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Donny the Downloader
from the American Society of Composers,Authors,and Publishers (ASCAP) and i-SAFE

This program features Donny, a 14-year old who's tech-savvy, but unaware of why illegal downloading hurts the same performing artists and songwriters whose music he loves. Students are also introduced to a 17-year-old aspiring music creator who meets with music creators, producers and publishers to gain perspective on how illegally downloaded music negatively impacts their ability to make a living from being creative.

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Middle School: Grades 6-8

Program Objective

  • To show students why illegally downloading music hurts more people than they think.
One-hour multimedia assembly experience featuring interactive videos starring Donny, a 14-year-old involved in illegal downloading

Standards Alignment

Social Studies

  • Careers in music
  • Relationships among technology, human values, and behavior
  • Individual development and identity
  • Civic ideals and practices

Fine Arts

  • Skits
  • Music in relation to history and culture

Technology & Computers

  • Cyber citizenship
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Communication and collaboration
  • Critical thinking
  • Problem-solving
  • Decision-making

Research Skills

  • Generate ideas and questions






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