Critically-Acclaimed Band The Great Unknown Embark on a Tour of Schools in Five Cities: Washington, D.C., Cleveland , Milwaukee, New York and Boston
New York, NY, October 19, 2010: ASCAP (the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) and America SCORES have teamed up again this year to present its national songwriting mentorship program, ASCAP Songwriter Residency @ America SCORES. The program, which kicks off today in Washington, D.C., gives ASCAP songwriters and composers a platform to give back to their local communities by engaging and inspiring inner city school kids through songwriting and recording.
As part of the program, ASCAP selects its talented members, ranging from rising stars to Grammy Award-winning artists, to collaborate with SCORES kids over three two-hour sessions: co-writing a song during the first two sessions and recording it in a professional studio during the third session. ASCAP’s songwriters have been very enthusiastic about the opportunity to work with the SCORES kids and support their local communities, and the Songwriter Residency has been a very effective addition to America SCORES’ year-round, nationally acclaimed programming agenda of engaging and inspiring kids in underserved neighborhoods. The ASCAP Foundation, a public charity dedicated to supporting music education and talent development programs, funds the program.
Confirmed for this year’s program are critically-acclaimed band The Great Unknown (EP: The New Skin) in five cities; Latin Grammy Award-winning songwriter Claudia Brant (Luis Fonsi, Carlos Santana) in Los Angeles, CA; Grammy nominated songwriter Odie Blackmon (George Strait, Lee Ann Womack) in St. Louis, MO; R&B singer/songwriter and So So Def/Island Music recording artist Dondria (debut album: Dondria vs Phatfffat) in Dallas, TX; Grammy nominated songwriter/producer Chris Henderson (R. Kelly, Jamie Foxx) in Atlanta, GA; and songwriter/producer The Legendary Traxster (Ludacris, Twista) in Chicago, IL.
The Great Unknown begins the first leg of their five-city Songwriter Residency today in Washington, D.C. The four-piece band from Philadelphia, comprising Todd Henkin (guitar, harmonica, vocals), Jordan Berger (drums, vocals), Matt Goldsborough (bass, guitar, mand olin, vocals), and Brad Jacobson (lap steel, guitar, banjo, vocals), will take time out of their fall tour in support of their new, self-released EP The New Skin, to embark on a tour of inner city schools, writing songs that emphasize individuality and self-worth with students from third to fifth grades. The band will lead students through a series of exercises ““ brainstorming, free-writing, guided conversations ““ gradually turning the ideas they suggest into songs.
“We want to focus around the fact that kids can see themselves as important people,” said Henkin. “We want to start the sessions with each kid walking up to a video camera and saying, ‘This is my voice, and it’s important.’ We want to show them that anyone can do this. Writing a song and recording it ““ that’s something that everyone can do.”
The finished songs will be included on a special compilation CD that ASCAP produces, which is distributed to each of the schools involved, as well as to music industry decision makers.
The Great Unknown’s ASCAP Songwriter Residency @ America SCORES tour dates are:
When: October 18, 19 and 20, 2010
School: MacFarland Middle School, 4400 Iowa Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20011
Recording Studio: Bias Studios, 5400 Carolina Place, Springfield, VA 22151
Cleveland , OH:
When: October 25, 26 and 27, 2010
School: Willow School, 5004 Glazier Avenue, Cleveland , OH 44127
Recording Studio: Lava Room Recording, 5000 Euclid Ave, Cleveland , Ohio 44103
When: November 8, 9 and 10, 2010
School: Hayes Bilingual School, 2431 S 10th St, Milwaukee, WI 53215
Recording Studio: Tanner Monagle Studio, 1120 N. Market St, Milwaukee, WI 53201
New York, NY:
When: November 29, 30 and December 1, 2010
School: The selected school will be the winner of the America SCORES New York Community Poetry SLAM! Team Competition
Recording Studio: Avatar Studios, 441 West 53rd Street, New York, NY 10019
When: December 8, 9 and 10, 2010
School: The selected school will be the winner of the America SCORES New England Middle Schools’ “Voices Songwriting Competition”
Recording Studio: Temple Sound, 670 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Additional programming details regarding Claudia Brant, Odie Blackmon, Dondria, Chris Henderson and The Legendary Traxster will be announced soon.
To listen to the songs created during last year’s program, view photos and more, please visit:
About America SCORES
America SCORES is a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to use soccer and poetry to inspire among urban youth a lasting dedication to health, literacy, and community service. America SCORES operates soccer teams in urban public schools in economically disadvantaged neighborhoods across the country. Teamwork developed on the field is translated to the classroom and the community. The program operates five days per week after-school and has recently been recognized by Charity Navigator as one of the most administratively efficient nonprofits in the country. For more information, visit 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
Established in 1914, ASCAP is the first and leading U.S. Performing Rights Organization (PRO) representing the world’s largest repertory totaling over 8.5 million copyrighted musical works of every style and genre from more than 390,000 songwriter, composer and music publisher members. ASCAP has representation arrangements with similar foreign organizations so that the ASCAP repertory is represented in nearly every country around the world where copyright law exists. ASCAP protects the rights of its members and foreign affiliates by licensing the public performances of their copyrighted works and distributing royalties based upon surveyed performances. ASCAP is the only American PRO owned and governed by its writer and publisher members. www.ascap.com