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Listen to Volume 7 Today!


ASCAP has teamed up once again with SCORES to present its national songwriting mentorship program, The ASCAP Songwriter Residency. The product of this year’s program – a free compilation album of seven original songs written and recorded by ASCAP songwriters and America SCORES public school students from six cities across the country – is available to stream and download at

Additionally, The ASCAP Songwriter Residency has released a music video for each of the seven songs on the Volume 7 album. The videos feature the completed song and footage from the songwriting and recording sessions and premiered with select press partners such as, Elmore Magazine,The Huffington Post, Performing Songwriter, and VIBE. Click the song titles below to watch each video.

Volume 7 Track List

SISTER BROTHER FATHER MOTHER (LOS ANGELES) Written and performed by Gabriel Mann and the America SCORES Los Angeles students of Braddock Drive Elementary School. Recorded at The Village Studios.

THE WORLD’S ON FIRE (BOSTON) Written and performed by Felix McTeigue, Ellie Buckland, Isa Burke and the America SCORES Boston students of Boston Teachers Union Middle School. Recorded at Q Division Studios.

LOVE 1 ANOTHER (ST. LOUIS) Ft. Lydia Caesar, Chingy, ‘Lil Ralph. Written and performed by Alonzo “Zo” Lee with songwriters Walt Aldridge, Lydia Caesar, Jelly Jo, Myka and the America SCORES St. Louis students from Barack Obama and Washington Elementary Schools. Recorded at ex’treme Institute by Nelly

WE ARE (NEW YORK) Written and performed by David Wolfert, Johnny Blk and the America SCORES NY students of P.S. 161. Recorded at Sugarbox Studios hosted by Goodpenny.

CHAMPIONS (CHICAGO) Written and performed by Julie Frost, Malik Yusef, The Guys and the America SCORES Chicago students of Hearst Elementary School. Recorded at CRC, The Village and Sound Boutique Studios.

FREEDOM AND CONFIDENCE (NEW YORK) Written and performed by Andrea Martin and the students from East Fordham Academy for the Arts, Bronx, New York. Recorded at Platinum Sound Studios.

THE BEST ME I CAN BE (PORTLAND) Written and performed by Dave Berg, Tony Esterly, Chris Henderson and the America SCORES Portland students of Davis Elementary. Recorded at Kung Fu Bakery Studios.

Program Overview

Established in 2006, the ASCAP Songwriter Residency @ America SCORES is a collaboration between The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and America SCORES which utilizes songwriting and music as an engaging and inspiring way for poet-athletes to express themselves. The ASCAP Foundation, a public charity dedicated to supporting music education and talent development programs, funds the program.

As part of the program, ASCAP selects its talented member musicians from a variety of musical genres to teach songwriting workshops during America SCORES after-school poetry workshops. While working with these artists, America SCORES poet-athletes gain the confidence to take their poetry and perform them as songs. By the end of three sessions, the ASCAP member musician will have co-written and recorded a song with the America SCORES poet-athletes. To further support the program, ASCAP produces a special compilation CD of the songs created, which is distributed to each of the schools involved, as well as to music industry decision makers.

In 2010, the program was taken to new heights with the first ever commercial release of a CD with songs written during the ASCAP Songwriter Residency @ America SCORES.  The CD featured five tracks written and recorded by The Great Unknown and America SCORES poet-athletes. Click here to download a free track from the EP. Psalm One is the second artist to embark on a multi-city tour. Psalm One spent three afternoons collaborating, writing and recording an original song with America SCORES students in Milwaukee, Seattle, San Francisco, Denver, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, New York, Boston, and her hometown of Chicago. All of the proceeds support ASCAP Songwriter Residency @ America SCORES.

What ASCAP members said about the program:

“I am proud to be able to support the children in my community by participating in ASCAP’s songwriting mentorship program. It has been an incredible experience teaching the students about music, and writing and recording a song with them. More importantly, I feel like I have inspired them and exposed them to a positive, safe alternative to violence, drugs and the other daunting problems they face every day.”
Alonzo “Zo” Lee, Jr.

“I was thrilled to get the invitation to work with the ASCAP/America SCORES program. I wouldn’t feel right if I wasn’t able to use my talents to inspire or teach. Not many kids get the opportunity to express themselves in a way that makes them feel great. I certainly feel honored to be working with America SCORES and ASCAP. Let’s make some beautiful music!” 
Psalm One

“When I was young, I didn’t have anyone to inspire me creatively. It wasn’t until I was encouraged to explore my creative side that I discovered my musical talents. This ASCAP/America SCORES program is so important because it shows kids what goes into making a song. So many young people are interested in being an artist, but don’t really know how to write a hit song. It’s great for them to know how creative they can be.”
Johntà Austin

“I started writing poetry when I was 12 years old. The first song that I got recorded by an artist, when I was 18 years old, was a poem that I turned into a song. I am extremely excited to share my experience with the kids and I hope that I can be an inspiration to all of them.”
Erika Nuri

The ASCAP Foundation funds the ASCAP Songwriter Residency @ America SCORES. The ASCAP Foundation, a public charity dedicated to supporting music education and talent development, is supported by contributions, bequests, and grants from ASCAP members, other Foundations and the general public. We welcome your contributions which are tax deductable to the full extent allowed by law.