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The ASCAP Foundation Jerry Ragovoy Songwriters Workshop

The Jerry Ragovoy Songwriters Workshop focuses on the discovery, development and education of a select, advanced group of songwriters. The workshop features prominent guest speakers, giving advice on topics including A&R, music publishing, artist management, legal issues, etc.

There is no fee to participate in the workshop; however, chosen participants will be responsible for their own transportation, housing and all other living expenses and must be able to attend all three sessions.

2014 Workshop Dates
October 6, 4 to 8pm
October 7, 4 to 8pm
October 14, 4 to 8pm

Location
All three sessions take place at ASCAP's New York offices.

How to Apply
Submit two original digital song files with lyrics, along with a brief resume or bio and a written explanation as to why you would like to participate in the workshop. Applications may be sent to RagovoySongwritersWorkshop@gmail.com.

The deadline for applications is September 26th, 2014.

Jerry Ragovoy's widow, Beverly Ragovoy has generously established the ASCAP Foundation Jerry Ragovoy Award, which will be presented to one outstanding Workshop participant. The ASCAP Foundation Robert Allen Award is also presented to one outstanding workshop participant. This award is given thanks to the generosity of Patty Allen, wife of the late ASCAP songwriter member, Bob Allen.

About Jerry Ragovoy
Jerry Ragovoy (1930 -2011) was the songwriter or co-writer of such classics as "Piece of My Heart," "Time Is on My Side," "Cry Baby," "Get It While You Can," "Stay with Me Baby" and "Pata Pata." Over the years, Ragovoy songs have been hits for Garnett Mimms, Howard Tate, Lorraine Ellison, Miriam Makeba, the Rolling Stones and, most notably, Janis Joplin. Dozens of other artists have recorded his songs including Elvis Presley, Dusty Springfield, Ben E. King, Manfred Mann, Ry Cooder, the Who and the Pointer Sisters. Ragovoy was also a noted producer who worked with such artists as Bonnie Raitt, Dionne Warwick, Barry White and Paul Butterfield.


The ASCAP Foundation Lester Sill Songwriters Workshop

Geared toward advanced songwriters, the Workshop is designed to enrich participants' knowledge of the industry, help them establish contacts and confidence and expand their collaborative partnerships. The Workshop will take place at ASCAP’s Los Angeles office beginning in November. Exact dates will be announced closer to the submission deadline.

Read the Top 10 reasons to apply for the ASCAP Foundation Lester Sill Workshop: bit.ly/LSW10Reasons

How to Apply: Submit the following materials to lestersillworkshop@gmail.com, with the subject "Lester Sill Workshop 2014:"

  1. Digital versions of two original songs. CDs and other physical media will not be accepted. Please send your songs in ONE of the following formats:
    • A link to a streaming media page (Bandcamp, SoundCloud, etc.)
    • MP3s attached to the e-mail (limit file sizes to 10 megabytes)
  2. Lyrics for the two songs (MS Word or PDF format)
  3. A resume or bio (MS Word or PDF format)
  4. A brief explanation as to why you would like to participate in the Workshop (MS Word or PDF format)
  5. E-mail, telephone number and city of residence

Submission Deadline: October 10, 2014

Accepted applicants will be notified by October 17. All other applicants will be notified of their status shortly thereafter. Please do not contact the ASCAP offices inquiring about your acceptance status. Only a limited number of applicants can be selected as participants.

About the Lester Sill Songwriters Workshop:

Re-named in 1995 to honor ASCAP's late Board member and industry pioneer Lester Sill, the Workshop features prominent guests from various facets of the music business, offering invaluable music career advice and face-to-face feedback in an intimate setting. Past speakers have included Sir George Martin, Dan Wilson, Greg Kurstin, Rick Nowels, Greg Wells, Jackson Browne, Linda Perry, Billy Steinberg, Jon Platt, Donald Passman, Kara DioGuardi, Glen Ballard, Ben Harper, Steve Lindsey, Bonnie Hayes, Darrell Brown, Lynn Grossman, Jonatha Brooke and numerous others.


The ASCAP Foundation Nashville Pop Songwriters Workshop

The ASCAP Foundation Nashville Pop Songwriters Workshop occurs every summer and fall for three consecutive evening sessions. The workshop is part of an ongoing series designed to focus on the development and education of promising new Nashville-area pop/rock songwriters. The class will be led by prominent entertainment attorney Kent Marcus with guest speakers to include notable industry professionals as well as songwriter/artists, and will provide advice on topics including A&R, music publishing and legal issues.

Writers interested in applying to participate should submit the following to this email address: ascappopworkshop@gmail.com

  • MP3's of two original songs with lyric sheets
  • A brief biography including address, phone number and e-mail

The workshop will be held at the ASCAP offices in Nashville, TN and applicants must be able to attend all three sessions in order to participate: November 12th through the 14th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Deadline for submissions: The fall workshop submission deadline is October 31st, 2013.


The ASCAP Foundation Christian Music Songwriters Workshop

The ASCAP Foundation Christian Music Songwriters Workshop is set for this fall, with industry veteran Cindy Wilt Colville once again facilitating the three session workshop in Nashville, TN. This workshop is part of an ongoing series designed to focus on the development and education of promising new songwriters. Sessions will include intensives on the craft of songwriting by professional songwriters, developing an eye for objectively looking at your songs, expanding your sources of inspiration, nurturing a creative community, marketing your songs and an overview of music publishing.

How to apply: Applicants who are available to attend all 3 sessions will be accepted, but space is limited and applicants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until the workshop is at capacity.

Writers interested in applying to participate should submit the following to this email address: ascapchristianworkshop@gmail.com

  • MP3's of two (2) original songs with lyric sheets
  • A brief biography including address, phone number and e-mail

If selected, participants must be able to attend ALL classes in the Nashville ASCAP office: September 23rd and 30th, and October 7th from 6:30 - 9:30pm.

Deadline for submissions: September 15th, 2013

Here's what writers that attended past workshops had to say about their experience:

"The ASCAP Workshop was a great opportunity for me to grow as a songwriter. They made the most of our time together. I'm still blown away by the quality program and their willingness to invest in my ministry. Thank You ASCAP!"

"This was by far the most positive experience I have had in the history of my career as a singer/songwriter. The workshop offered information, practical application, and substance straight from the heart of passionate, successful songwriters and Christian music business professionals."

"What a life-changing experience. From beginning to end, it was jam-packed with information, insights and inspiration. I walked into that boardroom as an eager student, and I walked out as a better songwriter. After completing the workshop, I feel I can serve God better with the gifts He has given me."

About Cindy Wilt Colville: Cindy Wilt Colville is a 28-year veteran of the Christian music industry, whose passion is developing creative and skilled songwriters. As a creative music publisher and songwriting consultant she provides a variety of services, including song catalog assessment and career consultation, songwriter development, workshop and retreat leadership, and advocacy and support for all types of songwriter communities. Her client roster includes songwriters, worship leaders, independent artists and churches around the country. Visit her website at www.cindywiltcolville.com.


The ASCAP Foundation Country Music Songwriters Workshop

The ASCAP Foundation Country Songwriters Workshop is part of an ongoing series designed to focus on the development and education of promising new Country music songwriters.

Conducted by longtime ASCAP member and veteran songwriter Darrell Brown ("You'll Think Of Me," "Raining On Sunday" - Keith Urban, "Why Don't We Just Dance" - Josh Turner), the sessions will provide advice on the art and craft of successful songwriting techniques, as well as information on important business-related topics including A&R and music publishing. Brown will evaluate songs and help guide aspiring writers get songs ready to pitch to publishers and/or A&R reps in the final session.

How to apply: Writers interested in applying to The ASCAP Foundation Country Songwriters Workshop must be current ASCAP members and should submit the following to this email address: ascapcountryworkshopfall2014@gmail.com.

  • Two original songs in MP3 format only with lyric sheets
  • A brief biography including address, phone number and email

If selected, participants must be able to attend all sessions in the Nashville ASCAP office, held on October 6th, 7th and 8th from 5:00 - 7:30 p.m. CT, with an additional optional session on October 9th from 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. CT.

Deadline to apply: September 19th at 12:00 p.m. CT and selected writers will be notified by 5:00 p.m. on September 19th, 2014.


ASCAP's Music Business 101 for Songwriters

This is a series of informational and educational sessions with different music business guest speakers, covering topics such as performing rights, publishing, A&R, breaking into the business, and a variety of other related topics. Geared towards new and up-and-coming writers, these sessions provide ample time for audience questions.

All Music Business 101 events are free and open to the public

Dates: Held at various times throughout the year in New York, Los Angeles, Nashville and Miami.

For further information, dates and times, please check the ASCAP events calendar: www.ascap.com/calendar/.


ASCAP Television & Film Scoring Workshop with Richard Bellis

ASCAP offers a one-of-a-kind experience for aspiring film and television composers. 12 selected participants will have an opportunity to record their original composition with an "A list" of Hollywood professionals, including a 60-piece orchestra of LA's finest on a major studio film scoring stage, a legendary scoring mixer, professional music editors, copyists and composers acting as coaches and mentors. In addition, there are "From the Horse's Mouth" sessions with studio executives, agents, attorneys and music supervisors. 

Take a look at coverage of our 2013 workshop for a sense of what to expect.  

This workshop is intended for composers who are seriously pursuing music for film, TV, video games and other visual media as a career. It is not for hobbyists, nor is it for professionals who already have an active composing career.

Location: Los Angeles

Dates: Four weeks, beginning in July 2014.

Submission Deadline: The 2014 workshop is no longer taking submissions. Check back next year.

For more information, please contact our Los Angeles Film & TV Music Dept. at (323) 883-1000.

Partial funding provided by the ASCAP Foundation.


Composer to Composer Series

The Composer to Composer series consists of evenings co-sponsored by ASCAP and the Society of Composers and Lyricists (SCL). Each evening is devoted to a well-known film composer, who is invited to share his or her experience and perspectives with an audience of composers, music industry executives and film music enthusiasts. Composer to Composer evenings are held at various venues in Los Angeles. An admission fee is charged at the door. SCL members admitted for free.

Dates: Please refer to the Events Calendar on ASCAP's website, www.ascap.com/calendar.


ASCAP East Coast Film and TV Events

ASCAP will present a series of informational and educational events for composers and songwriters who wish to enter the field of film and TV.

Events include panels of industry professionals sharing their experiences, insights and advice, composer/filmmaker screenings and discussions, and artist showcases to the film industry.

Dates: Please refer to the Events Calendar on ASCAP's website, www.ascap.com/calendar.


ASCAP Musical Theatre Events

ASCAP will present a series of informational and educational events for composers and songwriters who wish to pursue Musical Theatre.

Events include, but are not limited to, musical theatre workshops, showcases and panels of industry professionals sharing their experiences, insights and advice.

Dates: Please refer to the Events Calendar on ASCAP's website, www.ascap.com/calendar..


2014 ASCAP Musical Theatre Workshop in New York


Directed by Stephen Schwartz

Dates:

To be announced

Time:

To be announced

Location:

To be announced

Please submit the following (submissions will not be returned):

  • CD of four (4) songs from your musical
  • Lyric sheets for each of the 4 songs
  • A brief description of each song as to its plot placement
  • A brief synopsis of the musical
  • Biographical information for each composer, lyricist & book writer
  • Contact information (Email address, phone number, and mailing address)

Send your package to:
Michael A. Kerker
ASCAP Musical Theatre Workshop
ASCAP
7920 W. Sunset Boulevard, Suite 300
Los Angeles, CA 90046

Note: While this workshop is in New York, submissions must go to the Los Angeles office.

Deadline: To be announced

Please note:

  1. Submit 4 songs only. If you send us a full recording, we will only listen to the first 4 songs.
  2. Submissions do not need to be produced in a studio. We are looking for talent and potential, not production values.
  3. If your musical is selected, you will need to present 50 consecutive minutes from the musical at the workshop. The 50-minute selection must include book and songs.
  4. Those who have been accepted to present material in the workshop will receive a phone call.
  5. Those who will be invited to audit the workshop will receive an email invitation.
  6. Please do not call to ask if you have been selected.

Questions: Call 323-883-1000


The 2014 ASCAP Foundation/DreamWorks Musical Theatre Workshop in Los Angeles

Directed by Stephen Schwartz

Dates:

February 11, 12 and 13

Time:

All sessions begin at 7PM Sharp

Location:

DreamWorks Animation Studios

Please Submit the Following (Submissions will not be returned):

  • CD of four (4) songs from your musical
  • Lyric sheets for each of the 4 songs
  • A brief description of each song as to its plot placement
  • A brief synopsis of the musical
  • Biographical information for each composer, lyricist & book writer
  • Contact information (Email address, phone number, and mailing address)

Send Your Package to:
Michael A. Kerker
ASCAP/DreamWorks Musical Theatre Workshop
ASCAP
1 Lincoln Plaza
New York, NY 10023

Note: The workshop is being held in Los Angeles, but submissions are sent to the New York address.

Deadline: Submissions must be received in the ASCAP office by Tuesday, November 26, 2013.

Please Note:

  1. Submit 4 songs only. If you send us a full recording, we will only listen to the first 4 songs.
  2. Submissions do not need to be produced in a studio. We are looking for talent and potential, not production values.
  3. If your musical is selected, you will need to present 50 consecutive minutes from the musical at the workshop. The 50-minute selection must include book and songs.
  4. Those who have been accepted to present material in the workshop will receive a phone call by Friday, January 3rd, 2014.
  5. Those who will be invited to audit the workshop will receive an email invitation.
  6. Please do not call to ask if you have been selected.

Questions: Call 212-621-6264.


The NYU/ASCAP Foundation Film Scoring Workshop
In Memory of Buddy Baker

Following in the vision and legacy of Buddy Baker, the NYU/ASCAP Foundation Film Scoring Workshop will continue to present the rich traditions of classical Hollywood film scoring. Dedicated sessions will address the creative process, orchestrating, conducting, and MIDI mockups. Participants will choose a clip from a selection of rough cuts, representing a variety of genres.

The workshop will culminate in a full day of recording sessions, featuring New York City's top-tier studio musicians. Previous workshops included players from the NY Philharmonic and The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and have been recorded by such top flight engineers as Paul Geluso and Lawrence Manchester.

Participants leave with a professional digital demo of their work. The workshop continues to be taught by some of today's most creative composers and orchestrators, spearheaded in 2013 by Sean Callery (24, Medium). Veteran core faculty member Mark Snow (X-Files/Bluebloods) and NYU Film Scoring faculty member Ira Newborn (Naked Gun series) will be featured. Other participating NYU faculty have included Sonny Kompanek, Mike Patterson, David Spear, Mark Suozzo, Tim Starnes and Ron Sadoff.

The ASCAP Foundation and the Society of Composers and Lyricists, with SCL President and veteran composer Dan Foliart (7th Heaven /The Secret Life of the American Teenager), will headline additional presentations on the art and business of film music. For the benefit of auditors and participants, all faculty and participant interactions, lectures, and comments will be amplified and projected onto large screens. Auditors will attend all proceedings, including the live recording sessions and critiques. All sessions of the workshop will take place in the Frederick Loewe Theatre at New York University's Steinhardt School.

For further information, contact Ron Sadoff at 212-998-5779 or ron.sadoff@nyu.edu.

Dates: 2014 dates TBD

Deadline for applications: The 2013 submission deadline has passed. Please check back for 2014 submission information.

For detailed information and a downloadable application, please visit steinhardt.nyu.edu/music/scoring/ascap


ASCAP/Columbia University Film Scoring Workshop in NYC

Sponsored by the Film Musicians Secondary Markets Fund, AFM Local 802 and RMA with support from ASCAP Foundation

ASCAP and Columbia University Film School have launched a film scoring workshop!

Taught by Alex Steyermark (Columbia faculty; director, One Last Thing, Prey For Rock & Roll; music supervisor for directors Ang Lee, Spike Lee, etc.), this workshop takes place during the spring semester at Columbia University, New York City, culminating at the annual Columbia Film School Film Festival.

Columbia University Film School opens the workshop to 65 graduate film school students who have the opportunity to submit their films. Four films, approximately 10-20 minutes in length, will be selected. ASCAP will curate a list of 20-30 appropriate film composers who will submit to be hired by the six filmmakers.

Steyermark will walk the filmmaker through the process of looking at the film with music in mind, determining how they envision the music in their film, and making an appropriate selection of film composer. He will then guide the filmmaker-composer pair through the process of spotting the film, mocking-up the score, and the director-composer collaboration. He will prepare the directors and composers for a studio recording & mixing session with 11 players.

Each of these four films will be submitted to the annual Columbia University Film School Film Festival, for screenings in NYC and LA.

This event is Carbon Neutral. By purchasing carbon offsets through Native Energy - to offset the carbon emissions this event will create from venue energy use and transportation - we are helping to build truly new renewable energy projects that will displace energy that otherwise has to come from burning fossil fuels.

Dates: Held annually at Columbia University, spring semester. Workshop meets once per week from approximately late January until mid-April. Seriously interested parties should contact Sue Devine at sdevine@ascap.com for more information.


The ASCAP Foundation Concert Music Workshops
Program Administered by ASCAP's Concert Music Department

The ASCAP Foundation Concert Music Workshops target areas of interest to the membership and are presented in New York and, from time to time, other locations where ASCAP Concert members reside.

Dates: Please refer to the Events Calendar on ASCAP's website, www.ascap.com/calendar.