Playback FALL 2005 Table of Contents
ASCAP MEMBERS TO BE INDUCTED INTO
ROCK & ROLL CLASS OF 2006
Heavy metal band Black Sabbath, new wave band Blondie, Southern rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd and British punk rockers the Sex Pistols (PRS) are among the musical legends who will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006. Also, ASCAP member Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss will receive a lifetime achievement award in the non-performer category.The pair founded A&M records in 1962 and signed such artists as Peter Frampton, the Police, Joe Jackson, Cat Stevens and Alpert's own group the Tijuana Brass.
BET HONORS ITS RETIRING FOUNDER & CHAIRMAN
ROBERT L. JOHNSON
The celebration and tribute honoring retiring Founder & Chairman of BET, Robert L. Johnson, took place on Tuesday, October 25th, 2005 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. Held on the evening prior to the BET 25th Anniversary Celebration, the intimate evening was hosted by Clarence Avant, Tom Freston, Debra Lee, Antonio "LA" Reid and Sylvia Rhone.
BIG NIGHT AT THE RYMAN
ASCAP honored the world's finest songwriters and publishers of the most performed country songs of the past year at the Mother Church of Country Music, the Ryman Auditorium, on October 17th.
ASCAP's Rhythm & Soul Team Presents...
Music Business 101: The 411 on Music Publishers
Panelists hang out after ASCAP's Rhythm & Soul Team Presents... Music Business 101: The 411 on Music Publishers. The panel was held on October 13th in Hollywood, CA at the Musicians Institute.
"PRIZE WINNER" COMPOSER JOHN FRIZZELL
The Prize of Winner of Defiance, Ohio (DreamWorks), directed by Jane Anderson and starring Julianne Moore, Woody Harrelson and Laura Dern, tells the inspirational story of Evelyn Ryan (Moore), a mother of ten children, who keeps poverty at bay by entering and winning jingle-writing contests in the fifties.
THE ASCAP EXPO IS ON
ASCAP President and Chairman Marilyn Bergman has announced the ASCAP "I Create Music" Expo - the first and only national conference dedicated to songwriting and composing. The Expo will take place April 20-22, 2006 at The Hollywood Renaissance Hotel in Los Angeles, California and will kick off with ASCAP's annual membership meeting.
CHARLOTTE V. BERGEN SCHOLARSHIP
A new scholarship for young concert music creators will be awarded to the top ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer, age 18 or younger, beginning in 2006. The ASCAP Foundation Charlotte V. Bergen Scholarship has been established by The Frank & Lydia Bergen Foundation to aid worthy music students in securing complete and adequate music education.
Greek God REWIND
ASCAP SHINES THE SPOTLIGHT ON EMERGING TALENT
AT NEMO 2005
ASCAP will present two showcases as well as participate on the "Understanding Publishing" panel during the 2005 NEMO Music Conference & Festival to be held September 29th through October 1st in Boston, MA.
JAZZ IN D.C.
Congressman John Conyers, Jr., Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, and Dean of the Congressional Black Caucus, again teamed up with ASCAP to host the 21st Annual Jazz Issues Forum and Concert during the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's Annual Legislative Conference on September 22.
ASCAP SPONSORS CHARLIE SEXTON'S
CD RELEASE PARTY IN AUSTIN, TX
ASCAP sponsored Charlie Sexton's CD release party in Austin, TX, on September 12, 2005, for the singer/songwriter's latest effort, Cruel and Unusual Things, at the Gibson Guitar Entertainment Relations. Cruel and Unusual Things marks the first release for this Austin native in the last decade.
THE FUTURE OF MUSIC POLICY SUMMIT
ASCAP was a lead sponsor of the Future of Music Coalition Policy Summit held September 11-13, 2005 at George Washington University's Lisner Auditorium in Washington, DC. The Summit brings together a diverse group of artists, academics, lawyers, business leaders, technologists and policymakers for an engaging and in-depth look at the most critical issues at the intersection of music, law, policy and technology.
ASCAP, MUSICARES AND GIBSON PRESENT...
During the Meet, Greet & Eat event held on September 7, 2005, ASCAP and Gibson came together with MusiCares in Austin to welcome new Texas MusiCares rep Ananda Moss. The event was hosted at the new Gibson Showroom in Austin with over 75 people in attendance.
Rock ruled at the ASCAP Presents showcase at Smith's Olde Bar in Atlanta, Georgia during the 2005 Atlantis Music Conference.
ASCAP Executive Vice President Todd Brabec and Senior Vice President Nancy Knutsen attended the 2005 APRA Awards in Sydney, Australia in May to show support for APRA members who license their music through ASCAP in the United States.
TONY BENNETT TO RECEIVE KENNEDY CENTER HONORS
ASCAP member Tony Bennett will receive the Kennedy Center Honors of 2005 in recognition of his lifetime contributions to American culture through the performing arts.
Faxon and Hockman Elected to ASCAP Board
ASCAP President and Chairman Marilyn Bergman has announced the recent election of two new members to ASCAP's Board of Directors: President and Chief Operating Officer of EMI Music Publishing Roger Faxon and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Sony/ATV Music Publishing David Hockman.
New ASCAP members Gary Adler and Michael Patrick Walker, writers of the Broadway hit musical, Altar Boyz, are greeted by ASCAP Board member and Academy Award-winning writer Stephen Schwartz outside the show's theatre in New York City.
Composer Mark Lambert and world-renowned singer/performer Ute Lemper are pictured on the closing night of their two month run at the Café Carlyle in New York City. Lemper premiered ten of Lambert's orchestral arrangements earlier this year at Carnegie Hall. The works were commissioned by the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Lambert currently resides in Rio de Janerio.
IMRO Composer Ronan Hardiman, who created the music for Irish dance sensation Michael Flatley's new show, Celtic Tiger, is pictured backstage at Madison Square Garden with ASCAP's Karen Sherry. Hardiman also composed music for Flatley's hit shows, Lord of the Dance and Feet of Flames, and has released two solo albums of his music, Solas and Anthem.
EMI ON A ROLL
At the 42nd Annual ASCAP Country Music Awards, EMI Music Publishing was named the ASCAP Publisher of the Year with a total of 13 award-winning songs. This is the 5th consecutive year that EMI has earned the honor.
EMOTIONAL BAGGAGE GOES GOLD
At a CMJ panel held at NYC's Avery Fisher Hall, writers discussed the delicate and often heart-wrenching task of writing songs about their own life experiences.
ASCAP AND JASRAC
ASCAP CEO John LoFrumento, ASCAP Executive Vice President and COO Al Wallace and ASCAP Senior Vice President, New Media Chris Amenita visited sister society JASRAC's offices in Tokyo, Japan in July for meetings.
President and CEO of EMI Jazz and and Classics Bruce Lundvall received the Distinguished Service Award at the 2005 Kaufman Center Honors at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Manhattan.
THE MAGNETIC FIELDS STOP BY ASCAP NEW YORK OFFICE
ASCAP's Margaret Spoddig (center) with Stephin Merritt and Claudia Gonson of The Magnetic Fields outside the ASCAP New York office.
MIAMI MOVIE MAN
In Miami, ASCAP's Mike Todd met with writer Julio Reyes, known for his work with top artists such as Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez. Julio is currently embarking on a promising film score career.
ASCAP MEMBERS TONY BENNETT AND BUDDY DEFRANCO RECEIVE NEA JAZZ MASTER FELLOWSHIPS
The National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Fellowships were announced recently and the honor was bestowed upon two ASCAP members, singer Tony Bennett and clarinetist Buddy DeFranco. The NEA Jazz Masters Fellowships are one of the highest honors that the U.S. government bestows upon jazz musicians. These fellowships are given in recognition of this magnificent art form.
ASCAP NETWORK SET TO LAUNCH
As Playback went to press, the Society was readying the launch of the ASCAP Network, an exciting and multifaceted multimedia resource for music creators and professionals. The Network's initial offering will be ASCAP Radio, a continuous stream of programming, organized by genre, which will highlight emerging songwriters and composers.
IN THE O.C.
ASCAP writers, producers and artists met recently to share stories about the writing life.
Nemo is Boston's annual music conference and this year, where ASCAP has a long history of showcasing singer/ songwriters and bands that have gone on to achieve critical acclaim and commercial success. This year, ASCAP showcased two high-profile evenings of up-and-coming artists as well as participated in a panel, Understanding Publishing.
MUSIC TO THE RESCUE
Immediately after Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, songwriters, composers, musicians and performers stepped in to help raise money for relief. In a few high-profile benefit concerts, many top artists joined together, much like they did after 9/11, in performing their music to generate funds to assist in the massive rescue and recovery effort.
VIDEO GAMES LIVE TOUR
"Video Games Live," the first major concert tour dedicated to the music and visuals from some of the most popular video games, made its debut at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles with the L.A. Philharmonic.
25th Anniversary of the West Coast Songwriters Conference
ASCAP recently supported the 25th Anniversary of the West Coast Songwriters Conference in Northern California. Pictured (l to r): Chrysalis Music's Jeff Brabec, the conferences' Ian Crombie, Ned Hearn, Esq., ASCAP member Steve Seskin and ASCAP's Todd Brabec.
NARAS Honors Justin Timberlake in Memphis
WILLIE AND WILLIAMS
UP CLOSE & PERSONAL WITH JIMMY JAM
Legendary songwriter, producer and ASCAP Board member Jimmy Jam was interviewed in front of a packed house at Winterland Studios in Minneapolis, MN on August 24, 2005.
Indie Night School: Entertainment Attorneys
Indie Night School, sponsored by ASCAP, is a panel series designed to be a highly interactive event with specially selected topics and panelists to help songwriters and artists on the rise network with the movers and shakers in the music industry.
Indie Night School: How To Get Reviewed By NYC Media
Indie Night School, sponsored by ASCAP, is a panel series designed to be a highly interactive event with specially selected topics and panelists to help songwriters and artists on the rise network with the movers and shakers in the music industry.
ASCAP and MySpace.com Present...
ASCAP and MySpace.com have come together to present a summer series featuring the best in local music. Tuesday, July 19th, was the first of this on-going series, and it featured local LA artists From Satellite, Test Your Reflex, Under the Influence of Giants and Vagenius.
ASCAP and the Planetary Group Present... @ The Middle East
The ASCAP Foundation received a Summer Schools in the Arts grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support the 2005 Summer Music Camp at Manhattan School of Music.
Faces and Places
ASCAP DOMINATES "MUSIC ALIVE" SELECTIONS
Meet The Composer and the American Symphony Orchestra League announced the participants for the latest round of the Music Alive program. During the 2006-09 cycle of Music Alive, the composers will participate in extended or short-term residencies.
ASCAP honored orchestras demonstrating exceptional commitment to contemporary composers during the American Symphony Orchestra League's (ASOL) National Conference held in Washington, D.C. The annual ASCAP Adventurous Programming Awards recognize American orchestras whose concert programs prominently feature music composed within the last 25 years.
David Ford's newly released album, I Sincerely Apologize for All the Trouble I've Caused, is an album of words and melodies that whisper and shout defiantly at the constant disappointments that litter our lives.
BELFAST SONGWRITERS SHOWCASE
ASCAP sponsored the Belfast Songwriters Showcase in Nashville.
ASCAP LIVE! FROM THE BLUEBIRD
ASCAP at The Bluebird Cafe recently featured Dimensional Music Publishing.
ASCAP Songwriter/Artist of the Year and current Nashville boy wonder John Rich penned Faith Hill's #1 single, "Mississippi Girl," just one of four singles Rich currently has on the charts.
NSAI Hall Of Fame
ASCAP members Gary Burr and Mike Reid were recently inducted into the NSAI Hall of Fame.
PUCKETT'S AFTER HOURS
ASCAP songwriters Dennis Matkosky, Emerson Hart and Brett James were featured at Puckett's After Hours.
Rascal Flatts lead vocalist Gary LeVox joined cowriter Neil Thrasher and Wendell Mobley to celebrate their recent hit single, "Fast Cars & Freedom."
REDNECK YACHT CLUB
"Redneck Yacht Club" landed songwriters Thom Shepherd and Steve Williams with their first Radio & Records #1 single.
"FIRST CUT" IS FIRST AT UK FETE
ASCAP honored the top British writer and publisher members of the PRS at a special ceremony held at The Grosvenor House Hotel in London on Wednesday, October 19, 2005. Hosted by ASCAP Senior Vice President, International Roger Greenaway, the gala dinner and awards presentation honored those PRS writer and publisher members whose repertory is licensed by ASCAP and among its most performed works in the U.S. during 2004.
World-renowned Indian composer Lalit Pandit (IPRS), who has created music for many of "Bollywood's" biggest hits, recently visited ASCAP's headquarters in New York City.
STACY GARROP WINS SACKLER PRIZE
Composer Stacy Garrop has won the fourth annual Raymond and Beverly Sackler Music Competition Prize. Her proposal to write a work for chamber ensemble earned her a $20,000 cash prize and a premiere performance next spring. Her work will be titled Mirror, Mirror. Garrop is an assistant professor in composition at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University.
THE 2005 NYU/ASCAP FOUNDATION FILM SCORING WORKSHOP
The seventh annual NYU/ASCAP Foundation Film Scoring Workshop in memory of Buddy Baker, featured a faculty of respected composers drawn from the NYU film scoring program and those who have become the core faculty of the summer workshop: Mark Snow (X-Files, Smallville), Ira Newborn (Naked Gun, Blues Brothers), Deniz Hughes, Sonny Kompanek, and David Spear (USC). Also lecturing and featured in presentations were Michael Patterson, David Matthews, Pat Irwin, and film director and music supervisor Alex Steyermark.
STILL THE ONE
MONTANA SONGWRITERS SEMINAR
ASCAP sponsored the annual Mission Valley, Montana Songwriters Seminar.
Chris Wallin celebrated his first #1 single with Montgomery Gentry's "Something To Be Proud Of," cowritten with Jeffrey Steele.
#1 IS A REAL FINE PLACE TO BE
Sara Evans joined songwriters George Ducas and Radney Foster to celebrate their recent #1 hit single, "A Real Fine Place To Start."
Mister Rogers In Nashville
ASCAP writer Dennis Scott, pictured with Connie Bradley in Nashville, has produced an album saluting the late Fred Rogers, featuring such guest stars as Roberta Flack, Amy Grant and others.
The Society of Composers and Lyricists (SCL) held their annual reception at The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in North Hollywood on September 6 in celebration of their members who were nominated for 2005 Creative Arts Emmys. ASCAP co-sponsored the event, and several ASCAP members went on to receive Emmys at the ceremonies at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on September 11.
GENE EVARO: IT'S ALL ABOUT THE SONG
Gene Evaro, an ASCAP composer since 1980 who is signed with Sony/ATV Discos Music Publishing LLC, is currently enjoying success with Maria Matto, and their music for AOL Sessions. With songs such as "Bésame," interpreted by Huey Dunbar in 2004, collaborations with Tony Melendez in 2005 and the presentation at the Latin Billboards this past April, Gene is consistently writing and producing quality music.
LENA EN PUERTO RICO
La talentosa cantautora LENA, se presentó en Puerto Rico en una velada íntima en el Hotel Ritz Carlton. Esta actividad fue organizada por Jaime Cruz y Marcie Stefan de la oficina de Warner en la Isla. La simpática Lena presentó su más reciente producción y además complació a las peticiones de los allí presentes.
LA MINA LATINA
ASCAP hit songwriter and producer Eric Foster White, whose music can be found on over 70 million records by Britney Spears, Jessica Simpson, Whitney Houston, Regina Belle and others, has returned to Miami, the city where he got his break, to form La Mina Latina Recordings, with Thomas Acosta. Acosta, who has enjoyed success as a Miami dance label owner and DJ for 12 years, has spent the last two years combing Miami and Puerto Rico looking for exceptional Latin Urban and Reggaeton talent.
ASCAP EN MONTERREY MEXICO
ASCAP's Velia González and Jorge F. Rodríguez, visited Monterrey, México at the end of August to provide assistance and counsel to composers and publishers in the region.
ASCAP'S LATIN FIESTA IN THE VALLEY
ASCAP's Latin Fiesta in the Valley on July 27th was a great success. Songwriters, publishers, record execs and artists got together at a writers showcase organized by ASCAP's Velia González.
CHICO O'FARRIL HONORED IN NEW YORK CITY
El pasado 29 de Junio Jorge F. Rodríguez del Dpto. Latino de Nueva York asistió a un evento sin precedentes en honor a Chico O'Farril (1921-2001), el concierto patrocinado por "Chico O'Farril Legacy Committee" y copatrocinado por El Centro Cultural Cubano de Nueva York y ofrecido por la Orquesta de Chico O'Farril, dirigida por su hijo Arturo O'Farril, con la participación especial de Wynton Marsalis, Paquito D´Rivera y otras estrellas del jazz, ese mismo día después del concierto fue celebrada una ceremonia donde se develó la placa que acredita el nombre de "Arturo Chico' O'Farril Place" a la esquina de la 88th calle y West End Ave.
ASCAP PRESENTS AWARDS FOR ADVENTUROUS PROGRAMMING AT 28TH ANNUAL CHORUS AMERICA CONFERENCE
ASCAP Honored Four Choral Ensembles for adventurous programming during the 2004-05 concert season at the Chorus America Annual Conference held June 1-4 at the Chicago Hilton in Chicago, Illionois. The Awards, offered annually to constituent members of Chorus America, are presented in appreciation for performances of music written within the past twenty-five years.
BONDING IN BANFF
ASCAP, along with SOCAN and the Canadian Guild of Film Composers, participated in this year's Banff World Television Festival in June, and for the first time co-sponsored a Music Hospitality Suite at the Festival.
Among the many incredible individuals and organizations who have long supported the ASCAP Television and Film Scoring Workshop is the Recording Musicians Association of Hollywood.
Horn O' Plenty
On his 10th Anniversary as an ASCAP member, and the 15th anniversary of his arrival in the United States, Cuban-born composer/trumpeter Arturo Sandoval reflects on a career that has been an American dream come true.
Michael Giacchino - Man on a Mission
The Story of Emmy Award-Winning Film/TV Music Composer Michael Giacchino's Musical Journey Through the Worlds of Interactive Games (The Lost World), Hit Network Shows (Alias and Lost) and Hollywood Blockbusters (The Incredibles and next summer's Mission: Impossible III).
INXS: New Sensation
With the help of a unique summer reality TV show, Aussie Rockers INXS discover a talented new front man in J.D. Fortune
WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
For 17 years, the ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop has provided a one-of-a-kind opportunity for beginning film composers to learn the ropes with some of the top names in the film music industry. Many composers have used the workshop as a launching pad to significant work in the industry. Here is a look at a few past workshop participants and what they are up to now.
Joaquin Phoenix: Hard Cash
In Walk the Line, actor Joaquin Phoenix triumphs in the tough job of portraying musical legend Johnny Cash - and learns a thing or two about songwriting in the process.
Scott Storch - Hot Hot Beat
It's past midnight in Miami, and hitmaker/ producer/ songwriter Scott Storch is just arriving at the Hit Factory recording studio to start his workday. He's clearly a committed night owl, and while his late hours might not suit all of the artists he's produced, they're more than willing to work into the wee hours to instill his magic touch into their music.
The 2005 ASCAP Television and Film Scoring Workshop
ASCAP selected 15 aspiring composers to participate in the 17th Annual ASCAP Television and Film Scoring Workshop, which took place in Los Angeles from July 12th through August 4th. A jury of leading film composers selected the participants from over several hundred submissions received from across the country and from as far away as Israel and the Netherlands.
Their name alone stands out, and after hearing their adrenalized lyrics, the soaring vocals of Jason "Shyboy" Arnold and the band's epic sound, their music will stand out too. Many have probably heard Hypnogaja's moody and dramatic music and not even realized it.
Having made a name for himself as top-notch battle emcee in the competitive rap music trenches of Newark, New Jersey, 23 year-old O-Solo is no newcomer to the industry.
Through his work as a pianist for the Wynton Marsalis group from 1985 through 1991, Marcus Roberts made a name for himself as a gifted musician. Since 1991, he has continued to steadily build upon his stellar reputation, carving a niche for himself in jazz history and releasing more than a dozen albums.
Although Teitur's music contains many elements, there's no denying its beauty and sadness. That might have something to do with where he's from. His native land, the Faroes Islands (between Iceland and Scotland), are a remote group of islands that are part of Denmark.
Cuban singer-songwriter Amaury Gutierrez has a solid musical education, which started in high school years and stretched through his time at a musical conservatory, where he specialized in choral direction, and studied piano and guitar. For three years after graduating, he was required, as all young Cubans are, to perform social work in a mountainous region in the heart of Cuba. However, there Amaury would become inspired by a diversity of native music which would shape his tastes for years to come.
When Cheyenne Kimball was nine, she started playing guitar, singing and writing songs. At the age of ten she booked herself onto an "open mic" show. She was motivated, to say the least. Then she set about performing at dozens of gigs in coffee shops, live venues and charity events.
Nurturing Music Creators
President Marilyn Bergman's letter: Nurturing Music Creators.
One plus one plus one usually equals three. In the case of breakout trio Sugarland, it equals one million records sold. Sugarland is a country group consisting of three very successful singer/songwriters: Jennifer Nettles, Kristen Hall and Kristian Bush, each with a wealth of experience and their own triumphant careers.
THE JAZZ SAGE - Kirk Whalum
He's famous for the warm purity of tone that he creates with the tenor and soprano sax. It's a sound he's worked long and hard to develop, though he feels it stems from an innate gift.
LOST AND FOUND-Joe Purdy
An intimate, narrative voice with touches of bluegrass roots and soulful southern upbringing instantly captivates a listener upon hearing Joe Purdy's songs.
WORKS OF "GENIUS"
The music of Mark Anthony Thompson, aka of Chocolate Genius, moves effortlessly from stage to screen to a great new solo album
LUSH LIFE - Eric Whitacre
Composer Eric Whitacre is considered a rebel among composers, creating controversy with his evocative, imaginative choral and band works. In 2004, Whitacre was honored with the ASCAP Foundation Richard Rodgers New Horizons Award for being the most promising new voice in musical theater for his work.
IN THE BLOOD - Sean Paul & The YoungBloodZ
The ASCAP Foundation
Nicole Atkins receives The 2005 ASCAP Foundation Sammy Cahn Award
Singer/songwriter Nicole Atkins received the 2005 ASCAP Foundation Sammy Cahn Award for her song "Neptune City."
California Summer Music at the Robert Louis Stevenson School in Pebble Beach received a grant from The ASCAP Foundation Irving Caesar Fund to support scholarships for four young composers to attend their 2005 composition program under the direction of David Tcimpidis and Dr. Chen Yi.
FRESH AIR GUITAR
he ASCAP Foundation received a 2005 grant from Newman's Own (Paul Newman's organization) to support The ASCAP Foundation Summer Guitar Project at the Fresh Air Fund Camps in Fishkill, New York.
JERRY HERMAN SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS
Recipients of The 2005 ASCAP Foundation Jerry Herman Scholarships have been announced.
A grant from The ASCAP Foundation Irving Caesar Fund supported scholarships for low-income students to attend The Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls on the Portland State University campus in Portland, Oregon this August. The Camp draws on rock music's powerful influence on popular culture to develop the girls' critical consciousness of the world around them.