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
This prestigious program supports commissions awarded to emerging concert composers. The commissioned works, which honor distinguished ASCAP composers, are premiered by symphony orchestras or other independent music organizations selected by the Foundation. Prior honorees have been Duke Ellington; Aaron Copland; Leonard Bernstein; John Cage; Morton Gould; Jacob Druckman; Bela Bartok, John Corigliano and Benny Gordman.
THE ASCAP FOUNDATION COMPOSITION FELLOWSHIP AT THE ASPEN MUSIC FESTIVAL AND SCHOOL
Open to students who are applying to the Susan and Ford Schumann Center for Composition Studies. The ASCAP Foundation Composition Fellowship provides student composers with an unparalleled opportunity for an exchange of ideas with some of the world's foremost composers and performers of contemporary music. Eight to ten students will receive a variety of perspectives and teaching styles in an intensive full-session program. Master classes, lectures, and individual study will be given by prominent figures of contemporary music to include the AMFS composition faculty as well as visiting composers, including an established film composer.
How to apply: Complete the online application at www.aspenmusicfestival.com. Submit both scores and recordings of two recent works. Applicants must also include an electronic resume.
Deadline for entries: December 15 for the following summer's program
For more information, contact:
Office of Student Services
Aspen Music Festival and School
225 Music School Road
Aspen, CO 81611
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.
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 MARVIN HAMLISCH BROADWAY CONDUCTORS PROGRAM
The ASCAP Foundation Marvin Hamlisch Broadway Conductors Program is a unique initiative aimed at aspiring musical theater conductors, by giving them hands-on experience with current Broadway professionals. It is made possible by an unrestricted bequest to The ASCAP Foundation from the incomparable Marvin Hamlisch, a long-standing ASCAP member.
Hamlisch, a composer/arranger/conductor/pianist, died in 2012 at the age of 68. As a way to celebrate his memory, The ASCAP Foundation launched The Marvin Hamlisch Broadway Conductors Program. Following a competitive application process, ten young aspiring musical theater conductors, ranging in age from 17-30 are selected to participate in a 4-day intensive workshop which includes Master Classes with Broadway conductors, musicians, performers and a visit to an orchestra pit during a live performance. The workshop culminates with each participant conducting an orchestra ensemble.
Marvin's widow Terre Blair Hamlisch, commented: "I am so pleased and supportive of such a unique and needed program in Marvin's name, especially since it gives young talent such a special opportunity. I know Marvin would have been pleased as well. Some time ago, Marvin had expressed that he had come to know what his true purpose was: that he was put on this earth to compose. As for conducting, Marvin felt it was thrilling and powerful and that if world leaders did it, they might lose the urge to wage war."
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
Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra
Composers Now Festival
EducationThrough Music - LA
Exploring the Arts
Fresh Air Fund
From the Top
Grand Canyon Music Festival
Selma M. Levine School of Music
Little Kids Rock
Little Orchestra Society
Los Angeles County High School for the Arts
New Music USA
New York Musical Theatre Festival
New York Youth Symphony
Roseville Home Start
The Conservancy of the Pantheon – Musicians Corner
Young Peoples' Chorus of New York