The ASCAP Foundation Children Will Listen Program Receives Support From The Ahmanson Foundation to Help Expose Students to the Joys of Musical Theatre

December 19, 2018

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 19, 2018: Thanks to a generous grant from The Ahmanson Foundation, The ASCAP Foundation Children Will Listen program is partnering with the Center Theatre Group to enrich the lives of middle and high school students living in Los Angeles.

On January 4th, 2019, 50 students and chaperones from CBG Arts, an organization located in Inglewood, California, whose mission is to enrich communities through the arts, will receive free premium tickets and luxury bus transportation to see the touring production of the Broadway hit musical, Come From Away. Written by ASCAP members David Hein and Irene Sankoff, the musical is being presented at The Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles. For many, it will be their first professional theater experience. 

Prior to the show, students will participate in two workshops, including one with cast members and production staff from the play. In addition, the students will engage in a Q&A with the cast following the performance.

The ASCAP Foundation Children Will Listen program was established in 2005 in honor of ASCAP member, Stephen Sondheim, composer/lyricist of Sweeney Todd, Company and A Little Night Music, to bring the musical theater experience to young students nationwide. The program was named for one of the songs from his musical, Into the Woods. To date, The ASCAP Foundation Children Will Listen program has introduced the many facets of musical theatre to over two thousand economically disadvantaged children nationwide.

“The ASCAP Foundation is delighted to expose the next generation of music lovers and creators to the masters of the musical theatre. Their individual experiences and current life situations enable the students to bring a fresh new perspective to a musical like Come From Away, whose universal theme holds so much relevance in today’s society,” remarked Colleen McDonough, Executive Director of The ASCAP Foundation. “There is nothing more important to the future of musical theatre than bringing children to experience for themselves — in many cases, for the first time — the music, singers, dancers, costumes and staging. We are proud to do our part to encourage this opportunity.”


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.


About The Ahmanson Foundation

The Ahmanson Foundation serves Los Angeles County by funding cultural projects in the arts and humanities, education at all levels, health care, programs related to homelessness and underserved populations as well a wide range of human services. By supporting, non-profit organizations that demonstrate sound fiscal management, efficient operation and program integrity, the Foundation strives to enhance the quality of life and cultural legacy of the Los Angeles community. 


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