ASCAP Foundation President Paul Williams and his wife Mariana have established The ASCAP Foundation "Sunlight of the Spirit" Award to be presented to an individual who is exemplary in recovery and in music creativity. The inaugural presentation of the scholarship will be made by Paul and Mariana on December 12th at the annual ASCAP Foundation Awards Ceremony being held in New York City.
Paul Williams is an Oscar, Grammy and Golden Globe winning Hall of Fame songwriter and President & Chairman of the Board of ASCAP and The ASCAP Foundation. Recognized as one of America’s most gifted lyricists and composers, Williams’ musical legacy, including "We’ve Only Just Begun," "You and Me Against the World" and "The Rainbow Connection," have been recorded by artists as varied as Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, REM, Tony Bennett, Dixie Chicks, Jason Mraz, and Kermit the Frog.
His recent work has remained wonderfully diverse, from creating the story and writing the songs for Disney’s Emmy nominated A Muppets Christmas: Letters To Santa and penning the music and lyrics for Garry Marshall’s theatrical sensation Happy Days, to writing with the Scissor Sisters and Daft Punk. The spectacular world premiere of Paul Williams Still Alive, a documentary about Paul for which he wrote the title track, took place at the Toronto International Film Festival, followed by the U.S. premier at SXSW.
Williams has been lauded for his work as a songwriter, performer, actor and humanitarian.