Playback SPRING 2009 Table of Contents


Hair, Road Show and Ruined Win Drama Desk Awards

Commemorating Cohan

Performance Rights Act reintroduced

On May 13, the House Judiciary Committee voted to send the Performance Rights Act, H.R. 848, to the full House by a 21 to 9 margin. During a lengthy markup, Members of Congress agreed to initiate a GAO (Government Accountability Office) study of the economic impact of promotional value of radio play, as well as an amendment that would offer reduced sound recording performance fees to small and noncommercial broadcasters.

Walking the Halls

On May 5, ASCAP and the Library of Congress jointly celebrated a new addition to the Washington institution's vast archive – the gift by The ASCAP Foundation of documents, photos, sheet music and other artifacts, now known as The ASCAP Collection at the Library of Congress.

George Harrison Honored with Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame


The 2009 ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO, held April 23-25, was bigger and better this year. As evidenced by the large turnout, the music creator community came together to strengthen its bonds, make connections, share knowledge and confront the challenges of the digital era.

Songwriter Paul Williams Elected ASCAP President

Songwriter Paul Williams was elected President and Chairman of the Board of ASCAP on April 16 by the ASCAP Board of Directors at its meeting in Nashville, TN. Williams's election follows on the heels of songwriter Marilyn Bergman's decision to step down from the ASCAP presidency, although she will continue as an active Board member.

Marilyn Bergman Steps Down as President and Chairman of ASCAP

On April 8, 2009, three-time Academy Award-winning songwriter Marilyn Bergman announced her decision to step down as President and Chairman of the Board of ASCAP. Her successor, songwriter Paul Williams, was elected by the ASCAP Board of Directors at their subsequent meeting in Nashville on April 16.

Change Begins Within

Rock Hall of Fame 2009 Ceremony Thrills Cleveland

The 24th annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony was held on April 4th in Cleveland (the first time since 1997), home of the Hall of Fame's museum. The city rolled out the red carpet with a week's worth of shows and parties and the museum was open to the public for free – all leading up to the induction of such rock greats as ASCAP members Metallica, Run-DMC and Jeff Beck (PRS).

ASCAP Elects the 2009 Board of Directors

The results of the biennial election for the Board of Directors of ASCAP were announced in March. Twelve writer and twelve publisher members have been elected to serve on the Board for a two-year term commencing April 1, 2009.

An Afternoon of Song

Best Western

For perhaps the biggest week in the music industry calendar year, the South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas, ASCAP pulled out all the stops, proving great live music is alive and well in 2009.

Performance Rights Act reintroduced

On February 4, 2009 the Performance Rights Act (S. 379 and H.R. 848) was introduced into the Senate and the House of Representatives by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and Representative John Conyers (D-MI), Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, respectively. Initial cosponsors of the Senate bill were Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Bob Corker (R-TN) and Barbara Boxer (D-CA).

ASCAP Moderates Music Licensing Panel at the Grammy Music Tech Summit

Music Alive; New Partnerships Announced - Kati Agocs, Jason Freeman, Ruby Fulton, Missy Mazzoli, and Alejandro Rutty

Todd Brabec Leaves ASCAP after Distinguished 37 Year Career

The ASCAP Daily Brief Provides Valuable News and Information

ASCAP Board member, music publisher and songwriter Dean Kay ("That's Life") began compiling "The Dean's List" a few years ago when he saw a need to keep up on the rapidly changing technological developments in the music and media industries and how they were affecting music creators. His "Dean's List," an aggregate of links to articles, blogs and other sources of information on the Internet, was an immediate hit with many fellow songwriters, publishers and business associates.

Richard Hundley Premiere at Carnegie Hall, co-commissioned by The ASCAP Foundation/Charles Kingsford Fund and the Marilyn Horne Foundation

Playback Field Recordings: Jim Boggia

Widely-lauded, Philly-based singer-songwriter Jim Boggia writes powerful, melodic pop/rock songs that transcend time and place.

Presidential Zeal

President and Mrs. Obama and ASCAP join in a musical celebration as Stevie Wonder receives the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. Pictured, with President Obama and the First Lady in the East Room of the White House are ASCAP CEO John LoFrumento and ASCAP's Karen Sherry, following the presentation of the Gershwin Prize to Stevie Wonder.

ASCAP Quality Movement Delivers for Members

Rigorous and continuous effort keeps ASCAP's cost of operation down. We know that every minute we save reduces costs and every dollar we save goes into the pockets of our members.

Record Collections for Members in 2008

Consistent with its history of leadership on behalf of music creators, ASCAP earlier this year reported a record level of money collected for its members in 2008. Representing nearly 350,000 music creators, the member-owned organization generated over $933 million dollars while making royalty payments of more than $817 million. It also reported an all-time low operating expense ratio of 11.3 percent.

Sill the One

The ASCAP Foundation Lester Sill Songwriters Workshop gives talented writers a look inside the industry. The 2008 edition of the workshop united a class of 13 talented writers.

Strengthen our Efforts

University Scores


Faces and Places

Vonlichten Brothers Score
Sports Emmy Award

James Newton Howard & Hans Zimmer Nominated for Classical BRIT Awards

Diverse group of ASCAP composers speak at Newport Beach Film Festival

ASCAP Composer Angelo Badalamenti Kicks Off "Change Begins Within" Benefit

Legendary Film Composer Maurice Jarre --
1924 - 2009

Composer Earl Rose Invents Score for Feature Documentary

"Right Round" No.1 on Hot 100

American Academy of Arts and Letters Announces 2009 Music Award Winners

American Academy of Arts and Letters Announces 2009 Music Award Winners

Richard Hundley Premiere at Carnegie Hall, co-commissioned by The ASCAP Foundation/Charles Kingsford Fund and the Marilyn Horne Foundation

Roger Zare Named Recipient of the ASCAP Foundation Rudolf Nissim Prize

Scoring Brothers

Jimmy Cobb and Snooky Young Honored as Jazz Masters

Amedi and The Medicine Show Gets a Little Help From Dave Stewart

Malanga's Music Breaks Out of Venezuela

Rachel Thibodeau's Star Shines Bright

Joe Brooks is the #1 Unsigned Artist from the UK on Myspace

At just 21 years old, singer-songwriter Joe Brooks is on track to sell out his debut tour in London and Birmingham without the help of a label, publisher or even a commercially available CD.

The Gadsdens

New Faces, KCRS Live, Tin Pan South, Merlefest and More

Broadway Today

ASCAP Composers Illustrate Their Talent with Animation's Highest Honors

Renowned Orchestrator/Composer Jack Hayes Honored at 90th Birthday Bash

ASCAP Chat 101 Held in San Antonio, Texas

Monterosa in Memphis, Tennessee

Wynton Marsalis Performs for President Obama on Inauguration Day

ASCAP Honors Adventurous Programming at Chamber Music America Conference



The ASCAP Pop 2009 Music Awards

Rob Thomas Video Interview


The ASCAP 2009 Latin Music Awards

Boy From The Bronx to King of Bachata

Need a "Personal" CFO?

ASCAP is partnering with a wealth advisory firm, Lenox Advisors, to offer members and their financial managers an innovative and exclusive new benefit: a comprehensive online financial management service at a substantial discount.



In Park City, Utah, as the Sundance Film Festival celebrated its 25th anniversary this year's Cafe quickly became a major draw, with lines of music fans snaking up the street, waiting to get inside to experience performances from an extraordinary range of singer-songwriters and bands.

The Virtues of Virtual Glass

Stepping Out: Featured


Green Room

Rebel With A Cause

While running both an eco-friendly record company and non-profit organization, Garrett Brennan has proved himself to be one of the hardest working musicians and environmentalists today.


New Members

Ron Jones

Veteran television and film composer Ron Jones has written music for numerous network and syndicated television series. His projects include Family Guy, Duck Tales, Star Trek: The Next Generation, and American Da d.

Walter Murphy

Composer Walter Murphy burst into the music industry with his innovative disco remix "A Fifth of Beethoven," which was featured in the film Saturday Night Fever and on the Grammy-winning soundtrack album. Since then, he's composed the theme songs and underscore for FOX animated series Family Guy, American Dad, and upcoming Cleveland. His song "You've Got A Lot To See" composed for Family Guy won an award at the 2002 Emmys.

Owl City

While many songwriters prefer to write in the morning over a cup of coffee, Owatonna, Minnesota native Adam Young prefers sleepless nights, when his explorations of the space between dreams and reality inspire surreal electronic soundscapes.

Ricky C

ASCAP's Latin Department signed Ricky C, who represents the next evolution of the h1ish pop music. He began his musical endeavors at an early age under the guidance of his father, who was also a musician in his time. Now with his new single, "Otro Amor," Ricky C has called industry-wide attention upon his work, and is critically-acclaimed as the next big thing in Latin music. Ricky C is signed to the Universal Music label.

Scooter Smiff

The résumé of Baltimore-born and bred Scooter Smiff, only thirteen-years-old, is one any thirty-year-old would envy. Smiff performed at Showtime at the Apollo at age five, and began recording in L.A. at age eight.

Smith & Pyle


Presidents Letter

An Honor, A Legacy


Radar Report

How They Duet

After wide exposure on a TV talent show, JOEY and RORY FEEK mix marriage and music with great success.

Lover's Leap

Known for his romantic flair, reggaetón artist EDDY LOVER is winning hearts and rising up the charts. Eddy Lover promises to cross musical boundaries and to represent the best qualities of Panama.

Field and Strum

There are some songwriters who write about the life they want to live. Then there are songwriters like Alaska's Hobo Jim, who live the life they want to have and then write about it.

Stunt Man

Innovative, Internet-savvy singer-songwriter JONATHAN COULTON's feats of creativity have gained him a worldwide audience by providing the soundtrack to the geek-chic era.

Moment in the Sun

Beach Boy DENNIS WILSON'S brilliantmusic shines under a new light. Dennis Wilson was living proof that The Beach Boys' iconic California image was no myth.


Stepping Out

Stepping Out: Premiered

Stepping Out: Honored

Stepping Out: Performed

Stepping Out: Appointed

Scoring Brothers

Stepping Out: Signed

Stepping Out: Commissioned

Stepping Out: Released


The ASCAP Foundation

Nurturing the Next Generation


The Creators Tool Box

It's Under Control

From compact units that can slip into a laptop case to consoles that resemble professional studio mixers, control surfaces are making computeraudio productions more of a hands-on experience than ever before.

The Lowdown On Getting
Down Low

The ability to create the ideal bass balance is an essential studio skill; these tips should help achieve a healthy bottom line.

The art and craft of Adam Schlesinger

Adam Schlesinger is one of those rare musicians who can thrive in different musical environments while maintaining the stylistic integrity of each one.

Compact 'Cussion

Roland's new TD-4S V-Compact Series V-Drums kit offers the sound and feel of the company's larger V-Drum products in a package ideally sized or small studios.

A Logical X

Solid State Logic, long known for its huge professional consoles, has made a big push into the high-end home and project studio market recently.

PreSonus Studio One

Designed to streamline audio production, Studio One (OS X; Windows XP/Vista) is compatible with a range of audio devices but offers special integration with PreSonus hardware.

Shure Thing

The Shure SM27 which replaces and improves upon the company's KSM27–is large diaphragm, side-address cardioid condenser microphone for use on both instruments and vocals.