September 22, 2015

ASCAP Songwriter Residency Premieres New Music Video from Gabriel Mann with Huffington Post

Songwriter-Composer Mann and Students from America SCORES LA Co-Write “Sister, Brother, Father, Mother” in a program funded by The ASCAP Foundation

Gabriel Mann With Kids

Gabriel Mann (top left) with kids from America SCORES

New York, NY, Sept 22, 2015: The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) premieres the fifth music video, “Sister, Brother, Father, Mother,” from the ASCAP Songwriter Residency: Volume 7 album today with the Huffington Post. The track was co-written and performed by Gabriel Mann (composer of Modern Family, Rectify) and 16 America SCORES Los Angeles students of Braddock Elementary. It was written over the course of two afternoons, and recorded on a third at The Village Studios. Click here to watch the premiere on the Huffington Post website.

Commenting on the program, Mann said, “Working with the students brought me back to why I got into music in the first place. Songs that make you feel something, melodies that make you want to sing out loud. It was an honor to see what’s happening in these kids’ minds, what they care about, who they love. They have a very strong sense of what’s important at such a young age, and we had a great time exploring that together.”

The ASCAP Songwriter Residency has partnered with America SCORES Los Angeles on nine prior occasions. David Joseph, Executive Director of America SCORES Los Angeles, spoke of the value of the program: “There are few experiences that resonate for the students in our program like the ASCAP Songwriter Residency does. In pairing chart-topping professional songwriters with our students - for three intense days - the songwriters quickly become teachers, mentors, and role models who inspire. That is tremendously impactful. For the kids, seeing their own words transform into lyrics and having the opportunity to record a song in the studio is an incredible thrill."

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.

“Sister, Brother, Father, Mother” is just one of seven tracks on the ASCAP Songwriter Residency: Volume 7 album, which will be released September 25, 2015, and 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 country hit songwriter Walt Aldridge (Travis Tritt, Heartland) in St.Louis; hit country songwriter Felix McTeigue (Florida Georgia Line, Dallas Smith) with critically acclaimed songwriters Ellie Buckland and Isa Burke in Boston; Grammy and Emmy-nominated composer/songwriter David Wolfert (Whitney Houston, Barbra Streisand) with acclaimed songwriter/producer Johnny Blk (Daughtry, Jessie J) in NYC; five-time Grammy-winning rapper/producer Malik Yusef (Kanye West, Common) with Golden Globe-winning songwriter Julie Frost (Pitbull, Beyonce) in Chicago; chart-topping R&B songwriter/producer Andrea Martin (En Vogue, Leona Lewis) in NYC and chart-topping 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.

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 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 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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