October 28, 2010

The ASCAP Foundation Joe Raposo Children's Music Award is Established

Joe Raposo

Joe Raposo

To honor his legacy, the family of Joe Raposo has established The ASCAP Foundation Joe Raposo Children's Music Award, which will support emerging talent in the area of children's music. Raposo, one of the creators of Sesame Street and its first and longtime musical director, wrote music for such diverse talents as Kermit The Frog, Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Dr. Seuss, Barbra Streisand and Cookie Monster. "Sing," "It's Not Easy Bein' Green" and the "Sesame Street Theme" are among the songs to earn Joe five Grammys and multiple Gold and Platinum albums. Joe was nominated for an Oscar for the music to The Great Muppet Caper, received seven (7) Emmys and was posthumously honored with The Special Achievement Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The inaugural award will be presented at The ASCAP Foundation Annual Awards Ceremony to be held in New York City on December 8, 2010.