September 24, 2002


Special presentation to the Atlanta-based winner of The Heineken Music Initiative/
The ASCAP Foundation R&B Grant Program

As part of the ASCAP Presents… Heineken R&B Ampt Music Series of regional showcases, four up-and-coming artists will be performing at The Cotton Club (152 Luckie Street, Atlanta, GA) in Atlanta on Monday, September 30, 2002. Doors open at 7:00 PM. The show starts at 8:00 PM. The artist line-up includes LaMajic, Transcendental Funk, Heston and LaTocha Scott (formerly of Xscape). The evening will also include a special presentation by Cody ChesnuTT and guest performances by Eric Anthony, Gabrielle and Rudy Currence.

The ASCAP Presents… Heineken R&B Ampt Music Series makes its debut tonight at S.O.B.’s in New York City. The showcase series is designed to bring deserving R&B songwriters and artists to the attention of both the music industry and the public, in line with ASCAP's longstanding commitment to developing new musical talent and Heineken USA’s efforts to support performing arts.

A highlight of the evening will be the special presentation by ChesnuTT to erika bryant, the Atlanta-based winner of The Heineken Music Initiative/The ASCAP Foundation R&B Grant program. This newly-created grant program, launched last March, is designed to assist emerging R&B songwriters further their careers, and will benefit up-and-coming songwriters in key music markets across the country (New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago and Miami). The winning songwriter from each of the markets will be awarded a $3,500 grant. The R&B Grant program complements the ASCAP Presents…. Heineken R&B Ampt Music Series by spotlighting deserving R&B songwriters for special recognition.

"We are delighted that Heineken USA has teamed with us to help focus attention on deserving R&B artists," said Jeanie Weems, ASCAP VP Creative & Film/TV Special Projects. "Through these showcases and The Heineken Music Initiative/The ASCAP Foundation R&B Grant program, ASCAP is able to continue its commitment to nurturing and developing new musical talent in the R&B genre. I am especially pleased to congratulate erika bryant, the Atlanta recipient of the $3,500 R&B grant."

Heineken USA, Inc., the nation's largest beer importer, is a subsidiary of Heineken N.V. (Netherlands), which is the world's second-largest brewer. Brands imported into the U.S. include: Heineken Lager, the world's most international beer brand; Heineken Special Dark, Amstel Light, the largest-selling imported light beer brand; Murphy's Irish Stout; Murphy's Irish Amber, the only authentically Irish amber imported to the U.S., and Buckler non-alcoholic brew.

ASCAP is a membership association of over 140,000 composers, songwriters and music publishers of all genres of music. ASCAP members are the dominant creative force in music. ASCAP songwriters secured ninety percent of the Top Ten R&B and Rap singles based on Billboard's 2001-year end charts. The world's largest performing rights organization, ASCAP protects the rights of its members by licensing and collecting royalties for the public performance of their copyrighted works. ASCAP is the only performing rights organization whose Board of Directors is made up solely of writers and publishers elected by the membership.