June 01, 2004


ASCAP Partners With Nimbit To Offer Professional Online Services To Benefit Members


ASCAP and Nimbit Web Services have completed an agreement to launch and market ASCAP Web Tools. Under the arrangement, ASCAP members and licensees will be offered an exclusive Nimbit WebToolsTM package of website management tools and hosting services designed for the entertainment industry. The new service was launched at ASCAP’s annual membership meetings in Los Angeles, New York and Atlanta.

The technology was designed specifically to enable professional musicians, entertainers and their organizations to run self-managed websites. Through a single online application, ASCAP Web Tools enable users to manage all aspects of their website and email lists at very affordable rates. For as little as $11 per month, the Express package offers management tools for easy content updates and email marketing and, for those looking for the added benefit of a hosting service, the Standard WebTools package is available at only $14 per month. These low prices represent savings of up to 20% for ASCAP members and licensees. Other ASCAP WebTools features include dynamic show calendars, auto-email reminders, photo and media galleries, tour journals, and message boards which integrate seamlessly with users’ websites.

"Technological innovation and member service are top priorities for ASCAP, said Phil Crosland, ASCAP Senior Vice President of Marketing. "We are delighted to join with Nimbit to add this exclusive package of web tools to our comprehensive array of benefits designed to enhance the success of our hardworking songwriter, composer and music publisher members."

Fred Karlin, 67, Film Composer and Founder of ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop

Fred Karlin, the Academy and Emmy Award-winning film and television music composer died in Culver City, California on March 26.

Karlin, who led ASCAP’s Film Scoring Workshop for many years, wrote music for more than 100 movies and TV shows, including 1970’s Lovers and Other Strangers. “For All We Know," a song Karlin co-wrote for the film, with lyrics by Robb Royer and James Griffin, won an Oscar for Best Song in 1971. It also became a Top 10 hit when The Carpenters recorded it that same year.

Karlin was also nominated for Oscars for songs in films The Sterile Cuckoo (1969) and The Little Ark (1972) as well as for the score to The Baby Maker (1970). Other films for which he wrote music include Leadbelly, Futureworld, Zandy’s Bride and Up the Down Staircase.

He won an Emmy Award for the score for the television movie “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman” and was nominated 10 other times for Emmys. Early in his career, Karlin worked as a composer and arranger for Benny Goodman. In 1990 he wrote a textbook on film scoring, along with Rayburn Wright and John Williams, called On the Track, which remains a valuable resource for film composers learning the art.


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Green Chad Green has been promoted to the position of Nashville Membership Representative, it was announced by ASCAP Senior Vice President Connie Bradley. He was formerly Assistant Membership Representative in the ASCAP Nashville office.

Reimer Richard Reimer has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Legal Services it was announced by CEO John LoFrumento. In his new position, Reimer will continue to report to LoFrumento.

SilbermanJason Silberman has been promoted to Director of Membership - Pop/Rock, it was announced by VP/ Membership Harry Poloner. Based in New York, Silberman previously served as Associate Director at ASCAP.

Preserving America’s Music

The National Recording Preservation Board

Each year the National Recording Preservation Board accepts nominations and selects recordings to be included in the National Recording Registry. The importance of the Registry is to designate and preserve those recordings that are culturally, historically or aesthetically important, and/or inform or reflect life in the United States. The criteria for selecting these recordings and the process in which they are nominated and accepted are available on the National Recording Preservation Board’s website at www.loc.gov/nrpb.

In March, the 2003 Registry was announced. The deadline for public nominations for this year’s Registry is July 15.

The 2003 National Recording Registry
(Recordings are listed in Chronological Order)

1. Emile Berliner. “The Lord’s Prayer” and “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star." (ca. 1888)
2. Vess Ossman. “Honolulu Cake Walk." (1898)
3. Bert Williams and George Walker. Victor Releases. (1901)
4. Billy Murray. “You're a Grand Old Rag [Flag]." (1906)
5. Frances Densmore Chippewa/Ojibwe Cylinder Collection. (1907-1910)
6. The first Bubble Book. (1917)
7. William Jennings Bryan. “Cross of Gold." Speech re-enactment by Bryan. (1921)
8. Guy B. Johnson Cylinder Recordings of African American Music. (1920s)
9. Okeh Laughing Record. (1922)
10. Associated Glee Clubs of America. “Adeste Fideles." (1925)
11. Amadé Ardoin and Dennis McGee. Cajun-Creole Columbia releases. (1929)
12. Leadbelly. “Goodnight Irene." (1933)
13. Huey P. Long. “Every Man a King” speech. (1935)
14. Marian Anderson. “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands." (1936)
15. Robert Johnson. The Complete Recordings. (1936-1937)
16. Jelly Roll Morton. Interviews conducted by Alan Lomax. (1938)
17. Benny Goodman. Carnegie Hall Jazz Concert. (1938)
18. WJSV (Washington, D.C.). Complete Day of Radio Broadcasting. (September 21, 1939)
19. Bob Wills & his Texas Playboys. “New San Antonio Rose." (1940)
20. 1941 World Series Game Four – New York Yankees vs Brooklyn Dodgers
21. Robert Shaw Chorale. Bach B-Minor Mass. (1947)
22. Budapest Quartet. Beethoven String Quartets. (1940-1950)
23. George Gershwin. Porgy and Bess. Original Cast. (1940, 1942)
24. Rodgers and Hammerstein. Oklahoma! Original Cast. (1943)
25. Paul Robeson, Uta Hagen, José Ferrer, and others. Othello. (1943)
26. Louis Kaufman and the Concert Hall String Orchestra. Vivaldi Four Seasons. (1947)
27. John Kirkpatrick. Ives Piano Sonata No. 2, “Concord." (1948)
28. O. Winston Link. Steam Locomotive Recordings. (6 Vol.: 1957-1977)
29. Rafael Kubelik conducting the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Modest Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition. (1951)
30. Billy Graham. Problems of the American Home. (1954)
31. Glenn Gould. Bach Goldberg Variations. (1955)
32. Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Cole Porter Song Book. (1956)
33. Chuck Berry. “Roll Over Beethoven." (1956)
34. Thelonious Monk. Brilliant Corners. (1956)
35. Georg Solti and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Richard Wagner Complete Ring Cycle. (1958-1965)
36. “Eastman Wind Ensemble with Frederick Fennell. Winds in Hi-Fi. (1958)
37. Charles Mingus. Mingus Ah-Um. (1959)
38. Tony Schwartz. New York Taxi Driver. (1959)
39. Patsy Cline. “Crazy." (1961)
40. John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Robert Frost and others. Kennedy Inaugural Ceremony. (1961)
41. Judy Garland. Judy at Carnegie Hall. (1961)
42. Otis Redding. “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now)" (1965)
43. The Beatles. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. (1967)
44. Johnny Cash. At Folsom Prison. (1968)
45. Ali Akbar College of Music Archive Selections. (1960s-1970s)
46. Marvin Gaye. What’s Going On (1971)
47. Carole King. Tapestry. (1971)
48. Garrison Keillor. A Prairie Home Companion. (First broadcast of the variety show, July 6, 1974.)
49. Bruce Springsteen. Born to Run. (1975)
50. Fania All-Stars. Live at Yankee Stadium. (1975)

For more information about any of the above recordings, visit http://www.loc.gov/rr/record/nrpb/nrpb-2003reg.html.


June 17 - Publishers’ Quarterly BCO* Distribution for 4Q2003 performances

July 8 - Writers’ Quarterly BCO Distribution for 4Q2003 performances

August 19 - Writers' and Publishers' International Distribution

*BCO: Domestic performances of Broadcast, Cable and Other surveyed media.

Note: Dates are subject to change


Composer Meredith Monk was featured in the Fall 2003 issue of Playback. Information regarding her early recordings were not completely accurate. Though Monk released her first ECM recording in 1981, her first recording was Key in 1971, on the Increase Records label. The album was subsequently rereleased in 1978 by Lovely Music. In 1974, Our Lady of Fate was released on Minona. Songs from the Hill/Tablet was also released in 1979 on the Wergo label.


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