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October 20, 2011

Two ASCAP Writers Selected as Recipients of The ASCAP Foundation Joe Raposo Children's Music Award

Chris Ballew

Chris Ballew

Garry Novikoff

Garry Novikoff

Two ASCAP members, Chris Ballew and Garry Novikoff, will share the honor of receiving the 2011 ASCAP Foundation Joe Raposo Children's Music Award.

The award, established in 2010 by Joe Raposo's family honors his legacy by supporting emerging talent in the area of children's music. Raposo was one of the creators of Sesame Street and its first and longtime musical director. He wrote music for such diverse talents as Kermit The Frog, Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Dr. Seuss, Barbra Streisand and Cookie Monster. "Sing," "It's Not Easy Bein' Green" and the "Sesame Street Theme" are among the songs to earn Joe five Grammys and multiple Gold and Platinum albums. Joe was nominated for an Oscar for the music to The Great Muppet Caper, received seven (7) Emmys and was posthumously honored with The Special Achievement Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Chris Ballew who grew up in Seattle, WA performs as a children's artist under the pseudonym Caspar Babypants. He is a twice nominated Grammy songwriter and lead singer for the rock band The Presidents of the United States of America. Chris began writing children's music in 2008 and released his debut album, "Here I Am" that year. His second album, "More Please," was released in 2009 followed by "This Is Fun" and most recently "Sing Along." His original song, "My Flea Has Dogs," was selected for this year's Joe Raposo Children's Music Award.

Garry Novikoff is a Bronx-born singer/songwriter whose talent spans many genres. His song "Dog on the Moon," produced in part by the National Space Society, found an early champion in Christine Lavin. "Dog" was played on radio stations across the country, featured on Canada's Discovery Channel, and performed in both MAC, ASCAP and Songwriters Hall of Fame showcases. Time Out New York called his 2009 CD "A NormalLife" a catchy - and more importantly funny - collection of pop songs. A teaching artist for Wingspan Arts, Making Books Sing and Casita Maria, Garry is currently developing a song-based curriculum for grade-school music education and is writing a children's musical, Rock Soup. Garry's original work, "The Melody Song," was selected for this year's Joe Raposo Children's Music Award.

The judges for the 2011 ASCAP Foundation Joe Raposo Children's Music Award were Cathy Fink, Marcy Marxer and Bill Shontz.