October 05, 2015

ASCAP Songwriter Residency Premieres New Music Video From Malik Yusef and Julie Frost

Songwriters Yusef, Frost and Students from America SCORES Chicago Co-Wrote “Champions,” in a Program Funded by The ASCAP Foundation.

Malik Yusef and Julie Frost

Malik Yusef and Julie Frost

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) premieres the sixth music video, “Champions,” from the ASCAP Songwriter Residency: Volume 7 album today. The song was co-written and performed by five-time Grammy-winning rapper/producer Malik Yusef (Kanye West, Common) with Golden Globe-winning songwriter Julie Frost (Pitbull, Madonna) and 11 America SCORES Chicago students of Hearst Elementary School. It was written over the course of two afternoons, and recorded on a third at CRC Studios in Chicago, Illinois.

“Champions” is one of seven tracks on ASCAP Songwriter Residency: Volume 7, which was released for streaming and as a free download on Friday, September 25th at www.ascap.com/songwriterresidency.

Commenting on the program, Frost said, “Writing and recording with Malik and the kids from America scores was inspiring, beautiful and heart opening. It was an honor to be a part of this important and unique music outreach program, I’m grateful to everyone involved.”

Yusef added, “I participated in this program last year and was blown away. I was very glad to lead more sessions this year. The kids were powerful. It was amazing and beautiful.”

The ASCAP Songwriter Residency has partnered with America SCORES Chicago on four prior occasions. Amy Mummery, Education Director of America SCORES Chicago, greatly appreciates the value of the program, “The ASCAP experience provides America SCORES poet-athletes with a unique opportunity to engage in the songwriting process and celebrate the power that music has to breathe new life into their poetry.”

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 programs, funds the program.

Other artists on Vol. 7 include Grammy Award-winning producer/songwriter Alonzo “Zo” Lee (Ludacris, Usher) collaborating with country hit songwriter Walt Aldridge (Travis Tritt, Heartland) in St. Louis; critically acclaimed composer/songwriter Gabriel Mann (Modern Family, Rectify) in LA; Grammy and Emmy-nominated composer/songwriter David Wolfert (Whitney Houston, Barbra Streisand) with acclaimed songwriter/producer Johnny Blk (Daughtry, Jessie J) in NYC; hit country songwriter Felix McTeigue (Florida Georgia Line, Dallas Smith) in Boston; chart-topping R&B songwriter/producer Andrea Martin (En Vogue, Leona Lewis) in NYC and hit songwriter Dave Berg (Carrie Underwood, Kenny Chesney) with critically acclaimed 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.

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 540,000 members representing more than 10 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 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

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

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