12/14/10

Mr. & Mrs. Tony Bennett Honored by ASCAP Foundation

Jazz singer and his wife presented with ASCAP Foundation Champion Award

On Wednesday, December 8, 2010, singer Tony Bennett and his wife, Susan Benedetto were presented with The ASCAP Foundation Champion Award by the Foundation’s president, Paul Williams. In a presentation at the Allen Room at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City, Bennett and his spouse were honored for their “for their longtime leadership in the effort to make arts education a priority in the nation’s public schools,” according to a press release received at the magazine.

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ASCAP Foundation President Paul Williams, Tony Bennett, and his wife Susan Benedetto

In 1999, the Bennetts founded Exploring the Arts (ETA), a nonprofit organization whose mission is to strengthen the role of the arts in American public schools. That organization has grown from serving one NYC public high school in its early years to serving seven NYC public high schools in 2010. ETA additionally supports the NYC Department of Education's Summer Arts Institute and produces an educational video series, helping bring master artists into classrooms nationwide. In partnership with the New York City Department of Education, Susan and Tony also founded the public high school, Frank Sinatra School of the Arts (FSSA), which first opened in Queens in 2001.

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