The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) hits its 100-year milestone on February 13th, 2014 and will celebrate the centennial with a new book, two commissioned short films including a collaborative song and music video, and an innovative website featuring a timeline of ASCAP’s rich history. In addition, celebratory and educational events spanning the country will include a Library of Congress exhibit in Washington DC, reflecting ASCAP’s energy and expertise throughout its history advocating for music creator’s rights.
“ASCAP’s 100th birthday provides us with an exciting opportunity to celebrate our future as much as our history,” says ASCAP President and Chairman Paul Williams. “It gives us a chance to honor and thank our members for creating the music that touches the world, while emphasizing ASCAP’s ongoing and important role in helping to shape a musical landscape where everyone wins – music creators, businesses and everyone who loves music.”
The site (www.ASCAP100.com) features an interactive timeline of ASCAP's rich history. Each day leading up to the birthday, a new year will be unveiled, revealing a fascinating trove of photographs, facts and important milestones that tell ASCAP’s - and America’s – musical story in an exciting new way. The ASCAP100 site will also soon debut a commissioned short film, “Why We Create Music,” directed by Michael Marantz, providing a behind-the-scenes look into the creative process of a veritable who's-who of today’s top songwriters and composers collaborating on an original score. The film combines interviews and the musical gifts of 15 ASCAP members - all of whom are at the top of their field and have been recognized by Pulitzer Prizes, GRAMMYs, EMMYs, OSCARs and DOVE Awards: Aloe Blacc, Claudia Brant, Carter Burwell, Amy Grant, Josh Kear, Savan Kotecha, David Lang, Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood, Bear McCreary, Ne-Yo, Stargate (Tor Hermansen & Mikkel Eriksen), Dan Wilson and Bill Withers.
ASCAP President and Chairman Paul Williams said, “Since ASCAP is its songwriter, composer and music publisher members, this is an exciting opportunity to honor and thank the men and women whose music has moved the world for 100 years. ASCAP’s story began with a group of visionary leaders coming together to build a sustainable future for music creators and music lovers alike. The ASCAP100 site shows how our unwavering commitment to that mission is as strong today as it has been throughout our incredible history.”
Here is a list of events and activities ASCAP is presenting to mark its 100th year:
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a professional membership organization of songwriters, composers and music publishers of every kind of music. ASCAP’s mission is to license and promote the music of its members and foreign affiliates, obtain fair compensation for the public performance of their works and to distribute the royalties that it collects based upon those performances. ASCAP members write the world’s best-loved music and ASCAP has pioneered the efficient licensing of that music to hundreds of thousands of enterprises who use it to add value to their business – from bars, restaurants and retail, to radio, TV and cable, to Internet, mobile services and more. The ASCAP license offers an efficient solution for businesses to legally perform ASCAP music while respecting the right of songwriters and composers to be paid fairly. With over 480,000 members representing more than 9 million copyrighted works, ASCAP is the worldwide leader in performance royalties, service and advocacy for songwriters and composers, and the only American performing rights organization (PRO) owned and governed by its writer and publisher members. www.ascap.comli