May 12, 2014

ASCAP Writer Members Invited to Vote for Inaugural ASCAP Composers' Choice Awards

Awards for Best ASCAP Film Score and Best ASCAP TV Composer of 2013 to be Presented at 29th Annual ASCAP Film & Television Music Awards

New York, NY, May 12, 2014: In continuation of the full-year celebration of ASCAP’s 100th Birthday, ASCAP’s Film & Television Department will bestow its inaugural Composers’ Choice Awards at the 2014 ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards, to be held on Wednesday, June 25th, 2014.

For the first time in ASCAP awards show history, the performing rights organization is opening up the voting process to all ASCAP writer members. Between now and May 31st, ASCAP writers can select their favorite ASCAP film score and TV composer of 2013 from the nominees in two categories, hand-picked by a select group of professional composers and film/TV industry leaders.

ASCAP Vice President of Film & TV / Visual Media Shawn LeMone commented: "For years, ASCAP composers have asked for an award based on artistic merit, and voted on by their peers. ASCAP's 100th birthday is the perfect time to inaugurate the Composers' Choice Award and celebrate the incredible work of ASCAP composers working in film and TV."

The nominated ASCAP scores and composers are: 

BEST ASCAP FILM SCORE OF 2013

  • Years a Slave – Hans Zimmer
  • All Is Lost – Alex Ebert
  • Gravity – Steven Price
  • Oblivion – Anthony Gonzalez (M83) and Joseph Trapanese
  • Rush – Hans Zimmer

BEST ASCAP TV COMPOSER OF 2013

  • Sean Callery (Bones, Elementary, Homeland)
  • Alf Clausen (The Simpsons)
  • James Levine (American Horror Story, Glee, Rizzoli & Isles)
  • Bear McCreary (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Da Vinci's Demons, The Walking Dead)
  • Dave Porter (The Blacklist, Breaking Bad, Red Widow)

The last day to vote is Saturday, May 31st. Winners will be announced during the ASCAP Film & Television Awards ceremony on Wednesday, June 25th, 2014.

ASCAP writer members can cast their vote now by visiting ascap.com/2014composerschoice.

About ASCAP
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 680,000 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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