Playback WINTER 2009 Table of Contents


13th Annual ASCAP Foundation Awards

It's All Paul > Playback Winter 2009

Academy Award-winning singer-songwriter and ASCAP Board member, Paul Williams, who recently wrote songs for the holiday TV special, A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa, is pictured backstage in Los Angeles after a recent concert peformance. Pictured (l-r) are JK Promotion's Jon Konjoyan, Yahoo! Music's Paul Grein and Williams.

Amina & Safia Schmahl > Playback Winter 2009

Bon Iver - Playback Winter 2009

ASCAP's Josh Briggs (far right) is pictured with Bon Iver band members at their "MySpace Transmission" recording session earlier this year at Brushfire Studios. Bon Iver is featured as one of our "Rock Success Stories of the Year" on page 38-39.

Torica Cornelius > Playback Winter 2009

I recently inked a publishing deal with Warner Chappell/Bryan Michael Cox and have placed songs on Monica's new J Records project. The song for Monica is a song that everyone can relate to because the content is based on living your life and not caring about what other people think. I also have a song on hold for JLO and it'll definitely be a big club joint that guys and girls will relate to.

The 2008 NYU/ASCAP Foundation Film Scoring Workshop in Memory of Buddy Baker

Graham's The Man > Playback Winter 2009

ASCAP recently held another edition of its continuing music supervisor showcase series - this one featuring the legendary Graham Parker, in conjunction with Primary Wave music publishing.

Groovin' on Capitol Hill

Chris Henderson > Playback Winter 2009

Recently, I worked on Jamie Foxx's next hit single featuring T Pain entitled "Blame It." It was chosen because the clubs across the country responded to it so strongly as he went on promotional tour for the new album. I think what people are responding to the most is the track and the sing-along, infectious hook.

Love Fest

Mike and The Bike > Playback Winter 2009

Mike and the Bike, a children's book and accompanying CD, authored by ASCAP member Michael Ward (Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals, The Wallflowers, etc.) sold over 50,000 copies in the US. His new book, Mike and the Bike Meet Lucille the Wheel, features songs co-written by Ward and his son, new ASCAP member Tennessee Ward and, like the first book, features contributions from Lance Armstrong and voice of the Tour de France Phil Liggett.

UK WINNERS > Playback Winter 2009

Rocky Mountain Folks Fest > Playback Winter 2009

ASCAP's 15-year partnership with Planet Bluegrass Festivals continued in 2008 with two of Planet Bluegrass's classic events, the Telluride Bluegrass Festival and the Rocky Mountain Folks Fest and Song School, in Lyons, Colorado.

Rubin Performs at Black Caucus > Playback Winter 2009

Congressman John Conyers, Jr., Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, and Dean of the Congressional Black Caucus, hosted the 24th Jazz Issue Forumand Concert during the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's Annual Legislative Conference from September 24-27, at the Washington Convention Center.

Johnnie "Smurf" Smith > Playback Winter 2009

The most recent project that I've worked on is T-Pain's latest release, Thr33 Ringz, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard charts. I think people are responding the most to the melodic sounds over hardcore beats. OnMyRadio by Musiq Soulchild is the next album to be released that I've worked on and I feel that there will be a great response to the sweet melodies that will speak to all audiences and assure them that this will be a timeless album.

Staying Power > Playback winter 2009

Steinberg's Star > Playback Winter 2009

Tribute to CY

Webb Shines in Dallas/Fort Worth

ASCAP Board member Jimmy Webb (pictured) recently spoke and performed at a Dallas/Fort Worth songwriter master class presented by Mary Dawson, of the syndicated radio show, "I Write the Songs."

Members of Fountains of Wayne, Nada Surf, Spin Doctors Play ASCAP Sponsored Benefit for Kelly Buchanan

Kevin Kaisershot Wins Teacher's March Composition Contest

ASCAP members Steve Vai, Jonatha Brooke speak on CCC panel on artist-run labels

Cook County Wins Best Feature Film at the Hollywood Film Festival

ASCAP songwriter Smokey Robinson speaks at CCC's "An Evening with Smokey"

ASCAP songwriter Smokey Robinson speaks at CCC's "An Evening with Smokey"


Faces and Places

Kathryn Salfelder Receives ASCAP/CBDNA Frederick Fennell Prize

Concert Band/Wind Ensemble Crediting

Commencing with the October 1, 2008 Survey Year, ASCAP will credit Concert Band/Wind Ensemble works performed by duly licensed College, University or Conservatory ensembles for which programs are submitted to ASCAP, on a per count, or census basis. However, although these performances will be credited as large ensemble works, their monetary value will be subject to the funds available for distribution in the Educational licensing pool in each Survey year.

World Class Composers

Doyle Scores Igor

World Class Composers

Jazzcap Showcase

Song Camp Creations

Monitor Latino Convention in L.A.

Colombian Singer Songwriter Munera

Two Osorios Create Showcase Event at Miami Art Central

Honoring Great Work

Whadda Juno

Roland's JUNO-Stage ($1,599) is a 76-key synthesizer boasting a newly designed keyboard for optimal feels and a sound set includes the 88-key stereo multisampled piano derived found on Roland's popular Fantom-G.

ASCAP Sweeps Grammy Classical Composition Category

Harold Meltzer Wins Barlow Prize

Brett Dean Wins 2009 Grawemeyer Award

The Lost Art of Letter Writing was commissioned by the Cologne Philharmonie and Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra for violinist Frank Peter Zimmermann. Brett Dean conducted the world premiere in 2007 at the Philharmonie in Cologne.

Thru the Walls: October 2008

The ASCAP Foundation Thru the Walls showcase is designed to showcase the work of concert composer/ performers whose concert music defies boundaries and genres. The October showcase featured composer/electronics and vocalist Svjetlana Bukvich-Nichols, composer/violinist Caleb Burhans and composer/violinist Caroline Mallonée. Frank J. Oteri, composer and editor of, emceed the event.

Jimmy Cobb and Snooky Young Honored as Jazz Masters

Stephen Schwartz feted at the Pantages


ASCAP writer Frank Fitzpatrick pens the title song for Soul Men

AFI Film Fest shows some Skin



A Milestone Year

2008 marked the 20th anniversary of the ASCAP Television and Film Scoring Workshop with Richard Bellis, a prestigious program that cultivates the next generation of emerging TV and Film composers.

Troubled Waters

The plight of our planet's water supply.

Twitter Takes Off

Micro-blogging is starting to matter in the music industry. Bands and professionals alike use it to promote both professional projects and personal thoughts like one ongoing conversation.

Best in Country


New Members

Jennifer Hudson

With her incredible talent and genuine charm, Chicago native Jennifer Hudson made the leap from American Idol finalist to Golden Globe and Academy Award-winning actress in just two years. Hudson won the awards for her role as Effie in the screen adaptation of Dreamgirls , becoming one of the youngest-ever winners of the award.

Alex Lilly

There's a whole world of kaleidoscopic sound inside the head of Alex Lilly, front-lady and songwriter for the Los Angeles pop ensemble Obi Best. On the group's entrancing debut Capades, Lilly fills her eccentric songs of transoceanic yearnings, hidden fantasies and anonymous spite with a twinkling cosmos of a production job.

Aldo Ranks

The Panamanian R&B/hip-hop group La Factoria was created in 2000 by producer Pablo Maestre, better known as DJ Pablito. The DJ's vision helped to lead La Factoria to success on the Billboard charts. Ranks's music with La Factoria proudly embraced caribbean rhythms, helping to propel "Por un Beso Tuyo" up the charts and across International borders.


Presidents Letter

Historic Moment > Playback Winter 2009

The election of Barack Obama was an historic event that demonstrated the power of our democracy. It showed that when many voices come together to speak as one, great things can be accomplished. In these economically uncertain times, we need strong leadership in Washington more than ever before.


Radar Report

20 Years & Still Bouncing…

The Bouncing Souls frontman Greg Antonito gives you a look on how they've maintained longevity and embraced the new digital revolution as they approach their 20th anniversary.

A Breed Apart

Since the early 1960s, Judy Collins has lent her silvery voice to the work of dozens of great composers and lyricists, ranging from Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Jimmy Webb, Lennon & McCartney to Stephen Sondheim, Weill & Brecht , Jacques Brel, and Yip Harburg, among many more, creating classic renditions of their songs.


By creating music videos for the deaf and hard-of-hearing, the Deaf Performing Artists Network (D-Pan) demonstrates that music isn't just for the hearing-centric.

Out of Focus

Well over a decade after progressive metal quartet Cynic released its landmark '93 debut Focus and broke up the following year, nobody could have predicted that the band would ever reform.

Killer Songwriting

In his sophomore release Sobriety Kills, Jason Karaban returns with an engaging and remarkable record filled with compelling melodies, prodding lyrics and his memorable voice.

Radio Days

Heavy on chaotic song structures and featuring a bleak storyline, TV on the Radio's 2006 breakout album Return to Cookie Mountain felt like a report from the front lines of battle. "I was a lover, before this war," lead singer Tunde Adebimpe howls at the record's start. That piercing image enthralled nearly every critic who heard it and set the bar high for the art-rockers' recent follow-up Dear Science.

Living Stereo

The always affable Jim Boggia, audiophile record lover and longtime favorite songwriter of "those in the know," has been waiting his turn for longer than he'd like us to print.

Good Vibrations

J-Vibe just got nominated for a 2009 Best R&B Song Grammy for "Heaven Sent," which also received a Female Vocal Performance of the Year nomination.


Stepping Out

Brooklyn Bones

Alvin Singleton's Brooklyn Bones: Requiem for the Prison Ship Martyrs for tenor, chorus and orchestra received its world premiere on November 15, 2008.

Stepping Out: Appointed

Stepping Out: Featured > Playback Winter 2009

RANDY BADAZZ ALPERT'S "Hypnotize," which he was a co-writer, in the movie and trailer for Notorious, about Notorious B.I.G., IAN BENNETT'S song "News to Me" on the May 12 th episode of One Tree Hill., ALEXX CALISE, DENNIS MOREHOUSE, and JARRID MASSE'S "In My Pocket" in the upcoming film of the same name., CAMERON CARPENTER, organist, on the cover of Muso magazine. The article discusses his recent international tour and organ music., TONY L. CARLUCCI'S "Think of You" on MTV. The song is off his album Kisses in the Evening., CAVANAH as vocalist on the new song "Blue Moon" by hip-hop artist Sacrifice., NEIL and MATTHEW DE LUCA'S custom trailer score for the new Tom Cruise movie, Valkyrie.

Happy Goes To Hollywood

Stepping Out: Honored > Playback Winter 2009

YU-HUI CHANG, CHRISTOPHER DIETZ, DU YUN, GEOFFREY GORDON, MARK KILSTOFTE, LEI LIANG, JUSTIN MERRITT, STEPHEN ANDREW TAYLOR and USHIO TORIKAI with Aaron Copland Awards composer residencies for 2008. Those selected receive all-expenses-paid residencies at Copland's restored, longtime home in Lower Hudson Valley. COOL DAYS END received four Grammy considerations. Their first album, Streets, Dreams and Everything in Between came out on Kace Records. They performed at the 2008 Wingstock Festival. COREY DARGEL'S Removable Parts with an IT Award for "Outstanding Performance Art Production." IRVING FIELDS was both an honoree and performer at the Arts for the Aged in Washington, D.C. on October 4, 2008. President Bush congratulated Fields on his 93rd birthday. FRITZ'S POLKA BAND with two Upper State Independent Awards, one in the Country/Bluegrass category and one in the International category.

A Night at the Theatre

Stepping Out: Performed

Stepping Out: Premiered

Ray's Tune

ASCAP composer and guitarist Ray Rivera, who will celebrate his 80th birthday in March, has issued his autobiography, Ray's Tune: Music Is My Thing.

Stepping Out: Released

Stepping Out: Signed

Stepping Out: Commissioned

ASCAP writer Lori Barth's "I'm Dreaming of Home" performed at Festival International Musique & Cinéma


The ASCAP Foundation

Joan and Irwin Robinson Scholarship

A student at New York University, Dalias began his studies at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts as a guitarist in the jazz band and a trumpeter in the concert band. During his senior year he marked his first foray into songwriting, performance and recording with the release of a six-track EP entitled Blue Morning.

Eunice and Hal David Instructor-In-Residence Award

Working Together

The Aspire to Inspire Initiative

Cy Coleman Award


The Creators Tool Box

Phone Home

Headphones come in more varieties and offer better performance than ever before. From entry-level earbuds to big-ticket surround-capable headsets, there is a set of 'phones for every budget.


Preamps, which boost the signal of microphones so they can work with mixers and audio interfaces, can be the most important gear in your studio. Here's the lowdown on how to choose and employ the right preamp for any recording situation.

The Art and Craft of Stephen Schwartz

Equally adept as a lyricist and composer, Stephen Schwartz has enjoyed one of the most prolific and honored careers in history of modern musical theater.

Core Values

TC Electronic's PowerCore 6000 brings the eight FreeScale DSP engine sound of the high-end System 6000 to DAW users.

Getting Drums on Track

Toontrack music's Drumtracker is a standalone drum replacement program for OS X and Windows.

Eight's More Than Enough

The latest version of Digidesign's powerhouse DAW Pro Tools boasts a newly updated user interface and is ripe with new music creation features.

Yes, Master

The Alesis Mastercontrol is both a control surface and audio interface that offers low-latency 44.1–192kHz-recording capability via FireWire.

Nano Nano

Korg's new nanoSeries USB controllers are designed to be both stylish and ultra-compact.