May 16, 2016

Monica, Brett James, Brian McNight, Desmond Child, MoZella, Priscilla Renea, Randy Goodrum & Jennifer Higdon To Perform At The ASCAP Foundation “We Write The Songs” Event At Library Of Congress On May 17

WASHINGTON, DC, May 16, 2016 – On Tuesday, May 17, The ASCAP Foundation and The Library of Congress will jointly present the eighth annual “We Write the Songs” event at the historic Coolidge Auditorium in The Library of Congress in Washington, DC. The evening celebrates the gift by The ASCAP Foundation to the Library of Congress of the original manuscripts, lead sheets, lyrics sheets, photos and letters of some of America’s greatest creators of words and music.

The evening will be hosted by ASCAP Foundation President Paul Williams, and will include performances by several of ASCAP's leading songwriter and composer members who are donating original materials to The ASCAP Collection at the Library of Congress. Performers at the event will include Desmond Child (“Livin’ On A Prayer”); Randy Goodrum (“Bluer Than Blue”); Jennifer Higdon (“Our Beautiful Country” from Cold Mountain); Brett James (“Something in the Water”); Brian McKnight (“Back at One”); Monica (“Before You Walked Out of My Life”), MoZella (“Wrecking Ball”) and Priscilla Renea (Somethin' Bad").

“We Write the Songs” has become a Washington tradition and an “exclusive” ticket for legislative and cultural dignitaries, as the event is not open to the public. More than 40 Members of Congress crowded Coolidge Auditorium for an evening of classic songs and stories at the 2015 event.  

The ASCAP Collection at the Library of Congress has been established to preserve the history of music and create a repository for video and audio materials, photos, scores, documents and artifacts. Each is relevant to the rich history of the institution of ASCAP and its members as contributors to American culture. Some archival materials record the day-to-day workings of ASCAP; others provide insights into the life and music of individual members of ASCAP. By placing The ASCAP Collection at the Library of Congress, historians, students and members of the public have access to this valuable trove of musical history.

The event takes place the evening before ASCAP’s “Stand with Songwriters” Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill. On Wednesday, May 18, many of the “We Write the Songs” songwriters and composers will meet personally with legislators to urge them to reform music licensing regulations to reflect the realities of today’s music marketplace.

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.


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