March 26, 2014

ASCAP Day @ Berklee College of Music Featured Emmy-Nominated TV/Film Composer Mark Snow

Mark Snow

Mark Snow

Khiyon Hursey

Khiyon Hursey

Steve Winarto

Steve Winarto

New York, NY, March 26, 2014: The ASCAP Foundation was pleased to announce its support of ASCAP Day @ Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, on April 2nd, 2014. ASCAP TV/film composer Mark Snow headlined the day. Snow is best known for scoring popular television series, including The X-Files, The Ghost Whisperer, Smallville, One Tree Hill, Kojak, Millennium, Pasadena, Dynasty, Falcon Crest, T.J. Hooker, Cagney & Lacey, Starsky & Hutch, Gemini, Family and Hart to Hart.

During the course of his prolific career, Snow has achieved the honor of being named the only ASCAP composer to receive the Most Performed Background Music award every year consecutively since its inception in 1985-86. He has been nominated 14 times for Emmy Awards for his work on television series and television films, including Helter Skelter, Children of the Dust, Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All and Something about Amelia. His TV career continues to grow with the new hit CBS show Blue Bloods, as well as with Ringer on the CW Network. Snow is also the only composer to score three films for the iconic and legendary French director Alain Resnais, who recently passed away. Resnais’s last film, Vous N’Avez Encore Rien Vous, scored by Snow, had its premiere in France in February 2014.

ASCAP Day is designed to provide both Film Scoring and Songwriting students with information on current trends in their fields. Snow discussed his own career in classes with students, and ASCAP staff were on-hand to answer students’ questions about the current state of the music business and performing rights organizations. A one-on-one interview with Mark Snow conducted by George Clinton, Chair of Berklee’s Film Scoring Department, took place April 2nd from 1:00-3:00pm in the Steve Heck Room. This event was open to all Berklee students. An additional seminar for seniors with Mark Snow and ASCAP Creative Services executives took place April 2nd from 6:00-7:30pm at 22 the Fenway, Room 112.

“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 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.

Khiyon Hursey, the recipient of the 2014 ASCAP Foundation Bart Howard Songwriting Scholarship at Berklee College of Music, grew up in Fort Lauderdale, FL. He has been playing the saxophone since the age of ten, and is the saxophonist for two local bands: Group Caleb and The Clockwork Project. He is double majoring in Songwriting and Professional Music. Recently, two of his songs were selected to be performed, orchestrated and arranged for Berklee’s Annual Musical Theatre Competition.

Steve Winarto, the recipient of the 2014 ASCAP Foundation Film Scoring Scholarship at Berklee College of Music, is a pianist, composer, arranger and songwriter from Indonesia. He attended the ABRSM Royal School of Music, earning a degree in classical piano performance, as well as the Yamaha Music Foundation in Japan, earning certification in music theory. He has composed music for commercials, jingles and theatrical showcases. Steve is studying Film Scoring and Music Production and Engineering at Berklee.

Mark Snow and both scholarship recipients were honored at a luncheon on April 2nd, which was attended by Berklee faculty and ASCAP and ASCAP Foundation staff. ASCAP Day @ Berklee College of Music and the two scholarships are supported by The ASCAP Foundation Bart Howard Fund.

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.

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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