ASCAP Foundation Awards Will Be Presented To Outstanding Participants

New York, NY, July 6, 2006: ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) has selected 12 aspiring composers to participate in the 18th Annual ASCAP Television and Film Scoring Workshop with Richard Bellis, which begins today in Los Angeles and runs until August 2, 2006. Initiated in 1988, the intensive month-long workshop program has gained international recognition and is widely known as a major educational and networking opportunity for aspiring composers. A jury of leading film composers selected the participants from nearly 250 submissions received from the U.S., Canada, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel and Sweden.

Under the guidance of Emmy Award-winning composer Richard Bellis, his ninth year with the program, the 12 participants will be led through a series of seminars and hands-on training sessions that will focus on the many important business and creative elements that film composers face in the competitive world. One of the many highlights of the workshop will be the opportunity for participants to record an original composition on a major studio scoring stage with a group of "A list" Hollywood professionals, including a 40-piece orchestra, a legendary scoring mixer, and professional composers and music editors acting as coaches and mentors. Richard Bellis has over 20 years of industry experience as an educator, coach and author. He is a past president of the Society of Composers & Lyricists and former faculty member of the University of Southern California, where he lectured for 17 years in the Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television program.

"This annual workshop is one of the key activities of ASCAP's Film & Television Music Department," said Nancy Knutsen, Senior Vice President of Film & Television Repertory. "The multifaceted curriculum offers a one-of-a-kind experience for aspiring composers to receive hands-on training, real-world knowledge and advice from professionals at the highest levels of the film and television music industry."

Partially funded by The ASCAP Foundation, the workshop will culminate with the presentations of three ASCAP Foundation awards: the David Rose Scholarship, the Steve Kaplan TV and Film Studies Scholarship and the Harold Arlen Film & TV Award. Each award will be given to selected workshop participants based on their excellence and professionalism, musical ability and career potential.

The selected participants are:

E�mear Noone - Born in Ireland; currently resides in Burbank, CA
• Trinity College Dublin
• The Irish Film Scoring Institute
• The Dublin Conservatory of Music and Drama

Christine Aufderhaar - Currently working in Berlin, Germany
• Conservatory Lugano (Switzerland), piano performance and music education
• Berklee College of Music (Boston), film scoring and classical composition
• SCL Mentorship Program in Los Angeles

Mathieu Lamboley - Paris, France
• National Superior Conservatory of Paris, Harmony, Counterpoint, Fugua and forms, Orchestration, Piano, Master Section in Composition, Orchestration and Piano
• Guildhall School of Music of London, conducting

Kyle Batter - Currently resides in Los Angeles, CA
• Berklee College of Music, Traditional composition and film scoring

Aaron Sapp - born in Lakenheath, England; currently resides in St. Valparaiso, FL

Marcus Sj�wall - born in Norrkoping, Sweden; currently resides in Los Angeles
• Berklee College of Music, Contemporary Writing and Production
• Luther College Exchange Program, Music Concentration

Philip Rothman - New York, NY
• Juilliard School, Master of Music
• Rice University, Bachelor of Music

Glen Morrissette - North Hollywood, CA
• University of Miami, Florida, Bachelor of Music in Studio Music & Jazz
• Film Music Institute's course in Contemporary Orchestration

Jeff Toyne - Vancouver, Canada
• USC, Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television Program
• UCLA Extension, Art of Orchestration
• Henry Mancini Institute
• University of British Columbia, Masters Music Composition
• University of Western Ontario, Bachelor Music Honors Theory and Composition

Avner Dorman - New York, NY
• Juilliard School, Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition
• Tel Aviv University, Master of Arts in Musicology, Master of Music in Composition from Rubin Academy

Kentaro Sato - Culver City, CA
• California State University, Northridge, Bachelor of Music in Media Writing
• Santa Monica College, Degree in Music and Cinema
• Pursuing Master of Music from California State University, Northridge

Brian Byrne - born in Ireland; currently resides in Los Angeles
• Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, First Class Honors in Music
• London's Royal College of Music, Film Composition

Established in 1914, ASCAP is the first and leading U.S. Performing Rights Organization representing the world's largest repertory totaling over 8 million copyrighted musical works of every style and genre from more than 240,000 composer, lyricist and music publisher members. ASCAP also represents the repertories created by the international affiliates of 70 foreign performing rights organizations. ASCAP protects the rights of its members and foreign affiliates by licensing the public performances of their copyrighted works and distributing royalties based upon surveyed performances. ASCAP is the only American Performing Rights Organization owned and governed by its writer and publisher members.

About The ASCAP Foundation
Founded in 1975, the ASCAP Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to supporting American music creators and encouraging their development through music education and talent development programs. Included in these are songwriting workshops, grants, scholarships, awards, recognition and community outreach programs, and public service projects for senior composers and lyricists. The ASCAP Foundation is supported by contributors from ASCAP members and from music lovers throughout the United States.

About The ASCAP Foundation Awards:

The ASCAP Foundation David Rose Scholarship was established with a gift from The Rose Family Trust to honor television and film-scoring great David Rose. His best-known works include the instrumental standards "Holiday for Strings" and "The Stripper," music for Bonanza, Little House on the Prairie, and decades of work with radio and television star Red Skelton. The scholarship will be awarded annually to a qualified college-level student working toward a career in scoring for film and/or television who is participating in ASCAP's Television & Film Scoring Workshop.

The ASCAP Foundation Steve Kaplan TV and Film Studies Scholarship was established in memory of Steve Kaplan, an award-winning Television and Film composer whose music is featured on Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune. Generously funded by The Kaplan Family, the Scholarship provides financial assistance for an aspiring television and film composer to attend ASCAP's Television & Film Scoring Workshop in Los Angeles.

The ASCAP Foundation Harold Arlen Film & TV Award recognizes writers who participate in ASCAP's Television & Film Workshop in Los Angeles. The award is funded through a gift from Sam and Joan Arlen honoring Harold Arlen, composer of over 400 songs including favorites like "It's Only A Paper Moon," "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" "Stormy Weather," "I've Got the World on A String," and "Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive."