February 20, 2014

Grammy-Winning Songwriters to Celebrate ASCAP Centennial with Library of Congress Exhibit Launch and Panel Discussion

A panel discussion with Paul Williams and Jimmy Webb, featuring exclusive musical performances and an audience Q&A, will follow a ribbon-cutting ceremony for ASCAP's centennial exhibit at the Library of Congress

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ASCAP President and Chairman Paul Williams and ASCAP Vice Chairman and Songwriters Hall of Fame President Jimmy Webb


In celebration of the 100th anniversary of ASCAP, the Library of Congress will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new exhibit, “ASCAP: One Hundred Years and Beyond.” Later in the day, U.S. Register of Copyrights Maria Pallante will host a discussion of the history and future of American songwriters and composers as they face new opportunities and challenges in the digital age.


Library of Congress exhibit ribbon-cutting ceremony:

Dr. James Billington, Library of Congress Librarian

Honored guests: Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN); Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL); ASCAP members Paul Williams, Jimmy Webb and Leeds Levy

Copyright Matters panel discussion:

Opening remarks for afternoon panel: Maria A. Pallante, U.S. Register of Copyrights

Panelists: Paul Williams, ASCAP President & Chairman, Songwriter – “Evergreen,” Love Boat theme, “Rainbow Connection,” “We've Only Just Begun;” Jimmy Webb, ASCAP Vice-Chairman, President of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, Songwriter – “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” “MacArthur Park,” “Wichita Lineman,” “Up, Up and Away

Moderator: Dee Dee Myers, Former White House Press Secretary, political and media analyst, and Managing Director at the Glover Park Group


Tuesday, February 25th
Ribbon-cutting: 11:00am – Noon
Panel discussion: 2:00 – 3:30pm


Library of Congress, Jefferson Building – Ribbon-cutting: Madison Hall
10 First Street, SE, Washington, DC – Panel: Coolidge Auditorium

Event is open to the public. To attend the event, get more information or to schedule interviews with Paul Williams or Jimmy Webb, please contact Will Nevius at wnevius@gpgdc.com or 202-295-0137. 

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Since 1914, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) has sought 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. With 700,000 members representing more than 11.5 million copyrighted works, ASCAP is the only American performing rights organization (PRO) owned and governed by its writer and publisher members. www.ascap100.com