The ASCAP Foundation Harry Chapin Songwriters Workshop focuses on the discovery, development and education of a select, advanced group of songwriters and producers. Those who are chosen for the program will have the opportunity to refine and enhance their work with the contribution and guidance of established major label A&Rs, publishers and top-tier producers/songwriters who will act as mentors throughout the workshop. In addition to forming relationships and collaborating with your peers during the songwriting and workshop process, the industry professionals within the program may choose songs written during the workshop to pitch to their clients for potential placement in film/TV projects or release by major label artists.
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 if traveling from outside of the NYC area, and must be able to attend all three sessions, which will be held at the ASCAP NY office.
When: 11/5, 11/8 and 11/15 from 4-8pm
How to Apply: Submit two original songs (mp3s or download links are preferred) to firstname.lastname@example.org along with a paragraph on why you'd like to participate, and what you'd like to gain from the experience.
To be considered, you must apply before the deadline of Wednesday, October 24 at 6pm ET.
About Harry Chapin
Harry Chapin, who made an indelible mark on the world with his musical storytelling, was also a dedicated humanitarian who fought to end world hunger. Known for his hit songs including "Taxi," "W*O*L*D," and the No. 1 hit "Cat's in the Cradle," (co-written with his wife Sandy), Harry Chapin performed more than 250 concerts every year, and donated the proceeds for half of them to charity. He successfully lobbied Congress and President Carter to form a Presidential Commission on Domestic and International Hunger and Malnutrition, actively serving as a member of the commission. The workshop is funded through the generosity of Sandy Chapin to honor the memory of her late husband.
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 2018 workshop will take place at ASCAP’s Los Angeles office for six days: October 30 and November 2, 7, 8, 14 &16. All participants must be available all six days.
The Workshop is funded by The ASCAP Foundation Harold Adamson Fund. The ASCAP Foundation Harold Adamson Lyric Award will also be awarded to two outstanding participants in this year's workshop.
Read the Top 10 reasons to apply for the Workshop: bit.ly/10Reasons-HAW
How to Apply: Submit the following to email@example.com with the subject "Harold Adamson Workshop 2018":
- Streaming links (SoundCloud, Dropbox, etc.) for two original songs. Please do not attach MP3s to your email.
- Lyrics to your two songs
- A brief resume or bio
- A written explanation as to why you would like to participate in the workshop
About Harold Adamson
Harold Adamson was the great lyricist behind the classic songs "Time on My Hands" and "An Affair to Remember" as well as contributing music to many Broadway shows and movies including Smiles, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and Around the World in 80 Days. Mr. Adamson received five Academy Award nominations and was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1972. Funding for this Workshop is made possible by The ASCAP Foundation Harold Adamson Fund.
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 industry professional Kevin Williamson, 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.
The workshop will be held at the ASCAP offices in Nashville, TN.
Deadline for submissions: The workshop is not currently open for submissions. Check back later for more info.
The ASCAP Foundation Christian Music Songwriters Workshop is led by industry veteran Stacy Willbur over two sessions at the ASCAP offices in Nashville, Tenn. The workshop is part of an ongoing series designed to focus on the development and education of promising new songwriters. Sessions include intensives on the craft of songwriting, developing objectivity about your songs, expanding your sources of inspiration, nurturing a creative community, marketing your songs and an overview of music publishing.
How to apply: Writers interested in applying to The ASCAP Foundation Christian Music Songwriters Workshop must be current ASCAP members and should submit the following to this email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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 both sessions in the Nashville ASCAP office, held October 2-3, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Deadline to apply: September 17, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. CT. Selected writers will be notified by 5:00 p.m. CT on September 24, 2018.
About Stacey Willbur: Music publishing veteran Stacey Willbur has worked for some of the top publishing houses in Nashville. She started her career with EMI Christian Music Publishing where she was a part of growing the publishing team and the beginning of the WorshipTogether brand. The EMI family led her to the Country division in 2002 where she worked with songwriters Jerry Salley, Nicole Witt, John Paul White, Kelly Lovelace, Chris Stapleton and Jamie O’Neal. The last seven years she served as Senior Creative Director at Brentwood Benson/Capitol CMG working with top Christian writers and artists like Ben Glover, David Garcia, Chris Stevens, Kari Jobe, Mandisa, Chris Tomlin and Jamie Grace. At present, Stacey has taken her knowledge to create services for other companies. She is currently working for Full Circle Music as VP Publishing/A&R and managing a country artist from Australia.
The ASCAP Foundation Garth Brooks 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 hit songwriter Mark Irwin ("Here in the Real World" - Alan Jackson, “Highway Don't Care” - Tim McGraw, "Neon Light" - Blake Shelton), 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.
Deadline to apply: Submissions are closed for the 2018 Workshop. Stay tuned for more info about our next 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.
Deadline to apply: Submissions have not yet opened for the 2018 workshop. Please check back!
The Collective workshop focuses on the discovery, development and education of a select, advanced group of songwriters and producers. The workshop features prominent music industry professionals as mentors, leading a creative discussion about the art of songwriting. This year's workshop will also award selected participants with the Harold Adamson Lyric Award.
There is no fee to participate in the workshop; however, chosen participants will be responsible for their own transportation and must be able to attend all workshop and studio sessions in New York City. You must also be a current writer member of ASCAP to apply.
2018 Workshop Dates
Tuesday, September 18 - 6:30-8:00pm
Wednesday, September 19 - 6:30-8:00pm
Tuesday, October 2 - 6:30-8:00pm
How to Apply: Songwriters interested in applying are required to e-mail the following materials to ASCAPcollective@gmail.com:
1. Digital versions of two recent, original songs that represent your songwriting ability*. 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. Lyric sheets for the two songs (MS Word or PDF format) if you are submitting as a lyricist/topliner
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. Your email, telephone number and city of residence
6. OPTIONAL: A link to a website where we can hear more of your music
The deadline for applications is Friday, September 7. No exceptions.
Accepted applicants will be notified by September 10. 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.
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 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 64-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-one-of-a-kind sessions with studio executives, agents, attorneys and music supervisors.
Take a look at coverage of our 2018 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 active composing careers.
Location: Los Angeles
Dates: Four weeks, beginning in July 2019. Exact dates TBA.
Submission deadline: April 1, 2019.
ONLINE SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS
Each applicant must submit the following items via a Dropbox shared folder. If you do not have a Dropbox account, please create one at www.dropbox.com.
Required materials include:
- Background Information Document (format: Word Doc or PDF) - information must include the following:
- First Name / Last Name
- Address / State / Country
- Email contact
- Personal Website URL (If applicable)
- List of film scoring programs/workshops you have previously attended (please include dates of attendance)
- Sequencing software utilized (e.g. Logic / ProTools Digital Performer / Cubase)
- Primary instrument
- Performing Rights Organization you are currently affiliated with (Note: MEMBERS OF ALL SOCIETIES ARE WELCOME TO APPLY!)
- Brief Personal Biography (format: Word Doc or PDF)
- The Music Submission (format: MP3)
- The music you submit should demonstrate your ability to write for orchestra with a dramatic sensitivity to picture. The purpose of these requirements is not to limit your creativity but to provide you with a real-world scenario similar to that in which you might find yourself when pitching for a particular project.
- Submissions must be in MP3 format and may include up to five tracks:
- Three mandatory GENRE tracks, for instance: romantic comedy, action/adventure, suspense/thriller, epic, main title sequence, etc.
- Genre tracks must be no longer than 90 seconds each.
- Please use a descriptive title on your files to indicate the genre you are trying to target.
- We would like to hear variety in your submissions, so please include a mix of genres.
- Two optional WILDCARD tracks of your choosing
- "Wildcard" tracks can be up to three minutes in length.
- These submissions allow room for you to submit music that may not fit into the other genre categories or that otherwise round out your submission.
- Three mandatory GENRE tracks, for instance: romantic comedy, action/adventure, suspense/thriller, epic, main title sequence, etc.
Participants may not use "ghost" writers or orchestrators. We will NOT review any videos or other audio/visual material. On occasion, further materials, such as a score, may be requested.
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.
Aspiring musical theatre composers have the chance of a lifetime to work on their creation with Oscar-winning composer/lyricist Stephen Schwartz at the upcoming ASCAP Foundation Musical Theatre Workshops, presented in conjunction with Universal Theatrical Group. Workshop submissions are now being accepted and will be considered for events that will take place in Los Angeles and New York.
The acclaimed annual Workshops are led by Artistic Director Stephen Schwartz — the Tony, Oscar and Grammy Award-winning composer/lyricist whose numerous credits include the Broadway musicals Wicked, Godspell and Pippin, as well as the DreamWorks' film The Prince of Egypt, and Walt Disney films Enchanted, Pocahontas and The Hunchback of Notre Dame — the program is composed of various workshop sessions featuring prominent guests from all aspects of musical theater including producers, directors, critics, performers and composers.
Among the songwriters who have participated in the workshops over the years are: Jonathan Larson (Rent), Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Ragtime/Once on This Island), Steven Lutvak (A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder), Andrew Lippa (The Addams Family), Glenn Slater (Sister Act/School of Rock), Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin (Elf).
Workshop participants will have the opportunity to present selections from their original works in progress for professional critique. Each session will feature prominent guests from all aspects of musical theatre, including producers, directors, critics, performers and composers.
Applications for both the Los Angeles and New York workshops are now being accepted simultaneously
You are applying for both workshops and if selected could have the option to participate in either city.
LA Workshop dates: May 18 & 19, 2019 at The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
NY Workshop dates: Fall 2019 (exact dates and location TBD)
Writers interested in applying for participation in the ASCAP Foundation Musical Theatre Workshops in Los Angeles and New York City should submit the following:
- CD of four (4) songs from your musical
- Lyric sheets for each of the four songs
- A brief description of each song as to its plot placement
- A brief synopsis of the musical
- Biographical information for each composer, lyricist and book writer
- Contact information (including e-mail address, phone number and mailing address)
Send your completed submission package to:
Michael A. Kerker
7920 Sunset Blvd., 3rd Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90046
ATTN: ASCAP Musical Theatre Workshop
DEADLINE: Submissions must be received in the ASCAP office by FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2019
- EVEN THOUGH THE WORKSHOPS ARE IN LOS ANGELES AND NEW YORK, APPLICATIONS SHOULD ONLY BE SENT TO LOS ANGELES
- Please submit four (4) songs only. If you send a full recording, ASCAP will only listen to the first four (4) songs.
- Submissions do not need to be produced in a studio as we are looking for talent and potential, not production values.
- 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.
- THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN ACCEPTED TO PRESENT MATERIAL IN THE WORKSHOPS WILL BE CONTACTED BY MARCH 29, 2019.
- Those who will be invited to audit the workshop will receive an email invitation.
- Please do not call to ask if you have been selected.
Submissions will not be returned.
Questions: call 323-883-1000
Supported by The ASCAP Foundation Irving Caesar Fund
Sponsored by Film Musicians Secondary Markets Fund, AFM Local 802, AFM-SAG/AFTRA Fund and MSR Studios
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 the ASCAP Film & TV Music Department in LA at 323-883-1000 for more information.
The ASCAP Foundation Concert Music Workshops
Programs 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.
The ASCAP Composer Career Workshop
Program Administered by ASCAP's Concert Music Department
Being a composer is one thing. Creating a viable, income-producing career is quite another. ASCAP presents a series of workshops to educate composers about building a successful career.
Featuring ASCAP Board members Jim Kendrick and Alex Shapiro with occasional guests, these FREE workshops are for concert music composers at any stage in their career, but they are relevant to music creators in all genres. Topics range from business practices to technology and promotion. At the very core of it all, composition, creativity, and the need for artists to possess an inherent sense of self worth, will be addressed throughout.
- The many paths to a composer's income
- Understanding your biggest asset: the nuts and bolts of the six rights of copyright
- How performing rights organizations work
- Technical and business details about publishing, self-publishing, distribution and recording; the tools and knowledge neeed for a successful business
- Marketing and promotion using the internet: how to create a compelling online presence
- Best practices for working with your professional colleagues: conductors, musicians, librettists, librarians and patrons
- Efficient rehearsal and recording techniques: get the most and the best in the least time
- Working as a composer/performer or a composer/conductor
- Community involvement, conferences, and compser service organizations
Occurs periodically in San Francisco, New York, and elsewhere
Dates: Please refer to the ASCAP Events Calendar: www.ascap.com/calendar