Composer and music rights advocate Doug Wood is the Writer Co-Chair of the ASCAP Board. During his 16 years serving on the Board, Doug has established a reputation for knowledge and understanding of the ASCAP organization. He is writer Chairman of the Law and Licensing Committee, the Strategic Planning Committee, the Operations and Administration Committee and serves on the Finance and Survey & Distribution Committees.
Over the years, Doug has spent countless hours helping ASCAP members resolve their issues with the organization. Before his election to the Board, Doug founded the Professional Composers of America, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating young composers about the music business. He is the author of The Commercial Composers' Guide to Music Publishing and Licensing Agreements, as well as several feature articles on music copyright and licensing. He is a frequent guest lecturer and panel participant discussing media music, music licensing and the rights of composers and songwriters.
Since his election to the Board in 1999, Doug has earned great respect among writers, publishers, staff and colleagues for his unwavering dedication to the principles of common interest and fair distribution on which ASCAP was founded. Doug's industry knowledge and independence make him an important voice on issues that affect all writers. He has authored several proposals to prevent non-writers from taking writers' royalties, has fought against industry practices which infringe on the rights of writers and was an original architect of the ASCAP Bill of Rights for Songwriters and Composers.
Doug has written and produced music for hundreds of television programs and commercials, including Saturday Night Live, Dateline NBC, Conan O'Brien, promos for ABC, CBS, ESPN and NBC, national spots for Mercedes Benz, Coca Cola, Volkswagen, Verizon and scores of others. A classically-trained pianist and oboist, and composition major at Manhattan School of Music (as well as rock guitarist and band leader), Doug is the founder and CEO of the Omnimusic Libraries.
Doug and his wife Patti live in Port Washington, Long Island. They work together managing their music business and are also the founders of Grassroots Environmental Education (www.GrassrootsInfo.org), an award-winning environmental health non-profit recognized for its groundbreaking educational programs and documentary films.