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
ASCAP Board of Directors
Writer board member
In 2020, Jon Batiste redefined what it means to be productive.
Recording and releasing two Grammy-nominated albums, check. Cultural and social advocacy, check. Band leading and music directing on the Late Show, check. Practicing, learning, sharing, growing, check.
Was he done there? Batiste? Nah.
He decided to build a studio in his dressing room at the renowned Ed Sullivan Theater and invited a few talented friends – including singer-songwriter Autumn Rowe and producer Kizzo – to lay the blueprint for what is destined to become a seminal masterpiece of black pop American music, his new album, WE ARE.
Oh, and by the way, did I mention, he put all of this together in six days? As I said, this guy redefined productivity.
He ended the year with his music and likeness being centrally featured in the Disney/Pixar film Soul. His composing and songwriting will be featured in his large-scale, genre-melding symphonic work “American Symphony,” set to premiere at Carnegie Hall in 2021 and he has been developing a musical about the life of famed painter Jean-Michel Basquiat.
Jon balances a demanding performance schedule – which often includes his signature “love riot” street parades – with public speaking engagements, masterclasses, brand partnerships, community activism and acting roles. In the wake of George Floyd's murder and in the lead up to the election, he organized several peaceful protest marches, leading thousands in the streets of New York City. He played himself on the HBO series Tremé and appeared in Spike Lee’s Red Hook Summer and Da Sweet Blood of Jesus.
Jon has been featured in ad campaigns for Chase Bank, the Apple Watch, Lincoln Continental and numerous fashion brands including Coach, Gucci, Polo Ralph Lauren, Frye, Kate Spade, Jack Spade and Barney’s. He has worked with photographers Bruce Weber and Annie Leibowitz, among others, and his personal style has been profiled in numerous fashion publications including GQ, Vanity Fair, CR Fashion Book, Esquire, InStyle and Vogue.
Jon is devoted to the education and mentorship of young musicians. He has led his own Social Music Residency and Mentoring Program sponsored by Chase, as well as masterclasses throughout the world. He has also led several cultural exchanges, beginning in 2006, while still a teen, with the Netherlands Trust, which brought students from the USA and Holland to perform with him at The Royal Concertgebouw and Carnegie Hall.
He’s been awarded the American Jazz Museum Lifetime Achievement Award, the ASCAP Harry Chapin Humanitarian Award and appeared on Forbes’s 30 Under 30 list; Batiste also currently serves as the Music Director of The Atlantic and the Co-Artistic Director of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem and is on the board of Sing for Hope.
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
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
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 ten 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. Earlier in the year 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.
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.
Publisher board member
Marti Cuevas has enjoyed a diverse and exciting career during her nearly four decades in the music business. Beginning as a saxophone and flute player and composer, Cuevas spent a decade playing jazz and Latin music in Europe; highlights from this period include opening for artists such as Miles Davis and Joe Henderson and accompanying salsa legends Celia Cruz and Cheo Feliciano.
Cuevas relocated to NYC in the late ‘80s, pursuing a lifelong dream of becoming part of the fabric of the jazz and Latin music mecca. However, as a single mother of two small children, Cuevas’s search for stable employment led her to the offices of famed music business attorney William Krasilovsky. Marti spent five years with Krasilovsky, completing what she termed her “master’s degree” in “The Business.”
In 1990, Marti was eventually “poached” by two of Krasilovsky’s clients to take on all business affairs duties for J&N Records/J&N Publishing. Marrying her artistic background with music business acumen, Marti quickly carved out a special place for herself. With a unique skill set, Marti negotiated and drafted contracts in English and Spanish, set up a royalty accounting system for publishing, was troubleshooter with close relationships with writers and artists and much more. Starting with only a few musical works and a handful of artists, J&N developed into one of the most important tropical music companies in US history; today J&N boasts an incredible catalog of classic, vintage records and musical compositions. Marti’s relationship as administrator for J&N continues to this day.
Concurrently, Marti – a consummate sight reader and section player on her instrument – played with many of the top merengue bands of the era (frequently performing music she was familiar with from her publishing duties), culminating with an opportunity to record baritone for Juan Luis Guerra on the Perico ripiao hit, “La Cosquillita.”
In 1999 Marti founded Mayimba Music, initially focused on providing label and publishing administration services to independent companies, authors and artists. Highlights from this period include her long relationship with Premium Latin Music and its hit international bachata group Aventura. While serving as Premium’s General Manager and Director of Business Affairs, Aventura’s lead singer and primary songwriter, Anthony “Romeo” Santos, approached her to help him set up a publishing company for his non-Aventura works. Romeo entrusted his publishing catalog to Mayimba for a decade, until signing with a major, and has retained Marti as an integral part of his team.
Mayimba Music won ASCAP Latin Indie Publisher honors in 2013, 2014 and 2015 alongside Billboard Latin Indie Publisher of the Year awards in 2015 and 2016.
You can find Marti Cuevas practicing her “new” 1958 Selmer Mark VI baritone sax, and discussing the intricacies of CWR files and metadata management.
Writer board member
A member of the Executive Committees of both the Motion Pictures and TV Academies, a four-time Emmy Award nominee, the winner of the 2013 Society of Composers & Lyricists Award for Outstanding Work in the Art of Film Music, the 2012 Visionary Award in Music by The Women’s International Film & Television Showcase and the Telly Award, and the Vice President of the Alliance for Women Film Composers, Sharon Farber is a celebrated film, TV and concert music composer. She is a graduate of the prestigious Berklee College of Music in film scoring and concert composition (dual major), and an alumna of ASCAP’s Film Scoring Workshop and the TV Academy Internship in music as well as the SCL’s (Society of Composers & Lyricists, which she later served on as a board member for 10 years) mentorship program. Sharon started her career in LA orchestrating and composing additional music for the late, famed composer Shirley Walker, who greatly inspired her. Since then, Sharon has been working with networks and cable broadcasters like NBC, CBS, Showtime and the WB as well as writing music for feature films and the concert stage. Her film music has been released commercially and performed live in concert.
Sharon was one of nine composers featured at Lincoln Center last year at the historical “Women Warriors” concert, curated by Maestra Amy Anderson. She was also one of the few composers featured in the concert event celebrating female composers sponsored by the Alliance for Women Film Composers. The International Film Music Critics Association wrote about her piece: “Composer Sharon Farber wowed the crowd with a suite of music from three of her scores: Children of the Fall, When Nietzsche Wept and The Dove Flyer.
Sharon’s recent project “I’m Standing with You,” which she arranged and co-produced (with Director Gev Miron) for coronavirus relief, in collaboration with 11-time Oscar nominee and iconic songwriter Diane Warren, and the United Nations, features 17 lead singers from virtually every continent and 160 singers and instrumentalists. It is the largest scale project of its kind.
In the concert music world, Sharon has many national and international credits to her name, including the Los Angeles Master Chorale, Pacific Serenade Ensemble, the Northwest Sinfonietta, the Jewish Symphony Orchestra, the Bellingham Symphony, the National Children’s Chorus, the Israeli Chamber Orchestra, Orange County Women’s Chorale, Culver City Symphony Orchestra, iPalpiti Artists International and more, in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center (NY), Disney Hall, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion (LA), and internationally. Her concerto for cello, orchestra and narrator, “Bestemming” (“Destination”), based on the life of Holocaust survivor and hero of the Dutch resistance, Curt Lowens, has received many performances since its creation. Maestro Yaniv Attar, who conducted the piece, said: ”Sharon Farber is definitely one of the most exciting and versatile voices on the contemporary music scene today.” Cellist Amit Peled, who performed the concerto, added: “The ‘Bestemming’ concerto is truly a jewel in our repertoire! A deep musical journey!”
Writer board member & Writer Vice Chairman
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
General Counsel & Senior Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs, North America, BMG.
Keith Hauprich serves in BMG's most senior business and legal affairs role in North America as General Counsel & Senior Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs, North America.
Previously serving as Deputy General Counsel at BMG, Hauprich has been the driving force behind a number of significant deals, partnerships and initiatives particularly in digital, film and television music publishing, securing the music publishing rights to major players in the entertainment business including AMC Networks, Hasbro Studios and Netflix, the world's leading internet television network.
Hauprich led BMG as the first major music group to sign a strategic alliance with Facebook and more recently Twitch, the Amazon subsidiary live streaming video platform. He has also been responsible for major publishing deals including Steven Spielberg's Amblin Partners, and video game publisher's Ubisoft (Assassin's Creed franchise) and interactive entertainment company Activision/Blizzard.
Hauprich also played a key role in BMG's groundbreaking victory against internet service provider Cox Communications on the basis of contributory copyright infringement where it secured a $25M jury verdict and more than $8.5M in costs and disbursements and later settled out of court. The case set the precedent in the way US law regards the 'safe harbor' defense of internet service providers and BMG's conduct and victory in the case has been widely praised by rights holders.
This proud father of six formerly served as general counsel for Cherry Lane Music Publishing Company, Inc., prior to BMG's acquisition in April 2010. As a member of senior management and a corporate officer of one of the world's leading independent music publishers, Hauprich was responsible for all legal matters and played a vital role in executing the sale to BMG.
Prior to joining Cherry Lane in 2000, Keith was an associate at a New York City law firm where he worked closely with a diverse range of entertainment-industry based clients including songwriters, producers, managers, and platinum-selling recording artists.
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
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 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 then 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 and ESPN.
At EMI, Evan signed or worked with such artists and songwriters as Rob Thomas of Matchbox Twenty, Bad Boy CEO Sean “Diddy” Combs, Pink, Pharrell Williams, Hootie and The Blowfish, Idina Menzel, Paula Abdul, Jewel, LL Cool J and Regina Spektor. His work with EMI songwriters has led to their songs being recorded by artists such as Celine Dion, Carlos Santana, Barbra Streisand, Cher, 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, Mariah Carey, Imagine Dragons, Miley Cyrus, Prince, Gloria & Emilio Estefan, Josh Groban, Carly Rae Jepsen, Billy Joel, Jon Bon Jovi, Avril Lavigne, Benny Blanco, Craig David, Neil Diamond, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Bryan Adams, Heart and Randy Newman.
His Board positions include sitting on the Board of Directors of the Songwriters Hall of Fame; Carnergie Hall Board of Trustees; ASCAP Board of Directors; LOVELOUD (LGBTQ advocacy) Foundation Board (working closely with founder and Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds); Pepperdine University Institute of Entertainment, Media, Sports & Culture Board; and The Leonard Bernstein Music Publishing Company Board. His involvement in charitable and social justice organizations includes being President of The Board for the City of Hope’s Music, Film & Entertainment Industries Group; Muscular Dystrophy Association (where he is a National Vice President); Augie’s Quest to Cure ALS Advisory Leadership Council (where he was honored with the Champion of ALS Award in October 2018) and Universal Music Group’s Task Force For Meaningful Change (sparked by the Black Lives Matter movement). 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 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, NY, 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 Co-Chair and COO of Warner Chappell Music, the global publishing arm of Warner Music Group. Marshall is at the forefront of a new generation of music executives at the intersections of creative and commercial, entertainment and technology. Known for being a champion of songwriters, Marshall’s dynamic, innovative approach drives the development and promotion of songwriters at all stages of a career.
Along with Warner Chappell’s Co-Chair and CEO, Guy Moot, Marshall oversees the company’s global business, 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 was the introduction of a new Creative Services department, focused on creating and finding new opportunities to serve songwriters.
Prior to joining the company in June 2018, Marshall was one of three partners at the acclaimed independent music publisher SONGS, where she also ran the West Coast office and was the Head of Creative Services and Head of Creative Licensing. During her time at SONGS, the company built a roster of over 300 songwriters, signing Lorde, The Weeknd, Diplo and many others. She has also held positions at Universal Music Publishing, DreamWorks Music Publishing and Elektra Records.
As one of the leading voices in the music industry, Marshall has been named one of Billboard's “Women in Music: The Most Powerful Executives in the Industry” for the past six years running as well as included in the publication’s esteemed “Power 100” list in both 2019 and 2020. Most recently, she was recognized on Variety’s Variety500, along with the publication’s LA Women’s Impact Report. 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 & Secretary
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.
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
Doug Wood is a composer and music rights advocate. 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. Recently, the Board of Review adopted two changes to its Rules of Procedure to (i) make clear the limited scope of pre-hearing discovery; and (ii) ensure that proceedings before the Board of Review and the Panel of arbitrators hearing any appeals of Board of Review decisions are treated as confidential unless the parties agree otherwise. ASCAP’s Articles of Association, the Board of Review’s Rules of Procedure and the Rules for Appeals of Decisions of the ASCAP Board of Review 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)