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Annika - ASCAP Foundation AwardsAnnika Wins ASCAP Foundation Robert Allen Award

12/10/2014 -- The ASCAP Foundation Robert Allen Award is named in honor of Robert Allen, composer of many classic pop songs, including "It's Not For Me To Say," "Chances Are" and the seasonal favorite, "Home for the Holidays." Funded by a gift from Patty Allen in memory of her husband, this award is presented annually to an aspiring ASCAP songwriter participating in ASCAP's New York Jerry Ragovoy Songwriting Workshop. The recipient is selected by ASCAP membership staff and workshop guests, including music publishers, artist managers, A&R representatives, and entertainment lawyers. In the spirit of Mr. Allen's work, this prestigious award will be made to writers of songs in the pop and/or jazz musical genres.


AnnikaSinger / Songwriter Annika (17) has written scores of songs and performed extensively throughout the greater New York metropolitan region. Her songwriting is fresh-sounding and original, drawing upon a wide diversity of musical influences - exemplifying a level of craftsmanship and depth of wisdom that belie her youth.

Annika has played with indie-rock band Still Saffire since 2009 at venues including Lincoln Center, The Knitting Factory, The Great South Bay Music Festival, NYU, Columbia University, The Turning Point, and The Living Room.  In Fall 2013, Annika began performing solo, playing at Birdland, The Bitter End and other venues on a regular basis. In March 2014, Annika`s performance of her song Fallout won radio WNYC`s Battle of the Boroughs for Queens. She competed against the other four borough winners on June 27th, and won AUDIENCE FAVORITE for the five boroughs.

In 2014 Annika was a member of Real Women Real Songs, a group of 22 women who each wrote a song-a-week for the entire year, inspired by given prompts. Yep, she added over 50 songs to her repertoire in just one year alone!

In December 2014, Annika was the proud recipient of ASCAP's Robert Allen award with her song Where I'm Dreaming Of - a great way to end the year. 

Watch out world. She's 17 and only just getting started!

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