October 13, 2004

BRITISH WRITERS AND PUBLISHERS HONORED AT ASCAP/PRS AWARDS IN LONDON

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) honored the British writer and publisher members of the PRS, for significant performances of their works in the US during 2003, during a special reception held at The Grosvenor House Hotel in London on October 13, 2004.

Steven "Lenky" Marsden was named the enviable Songwriter of the Year for his three award-winning songs "Get Busy," "Never Leave You," and "No Letting Go." Song of the Year honors went to "Get Busy" written by Steven "Lenky" Marsden and Sean Paul, and BMG Music Publishing Ltd. picked up the Publisher of the Year award as the music publisher with the most award-winning songs.

Petula Clark and Freda Payne celebrated the work of ASCAP board member and legendary songwriter Hal David with a stunning live performance of his work, which includes such classics as "Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head," "I Say A Little Prayer," "Alfie," and "This (Girl's) In Love With You," which was recorded by Petula Clark.

2004 marks the 90th anniversary of the founding of ASCAP. As the worldís largest Performing Rights Organization, ASCAP has over 190,000 composer, lyricist and music publisher members with a repertory of more than 7.5 million copyrighted musical works of every style and genre, in addition to the repertories of over 100 affiliated foreign performing rights organizations. ASCAP is committed to protecting the rights of its members by licensing and collecting royalties for the public performance of their copyrighted works, and then distributing these fees to the Societyís members based on performances. ASCAPís Board of Directors is made up solely of writers and publishers, elected by the membership every two years.

See complete list of winners.