VERSED: The ASCAP Podcast / Ep. 15 - Rep. Adam Schiff & Paul Williams
August 7, 2020
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VERSED is a bi-weekly podcast illuminating the heart and soul of music. Featuring in-depth interviews with songwriters and composers, plus tips and insights to help you navigate your music career. Brought to you by ASCAP, home of the world's greatest music creators.
The latest episode of VERSED reprises a critical session from ASCAP Experience: Home Edition in July 2020. We invited Congressman Adam Schiff and ASCAP President Paul Williams to discuss what Congress is doing to include music professionals in coronavirus relief efforts, the need for federal guidelines on restarting live performances at music venues, and what’s at stake in the Department of Justice’s upcoming review of the ASCAP and BMI consent decrees. Schiff is one of the fiercest champions of creators' rights in Washington - he led the effort in Congress to secure economic relief benefits for freelance and contract workers in the entertainment industry in the wake of coronavirus. Listen in to their important, impactful conversation to find out how you can help to create positive change for the American music community.
Congressman Adam Schiff represents California's 28th Congressional District, and throughout his tenure in Congress, he has focused on growing the economy, bolstering national security, strengthening our communities, helping small businesses, and improving education, safety and health care for our children. In his 10th term in the House of Representatives, Schiff currently serves as the Chair of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence oversees the nation’s intelligence agencies including components of the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, Justice, State and Energy.
Schiff is a leader on efforts to combat intellectual property theft and piracy. He is a founder and co-chair of the International Creativity and Theft-Prevention Caucus, a bipartisan group of House and Senate lawmakers dedicated to working with America’s international trade partners to secure the enactment of strong copyright laws and the vigilant enforcement of those laws.
Paul Williams is one of the most beloved and respected music creators in the world today. An Oscar, Grammy, Golden Globe and Ivor Novello award winning lyricist and composer who has been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, his timeless love songs range from “We’ve Only Just Begun,” “You and Me Against the World” and “The Rainbow Connection” to "Touch" and "Beyond" on Daft Punk’s chart-topping Grammy Album of the Year, Random Access Memories. As President and Chairman of the Board of ASCAP, he is also a leading spokesman for music creators in the digital age.
Williams’s standards have been recorded by such diverse musical icons as Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, David Bowie, Tony Bennett, The Carpenters, Diana Ross, Luther Vandross, Willie Nelson, Gonzo and Kermit the Frog. His songs and scores have received six Oscar, nine Grammy, six Golden Globe, and two Emmy nominations. He and co-writer Gustavo Santaolalla received a World Soundtrack Award for their “Apology Song” from The Book of Life and they have re-joined Guillermo del Toro for his upcoming stage adaptation of Pan’s Labyrinth.
While publicly lauded for his work as a songwriter, author and actor – most recently for his recurring role with Billy Bob Thornton in Goliath – Paul predicts he’ll be remembered for playing Little Enos in the Smokey and the Bandit trilogy and for his lyrics to The Love Boat theme. However, it is the lyrics from Bugsy Malone that most aptly sum up his philosophy: “You give a little love and it all comes back to you; You’re gonna be remembered for the things that you say and do.”