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
Publisher board member
Martin N. Bandier is Chairman and CEO of Sony/ATV Music Publishing, a position he assumed on April 1, 2007. Bandier oversees Sony/ATV's global music publishing activities, including talent and copyright acquisitions, day-to-day operations, and the development and implementation of the company's long-term strategic initiatives.
Bandier's move to Sony/ATV matched one of the most renowned music-publishing executives in the industry with the company that controls some of its most valuable catalogue assets and boasts a stellar roster of the most active and popular current artists and writers. The Sony/ATV catalogues include some of the biggest names in music, such as the Beatles, Neil Diamond, Bob Dylan, Wyclef Jean, Joni Mitchell, Graham Nash, Willie Nelson, Roy Orbison, Richie Sambora and Hank Williams, as well as some of the industry's leading songwriters and producers, including RedOne, Johnta Austin, Linda Perry, J.R. Rotem, John Shanks and Diane Warren. Its growing current roster of chart-topping artists includes Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Mike Posner, the Jonas Brothers, Akon, Sara Bareilles, Kenny Chesney, Flo Rida, John Mayer, Shakira and Rascal Flatts.
Within months of joining Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Bandier negotiated the acquisition of the Famous Music catalogue from Viacom, which is widely considered one of the world's largest and most sought-after music catalogues. It comprises 125,000 songs, including scores from films such as The Godfather, Braveheart and Mission Impossible. Bandier also oversaw the acquisition of the Lieber Stoller catalogue, which includes one of the world's best known songs "Stand By Me," as well as over 20 of the greatest songs ever recorded by Elvis Presley, including "Jailhouse Rock," "Girls, Girls, Girls" and "Treat Me Nice."
Prior to joining Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Bandier ran EMI Music Publishing for over 16 years. Under his leadership, it became the world's largest and most successful music publishing company, as he acquired the rights to some of the most famous songs ever written and signed many top songwriters and artists.
Bandier's involvement in the music industry dates to 1975, when he, Sam LeFrak and Charles Koppelman formed the Entertainment Company, which achieved hits with a number of best-selling songs. He co-founded the Entertainment Music Company and SBK Entertainment World, expanding the use of the catalogue into commercials, films, sound recordings and stage productions. SBK sold its music publishing interests to Thorn EMI in 1989.
Bandier's many civic and industry commitments include membership on the boards of the City of Hope, ASCAP, NMPA, MusicCares and the Songwriter's Hall of Fame, and he serves as a trustee of the T.J. Martell Foundation.
In June of 2003, Bandier was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame as Patron of the Arts. Bandier is also a trustee of Syracuse University and a 1994 Arents Award winner. He recently founded The Bandier Program for Music and Entertainment Industries at Syracuse.
Bandier has two daughters, Allison and Jennifer. He and his wife, Dorothy, live in New York with their son, Max.
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
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.
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
Alf Clausen (b. Minneapolis, MN) received his training at North Dakota State University, the University of Wisconsin and Boston’s Berklee College of Music, earning degrees in Arranging and Composition. He began his musical career as a French hornist and bassist, going on to become an instructor at Berklee.
He has been composer for several television series and Movies of the Week, including Moonlighting (for which he received six Emmy nominations), The Simpsons (for which he received two Emmy awards, five Annie awards, three International Monitor Awards, 23 additional Emmy nominations and five additional Annie nominations), Bette, The Critic, ALF (no relation), Christine Cromwell, Dads, Double Agent, Fame, Harry, Lime Street, My First Love, Murder in Three Acts, Police Story, She Knows Too Much, Stranded and Wizards & Warriors. His feature film credits include Half-Baked and Number One with a Bullet.
He has been musical director, composer and arranger for numerous television variety shows including The Donny & Marie Show, Mary and The Mary Tyler Moore Variety Hour.
His CD credits (as songwriter, composer, conductor and producer) include the hit Rhino Records releases The Simpsons: Songs in the Key of Springfield: Original Music from the Television Series, Go Simpsonic with the Simpsons: More Original Music from the Television Series, the hit Shout! Factory Records release The Simpsons: Testify and the Sunny NoDak Records release Swing Can Really Hang You Up the Most by the Alf Clausen Jazz Orchestra.
His compositions and arrangements have been featured by many recording artists and commercial advertisers. His music is featured on the Universal Studios Tram Tour 2000. He has also composed for the bands of Buddy Rich, Thad Jones & Mel Lewis, Ray Charles, Woody Herman, Stan Kenton and Denny Christianson.
His memberships include AFM, ASCAP, the ASCAP Foundation (member, Board of Directors), ATAS, NARAS, Society of Composers & Lyricists (former Vice President and member, Board of Directors), Songwriters Guild, SAG, Who’s Who in the West, Who’s Who in California and Who’s Who in Entertainment.
Awards include two Emmy awards, 30 Emmy nominations, five Annie awards, 10 Annie nominations, three International Monitor Awards, ASCAP’s Golden Note Award, Honorary Doctor of Music Degree - Berklee College of Music, Honorary Doctor of Music Degree - North Dakota State University, Alumnus Recognition Award - Berklee College of Music, “One of Top 50 Alumni” Award - Berklee College of Music, the Alumni Achievement Award - North Dakota State University, the 1:00 O’Clock Award - North Texas State University, two National Endowment for the Arts Composition Fellowship Grants, and seven times recipient of the ASCAP Popular Award For Music Composition.
His concert works include Joan Baby, a musical in one act, and When Jeremiah Sang the Blues, an oratorio for choir, orchestra, vocal and instrumental soloists and narrator. He has also been honored with “Alf Clausen Day” in Fargo, ND and “Alf Clausen Day” in Jamestown, ND.
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
As Chairman and CEO of Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG), one of the world’s leading global music publishing companies, Jody Gerson is widely respected and an accomplished music publishing executive whose exceptional ability to identify and develop talent has earned her a reputation as one of the industry’s preeminent creative executives.
Gerson oversees all global activities of the publishing company, which publishes some of the most popular and legendary songwriters and artists in music including Adele, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Ariana Grande, Bernie Taupin, Billy Joel, Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys, Britney Spears, Carole Bayer Sager, Coldplay, Diane Warren, Elton John, Eminem, Florence + the Machine, Gloria and Emilio Estefan, Imagine Dragons, J. Cole, Jason Derulo, Jimmy “Napes” Napier, Justin Bieber, Justin Timberlake, Keith Urban, Miguel, Mumford & Sons, Neil Diamond, Ne-Yo, Nicki Minaj, Paul Simon, Randy Newman, Shawn Mendes, U2, and more.
Gerson joined UMPG after serving as Co-President of Sony/ATV Music Publishing, where she signed a then unknown singer/songwriter Lady Gaga, who went on to become one of the most successful artists and songwriters in the world.
Prior to joining Sony/ATV, Gerson was part of the senior management team at EMI Music Publishing, serving as head of the company’s east coast publishing division followed by revitalizing and heading up EMI’s west coast division. During her tenure at EMI, Gerson signed and nurtured the careers of several superstars including Alicia Keys, Norah Jones and Enrique Iglesias.
Outside of her work in music, Gerson has also been active in film, serving as an executive producer of the successful films Drumline, Drumline 2 and ATL.
Gerson has three children, Julian, Luke and Daisy and lives in Los Angeles.
Writer board member
Wayland Holyfield is an award-winning songwriter whose songs have been recorded and performed all over the world. He has long been involved as an advocate for songwriters' and composers' rights. He has served as as a member of the ASCAP Board of Directors for almost two decades.
Holyfield is past president of the Nashville Songwriters Association International as well as past chairman of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Foundation Board. He was also a member of the ASCAP Board of Review for four years. Holyfield has testified on behalf of songwriters and composers before both Senate and House Judiciary Committees in Washington, DC. Some of his awards and honors include induction into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, ASCAP Country Songwriter of the Year, two time winner of the Music City News Top Country Hits Award, Grammy Nominee, CMA Triple Play Award and recipient of the Nashville Songwriters Association International Presidents Award. He has received a total of 37 Performance Society awards and has written over 40 top 10 hits and 14 #1 songs. Some of the artists who have recorded Holyfield's songs include George Strait, Peter Townsend, Don Williams, Anne Murray, Brooks and Dunn, Reba McEntire, Ronan Keating, Patti Page, Randy Travis, Ronnie Milsap, Julio Iglesias, Crystal Gayle, Eddy Arnold, Conway Twitty, Barbara Mandrell, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Charley Pride, Bill Medley, Mac Davis, The Oak Ridge Boys, Michael Martin Murphy, Mickey Gilley, John Anderson, Johnny Russell, The Statler Brothers, Waylon Jennings, Juice Newton, The Judds and George Jones.
His songs include "Could I Have This Dance," "Till the Rivers All Run Dry," "Some Broken Hearts Never Mend," "You're My Best Friend," "You're The Best Break This Old Heart Ever Had," "Rednecks, White Socks and Blue Ribbon Beer," "She Never Knew Me," "Put Your Dreams Away," "Your Love Shines Through," "You're Going Out of My Mind," "Stop the Rain," "Down in Tennessee," "When You Get To The Heart," "Wish I Had a Heart of Stone," "She Reminded Me of You," "Don't Count The Rainy Days," "The Blues in Black and White," "Only Here for a Little While" and "Meanwhile." Holyfield also wrote "Arkansas, You Run Deep in Me" which has been adopted as the official state song of Arkansas. He and his wife, Nancy, have been married for 40 years and have three grown children, Greg, Mark and Lee.
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
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 Chrysalis Music Group, Inc. During his six years with Chrysalis, Levy published a genre-diverse range of musical compositions with many successful chart recordings by Elvis Presley, Sum 41, Avril Lavigne, Andrea Bocelli, OutKast and David Gray.
Until 1991, Levy was the President of MCA Music Publishing, the world's third largest music publisher. He began his career in music publishing in 1975 as a Field Representative for ASCAP. In 1977, Levy established Elton John and Bernie Taupin's American music publishing operations. In that capacity, he personally marketed John's and Taupin's songs and actively signed, developed and promoted new songwriters for their company, Rocket Music.
In the fall of 1978, Levy joined MCA as Assistant to the President, Sal Chiantia. Charged with the responsibility of revitalizing the music publishing division of MCA, he reorganized the creative staff and implemented a daring plan to develop a roster of active, contemporary, exclusive staff songwriters. On his 29th birthday in 1981, Levy was appointed President of MCA's worldwide music publishing operations. Over the next decade, Levy grew the revenues of that division from $12 million to well over $70 million. This growth included the establishment of owned and operated foreign offices in all key markets and record production entities in a variety of genres, resulting in multi-platinum selling artists Lee Greenwood and Alanis Morissette.
During Levy's presidency, MCA published hits by a variety of artists including: 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. Furthermore, Levy oversaw MCA's triumph as ASCAP's coveted Country Music Publisher of the Year award for two consecutive years.
Levy received his B.A. in Anthropology from Boston University and attended both the Berklee College of Music and the Juilliard School. He is the son of Leeds Music founder Lou Levy. Prior to his election to ASCAP's Board of Directors, Levy served as a member of ASCAP's Board of Review. Additionally, Levy is the youngest individual to serve on both ASCAP's and the National Music Publisher Association's (NMPA) Board of Directors, serving as Chairman of ASCAP's Survey and Distribution and Law and Licensing Committees as well as being a member of the NMPA's International Committee. Levy consults to Peermusic in connection with their exclusive agreement with 14-time Grammy Award-winning producer and composer, David Foster. He has also consulted to the Walt Disney Company and Motown Records and has testified multiple times as an expert witness on music publishing. Levy is also a co-founder of the recently launched BravoOpera.com, the world's first Internet portal featuring broadband video streaming of opera.
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 responsible for peermusic’s US and worldwide business development and is a key member of the company’s strategic planning team. 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 80 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 Neil Thrasher (winner of ASCAP’s 2013 Country Song of the Year for “How Country Feels”).
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 Jaffray and Jefferies.
Mary Megan holds a BA with honors from Stanford University and an MBA from Columbia Business School.
Publisher board member
Matt Pincus is the founder and CEO of SONGS Music Publishing, the leading US contemporary independent music publisher. With its headquarters in New York and offices in Los Angeles, London and Nashville, SONGS’ 350 songwriters are global stars across the spectrum of contemporary music, including Grammy Award winner and Golden Globe nominee Lorde, R&B superstar The Weeknd, super-producer DJ Mustard (the leading urban producer in the world with 21 Top 20 Pop and R&B hits since 2012), EDM superstar Diplo (Usher, Madonna, Justin Bieber, MIA, Sia, Major Lazer), and many more. SONGS has registered in the top 10 of Billboard’s Publisher Quarterly for the past 6 quarters, claiming as much as 5% of overall US radio airplay.
Matt’s history in the music business goes back to the age of 17 when he toured and recorded his first album as the bass player in Judge, the seminal straight edge hardcore band. After being on the road for two years, Matt realized he was more interested in the band’s business operations than in taking dives off the stage and he entered Columbia University, earning an undergraduate degree.
After a stint as a features reporter at New York Magazine where, in addition to writing cover stories he compiled the magazine’s Nightlife section of concert listings, Matt returned to music. He established the indie label Some Records with some friends from the hardcore scene who went on to break big on major labels. Although the label did well, Matt had a sense that there was a bigger world out there for him, and he returned to Columbia where he earned an MBA in 2002.
After business school, Matt landed a plum gig at EMI as an Associate in the company’s Global Strategy and Business Development Group, where he worked for a group of Ex-McKinsey consultants brought in to restructure the company’s operations and establish the first digital deals with Apple, Rhapsody and others. From there he joined the deal team for EMI’s 2003 bid to acquire Warner Music Group from Time Warner.
During his time at EMI, Matt noticed that there was a huge influx of private equity and hedge funds plowing hundreds of millions of dollars into new start-ups acquiring catalogs of historic songs at record prices, but ironically almost none of that money was being spent to sign new songwriters. Matt saw an opening for an independently operated, 100% internally owned, full service music publishing enterprise. So, in 2004, he established SONGS.
Ten years later, under Matt’s leadership, SONGS Music Publishing is the leading contemporary independent publisher in the US. Like Rondor, Zomba, and Windswept were in the 1980s and 1990s, SONGS is the place where today's top songwriters turn for a creative alternative to the majors.
Key to SONGS’ success is Matt’s impressive record in hiring and retaining its talented executives. Matt has assembled and manages an all-star team of 35 people many of whom are considered to be among the best executive talent in the music industry today.
As the collective profile of SONGS writers has grown, the company has begun to define best practices in the evolving digital music business. The company is one of a small handful of independents to deal directly with major digital concerns like YouTube, Google Play, Amazon, and others.
As SONGS breaks ground in the digital market, Matt has become a leading voice in today’s music publishing industry. He is currently the only frontline independent publisher to serve on the board of directors of both the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) and The American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP). On behalf of NMPA, Matt served on the committee negotiating the successful 2012 settlement of the Copyright Royalty Board process setting compulsory mechanical rates. Matt is now a recognized public voice on digital music issues, in particular in the debate over payments to music publishers for online videos, where his advocacy helped bring about landmark agreement securing payments from major record labels to independent music publishers, and in settlements providing payments to music publishers from the leading YouTube Multi-Channel Networks.
Matt is also a member of the board of directors of Community Impact, Columbia University’s undergraduate community service program, and a member of the board of trustees of the Wooden Nickel Foundation, a non-profit organization benefitting cultural arts and other institutions.
Publisher board member
Jon Platt is Chairman & CEO for Warner/Chappell Music, WMG’s music publishing arm, overseeing and driving the ongoing growth of the company, its diverse roster of songwriters, and its range of creative services.
Since joining WCM in 2012, he has been instrumental in attracting a wide range of new and established talent including Jay Z, Beyoncé, Roc Nation’s publishing roster, Mike WiLL Made It, and MNEK, among others, while continuing to build relationships with songwriters such as Katy Perry, Nate Ruess, Michael Bublé, Barry Gibb and George Michael. Under Jon's creative leadership, WCM was recently named Publisher of the Year at four of ASCAP's most prestigious ceremonies – the Pop, Rhythm & Soul, Country and Latin Awards – as well as at BMI’s R&B/Hip-Hop Awards, all within a year's time.
Jon previously spent 17 years at EMI Music Publishing, where artists/songwriters he signed at the outset of their careers included JAY Z, Kanye West, Usher, Drake, Ludacris, Mary Mary, Young Jeezy, Fabolous, and Snoop Dogg. He also signed Beyoncé and negotiated deals for Pharrell Williams and Sean “Puffy” Combs.
Jon has also served as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors for the MusiCares Foundation, and sits on the Board of the Living Legends Foundation. He was the first music publisher to be featured in Source magazine’s annual Power 30 issue, was named 2011 Music Visionary of the Year by the UJA-Federation of New York, and in 2015 received the Visionary Award at the annual SESAC Pop Music Awards. He began his career in the music business as a DJ in his native Denver, before moving to Los Angeles to manage producers.
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."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, and available to hear claims by members that their royalty distributions were not made in accordance with the rules and regulations adopted by ASCAP's Board of Directors. The following members were elected to the Board of Review for a four-year term commencing April 1, 2014.
Helene Blue Musique Ltd.
Major Bob Music
Hal Leonard Corporation
Justin Kalifowitz (Alternate),
TFD Music LLC
Symphony & Concert Publishers
Subito Music Corporation
Lauren Keiser (Alternate),
Lauren Keiser Music Publishing
Popular-Production Authors (Lyricists)
James DiPasquale (Alternate)
Symphony & Concert Composers