March 05, 2014

Composer Alex Shapiro Elected to ASCAP Board

Alex Shapiro

Alex Shapiro

New York, NY, March 5, 2014: ASCAP's Board of Directors has elected composer Alex Shapiro as a director, it was announced today by ASCAP President and Chairman Paul Williams. Shapiro was elected to fill the Symphonic & Concert seat held by Stephen Paulus, who is unable to serve the remainder of his term for health reasons.

Williams commented: "Alex has been a strong advocate for composers and all members of the creative community through work on ASCAP’s Symphonic & Concert Committee as well as many other organizations, where her deep knowledge of the contemporary music business informs her forward-thinking contributions. We are very grateful that she is able to serve as a member of the ASCAP Board, where she will continue the work of Stephen Paulus, who has been an outstanding Board member and voice for creators.”

Alex Shapiro’s extensive and diverse catalog is published by her company, Activist Music. Ms. Shapiro’s works are heard daily in performances and broadcasts across the U.S. and internationally, and can be found on over twenty commercially released CDs from around the world. In addition to her acoustic and electroacoustic chamber music, Alex is widely known for her groundbreaking electroacoustic pieces for symphonic wind band, and is considered a pioneer in the application of digital media in composition, and for innovative uses of social networks.

To learn more about Alex Shapiro, click here.

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.

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