ASCAP Workshops


The ASCAP Foundation Harry Chapin Songwriters Workshop

The ASCAP Foundation Harry Chapin Songwriters Workshop focuses on the discovery, development and education of talented, aspiring songwriters. It features prominent guest speakers, giving advice on topics including A&R, music publishing, artist management and legal issues.

The workshop is funded through the generosity of Sandy Chapin to honor the memory of her late husband.

Submissions: The 2017 workshop is not yet accepting submissions. Check back in fall 2017.

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 ASCAP Foundation Harold Adamson 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 over six days. All participants must be available all six days. The ASCAP Foundation Harold Adamson Lyric Award will also be awarded to two outstanding participants in this year's workshop.

Submissions: The 2017 workshop is not yet accepting submissions. Check back in fall 2017.

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 Blonds,” 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

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

The ASCAP Foundation Christian Music Songwriters Workshop is led by industry veteran Christopher Harris over two sessions in Nashville, TN. This 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 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.

Deadline for submissions: This workshop is not currently open for submissions. Check back later. 

About Chris Harris: After college at Abilene Christian University, Chris Harris moved to Nashville and immediately started singing, writing, and producing on hundreds of sessions for country, gospel, pop and commercials. The session he sang on the very first day he arrived in Nashville was on an unknown artist by the name of Amy Grant. Since then, he has had the opportunity to write, sing and produce hundreds of national commercials for Chick-Fil-A, Chevy, Dodge, Ford, Hasbro Transformers, What-A-Burger, Wrigley's Extra, McDonalds, Southwest Airlines, 7-11, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Pepsi and Kelloggs and more. Harris went on three national tours with Grammy-award winning artist Michael W. Smith, playing bass and singing on the “Friends” and “Big Picture” Tours from 1985 - 1987. Harris has also produced Grammy-award winning artists Kristin Chenoweth, CeCe Winans, DC Talk, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Amy Grant, Dolly Parton, Avalon, Anointed, Jackie Velasquez, Clint Black and Loretta Lynn, and he wrote and produced jingles for radio stations/programs KLOVE, KLTY, 20 The Countdown Magazine and Air1.


The ASCAP Foundation Garth Brooks Country Music Songwriters Workshop

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, Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame member and veteran songwriter Pat Alger ("Unanswered Prayers,” “Thunder Rolls” - Garth Brooks), 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.

How to apply: The 2016 workshop is over. Check back in fall of 2017 for more info.


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.

Deadline to apply: Submissions have not yet opened for the 2017 workshop. Please check back!


ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Team & ASCAP Foundation Present: The Collective Songwriting Workshop in NYC

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 exploration into the art of songwriting.

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.

Submission Deadline: The 2016 workshop is over. Check back for more info about the 2017 edition!


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 Film Scoring Workshop with Richard Bellis

Supported by The ASCAP Foundation Irving Caesar Fund

ASCAP offers a one-of-a-kind experience for aspiring composers of film, TV and other visual media. During this month-long, immersive program, 12 participants will get the opportunity to record an original composition with a 60-piece orchestra of LA's finest musicians on a major studio scoring stage, joined by a legendary scoring mixer, music editors, copyists and professional composers acting as mentors. They'll also learn about the business of film music from "A list" Hollywood studio executives, agents, attorneys and music supervisors.

Take a look at our 2016 workshop press release 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 2017. Exact dates TBA.

Submission deadline: April 1, 2017 (postmarked)

There is NO fee or charge to participate in the workshop; however, chosen participants will be responsible for their own transportation, housing and all other living expenses while in Los Angeles.

The workshop is open to all composers regardless of current performing rights affiliation.

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

Partial funding provided by The ASCAP Foundation.

ONLINE SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS
Each applicant must submit the following items:

  1. Submission Form Submission Form
    Please fill in the linked form and attach it to your e-mail submission.

  2. Background Information: Attach a separate document to your e-mail which includes a biography, your educational history and credits. Please do not list this information in the text of your e-mail.

    The Music Submission
    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.

  3. Submissions must be in MP3 format and may include up to five tracks - three MANDATORY tracks (picked from the "Genre Tracks" list below) and two OPTIONAL "Wildcard" tracks of your choosing. Please title each track with the genre terms provided.

    Genre Tracks: Three MANDATORY tracks chosen from the following list of genres:
    Romantic comedy, action/adventure, suspense/thriller, epic, main title sequence. Genre tracks must be no longer than 90 seconds each.

    Wildcard Tracks: "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.

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.

Tips for Submission Submission Form

Send your completed (1) Submission Form, (2) Background Info and (3) MP3s to:
ASCAPFSW2017@gmail.com


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.


ASCAP Musical Theatre Workshop in New York


Stephen Schwartz serves annually as artistic director for the ASCAP Musical Theatre Workshop in New York. He is an Academy and Grammy Award-winning composer-lyricist, whose credits include hit Broadway shows Wicked, Godspell and Pippin, the Walt Disney films Enchanted, Pocahontas and The Hunchback of Notre Dame and the DreamWorks film The Prince of Egypt.

Among the songwriters who have participated in the workshops over the years are: Jonathan Larson (Rent), Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Ragtime), Steven Lutvak (A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder), Andrew Lippa (The Addams Family) and Glenn Slater (Sister Act).

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.

Important Information:

A request for submissions will be sent out in early March. The three consecutive nights that the workshop occurs will be announced in late March, when the musicals have been selected.

To receive notification of the submission deadline, workshop dates, and further details, please sign up for our mailing list here: https://www.ascap.com/email. Check off "Musical Theater/Cabaret" and fill out the required fields to subscribe.

ASCAP does not provide lodging, or cover costs of transportation if your musical is selected. You must bring your own actors and accompanist. A piano will be provided.

Time:

7:00pm

Location:

ASCAP headquarters in New York

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

  • 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 (e-mail address, phone number and mailing address)

Submission packages may be sent to:
Michael A. Kerker
c/o ASCAP
1900 Broadway,
New York, NY 10023
Attn: DreamWorks Musical Theatre Workshop

Please note:

  1. Submit four (4) songs only. If a full recording is sent, ASCAP will only listen to the first four songs.
  2. Submissions do not need to be produced in a studio. ASCAP is looking for talent and potential, not production values.
  3. If selected, workshop participants 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 be contacted by late March.
  5. THOSE WHO WILL BE INVITED TO AUDIT THE WORKSHOP WILL RECEIVE AN E-MAIL INVITATION.
  6. Please do not call to ask if you have been selected.

Space is limited. Submissions will not be returned.


For further information, please call 212-621-6264 or 323-883-1000.

The workshops are free of charge and are open to everyone, regardless of performing rights affiliation.


The ASCAP Foundation/DreamWorks Musical Theatre Workshop in Los Angeles

Stephen Schwartz serves annually as artistic director for the ASCAP/DreamWorks Musical Theatre Workshop in Los Angeles. He is an Academy and Grammy Award-winning composer-lyricist, whose credits include hit Broadway shows Wicked, Godspell and Pippin, the Walt Disney films Enchanted, Pocahontas and The Hunchback of Notre Dame and the DreamWorks film The Prince of Egypt.

Among the songwriters who have participated in the workshops over the years are: Jonathan Larson (Rent), Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Ragtime), Steven Lutvak (A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder), Andrew Lippa (The Addams Family) and Glenn Slater (Sister Act).

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.

Important Information:

Submission deadlines: Applications are now closed for the 2017 workshop in LOS ANGELES. Check back later in 2017 for submission info for the 2018 edition.

Workshop Dates: February 1, 2 and 3, 2017

Time: All sessions begin at 7:30PM sharp

To receive notification of the submission deadline, workshop dates, and further details, please sign up for our mailing list here https://www.ascap.com/email. Check off "Musical theater/Cabaret" and fill out the required fields to subscribe.

ASCAP does not provide lodging, or cover costs of transportation if your musical is selected. You must bring your own actors and accompanist. A piano will be provided.

For further information, please call 212-621-6264. 

The workshops are free of charge and are open to everyone, regardless of performing right affiliation.


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 continues to present the rich traditions of classical Hollywood film scoring and hybrid film scoring.

Participants choose a clip from a selection of rough cuts, representing a variety of genres. Dedicated sessions address the creative process, MIDI mockups, orchestrating, conducting and recording a completed cue. Both Hybrid and Classical Hollywood tracks will share sessions on music editing, spotting and panels on scoring.

The Hybrid Track will add to this process: sampling, recording 4-6 live players and mixing. The Classical Hollywood track culminates in a full day of recording sessions, featuring 25 of 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 is taught by some of today’s most creative composers and orchestrators and veteran NYU Film Scoring faculty members.

For the benefit of auditors and participants, all faculty and participant interactions, lectures, and comments are amplified and projected onto large screens. Auditors attend all proceedings, including the live recording sessions and critiques. All sessions of the workshop take place at New York University's Steinhardt School.

For further information, go to http://steinhardt.nyu.edu/music/summer/ascap


The ASCAP/Columbia University Film Scoring Workshop

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 Rachel Perkins at rperkins@ascap.com 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.

Topics include:

  • 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