Talent Development

The ASCAP Foundation's talent development programs provide aid and encouragement to music creators who are in various stages of their careers.



THE ASCAP FOUNDATION SONGWRITER WORKSHOP SERIES - Pop, R&B, Jazz, Musical Theater, Film & TV, Gospel, Country... etc.

The ASCAP Foundation sponsors songwriter workshops in Musical Theater, Pop, Rhythm & Blues, Film & TV, Jazz, Gospel and Country, which are held in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, and Nashville. The workshops bring participants face to face with leaders of the music community who, in an informal setting, can critique the writers' work, offer them individual attention, and give them practical advice on the business of songwriting.

For information regarding workshop schedules, please contact the Membership Department at ASCAP:
New York: 212-621-6000 Los Angeles: 213-883-1000 Nashville: 615-742-5000

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THE ASCAP FOUNDATION COMMISSIONING PROGRAM

Through a generous bequest from the Estate of Charles Kingsford, an ASCAP composer of many Art songs, The ASCAP Foundation Charles Kingsford Fund was established in 2000 to provide opportunities for ASCAP composers to write Art Songs. Over the year’s ASCAP composers who have received a Kingsford Commission include: Eve Beglarian, Steven Burke, Edward Harsh, Michael Hersch, Howard Meltzer, Ben Moore, Tamar Muskal, Frank J. Oteri, Robert Patterson, Paola Prestini, Grigory Smirnov, and Aleksandra Vrebalov. This program is by invitation only.



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Mark Snow

THE ASCAP FOUNDATION MARK SNOW LECTURE SERIES

Thanks to the generosity of prolific and successful Film & TV composer and ASCAP member Mark Snow, The ASCAP Foundation Mark Snow Lecture Series has been established in partnership with Brooklyn College located in Brooklyn, N.Y.

The lecture series, which launched in spring 2018, provides a unique opportunity for aspiring film and tv composers, songwriters, composition and film students as well as SCL members to learn from Snow who will share his knowledge and experience.

Brooklyn native Snow has been making music since the 1950s. Following a start in the music industry as a popular recording artist with his band the New York Rock and Roll Ensemble, Mark made the switch to composer for television and film in the 1970s.

This prolific composer, best known for his scores for such television series as The X-Files, Smallville, One Tree Hill, Kojak, Millennium, Pasadena, Starsky and Hutch, Hart to Hart and Blue Bloods is the only ASCAP composer to receive the “Most Performed Background Music” award every year consecutively since the inception of the award in 1985-6, through the present. Mark’s iconic theme for the X-Files has been recorded by almost every musical genre, from pop, to country, hip-hop, heavy metal, punk and jazz to name a few.

Mark has been nominated 22 times for Emmy’s for his work on television series and television films including Helter Skelter, Children of the Dust, Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All and Something about Amelia. Recent film projects include the scores for the two X-Files movies, and the last four movies by the iconic French director, Alain Resnais: Private Fears in Public Places, Wild Grass, You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet and Life of Riley.

Mark will share his career highlights, career advice, experiences and insights as well as stories about people he has helped along the way and vice versa. A slide show featuring some of Mark’s film and TV music will serve as an outline for the discussion and lead to conversations about Mark’s creative process.




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Jerry Herman

JERRY HERMAN:  THE BROADWAY LEGACY CONCERT

Jerry Herman: The Broadway Legacy Concert is a nationwide series of concerts and educational programs made possible by revered ASCAP member Jerry Herman. Herman is best-known as the composer/lyricist of the iconic musicals Hello Dolly!, Mame and La Cage aux Folles.  In addition to the concerts, The ASCAP Foundation Jerry Herman Broadway Legacy Prize will be awarded to students participating in a musical theater performing master class held in each touring city and hosted by the Jerry Herman Broadway performers.  Master class students will be invited to audition with a Jerry Herman song and two local students will then be selected by a panel of performers and mentors to perform in the concerts for each city. 

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ASCAP songwriter Chaz Langley performs with his band at the Kennedy Center.

SONGWRITERS: THE NEXT GENERATION. A PROGRAM OF EMERGING SONGWRITERS AND COMPOSERS DISCUSSING AND PERFORMING THEIR OWN SONGS. PRESENTED BY THE ASCAP FOUNDATION. MADE POSSIBLE BY THE BART HOWARD ESTATE.

"Songwriters: The Next Generation," a program of The ASCAP Foundation and The John F. Kennedy Center of the Performing Arts, showcases the work of emerging songwriters and composers in a free concert on the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage. Each evening's hour-long program is designed to spotlight the talent of young songwriters and composers.

"Songwriters: The Next Generation," was conceived by the late jazz pianist, educator, composer and ASCAP Foundation Board member Dr. Billy Taylor. Dr. Taylor stressed the importance of showcasing the talent of contemporary composers who are also performers. To that end, following the performances, the songwriters engage in a conversation focusing on the craft of songwriting and their personal creative process.

All performances are webcast live, and archived for future viewing at http://www.kennedy-center.org/programs/millennium/.




THE ASCAP FOUNDATION MUSICAL THEATRE SONGWRITING PROGRAM IN PARTNERSHIP WITH ROSIE’S THEATER KIDS AND THE PROFESSIONAL PERFORMING ARTS HIGH SCHOOL

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Students participating in The ASCAP Foundation Musical Theatre Workshop at the Professional Performing Arts High School in New York City

"I never thought I would be capable of writing a song let alone writing a melody. It was challenging because I never knew I could find my voice through songwriting. I’ve always written in private but have never shared my writing publicly which was a new experience for me.” I never thought I would be capable of writing a song let alone writing a melody. It was challenging because I never knew I could find my voice through songwriting. I’ve always written in private but have never shared my writing publicly which was a new experience for me.” 

These are the words of 16-year-old Ava, a participant in The ASCAP Foundation Musical Theatre Songwriting Program with her peers from the Professional Performing Arts High School in New York City. This 15-week intensive musical theatre songwriting workshop, taught by ASCAP writers Michael Finke and Alexander Sage Oyen, teaches students who did not realize they could create their own original songs, how to do just that! At the end of the semester, the students’ songs are performed in a showcase format by professional Broadway stars.

This program is in partnership with Rosie’s Theater Kids and the Professional Performing Arts High School in New York. This workshop was conceived by composer-lyricists Michael Kooman and Christopher Dimond, the writers of the wildly popular animated show Vampirina, as well as several successful stage musicals. They wanted to give high school drama students the opportunity to compose for the stage.

Ava expressed it best when she said: “All in all, this experience was a once in a lifetime opportunity. As artists we never truly realize how much goes into a song. We are always just handed material and are expected to memorize it. This process showed me just how much dedication it takes to produce that material; something that has meaning and a message behind it- Thank you ASCAP Foundation for giving me this wonderful opportunity.”




The ASCAP Foundation nurtures the talents of aspiring musicians by supporting programs, workshops and showcases in all musical genres that are both national and regional in scope. Organizations that provide the creative incentive and opportunities for young musicians to enhance their careers have also received ongoing support from The ASCAP Foundation. They include:

American Composers Orchestra
Bang on a Can
Boston University Tanglewood Institute
Composers Now Festival
Copland House
From the Top
Goodspeed Musicals
Levine Music
Los Angeles County High School for the Arts
National Alliance for Musical Theater
New Music USA
New York Musical Theatre Festival
New York Youth Symphony
So Percussion
The Conservancy of the Pantheon – Musicians Corner
Young Peoples' Chorus of New York