March 26, 2013

ASCAP Day @ Berklee College of Music to Feature Singer-Songwriter Patty Larkin

Patty Larkin

Patty Larkin

Ran Gil

Ran Gil

Hillary Paige Lacombe

Hillary Paige Lacombe

New York, NY, March 26, 2013: The ASCAP Foundation is pleased to announce its support of ASCAP Day @ Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA taking place on April 4th, 2013. ASCAP singer-songwriter Patty Larkin will headline the day. Larkin’s music redefines the boundaries of urban folk music, skillfully mixing pop, rock, Celtic, blues and funk. A favorite with critics, she has honed a reputation as a musician's musician, receiving accolades for her inventive guitar wizardry and uncompromising vocals and lyrics.

In 2010, Patty celebrated a quarter of a century of music making with 25, a 25 song retrospective reworked with voice and guitar and 25 friends along the way. Guest artists include Shawn Colvin, Suzanne Vega, Bruce Cockburn, Mary Chapin Carpenter and others. In 2013, she will release a highly anticipated new recording, co-produced by Mike Denneen (Aimee Mann, Howie Day). 2013 also finds Patty as an Artist-in-Residence at Berklee College of Music, where she previously received an Honorary Doctorate of Music.

ASCAP Day is designed to provide both Film Scoring and Songwriting students with information on current trends in their fields. Larkin will discuss her own career in classes with Songwriting students, and ASCAP staff will meet with students in the Film Scoring classes. ASCAP staff will also be on-hand to answer students’ questions about the current state of the music business and performing rights organizations. An additional special Career Development Seminar with Patty Larkin and ASCAP Creative Services executives, open to all Berklee students, will take place on April 4th from 4:00 – 5:30 P.M. in the Steve Heck Room. 

“By establishing an ASCAP Day @ Berklee we show our support for young and emerging composers and songwriters at the college level,” stated ASCAP and ASCAP Foundation Board President Paul Williams. “Today’s Berklee students are tomorrow’s ASCAP members. These students are taking a major leap of faith to try to make their art their lives. I want the question of what their future holds to have a positive answer.”

Another highlight of ASCAP Day is the presentation of two tuition-based scholarships at Berklee: The ASCAP Foundation Film Scoring Scholarship at Berklee College of Music and The ASCAP Foundation Bart Howard Songwriting Scholarship at Berklee College of Music. Each scholarship recognizes talent, professionalism, musical ability and career potential in film scoring and songwriting, respectively. Recipients are selected by the Berklee Film Scoring and Songwriting faculties.

Ran Gil, the recipient of The ASCAP Foundation Film Scoring Scholarship at Berklee College of Music is a composer, arranger and pianist from Israel. He attended the Thelma Yellin High School of the Arts as a jazz music major, as well as the Rimon school of Jazz and Contemporary music, two of Israel’s leading music schools. He has composed music for commercials, children’s DVDs and two musicals, one of which won a competition for new original plays at the Tzavta Theatre in Tel Aviv. Ran is currently studying composition and Film Scoring at Berklee College of Music.

Hillary Paige Lacombe, the recipient of The ASCAP Foundation Bart Howard Songwriting Scholarship at Berklee College of Music, grew up in a small town in Maine. She wrote her first official song at age nine and hasn’t stopped since. Declaring Professional Music, with a concentration on songwriting and performance as her major, Hillary continues to write in many genres with an emphasis on folk/pop. She was recently in Los Angeles and was given the opportunity to write and record with professionals in JT Entertainment Studios.

Patty Larkin and both scholarship recipients will be honored at a luncheon on April 4th which will be attended by Berklee faculty and ASCAP and ASCAP Foundation staff. ASCAP Day @ Berklee College of Music is supported by The ASCAP Foundation Bart Howard Estate. The two scholarships are also made possible by the Bart Howard Estate.

About The ASCAP Foundation
Founded in 1975, The ASCAP Foundation is a public charity 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 for songwriters, composers and lyricists. The ASCAP Foundation is supported by contributions from ASCAP members and from music lovers throughout the United States. www.ascapfoundation.org

About Berklee College of Music
Berklee College of Music, for over 65 years, has evolved to support its belief that the best way to prepare students for careers in music is through contemporary music education. The college was the first in the U.S. to teach jazz, the popular music of the time. It incorporated rock n' roll in the 1960s, created the world's first degree programs in film scoring, music synthesis, and songwriting, and, in recent years, added world music, hip-hop, electronica, and video game music to its curriculum. With a diverse student body representing over 70 countries, a music industry "who's who" of alumni that have received 200 Grammy Awards, Berklee is the world's premier learning lab for the music of today – and tomorrow.

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