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ASCAP composer member Mary Rodgers, a longtime Board member of The ASCAP Foundation and a member of the ASCAP Board from 1995 to 1999, died at her Manhattan home on June 26 at the age of 83, following a long illness.

The invitation-only event, hosted by ASCAP President and Chairman Paul Williams, will be held on Monday, June 9th, 2014 at the New York Institute of Technology Auditorium.

The ASCAP Foundation and The Library of Congress jointly hosted their sixth annual "We Write the Songs" event at the historic Coolidge Library in DC, featuring an incredible group of ASCAP songwriters performing before legislative dignitaries.

The compilation album, which was the product of this past fall's ASCAP Songwriter Residency program, includes seven original songs written and recorded by ASCAP songwriters and America SCORES public school students from five cities across the country. Click through to stream it in full.

Established in 1979 with funding from the Jack and Amy Norworth Fund, the program grants cash prizes to concert music composers up to 30 years of age whose works are selected through a juried national competition.

Snow headlined ASCAP Day @ Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA on April 2nd. Known for scoring TV shows like The X-Files, Blue Bloods, Ghost Whisperer and Smallville, he talked to students about his career and the state of the music business.

"Songwriters: The Next Generation," a program of The ASCAP Foundation and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, showcased the work of four young ASCAP songwriters and composers in free concerts on the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage on Wednesday, March 12th and Thursday, March 13th at 6pm.

The ASCAP Foundation is pleased to announce the establishment of the Johnny Mandel Prize, made possible by legendary film/TV composer, arranger and jazz musician Johnny Mandel, and his wife Martha, to further the career of an aspiring jazz composer who is also a recipient of the Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award.

Matt Gould and Griffin Matthews’ new musical, Witness Uganda, will have its world premiere at The American Repertory Theatre at Harvard University on February 12th. It is directed by Tony Award-winning A.R.T. Artistic Director Diane Paulus.

Established by The ASCAP Foundation in 2002, the program carries the name of the great trumpeter and ASCAP member Herb Alpert in recognition of The Herb Alpert Foundation’s multi-year financial commitment to support this unique program.

Selected from nearly 270 entries, the Nissim Prize honors the memory of Dr. Rudolf Nissim and his dedication to ASCAP’s Concert Composers by hosting this annual competition.

The singer-songwriter was honored at the 18th annual ASCAP Foundation Awards in recognition of his leadership in efforts to increase awareness of disadvantaged children in American cities. The Foundation also honored Tony Award-winning lyricist Martin Charnin with the inaugural George M. Cohan Award.

The George M. Cohan Award made possible by the Friars Foundation is presented to a multi-talented individual connected to the music industry who’s had a multi-faceted career and has achieved success in a variety of roles.  

Lyricist Jack Yellen, together with composer Milton Ager, penned this song in 1929. Its hopeful message lives on today at The ASCAP Foundation thanks to The Lucille and Jack Yellen Foundation, who just established the Lucille and Jack Yellen Award.

The Workshop celebrated its seventh successful year in 2013, connecting promising composers with Columbia film students in an intensive course. Their collaborations have resulted in multiple film fest acceptances, and composer participant Francis Rodriguez earned the Henry Mancini Music Fellowship.

Australian composer Joe Twist was chosen to receive the honor, presented to the NYU/ASCAP Foundation Film Scoring Workshop in Memory of Buddy Baker participant with the best score. Twist was one of 20 international composers selected for the 2013 class of the respected film and TV music program.

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The Grand Canyon Music Festival

The Grand Canyon Music Festival
Native American Composer Apprentice Project
Grand Canyon, AZ

Since 2008, The ASCAP Foundation has provided a grant to The Grand Canyon Music Festival to support its Native American Composer Apprentice program. The program provides a creative opportunity for 25 talented students annually within the Native American communities of Arizona to work with ASCAP composers to create original works, which are then fine tuned with the help of ASCAP member & Composer-in-Residence, Ravon Chacon and performed by renowned NYC quartet Ethel. The program was honored with the 2012 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from the President’s Committee on the Arts & Humanities. For more information go to:


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The YoungArts Foundation

The National YoungArts Foundation

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