse"
$5,000, Burlington, IA
To support The Bart Howard 100th Birthday Celebration event designed to honor and commemorate Bart Howard's creative spirit as a prolific composer and Des Moines, Iowa while also educating people on the art form of cabaret. This program is funded by The ASCAP Foundation Bart Howard Fund.
Good Vibrations: The Science of Music
$3,000, Murfreesboro, TN
To support a series of hands-on, interactive public programs that correlate to the Discovery Center’s new exhibit, The Science of Music. The project aims to help visitors build an understanding of sound and the math behind music through participation in a variety of interactive programs and to expose visitors to unique local songwriters and musicians. A special kick-off event and monthly workshops such as The Science of Songwriting night will feature ASCAP Songwriters who will perform and participate in a question and answer session on the songwriting process. This program is funded by The ASCAP Foundation Joseph & Rosalie Meyer Fund.
Friends of Tennessee School for the Blind (TSB)
"WTSB - Studio B Project"
$2,100, Nashville, TN
To support the purchase of special adaptive music technology equipment for the school's music studio. This program will aid in creating a space that blind, vision-impaired, and multi-challenged students of all ages can work in a safe, accessible and supervised studio. This program is funded by The ASCAP Foundation Irving Caesar Fund.
International Alliance for the Advancement of Children
Music for Inspiration and Healing for Children
$2,000, Brooklyn, NY
To support the introduction of music creation through a summer enrichment program for Haitian children and children of Haitian descent, ages 5-22, who were victims of the 2010 earthquake. Through this project children are taught the rudiments of music and guided to write their own songs as an outlet for telling their stories. This program is funded by The ASCAP Foundation Irving Caesar Fund.
Junior Jazz Foundation
Hilton Head Summer Jazz Camp
$3,500, Hilton Head, SC
To support five composition scholarships which will be introduced at the camp in 2015 as The ASCAP Foundation Composition Scholarships; additional funding will be used towards the honorarium for a Jazz composition teacher. Funding for this program is provided by The ASCAP Foundation Irving Caesar Fund.
Make Music NOLA (MMN)
In Our Own Voice: Make Music NOLA Music and Lyrics Project
$4,000, New Orleans, LA
To provide at-risk students the opportunity to receive four hours of music instruction per week for 26 weeks. Over 50 students, ages 6-14, currently living in the 9th Ward in New Orleans, would participate in the program which includes a component for original song creation. Funding for this program is provided by The ASCAP Foundation Irving Caesar Fund.
Savannah Music Festival (SMF)
Acoustic Music Seminar
$4,000, Savannah, GA
To provide 16 pre-professional string players ages 15-22 the opportunity to attend a week-long workshop led by master clinicians in bluegrass, old-time, western swing, modern-day American string band, among other genres. The players will participate in the workshop free of charge and work with mentors to create original songs which at the end of the week are performed in a public venue in Savannah. Funding for the program is provided by The ASCAP Foundation Irving Caesar Fund.
Symphonic Jazz Orchestra (SJO)
Symphonic Jazz Orchestra/George Duke Commissioning Competition
$10,000, Culver City, CA
To support a new jazz piece commissioned by the SJO for a new jazz work by an ASCAP composer. The project gives an ASCAP composer the opportunity to write a work for SJO in George Duke's memory. The new piece will be performed by the 67-member Symphonic Jazz Orchestra during its 2015/16 season. Funding for the Commission is provided by The ASCAP Foundation Louis Armstrong and Bart Howard Funds.
The Visionary Media Group, Inc.
Advanced Songwriters Workshop
$3,000, New York, NY
To support four 10-week workshops to advance the talent of emerging songwriters with blindness by exposing them to the craft and business of pop songwriting. Funding will be used to provide an honorarium for a single workshop moderator as well as workshop materials. Funding is provided by The ASCAP Foundation Bart Howard Fund.