October 04, 2004


37deems_101404The American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers announced the winners of the 37th Annual ASCAP Deems Taylor Awards for outstanding print, broadcast and new media coverage of music. The winners will be honored at a special reception on December 1, 2004 at the Walter Reade Theatre in New York City. Over the years, tens of thousands of dollars have been distributed in cash prizes to winning authors, journalists and broadcast producers and personalities.

The ASCAP Deems Taylor Radio Broadcast Award honors American Routes (MBK Productions, Public Radio International) and Producer/Host Nick Spitzer. Cited in the Television Broadcast category are Keeping Score: MTT on Music: The Making of a Performance (Tchaikovsky's 4th Symphony) A Production of The San Francisco Symphony: Music Director, Michael Tilson Thomas; Executive Producer, John Kieser; The Making of a Performance: Producer, David Kennard; Director, Joan Saffa; Tchaikovsky's 4th Symphony: Director, Gary Halvorson; and Producer, Michael Bronson.

The ASCAP Deems Taylor Internet Award honors two outstanding web sites, Postclassic Radio (www.live365.com/stations/kylegann), Kyle Gann, Producer, and Iridian Radio (www.iridianradio.com), Robin Cox.

The Timothy White Award for Outstanding Musical Biography in the pop music field cites Wil Haygood for his book, In Black and White: The Life of Sammy Davis, Jr., published by Alfred A. Knopf Publishers. This award was established to honor the memory of Billboard Magazine editor Timothy White, who passed away in early 2002. Mr. White was himself a former Deems Taylor recipient, and was the writer of acclaimed biographies of Bob Marley, Brian Wilson, and James Taylor.

The Nicolas Slonimsky Award for Outstanding Musical Biography in the concert music field honors James A. Pegolotti for his book, Deems Taylor: A Biography, published by Northeastern University Press. This is a newly established award to honor the memory of Slonimsky (1894 – 1995), the Russian-American composer, conductor, musicologist and critic. Slonimsky was the writer of Baker's Dictionary of Music and Musicians, Thesaurus of Scales and Melodic Patterns, The Lexicon of Musical Invective and Perfect Pitch, an autobiography.

The authors and publishers of the eight books to be honored at the ceremony are:

  • Michael B. Beckerman for New Worlds of Dvorak, by W.W.Norton & Co.
  • Ted Chapin for Everything is possible: The Birth of the Musical Follies, by Alfred A. Knopf Publishers
  • Terry Gibbs for Good Vibes: A life in Jazz, by Scarecrow Press, Inc.
  • Robert Kimball & Steve Nelson for The Complete Lyrics of Frank Loesser, by Alfred A. Knopf Publishers
  • John Kander, Fred Ebb (deceased) and Greg Lawrence for Colored Lights, by Farrar, Straus & Giroux
  • Ronald Radano for Lying Up a Nation: Race and Black Music, by University of Chicago Press
  • Richard Steinitz for György Ligeti: Music of Imagination, by Northeastern University Press
  • Denise Von Glahn for The Sounds of Place: Music and the American Cultural Landscape, by University of Chicago Press

The nine writers and editors of journal, magazine and newspaper articles, program notes and/or liner notes and their respective publishers to be honored are:

  • Diana Burgwyn for her article, "Born To Compose," published by Symphony
  • Elizabeth B. Crist for her article, "Aaron Copland and The Popular Front, Journal of the American Musicological Society 56, no. 2," published in the Journal of the American Musicological Society
  • Joseph Dalton for his article, "Red Tape: The Difficulties Orchestra Composers Have Obtaining Recordings of Their Music," published by New Music Box
  • Gary Giddins for his two articles, "Swashbuckler" and "The Academy's Pulitzer" published by The Village Voice
  • Ashley Kahn for his Liner Notes, "Four Women: The Nina Simone Philips Recordings," issued by Verve Music Group
  • Neil W. Levin for his liner notes, Joseph Achron: Violin Concerto no 1; The Golem, issued by The Milken Family Foundation/ Naxos of America.
  • Jimmy Magahern for his article, "Ghost Radio" published by Phoenix New Times
  • Alex Ross for his article, "Ghost Sonata," published by The New Yorker
  • Mark Stryker for his article, "Ace of Bass," published by The Detroit Free Press

In addition, ASCAP Deems Taylor Special Recognition Awards will be presented to Henry Fogel for his article "Unanswered Questions," published by Symphony; Mark Eden Horowitz for his book Sondheim on Music: Minor and Major Decisions, published by Scarecrow Press/Library of Congress; Gene Lees for his book, Friends Along the Way: A Journey Through Jazz, published by Yale University Press; editors Frances S. Ponick and Christine Stinson for their respective publications, Music Educators Journal and Teaching Music; and Ken Tucker for his article "Green Day," published by Entertainment Weekly.

The members of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Awards Panel for 2004 are Charles Dodge, Julie Flanders, John Wesley Harding, Mark Hollmann, David Massengill, Larry John McNally, Richard Miller, Paul Moravec and Frank Oteri.

Established in 1914, ASCAP is the world's largest performing- right organization, with over 195,000 members. ASCAP is committed to protecting the rights of its members by licensing and collecting royalties for the public performance of their copyrighted works, and then distributing these fees to the Society's members based on performances. ASCAP's repertory spans the entire spectrum of music from pop to symphonic, rock to gospel, Latin to country to jazz, rhythm and blues, theater, film and television music. ASCAP's Board of Directors is made up solely of writers and publishers, elected by the membership.

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