February 07, 2008

Lively Ol' Night

John Mellencamp is honored at 12th Annual ASCAP Foundation Awards at an exciting event in New York City


Honoree John Mellancamp and ASCAP Foundation President Marilyn Bergman


View the complete list of the 2007 ASCAP Foundation Scholarship and Award honorees.

The ASCAP Foundation honored superstar singer-songwriter-recording artist John Mellencamp with its Champion Award during the twelfth annual Awards Ceremony held Wednesday, December 12, 2007 at The Allen Room, Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City. The Champion Award was presented to Mr. Mellencamp in recognition of his outstanding use of music in the service of humanity. The event, hosted by ASCAP Foundation President Marilyn Bergman, also honored scholarship and award recipients, all of whom benefit from programs funded by The ASCAP Foundation.

John Mellencamp has a long and distinguished record as a social activist and humanitarian. In helping to establish Farm Aid, he was instrumental in bringing awareness of the plight of small farmers to wide attention.

Marilyn Bergman and Nora Guthrie, daughter of the late singer-songwriter and social activist, Woody Guthrie, presented the award to Mellencamp. Singer-songwriter, Phoebe Snow, paid tribute with a stellar performance of his song "Lonely Ol' Night."

Following the presentation, Mellencamp performed a new song from his forthcoming album, as well as "Minutes To Memories" and "Small Town" from 1985's Scarecrow. Another of the evening's major awards is the Richard Rodgers New Horizons Award, which recognizes emerging musical theatre talent. This year the award was presented to Lin-Manuel Miranda, composer/lyricist of Off Broadway's In The Heights - a new musical about three days in the life of Washington Heights, a vibrant and tight knit community at the top of the island of Manhattan. The show is set to open at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on Broadway in 2008. Olga Merediz and the show's cast members were on hand to honor Lin-Manuel with a performance from the musical.

Other performance highlights featured some of the evening's scholarship and award honorees including Grace Kelly, Mi Kyung Kim and Tamara Kim, MacKenzie Melemed, Hadar Noiberg, and Paul Sikes.

The 2007 ASCAP Foundation Scholarship and Award Honorees

The ASCAP Foundation Harold Adamson Lyric Award
Ryan Scott Oliver

The ASCAP Foundation Robert Allen Award
Joshua Meltzer

The ASCAP Foundation Harold Arlen Film & TV Award
George Whitty

The ASCAP Foundation Harold Arlen Musical Theater Award
Sean Hartley

The ASCAP Foundation Louis Armstrong Scholarship
Brian Hogans

The ASCAP Foundation Louis Armstrong Jazz Scholarship Honoring Duke Ellington
Peter Hargreaves, Eli Sundelson

The ASCAP Foundation Louis Armstrong Scholarship Honoring W.C. Handy
Jahmal Brown, Jody Ann Green

The ASCAP Foundation Louis Armstrong Scholarship at the University of New Orleans
Aaron Lind

The ASCAP Foundation Charlotte V. Bergen Scholarship
Kit Armstrong

The ASCAP Foundation Irving Berlin Summer Camp Scholarship
Mackenzie Melemed

The ASCAP Foundation Leonard Bernstein Composer Fellowship
Kati Ag�cs

The ASCAP Foundation Boosey & Hawkes
Young Composer Award Honoring Aaron Copland
Aaron Muesing

The ASCAP Foundation Leon Brettler Award
Paul Sikes

The ASCAP Foundation Irving Burgie Scholarship
Grace Taylor

The ASCAP Foundation Irving Caesar Scholarship Program
Third Street Music School Settlement

The ASCAP Foundation Sammy Cahn Award
Kendall Payne

The ASCAP Foundation Cherry Lane Foundation/Music Alive!
Scholarship in honor of Quincy Jones
Phillip Ferrell II

The ASCAP Foundation Fran Morgenstern Davis Scholarship
Brady Hearn, Jacob Lewis Smith

The ASCAP Foundation John Denver Music Scholarships
supported by Music Alive! and the Cherry Lane Foundation
Juriel Gomez, Frank Manda, Rob Steinhauser

The ASCAP Foundation Jamie deRoy & Friends Award
Barry Kleinbort

The ASCAP Foundation Louis Dreyfus Warner/Chappell City College Scholarship
Honoring George & Ira Gershwin
Hadar Noiberg

The ASCAP Foundation Max Dreyfus Scholarship
Zachary Redler

The ASCAP Foundation Fellowship for Composition & Film Scoring
Joshua Feltman

The ASCAP Foundation Ira Gershwin Scholarship
Mi Kyung Kim, Tamara Kim

The ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Leo Kaplan Award
Eli Marshall

The ASCAP Foundation Steve Kaplan TV & Film Studies Scholarship
Matthew Margeson

The ASCAP Foundation Leiber & Stoller Music Scholarship
Jeremiah Campbell, Charlie Tichenor

The ASCAP Foundation Life in Music Award
Jesse Winchester

The ASCAP Foundation Livingston & Evans Music Scholarship
Erika Binsley

The ASCAP Foundation Frederick Loewe Scholarship
Brandon Anderson

The ASCAP Foundation Henry Mancini Music Scholar
Erin Poovey

The ASCAP Foundation Michael Masser Scholarship
Nico Bergman, Ali King, Simon Wiskowski

The ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Awards
Kit Armstrong, Anderson F. Alden, Mason Bates, Tim Collobre, William David Cooper, Anthony Cheung, Jacob Cooper, Christopher Dietz, Anthony Duarte, Michael Early, Reena Esmail, Sean Friar, Ryan Gallagher, Max Grafe, Breille Haigh, Cory Hibbs, Takuma Itoh, Sunbin Kim, Jeremiah Klarman, Angel Lam, Xinyan Li, Eric Lindsay, Eli Marshall, Missy Mazzoli, Clint Needham, Elizabeth Ogonek, Edward Poll, Armand Ranjbaran, Thomas Reeves, Adam Schoenberg, Conrad Tao, Zhou Tian, Zachary Wadsworth, Derrick Wang, Jie Wang, Xi Wang

The ASCAP Foundation Rudolf Nissim Prize
Raymond J. Lustig

The ASCAP Foundation Rudy Perez Songwriting Scholarship
Lorely Rodriguez

The ASCAP Foundation Richard Rodgers New Horizons Award
Lin-Manuel Miranda

The ASCAP Foundation David Rose Scholarship
Scott Routenberg

The ASCAP Foundation Vanguard Award
Wycliffe Gordon

The ASCAP Foundation Young Jazz Composer Awards Sponsored by the Gibson Foundation
Fabian Almazan, Patrick Cornelius, George Dulin, Lee Forest Dynes, Morgan Jones, Grace Kelly, Ross LaFleur, Pascal Le Boeuf, Remy Le Boeuf, Jimmy Macbride, Chase Morrin, Bob Reynolds, Joshua Richman, Robert Rodriguez, Sherisse Rogers, Matt Savage, Jon Snell, Mark Steinert, Nikos Syropoulos, Ted Taforo, Manuel Valera, Joshua Vande Hey, Ezra Weiss