September 24, 2015

ASCAP Songwriter Residency: Volume 7 Album Now Available to Stream

Compilation Funded by The ASCAP Foundation Includes 7 Original Songs Written and Recorded by ASCAP Songwriters & America SCORES Students from 6 Cities Across U.S.

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New York, NY, Sept 25, 2015: From fall 2014 through spring 2015, The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) teamed up once again with America SCORES to present its national songwriting mentorship program, The ASCAP Songwriter Residency. Today, the product of this year’s program – a free compilation album of seven original songs written and recorded by ASCAP songwriters and America SCORES public school students from six cities across the country – is available to stream and download at www.ascap.com/songwriterresidency.

The ASCAP Songwriter Residency is a partnership between ASCAP and nationally acclaimed after-school program America SCORES. It provides a platform for songwriters and composers to give back to their local communities by engaging and inspiring students in under-resourced neighborhoods. The ASCAP Foundation, a public charity dedicated to supporting music education and talent development programs, funds the program.

Each of the seven Residency workshops took place over the course of three afternoons, during which an ASCAP songwriter – from rising stars to Grammy Award-winning artists – collaborated with a group of 16-32 America SCORES students, co-writing an original song and recording it in a professional studio. ASCAP Songwriter Residency: Volume 7 represents seven of these three-day workshops in six cities across the country.

Additionally, The ASCAP Songwriter Residency has released a music video for each of the seven songs on the Volume 7 album. The videos feature the completed song and footage from the songwriting and recording sessions and premiered with select press partners such as AXS.com, Elmore Magazine,The Huffington Post, Performing Songwriter, and VIBE. See a full list of links to the videos, below.

This year’s ASCAP Songwriter Residencies featured: Grammy Award-winning songwriter-producer Alonzo "Zo" Lee (Ludacris, Usher) with chart-topping country songwriter Walt Aldridge (Travis Tritt, Heartland) and chart-topping recording artist Chingy in St. Louis; acclaimed composer-songwriter Gabriel Mann (Modern Family, Rectify) in Los Angeles; Grammy and Emmy-nominated composer-songwriter David Wolfert (Whitney Houston, Barbra Streisand) with songwriter-producer Johnny Blk (Daughtry, Jessie J) in New York City; 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 New York City; chart-topping country songwriter Dave Berg (Carrie Underwood, Kenny Chesney) with songwriter-producer Tony Esterly in Portland, OR; and chart-topping country songwriter Felix McTeigue (Florida Georgia Line, Dallas Smith) with songwriters Ellie Buckland & Isa Burke in Boston.

In addition to working with America SCORES, the ASCAP Songwriter Residency connected a songwriter with the PENCIL Partnership Program, which helps thousands of business and school leaders develop unique, school-based collaborations that have a lasting impact on the students, school community and school culture. Andrea Martin’s residency was with students from the East Fordham Academy of the Arts in Bronx, NY, one of the PENCIL Partnership schools that work with ASCAP.

ASCAP Songwriter Residency: Volume 7 Track Listing, click for video:

1. “Sister Brother Father Mother” (Gabriel Mann & America SCORES LA students of Braddock Drive Elementary School)

2. “The World’s On Fire” (Felix McTeigue, Ellie Buckland, Isa Burke & America SCORES Boston students of Boston Teachers Union Middle School)

3. “Love 1 Another” (Alonzo "Zo" Lee, Walt Aldridge, Lydia Caesar, Chingy, 'Lil Ralph & America SCORES St. Louis students from Barack Obama and Washington Elementary Schools)

4. "We Are" (David Wolfert, Johnny Blk & America SCORES NYC students of P.S. 161)

5. “Champions” (Julie Frost, Malik Yusef, The Guys & America SCORES Chicago students of Hearst Elementary School)

6. “Freedom And Confidence” (Andrea Martin & NYC students from East Fordham Academy for the Arts)

7. “The Best Me I Can Be” (Dave Berg, Tony Esterly, Chris Henderson & America SCORES Portland students of Davis Elementary)

To learn more about The ASCAP Songwriter Residency, visit www.ascap.com/songwriterresidency and connect with us on Facebook and YouTube.

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 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
America SCORES is the largest urban school-based soccer organization in the U.S. with a mission to inspire urban youth to lead healthy lives, be engaged students, and have the confidence and character to make a difference in the world. Established in 1994, it is the first national organization to create a sustainable and replicable model that brings soccer to urban areas through a holistic after school program. Using soccer as a tool for social change, America SCORES creates teams through the sport of soccer; brings these teams into the classroom to discover their voice through poetry; and as a team, the students learn to use their voices to make change in their communities. The result is a team of children who experience success on the field, in the classroom, and in the community. Learn more at 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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