Photo Coverage: Martin Charnin Honored with ASCAP Foundation's George M. Cohan Award

The ASCAP Foundation just honored Tony Award-winning lyricist and director of Annie Martin Charnin with the first-ever ASCAP Foundation George M. Cohan Award at their 18th annual Awards Ceremony last night, December 11th. The invitation-only event, hosted by ASCAP Foundation President Paul Williams, was held at the Allen Room, Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City.

The George M. Cohan Award, made possible by the Friars Foundation, is presented to a multi-talented individual connected to the music industry who's had a multi-faceted career and has achieved success in a variety of roles, including, but not limited to, composing, performing, writing, directing and producing.

The 18th annual ASCAP Foundation Awards also honored a wide variety of scholarship and award recipients, all of whom benefit from programs of The ASCAP Foundation. Superstar singer-songwriter Ne-Yo received the ASCAP Foundation Champion Award in recognition of his leadership in efforts to increase awareness of disadvantaged children in American cities.

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 for songwriters, composers and lyricists. The ASCAP Foundation is supported by contributions from ASCAP members and from music lovers throughout the United States. www.ascapfoundation.org

Photo Credit: Stephen Sorokoff

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Photo Coverage: Martin Charnin Honored with ASCAP Foundation's George M. Cohan Award

Photo Coverage: Martin Charnin Honored with ASCAP Foundation's George M. Cohan Award
Paul Williams, President

Photo Coverage: Martin Charnin Honored with ASCAP Foundation's George M. Cohan Award
Karen Sherry, Executive Director

Photo Coverage: Martin Charnin Honored with ASCAP Foundation's George M. Cohan Award
The Allen Room, Jazz at Lincoln Center

Photo Coverage: Martin Charnin Honored with ASCAP Foundation's George M. Cohan Award

Photo Coverage: Martin Charnin Honored with ASCAP Foundation's George M. Cohan Award
Karen Sherry & Benjamin Scheuer, Cole Porter Award

Photo Coverage: Martin Charnin Honored with ASCAP Foundation's George M. Cohan Award

Photo Coverage: Martin Charnin Honored with ASCAP Foundation's George M. Cohan Award
Jamie Bernstein

Photo Coverage: Martin Charnin Honored with ASCAP Foundation's George M. Cohan Award
Jamie Bernstein & Amy Beth Kirsten

Photo Coverage: Martin Charnin Honored with ASCAP Foundation's George M. Cohan Award
Stanley Crouch & Gregory Agid, Louis Armstrong Scholarship

Photo Coverage: Martin Charnin Honored with ASCAP Foundation's George M. Cohan Award
Jennifer Ross, Granddaughter George M. Cohan

Photo Coverage: Martin Charnin Honored with ASCAP Foundation's George M. Cohan Award
Martin Charnin & Jennifer Ross

Photo Coverage: Martin Charnin Honored with ASCAP Foundation's George M. Cohan Award
Michael Kerker, Jennifer Ross, Martin Charnin, Karen Sherry

Photo Coverage: Martin Charnin Honored with ASCAP Foundation's George M. Cohan Award
Jamie deRoy

Photo Coverage: Martin Charnin Honored with ASCAP Foundation's George M. Cohan Award
Jamie deRoy & David Buskin, Jamie deRoy & Friends Award

Photo Coverage: Martin Charnin Honored with ASCAP Foundation's George M. Cohan Award
Jamie deRoy & David Buskin

Photo Coverage: Martin Charnin Honored with ASCAP Foundation's George M. Cohan Award
Jamie deRoy & Jamie deRoy

Photo Coverage: Martin Charnin Honored with ASCAP Foundation's George M. Cohan Award
Stephen Schwartz

Photo Coverage: Martin Charnin Honored with ASCAP Foundation's George M. Cohan Award
Kellen Blair, Stephen Schwartz, Joe Kinosian

Photo Coverage: Martin Charnin Honored with ASCAP Foundation's George M. Cohan Award
Stephen Schwartz, Joe Kinosian, Paul Williams, Kellen Blair

Photo Coverage: Martin Charnin Honored with ASCAP Foundation's George M. Cohan Award
Valerie Simpson

Photo Coverage: Martin Charnin Honored with ASCAP Foundation's George M. Cohan Award
Valerie Simpson & Charisa the Violin Diva

Photo Coverage: Martin Charnin Honored with ASCAP Foundation's George M. Cohan Award
Jennifer Ross, David Buskin, Martin Charnin, Jamie deRoy

Photo Coverage: Martin Charnin Honored with ASCAP Foundation's George M. Cohan Award
Peter Stoller

Photo Coverage: Martin Charnin Honored with ASCAP Foundation's George M. Cohan Award
Peter Stoller & Alexis Hatch, Lieber & Stoller Music Scholarship

Photo Coverage: Martin Charnin Honored with ASCAP Foundation's George M. Cohan Award
Peter Stoller & Jamie deRoy

Photo Coverage: Martin Charnin Honored with ASCAP Foundation's George M. Cohan Award
Colleen McDonough, Director

Photo Coverage: Martin Charnin Honored with ASCAP Foundation's George M. Cohan Award
Stephen Feigenbaum, Morton Gould Young Composers Award

Photo Coverage: Martin Charnin Honored with ASCAP Foundation's George M. Cohan Award
Tita Cahn

Photo Coverage: Martin Charnin Honored with ASCAP Foundation's George M. Cohan Award
Martin Charnin, Sam Willmott, Michael Kerker

Photo Coverage: Martin Charnin Honored with ASCAP Foundation's George M. Cohan Award
David Buskin, Jamie deRoy, Stephen Schwartz

Photo Coverage: Martin Charnin Honored with ASCAP Foundation's George M. Cohan Award
Columbus Circle, Central Park South

Photo Coverage: Martin Charnin Honored with ASCAP Foundation's George M. Cohan Award
Camille Thurman, Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award

Photo Coverage: Martin Charnin Honored with ASCAP Foundation's George M. Cohan Award
Eunice David

Photo Coverage: Martin Charnin Honored with ASCAP Foundation's George M. Cohan Award
Rod Gorney & Sondra Gorney

Photo Coverage: Martin Charnin Honored with ASCAP Foundation's George M. Cohan Award
Charisa the Violin Diva

Photo Coverage: Martin Charnin Honored with ASCAP Foundation's George M. Cohan Award
Chris Mancini, Jr.

Photo Coverage: Martin Charnin Honored with ASCAP Foundation's George M. Cohan Award
Mariana Williams & Paul Williams

Photo Coverage: Martin Charnin Honored with ASCAP Foundation's George M. Cohan Award
Paul Williams

Photo Coverage: Martin Charnin Honored with ASCAP Foundation's George M. Cohan Award
Ne-Yo & Paul Williams

Photo Coverage: Martin Charnin Honored with ASCAP Foundation's George M. Cohan Award
Paul Williiams & Jamie deRoy

Photo Coverage: Martin Charnin Honored with ASCAP Foundation's George M. Cohan Award
Paul Williams & EDa Sorokoff

Photo Coverage: Martin Charnin Honored with ASCAP Foundation's George M. Cohan Award
Desmond Child

Photo Coverage: Martin Charnin Honored with ASCAP Foundation's George M. Cohan Award
Desmond Child & Jamie deRoy

Photo Coverage: Martin Charnin Honored with ASCAP Foundation's George M. Cohan Award
The Allen Room

Photo Coverage: Martin Charnin Honored with ASCAP Foundation's George M. Cohan Award

Photo Coverage: Martin Charnin Honored with ASCAP Foundation's George M. Cohan Award
Martin Charnin & EDa Sorokoff

Photo Coverage: Martin Charnin Honored with ASCAP Foundation's George M. Cohan Award
Jamie deRoy & David Buskin

Photo Coverage: Martin Charnin Honored with ASCAP Foundation's George M. Cohan Award
The Allen Room

Photo Coverage: Martin Charnin Honored with ASCAP Foundation's George M. Cohan Award

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Stephen Sorokoff Stephen's life seems to have always revolved around a camera and a piano. He studied at Manhattan School of Music and performed in the "Borsht Belt" during college vacations, where in the true DIRTY DANCING tradition he met his wife Eda. Stephen was a Board Member of the First All Children's Theater and his wife, a classical pianist, is a Board Member of Barrington Stage Co. In between he made time to be CEO of a multi national machinery company and President of a domestic Textile Mfg. Co. In retirement, he now takes pictures of his 5 grandchildren and various other performers.