July 20, 2011

ASCAP and America SCORES Enroll Top Artists to Write and Record with Inner City School Kids

ASCAP Songwriter Residency @ America SCORES Announces First Commercial CD, "Other Voices, Other Rooms"

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  1. Best Me (America SCORES Atlanta)
    Written and performed by Chris Henderson and the students of Carter G. Woodson Elementary School
  2. Decomposers and Producers (America SCORES New York)
    Written and performed by The Great Unknown and the students of PS 171 Patrick Henry Elementary School
  3. The Night of the Rapping Dead (America SCORES Los Angeles)
    Written and performed by Claudia Brant the students of Charnock Elementary School
  4. Money (America SCORES Los Angeles)
    Written and performed by Da Internz the students of Braddock Elementary School
  5. We Are The Future (Chicago)
    Written by The Legendary Traxster, Tia London, Jessie Black, Darilyn Monroe, Debbie Spencer and the students of Chalmers Elementary; featuring Tia London, Debbie Spencer & Darilyn Monroe
  6. We've Got America SCORES (America SCORES St. Louis)
    Written and performed by Odie Blackmon and the students of Garfield Elementary School
  7. Let's Party (America SCORES Dallas)
    Written and performed by Dondria and the students of Stevens Park Elementary School
  8. The Ballad of David Hayes Hammer (Milwaukee)
    Written and performed by The Great Unknown and the students of Hayes Bilingual School
  9. What Will Power It All (America SCORES New England)
    Written and performed by The Great Unknown and students of Franklin D. Roosevelt Middle School
  10. I Was Born In Ohio (Cleveland)
    Written and performed by The Great Unknown and the students of Willow Elementary School
  11. Heart Rhythm Luv Sound (America SCORES Washington, D.C.)
    Written and performed by The Great Unknown the students of MacFarland Middle School

In fall 2010, ASCAP and America SCORES teamed up once again to present its national songwriting mentorship program, ASCAP Songwriter Residency @ America SCORES. The program is a partnership between ASCAP and nationally acclaimed after-school program, America SCORES, that provides a platform for songwriters to easily connect and give back to their local communities by engaging and inspiring students in under-resourced neighborhoods. The ASCAP Foundation, a public charity dedicated to supporting music education and talent development programs, funds the program.

Over the course of three afternoons, ASCAP songwriters - from rising stars to Grammy Award-winning artists - collaborated with America SCORES students to co-write an original song and record it in a professional studio.

This year's Songwriter Residencies featured critically-acclaimed band The Great Unknown who collaborated with SCORES students in Washington, D.C., Cleveland, Milwaukee, New York and Boston; Latin Grammy Award-winning songwriter Claudia Brant (Luis Fonsi, Carlos Santana) and songwriting/production duo Da Internz (Justin Bieber, John Legend) in Los Angeles, CA; Grammy-nominated songwriter Odie Blackmon (George Strait, Lee Ann Womack) in St. Louis, MO; R&B singer/songwriter Dondria (So So Def/Island Music) in Dallas, TX; Grammy-nominated songwriter/producer Chris Henderson (R. Kelly, Jamie Foxx) in Atlanta, GA; and Grammy-nominated songwriter/producer The Legendary Traxster (Ludacris, Twista) in Chicago, IL.

To further support the program, ASCAP produces a promotional compilation CD of all the songs created, which is distributed to each of the schools involved, as well as to music industry decision makers. Click "Listen Now" to hear Volume 4.

Other Voices, Other Rooms, the first commercial release of songs from The ASCAP Songwriter Residency @ America SCORES

America_ScoresThe program took a great leap forward this year when The Great Unknown headlined the first five-city tour for the Songwriter Residency. On July 19, 2011, the band released an EP, Other Voices, Other Rooms, of the five songs they wrote and recorded with the America SCORES students from elementary and middle schools in Washington, D.C., Cleveland, Milwaukee, New York City and Boston. All proceeds from online sales of this name-your-own-price EP will be donated to the ASCAP Songwriter Residency @ America SCORES.

Get a copy of the CD at http://bit.ly/getvoices

In addition to working with America SCORES, the ASCAP Songwriter Residency connected songwriters with Hold Hands Chicago (www.holdhands.org), a community driven campaign to build careers and end student violence, and the PENCIL Partnership Program (www.pencil.org), a program that has helped thousands of business and school leaders develop unique, school-based collaborations that have a lasting impact on the students, school community, and school culture. In Chicago, The Great Unknown wrote and recorded a song with high school students from School of the Arts on the South Shore Campus; while Grammy-nominated artist/songwriter Maiysha and Grammy Award-winning songwriter/producer Scott Jacoby wrote and recorded a holiday song with a group of 6th to 8th grade students at East Fordham Academy for the Arts in Bronx, NY.

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Join us on Facebook and YouTube, and learn more about the program by visiting us at www.ascap.com/Songwriter-Residency.

  • America SCORES is a national youth development organization with more than a decade of experience in fighting the toughest problems that face our nations kids today. The ASCAP Songwriter Residency brings songwriters and composers into their program.
  • More than 15 million children are left unsupervised every day after school.
  • 1 in 5 kids in the US are overweight or at risk of obesity.
  • 1 in 3 fourth grade students across the nation reads below grade level.
  • Students who spend no time in extracurricular activities are 49% more likely to use druds and 37% more likely to become teen parents than those who do.
  • Youth who volunteer just one hour a week are 50% less likely to abuse drugs, alcohol, or engage in destructive behavior.

Very special thanks to the recording studios and other industry professionals who supported us by donating their services: Avatar Studios, New York, NY; Bias Studios, Washington, DC; Chicago Recording Co, Chicago, IL; Crystal Clear Sound Recording Studios, Dallas, TX; Lava Room Recording, Cleveland, OH; Patchwerk Recording Studios, Atlanta, GA; Shock City Studios, St. Louis, MO; Sound Boutique Studios at The Songwriting School of Los Angeles, Burbank, CA; Stadiumred Recording Studios, New York, NY; Tanner Monagle Studio, Milwaukee, WI; Temple Sound, Boston, MA; and The Village Studios, Los Angeles, CA. Other Voices CD design by Carpe Diem Construction Co, Philadelphia, PA; web design by IndieAmbassador.com, Boston, MA; mixing and mastering, Bias Studios, Washington, DC; CD manufacturing, A to Z Media, New York, NY; and online distribution, TuneCore, New York, NY.

What ASCAP members said about the program

America_Scores"It is an honor and a privilege to be in a position to give back to my community. Having grown up in the inner city, I know that the environment, conditions, and circumstances of inner city life don't always give you positive outlets to express yourself as kid. I like to believe my love for music saved my life having seen so many of my childhood friends fall victim to the streets. In light of all the youth violence that has been occurring in Chicago I am glad ASCAP has provided another platform for me to share my love of music with the youth of Chicago. Through the ASCAP @ America SCORES program I hope to inspire someone to pursue their dreams and avoid becoming another tragedy of the inner city." - The Legendary Traxster

America_Scores"What a wonderful experience! I can't wait to do more!" - Claudia Brant

America_Scores"After participating in the program I realized I had forgotten how truly big music can be. A country music songwriter can connect with inner city kids who have never heard country music. By writing, performing and recording a blues song with them, they got to see that things are possible that they haven't been exposed to. That whatever their dream is, they can go for it! Thanks for letting me do this. It truly was a blessing." - Odie Blackmon

America_Scores"We received a request to participate again and it was a no-brainer. We love the program because we believe in what it stands for. The time we have to engage with the kids and discuss their dreams, goals and ideas is priceless! It's refreshing for us and we learn from them the same way they learn from us." - Da Internz

America_Scores"These kids have important voices that need to be heard and we wanted them to know it. With all of the cuts in arts programs at schools across the country we felt it was great timing to get involved." - Todd Henkin, The Great Unknown

Founded in 1994, America SCORES is a national non-profit that partners with urban schools in 15 cities across the nation to provide a high quality after-school program that integrates poetry, soccer and service-learning. Using teamwork as a unifying value, America SCORES’ mission is to inspire youth to lead healthy lives, be engaged students, and have the confidence and character to make a difference in the world. America SCORES innovative and holistic approach to youth development encourages creative expression among youth while improving their health, academic achievement and civic engagement. Participants show significantly improved physical fitness, higher school attendance rates, and increased self confidence after just one season in the program. www.AmericaSCORES.org.

The ASCAP Foundation funds the ASCAP Songwriter Residency @ America SCORES. The ASCAP Foundation, a public charity dedicated to supporting music education and talent development, is supported by contributions, bequests, and grants from ASCAP members, other Foundations and the general public. We welcome your contributions which are tax deductable to the full extent allowed by law. www.ascapfoundation.org

Chris Henderson in Atlanta, GA

Claudia Brant in Los Angeles, CA

The Legendary Traxster in Chicago, IL

The Great Unknown in Chicago, IL

The Great Unknown in New York, NY

Da Internz in Los Angeles, CA

Odie Blackmon in St. Louis, MO

Maiysha and Scott Jacoby in New York, NY