The ASCAP Foundation Jay Gorney Award

Jay Gorney
Jay Gorney

The ASCAP Foundation Jay Gorney Award was established by his wife, Sondra and son, Dr. Roderic Gorney, to commemorate Jay's career and legacy. Jay Gorney, a long-time ASCAP member and composer, along with lyricist E. Y. "Yip" Harburg, wrote, the 1930s classic, "Brother Can You Spare a Dime?," which became the anthem of the Great Depression. The ASCAP Foundation Jay Gorney Award, is awarded annually to an "emerging" ASCAP member or unaffiliated songwriter or a songwriting team.   

In the spirit of "emerging," only songwriters who have not been signed to a major publishing label or record deal are eligible. The song is judged by a professional panel based on its message of social conscience/social significance as well as overall craft, artistry, and compositional elements.

Nominations are recieved from ASCAP Creative Services Executives and various songwriting organizations.

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