December 12, 2013

The 2014 ASCAP Foundation Awards Ceremony

The ASCAP Foundation Honors Ne-Yo with Champion Award at 18th Annual Awards Ceremony


Martin Charnin receives Inaugural George M. Cohan Award

The ASCAP Foundation honored prolific singer-songwriter Ne-Yo with the ASCAP Foundation Champion Award in recognition of his leadership in efforts to increase awareness of disadvantaged children in American cities. The accolade was presented during the Foundation's 18th annual Awards Ceremony, held on December 11th, 2013 at the Allen Room, Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City. ASCAP Foundation President Paul Williams hosted the event.

Previous recipients of the Champion Award include Tony Bennett and Susan Bennedetto, Judy Collins, Arlo Guthrie, Billy Joel, John Mellencamp and Jason Mraz.

Commenting on the award to Ne-Yo, Williams said: “Not only is Ne-Yo a brilliant and wildly successful songwriter and performer, his tireless efforts to enhance the futures of today’s youth make him a true inspiration. Though he’s only 34 years-old, making him the youngest ever recipient of this award, he has already achieved a great deal as a songwriter, recording artist, producer, actor and philanthropist. We’re honored to celebrate Ne-Yo with this year’s ASCAP Foundation Champion Award.”

An Arkansas native, Shaffer Chimere Smith, universally known as Ne-Yo, grew up in a musical family in Las Vegas. While in his teens, he became a member of an R&B band and began to write songs. His initial success came as the writer of, “That Girl,” recorded by R&B artist Marques Houston in 2002, leading to new songs for such stars as Mary J. Blige, Faith Evans and Musiq. The 2004 composition, “Let Me Love You,” a #1 hit for vocalist Mario, propelled Ne-Yo into a recording contract with the Def Jam label. His debut album, In My Own Words, issued in 2006, went to #1 and contained the smash hits “So Sick” and “Sexy Love.” Three subsequent albums for Def Jam were best-sellers, containing such hit singles as “Because of You,” “Closer,” “Mad” and “Miss Independent.” His work also resulted in three Grammy Awards. In addition, the Songwriters Hall of Fame honored Ne-Yo in 2013 with its prestigious Hal David Starlight Award. Ne-Yo’s most recent album, R.E.D. (Realizing Every Dream), was issued last year as part of a new deal on Compound/Motown Records and features the hit singles, “Let Me Love You (Until You Learn to Love Yourself),” co-written with Sia, and “Lazy Love.” Ne-Yo’s arrangement with Motown also includes a position as Senior Vice President of A&R.

Ne-Yo has starred in three major motion pictures – Stomp the Yard, Red Tails and Battle: Los Angeles and has been featured on TV in guest-starring roles. He also appeared in the tribute to Kennedy Center Honors recipient Barbra Streisand in 2008, singing and dancing to the song, “Lover Come Back to Me.” Ne-Yo frequently collaborates with other artists, recording with Pitbull & Nayer, and New Kids on the Block. He has written songs for such stars as Beyoncé and Jennifer Hudson, and has worked frequently with the Stargate songwriting and production duo, Mikkel Eriksen and Tor Erik Hermansen. Most recently, Ne-Yo recorded a duet with Céline Dion of the song, “Incredible” (co-written by Ne-Yo) for her new album, Loved Me Back to Life.

Despite his enormous success, Ne-Yo has remained mindful of those less fortunate. He and his business partner, Reynell Hay, established The Compound Foundation in 2007 to enhance the well-being of youth growing up in foster care and group homes. The Foundation’s goal is to support bright futures for young people by helping them to forge healthy relationships, pursue education and training, learn entrepreneurship basics and realize their dreams.

The 18th annual ASCAP Foundation Awards also honored a wide variety of scholarship and award recipients, all of whom benefit from programs of The ASCAP Foundation. Tony Award-winning lyricist and director of Annie Martin Charnin received the inaugural ASCAP Foundation George M. Cohan Award, made possible by the Friars Foundation. The award is presented to a multi-talented individual connected to the music industry who’s had a multi-faceted career and has achieved success in a variety of roles, including, but not limited to, composing, performing, writing, directing and producing.

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 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

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A COMPLETE LIST OF 2013 ASCAP FOUNDATOIN AWARD/SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS FOLLOWS


Champion Award

Ne-Yo


George M. Cohan Award made possible by the Friars Foundation

Martin Charnin


Harold Adamson Lyric Award

Tyler Lyle – Pop

Sam Willmott - Musical Theatre


Robert Allen Award

Ryan Amador


Herb Alpert Young Jazz ComposerAward

Camille Thurman



Harold Arlen Award

Amie Doherty – Film & TV


Louis Armstrong Scholarshi at Queens College

Sooyoung Chin


Louis Armstrong Scholarship Honoring W.C. Handy

Labrea Pringle


Louis Armstrong Scholarship at the University of New Orleans

Gregory Agid


“Reach Out and Touch” Award in honor of Nick Ashford

Charisa the ViolinDiva


Belmont University Songwriting Scholarship

Alysa Vanderheym


Charlotte Bergen Scholarship

Michael Dean Parsons


Irving Berlin Summer Camp Scholarship

Noah Diggs


Leonard Bernstein Award

Amy Beth Kirsten



Freddy Bienstock Scholarship & Internship

Suzanne Rollins


Boosey & Hawkes Young Composer Award Honoring Aaron Copland

Samuel Stites


Leon Brettler Award

Kris Hitchcock


Irving Burgie Scholarship

Khiyon Hursey


Irving Caesar Scholarships

Gordan Lam, Brooklyn Stafford


Sammy Cahn Award

Sandy Emory Lawrence



Eunice & Hal David Merit Award

Lilliana Villines

Los Angeles County High School for the Arts


Fran Morgenstern Davis Scholarship

Andrew Karboski, Julia Suriano


John Denver Music Scholarships Supported by BMG Chrysalis

Ike Fortner, Noah Gaynor, Jasminn Johnson, Ayla Sullivan


Film Scoring Scholarship at Berklee College of Music

Ran Gil


Jamie deRoy & friends Award

David Buskin


Louis Dreyfus Warner/Chappell City College Scholarship Honoring George & Ira Gershwin

Octavia Romano


Max Dreyfus Scholarship

Bob Kelly


Ira Gershwin Scholarship

Sam Zagnit


Jay Gorney Award

Cheryl DaVeiga, Anthony Krizan


Phoebe Jacobs Prize

Camille Thurman


Mary Rodgers Lorenz Hart Award

Kellen Blair, Joe Kinosian


Bart Howard Songwriting Scholarship at The Berklee School of Music

Hillary Paige Lacombe


BMG Chrysalis Scholarship in honor of Quincy Jones

Ryan Fausette


Leo Kaplan Award Morton Gould Young Composer Award

Sky Macklay


Steve Kaplan TV & Film Studies Award

Vicente Ortiz Gimeno


Michelle & Dean Kay Award

Jay Vice


Leiber & Stoller Music Scholarship

Alexis Hatch


Life in Music Award

Ray Charles


Composition Scholarship in honor of Tania León

Francisco Cortés-Álvarez


Frederick Loewe Scholarship

Ana Garcia


Barbara & John LoFrumento Award

Joe Ginnane

Music Conservatory of Westchester Music Therapy Institute, Eastchester School District


Henry Mancini Music Fellowship

Francis Rodríguez


Johnny Mandell Prize

Zac Zinger


Vic Mizzy Scholarship

Yea-kyung Chung


Rudolf Nissim Prize

Michaela Eremiášová


Cole Porter Award

Benjamin Scheuer


Louis Prima Award

Jeffery Miller


Jerry Ragovoy Award

April Bender


Joe Raposo Children’s Music Award

Lori Henriques


Joan & Irwin Robinson Scholarship

Brittany Holloway


Richard Rodgers New Horizons Award

Dave Malloy


Betty Rose Scholarship

Aidan Rowe


David Rose Award

Erik Aho


Jimmy Van Heusen Award

Joe Twist


Mariana & Paul Williams Sunlight of the Spirit Award

Adam Gerver


Lucille & Jack Yellen Award

Jason Rhyne