The ASCAP Foundation and The Wallis Establish Partnership to Promote the Works of Emerging Songwriters

July 12, 2018

Two Showcases Planned at The Wallis’ Sorting Room on July 18 and 19, at 7 pm 

New York, NY July 11, 2018 -- The ASCAP Foundation is pleased to announce a new partnership with the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills presenting two showcases highlighting the work of emerging songwriters.

The first, Songwriters: The Next Generation takes place on Wednesday, July 18, at 7 pm, in conjunction with the ASCAP Rhythm & Soul department.  Hosted by ASCAP member Kosine, it features performances by ASCAP songwriters Joelle James, Kameron and Alex Vickery.

Kosine is a nine-time Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum producer/songwriter and one-half of the Los Angeles-based production duo Da Internz.  He will introduce three ASCAP songwriters, who will each perform original songs and provide a sneak peek into their craft.

Rose Gold, is an R&B singer-songwriter originally from Baltimore, and is currently based in LA. Her work was featured on Terrace Martin and The Pollyseed's Grammy-nominated album, Velvet Portraits. Alex Vickery is a multi-faceted singer/songwriter signed to Sony/ATV, who has had songs on multiple iTunes and Billboard #1 (R&B/Hip-Hop chart) albums with artists including K. Michelle and Mike Stud. Vickery has also written for and worked with Conrad Sewell (signed to 300), Grace Potter, and up-and-comers such as Madison Ryann Ward (signed to Rick Rubin), Becky Hill, and Kiana Lede (Republic Records), to name a few. 

The second showcase, An Evening of New Musical Theater Songs, takes place on Thursday, July 19, at 7 pm, in partnership with A Little New Music. It will be co-hosted by film, TV and Broadway personality Michael-Leon Wooley and Broadway and TV star Carly Hughes.

The songwriters featured include: Amy Engelhardt (Bastard Jones), Claire Partin (Sky Mall the Musical) & Angela Parrish, Terry Delsing & Brian Dykstra (Crazy Make Crazy), Sam Carner & Derek Gregor (Unlock’d), Jessica Fleitman & Rick Bassett (The Average-Sized Mermaid), Gregory Nabours (Down to the Darkness), Thomson & Desmon (Pump Up the Volume), Noemi de la Puenta & David Davila (Manuel VS.  The Statue of Liberty) and Ari Afsar & Lauren Gunderson. ASCAP member and special guest Julian Hornik will also perform selections from his original musical, TENN, based on the life of the American playwright, Tennessee Williams.

ASCAP Foundation Executive Director, Colleen McDonough commented: “We are very excited to partner with The Wallis, the ASCAP Rhythm & Soul department, and A Little New Music on this initiative, which provides visibility, encouragement and support to talented music creators. This showcase is a perfect example of The ASCAP Foundation’s mission in action – to nurture the careers of up-and-coming songwriters, composers and lyricists and provide them with opportunities to perform their original work for new and familiar audiences.”

The Sorting Room, drawing its name from its original function within the Beverly Hills Post Office, transforms the Wallis’ Lovelace Studio Theater into a 140-seat custom built nightclub space that offers Los Angeles audiences a rare opportunity to experience some of the best and emerging talent in cabaret, live contemporary music, spoken word and more. The Sorting Room Summer sessions are sponsored by Delta Air Lines.

Single ticket prices range from $15-$30. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit TheWallis.org/SortingRoom, call 310.746.4000 or stop by in person at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts Ticket Services located at 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90210. Ticket prices subject to change. 

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, talent development and humanitarian programs. Included in these are songwriting workshops, grants, scholarships, awards, recognition and community outreach programs. The ASCAP Foundation is supported by contributions from ASCAP members and from music lovers throughout the United States. www.ascapfoundation.org

About the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts:
Since opening its doors in October 2013, The Wallis has produced or presented more than 250 dance, theater, opera, classical music and family programs to an ever-expanding audience. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Paul Crewes and Managing Director Rachel Fine, The Wallis brings audiences world-class theater, dance and music, performed by many of the world's most talented and sought-after artists. Featuring eclectic programming that mirrors the diverse landscape of Los Angeles and its notability as the entertainment capital of the world, The Wallis offers original and revered works from across the U.S. and around the globe.

The mission of The Wallis is to create, present and celebrate unique performing arts events and educational programs that reflect the rich cultural diversity of our community. Nominated for 48 Ovation Awards, seven L.A. Drama Critic's Circle Awards and the recipient of six architectural awards, The Wallis is a breathtaking 70,000-square-foot venue that celebrates the classic and the modern and was designed by Zoltan E. Pali, FAIA of Studio Pali Fekete architects. The building features the restored, original 1933 Beverly Hills Post Office (on the National Register of Historic Places) that serves as the theater's dramatic yet welcoming lobby, and houses the 150-seat Lovelace Studio Theater, GRoW at The Wallis: A Space for Arts Education (a gift of Gregory Annenberg Weingarten and Family and the Annenberg Foundation) and the contemporary 500-seat, state-of-the-art Bram Goldsmith Theater. Together, these structures embrace the city's history and its future, creating a performing arts destination for L.A.-area visitors and residents alike.

About A Little New Music A Little New Music (ALNM)
(ALNM) is the best 90 minutes of new and unheard musical theater material in Los Angeles. Whether a premiere from an established writer, or an undiscovered tune from a promising up-and-comer, our mission is to showcase these talents with a program that keeps your finger on the pulse of the musical theater scene. Since 2013, A Little New Music has introduced an impressive array of over 200 songs by over 125 writing teams. Previous writing teams include Academy and Tony Award winners Pasek & Paul (The Greatest Showman, La La Land, Dear Evan Hansen) and Sankoff & Hein (Come From Away) to name a few. LA Weekly claims, “A Little New Music is bringing the best of new musical theatre to LA, one song at a time.” For more information visit: www.alittlenewmusic.org or Twitter/Instagram: @ALittleNewMusic.

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Press Contact:
ASCAP – Cathy Nevins
cnevins@ascap.com