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The ASCAP Foundation President, Paul Williams, is pleased to announce that Mark Lanz Weiser has been named recipient of the 35th annual ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) Foundation Rudolf Nissim Prize.

The ASCAP Foundation honored Pulitzer, Grammy and Academy Award winning composer and music educator John Corigliano with the first-ever ASCAP Foundation Masters Award in recognition of his distinguished career.

An especially practical, yet thought-provoking Composers Workshop was held at ASCAP, just a few days in advance of a highly anticipated concert that will take place this Saturday, November 15th at 8PM at Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Music Center in New York City.

Tori Tullier has been named the recipient of The ASCAP Foundation Sammy Cahn Award, which commemorates the life and career of the lyricist behind the classic songs “High Hopes,” “Call Me Irresponsible,” “My Kind of Town” and more.

The award is presented to the NYU/ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop composer with the best score. Workshop participants Bastow, JP Redmond, Katy Jarzebowski, Michael Markowski and Breffni O’Byrne were also named “Composers to Watch.”

The winners of the 46th annual ASCAP Foundation Deems Taylor/ Virgil Thomson Awards for outstanding print, broadcast and new media coverage of music have been announced. The winners will be honored at a ceremony on November 12th in NYC.

ASCAP President & Chairman Paul Williams has announced Sting, Emmylou Harris, India.Arie and Berry Gordy as the initial group of presenter-performers at the November 17th ASCAP Centennial Awards Gala.

Singer/songwriter Ric Taylor was awarded the 2014 ASCAP Foundation Jay Gorney Award. His winning song, “Ruby Johnson,” was inspired by his friendship with a street person while on his yearly travels to Washington, D.C. to teach whitewater paddling.

ASCAP partnered again this spring with the Film Division at Columbia University for the eighth year of the ASCAP/Columbia University Film Scoring Workshop funded in part by The ASCAP Foundation Bart Howard Fund.

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.

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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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