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Honorees to Be Recognized at ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame
Ceremonies on June 17 in NYC

New York, NY, February 7, 2008:  ASCAP Foundation President Marilyn
Bergman has announced the recipients of the 2008 ASCAP Foundation Young
Jazz Composer Awards.  This program, established in 2002, was created to
encourage gifted jazz composers from throughout the United States.  The
recipients, who range in age from 14 to 29, are selected through a juried
national competition.  They receive cash awards, and will be recognized at
the annual ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame ceremony on June 17, 2008, which will
be held in The Allen Room, Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln
Center on Broadway at 60th Street, New York City.

Commenting on the awards, Marilyn Bergman said, "The young jazz creators
recognized through this program represent the future of this uniquely
American art form.  We congratulate the recipients and extend thanks to the

dedicated panel of ASCAP composers who selected the honorees."

The Young Jazz Composer Awards are in their third year of sponsorship by
Gibson Foundation, the philanthropic arm of musical giant Gibson Guitar
The Gibson Foundation supports The ASCAP Foundation Young Jazz Composer
Awards in fulfillment of its commitment to educational excellence through
music and the arts.

This year's ASCAP Foundation Young Jazz Composer Award recipients, ages
18-29, are:  Roy Assaf, 25 (New York, NY); Sharel Cassity, 29 (New York,
NY); Michael Dease, 25 (New York, NY); Jesse Elder, 24 (New York, NY);
Quamon Fowler, 27 (Ft. Worth, TX); Ross Garren, 22 (Los Angeles, CA); Tyler

Gilmore, 25 (Denver, CO); Nicholas Grondin, 25 (Lee, NH); Alex Heitlinger,
(New York, NY); Bryson Kern, 25 (Astoria, NY); Pascal Le Boeuf, 21 (Santa
Cruz, CA); Remy Le Boeuf, 21 (Santa Cruz, CA); Ben Markley, 25 (Longmont,
CO); Linda Oh, 23 (New York, NY); Rick Parker, 29 (Brooklyn, NY); Joshua
Richman, 21 (Hatfield, PA); Sherisse Rogers, (New Castle, DE); Kendrick
Scott, 27 (New York, NY); Jaleel Shaw, 29 (Paterson, NJ); Stephen Smith, 27

(Wichita Falls, TX); and Omar Thomas, 23 (Bear, DE).

The youngest ASCAP Foundation Young Jazz Composers, ages 14 to 16, are:
Lucas Apostoleris, 14 (MA); Joel Carini, 15 (NY); Grace Kelly, 15 (MA);
Kellman, 16 (NY); David Lantz, 16 (PA); and Elijah Shiffer, 16 (NY).

Composers receiving Honorable Mention are: Patrick Cornelius, 29 (Astoria,
NY); Shaul Einav, 25, (Rochester, NY); Eric Hirsh, 23 (Durham, NC); James
Hirschfeld, 26, (New York, NY); Jimmy Macbride, 16 (CT); Adam Ratner, 20
(Encino, CA); Matt Savage, 15, (NH); and Ted Taforo, 18, (CA).

The ASCAP composer/judges for the 2008 competition were: John Fedchock,
Jay Leonhart, and Rufus Reid.

About Gibson Foundation
Founded in 2002 as the philanthropic division of Gibson Guitar, the Gibson
Foundation is committed to making the world a better place for children
worldwide through its own initiatives and by its support of other
organizations that advance music and the arts, health and welfare,
education, and environmental causes. Gibson Foundation's environmental
partners include A Child's Right, Environmental Defense, Free the Children,

Global Green, Rainforest Alliance, and WaterAid. Through its support of
organizations, Gibson Foundation helps to fight global warming and provide
clean water, as well as promote biodiversity and sustainable livelihoods,
building, and the safe elimination of weapons of mass destruction. The
of the support provided by the Gibson Foundation is felt by millions of
each year.

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
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


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ASCAP - Pauline Stack
pstack at ascap.com

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