The ASCAP Foundation and Heineken USA are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2004 Heineken USA/ASCAP Foundation Latin and Pop/Rock grant program.

Launched earlier this year, this new grant program benefits emerging Latin music songwriters in the Los Angeles and Miami markets, and emerging Pop/Rock music songwriters in the New York, Chicago, and Boston markets. The songwriter (or songwriters) of the winning song from each of the cities receives a $2,000 grant.

The winners are listed below.

Pop/Rock Grant Winners

Boston: The Slip
(Andrew Barr, Brad Barr and Marc Friedman)
Song Title: "Children of December"

Listen to the Slip on Rhapsody
08-29-03 - Bumbershoot Festival
Seattle, WA

After nine years of touring and recording, Boston trio The Slip, consisting of Brad Barr, Marc Friedman and Andrew Barr, has whittled down their musical prowess into a powerful sound that combines pictorial songwriting and instrumental ingenuity. These musicians, who attended Berklee School of Music, create deeply moving sonic textures with the slightest gestures and compliment the sound with mystifying and revelatory lyric. This music is an unusually lucid blend of the abstract with the familiar. Their success can be measured through their touring in the US and Canada as well as four sold-out trips to Japan in addition to selling over 50,000 albums in their career. The Slip's future is bright.

Chicago: Michael McDermott Song Title: "Dance With Me"

Listen on Rhapsody!
Michael McDermott
Live at Schubas 3/17/04

Michael McDermott, the Chicago-born-and-based singer-songwriter, broke onto the music scene at the tender age of 20 in the early '90s and was hailed by many as the next Dylan or Springsteen. A hit single ("A Wall I Must Climb") and accompanying MTV Buzz Bin video brought his first album a great deal of early attention. McDermott released three albums exploring some darker themes before his latest release, Ashes, rises up with force thrusting him back into critical acclaim.

New York: Kobie Jackson
Song Title: "Ordinary"

After spending two years as the bassist for Island/Def Jam artist Primer 55, Kobie Jackson decided to share his songs and another facet of his personality by venturing out on his own in 2002. "I love playing and listening to aggressive music, but when I write songs I try to come from a different place," states Jackson. Jackson with his band, Alston, bring intensity, meaning and credibility into every song, and judging by the early reaction from fans, it's quite appreciated in today's society of mass marketing and cookie cutter acts.

Latin Grant Winners
Los Angeles: Michelle
Song Title: "Muñeca"

Michelle Estrada has been surrounded by music since her childhood as she watched her mother in recording studios and on stage. From that early age, music and writing has always been a part of her life. Michelle recorded her first song with the intention of placing it with a publisher, but the experience of recording the song caused her to pursue a singing career as well. After two unpleasant experiences in making albums, Michelle has learned a great deal about the recording industry. Now wiser and still just as persistent, she has not given up her passion and her past choices have only made her more driven to succeed with her career choice. Michelle writes songs in Spanish and notes that writing comes easy to her.

Miami: Marc Millan
Song Title: "Dejame amarte"

The musical journey for Marc Millan started at the age of five where, in his father's church, he began playing drums. It wasn't long before Marc began singing and performing at Sunday services. Growing up in church allowed him to develop his natural vocal talent. Through the years, Marc has become a better songwriter, musician and total performer. Marc was accepted into Berklee College of Music where he studied Jazz Piano. In college, he was awarded "Best Vocal Performance" and "Best Overall Performance" in the MasterCard ACTS (American Collegiate Talent Search) Competition.

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[Published on: 12/20/04]

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