November 15, 2011

Maiysha, Scott Jacoby and Psalm One Will Write and Record with New York Inner City Students

Grammy-Nominated Artist/Songwriter Maiysha, Grammy-Winning Songwriter/Producer Scott Jacoby and Critically Acclaimed Hip Hop Artist/Songwriter Psalm One Will Write and Record with New York Inner City Students

Scott Jacoby

Scott Jacoby

New York, NY, November 15, 2011: ASCAP (the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) presents its national songwriting mentorship program, the ASCAP Songwriter Residency @ America SCORES, again this year with 6 songwriters leading 13 workshops in 12 cities. In all, they will work with 320 students. Two of the upcoming workshops will be held in New York City, one from November 28-30, followed by another November 30-December 2. The Residencies, which kicked off in September and will continue through December, give ASCAP songwriters a platform to give back to their local communities by engaging and inspiring inner city school students through songwriting and recording.

As part of the program, ASCAP selects its talented members, ranging from rising stars to Grammy Award-winning artists, to collaborate with students over three two-hour sessions: co- writing a song during the first two sessions and recording it in a professional studio during the third. The ASCAP Foundation, a public charity dedicated to supporting music education and talent development, funds the program.

In New York City, critically acclaimed hip-hop artist/songwriter Psalm One (Rhymesayers Entertainment) will work with students from the after-school soccer and poetry program America SCORES on Nov 28 & 29. Their final day recording session will be hosted by Goodpenny at Sugarbox Studios on Nov 30.

The second ASCAP Songwriter Residency New York installment will include Grammy-nominated artist/songwriter Maiysha (Eusonia Records) and Grammy-winning songwriter/ producer Scott Jacoby (John Legend, Vanessa Hudgens). They will work with students from the East Fordham Academy for the Arts on Nov 30 & Dec 1, and record their track on Dec 2 at Downtown Music Studios.

The ASCAP Songwriter Residency launched in 2006 with founding partner America SCORES, and twelve of this year's thirteen 3-day workshops are in partnership with them. America SCORES is a national youth development organization that combines soccer, poetry and service learning into a single life changing experience for inner-city youth. Serving approximately 5,500 children annually in 15 cities across the country, America SCORES provides after-school programming during the hours when children are most vulnerable. 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. They have been recognized for excellence by the National Education Association, Reading is Fundamental, Charity Navigator, the Centers for Disease Control, and received the 2008 Coming Up Taller Award from the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities.

The ASCAP Songwriter Residency @ America SCORES has been featured on Fox News Atlanta, Fox News Chicago, The New York Times and The Huffington Post. The 2011 commercial CD release of songs from the program, "Other Voices, Other Rooms," was featured on iTunes and Spinner (AOL Music).

Psalm One comes through NYC as part of a 9-city tour she is doing for the ASCAP Songwriter Residency @ America SCORES. She is writing and recording songs with America SCORES students in Milwaukee, Seattle, San Francisco, Denver, Washington DC, Atlanta, NYC, Boston and Chicago - all of which will be released commercially in Spring 2012. Commenting on the first leg of her nine-city tour, Psalm One said, "The ASCAP Songwriter Residency is one of the most rewarding things I've ever been a part of. I'm very thankful for this experience." Here she is, interviewed by the West Seattle Herald early on her tour, bit.ly/PsalmSeattle4PressRlse

The ASCAP Songwriter Residency expanded in the last two years to include a partnership with the East Fordham Academy for the Arts, made possible through 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.

As a result of last year's partnership between the ASCAP Songwriter Residency and East Fordham Academy, and having witnessed how powerful the music program was for the students, school Principal Tanicia Williams hired a full-time music teacher for the school, and is now hoping to become the first middle school in the Bronx to have a marching band.

Maiysha and Scott Jacoby wrote and recorded a song with the students from East Fordham Academy last year, and returned to the program again this year. Commenting on the program, Maiysha said: "I'm extremely excited to return to East Fordham Academy for the Arts for my second year. I'm a huge proponent of Arts Education, and a former Arts educator.

Jacoby added, "There's something special about going back to the same place. It's more of a commitment to the community and it builds a relationship between ASCAP and this excellent middle school. I'm doing this because it's amazing to see a shy student come out of his or her shell and become a performer or songwriter over the course of 3 days. This experience may have a lasting impact in terms of opening a kid's mind, influencing a career choice, or launching a new passion. It was an incredibly rewarding experience last year and I hope this year will be the same."

Also participating in this year's ASCAP Songwriter Residency @ America SCORES are chart- topping Country music songwriter Dave Berg (Keith Urban, Jewel) in St. Louis: Grammy-nominated and Emmy-nominated songwriter/artist Lonny Bereal (Tank, Pleasure P) in Los Angeles, CA; and Latin hit-songwriter/artist Roke (Kumbia All Starz) in Dallas.

To listen to the songs created during last year's program, and view photos and videos, please visit: www.ascap.com/playback/2011/07/action/America_Scores.aspx