ASCAP is the only performing rights organization in the US owned and governed by songwriters, composers and music publishers. Our Board of Directors is made up entirely of writers and publishers elected from and by the membership every two years. Writer members elect 12 writers to sit on the Board, and publisher members elect 12 publishers, ensuring that every decision the Board makes is in the interest of ASCAP members as a whole. This Board elects a President and Chairman, who must be a writer member.
ASCAP Board of Directors
President and Chairman of the Board
Paul Williams is one of the most beloved and respected music creators in the world. An Oscar, Grammy and Golden Globe-winning Hall of Fame songwriter, his songs, from “We’ve Only Just Begun” and “Rainy Days and Mondays” to “An Old Fashioned Love Song” and “The Rainbow Connection,” have touched millions of people for generations. As President and Chairman of ASCAP, he is also a leading spokesman for music creators in the digital age.
Williams’ standards have been recorded by such diverse musical icons as Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, Tony Bennett, Jason Mraz, The Carpenters and Kermit The Frog, among others.
In 2014, Williams earned an Album of the Year Grammy for co-writing two songs which he also performs, "Touch" and "Beyond," with Daft Punk on their critically-acclaimed album Random Access Memories. Williams is currently working with Mexican film director Guillermo del Toro and Argentine composer Gustavo Santaolalla on a stage musical adaptation of del Toro’s acclaimed film Pan’s Labyrinth.
ASCAP Board of Directors
Writer board member
Joel Beckerman is an award-winning composer, producer, arranger and author, as well as the founder of Man Made Music, a strategic music and sound 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’s 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, Moby, Morgan Freeman, OK Go, will.i.am, to film composers John Williams and the late great James Horner. Beckerman is also the lead composer for the Lionsgate feature film “Cook Off”, with Melissa McCarthy, to be released November 2017. 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, and London Design Festival, and 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 work television and media work, Beckerman has been named one of ASCAP's Most Performed Themes and Underscore composers for ten 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 and 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.
Writer board member
A writer member of ASCAP for over 30 years, Richard Bellis has scored more than 45 films and television movies and received an Emmy Award for the original score to Stephen King's IT, as well as nominations for HBO's Doublecrossed and ABC's Double, Double, Toil and Trouble. Bellis is not only a score composer but a songwriter as well. He has written songs for the Disney Theme Parks, the Olsen Twins and many of the movies he's scored. His sense of community among music creators has led to over two decades of service. 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 lecturing throughout Canada and the United States. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, as President of The Society of Composers & Lyricists and, for the past 13 years, acted as host/mentor of The ASCAP Television and 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. Bellis is currently serving on the Board of Directors of ASCAP.
Writer board member emeritus
Marilyn Bergman is the first woman elected to ASCAP's Board of Directors and elected by the Board as ASCAP's President and Chairman. Her many honors include three Academy Awards, four Emmy Awards and two Grammy Awards. In collaboration with her husband, Alan, Marilyn won Oscars for the songs "The Windmills of Your Mind," "The Way We Were," (both also received Golden Globe awards, and "The Way We Were" earned two Grammys), and for the score for Yentl. They received 16 Oscar nominations for songs "It Might Be You" from Tootsie, "How Do You Keep The Music Playing?" from Best Friends, "Papa Can You Hear Me" and "The Way He Makes Me Feel" from Yentl and "What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?" from The Happy Ending. They were nominated for a Golden Globe and an Academy Award for their song "Moonlight" from Sabrina. The four Emmys were for Sybil, Queen of the Stardust Ballroom, Ordinary Miracles, and A Ticket to Dream. Television themes: Maude, Good Times, Alice, Brooklyn Bridge, and In the Heat of the Night. Principal collaborators include Michel Legrand, Marvin Hamlisch, Dave Grusin, Cy Coleman, Henry Mancini, Johnny Mandel, John Williams, Quincy Jones, and James Newton Howard. Bergman majored in music at New York's LaGuardia High School of Music and Art, and studied Psychology and English at NYU. She has received Honorary Doctorate Degrees from Berklee College of Music, Trinity College and University of Massachusetts. Bergman was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and has received the Crystal Award from Women in Film; the National Academy of Songwriters Lifetime Achievement Award; the first Fiorello Lifetime Achievement Award from LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts. The Songwriters Hall of Fame honored the Bergmans with the Johnny Mercer Award. They received the NMPA Lifetime Achievement Award; the NARAS Governors Award; the World Soundtrack Award at the Flanders Film Festival and a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Savannah Film Festival. In 2009 Marilyn was given the Indie Award from the Association of Independent Music Publishers, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences paid tribute to her and Alan with an evening of their films hosted by Quincy Jones. Bergman is a member of the Executive Committee of the Music Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Songwriters and the Nashville Songwriters Association. She served two terms as President of CISAC, the International Confederation of Performing Right Societies; has received France's highest cultural honor, Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters medal; a cultural Medal of Honor from SGAE, the Spanish performing rights organization; and was appointed the first Chairman of the National Recorded Sound Preservation Board of the Library of Congress. The Bergmans are working on the revival of the musical Ballroom with music by Billy Goldenberg and new music by Marvin Hamlisch, set for a 2011 production starring Tyne Daly with direction and choreography by Jerry Mitchell. They are also preparing work on an animated film with Marvin Hamlisch.
Publisher board member & Secretary
Caroline Bienstock is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of Carlin America, Inc., the company her father, music publishing titan and Carlin Chairman Freddy Bienstock, named for her. She is currently celebrating her 24th year with the family business. A New York City native, Bienstock graduated cum laude from Yale College before earning her JD at Boston University School of Law. She then worked as an associate at the New York office of the prestigious Chicago law firm Seyfarth Shaw Fairweather & Geraldson. Subsequently, she earned an MBA from the Wharton School, and then worked in the Private Client Services division at Goldman, Sachs & Co., before beginning her tenure at Carlin America. In her present post, Bienstock's areas of concentration include the Carlin operation in Nashville, the organization wide expansion into film music acquisitions and licensing, catalog growth and administration and the Carlin Music Publishing Canada Inc. subsidiary. Bienstock is newly elected to the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) Board of Directors. She also currently serves on the Boards of the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) and the Harry Fox Agency. She is the Executive Director of the New York Chapter of the Association of Independent Music Publishers (AIMP). Additionally, she serves on the Advisory Panel of the BMI Foundation and on the Board of Directors of the Songwriter's Hall of Fame. She is also a Member of both the Copyright Society and the Entertainment and Sports Law section of the New York State Bar Association.
Publisher board member
Peter Brodsky is Executive Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs at Sony/ATV Music Publishing in New York. He has held that position since joining the company in 2007. In this role Peter leads a department of 20 that is responsible for all of Sony/ATV’s business and legal activities in the United States. Peter also plays a key role regarding these matters on a global basis.
Peter is responsible for Sony/ATV’s digital initiatives which include creating and executing the company’s strategy in connection with the licensing of Sony/ATV’s catalog to digital music services and other platforms. Peter has been a leader in the industry since the inception of the digital music business and has successfully negotiated with virtually every type of digital music service and platform, including on-demand and non-interactive audio streaming, video streaming services, lyric services, sheet music, cloud based lockers and many others. Since 2015 Peter has been recognized by Billboard Magazine as one of the top 25 “Digital Power Players” in the music business. He has also been included in Billboard’s “Top Music Lawyers” since 2016.
Peter also plays a lead role in Sony/ATV’s major catalog acquisitions, including the 2012 deal for EMI Music Publishing. Part of Peter’s responsibilities in that transaction was to make several appearances in front of the Federal Trade Commission and the European Commission which ultimately resulted in antitrust approval for the deal.
In addition to the above responsibilities, Peter plays an active role in music publishing industry and legislative matters, such as copyright reform and works closely with the National Music Publishers’ Association on many issues. Peter’s department is responsible for negotiating, drafting and maintaining all of the company’s songwriter, copublishing, subpublishing, joint venture and other agreements with talent and catalog owners as well as protecting and enforcing Sony/ATV and its songwriters’ intellectual property rights around the world.
Peter is a 21-year veteran of the music publishing industry and previously worked at BMG Music Publishing in a similar role where he was in charge of BMG’s business and legal affairs. While at BMG, Peter played an integral role in the acquisition and integration of Zomba Music Publishing, as well as Bertelsmann’s divestiture of BMG Music Publishing to Universal in 2007. Peter began his career as an associate at the law firm of White & Case in New York. He lives in New York City with his wife and two children.
Writer board member
Bruce Broughton works in many styles and eclectic venues, but is best known for his film scores to Silverado, Tombstone, Lost in Space, The Rescuers Down Under, Miracle on 34th Street the Homeward Bound adventures; his television themes to JAG, Dinosaurs and Tiny Toon Adventures; TV mini-series Roughing It, The Blue and Gray, True Women; TV movies (Warm Springs, the two Eloise films) and countless episodes of TV series such as Dallas, Quincy and Hawaii Five-O. He has been nominated for an Oscar, a Grammy and 22 Emmys, having won the latter award a record 10 times. He has composed music for many of the Disney theme park attractions throughout the world, and wrote the first orchestral score for a CD-ROM game, Heart of Darkness. Broughton conducted and supervised the recording of Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" for Fantasia 2000, and has recorded critically acclaimed performances of classic film scores by Miklos Rozsa and Bernard Herrmann. As a composer of concert music, Broughton has composed many works for orchestra, among them a popular tuba concerto, a piccolo concerto, the children's fantasy The Magic Horn for narrator and orchestra, and has had his works commissioned and performed by the Cleveland Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the National Symphony and by members of the San Francisco Symphony. In addition, he has numerous published works for band and chamber groups. Broughton is Chairman of the Music Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, a past president of The Society of Composers and Lyricists and a former governor of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He is a lecturer in music composition and orchestration at UCLA and has taught film composition at the University of Southern California. Broughton currently serves on the ASCAP Board of Directors.
Writer board member
For nearly three decades, songwriter-producer Desmond Child has reigned as one of music's most successful creative forces. His accolades include Grammy awards, over 70 Top 40 singles and songs that have sold more than 300 million albums worldwide. Child's career has been highlighted by a stunning array of diversity. His collaborations run the gamut: from Bon Jovi and Aerosmith to Ricky Martin, from KISS to Kelly Clarkson, from Cher to Katy Perry. Child’s experience as a recording artist played a role in his songwriting future. His songs caught the ear of KISS guitarist Paul Stanley. The result was “I Was Made for Lovin’ You,” which is still one of the biggest hits in the KISS catalog. Stanley then passed Child's phone number to New Jersey rockers Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora. The three ended up in the basement of Sambora's parents' house, where they penned Bon Jovi's first #1 single, “You Give Love a Bad Name.” The collaborations continued with more chart-toppers like “Livin’ on a Prayer” and “Bad Medicine.” Child soon began duplicating the feat with Aerosmith – “Dude (Looks Like a Lady),” “Angel” and “Crazy,” among others. During the same period, he co-wrote Joan Jett's “I Hate Myself for Loving You” and all of the tracks on Alice Cooper's Trash LP (including the hit single “Poison”). Child began branching out, co-penning songs with Michael Bolton, Cher and more. In the late '90s, Child returned to his Latin heritage via collaborations with Ricky Martin, including the #1 smash “Livin' La Vida Loca” and the 1998 World Cup Theme “The Cup of Life,” which hit #1 in 22 countries around the world. Child and Martin recently had another high charting album with Música + Alma + Sexo. Other recent projects include: Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Selena Gomez, Katy Perry and new artists De La Torre and The Hummous. Desmond Child was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2008 and serves on its Board.
Publisher board member
Regarded among Nashville's most accomplished, thoughtful and dynamic music industry executives, Barry Coburn heads Ten Ten Music Group, a prominent music publisher contributing significantly to the success of numerous top artists on a variety of major labels. With vast international experience, Coburn is widely known as being at the forefront of successfully exploiting repertoire across a range of genres in the US and internationally. Ten Ten Music Group's writer roster includes Bobby Huff, Tim Finn, Nicky Chinn, Robert Ellis Orrall, Paul Brady, Angaleena Presley, Tia Sillers, Rachel Bradshaw and Alaina Beaton. Among the company's biggest successes has been the development of Keith Urban's songwriting career from 1991-2005, including hit songs such as "Somebody Like You" and "Tonight I Wanna Cry." The Ten Ten catalog represents hundreds of recorded singles and album tracks. With a continuous commitment to publishing since 1984, Coburn's career also encompasses record company executive management, artist management and concert promotion. He served as President/CEO of Atlantic Records' Nashville division from 1999 to 2001. Prior to Atlantic, Coburn helmed Ten Ten Management, a firm he opened in 1985 with client Lacy J. Dalton, guiding her career with five Top 20 Country singles. In 1988, Coburn signed newcomer Alan Jackson and secured a record deal for him with Arista Nashville. Over the next six years Coburn developed and promoted Jackson's career, resulting in countless major awards, 13 No. 1 singles and sales of more than 13 million albums. Suzy Bogguss, BR5-49, Diamond Rio and Holly Dunn also achieved success as Ten Ten clients. Coburn, who moved to the United States from Australia in 1984, brought considerable publishing experience with him. He also managed and produced the rock group Split Enz in New Zealand during the early '70's, in addition to producing major concert tours for Elton John, Neil Diamond, Black Sabbath, The Eagles, Duke Ellington, Emmylou Harris, Chuck Berry, Roger Miller and Led Zeppelin.
Writer board member
Dan Foliart’s music has been indelibly etched on the landscape of network television, as he celebrates his 35th consecutive year in the profession. Currently, he is serving his fourth term on the ASCAP Board of Directors. He recently ended his service as president of the Society of Composers & Lyricists after serving that organization for five terms over ten years. He believes that the relationships that 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. Last year found Foliart working with comedian George Lopez’s on his series Saint George that aired on the FX network. Included among his recent projects are ABC Family’s successful series, The Secret Life of the American Teenager and the eleven year run of 7th Heaven, for the WB. Along with Emmy nominations, Foliart has garnered 34 ASCAP Film and Television Awards, including 16 in the Most Performed Theme category. Of the 50-plus series he has composed for, many continue to air both in syndication and internationally. Beginning at Paramount Studios with then partner Howard Pearl, Foliart 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, Roseanne, 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. 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. Passionate about recognizing the heritage of his chosen field, Foliart was responsible for instigating the Society of Composers & Lyricists Ambassador program, which has honored numerous legends in the music profession over the years. He has served for eleven years on the ASCAP Foundation Board, four years on the ASCAP Nominating Committee, ten years on the Television Academy’s Music Peer Committee and sits on the Advisory Board of the Hollywood Symphony and the Film Music Society. He has lectured at NYU, Tulsa University, Columbia, USC, the California Copyright Conference and European Film Music Days in Paris. In 2013, he and Arthur Hamilton were featured in the opening reception of the annual Festival of Books at the Library of Congress, performing Read All About It, a song they wrote that encourages children to read books. In 2011, also at the Library of Congress, he performed his television themes at ASCAP’s prestigious We Write the Songs event. Foliart lives in La Crescenta, California with his wife, Cheryl, and has two children, Matt and Lauren.
Publisher board member
Laurent joined Kobalt in 2016 in order to run its newly formed B2B rights management platform and investments division. Prior to joining Kobalt, he served as President, Marketing & Creative, at BMG, where he played a central role in re-establishing BMG as a global music powerhouse. Previously, he was the Worldwide COO for BMG Music Publishing.
Publisher board member
Zach Katz currently serves as BMG US President, Repertoire and Marketing, spearheading both music publishing and recordings. Katz and his team are in charge of BMG US rosters including music publishing star writers such as Bruno Mars, will.i.am, DJ Snake, John Legend, Pitbull, Frank Ocean and Quincy Jones and recordings artists such as Blink-182, Janet Jackson, Alabama, Iron Maiden, Scarface and OK Go. While currently based in BMG’s Los Angeles office, Katz is also responsible for BMG teams in New York, Los Angeles, and Nashville, as well as Rise Records in Portland, Oregon. Katz began his career at BMG in 2012 as Chief Creative Officer and his appointment to President came just four months after he was promoted to President of Music Publishing, BMG US, leading the company’s creative teams in the LA, New York and Nashville offices. Katz brought BMG a run of chart success which boosted the company’s market share to double digits. Key signings Katz has overseen include Bebe Rexha, DJ Snake, Monsters & Strangerz, John Ryan, Bibi Bourelly, The Strokes, Greg Wells, Verse Simmonds, Gente De Zona and Nathaniel Rateliff. He currently serves on the National Music Publishers' Association Board of Directors. Prior to BMG, Katz co-founded record label Beluga Heights with his client/partner JR Rotem, where they scored multi-million dollar album sales and tens of millions of singles sales with artists including Jason Derulo and Sean Kingston. Previously, he served as GM of Groove Attack USA. He began his career in 1996 as a music attorney.
Publisher board member
From the rock revolution to the digital revolution, Dean Kay has successfully participated in the music industry as both a creator and businessperson. Kay has been at the helm of some of the most highly respected and forward thinking music publishing companies in the world, first as COO of the Welk Music Group, a major independent company, then as President/CEO of the US division of the PolyGram International Publishing Group and now as President/CEO of his own precedent-setting venture, Lichelle Music Company, Kay's platform for reinventing the music publishing business and forging a new set of parameters designed to become the industry standards in the digital age. Prior to his involvement in publishing, he was a successful songwriter, having had hundreds of his compositions recorded, including "That's Life" by Frank Sinatra. He was also a recording artist for RCA Records, appeared daily as a featured entertainer on the nationally televised Tennessee Ernie Ford Show, performed live across the nation and produced dozens of phonograph records and radio and television commercials. Throughout his career, Kay has nurtured the careers of scores of songwriters, recording artists and music industry executives. Along the way he has been the chief caretaker of the creative treasures of a diverse group of musical geniuses including Jerome Kern, Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II, Cole Porter, Elton John, Bernie Taupin, Johnny Horton, Don Williams, Ricky Skaggs and Rick Springfield to name a few. For the past several years, he has immersed himself in the workings of the Internet with the intent of using his rich experience in the traditional music industry to create a bridge between the industry's past and its future. Today, Kay is a sought after speaker, consultant and advisor regarding the use of music in the Internet space while simultaneously utilizing the ever expanding array of new technologies to enhance the opportunities of his current client roster of talented creators. Kay's influential daily news compilations chronicling music's transition into the digital age - The Dean's List and the ASCAP Daily Brief (powered by The Dean's List) - now reach over 170,000 subscribers, worldwide, every morning. Kay has been a member of the Board of Directors of ASCAP since 1989 and currently serves on the board of The ASCAP Foundation. Throughout his career, he has served on many industry boards including the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA), the Country Music Association (CMA), the Academy of Country Music (ACM), the Association of Independent Music Publishers (AIMP) and the California Copyright Conference.
James M. Kendrick
Publisher board member & Treasurer
Trained as an oboist at the Manhattan School of Music and The Juilliard School, Jim Kendrick began his publishing career in 1977 helping to establish European American Music (EAM) before studying law. Following graduation from Rutgers Law School in 1983, he specialized in intellectual property matters with a particular emphasis on the music and audio-visual industries. In addition to practicing law, Kendrick has also served as Chief Executive Officer of Boosey & Hawkes, Inc. He rejoined EAM in March 2002. Kendrick became a director of ASCAP in 2007 and was named Treasurer in 2008. Kendrick is also Secretary and a Director of The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Inc., The Amphion Foundation, Inc., the Virgil Thomson Foundation Ltd., The Koussevitzky Music Foundation and The Charles Ives Society, Inc. He also is a director of New Music USA and a member of the Advisory Committee of the Alice M. Ditson Fund. He is a member of the Executive Committee of The International Association of Entertainment Lawyers, and counsel to the Music Publishers Association of the United States and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is a frequent speaker on copyright and music industry business practices both in the US and overseas.
Publisher board member
Evan Lamberg started his music publishing career working at Berry Gordy’s Jobete Music (the publishing wing of Motown Records), in 1988, as Creative Manager after graduating from New York University. He went to work for MCA Music Publishing in 1990 as Director of Creative Services. During his time there, he was responsible for working with the entire MCA songwriter roster as well as signing the successful songwriting- production team of Cory Rooney and Mark Morales who went on to be the force behind Mary J. Blige’s breakthrough hit “Real Love.” In 1991, Evan joined EMI Music Publishing as Creative Director under the mentorship of Chairman Martin Bandier. He became Sr. Vice President, Creative in 1995 overseeing activity for the East Coast. In 1998, his role expanded to Executive Vice President Creative, North America continuing his endeavors and taking on additional corporate responsibilities. In 2007, Evan was named Sr. Creative A&R and Music Innovations, North America taking on the task of helping to build EMI Music Publishing’s Music Innovations Division and dealing in creative and business relationships with such powerhouse corporate entities as Microsoft, Pepsi, the NFL, ESPN, as well as ad agencies J. Walter Thompson and Grey Advertising. At EMI, Evan has signed or worked with such artists and songwriters as Rob Thomas of Matchbox Twenty, Bad Boy CEO Sean “Diddy” Combs, Pink, Pharrell Williams, Idina Menzel, Paula Abdul, Jewel, LL Cool J and Regina Spektor. His work with songwriters has led to their songs being recorded by artists such as Celine Dion, Carlos Santana, Barbra Streisand, and Rod Stewart. In 2008, after seventeen years at EMI Music Publishing, Evan joined Gibson Guitar Corp. as Executive VP Operations / Global Entertainment Relations overseeing worldwide marketing, branding and talent relations spanning 13 countries with over 100 marketing executives and consultants. 2009 saw Evan transitioning back to his love of music publishing as Executive VP Creative, East Coast for Universal Music Publishing. He was promoted to President of Universal Music Publishing, North America in 2011 relocating to its world headquarters in Santa Monica, California. During his time at Universal, Evan has signed or worked with such artist-songwriters as Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Prince, Imagine Dragons, Carly Rae Jepsen, Mariah Carey, Childish Gambino, Craig David, Neil Diamond, Diane Warren, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Randy Newman and Gloria & Emilio Estefan. He sits on the Board of Directors of The Songwriters Hall of Fame as well as the Board of the Pepperdine University Institute of Entertainment, Media & Culture. His involvement in charitable organizations includes the Muscular Dystrophy Association, where he is a National Vice President; Augie’s Quest to Cure ALS as well as Co-Chair of the annual Songs of Hope / City of Hope event where he sits on the Music & Entertainment Industry Group Board as its President. He was awarded the 2016 President’s Volunteer Service Lifetime Achievement Award, signed by Barack Obama, for his decades of community service. Evan holds a dual MBA from Ivy League Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management and one from the prestigious Queen’s School of Business in Canada. He also holds a Masters of Science in Major Program Management from Oxford University’s Saïd Business School as well as a Bachelors of Music from New York University. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., Evan currently resides in Los Angeles, California with his wife, Lisa, and their daughter Lola.
Publisher board member
A current member of the Board of Directors of both ASCAP and NMPA, and President of his own independent music publishing company, Leeds Music, Leeds Levy was formerly President of MCA Music Publishing as well as the former President of Chrysalis Music Group, Inc. Beginning his career in music publishing at ASCAP, he subsequently established Elton John and Bernie Taupin’s Rocket Music before moving to MCA Music Publishing, today's second largest music publisher. At MCA, he initially revitalized the company's domestic creative team and expanded its roster of songwriters. Later appointed President of MCA’s worldwide music publishing operations, Levy grew that firm's revenues six fold, opening multiple offices in key music markets as well as initiating successes in record production, resulting in multi-platinum selling artists, including Lee Greenwood and Alanis Morissette. During his tenure with Chrysalis, Levy published multiple chart recordings by Elvis Presley, Sum 41, Avril Lavigne, Andrea Bocelli, OutKast and David Gray. Levy has also published hits by: The Beatles, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Alanis Morissette, Aerosmith, Whitney Houston, INXS, Janet Jackson, Luther Vandross, Sarah McLachlan, David Sanborn, Randy Travis, George Strait, Lee Greenwood, Alannah Myles and Bobby Brown, as well as numerous scores to motion pictures, television productions and Broadway musicals including: Twin Peaks, E.T., Out of Africa, Miami Vice, Evita and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Levy continues to be an active music publisher through his associations with Sony/ATV, Universal Music, BMG Music, peermusic and SONGS Publishing.
Writer board member
Michelle Lewis is a fierce New Yorker now based in LA, 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 TV and film projects, most notably as a Peabody Award-winning composer of all original music for Disney Jr.’s hit show, Doc McStuffins, now beginning production of its 5th season. She also received her first Emmy nomination in 2016 for her work as a composer on the Nickelodeon show, Bubble Guppies, and has composed the theme songs to many other beloved animated series. In 2014, Ms. Lewis co-founded the non-profit Songwriters Of North America (SONA). 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. She is not afraid of taking action - SONA is the songwriter organization that sued the Department of Justice over its 100% licensing ruling in 2016.
Publisher board member
Carianne Marshall is COO for Warner/Chappell Music, the global music publishing arm of Warner Music Group. She joined Warner/Chappell in 2018, having been one of three partners at SONGS Music Publishing. Marshall is at the forefront of a new generation of music executives at the intersections of creative and commercial, entertainment and technology. She is known for a songwriter-first mentality and her wide-ranging expertise that drives innovative and dynamic approaches to the development and promotion of talent at all stages of a career.
Marshall oversees Chappell's global operations, which includes growing and strengthening the full spectrum of support services for its legendary roster of songwriters and rich catalog of songs. One of her first initiatives at the publisher was the introduction of a new Creative Services department focused on creating and finding new opportunities to serve songwriters.
Prior to joining Warner/Chappell, Marshall was Partner at SONGS Music Publishing. As its first West Coast team member, Marshall established the company's creative licensing team that was responsible for placing compositions by SONGS' writers in film, commercials, video games and visual media. During her more than 12 years with the company, she helped to build it into one of the leading independent publishers in the U.S., which was home to The Weeknd, Lorde, DJ Mustard and Diplo, among others and known for its commitment to super-serving songwriters. Marshall was instrumental in the success and eventual sale of the company to Kobalt Capital in 2017.
Prior to SONGS, Carianne held positions at Elektra Records, Universal Music Publishing and DreamWorks Music Publishing. She began her career at a Los Angeles-based production company where she handled live music production and promotion.
Marshall was named one of the most Powerful Executives in the Industry in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. Other honors include her inclusion in Variety's 2017 Women's Impact Report. She serves on the Board of Directors for MusicCares. Marshall holds a BA degree in Communications from the University of Southern California.
Writer board member
Marcus Miller is a composer, producer, arranger and world renowned jazz bass guitarist. He is also a two-time Grammy winner. Over the past 30 years, his name has appeared on album credits for some of the world’s most respected and accomplished artists. Marcus was born in 1959 and raised in a musical family that included his father, William H. Miller and the late great jazz pianist Wynton Kelly. At an early age, Marcus was more than proficient on clarinet, piano and bass guitar and by 17 he was playing and composing music for jazz flutist Bobby Humphrey and keyboardist Lonnie Liston Smith. In 1982, Marcus began collaborating with the late great R&B singer Luther Vandross and by 23 years old, he found himself with his first #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 contributed to well over half of Luther’s albums as a producer, composer and performer. Their songwriting/ producing partnership lasted well over 15 years and was capped by the hit single “Power of Love/Love Power” which won the Grammy for Best Rhythm & Blues song in 1991. Marcus also composed, arranged and produced songs for numerous jazz artists including George Benson, Joe Sample, David Sanborn and Bob James. Notably, Marcus was the last primary collaborator for jazz legend Miles Davis, contributing the composition and album Tutu to the canon of contemporary jazz music. Marcus composed and arranged all but two songs on the album and co-produced the album with musical producing legend Tommy Lipuma. Miles received the 1987 Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Soloist Grammy award for Tutu. The 1980 David Sanborn album Hideaway and its followup Voyeur were also Marcus Miller projects. Sanborn won a Grammy performing Marcus’s composition “All I Need Is You.” Through his work with Sanborn, Marcus laid out the blueprint for the often-copied contemporary jazz sounds of today. Marcus also has more than 200 film and television credits as a musician and composer. He rose from writing the gogo mega-hit “The Butt” for Spike Lee’s 1988 film School Daze to becoming the go-to composer for 20+ films. His film scores include the Eddie Murphy/Halle Berry 1992 classic Boomerang, Two Can Play That Game (2001), This Christmas (2007), the Chris Rock documentary Good Hair (2009) and most recently About Last Night (2014). Marcus also supplied the music for the successful TV series Everybody Hates Chris currently in syndication. Marcus has also maintained a successful solo career. He is the composer/producer/arranger and performer of ten critically acclaimed solo albums. In 2001, he won the Grammy for best Contemporary Jazz Album with his album M2. In July 2013, Marcus was appointed to be a UNESCO Artist for Peace and currently serves as the worldwide spokesperson for the UNESCO Slave Routes project. He is currently working on his ninth solo album, Afrodezzia, to be released in early 2015.
Mary Megan Peer
Publisher board member
Based in New York, Mary Megan is peermusic's Deputy CEO. Founded by her grandfather Ralph S. Peer, peermusic is an independent global music publishing company with offices in 28 countries. With well over a quarter of a million titles in its catalog, peermusic works in all genres including pop and rock, urban, Latin, classical, country and blues. For over 90 years, peermusic has consistently and relentlessly broken new ground by becoming home to some of the best and brightest talent in music. peermusic proudly represents songwriters as diverse as Hoagy Carmichael ("Stardust"), Jimmie Davis ("You Are My Sunshine"), Perez Prado ("Mambo #5"), Donovan ("Mellow Yellow"), Liam Sternberg ("Walk Like an Egyptian"), Morten Lauridsen ("Lux Aeterna"), Tricky Stewart (Single Ladies) and James Giannos ("Bieber's No Pressure"). peermusic takes pride in its extensive global network of local offices and the close collaboration of its writers and staff across international borders. The company provides boutique-like attention to its writers while offering a global reach no other independent company can provide. Mary Megan's responsibilities include overseeing peermusic offices in Asia and Brazil. From 2011 to 2013, Mary Megan was the Managing Director of peermusic's Buenos Aires office, representing both local and international writers in Argentina. peermusic's first office in Latin America was in Argentina and today the company has more offices on the continent than any other international music publisher. peermusic proudly represents a wide range of works from this influential region, from classic 1930s tangos to today's Rock en Español and urban bachata. Before joining peermusic in 2009, Mary Megan worked in investment banking, advising media and entertainment companies on their M&A and financial strategies at Piper Jaffrey and Jefferies. Mary Megan holds a BA with honors from Stanford University and an MBA from Columbia Business School.
Writer board member
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 Magazine named him Producer of the Decade for having more #1 and top 10 hits chart in that period, more 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.
Irwin Z. Robinson
Publisher board member & Publisher Vice Chairman
Irwin Z. Robinson is Vice President, Industry Affairs for Cromwell Music. Headquartered in New York, Robinson formerly served as Chairman of Paramount Allegra Music, the worldwide music publishing division of Viacom's Paramount Pictures. Prior to Paramount Allegra, Robinson served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Famous Music Publishing. At Famous, Robinson's mandate was to grow the company domestically and internationally. Within eight years, Famous had moved solidly into the mainstream of contemporary music by streamlining and modernizing its operations, dramatically expanding its catalogue and activities and moving aggressively into the global arena. When Viacom sold Famous to Sony/ATV in 2007, it was ranked as one of the industry's top 10 companies. Before leading Famous, Robinson headed two of the industry's leading international music publishing companies - the Chappell/Intersong Music Group-USA and EMI Music Publishing Worldwide. He was appointed President of the legendary Chappell/Intersong in 1977, serving concurrently as Senior Vice President of parent company Chappell and Company, Inc., starting in 1985. After the merger of Chappell and Warner Bros. Music in 1987, he was asked to re-join EMI and was named President and Chief Executive of EMI Music Publishing Worldwide. Robinson was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1962. In 1964, he joined Screen Gems-Columbia Music as House Counsel and subsequently became Vice President and General Manager. Robinson held that position following EMI's purchase and consolidation of the company into Screen Gems-EMI Music, Inc. As one of the music publishing industry's most dynamic and innovative leaders, Robinson was honored with the prestigious Abe Olman Publisher Award for lifetime achievement in music publishing at the 29th Annual Songwriters' Hall of Fame Awards Dinner and Induction Ceremony on June 10, 1998. He is presently Chairman of the Board of the National Music Publishers Assocation and the Harry Fox Agency. He is a member of the ASCAP Board of Directors and serves on the Executive Committee of both ASCAP and NMPA. Robinson is also on the Board of the Songwriters Hall Of Fame and has served as a trustee of the U.S. Copyright Society.
Writer board member
Alex Shapiro’s extensive and diverse catalog is published by her company, Activist Music. Ms. Shapiro’s works are heard daily in performances and broadcasts across the U.S. and internationally, and can be found on over twenty commercially released CDs from around the world. In addition to her acoustic and electroacoustic chamber music, Alex is widely known for her groundbreaking electroacoustic pieces for symphonic wind band, and is considered a pioneer in the application of digital media in composition, and for innovative uses of social networks. Shapiro’s large ensemble works became exclusively distributed by Hal Leonard Corporation in 2013, when Activist Music created a print and digital contract unique in its approach to the realities of 21st century publishing. Born and raised in Manhattan, Ms. Shapiro was educated at The Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music as a student of Ursula Mamlok and John Corigliano. At 21, Alex moved to Los Angeles, where she composed scores for film and television projects for fifteen years before returning to concert music. Shapiro was among the earliest professionals using the internet’s reach to build a thriving international composing career, and was honored in 2011 by the national music fraternity Mu Phi Epsilon with its highest member distinction, the Award of Merit, for her inventive methods and her encouragement to colleagues. Ms. Shapiro is a frequent festival composer and guest lecturer at universities, and has spoken at countless music events including six ASCAP EXPOs. For ten years, she was the popular moderator of the Los Angeles Composer Salons, interviewing over one hundred creators. The author of many articles on composing and new media, Shapiro was the sole artist invited to Washington, D.C. to testify in a 2009 Federal Communications Commission hearing on broadband access and digital rights. A familiar advocate in the new music community, Shapiro 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 national organizations including The American Music Center and The MacDowell Colony. Joining ASCAP’s Symphonic & Concert Committee in 2009, with composers Stephen Paulus and Jennifer Higdon and attorney/publisher Jim Kendrick, Alex co-founded the U.S. touring series, The ASCAP Composer Career Workshops, presenting seminars on essential business skills. From 2010-2014 Shapiro was the elected concert music representative on the ASCAP Board of Review, and she chairs the Media Council for New Music USA. Ms. Shapiro's activism extends beyond the arts, including three terms in the 1990s on the board of the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, serving as vice president of the 30,000-member affiliate. She is a board member of the University of Washington's marine science research facility, the Friday Harbor Laboratories. In 2007, Alex moved from Malibu, California to Washington State's remote San Juan Island. An award-winning nature photographer, when not composing, Alex can be found communing with the sea life, seen on her website, www.alexshapiro.org, and her music and photo-filled blog, www.notesfromthekelp.com.
Writer board member
Jimmy Webb was born in 1946 in Elk City, Oklahoma on Route 66. Raised by an ex-Marine Southern Baptist minister father and a mother who insisted he master the piano by age 12, he was working the publishing houses of Hollywood at age 16 and was a self-proclaimed "professional songwriter" at age 17. Mentored by Johnny Rivers and Lou Adler, Webb arrived on the scene at a propitious moment and strung together a necklace of hit songs, the very first of which was an album cut for the original Supremes Christmas album. "Up, Up and Away" for the Fifth Dimension, "By The Time I Get To Phoenix" and "Wichita Lineman" for Glen Campbell followed and the kid some had dismissed as a "one hit wonder" went on to create a modern standard repertoire including "Didn't We" for Sinatra and Bennett, "Worst That Could Happen" for Johnny Maestro and the Brooklyn Bridge and in 1976, Webb's "Macarthur Park" went #1 for a month with Donna Summer. In the 80's, Webb received a Grammy for Best Country Song for the "Highwayman," later co-opted as the name of the supergroup that included Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson and Johnny Cash. His first album production for Carly Simon, Film Noir, earned her a Grammy nomination for Best Female Vocal Performance in 1997. Webb is a recipient of both the Johnny Mercer Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame. The Oklahoma native is a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, but is most proud of his membership in the Oklahoma Hall of Fame. He holds an honorary Doctorate of Music from Five Towns College and Oklahoma City University. He has been awarded three Grammys for Song of the Year ("Up, Up and Away," 1967), Best Orchestration ("Macarthur Park," 1969) and Best Country Song ("Highwayman," 1985). He has been recently awarded ASCAP's Voice Of Music award, which among other things honors him as an "exemplary advocate for the rights of creators."
Writer board member & Writer Vice Chairman
Composer and music rights advocate Doug Wood is the Writer Co-Chair of the ASCAP Board. During his 16 years serving on the Board, Doug has established a reputation for knowledge and understanding of the ASCAP organization. He is writer Chairman of the Law and Licensing Committee, the Strategic Planning Committee, the Operations and Administration Committee and serves on the Finance and Survey & Distribution Committees. Over the years, Doug has spent countless hours helping ASCAP members resolve their issues with the organization. Before his election to the Board, Doug founded the Professional Composers of America, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating young composers about the music business. He is the author of The Commercial Composers' Guide to Music Publishing and Licensing Agreements, as well as several feature articles on music copyright and licensing. He is a frequent guest lecturer and panel participant discussing media music, music licensing and the rights of composers and songwriters. Since his election to the Board in 1999, Doug has earned great respect among writers, publishers, staff and colleagues for his unwavering dedication to the principles of common interest and fair distribution on which ASCAP was founded. Doug's industry knowledge and independence make him an important voice on issues that affect all writers. He has authored several proposals to prevent non-writers from taking writers' royalties, has fought against industry practices which infringe on the rights of writers and was an original architect of the ASCAP Bill of Rights for Songwriters and Composers. Doug has written and produced music for hundreds of television programs and commercials, including Saturday Night Live, Dateline NBC, Conan O'Brien, promos for ABC, CBS, ESPN and NBC, national spots for Mercedes Benz, Coca Cola, Volkswagen, Verizon and scores of others. A classically-trained pianist and oboist, and composition major at Manhattan School of Music (as well as rock guitarist and band leader), Doug is the founder and CEO of the Omnimusic Libraries. Doug and his wife Patti live in Port Washington, Long Island. They work together managing their music business and are also the founders of Grassroots Environmental Education (www.GrassrootsInfo.org), an award-winning environmental health non-profit recognized for its groundbreaking educational programs and documentary films.
BOARD OF REVIEW
The ASCAP Board of Review is an independent panel of writer and publisher members, elected by ASCAP’s membership. Their role is to hear claims by members who believe that their royalty distributions were not made in accordance with the rules and regulations adopted by ASCAP’s Board of Directors. The members of the Board of Review are elected for a four-year term, with the most recent term commencing April 3, 2018. The Board of Review is wholly independent of the ASCAP Board of Directors and no sitting member of the ASCAP Board of Directors is eligible to serve on the Board of Review. Having a Board of Review composed of writer and publisher peers to hear member claims regarding royalty payments is unique to ASCAP, the only U.S. PRO that is member-owned and governed.
The Board of Review’s jurisdiction, general procedures and membership requirements are established by Article XIV, Sections 4 and 5 of ASCAP’s Articles of Association. ASCAP’s Articles of Association, as well as the Board of Review’s Rules of Procedure, are among ASCAP’s Governing Documents.
Songs of Concord
Major Bob Music
Helene Blue (Alternate),
Helene Blue Musique Ltd
Symphony & Concert Publishers
Subito Music Corporation
Robert Thompson (Alternate),
G. Schirmer Inc.
Popular-Production Authors (Lyricists)
Tom Chapin (Alternate)
James DiPasquale (Alternate)
Symphony & Concert Composers
Bill Banfield (Alternate)