December 03, 2015

ASCAP President and Chairman Paul Williams Honored by Association of Independent Music Publishers (AIMP) on Dec. 2

AIMP award

ASCAP President Paul Williams and AIMP NY Chapter Executive Director Caroline Bienstock

NEW YORK, Dec. 3, 2015 -- ASCAP President & Chairman Paul Williams was honored with the 2015 Association of Independent Music Publishers (AIMP) Indie Award for his accomplishments and years of service to the music community.  The presentation was made by AIMP NY Chapter Executive Director (and Carlin America CEO) Caroline Bienstock at the AIMP NY Chapter Holiday Party on December 2nd at the Princeton Club in New York City.

Songwriter, singer, actor and recovery advocate Paul Williams has served as ASCAP President and Chairman of the Board since 2009.  He is the recipient of an Academy Award, two Golden Globes and three Grammy Awards and is an inductee of the Songwriters Hall of Fame.  His songs include “We’ve Only Just Begun,” “An Old-Fashioned Love Song,” “Rainy Days and Mondays” and “The Rainbow Connection.”  Williams received a 2013 Grammy Album of the Year Award for his contributions to the Daft Punk album, Random Access Memories.  This year, Williams was recognized with the Ivor Novello – PRS for Music Special International Award, and with a World Soundtrack Award for “The Apology Song” in the animated film, The Book of Life.  As President & Chairman of ASCAP, Williams is a tireless advocate for the rights of music creators.  He also co-authored a best-selling book, Gratitude and Trust:  Recovery is Not Just for Addicts, with Tracey Jackson, published in 2014.

Commenting on the award to Williams, Caroline Bienstock said, “Paul Williams is one of the most universally-loved individuals in our industry, a true activist on behalf of creators and copyright holders, and a unique talent who has created a large body of timeless songs.  The Association of Independent Music Publishers is delighted to recognize his accomplishments and passionate leadership as an advocate for creators.”

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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Cathy Halgas Nevins, ASCAP