Washington, D.C., May 5, 2009:
ASCAP (the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) is pleased to announce "We Write the Songs," an event celebrating the gift by The ASCAP Foundation to the Library of Congress of the original manuscripts, lead sheets, lyrics sheets, photos and letters of some of America's greatest creators of words and music. The event will take place Tuesday, May 5, 2009 at The Library of Congress in Washington, DC.
The evening, hosted by ASCAP President & Chairman Paul Williams, will also include performances by several of ASCAP's songwriting greats, who will donate original materials to The ASCAP Collection at the Library of Congress. Performers at the event include:
- Paul Williams (We've Only Just Begun, The Rainbow Connection)
- Nick Ashford & Valerie Simpson (Ain't No Mountain High Enough, Reach Out and Touch)
- Alan Bergman (The Windmills of Your Mind, The Way We Were)
- Felix Cavaliere (Groovin', People Got to Be Free)
- Hal David (Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head, What the World Needs Now)
- Johnny Mandel (Theme from M*A*S*H*, The Shadow of Your Smile) performing with Grammy-nominated Jazz vocalist Karrin Allyson
- Monica Mancini (Grammy-nominated vocalist) performing songs of her late father Henry Mancini (Moon River, The Days of Wine and Roses)
- Don Schlitz (The Gambler, Forever and Ever Amen)
- Jimmy Webb (By the Time I Get To Phoenix, MacArthur Park)
The ASCAP Collection at the Library of Congress has been established to "preserve the history and create a repository for video and audio materials, photos, scores, documents and artifacts. Each is relevant to the rich history of the institution of ASCAP and ASCAP members as contributors to American culture." Some archival materials record the day-to-day workings of ASCAP; others provide insights into the life and music of individual members of ASCAP. By placing the ASCAP Collection at the Library of Congress, historians, students and members of the public will have access to this rich look into musical history.
Items of particular interest in the ASCAP Collection at The Library of Congress include:
- The complete archives of ASCAP member, Irving Caesar, writer of the lyrics for such memorable songs as "Tea For Two," "I Want to Be Happy," "Swanee," "Animal Crackers in My Soup," and "Just A Gigolo." Included in his archives are lyric sheets, photos, diaries, correspondence, and recordings.
- The archives of ASCAP member, Harold Adamson, lyricist of "Around the World in 80 Days, "I Couldn't Sleep a Wink Last Night" and "An Affair to Remember." Included in his archives are lyric sheets, photos, recordings, films, scrapbooks, and correspondence.
- The original ASCAP cash book showing dues paid by the original members as well as the cash expenditures of the organization from 1914 – 1919.
- The scrapbooks of ASCAP President Stanley Adams documenting each year of his presidency (1953 – 1956; 1959 – 1980).
Established in 1914, ASCAP is the first and leading U.S. Performing Rights Organization (PRO) representing the world's largest repertory totaling over 8.5 million copyrighted musical works of every style and genre from more than 350,000 songwriter, composer and music publisher members. ASCAP has representation arrangements with similar foreign organizations so that the ASCAP repertory is represented in nearly every country around the world where copyright law exists. ASCAP protects the rights of its members and foreign affiliates by licensing the public performances of their copyrighted works and distributing royalties based upon surveyed performances. ASCAP is the only American PRO owned and governed by its writer and publisher members. www.ascap.com
About The ASCAP Foundation:
Founded in 1975, The ASCAP Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to supporting American music creators and encouraging their development through music education and talent development programs. Included in these are songwriting workshops, grants, scholarships, awards, recognition and community outreach programs, and public service projects for senior composers and lyricists. The ASCAP Foundation is supported by contributions from ASCAP members and from music lovers throughout the United States. www.ascapfoundation.org
About The Library of Congress:
The Library of Congress, the nation's oldest federal cultural institution, is the world's preeminent reservoir of knowledge, providing unparalleled integrated resources to Congress and the American people. Founded in 1800, the Library seeks to further human understanding and wisdom by providing access to knowledge through its magnificent collections, which bring to bear the world's knowledge in almost all of the world's languages and America's private sector intellectual and cultural creativity in almost all formats. The Library seeks to spark the public's imagination and celebrate human achievement through its programs and exhibits. In doing so, the Library helps foster the informed and involved citizenry upon which American democracy depends. Today, the Library serves the public, scholars, Members of Congress and their staff—all of whom seek information, understanding and inspiration. Many of the Library's rich resources and treasures may also be accessed through the Library's award-winning Web site www.loc.gov
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