2019 ASCAP Board of Directors Election - Writer Candidate Statements & Bios
We are very pleased to announce this year's list of nominees for ASCAP's Board of Directors for the two-year term commencing on April 1, 2019. Each has expressed not only a willingness but an eagerness to serve. New nominees are invited to run based not only on their considerable achievements, but also on their commitment to ASCAP issues and their expertise in specific areas of the music industry.
ASCAP is the only member-owned performing rights organization in the United States with a Board of Directors elected by and from the membership every two years.
We urge you to read the individual statements and biographies which follow, and cast an informed vote for a Board you feel will best reflect our membership's diversity and serve our common interests. Your vote is extremely important, perhaps now more than ever, in this changing and challenging new era. Voting will remain open until midnight on March 22, 2019.
Didier Lean Rachou
* Indicates Incumbent Director
Voting members of ASCAP were sent ballots by mail (or email, for those who so chose). Members eligible to vote are those who earned at least one performance credit during the fiscal survey year ending September 30, 2017.
As a lifelong composer of concert music and relative newcomer to the film and media side, I bring firsthand knowledge of the different facets of a music creator’s life and livelihood. As co-founder of an organization devoted to inclusion, I am already passionate about building opportunities for artists of all flavors. I believe diversity in cultural background — and in musical genres! — brings out the best inspiration in the arts. If elected, I will support proposals that guide ASCAP toward these ideals and toward ensuring ASCAP remains a crucial asset for creative people in the evolving world of music commerce.
Award-winning composer Michael Abels is best known for the score for Jordan Peele’s Oscar-winning film Get Out. A lifelong member of ASCAP, he was a featured speaker at ASCAP’s 2017 “I Create Music” EXPO in Los Angeles. Abels is co-founder and current Executive Director of the Composers Diversity Collective, an organization promoting diversity and inclusion in music for media. Abels’s concert symphonic works have been performed by most of the major orchestras in the US including Chicago, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Atlanta, St. Louis and Baltimore. He has arranged or written music for artists as diverse as Doc Severinsen and James Earl Jones. In 2018, Abels conducted “Get Out in Concert” for the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center in DC, with more cities scheduled in the coming year. He has composed a children’s opera for LA Opera and arranged a gospel album for the Rev. James Cleveland. Current projects include film scores for Universal and Netflix and two works for concert band. Abels’s concert music is recorded by the Chicago Sinfonietta on the Cedille label.
I’m honored to represent you as a writer member of the ASCAP Board. It’s a joy to see our work yield real benefits for music creators and I’m proud of my contribution. But there’s still critically important work to do in this time of historic challenge. For many thousands of us, performance royalties are our only dependable source of income. Our livelihood is at stake. Creators’ voices must be heard.
I bring passion for the issues, a history of service, and business acumen as founder of a successful music business — and ask for your support to return to the ASCAP Board to continue this important work on your behalf.
Joel Beckerman is an award-winning composer, producer, arranger and author, as well as the founder of Man Made Music, a global sonic studio in New York and Los Angeles. Beckerman has created, with his team, original scores for over 50 television series and specials, including Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, The CBS Evening News, CBS This Morning, Entertainment Tonight, ESPN Films' 30 for 30 and the Super Bowl on NBC. His work can also be found across many networks, including Discovery, A&E, FX, HBO and NBC and in the signature sonic identities for global giants such as AT&T, IMAX, Hulu, Disney, Showtime, CNBC and dozens of others. Beckerman has collaborated with a wide variety of talent ranging from John Legend, Morgan Freeman, OK Go and will.i.am to film composers John Williams and the late, great James Horner. Beckerman was also the lead composer for the Lionsgate feature film Cook Off, with Melissa McCarthy.
In 2015, Beckerman wrote a treatise on the role of sound and music in our lives in his book, THE SONIC BOOM: How Sound Transforms the Way We Think, Feel and Buy, which espouses what he calls Sonic Humanism – the power of sound to make our lives better and simpler – which is a core principle of Man Made Music’s continued work to impact experiences across entertainment, technology, spaces, products and devices through the strategic use of sound.
He is a featured speaker at big-idea conferences around the world such as C2 Montreal, Future of StoryTelling, Wall Street Journal D.Live and London Design Festival. Fast Company magazine has honored Beckerman, by placing him on its list of Most Creative People in Business 1000, and has included Man Made Music as one of their Most Innovative Companies. For his television and media work, Beckerman has been named one of ASCAP's Most Performed Themes and Underscore composers for 10 consecutive years, and currently serves on the board for PromaxBDA, a trade association for television and media marketing. Beckerman is also a former board member of the Society of Composers & Lyricists, and proudly worked to establish the SCL New York chapter with fellow ASCAP Board member, Dan Foliart.
He works from his recording studios in New York and Los Angeles, and lives in New Jersey with his wife, author Tracy Beckerman.
Ever since a club owner refused to pay me for two weeks of shows when I was 19, I’ve known that being fairly paid in music was going to be an uphill climb. Now, I understand that even after the passing of the game-changing Music Modernization Act, there is still work to do...
I’ve been an ASCAP member since 1981. I’ve written hits from 1991 to as recently as last year. I believe it gives me an understanding of the concerns of both my own age group, and the younger generation of writers/artists I currently work with.
It would be an honor to serve.
This Illinois native and 28-year Nashville veteran has had songs recorded by Jason Aldean, Sam Hunt, Garth Brooks, Martina McBride, Peter Cetera, Billy Currington, Blake Shelton, Reba McEntire, Lady Antebellum, Carrie Underwood and Chicago, among others. He has won 11 ASCAP awards including both Country and Pop Song of the Year for his #1, "When She Cries.” He co-wrote the title track and #1 Billy Currington single, “We Are Tonight,” and more recently, the title track of Ashley Monroe's Grammy-nominated record The Blade, Blake Shelton's "She's Got a Way with Words,” Josh Turner’s #1 "Hometown Girl” and “The Bullet" from Carrie Underwood’s new record, Cry Pretty.
As an artist, he has recorded for Warner Bros., BNA and Curb Records. He has served on the Board of NSAI, the NARAS education committee and as a mentor in the MTSU Music Business Program. He currently writes for Downtown Music Group.
I have served on ASCAP’s Board of Directors for 12 years. Over the last six years, ASCAP has come dangerously close to a precipice and, only through significant effort on the part of the Board, management and staff, has managed to navigate this challenging path. The work is complex and far from finished. There has never been a more important time for Board members to be experienced, knowledgeable and committed. I would much appreciate your vote of confidence to continue this work.
A writer member of ASCAP for over 37 years, Richard Bellis has scored films and television movies and received an Emmy Award for the original score to Stephen King’s IT (1990) as well as nominations for HBO’s Doublecrossed and ABC’s Double, Double, Toil and Trouble. While primarily a score composer, Bellis has written songs for the Disney theme parks, the Olsen Twins’ videos and several of the movies he’s scored.
His sense of community has led to over three decades of service to music creators. Bellis taught at USC in the Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television program for 11 years followed by teaching several courses for UCLA’s Extension program, and today is invited to lecture worldwide. He has served on the Board of Governors for the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, as President of The Society of Composers & Lyricists and, for the past 21 years, acted as host/mentor of The ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop with Richard Bellis. His book, The Emerging Film Composer: An Introduction to the People, Problems and Psychology of the Film Music Business, is highly regarded by educators and industry professionals alike.
I’m honored to be an ASCAP member. ASCAP always stood for our rights and helped develop our careers while connecting writers and artists all over the world. I write, produce, make film and commercial music everyday and just released my album Sincera, nominated for a 2019 Grammy. I’ve always been a strong advocate for our rights. I’m a trustee of The Recording Academy, a member of the SONA steering committee and Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame VP West Coast. I’m committed to give us, the creators, the place we deserve. As a female singer-songwriter, producer and proud Latina, I look forward to making a difference. I’d be honored to get your vote.
Claudia Brant started writing songs at six years old. She signed with Warner Music at 22 and released two very successful albums in South America. She won the OTI songwriting contest in 1991 and the Viña del Mar songwriting contest in 1995. In 1998 she moved to California to pursue a songwriter and producer career. Since then, Claudia has averaged 40 cuts per year in various genres and languages (Spanish, Portuguese and English).
Her album Sincera was released on September 28, 2018, and has been nominated for a 2019 Grammy in the Best Latin Pop Album category. Sincera was recorded at East West Studios in LA and produced by Cheche Alara and Moogie Canazio. This production includes four duets featuring Antonio Carmona, Alex Cuba, La Marisoul Hernandez and Arnaldo Antunes. She has been previously nominated for Latin Grammys as a songwriter, artist and producer, and won a Latin Grammy for Song of the Year in 2009. She was awarded SESAC Latina Songwriter of the Year for three consecutive years (2007-2009) and ASCAP Latina Songwriter of the Year in 2012 and 2015.
Claudia’s “No Me Doy Por Vencido” was named Song of the Decade by Billboard – it held the #1 spot on the Latin Charts for a record 19 consecutive weeks. Claudia has collaborated with the biggest names in the music industry such as: Bruno Mars, Desmond Child, Diane Warren, Lester Méndez, David Foster, Martin Terefe, Danny Elfman, Humberto Gatica, Lauren Christy, Chris Destefano, Jayson DeZuzio, Jeremy Lubbock, Arturo Sandoval, Sebastian Krys, Lindy Robbins, Gary Burr, Kike Santander, Naughty Boy, Ferras, Noel Schajris, Neff-U, Erika Nuri, Andres Levin, Motiff, Motesart, Lil’ Eddie Serrano, Julio Reyes Copello, Andres Castro and Julia Michaels, to name a few.
Her songs have been recorded by artists such as: Camila Cabello, Jessie Reyez, Carlos Santana, Alejandro Sanz, Malu, Luis Fonsi, Barbra Streisand, Josh Groban, Ricky Martin, Kendji Girac, Michael Bublé, Fantasia Barrino, Il Volo, Fifth Harmony, John Legend, Enrique Iglesias, The Tenors, Kenny G, Marc Anthony, Jennifer Lopez, Alejandro Fernandez, Paulina Rubio, Rosario Flores, Luz Casal, Laura Pausini, Lara Fabian, Alejandra Guzmán, Reik, Calibre 50, Sergio Dalma, Thalia, Diego Torres, Olga Tañon, Marta Sánchez, Cristian Castro, Kumbia Kings, Chayanne, La Ley, La Santa Cecilia, Victor Manuelle and Alex Ubago among others. Her upcoming singles include: “Sola”- Jessie Reyez, “Lloviendo Alegria”- Malu ft. Alejandro Sanz, “Yo No Merezco Volver”- Morat, “Mas Que Suerte”- Noel Schajris and “Nunca Es Tarde” - Natalia Jimenez. Some of her works have been recorded by Josh Groban (“Musica del Corazon”) and Kendji Girac (“Yo Cantare” & “C’est Ma Folie”).
In 2017 Claudia was named Spotify’s Secret Genius Latin Ambassador. She hosted and curated the main Latin Songcamp for Spotify in Miami (February 2018). Claudia serves as National Trustee for The Recording Academy and was named VP West Coast of The Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame, where she was inducted in 2016. She was nominated twice as a candidate for the ASCAP Board of Directors and here she comes again.
I have found that being on the ASCAP Board is a formidable responsibility: one of knowing that without the financial benefits of ASCAP, thousands of composers and songwriters simply could not make a living as music creators. I take the trust of members placed in me as a Board member seriously. There has never been a time when the advocacy of ASCAP was more important than now. I believe music creators should be strong and well protected, that their voices - as well as their music - need to be heard. I ask to return to the Board to continue the work to make this happen.
Best known for his many film and television scores, Bruce Broughton is the composer of classic soundtracks such as Silverado, Tombstone, The Rescuers Down Under, The Presidio, Miracle on 34th Street, the Homeward Bound adventures and Lost in Space. His television themes include JAG, Steven Spielberg’s Tiny Toon Adventures and Dinosaurs. His scores for television range from mini-series like Roughing It and The Blue and Gray to TV movies (Warm Springs, O Pioneers!) and countless episodes of television series such as Dallas, Quincy, Hawaii Five-O and How the West Was Won. With 23 nominations, he has won a record 10 Emmy awards. His score to Silverado was Oscar-nominated, and his score to Young Sherlock Holmes was nominated for a Grammy. His music has accompanied many of the Disney theme park attractions throughout the world, including the recent Soarin’ Around the World. His score for Heart of Darkness was the first recorded orchestral score for a video game.
He recently arranged and recorded an album of songs with the multi-talented Seth MacFarlane and composed the theme to MacFarlane’s The Orville. As a concert composer, ensembles such as the Cleveland Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony, the National Symphony and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra have performed his works. His works for wind ensembles, bands and chamber groups are performed and recorded throughout the world.
He is a Board member of ASCAP, a former governor of both the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, as well as a past president and founding member of the Society of Composers & Lyricists.
I would be energized and humbled to serve on ASCAP’s Board. I’ve been advocating for songwriters from the 1982 Buffalo Broadcasting suit against ASCAP to helping bring the vision of the Music Modernization Act into reality. What continues to inspire my heart is leading songwriter workshops in Nashville, New York, London and my annual Los Angeles ASCAP EXPO marathon master class helping songwriters. I am continually surprised and joyful to see so many talented young writers move on up into greater success. It would be an incredible honor to bring the voices of our songwriter members into the Board room so they can be heard and their dreams be realized.
With over 77 million units sold worldwide as an award-winning songwriter and producer, Darrell Brown’s creative versatility shows throughout his work with Keith Urban, LeAnn Rimes, Neil Young, Willie Dixon, Faith Hill, Mavis Staples, Little Big Town, Stevie Nicks, Dolly Parton, Rascal Flatts, Jeff Beck, Alison Krauss, The Crystal Method, Rob Thomas, Ariana Grande, David Gray, Josh Turner, Radney Foster and Bon Jovi among so many others.
Some of Brown’s songwriter highlights include Keith Urban’s hit “Raining on Sunday” and #1 crossover Grammy-winning hit, “You’ll Think of Me,” Josh Turner’s multi-week #1 single “Why Don’t We Just Dance,” LeAnn Rimes’s multi-genre crossover hit “Nothing Better to Do,” multiple #1 club songs including “Love Is Love Is Love,” “What I Can Not Change” and “Long Live Love” and the Jim Brickman #1 single “Simple Things.”
Brown contributed songs and music to Steven Soderbergh's Logan Lucky, the Coen Brothers’ Gambit, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, Cruel Intentions and Pretty Woman, among others. Brown is also responsible for the creation and production of specific rock, pop and country music that has been written and designed for the internationally renowned hit EA video games The Sims, The Sims 3 and The Sims 4. Brown also underscores and produces music for other video games for EA and EA Sports including FIFA and Madden NFL.
Great songwriting drew me to a music career. We as composers and lyricists need our rights protected and we need community. I’ve been blessed to collaborate with living legends who fought tirelessly representing us and I want to take that mantle forward. The Music Modernization Act opens the door to restore dwindling rights and ASCAP must be at the forefront of navigating the new world of music distribution. Educating the public and the new generation of writers about our historic legacy will help elevate our occupation and passion to more than just a crazy way to make a living.
Bill Cantos’s songs have been covered by Ramsey Lewis, Lea Salonga, Patti Austin, Brenda Russell, Cheryl Bentyne, Flora Purim, Helen Baylor, Clay Crosse, Maranatha Music and many others. With Mari Falcone and Alan & Marilyn Bergman, he wrote songs for the musical Chasing Mem’ries, which recently premiered in Los Angeles.
For the past 12 years Bill has collaborated with Herb Alpert & Lani Hall in concert and in the studio, writing and performing on six albums including the Grammy-winning Steppin’ Out. He currently tours with Burt Bacharach. He sang on three world tours with Phil Collins, writes with Johnny Mandel, and has recorded with Elton John, Leon Russell, Josh Groban, Tony Bennett, Barry Manilow, Andrae Crouch, Bob Dylan, Steve Tyrell and Kirk Whalum, among many others.
Active as composer, lyricist, vocalist, keyboardist, arranger and producer, Bill has worked on 75 film soundtracks and is deeply involved with Brazilian music, performing and recording with Dori Caymmi, Sergio Mendes, Flora Purim, Airto Moreira, Lisa Ono and Gal Costa. He also writes for theater and appeared in the world premiere of the Cy Coleman/Alan & Marilyn Bergman musical Like Jazz.
He received a Master of Music in Jazz Studies from the New England Conservatory of Music (piano, student of Fred Hersch) and has received their Distinguished Alumni Award. He is a member of the music faculty at Azusa Pacific University.
My mother was a songwriter...she was a single mom, and I saw how hard she worked trying to make ends meet, and how she struggled to find time and the energy to create her beautiful and soulful songs. I care passionately about songwriters and have dedicated myself to fighting for our rights and the dignity of our calling. I’ve had the privilege of serving on ASCAP’s Board and would be honored to continue to help keep our voice loud and clear.
Grammy-winning and Emmy-nominated songwriter-producer Desmond Child is one of music's most accomplished hitmakers. He is also a film and television producer, recording artist, performer, author and motivational speaker. His credits appear on more than 80 Billboard Top 40 singles spanning five decades, including “Livin’ on a Prayer,” “You Give Love a Bad Name,” “I Was Made for Lovin’ You,” “Dude Looks Like a Lady,” “Livin’ la Vida Loca,” “Waking Up in Vegas” and many more. From Aerosmith to Zedd, his genre-defying collaborations include Bon Jovi, KISS, Cher, Joan Jett, Michael Bolton, Cyndi Lauper, Ricky Martin, Katy Perry, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Garth Brooks, Meat Loaf, Christina Aguilera, Sia, Mickey Mouse and Kermit the Frog, selling over 500 million records worldwide with downloads, YouTube views and streaming plays in the billions.
He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and serves on its Board of Directors as well as the Board of ASCAP. In 2018, he received ASCAP’s prestigious Founders Award, celebrating 40 years as a proud member of ASCAP. Some of his recent ASCAP activities include: co-hosting the ASCAP EXPO panel which resulted in the establishment of “digital liner notes” on Pandora and Spotify; the ASCAP Legacy program, established as an information, support and networking home for the family and estates of deceased ASCAP members; co-producing the animated video SPLITSVILLE as a call to all collaborators to establish signed co-writing information sheets including splits, publishing, PRO and current contact info as early as possible in the creation process, to avoid mis-registrations and possible future misunderstandings; and the Music Modernization Act: he worked actively with fellow Board members to get the word out to music industry professionals and music creators to join the push to help pass this momentous bill.
He also co-founded the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame (LatinSongHall.org) where he serves as Chairman/CEO. Child has recently completed his upcoming autobiography LIVIN' ON A PRAYER: BIG SONGS BIG LIFE with David Ritz. He also wrote and co-produced “Lady Liberty” on Barbra Streisand’s new Walls album.
I am proud of my 10 years and perfect attendance record as one of your Board representatives. My service has consisted of co-chairing both the Finance Committee and the selection committee that brought CEO, Beth Matthews to her position. Along with Paul Williams, I am serving as the ASCAP representative on the MLC writer selection committee mandated by the MMA. Change is inevitable in our profession. ASCAP continues to be the leader of meeting the challenges and capitalizing on the opportunities. It would be an honor to continue on the ASCAP Board of Directors.
Dan Foliart’s music has been indelibly etched on the landscape of network television. Currently he is serving his fifth term on the ASCAP Board of Directors, following his tenure as president of the Society of Composers & Lyricists for five terms over 10 years. Along with his service on nine Board committees, he believes that the relationships he has nurtured through meetings with members of Congress, as well as friendships that he has fostered with his colleagues here and around the world, will be valuable components that he will continue to bring to the ASCAP Board.
2018 saw the return of Roseanne as the top rated show of the season, which included Foliart’s iconic theme and blues-driven score, written with longtime partner, Howard Pearl. Social media has since demonstrated how fleeting life at the top can be. Other projects include music for Saint George, Girl Meets World, The Secret Life of the American Teenager and the 11-year run of 7th Heaven. Along with Emmy nominations, Dan has garnered 34 ASCAP Film and Television Awards, including 16 in the Most Performed Themes category.
Of the 50-plus series he has composed for, many continue to air both in syndication and internationally. Beginning at Paramount Studios, he started an extended run that included such favorites as Happy Days, Laverne and Shirley, Angie, Bosom Buddies, Joanie Loves Chachi and cable’s first series, Brothers. Other series that he has composed for include Home Improvement, Beverly Hills 90210, 9 to 5, Guns of Paradise, Island Son, Carol and Company, Soul Man, Burke’s Law, Malibu Shores and 8 Simple Rules.
He has served for 15 years on the ASCAP Foundation Board and 10 years on the Television Academy’s Music Peer Committee. Growing up in Oklahoma City, he was proud to have his symphonic work, “Oklahoma Trilogy,” performed as part of the state’s centennial celebration. While enrolled at Amherst College, where he received his BA degree, he had the opportunity to write the song score for GD Spradlin’s film The Only Way Home. The songs were co-written with celebrated Nashville songwriter Tom Shapiro, with whom he penned over 100 more.
He and frequent collaborator, Arthur Hamilton, wrote “Doin’ What I Do Best,” reaching the top 10 of the FMQ charts in 2018 with teenage artist, Evan Schelton. Recently he performed his television themes at ASCAP’s prestigious We Write the Songs at the Library of Congress.
He is working on a musical version of Rip Van Winkle with Arthur Hamilton and Joel Feigenbaum and Back in the Game with Rob Dames. In 2018, Dan joined with big band leader Dennis Dreith to arrange, conduct and sing in several Los Angeles area jazz clubs. 2019 will find an extensive interview about Dan’s life in music in the University of Illinois Press, Music and the Moving Image series, conducted by Dr. Ron Sadoff, Director, NYU Steinhardt Department of Music.
Dan lives in California with his wife, Cheryl, and has two children, Matt and Lauren.
I would be honored to be considered for a seat on the ASCAP Board of Directors and to represent the Nashville songwriting community. I have a fierce passion for songwriting, but an even deeper passion for mentoring. I created my publishing company to serve and advocate for the new generation of songwriters. I strive to stay up on the ever-changing landscape of the industry and maintain a progressive approach in my writing and my business. I feel equipped and eager to represent ASCAP in this capacity.
Ashley Gorley is the reigning ASCAP Country Songwriter of the Year, earning this honor for the sixth time. He has achieved 38 #1s so far in his career. He is a four-time NSAI Songwriter of the Year, and has received multiple Grammy, ACM and CMA nominations including a nomination for ACM Songwriter of the Year the past four years.
His songs have been recorded by artists such as Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line, Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton, Bon Jovi, Thomas Rhett, Jason DeRulo, Kelsea Ballerini and Dan + Shay.
Gorley attended Belmont University and graduated magna cum laude in 1999. Since graduating, he has continued to give back to the University through leading seminars and mentoring students, as well as serving as a professor of Music Publishing from 2006-2008.
Ashley is a champion for the songwriting community. He has met with Senators and The Library of Congress to promote songwriters’ rights and bills such as the Music Modernization Act.
In 2011, Gorley formed his own publishing and artist development company, Tape Room Music. Writers for Tape Room have already celebrated 15 #1 songs and eight top 10 singles by artists such as Florida Georgia Line, Charlie Puth, Keith Urban, Dustin Lynch, Jason DeRulo, Kane Brown and Sam Hunt, including 2018 ASCAP Country Song of the Year, "Body Like a Back Road."
In his free time Ashley loves traveling with his family, coaching and playing basketball.
It has been my honor to serve as a writer member of the ASCAP Board of Directors for the past two years. My dual roles as Executive Director of SONA (Songwriters of North America) and as a Board member placed me on the front lines as a creator advocate in the crafting and passage of landmark copyright legislation, the Music Modernization Act. I saw firsthand what the music community can accomplish when we work together. If re-elected to the ASCAP Board, I will continue to galvanize songwriters, to build bridges and fight the good fight for all music creators!
Michelle Lewis is a fierce New Yorker now based in Los Angeles, where she is a singer, songwriter, composer and music creators’ rights advocate. From her early career as a recording artist signed to Irving Azoff’s Giant Records, to her first radio hit, Cher’s “A Different Kind of Love Song” in 2002, to the 2014 worldwide #1 single “Wings” by the British girl group Little Mix, Ms. Lewis brings authenticity, grit and heart to a diverse array of music projects.
For the last decade, Ms. Lewis has branched out into the world of songwriting for animated television, most notably as a Peabody Award-winning composer of all original music for Disney Junior’s hit show, Doc McStuffins. She has over a half-dozen themes currently airing, including Doc McStuffins, The Loud House, Muppet Babies, The Harvey Street Kids and DC Super Hero Girls.
In 2014, Michelle Lewis co-founded the non-profit, Songwriters of North America (SONA) in response to the ever-increasing complexities and inequities in digital royalties paid to songwriters and composers. As Executive Director of SONA, she is deeply connected to the music creator community and is committed to growing the number of informed songwriters and composers able to advocate on their own behalves. She regularly communicates with leaders from Silicon Valley to Washington DC, fighting for the protection of songwriters and the value of musical works in the digital age. And most recently - through her roles on the ASCAP Board’s Legislative Committee, representing SONA and as one of the leaders of the #MusicArmy coalition of songwriters, artists, composers and producers - Michelle was an instrumental force in the historic passage of the Music Modernization Act, which was signed into law in October of 2018.
As a member of ASCAP for over 37 years, I understand the many changes in the music industry. As a songwriter, publisher and producer I have a unique position to understand multiple sides of the industry. These contributions have prepared me to advocate for the interests of composers and songwriters. I will use this platform to promote an atmosphere of inclusion through education that is paramount to the future of all writers and composers. Our music sells everything…but itself. Let’s create solutions!
As part of one of the most successful songwriting/production teams in modern musical history, Terry Lewis, along with his partner Jimmy Jam, has penned hits for music superstars including Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson, Celine Dion, Usher, Sting, Gwen Stefani, Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, Yolanda Adams and many more.
The five-time Grammy-winning duo has crafted distinctive, memorable and instantly engaging songs for over three decades. Crossing stylistic boundaries, from pop, rock and soul to rap, hip-hop and dance, they have fashioned a sound completely their own. With more Billboard #1s than any other songwriting and production team in history, they have produced 16 Billboard Hot 100 #1 hits, and 26 Billboard R&B #1 hits. They are among a handful of producers to have #1 records in three consecutive decades and have had 41 songs reach the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100.
They first met in Minneapolis in 1972 and were signed by Prince in 1981 as members of the seminal group The Time. While members of The Time, the pair was tapped by Tabu Records Chairman Clarence Avant to produce the SOS Band, which resulted in chart-topping hits "Just Be Good to Me" and "Tell Me If You Still Care," launching them as full time songwriter-producers.
By the mid-’80s they became the most sought-after collaborators in music, thanks largely to their work with Janet Jackson on her 1986 breakthrough album Control, which earned them a Grammy for Producer of the Year. Three years later they followed it up with another multi-platinum smash for Janet, Rhythm Nation 1814. By that time the duo had also racked up such chart toppers as The Force MDs’ "Tender Love" and legendary trumpeter Herb Alpert's hits "Keep Your Eye on Me" and “Diamonds." Their widespread musical approach included such diverse artists as R&B singers Cherrelle and Alexander O’Neal, British New Wave pioneers Human League, legendary soul singers Gladys Knight and Patti LaBelle and iconic pop legends Rod Stewart, Elton John and Sting.
The duo formed Flyte Tyme Productions (music production) and Flyte Tyme Tunes (music publishing). They also formed their label Perspective Records, which included the powerful gospel choir Sounds of Blackness; their debut release, The Evolution of Gospel, was another Grammy winner.
The pair has also received Oscar and Golden Globe nominations and composed music for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. They been named ASCAP Songwriters of the Year nine times, are recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the NAACP and have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Lewis and his partner recently completed composing and music producing the critically acclaimed miniseries The New Edition Story for BET, which drew over 29 million viewers.
The duo was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2017.
I am proud to say I have been an active ASCAP member for the past 13 years. The ASCAP team has been an essential part of my development as a songwriter-composer. I value the opportunity to look out for the next generation while ensuring active and legacy songwriters are heard. It feels like yesterday that I was attending the ASCAP EXPO or the Pop Workshop in Nashville. To now be speaking at these events is an honor that I do not take for granted. Serving on the ASCAP Board feels like the appropriate next step in serving the songwriting community that I’m so grateful to be a part of.
Brett McLaughlin, aka LELAND, is the writer behind many pop hits of the past few years. They include a majority of the standouts on Troye Sivan’s debut album Blue Neighbourhood including the hit song “Youth” and singles “My My My!,” “Bloom,” “The Good Side” and “Dance to This” ft. Ariana Grande from Troye's massive sophomore album Bloom. Other writing credits include Kelsea Ballerini’s “Miss Me More,” Carrie Underwood’s “End Up with You,” Sabrina Carpenter‘s “Why” and Selena Gomez and Gucci Mane’s “Fetish“ to name a few. LELAND also co-wrote Golden Globe-nominated song “Revelation" for Focus Features’ Boy Erased, performed by Sivan and Jonsi. In 2017, LELAND released “Mattress,” an “anthem about unrequited queer love set against soaring electro-pop production” (OUT MAGAZINE), which solidified him as a budding pop artist in his own right. LELAND also composed the original score and executive produced the soundtrack for the Netflix Original film Sierra Burgess Is a Loser, all while continuing his role as one of the music composers on the Emmy-winning RuPaul’s Drag Race.
I'm proud to say the ASCAP Board has had significant success over the past two years, working to ensure that songwriters and composers are properly compensated - particularly in the ever-changing music streaming realm.
I also serve on the Membership sub-committee, helping to make sure composers of non-pop music (jazz, classical, Latin, urban, etc.) all have a voice at ASCAP.
Despite recent successes, the battle to protect writers' rights is far from over. I would be proud and honored to continue working as a member of the Board to help protect our futures as ASCAP writers.
Marcus Miller is a composer, producer, arranger and world-renowned jazz bassist. A two-time Grammy winner, his name has appeared on over 500 album credits for some of the world’s most respected artists. His current album, Laid Black, is up for this year’s Grammy® for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album.
Starting at the young age of 17, Marcus quickly became a major force on the music scene. His well-known songwriting and producing collaboration with the late, great R&B singer Luther Vandross began in the early ‘80s and resulted in a #1 tune, “Jump to It,” performed by Aretha Franklin. The single became Aretha’s biggest pop hit since 1974, was nominated for a Grammy® and held the #1 spot on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart for four consecutive weeks. Marcus also composed and produced for most of Luther Vandross’s solo albums, capped by the hit single “Power of Love/Love Power,” which won the Grammy® for Best Rhythm & Blues song in 1991.
Marcus has composed, arranged and produced for some of the greatest artists of our time including Roberta Flack, George Benson, Al Jarreau, Joe Sample, Bob James, David Sanborn, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and Chaka Khan. Most notable, Marcus was the last primary collaborator for the great jazz legend Miles Davis, composing, arranging and producing three albums including the now legendary Tutu, which won two Grammys®. The title song, which Miller wrote in honor of South African anti-apartheid activist Bishop Desmond Tutu, has become a contemporary jazz standard, and is described as one of Miles’s most significant contributions to contemporary jazz.
Marcus has more than 200 television and film composition credits to his name, starting with the music for the break-out cult classic House Party, directed by Reginald Hudlin. Miller quickly followed up with the go-go mega-hit “Da Butt” which he wrote for Spike Lee’s 1988 film, School Daze. Soon after, he became the go-to composer for well over 30 films, including the Eddie Murphy classic Boomerang (1992), Two Can Play That Game (2001), This Christmas starring Chris Brown and Idris Elba (2007), the Chris Rock documentary Good Hair (2009) and About Last Night (2014) starring Kevin Hart. Marcus also supplied the music for the successful TV series Everybody Hates Chris, currently in syndication. Most recently, Marcus composed the music for the award-winning film Marshall, based upon the early life of Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.
Marcus has also maintained a successful solo career, touring to sold-out audiences around the world. Internationally, he’s been awarded the Victoires du Jazz (France's version of the Grammy®) and the Edison Lifetime Achievement Award in Holland for outstanding achievements in the music industry. Marcus has released 10 solo albums, including his latest, Laid Black.
Marcus is a significant presence on the international scene, serving as a UNESCO Artist for Peace and spokesperson for the Slave Routes Project, raising worldwide awareness of slavery, past and present. He's delivered talks on the importance of music, collaboration and communication all over the world, including the United Nations, Africa, Paris, Russia and Japan.
As a composer and educator, I have been an advocate for the arts and especially concert music throughout my career. I have served ASCAP as a member of the Special Classifications Committee since 1997 and as a panelist on the Deems Taylor Awards Committee since 1999. Over this period I have become familiar with significant financial and copyright issues regarding ASCAP’s members. In our current, rapidly changing cultural and technological environment, the American artists’ practical concerns require special attention. I look forward to protecting and extending, as appropriate, our members’ hard-earned rights and benefits in all genres.
Paul Moravec, recipient of the 2004 Pulitzer Prize in Music, has composed numerous orchestral, chamber, lyric, choral and operatic works. Frequently commissioned by notable ensembles and major music institutions, Mr. Moravec's most recent premiere was Sanctuary Road, an oratorio about the Underground Railroad for Oratorio Society of New York at Carnegie Hall in May, 2018. His most recent opera is The Shining, to a libretto by Mark Campbell based on the Stephen King novel, which premiered at Minnesota Opera in May, 2016. Other recent premieres include Hodie Christus Natus Est for the National Cathedral Choral Society, the song cycle A New Country for the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, The Overlook Hotel Suite for American Composers Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, Nocturne for Orchestra of the Swan in Stratford-upon-Avon, UK, and Winter Songs for the Harvard Glee Club and Radcliffe Choral Society in Cambridge. Recent recordings include The Blizzard Voices, an oratorio on BMOP Sound, Amorisms on Delos/Naxos, Violin Concerto and five albums of chamber music on Naxos American Classics. A graduate of Harvard and Columbia universities, he holds the distinguished rank of University Professor at Adelphi University, and recently served as Artist-in-Residence at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton as well as Composer-in-Residence at the American Academy in Rome. His website is www.paulmoravec.com and his works are published by www.subitomusic.com.
I humbly ask for your vote to continue my work as an ASCAP Board member. 2018 was a history-making year for our Board as we worked to make the Music Modernization Act get signed into law! What an accomplishment! As your Board member, you will always have me as a voice to protect you and your songs. You can count on me to continue to work hard making sure that with this tidal wave of new technology, our rights and the value of our music continue to grow.
Rudy Pérez is a Grammy Award-winning international songwriter, producer, arranger, entrepreneur and philanthropist, and the first Latin music member to join the ASCAP Board. He has composed over 1,000 songs, 300 of which have become #1 or top 10 hits. He has written and produced songs for a variety of artists including Beyoncé, Julio Iglesias, Christina Aguilera, Il Divo, Natalie Cole, Michael Bolton, Luis Miguel, Jose Feliciano, Marc Anthony, Cyndi Lauper, Juan Gabriel, Arturo Sandoval and Andrea Bocelli, among many others. Pérez also has vast experience in music composition and production for commercials, TV and film, with numerous credits in each. His philanthropic activities include his role as President and Co-Founder of the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame, along with fellow songwriter Desmond Child, as well as funding The ASCAP Foundation Rudy Pérez Songwriting Scholarship.
Pérez is the first Latin record producer to be named Billboard Hot Latin Tracks Producer of the Year for four consecutive years. In 2010, Billboard named him Producer of the Decade for having more #1 and top 10 hits chart in that period than any other Latin producer in the magazine's history. Pérez has also been named ASCAP Latin Songwriter of the Year five times.
Industry leaders call him "the producer and songwriter with the Midas touch," with a versatility capable of successfully handling a variety of music genres. Pérez's strength lies in his chameleon-like capabilities; not only does he easily navigate through assorted styles, he also traverses record labels, with credits on each of the majors as well as independents. He has emerged atop one of the hottest trends to surface in the Latin music industry: English-speaking artists like Beyoncé who decide to cross over into the Spanish-language market. Chairmen and presidents of major labels have been quoted as saying: "Rudy's got this bicultural understanding of the music." "It's not about language, it's about culture, and Rudy seems to understand that very, very well." He has his finger on the pulse of Latin music. Because Pérez has this unique understanding of the market, it makes it a very smart decision to bring him into a project. Analyzing the work he's done in the past years, one can find the songs and productions that are the most representative of the contemporary Latin music movement.
Didier Lean Rachou
Friends, what an honor and a privilege it would be to serve you on the ASCAP Board of Directors. If elected, I shall remain vigilant of this ever-shifting landscape and always listen to you. I will responsibly steward what others have worked so hard to entrust us with, in order to protect our creative rights for future generations.
As an ASCAP member since 1996 and having won many awards, including Most Performed Themes and Underscore for six years running, I am a loyal company man with a mutually vested interest in our future. Thank you for your time and consideration.
Didier Lean Rachou is the award-winning composer of both the 16-time Emmy-winning series Deadliest Catch and Gold Rush (Discovery). In 2018, Didier took home his 15th ASCAP Screen Music Award, winning the Most Performed Themes and Underscore award for the sixth year in a row. In 2017, his peers voted him the recipient of the ASCAP Composer’s Choice Television Composer of the Year Award.
Didier received a BA from the Manhattan School of Music and studied composition privately at The Juilliard School. He has been a voting member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (GRAMMY Awards) since 2000 and a voting member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (EMMY Awards) since 2012. He joined ASCAP in 1996 and has long since been an advocate for creative rights. In 2017, he was honored to be included in a diverse group of ASCAP composers and songwriters who met with Senator Dianne Feinstein’s team to constructively discuss rights, authorship and the consent decrees.
After being selected for the prestigious ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop in 2000, Didier relocated his NYC studio to a historical Hollywood Hills compound. Within months of moving to Los Angeles, he was scoring key scenes for the Golden Globe and Emmy-winning series Sex and the City (HBO). Coming full circle, this past year he and his wife established the Lucy and Didier Lean Rachou Award through The ASCAP Foundation. This annual prize is awarded to a French passport holder selected to participate in the ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop.
Aside from scoring over 1,200 hours of television, Didier's feature film credits include Powder Blue starring Academy Award-winners Forest Whitaker and Eddie Redmayne, How to Rob a Bank starring Erika Christensen, Moving McAllister starring Mila Kunis and MGM’s Her Best Move. He has had the privilege to work with such diverse artists as Ashford & Simpson, David Johansen, McCoy Tyner, Luis Bonfa, Paquito D'Rivera and members of the Pilobolus Dance Theater, amongst many others, as a composer, producer and/or engineer.
Raised in Europe and New York City, Didier is the son of world-renowned French chef Jean-Jacques Rachou (of La Cote Basque fame). He is married to author and culinary impresario Lucy Lean, niece of two-time Oscar-winning director, David Lean. Some fun facts about Didier are that as a teen in NYC, he lived right upstairs from four-time Oscar winner Henry Mancini. During this time, he also taught guitar lessons to Julian Casablancas and Nick Valensi who went on to form The Strokes. Before becoming a full-time, working composer, he was a member of the jazz-fusion group that eventually became the David Bowie Blackstar band.
Didier holds dual citizenship with France and the US. He is represented by Soundtrack Music Associates. He currently resides in Los Angeles, with his lovely wife, Lucy and their two children.
ASCAP is more than just a performing rights organization to me. Over the years I have grown to know and love the staff, become partners with fellow members and even collaborated with ASCAP EXPO attendees. Some of my best experiences have come from ASCAP writing camps and other activities surrounding writer advocacy. I very much want to be part of what makes ASCAP great, to give to others what was given to me. Not only to continue building lifelong relationships in the creative community, but also helping build a stronger community for writers like me to grow and thrive in.
A child of the Navy who bounced around the South growing up, Renea was living in Jacksonville, FL, when she wrote her first song at eight years old. “I was vacuuming the hallway and started singing this melody and lyrics,” she recalls. “It was something like ‘Walking down the highway, looking at the skyway,’ and it was a country song. Pretty much every song I've ever written is a country song in some way,” Renea says, going on to cite her co-writes on such hits as Rihanna’s “California King Bed,” Pitbull’s #1 smash "Timber," and "Somethin' Bad," her Country #1 for Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood, as examples. Her credits read like a who’s who of superstar artists and include hits for Ariana Grande, Rihanna, Selena Gomez, Mary J. Blige, Madonna, Demi Lovato, Pitbull, Miranda Lambert, Chris Brown, Fifth Harmony, Mariah Carey, Becky G, Charlie Puth, Nick Jonas, Train, Diplo, Curren$y and Kelly Clarkson, among others. It’s a list that demonstrates not only her chameleon-like stylistic range, but also an emotional intelligence that enables her to connect with artists with varying personalities and help them sound authentic. As far as she has come she hasn’t forgotten where she started. From her beginnings as a YouTube phenom, to writing and performing all over the world, Priscilla knows there are creators like her out there looking for the light at the end of the tunnel. She endeavors to be that ray of sunshine for as many talented creators as possible. “That used to be me, I used to be that face in the crowd,” Renea says. “It’s part of my legacy to reach back and help more people achieve their dreams.”
I’ve been a songwriter longer than Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been a judge. This means I’ve seen royalties the way they looked when a songwriter had a hit in the ‘70s and royalties once streaming took over. I’m thrilled that the MMA passed. It’s an excellent first step. But as my former producer Nik Venet used to say, “If the record companies are the father and the publishers are the mother, the songwriters are the abused children in the music business family.” I would like to attack that head-on by helping protect the songwriters from vested interests on all sides, even those that purport to protect us from ourselves.
Harriet Schock wrote the music and lyrics to the Grammy-nominated #1 hit, "Ain't No Way to Treat a Lady" plus many songs for other artists, TV shows and films, including The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking and the PBS children’s series, Jakers, the Adventures of Piggley Winks that airs in over 30 countries. She has had over 100 songs recorded and released. As a solo artist, she has released seven albums. She and her band were featured in Henry Jaglom’s film Irene in Time, performing four of Harriet’s songs. She has also scored three other Jaglom films. She wrote the book Becoming Remarkable, for Songwriters and Those who Love Songs. Most recently Pat Whiteman performed a show of all Harriet Schock songs to three full houses with Harriet’s nine-piece band. Harriet herself performs regularly in Los Angeles as well as teaching songwriting in person, in classes and online around the world. She is a platinum member of SONA and has served on the ASCAP Board of Review, the LA board of NARAS, the board of the Society of Singers (founded by Ginny Mancini), the board of the Society of Composers & Lyricists, the board of LA Women in Music and the Songwriters Guild Board. Find out more than you ever wanted to know at the new and improved www.harrietschock.com.
I will never stop speaking up for the rights of my fellow music creators, be they Symphonic & Concert composers or writers in any other genre. Whether in ASCAP’s Board room, through social media, on Capitol Hill, giving professional workshops, or at committee tables and conference panels around the world as ASCAP’s current representative to the International Council of Music Creators (CIAM), I participate. I don’t do it for the frequent flyer miles; just like composing, I do it because I can’t imagine NOT doing it. It’s an honor to be one of many insistent voices in our field, speaking up on your behalf!
Published by her company Activist Music LLC, Alex Shapiro’s concert works are heard daily in performances and broadcasts around the world and can be found on nearly 30 commercially released CDs. In addition to her extensive catalog of acoustic and electroacoustic chamber music, Ms. Shapiro is widely recognized for her pioneering multimedia electroacoustic pieces for symphonic wind band.
Ms. Shapiro has been actively involved with ASCAP in New York and Los Angeles for over 20 years, speaking at events including many of the ASCAP EXPOs, lobbying repeatedly on Capitol Hill and serving on the Symphonic & Concert Committee, of which she became co-chair with publisher board member Jim Kendrick upon joining ASCAP’s Board of Directors in 2014. Alex co-founded the ongoing US touring series, The ASCAP Composer Career Workshop, presenting extended seminars on copyright and business skills. From 2010 to 2014 Shapiro was the concert music representative on the ASCAP Board of Review, and in 2015 she was elected to the Board of the ASCAP Foundation. In 2017 Alex was elected as ASCAP’s representative on the Executive Committee of The International Council of Music Creators, and has since spoken on behalf of US music creators on panels in Tokyo, Warsaw and Mexico City.
Alex is a frequent guest lecturer, clinician and composer-in-residence at universities and music conferences. The author of many published articles on composing and new media, she was the sole artist invited to Washington, DC to testify on a 2009 Federal Communications Commission panel hearing on broadband access and digital rights, speaking alongside industry leaders including the heads of Paramount Pictures and the MPAA.
Ms. Shapiro joined the Board of The Aaron Copland Fund for Music in 2016, and is the past President of the American Composers Forum of Los Angeles, a former Vice President of The Society of Composers & Lyricists and has served on the boards of several US organizations including The American Music Center and The MacDowell Colony. Between 2000 and 2010 she moderated the Los Angeles Composer Salons, a quarterly gathering of music professionals for which she interviewed over 100 music creators. Beyond the arts, Alex served three terms in the 1990s on the Board of the ACLU of Southern California as Vice President of the 30,000-member affiliate.
Born and raised in Manhattan, Shapiro was educated at The Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music. Moving to Los Angeles in 1983, she composed scores for film and television projects for 15 years before returning to concert music. Alex was among the earliest professionals using the internet’s reach to build a global career and was honored in 2011 by the international music fraternity Mu Phi Epsilon with its highest member distinction, the Award of Merit, for her inventive methods and her advocacy.
Since 2007 Alex has lived on Washington State’s remote San Juan Island. Her award-winning local wildlife photography can be seen on her Facebook page and website, www.alexshapiro.org.
Recently we had a victory in Congress that helped address some essential creator issues. One thing is certain: more problems will arrive as quickly as new technology emerges. We must not only keep pace; we must try to get in front of this juggernaut whenever possible. Recently I have crossed swords with NARAS on awards policy that disenfranchises established creators and legacy works. I am prepared to continue speaking out in the national media and at any opportunity, working toward parity and a truly fair system for creators.
Jimmy Webb is an American songwriter, composer and singer known worldwide as a master of his trade. His timeless hits continue to be performed and recorded by the industry’s biggest names and his new compositions span the musical spectrum from classical to pop. This past year saw his “Wichita Lineman” on the set list in three major artist tours – Guns N’ Roses, Little Big Town and Toby Keith – and used prominently in an episode of the Netflix series Ozark. Not many artists can say they premiered a classical nocturne and had a rap hit with Kanye West (“Do What You Gotta Do,” a central hook in “Famous”) in the same year, but Jimmy’s career is full of surprises. Since his first platinum record “The Worst That Could Happen,” Webb has had numerous hits including “Up, Up and Away,” “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” “Wichita Lineman,”
“Galveston,” “Highwayman,” “All I Know” and “MacArthur Park” and has become a leader and mentor in the industry as a champion for songwriters.
Webb is the only artist ever to have received Grammy Awards for music, lyrics and orchestration. His numerous accolades include the prestigious Ivor Novello International Award (2012) and the Academy of Country Music’s Poet Award (2016). In 2016 Rolling Stone magazine listed Webb as one of the top 50 songwriters of all time. Jimmy Webb was the youngest member ever inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and served as its Chairman. He has also served proudly as the Vice Chair of ASCAP. Time and again Webb has paved the way for songwriters in an ever-changing media landscape, spearheading the ongoing effort to preserve the rights of songwriters and their intellectual property in the digital age.
Webb is an international touring artist, averaging 50 shows a year. Webb is also an author – his memoir The Cake and the Rain (2017) brings to life a 15-year span in Webb’s unique career, written with the same sense of poetry and story as his many hits. Webb’s first book, Tunesmith: Inside the Art of Songwriting, in addition to being a good read, is considered a “bible” among musicians.
Jimmy Webb was trained in the sacred space of Motown and had his first commercial recordings there. Webb’s songs have been recorded by the greatest voices including Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Nina Simone, Isaac Hayes, Art Garfunkel, Linda Ronstadt, Tony Bennett, Michael Feinstein, Michael Ball and Josh Groban. Per BMI, his song “By the Time I Get to Phoenix” was the third most performed song between 1940 and 1990. Webb continues to write and record, and has released 10 solo albums, while also writing for other artists. In spring 2019 Webb will release SlipCover, his piano interpretations of contemporary composers including friends Billy Joel and Randy Newman.
Webb is happily married to Laura Savini, a producer and host for PBS. He has five sons, the perfect daughter and is grandfather to precious Josephine.
It's an honor and privilege to serve as your President and Chairman; to ensure that your voice, as well as your music, is heard. Our efforts in Washington led to the passage of the Music Modernization Act, and I’ll continue to work tirelessly on your behalf to ensure that when your music is performed you are fairly compensated.
Once again I look forward to introducing a new class of legislators to the facts of life about music 101 and the importance of the life enhancing work you do
One thing that has not and will not change. I love ASCAP. I love what we do.
Paul Williams is one of the most beloved and respected music creators in the world today. An Oscar, Grammy, Golden Globe and Ivor Novello award-winning lyricist and composer who has been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, his timeless love songs range from “We’ve Only Just Begun,” “You and Me Against the World” and “The Rainbow Connection” to "Touch" and "Beyond" on Daft Punk’s chart-topping Album of the Year, Random Access Memories.
As President and Chairman of the Board of ASCAP, he is also a leading spokesman for music creators in the digital age.
Williams’s standards have been recorded by such diverse musical icons as Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, David Bowie, Tony Bennett, The Carpenters, Diana Ross, Luther Vandross, Willie Nelson, Gonzo and Kermit The Frog. His songs and scores have received six Oscar, nine Grammy, six Golden Globe and two Emmy nominations. He and co-writer Gustavo Santaolalla received a World Soundtrack Award for their “Apology Song” from The Book of Life and they have re-joined Guillermo del Toro for his upcoming stage adaptation of Pan’s Labyrinth.
While publicly lauded for his work as a songwriter, author and actor – most recently for his recurring role with Billy Bob Thornton in Goliath – Paul predicts he’ll be remembered for playing Little Enos in the Smokey and the Bandit trilogy and for his lyrics to The Love Boat theme. However, it is the lyrics from Bugsy Malone that most aptly sum up his philosophy: “You give a little love and it all comes back to you; You’re gonna be remembered for the things that you say and do.”
These are difficult times for music creators. The future holds much promise, but only if we are vigilant and forceful in protecting our rights against all forms of piracy, theft and abuse. I remain committed to the principles of collective management and fair distribution that are the cornerstones of ASCAP, and I will continue to fight for increased transparency and accountability from all sources. I have the necessary experience, knowledge and determination to defend and protect the interests of all music creators and to ensure that ASCAP remains the strongest and most effective performing rights organization in the world.
Composer, producer and music rights advocate Doug Wood is the writer vice-chair of the ASCAP Board of Directors. First elected in 1999, Doug is a vocal advocate for all music creators, particularly independent writers who depend on ASCAP to protect their rights and pay them fairly for their performances. Doug serves as the writer co-chair of the Strategic Planning Committee and the Legal Committee of the Board.
Doug is a founding member of Music Answers, a non-profit organization that advocates for the rights of music creators in the digital age. With a deep background in many aspects of the music industry including legal matters, Doug is a frequent guest lecturer at colleges and universities discussing copyright, media music, music licensing and the rights of composers and songwriters.
A strong advocate for transparency and fairness in all ASCAP operations, Doug has helped many ASCAP members resolve their problems, and as co-chair of the Operations & Administration Committee, he has worked closely with ASCAP management to eliminate many of these problems through changes in policy and the use of improved communications and technology.
Doug is the founder and CEO of the Omnimusic Production Libraries, representing the work of more than 250 composers and songwriters from around the world. He has written and produced music for hundreds of television network programs and commercials, and his music is heard regularly on Saturday Night Live, ESPN, PBS, NBC and CBS networks. A classically trained pianist and oboist and composition major at Manhattan School of Music, Doug continues to write and produce from Omni's studios just outside New York City.
Doug and his wife Patti work together managing their music business and are also the founders of Grassroots Environmental Education, an award-winning environmental health non-profit recognized for its groundbreaking educational programs and documentary films. Doug and Patti also co-host the environmental radio show Green Street on WBAI-FM in New York.