October 22, 2015

The 2015 ASCAP Foundation Sammy Cahn Award Goes to ASCAP Singer/Songwriter Amy Kuney

Amy Kuney

Amy Kuney, recipient of the 2015 ASCAP Foundation Sammy Cahn Award for her song "The World."

For twenty years, The ASCAP Foundation has honored the life and career of the late lyricist and former ASCAP Board member Sammy Cahn with the Sammy Cahn Award. Made possible by his wife, Tita Cahn, the award is given to a promising lyricist. Past winners include John Mayer, Josh Ritter, Lori McKenna, Nicole Atkins, Katie Herzig and many more. The 2015 Sammy Cahn Award recipient is Amy Kuney for her song “The World.”

Amy is a Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter. In addition to her work as a solo artist, she has found success collaborating on outside songwriting projects. Her songs have been cut by The Voice of Germany winner Charley Ann Schmultzer (“Blue Heart”) and lead singer of The Rasmus Lauri Ylönen. Her song “Gasoline Rainbows” is the title track for a compilation album benefitting cleanup efforts for the Gulf of Mexico after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Kuney’s work has also been featured in television shows including One Tree Hill, Looking, Hemlock Grove, and So You Think You Can Dance, as well as advertisements for Macy’s, Kleenex, Pandora, and more. Kuney is currently releasing and creating more work under the name AMES.

A special thanks to this year’s Sammy Cahn Award judges—Jeff Franzel, Marcy Heisler, and Pamela Oland.