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September 13, 2012

John Doe, Frankmusik and Pomplamoose Among the Top Acts to Perform at the Mill Valley ASCAP Music Café

New York, NY, September 12, 2012: The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and the California Film Institute are pleased to announce a new partnership to produce the first-ever Mill Valley ASCAP Music Café, a series of music showcases at this year’s Mill Valley Film Festival, being held October 4-14. The Mill Valley ASCAP Music Café will take place over the course of three days during the Festival - October 11-13 - and feature an exciting and dynamic assortment of composers, songwriters and artists from across the musical spectrum and around the world.

“We are thrilled to work with the California Film Institute to bring such an incredible lineup of music performances to this year’s Mill Valley Film Festival,” said ASCAP Vice President and Mill Valley ASCAP Music Café producer Sue Drew. “The inaugural Mill Valley ASCAP Music Café will provide a unique opportunity for members of the film and music communities to come together, network and build relationships that might not otherwise exist. These connections will surely segue into future collaborations on any number of projects.”

The Mill Valley ASCAP Music Café will be the focal point for music at the 2012 Mill Valley Film Festival. It will be dedicated to showcasing the exceptional talent of emerging and established artists, including solo acts and major bands, and it will be a place where independent filmmakers can meet and interact with composers and songwriters to encourage collaboration between these two creative communities. This year’s program features three days of exciting programming, presenting songwriters and composers associated with Mill Valley Film Festival films along with other legendary and cutting-edge artists.

The Mill Valley ASCAP Music Café will run at the Sweetwater Music Hall & Cafe, located at 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley, CA 94941. Performances run each day from 1:00pm to 5:00pm. Featured performers include: John Doe, Pomplamoose, Broken Anchor, Frankmusik, Nova Albion and The Goods. A complete and detailed schedule of performances will be available soon.

The Mill Valley ASCAP Music Café Mission Statement:
ASCAP is thrilled to present the Mill Valley ASCAP Music Café at the 2012 Mill Valley Film Festival, one of the longest-running and influential film festivals for independent and world cinema in the country. A key part of ASCAP’s mission is to highlight the work of our songwriter and composer members, especially music’s integral role in the art of filmmaking. For more than a decade, ASCAP has had a proud tradition of successfully partnering with prestigious film festivals to create unique spaces in which to present performances from an eclectic and dynamic mix of ASCAP artists. Over the years, we have delighted film festival audiences with performances by legends such as Patti Smith, Neil Young, Michael McDonald, Joe Jackson, Elvis Costello, Nick Lowe and Emmylou Harris; acclaimed singer-songwriters such as Glen Hansard & Markéta Irglová, Damien Rice, Ingrid Michaelson, David Gray, St. Vincent, Dan Wilson, LeAnn Rimes and Jason Mraz; as well as bands such as Kings of Leon, The All-American Rejects, Guster, The Fray, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Old 97’s and more. We strongly believe that the Mill Valley ASCAP Music Café will carry on that great tradition by providing exciting performances, an intimate setting, an engaging experience and a unique opportunity for filmmakers to connect with music creators and lay the foundation for possible future collaborations.

About California Film Institute
The non-profit California Film Institute celebrates and promotes film as art and education through the presentation of the Mill Valley Film Festival and year-round exhibitions at the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center, and by building the next generation of filmmakers and audiences through CFI Education. For more information, visit www.cafilm.org or call (415) 383-5256.

About The 35th Mill Valley Film Festival
Presented by the California Film Institute, the 35th Mill Valley Film Festival runs October 4-14, 2012 at the CinéArts@Sequoia (25 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley), Chrisopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center (1118 Fourth Street, San Rafael) and other venues throughout the Bay Area. Tickets are $13.50 (CFI Members, $11), unless otherwise noted and are available for purchase starting on September 11 for Director’s Circle, Premier Patron and Cinema Benefactors only, September 13 for all CFI Members only, and starting on September 16 for the general public. Regular tickets may be purchased online at www.mvff.com. For additional information, please visit mvff.com or call 877.874.MVFF (6833).

About ASCAP
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 450,000 members representing more than 8.5 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. http://www.ascap.com

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