October 19, 2012

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

Polly Hall and Andrew Barkan

Polly Hall and Andrew Barkan

ASCAP members Andrew Barkan and Polly Hall will share the honor of receiving the 2012 ASCAP Foundation Joe Raposo Childrens' 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.

Andrew Barkan and Polly Hall are a songwriting team who write and perform music for children under the name Andrew & Polly. Their imaginative and thoughtful songs encourage musical playfulness for young people. They are passionate advocates of early childhood music education and play weekly interactive shows in and around their home of Santa Monica, CA. In 2012, Andrew & Polly released a self-produced album called "Up and At 'Em!" featuring the song "When You're a Dog," selected as this year's winner of the Joe Raposo Children's Music Award.

Andrew Barkan, a San Francisco native, is a pianist and composer for film. He has written and produced original scores for over 30 independent films and assisted Heitor Pereira with orchestrations for Columbia Pictures' 2011 film, The Smurfs. Andrew's composition, "Marble Halls," was used as the classical theme for Sprint's 2008 Wireless Revolution advertising campaign. He was selected to participate in the 2008 ASCAP Foundation NYU Film Scoring Workshop in Memory of Buddy Baker and the 2010 ASCAP Foundation Columbia University Film Scoring Workshop. Andrew holds a B.A. in Music from Amherst College and an M.A. in Film Scoring from NYU.

Polly Hall, from Little Rock, Arkansas, is a multi-instrumentalist, music creator and entrepreneur. Polly co-founded Antfood Music + Sound Design in Brooklyn, where she served as COO and composed music for broadcast and interactive advertising campaigns from 2007 to 2010. Since moving to Los Angeles, she has continued to freelance as a composer, served as consultant to Tony Maserati and pursued her passion for songwriting. Polly was selected to participate in the 2011 ASCAP Foundation Lester Sill Songwriting Workshop. Her newest venture, an interactive children's edutainment app for mobile platforms, was inspired by working with children and her Suzuki violin up-bringing. Polly holds a B.A. in Multimedia Literature & Composition from Amherst College and an M.A. in Computer Music & Multimedia from Brown University.

The judges for the 2012 ASCAP Foundation Joe Raposo Children's Music Award were Cathy Fink, Paul Jacobs, Marcy Marxer and Bill Shontz.