A Message from Paul Williams on COVID-19

March 14, 2020

Dear ASCAP Members,

As the coronavirus situation continues to develop, I wanted to take a moment to explain the steps we are taking to protect the health and well-being of our entire ASCAP community. Serving you remains our highest priority. And I want to assure you that we are prepared.

Of course, we are all experiencing changes to our normal routines as our community works to help prevent the spread of the virus. Our offices are closed to the public and most of our employees will be working from home as of Monday, March 16. Out of concern for the health and safety of our members and all attendees, we were forced to cancel the 2020 ASCAP Experience as well as other upcoming events.

Please know that we understand how important all of these events and these spaces are to the ASCAP community. That is why we are actively exploring alternative ways of gathering our members, even if virtually, and we hope to share more on that soon.

As a member myself, I know that we are fortunate to have a smart and visionary CEO in Elizabeth Matthews, and a dedicated team of employees, who care deeply about our members. Our workforce is well-prepared to work remotely and can deliver all of our mission critical services to members and licensing partners, including royalty distributions, online Member Access, Global Member Services support and more.

As always, ASCAP representatives are available to help you and I encourage you to visit ASCAP.com and follow @ascap on social media.

While we are all hopeful our lives and our business will return to normal in the very near future, it is likely the entire music industry will be feeling the effects of the coronavirus situation for quite some time. We know how difficult this will be for our members who depend on touring and live shows as well as many of our licensees who will see a decline in business as a result of restrictions on gatherings and events. This is impacting music creators and licensees in the United States and throughout most of the world.

I want you to know that we are doing everything we can to keep you safe, to prevent any disruptions to our business and to protect your financial security, even in this time of great uncertainty.

ASCAP is a family – a family of songwriters, composers, music publishers, and those who support us. No matter how this situation unfolds, we know that the world needs your music now, perhaps more than ever.

Stay healthy, stay safe and keep making music to bring us through this time.

Blessings and thanks,
Paul Williams
Paul Williams
ASCAP President & Chairman of the Board