April 14, 2016

The ASCAP Foundation Announces Inauguration of The Paul Williams "Loved the Liner Notes" Award

Foundation President and Award-Winning Songwriter Williams Establishes Award As Part of Annual Deems Taylor/ Virgil Thomson Program

Paul Williams

ASCAP and ASCAP Foundation President Paul Williams

NEW YORK, April 14, 2016 -- The ASCAP Foundation today announced the inauguration of the Paul Williams “Loved the Liner Notes” Award as part of the annual Deems Taylor/ Virgil Thomson Awards for outstanding writing on the subject of music.  Williams, President of The ASCAP Foundation and ASCAP, will fund the award and suggested the name because of his personal affinity for liner notes and the connection they create for the fan with the music.

“Liner notes have the remarkable power to give the music fan an instant tactile, emotional connection to the album and its music,” said Williams. “It’s a chance to ponder words, music, meanings, and appreciate all the talents that go into making a great record. There is much honor in recognizing that contribution. And with more people buying music on vinyl again, liner notes have gained renewed attention from music fans the world over. Long live the liner notes!”

The Deems Taylor/ Virgil Thomson Awards recognize books, articles and liner notes on the subject of music, selected for their excellence.  They were established in 1967 to honor the memory of composer, critic and commentator Deems Taylor, who died in 1966 after a distinguished career that included six years as President of ASCAP. In 2014 the Awards were renamed to also honor the memory of Virgil Thomson (1896 – 1989), one of the leading American composers and critics of the 20th Century, and a former member of the ASCAP board of directors. The 48th ASCAP Foundation Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Awards are made possible by a generous grant from the Virgil Thomson Foundation.

Submissions for the awards are being accepted through May 31, 2016.  Competition guidelines can be found here. http://www.ascap.com/music-career/support/deems-taylor-guidelines.aspx

About The ASCAP Foundation

Founded in 1975, The ASCAP Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to supporting American music creators and encouraging their development through music education, talent development and humanitarian programs. Included in these are songwriting workshops, grants, scholarships, awards, recognition and community outreach programs. The ASCAP Foundation is supported by contributions from ASCAP members and from music lovers throughout the United States. www.ascapfoundation.org

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Cathy Halgas Nevins


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