December 01, 2004

The Heineken Music Initiative

The ASCAP Foundation R&B Grant Program

In the Spring of 2002, the Heineken Music Initiative and The ASCAP Foundation teamed up to launch a newly-created grant program for emerging R&B songwriters in key markets around the country. The Heineken Music Initiative/The ASCAP Foundation R&B Grant Program continued in 2003 in several cities around the country. The songwriter of the winning song from each market was awarded a $3,000 grant.

Listen to Audio Portraits with the winners.


THE BENEFICIARIES

ATLANTA
Marc Demone Dickerson and Kenny Hickson for “Brand New.”

CHICAGO
Mark Carson and Jawara Harris for “What Should I Do.”

LOS ANGELES
C.Chill and Jay Greene of the Rollin' Dice Productions family of writers/producers for “Lovin' On The Line.”

MIAMI
Francisco Correa (aka Franky Brown Eyes) and Tommy Lee Hopkins Jr. for “Penny.”

NEW YORK
Chinua Hawk and Kwame M. Viapree for “I Remember You.”

PHILADELPHIA
Aziz N. Collins and Joshua W. Collins for “Best of Me.”

WASHINGTON D.C./BALTIMORE
Reginald D. Staggers and Juan L. Brown (aka DeVon Howard) for “B Here 4 U.”




Group Photo

ATLANTA
ASCAP's Ian Burke, Heineken USA's Patrick Pollard, grant recipient Marc Demone Dickerson, Heineken USA's Emily Parker, and ASCAP's Keith Johnson.



Group Photo

PHILADELPHIA
ASCAP's Kenneth Ferracho, Joshua W. Collins, Aziz N.Collins, and Keith Johnson.



Chill/Robinson

LOS ANGELES
Grant recipient C.Chill and ASCAP's Alonzo Robinson.

Staggers/Brown

WASHINGTON D.C./BALTIMORE
Reginald D. Staggers and Juan L. Brown (aka DeVon Howard) for “B Here 4 U.”



Group Photo

CHICAGO
Ian Burke, Jawara Harris, Mark Carson, Heineken USA's Janet Berry, and Keith Johnson.

Group Photo

MIAMI
ASCAP's Karl Avanzini, Francisco Correa (aka Franky Brown Eyes) and Ian Burke.



Group Photo

NEW YORK CITY
Heineken USA's Edwin Garcia, grant recipients Chinua Hawk and Kwame M.
Viapree and Keith Johnson.