October 09, 2013

ASCAP Honors Top PRS Songwriters and Publishers

Steve Mac Receives Songwriter of the Year Award

Universal Music Publishing Collects 2nd Consecutive Publisher of the Year Award

Ben Howard and Camille Purcell Receive Special Honors

London, UK, October 9, 2013: The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) hosted its 33rd annual Awards tonight at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London. Hosted by ASCAP Executive Vice President, International Roger Greenaway and Vice President, Membership Seán Devine, the gala dinner and awards presentation honored those songwriter, composer and publisher members of PRS for Music – the UK's Performing Right Society – whose repertory is licensed by ASCAP and was among its most performed works in the U.S. during 2012.

Among the honorees and special guests in attendance were ASCAP President and Chairman Paul Williams, Erran Baron Cohen, Patrick Doyle, Ed Drewett, Julian Gingell, Theo Green, Ben Howard, John Lunn, Steve Mac, Dan McGrath, Josh Philips, Camille Purcell and Barry Stone.

The Songwriter of the Year award went to songwriter-producer Steve Mac, who penned major hits “Glad You Came” and “You Make Me Feel.” Mac also accepted the award for Song of the Year alongside writing partner, singer-songwriter Ed Drewett, for their smash hit single “Glad You Came.”

Universal Music Publishing was named Publisher of the Year for the second consecutive year for its most-performed winning songs: the theme to Downton Abbey (John Lunn); “Let Me Love You (Until You Learn to Love Yourself)” by Ne-Yo; “Mercy” by Kanye West, Big Sean and Pusha T; “Paradise” and “Viva La Vida” by Coldplay; “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” by Annie Lennox; "Take Care” by Drake; and “Too Close” by Alex Clare.

Universal Music Publishing Europe & UK President Paul Connolly commented: “Amazing songwriters + hardworking staff x superlative catalogue = international hits + ASCAP Publisher of the Year. Again! We’re very proud.”

As part of ASCAP's ongoing commitment to support emerging music creators, folk singer-songwriter Ben Howard was honored with the ASCAP Vanguard Award, which recognizes the impact of musical genres that help shape the future of music. Previous ASCAP Vanguard Award honorees include Taio Cruz, Calvin Harris, Kate Nash, Bat for Lashes and Plan B.

Singer-songwriter Camille Purcell was also in attendance to collect the ASCAP Foundation Stone Award, which celebrates the new creators and architects of the songwriting industry. The first Foundation Stone Award was given to songwriter Justin Parker at last year’s awards ceremony.

The evening was highlighted with a live performance by songwriter and composer Tony Hatch. Hatch, who penned hits like “Downtown” and “Don't Sleep in the Subway,” made famous by Petula Clark, performed a collection of his biggest hits and TV themes.

A total of 20 Song Awards were presented throughout the evening. Those being honored included Taio Cruz for "Dynamite" and "Without You," Alex Clare for “Too Close,” Phil Collins for "In the Air Tonight," Annie Lennox for "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)," Jessie J for “Domino” and Coldplay for "Viva La Vida" and “Paradise.”

Honorees in the Film and Television Theme categories were:

  • Dan McGrath and Josh Phillips (Dancing With the Stars)
  • Cathy Dennis, Julian Gingell and Barry Stone (American Idol)
  • John Lunn (Downton Abbey)
  • Simon Cowell (The X Factor)
  • Erran Baron Cohen (The Dictator)
  • Dario Marianelli (Anna Karenina and Quartet)
  • Theo Green (The House at the End of the Street)
  • Patrick Doyle (Brave)

Acclaimed composer Patrick Doyle was honored with the ASCAP Henry Mancini Award in recognition of his outstanding achievements and contributions to the world of film and television music. Doyle was recognized with a montage of his incredible body of work and congratulatory videos from Sir Kenneth Branagh and Emma Thompson.

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 700,000 members representing more than 11.5 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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ASCAP – London
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