Songwriting Takes Center Stage at Washington D.C. Arts High School

August 14, 2019

Andrew Isen
Andrew A. Isen
We are pleased to announce The ASCAP Foundation Andrew A. Isen Musical Theater Songwriting Workshop, a new initiative funded by entrepreneur and musical theater devotee Andrew A. Isen.

This 5-day intensive experience, which will launch in Fall 2019 at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, D.C., is under the direction of ASCAP songwriter Nick Blaemire.

The workshop presents a unique opportunity for high school theater students to learn about the fundamentals and the art and craft of musical theater of songwriting. The students will create their own original songs and collaborate with their classmates to co-write.

The students will also be introduced to the basics of copyright and they will have the opportunity to copyright their new original songs.

“Andrew is a creative and outside-the-box thinker who understands the importance of investing in young artists. By providing theater students with the opportunity to explore and develop their talents, he is giving up-and-coming artists the support and inspiration they need to fulfill their dreams,” commented ASCAP Foundation executive director, Colleen McDonough.

On October 11, 2019, a public performance of the students’ original songs will take place on The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Millennium Stage. The show is free and open to the public.

Andrew A. Isen, an accomplished leader and business pioneer, strategist and marketer, is a long-time D.C. resident. In recent years, his philanthropic vision has been laser focused on supporting the next generation of talented musical theater performers and writers.