August 03, 2015

ASCAP Songwriter Residency Premieres New Music Video from Felix McTeigue with Elmore Magazine

Songwriters McTeigue, Ellie Buckland, Isa Burke and Students from America SCORES Boston Co-Write “The World’s on Fire” in a program Funded by The ASCAP Foundation.

Felix McTiegue

New York, NY, August 3, 2015: The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) premieres the first music video, “The World’s on Fire,” from ASCAP Songwriter Residency: Volume 7 today with Elmore Magazine. The song was co-written and performed by Felix McTeigue (who penned Florida Georgia Line’s current single, “Anything Goes,” a #19 hit and climbing on the Billboard Hot Country Songs Chart) together with songwriters Ellie Buckland, Isa Burke and 30 America SCORES students of Boston Teachers Union School. It was written over the course of two afternoons, and recorded on a third at Q Division Studios in Somerville, MA. Click here to watch the premiere on the Elmore Magazine website.

“The World’s on Fire” is one of seven tracks on ASCAP Songwriter Residency: Volume 7, which will be available to stream and as a free download on Friday, September 25th at www.ascap.com/songwriterresidency.

McTeigue was enthusiastic about the program. “This was such a meaningful experience for all of us,” he said. “We had no idea what to expect when the workshop started, but we were blown away - not only by the kids' talent, creativity and hard work - but also by how real, relevant and heartfelt a subject matter they chose to write about. Watching the kids come out of their shells and become more confident with their ideas was very powerful. What a truly profound experience. We are incredibly grateful.”

The ASCAP Songwriter Residency has partnered with America SCORES Boston on four prior occasions. Dwayne Simmons, Program Director of America SCORES Boston, spoke of the value of the program: “The Residency exposes Boston public school youth to various genres of music while providing hands-on instruction. Having an ASCAP artist lead the sessions provides a level of legitimacy and excitement that a music teacher just cannot offer. The kids light up when they're in the studio. You can see the accomplishment on their faces when they hear the final mix. They leave the Residency with a deeper appreciation of music and a sense of ownership and pride in the final product. The recording process creates a lifelong memory that keeps the kids wanting to do it again and again like the professionals.”

The ASCAP Songwriter Residency, a partnership with acclaimed after-school program America SCORES, is an annual mentorship program that enables 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 programs, funds the program.

Other artists on ASCAP Songwriter Residency: Vol. 7 include Grammy Award-winning songwriter-producer Alonzo “Zo” Lee (Ludacris, Usher) collaborating with chart-topping country songwriter Walt Aldridge (Travis Tritt, Heartland) in St. Louis; critically-acclaimed composer-songwriter Gabriel Mann (Modern Family, Rectify) in LA; Grammy-winning rapper-producer Malik Yusef (Kanye West, Common) with Golden Globe-winning songwriter Julie Frost (Pitbull, Madonna) 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; chart-topping R&B songwriter Andrea Martin (En Vogue, Leona Lewis) in NYC; and chart-topping country 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 e-mail 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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