Inspirational Song Focusing on Concerns of Special Needs Children Receives 2016 ASCAP Foundation Jay Gorney Award

August 10, 2016

ASCAP composer/lyricist Scott Evan Davis was named this year’s recipient of The ASCAP Foundation Jay Gorney Award for his song “If the World Only Knew.”

Scott, who currently resides in New York City, is a three-time MAC (Manhattan Association of Cabaret & Clubs) Award nominee and the recipient of the 2012 Broadway World award for best original song, “If We Say Goodbye.” His debut album Cautiously Optimistic features performances by Faith Prince, Liz Callaway, Jason Graae and Nikki Renee Daniels. He has been a vocal coach/musical director for the past 13 years and is currently the resident composer at Brooklyn Children's Theatre.

His song, "If the World Only Knew" was written for an original musical he wrote for children with autism and special needs at P94M, the Spectrum School in lower Manhattan. He is featured in a documentary about the project called Spectrum of Hope.

The Jay Gorney Award was established by Jay’s late wife, Sondra, and his son, Dr. Roderic Gorney. In the spirit of Jay’s song, “Brother Can You Spare a Dime?” which he wrote with lyricist E.Y. “Yip” Harburg, this award is presented for an original song based on its message of social conscience/social significance as well as overall craft, artistry and compositional elements.