December 10, 2013

Film Composer Heitor Pereira to Write and Record with Public School Students in Los Angeles

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Heitor Pereira

Los Angeles, CA, December 10, 2013: The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and America SCORES are pleased to announce that blockbuster film composer Heitor Pereira will participate in the ASCAP Songwriter Residency @ America SCORES, a mentorship program that provides a platform for songwriters to engage and inspire elementary and middle school students in under-resourced neighborhoods.

Pereira will co-write a song with eighteen 6th grade America SCORES students from Jefferson Elementary (4315 Cardwell Drive, St. Louis, MO 63121) and will record the song on December 17th, 2013 at his studio within Remotec Control Productions, the renowned Santa Monica scoring company owned by Hans Zimmer. While at the studio, Pereira will give the students an up close demonstration of how he writes music to films like The Smurfs and Despicable Me 2. He'll also collaborate with them on an original song, with a rhythm track made up of the students' percussion playing and a recorded performance of a group poem they wrote in anticipation of their visit with Pereira. The poem is all about teamwork and the World Cup, and features the Minions, the adorable henchmen from the Despicable Me films.

The finished song will be included on a special compilation album made up of songs created from this year's six ASCAP Songwriter Residencies. ASCAP produces and distributes this collection to each of the America SCORES schools involved with the program, as well as to music industry influencers.

Commenting on his participation in the Songwriter Residency, Pereira said: "It's important to keep alive the understanding of how powerful a song or piece of music can be. Music can transform lives, music can save lives and nothing is better than experiencing that from a very young age. I'm looking forward to, for the first time, putting that in practice with the kids from the America SCORES program."


Heitor Pereira’s reputation for bringing a unique sensibility to film scores originates from his solid foundation of craftsmanship. Soon after completing his conservatory studies, Heitor began playing guitar with some of Brazil’s leading artists, then went on to entertaining millions as the guitarist for Simply Red. He has released three solo albums of his own, and has arranged music or played with artists like Jack Johnson, Bryan Adams, Elton John, Willie Nelson, Shania Twain, Seal and Nelly Furtado. In 2005 Heitor won the Grammy for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist for his collaboration with Sting and Chris Botti. Heitor’s original film scores include: Despicable Me 1 & 2, The Smurfs 1 & 2, As Good As It Gets, A Little Bit of Heaven, From Prada to Nada, It’s Complicated, The Canyon, Curious George 1 & 2, Beverly Hills Chihuahua, Illegal Tender, Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights, Riding in Cars with Boys, Ask the Dust, and the documentary Running the Sahara. He has been the recipient of three ASCAP awards, for Beverly Hills Chihuahua, It’s Complicated and Despicable Me. He has also composed music, written songs or played various instruments on the scores of Madagascar, Domino, Black Hawk Down, Cowboys & Aliens, The Taking of Pelham 123, Spanglish, Something’s Gotta Give, Angels & Demons, Pirates of the Caribbean and The Dark Knight, among others.

This year’s program also features chart-topping country music songwriter Walt Aldridge (Travis Tritt, Heartland) in St. Louis, MO; Grammy and Emmy-winning producer, musician and recording artist Narada Michael Walden (Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Stevie Wonder) in San Fransisco, CA; five time Grammy-winning rapper and producer Malik Yusef (Kanye West, Common) in Chicago, IL; and jazz songwriter/performer Sachal Vasandani (Mack Avenue Records) with Grammy-nominated producer Darhyl “DJ” Camper (John Legend, Jay Z) in NYC. Established in 2006, the ASCAP Songwriter Residency @ America SCORES has brought more than 40 songwriters to 14 cities across the country. The ASCAP Foundation, a public charity dedicated to supporting music education and talent development, funds the program. For more information, click here.

About America SCORES
Founded in 1994, America SCORES is a national youth development non-profit that serves urban youth in under-resourced public schools in 14 cities across the nation. America SCORES provides 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.

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 contributions from ASCAP members and from music lovers throughout the United States.

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a professional membership organization of songwriters, composers and music publishers of every kind of music. ASCAP’s mission is to license and promote the music of its members and foreign affiliates, obtain fair compensation for the public performance of their works and to distribute the royalties that it collects based upon those performances. ASCAP members write the world’s best-loved music and ASCAP has pioneered the efficient licensing of that music to hundreds of thousands of enterprises who use it to add value to their business – from bars, restaurants and retail, to radio, TV and cable, to Internet, mobile services and more. The ASCAP license offers an efficient solution for businesses to legally perform ASCAP music while respecting the right of songwriters and composers to be paid fairly. With over 470,000 members representing more than 8.5 million copyrighted works, ASCAP is the worldwide leader in performance royalties, service and advocacy for songwriters and composers, and the only American performing rights organization (PRO) owned and governed by its writer and publisher members.

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Holly O’Donnell
Executive Director, America SCORES
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