January 18, 2013

ASCAP Adventurous Programming Awards to be Presented at 2013 Chamber Music America Conference

New York, NY, January 15, 2013: The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) will recognize eight chamber music and jazz ensembles, and presenters for their adventurous programming at the 35th Chamber Music America National Conference on Sunday, January 20th, 2013. The ceremony will take place at 10:15 a.m. at the Westin New York at Times Square (207 W. 43rd Street) in New York City. Cia Toscanini, ASCAP Vice President of Concert Music, will present the awards.

The ASCAP Adventurous Programming Awards have been presented for the past 26 years to provide special recognition and encouragement to ensemble, festival and presenter members of Chamber Music America that have prominently featured works written within the past twenty-five years during their past season. The winners are chosen by a panel selected by Chamber Music America and receive cash awards and plaques.

Commenting on the awards, Toscanini said: “We are proud of our long collaboration with Chamber Music America and congratulate CMA on their 35th Anniversary. On behalf of the composer and publisher members of ASCAP, we honor those members of Chamber Music America whose strong commitment to the music of our time was demonstrated throughout the past season. The excellent performances and exciting programs that move audiences today guarantee that this great tradition continues to evolve and thrive.”

The 2013 recipients are listed below by category:

Large Presenter – Mixed Repertory
Yellow Barn (Putney, VT)

Large Presenter – Contemporary
Miller Theatre at Columbia University (New York, NY)

Small Presenter – Mixed Repertory
Kyo-Shin An Arts (Brooklyn, NY)

Small Presenter – Contemporary
Musiqa (Houston, TX)

Small Presenter – Jazz
Magic Triangle Jazz Series at UMass (Amherst, MA)

Ensemble – Mixed Repertory
Radius Ensemble (Concord, MA)

Ensemble – Jazz
Slumgum (Los Angeles, CA)

Ensemble – Contemporary
Soli Chamber Ensemble (San Antonio, TX)

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a professional membership organization of songwriters, composers and music publishers of every kind of music. ASCAP’s mission is to license and promote the music of its members and foreign affiliates, obtain fair compensation for the public performance of their works and to distribute the royalties that it collects based upon those performances. ASCAP members write the world’s best-loved music and ASCAP has pioneered the efficient licensing of that music to hundreds of thousands of enterprises who use it to add value to their business – from bars, restaurants and retail, to radio, TV and cable, to Internet, mobile services and more. The ASCAP license offers an efficient solution for businesses to legally perform ASCAP music while respecting the right of songwriters and composers to be paid fairly. With over 450,000 members representing more than 8.5 million copyrighted works, ASCAP is the worldwide leader in performance royalties, service and advocacy for songwriters and composers, and the only American performing rights organization (PRO) owned and governed by its writer and publisher members. www.ascap.com

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