December 10, 2015

The ASCAP Foundation Presents Special Honors to Pop Star Richard Marx and Theater Legend Joel Grey at 20th Annual Awards Event in New York

New York, NY, December 10, 2015: The ASCAP Foundation last night honored recording artist, producer and Grammy Award-winning songwriter Richard Marx with its Champion Award in recognition of Marx’s deep commitment and wide range of activities that make a difference in the lives of children afflicted by disease, poverty and homelessness. In addition, Joel Grey --the Tony and Oscar Award-winning actor, song and dance man, director, photographer and author -- received the George M. Cohan/Friars Foundation Award, for his multifaceted career and success.

The accolades were presented at The Foundation's 20th annual Awards Ceremony, held at the Appell Room of Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, in New York City. ASCAP Foundation President Paul Williams and ASCAP Foundation Executive Director Colleen McDonough hosted the event.

Commenting on the awards to Marx and Grey, Williams said: “Richard Marx has created a body of impressive and deservedly successful music. It is appropriate that we also recognize his meaningful and very tangible efforts to help disadvantaged children. Joel Grey is a consummate entertainer -- singer, dancer, actor, director, and writer -- a toweringly talented individual whose legendary status is fully deserved and undeniable. He is a natural choice for the Cohan/Friars Foundation Award.”

A native of Chicago, Richard Marx has strongly impacted popular music over the course of his nearly three-decade career. His recordings have sold more than 30 million copies around the world. He enjoyed fourteen #1's on various charts and remains the only male artist in Billboard chart history to have his first seven singles reach the top 5 (including “Don’t Mean Nothing,“ “Satisfied,” “Hold on to the Nights” and “Right Here Waiting”). Marx has also been successful as a songwriter and/or producer for other artists, and in 2004, he received a Grammy Award for Song of the Year for co-authoring Luther Vandross’s “Dance with My Father.” His charitable efforts include raising money for the Children of the Night Foundation, donating royalties to the New York University Medical Center to help pediatric cancer patients, and headlining benefit concerts for such charities as the TJ Martell Foundation, Toys for Tots, the Make a Wish Foundation and the Special Olympics.

Cleveland-born Joel Grey has been active as an entertainer for more than six decades. He is best known for his Broadway and film performance as the Master of Ceremonies in Cabaret, which earned him a Tony, Oscar and Golden Globe Award. His credits in theater, film and television are too numerous to list. Among those credits was the title role in George M!, a 1968 Broadway musical based on Cohan’s life and career. He later recreated the role for a 1970 network TV special.

The George M. Cohan/Friars Foundation Award is presented to a multi-talented individual connected to the music industry that has had a multi-faceted career and has achieved success in a variety of roles, including, but not limited to, composing, performing, writing, directing and producing.

The 20th annual ASCAP Foundation Awards also honored a wide variety of scholarship and award recipients, all of whom benefit from programs of The ASCAP Foundation. The evening was highlighted by several outstanding performances, including those of Richard Marx; Reach Out and Touch Award recipient Felicia Collins; Desmond Child Anthem Award honoree Maisy Kay; Johnny Mandel Prize recipient Pascal LeBouef; Joe Raposo Children’s Music Award honoree Alastair Moock; Sunlight of the Spirit Award recipient Watson Lark; and cast members of The Invisible Thread, scored by Richard Rodgers New Horizons Award recipients Griffin Matthews and Matt Gould. A complete list of 2015 ASCAP Foundation Scholarship and Award recipients follows:

The ASCAP Foundation 2015 honorees

Champion Award - Richard Marx

George M. Cohan / Friars Foundation Award - Joel Grey

Harold Adamson Lyric Awards
Brandon Lay - Country
Liana Banks, Sharina Marisela Doyle,
Leon “LT The Concept” Thomas - R&S
Michael Lluberes – Musical Theatre

Robert Allen Award
Mikaela Straus

Herb Alpert
Young Jazz Composer Awards
Caio Afiune, Quentin Angus, Bryson Barnes, Bryn Bliska, Lorenzo Carrano, Mike Conrad, Rafael Piccolotto de Lima,
Nick Finzer, Jon Hatamiya, Josh Johnson, Gene Knific,
Pascal Le Boeuf, Guy Mintus, Adam Neely, Mark Ninmer,
Scott Ninmer, Christopher Ott, Josh Plotner, John Raymond, Michael Schreier, Erica Seguine, Jeremy Siskind, David von Kampen, Marcus Wilcher, Zac Zinger, Christopher Zuar
Honorable Mentions: Colleen Clark, ArcoIris Sandoval, Drew Zaremba

Harold Arlen Film & TV Award
Iván Palomares

Louis Armstrong Scholarships
at Queens College
Denzel McKenzie
honoring W.C. Handy
N’Dea Bajjo
at the University of New Orleans
Oscar Rossignoli

“Reach Out and Touch” Award
in honor of Nick Ashford
Felicia Collins
Irving Berlin Summer Camp Scholarship
Jack Whitelaw

Leonard Bernstein Award
Harold Meltzer, Harry Stafylakis
Freddy Bienstock Scholarship & Internship
Qyana Jené Agina
Boosey & Hawkes Young Composer Award honoring Aaron Copland
Rain Johannes

Leon Brettler Award
Brandon Ratcliff

Irving Burgie Scholarship
Nismah Osman

Irving Caesar Scholarships
Leah Brekke, Alexis Cordero

Sammy Cahn Award
Amy Kuney

Desmond Child Anthem Award
Maisy Kay

Eunice & Hal David Merit Award
Lilliana Villines

Fran Morgenstern Davis Scholarship
Agness Nyama, Matthew Wong

John Denver Music Camp Scholarship
William E.F. Robertson

Jamie deRoy & friends Award
Benjamin Scheuer

Louis Dreyfus Warner/Chappell
City College Scholarship
honoring George & Ira Gershwin
Spencer Snyder

Max Dreyfus Scholarship
Melissa Miles

Fellowship for Composition at
The Aspen Musical Festival & School

Melody Eötvös

Ira Gershwin Scholarship
Ethan Brown

Jay Gorney Award
Eric Hansen

Morton Gould Young Composer Awards
Brian Heim (Leo Kaplan Award)
Anahita Abbasi, Timo Andres, Yihan Chen, Choi Jaehyuck,
TJ Cole, Erin Graham, Saad Haddad, David Hertzberg, Jay Hurst, Evan Ingalls, Sun Bin Kim, Scott Lee, Austin O’Rourke,
Nina Shekhar, Shen Yiwen, Daniel Silliman, Gabriella Smith, Andrew Stock, Jason Thorpe Buchanan, Gabriel Zucker
Ages 10 to 17:
J.P. Redmond (Charlotte V. Bergen Scholarship)
Emily Bear, Michael Jon Bennett, Karalyn Schubring, Renata Vallecillo
Honorable Mentions: Eleanor Bragg, Scott Feiner, Tengku Irfan, Paris Lavidis, Vaibhav Mohanty, Avik Sarkar, Lauren Vandervelden

Jerry Herman Broadway Legacy Prize
Marcella Brown, Jacob Hartman,
Victoria Juarez, Jeremy Wright

Phoebe Jacobs Prize
Colleen Clark

Bart Howard Scholarship
at Belmont Univrsity
Brad Blackburn
at Berklee College of Music
Amit Cohen, Rachel Siegel

BMG Chrysalis Scholarship
in Honor of Quincy Jones
Vann Rimpsey

Steve Kaplan TV & Film Studies Award
Stefan French

Michelle & Dean Kay Award
Jordan Cox

Leiber & Stoller Music Scholarship
Maggie O’Leary

Frederick Loewe Scholarship
Kayla Clark

Barbara & John LoFrumento Award
Music Conservatory of Westchester
Music Therapy Institute
Eastchester School District

Henry Mancini Music Fellowship
Ariel Marx

Johnny Mandel Prize
Pascal Le Boeuf

Vic Mizzy Scholarship
Trey Toy

Rudolf Nissim Prize
Mark Lanz Weiser

Cole Porter Award
Sam Willmott

Louis Prima Award
Madison Kerth

Joe Raposo Children’s Music Award
Alastair Moock

Joan & Irwin Robinson Scholarship
Christine Payne

Mary Rodgers Lorenz Hart Award
Charlie Sohne & Tim Rosser

Richard Rodgers New Horizons Award
Matt Gould & Griffin Matthews

Betty Rose Scholarship
Jacques Brautbar

David Rose Award
Pancho Burgos-Goizueta

Vanguard Award
Lizz Wright

Jimmy Van Heusen Award
Giovanni Mancini

Mariana & Paul Williams
Sunlight of the Spirit Award
Carly Keyes, Watson Lark

Lucille & Jack Yellen Award
Neil Bartram

About The ASCAP Foundation

Founded in 1975, The ASCAP Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to supporting and encouraging American music creators through music education, talent development and humanitarian programs. Included in these are songwriting workshops,  scholarships, awards, recognition and community outreach programs, and providing grants to other 501(c)(3) organizations engaged in educational programs for aspiring songwriters and composers. The ASCAP Foundation is supported by contributions from ASCAP members and from music lovers throughout the United States.

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Jim Steinblatt