ASCAP: Mentoring a New Generation of Music Creators

ASCAP and the ASCAP Foundation are committed to mentoring America's new composers and authors. Composition contests for both classical and jazz idioms, film scoring workshops, and talent development programs are a few of the many and far-reaching projects that ASCAP sponsors in ongoing efforts to inspire young artists.

Celebrating Morton Gould and a Century of Music

The year 2013 marked the centennial of the beloved American composer Morton Gould's (1913–1996) birth. As president of ASCAP, Gould was committed to reaching out to a new generation of music creators, as well as nurturing a love of music in young people. The Morton Gould Young Composer Award, sponsored by the ASCAP Foundation, honors the memory of a great American composer.

The ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Awards. Poster, 2013. ASCAP Foundation Collection, Music Division, Library of Congress (038.00.00)
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Fostering Future Jazz Composers

From its very beginnings, jazz and jazz composers have been an integral and much-cherished part of the ASCAP family. W. C. Handy (1873–1958), universally regarded as the "Father of the Blues," was an early and enthusiastic member of ASCAP. The ASCAP Foundation's commitment to jazz and to young composers is exemplified by the Young Jazz Composer Awards.

The ASCAP Foundation Young Jazz Composer Awards. Poster, 2013. ASCAP Foundation Collection, Music Division, Library of Congress (039.00.00)
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New Roads to Music

Time and technology are constantly changing the ways composers write their music. The vocabulary of music is in constant flux and the means of delivering music is ever changing. The ASCAP/SEAMUS Student Commission Competition is a collaboration between ASCAP and the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS).

ASCAP/SEAMUS Student Commission Competition. Poster, 2012. ASCAP Foundation Collection, Music Division, Library of Congress (040.00.00)
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The Power to Heal

In the days following the events of September 11, 2001, the universal connection between Americans and Irving Berlin's (1888–1989) anthem "God, Bless America" was as poignant as it was palpable. This song, though always a favorite, became a continuing staple not only at public memorial programs, but also at sporting events throughout the country.

The Power of a Song. The Power to Heal. The Power of ASCAP. Printers proof, 2001. ASCAP Foundation Collection, Music Division, Library of Congress (041.00.00)
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ASCAP in Action: Inspiring a New Generation.

Mentoring young musicians and writers and encouraging the musical arts in our schools are some of the varied components of ASCAP's education initiatives. Each project helps to ensure that successive generations of composers and writers will have a wealth of experience at the ready. These activities exemplify ASCAP's commitment to the future as the organization moves into its next hundred years of creativity and service.

A Photographic montage of outreach and mentoring programs by ASCAP and its members, ca. 2005, created for this exhibition. ASCAP Foundation Collection, Music Division, Library of Congress (042.00.00)

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