February 26, 2014

ASCAP to Honor fun. with Vanguard Award at 31st Annual Pop Music Awards

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New York, NY, February 26, 2014: The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) will honor Grammy Award-winning band fun. with the ASCAP Vanguard Award during its 31st annual Pop Music Awards. The invitation-only gala will take place on Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014 at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles, California. The awards ceremony will also celebrate the songwriters and publishers of ASCAP's most performed pop songs of 2013.

The ASCAP Vanguard Award recognizes the impact of musical genres that help shape the future of American music. Past ASCAP Vanguard Award honorees include The All-American Rejects, Arcade Fire, Band of Horses, Beastie Boys, Beck, Björk, Diplo, Jack Johnson, The Killers, Modest Mouse and The Strokes.

On receiving the ASCAP Vanguard Award, Nate Ruess of fun. commented: “Just got word we are receiving the ASCAP Vanguard Award. Look it up. Very, very flattering to be in the company of such incredible past winners like The Strokes, NIN and Beck! Songwriting is something we take (for the most part) very seriously, so thanks ASCAP!”

The 31st annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards precedes the 9th annual ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO, a three-day conference dedicated to songwriting and composing. The EXPO will take place April 24th-26th, 2014 at the Loews Hollywood Hotel, in Los Angeles, CA. Earlier this month, hitmaker Dr. Luke was announced as the EXPO’s first Keynote panelist. A wide range of music creator and industry panelists will be announced soon. For more details and to register, please visit www.ascap.com/expo.

fun. is the Grammy Award-winning band made up of Nate Ruess, Andrew Dost and Jack Antonoff. Formed in 2008, fun. released their debut album, Aim & Ignite, in August 2009, receiving positive reviews from music critics and fans alike. But it was their sophomore album, Some Nights, which earned the band two Grammys for Best New Artist and Song of the Year for the album’s first single, the endlessly catchy and anthemic “We Are Young” featuring fellow ASCAP Vanguard Award recipient Janelle Monáe. “We Are Young” reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in March of 2012, marking the first time a multi-member rock band had a #1 Billboard debut on the Hot 100 in over a decade. “We Are Young” has since been certified five-times platinum by the RIAA, and it has become the first song to log seven weeks of 300,000 or more in digital sales. The song also earned fun. the 2013 ASCAP Song of the Year award at the 30th annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards. Bolstered by the massive global success of “We Are Young,” as well as the 4x platinum title track, “Some Nights” and 2x platinum song “Carry On,” Some Nights debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200 and has since been certified platinum.

ASCAP will also honor the songwriters and publishers of the most performed songs of 2013 at the 31st annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards. Top awards will be given out for Songwriter of the Year, Song of the Year and Publisher of the Year.

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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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