New Grants Awarded by The ASCAP Foundation in 2016

Harlem School of the Arts
The Art of Songwriting
$5,000, New York City

The program is an intensive composition and music technology course for students ages 12-17. It exposes students from low-income households to the craft of songwriting. Funding for this program is provided by The ASCAP Foundation Irving Caesar Fund.

The Ashokan Center
New Roots Project
$4,650, Ashokan, NY

The New Roots Project offers musicians and composers daily classes and workshops for creating original music during the Music and Dance camps in 2016. Funding for this program is made possible by The ASCAP Foundation Irving Caesar Fund.

Operation Song
Operation Song Songwriting Program
$3,000, Nashville, TN

A 10-week songwriting program for veterans and active duty military. This weekly class hosts veterans of Vietnam, Desert Storm, Iraq, and Afghanistan conflicts and places them in a safe and therapeutic environment that gives them a creative outlet to express themselves. Operation Song is part of The ASCAP Foundation’s Music Heals Division and is supported by The ASCAP Foundation Bart Howard Fund.

The Highlands Coalition
The Highland Strut
$3,500, Lynn, MA

Enables the Highlands Coalition to produce an original musical called The Harlem Strut, giving its young participants education in jazz and its history, as well as teachers an appreciation for jazz as part of African-American History. Funding for this program is provided by The ASCAP Foundation Irving Caesar Fund.

The Sphinx Organization
Sphinx Virtuoso Composer-in-Residence Program
$3,000, Detroit, MI

The annual Sphinx Competition seeks to increase diversity on concert stages and in classical music audiences by providing new opportunities to young Black and Latino string players and the communities and audiences they serve. The goal of the Sphinx Virtuoso Composer-in-Residence is to provide mentorship and education to the j18 Sphinx Competition semi-finalists through masterclasses and individual artist critiques and to expose an audience of over 3,000 to classical musicians of color. Funding for this program is made possible by The ASCAP Foundation Rosalie and Joseph Meyer Fund.