ASCAP Workshops

The ASCAP Foundation Harry Chapin Songwriters Workshop

The ASCAP Foundation Harold Adamson Songwriters Workshop

The ASCAP Foundation Nashville Pop Songwriters Workshop

The ASCAP Foundation Country Workshop in honor of Garth Brooks

The ASCAP Foundation Country Music Songwriters Workshop

The ASCAP Foundation Christian Songwriters Workshop

ASCAP Urban Team & The ASCAP Foundation Present: The Collective

ASCAP's Music Business 101 for Songwriters

 

ASCAP LA Film Scoring Workshop

Composer To Composer Series 

The ASCAP Foundation/UTG Musical Theatre Workshops 

The ASCAP/Columbia University Film Scoring Workshop

The ASCAP Foundation Concert Music Workshops

The ASCAP Composer Career Workshop


The ASCAP Foundation Harry Chapin Songwriters Workshop

Harry Chapin, ASCAP Foundation, Workshop

The ASCAP Foundation Harry Chapin 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 industry professionals who will act as mentors throughout the workshop. In addition to forming relationships and collaborating with your peers during the songwriting and workshop process, this is a fantastic opportunity to network with top notch industry professionals. In past years, mentors have chosen songs written during the workshop to pitch to their clients for potential placement in film/TV projects or release by major label artists.

This year's workshop will be held virtually across several intimate online sessions. 

There is no fee to participate in the workshop; however, chosen participants must be able to attend all online sessions with a reliable internet connection.

When: Three virtual sessions, held October 20, 21 and 22. Exact times TBD.

How to Apply: Submit two original songs (mp3s or download links are preferred) to nyworkshop@ascap.com along with a paragraph on why you'd like to participate, and what you'd like to gain from the experience.

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.

 

 


The ASCAP Foundation Harold Adamson Songwriters Workshop

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The 2020 ASCAP Foundation Harold Adamson Workshop is now accepting submissions.

Geared toward advanced songwriters and producers, The ASCAP Foundation Harold Adamson Songwriters Workshop will provide participants with the opportunity to enhance their knowledge of the industry and hone their craft through both mentorship and collaboration. Those chosen for the program will attend an initial virtual orientation followed by a series of online panels and feedback sessions with established industry professionals. In addition, all 14 participants (7 writers and 7 producers) will be paired off in order to create and develop a commercially viable demo for playback and A&R critique on the final day of the workshop.  

There is no fee to participate, but participants must have access to a reliable internet connection.

When: The next workshop will be held in November 2020, and will kick off with a virtual orientation held on Friday, November 6. Exact session days and times are TBD, but workshop participants can expect to attend a total of 8-10 sessions lasting 45-90 minutes each, culminating in a final listening party and A&R critique on Monday, November 16. All sessions will be held during the day and will not be scheduled for the weekend. Writers and producers chosen to participate in the workshop are asked to attend all virtual discussions and set aside additional time to write & record with their selected workshop partner.

How to Apply: please fill out the online application here. The submission deadline is October 12.

This workshop is made possible through funding by The ASCAP Foundation Harold Adamson Fund. 

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.

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

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The 2020 ASCAP Foundation Christian Music Songwriters Workshop will be led by industry veteran Stacy Willbur over two virtual sessions. 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: creativeservicesnashville@ascap.com

  • Two original songs, in MP3 format only, with lyric sheets
  • A brief biography
  • Contact info: address, phone number and email

If selected, participants must be able to attend both sessions via WebEx on October 5 and 6 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm CT.

Deadline to apply: September 25, 2020 at 5:00 pm CT. Selected writers will be notified by 5:00 pm CT on September 28, 2020.

About Stacey Willbur:  Industry veteran Stacey Willbur has worked for some of the top music publishing houses in Nashville. She started her career in 1997 working at 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 Chris Stapleton, Jamey Johnson, John Paul White, Kelly Lovelace and Jamie O’Neal. She also served for eight years as Senior Creative Director at Brentwood Benson/Capitol CMG, working with some of the top Christians writers and artists - 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 with Grammy Award-winning songwriter/producer Seth Mosley, where they serve, teach, train and raise up aspiring songwriters and artists as they pursue their dreams in the music industry. 


The ASCAP Foundation Country Workshop in honor of Garth Brooks

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The 2020 ASCAP Foundation Country Workshop in honor of Garth Brooks is now accepting submissions.

The 2020 Workshop will be led by industry veteran and songwriter Bonnie Baker during a special virtual session focused on the development and education of promising songwriters.

This one-day workshop will cover the craft of songwriting, song structure, exploring creative collaboration and an overview of the music industry. There will be scheduled breaks and breakout sessions throughout.

How to apply: Writers interested in applying to The ASCAP Foundation Country Workshop must be current ASCAP members or unaffiliated and should submit the following to this email address: creativeservicesnashville@ascap.com. The submission deadline is November 9.

·       Two original songs, in MP3 format or a link, with lyric sheets

·       A brief biography

·       Contact info: address, phone number and email

When: If selected, participants must be able to attend the session via Zoom on Saturday, November 14 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CT.

There is no fee to participate, but participants must have access to a reliable internet connection.

About Bonnie Baker: After signing her first publishing deal in 1997 with a small boutique publishing company McSpadden-Smith, Baker landed her first cut “Ordinary Life” in 1998. The single rose to number one on the country charts, and Baker received her first of three ASCAP awards that following year. Her other chart-topping work includes “This Woman Needs” by SheDaisy, “My Sister” by Reba McEntire and “Invisible” by Hunter Hayes.

In February of 2020 Baker began teaching at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) in the Recording Industry department. Commercial Songwriting: Gender & Identity is the class topic and has grown 120% since the beginning of the semester. And in 2021 she will be featured alongside many other female writers and producers in the documentary Invisible. The unreleased work documents individuals and their journey of being gay while being in the commercial music business with an emphasis on Nashville, Tennessee and the south.

Over the course of her career, Baker has worked with a diverse group of major artists including Rachel Platten, Zella Day, Rascal Flatts, Hunter Hayes, Chely Wright, The Static Shift, Reba McEntire, Brantley Gilbert, Sara Evans, Emerson Drive as well as the bluegrass band Nu-Blue. Currently she has a small creative writing/production space on the east side of Nashville where she lives with her small but mighty family.


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 2018 workshop. Please check back!


ASCAP Urban Team & ASCAP Foundation Present: The Collective, an ASCAP Songwriting Workshop

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The Collective workshop focuses on the discovery, development, and education of a select, 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 (read the Official Rules for further eligibility guidelines for the Award).

There is no fee to participate in the workshop; however, chosen participants must be able to attend all workshop sessions, to be held virtually. 

**You must be a current writer member of ASCAP or unaffiliated with a PRO.**

2020 Workshop Dates

Wednesday, November 4, 2020 
Thursday, November 19, 2020

How to Apply: submit an application at www.ascap.com/collectiveworkshop2020

The deadline for applications is October 26, 2020 at 11:59 pm PT.

Accepted applicants will be notified by Thursday, October 29.

This workshop is made possible through funding by The ASCAP Foundation Harold Adamson Fund. 

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.


 

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.


 

CANCELED: 2020 ASCAP LA Film Scoring Workshop

All of us at ASCAP were looking forward to our annual Film Scoring Workshop in LA, set to begin in July. Due to the ongoing public health crisis, we are forced to cancel this year’s workshop. Although we regret that we won’t be able to host this important program for the first time in 33 years, our priority is to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus and protect the health and safety of the screen music community and our staff. Our members are the lifeblood of our organization, and we take great pride in giving them the tools they need to flourish. We are evaluating other educational programs for emerging composers and songwriters through virtual platforms, as we adapt to this changing environment.

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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 2019 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: The 2020 Film Scoring Workshop in LA has been canceled. Stay tuned for info on future workshops.


 

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.


 

The ASCAP Foundation Musical Theatre Workshops Led by Stephen Schwartz

The 2020 ASCAP Foundation Musical Theatre Workshops give participating composers and lyricists the rare chance to present selections from original, musical works-in-progress for professional critique. The Los Angeles workshop, presented in partnership with Universal Theatrical Group (UTG) and the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts (The Wallis), returns to The Wallis’s Beverly Hills campus on June 16, 17 and 18, marking the fifth consecutive year of the creative collaboration.

The highly regarded programs are led by artistic director Stephen Schwartz—the Tony, Oscar and Grammy award-winning composer/lyricist whose credits include the Broadway shows Wicked, Godspell and Pippin, the Walt Disney films Pocahontas and The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and the DreamWorks' film The Prince of Egypt, with the theatrical production currently in previews in London.

The three-day Los Angeles program is composed of various sessions featuring prominent guests from all aspects of musical theatre, including producers, directors, critics, performers and composers. Tickets to the LA workshop sessions will be available to the public and detailed ticket information is forthcoming.

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. 

Important Information:

LA Workshop dates: June 16, 17 and 18, 2020 at The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

NY Workshop dates: Fall 2020 (exact dates and location TBD in late August) 

Time: All sessions begin at 7:30pm sharp

DEADLINE: The submission period for the 2020 workshops is now over. Check back next year for 2021 dates.
 
PLEASE NOTE:
  1. EVEN THOUGH THE WORKSHOPS ARE IN LOS ANGELES AND NEW YORK, APPLICATIONS SHOULD ONLY BE SENT TO LOS ANGELES
  2. Please submit four (4) songs only. If you send a full recording, ASCAP will only listen to the first four (4) songs.
  3. Submissions do not need to be produced in a studio as we are looking for talent and potential, not production value.
  4. 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.
  5. THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN ACCEPTED TO PRESENT MATERIAL IN THE WORKSHOPS WILL BE CONTACTED BY MARCH 16, 2020.
  6. Those who will be invited to audit the workshop will receive an email invitation by May 31.
  7. Please do not call to ask if you have been selected.

Submissions will not be returned.

Questions: call 323-883-1000


 

The ASCAP/Columbia University Film Scoring Workshop

Supported by The ASCAP Foundation Irving Caesar Fund
Sponsored by Film Musicians Secondary Markets Fund

ASCAP is proud to continue our partnership with Columbia University and present the 2020 ASCAP/Columbia University 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, among others), 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 filmmakers, each submitting a film of approximately 10-20 minutes in length, will be selected by University faculty and staff to attend the workshop. An additional filmmaker will be named to oversee the creation of the Columbia Film Festival trailer and will also be invited to join the workshop. Simultaneously, ASCAP Film & TV staff will curate a list of 30-35 talented film composers who will submit to be hired by the selected filmmakers.

Steyermark will walk the filmmaker through the process of looking at the film with music in mind, envisioning the music in their film, and making an appropriate selection of film composer. He will guide the selected filmmaker-composer pair through the process of spotting the film, budgeting resources, mocking-up the score, and the all-important filmmaker-composer collaboration. Steyermark will then prepare and shepherd the filmmakers and composers through a studio recording and mixing session with some of the best musicians that New York City has to offer.

Each of the four films and the trailer will be submitted to the annual Columbia University Film School Film Festival, for screenings in NYC and LA.

The workshop meets once per week from late January until mid-April. Final dates will be provided to the composers upon their acceptance.

Interested composers should be prepared to meet in person with their respective filmmaker in New York City throughout the course of the workshop.

The ASCAP Foundation Henry Mancini Fellowship and the ASCAP Foundation Jimmy Van Heusen award will each be awarded to an outstanding participant in this year's workshop. Additional eligibility criteria apply.

Jimmy Van Heusen Award Official Award Rules
Henry Mancini Fellowship Official Award Rules

Submission Requirements: Seriously interested parties should apply to the workshop by sending the following requirements to FilmTV@ascap.com by Monday, December 23, 2019.

  • A brief resume or biography: This should include appropriate educational background as well as any films that you have previously scored.
  • A streaming link (e.g., SoundCloud, Dropbox, etc.) with 3 original cues: Cues should be at least three (3) minutes in length and should have been previously written for an audio/visual project (e.g., a film, video game, television show). MP3s attached to an email will not be accepted.
  • A written statement or cover letter about why you should be chosen to participate: Please keep in mind that only five composers will ultimately be paired with a filmmaker to complete the workshop and compose an original score. Be specific with why you believe you would be an appropriate addition to our composer pool.

The deadline for applications is Monday, December 23, 2019.

Accepted applicants will be notified by January 6, 2020. Please do not contact the ASCAP offices inquiring about your acceptance status. Only a limited number of applicants can be selected as participants.


 

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