August 07, 2015

ASCAP Songwriter Residency Premieres New Music Video from Andrea Martin with VIBE

Songwriter Martin and Students from East Fordham Academy for the Arts Co-Write “Freedom and Confidence” in a program Funded by The ASCAP Foundation.

Andrea Martin

New York, NY, August 7, 2015: The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) releases the second music video, “Freedom and Confidence,” from ASCAP Songwriter Residency: Volume 7 with VIBE. The song was co-written and performed by Andrea Martin (En Vogue, Leona Lewis) with 16 NYC students of The East Fordham Academy of the Arts. It was written over the course of an afternoon session, and recorded on a second day at Platinum Sound Studios. To view the premiere on VIBE.com, click here

Martin was enthusiastic about the program: “I am a big believer in the power of education, and the creative arts are an integral part of that. I had such a wonderful time writing a song with these students, opening their minds to new possibilities for themselves. I got as much out of it as they did and am grateful for the opportunity.”

The ASCAP Songwriter Residency, a partnership with acclaimed after-school program America SCORES, is an annual mentorship program that provides a platform for songwriters to engage and inspire elementary and middle school students in under-resourced neighborhoods around the country. The ASCAP Foundation, a public charity dedicated to supporting music education and talent development, funds the program.

“Freedom and Confidence” is just one of seven tracks on the ASCAP Songwriter Residency: Volume 7 album, which will be released September 25. It will be available to stream and download at www.ascap.com/SongwriterResidency.

Other artists on Vol. 7 include Grammy Award-winning producer/songwriter Alonzo “Zo” Lee (Ludacris, Usher) collaborating with hit country songwriters Walt Aldridge (Travis Tritt, Heartland) in St. Louis; Felix McTeigue (Florida Georgia Line, Dallas Smith) with songwriters Ellie Buckland and Isa Burke in Boston; critically acclaimed composer/songwriter Gabriel Mann (Modern Family, Rectify) in LA; five-time Grammy-winning rapper-producer Malik Yusef (Kanye West, Common) with Golden Globe-winning songwriter Julie Frost (Pitbull, Beyonce) in Chicago; Grammy- and Emmy-nominated composer-songwriter David Wolfert (Whitney Houston, Barbra Streisand) with acclaimed songwriter-producer Johnny Blk (Daughtry, Jessie J) in NYC; and chart-topping songwriter Dave Berg (Carrie Underwood, Kenny Chesney) with songwriter-producer Tony Esterly in Portland OR.

ASCAP welcomes anyone wishing to use the song as a promotional tool to email ASCAP Songwriter Residency Executive Producer Sue Devine at sdevine@ascap.com.

About ASCAP
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 680,000 members representing more than 11.5 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. www.ascap.com

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. www.AmericaSCORES.org

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. www.ascapfoundation.org

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