November 01, 2005

Nurturing Music Creators

Marilyn Bergman, President and
Chairman of the Board


Marilyn Bergman, President and Chairman of the Board

When Hurricane Katrina made landfall along the Central Gulf Coast, it caused unimaginable damage and flooded New Orleans, one of America's most vital music communities. The devastation was unlike anything our country had experienced in a century and it affected us all. Thankfully, music, as it did after 9/11, provided welcome relief in helping soothe a wounded nation with words and melodies. It also possessed the ability to raise money quickly to benefit the relief effort. In the weeks after the hurricane, the meaning of music and the value of music was deeply felt around the country. These ideas go to the very heart of ASCAP. It is why, as a society of songwriters, composers and music publishers, we continue to do everything we can to nurture music creators and to protect their work, one of America's most valuable resources.

Speaking of music creators... I am very excited to announce the launch of the ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO, the first major entertainment industry conference dedicated to songwriting and composing. ASCAP has a long history of bringing together top songwriters and composers with those members who are just starting out to help educate, guide and inspire them. Our workshop and showcase programs are world-renowned and many top ASCAP members who are past participants of ASCAP programs know how important it is to share their knowledge and experience with the next generation. For "I Create Music," ASCAP has put together three days of programming to help members develop their craft with some of the world's most celebrated songwriters, composers and producers across all musical genres. You can find full details in this issue of Playback and on our website.

ASCAP has been the leading performing rights organization in the world for more than 90 years. The expo is the Society's latest innovation in helping to develop new music creators for years to come.

My warmest wishes for the holiday season and a happy New Year.