London, UK, October 8th, 2014: ASCAP (the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) held its 34th annual Awards tonight at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London. Hosted by ASCAP Executive Vice President, International Roger Greenaway and Vice President, Membership Seán Devine, the gala dinner and awards presentation honored those songwriter, composer and publisher members of PRS for Music – the UK's Performing Right Society – whose repertory is licensed by ASCAP and was among its most performed works in the U.S. during 2013.
Among the honorees and special guests in attendance were ASCAP President and Chairman Paul Williams, Desmond Child, Dan Wilson, Olly Murs, Steve Robson, Kid Harpoon, Justin Parker, Patrick Doyle, Craig Armstrong, Cathy Dennis, Julian Gingell, Dan McGrath, Steve Mac, Josh Phillips, Barry Stone, John Lunn, Steven Price.
Pop singer/songwriters Alex Clare and Jim Duguid werenamed Songwriters of the Year. They co-wrote the double Platinum hit “Too Close” which was recorded by Clare. Writer/producer Richard “Biff” Stannard was on hand to receive the Song of the Year honor for the smash hit single “Lights” recorded by Ellie Goulding.
Universal Music Publishing was named Publisher of the Year for its most-performed winning songs “Downton Abbey” (Theme), “Together”(The XX), “Over The Love” (Florence and the Machine), “Let Me Love You” (Ne-Yo), “Paradise” and “Viva La Vida” (Coldplay), “Sweet Nothing” (Calvin Harris feat Florence Welch) , “Take Care” (Drake), “Too Close” (Alex Clare), “Troublemaker” (Olly Murs),
President of Universal Music Publishing Europe & UK Paul Connolly commented: “Great songs connect internationally and amazing songs connect forever. We’re are privileged to represent so many of these songs, and this award is testament to the talent of their creators. That talent is truly the bedrock upon which the music industry is built.”
As part of ASCAP's ongoing commitment to support emerging music creators, Dan Smith from the band Bastille was honored with the ASCAP Vanguard Award in recognition of his work. Smith was touring in the US, but sent a video acceptance. The song “Pompeii” was the fourth single from the band’s debut album and reached number 5 in the Billboard Top 100. Previous ASCAP Vanguard Award honorees include Taio Cruz, Calvin Harris, Kate Nash, Frank Turner, Bat for Lashes and Plan B.
The evening was highlighted with special performances in honor of ASCAP’s 100th birthday by hit songwriters Desmond Child and Dan Wilson. Desmond performed a rare piano version of “Living On A Prayer” and “Make A Memory” (Bon Jovi) and “Angel” (Aerosmith). Dan had the audience singing along to “Someone Like You” (Adele) and “Secret Smile” a song made famous by Wilson’s band Semi-Sonic.
PRS for Music was also founded 100 years ago in 1914. To mark the occasion, ASCAP’s President and Chairman Paul Williams and CEO John LoFrumento presented PRS for Music’s Chairman Guy Fletcher and Chief Executive Robert Ashcroft with a framed copy of a commemorative statement placed in the U.S. Congressional Record.
ASCAP’s Roger Greenaway, who recently announced that he will retire from ASCAP at the end of 2014, was surprised during the ceremony when Paul Williams and John LoFrumento took the opportunity to honor him with the ASCAP President’s Award. In recognition of Greenaway’s more than 21 years of exemplary service, they commented: “During that time Roger, you have distinguished yourself as a respected ASCAP leader whose vast knowledge of and relationships in the music industry have contributed substantially to ASCAP's positive perception in both domestic and international circles. Your accomplishments as a songwriter are legendary and preceded your entry into the business side of music. That you toiled tirelessly as an ASCAP executive and made such important contributions on behalf of your fellow music creators in this capacity is a further tribute to you.” As another surprise highlight, Marc Almond performed the Cook/Greenaway classic “Something’s Gotten Hold Of My Heart” which Almond revived in the mid 80’s with Gene Pitney.
A total of 20 Song Awards were presented throughout the evening. Those being honored included Taio Cruz for "Dynamite" and "Without You," Florence and the Machine for“Sweet Nothing,” and “Over The Love”, Phil Collins for "In the Air Tonight," Annie Lennox for "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)," Jessie J for “Domino,” Jake Gosling and Chris Leonard for “Lego House”, Ed Drewett for "Glad You Came” and Steve Mac for “Glad You Came” and “You Make Me Feel”
For a complete list of winners, go to www.ascap.com.
Honorees in the Film and Television Theme categories were:
- Lorne Balfe (The Bible)
- Steven Price (Gravity)
- Craig Armstrong (The Great Gatsby)
- Cathy Dennis, Julian Gingell, Barry Stone (American Idol)
- Josh Phillips, Dan McGrath (Dancing With the Stars)
- John Lunn (Downton Abbey)
- Charlie Mole (Mr Selfridge)
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 525,000 members representing more than 10 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. www.ascap.com
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