Joel Beckerman and Rudy PĂ©rez Elected as New Writer Members to ASCAP Board Of Directors

October 10, 2017

NEW YORK, Oct. 10, 2017 – The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), the world leader in performing rights and advocacy for music creators, announced today that Joel Beckerman and Rudy Pérez have been elected as new writer members to the ASCAP Board of Directors. 

“ASCAP is the only member-run US performing rights organization, with a Board made up solely of writers and publishers,” said ASCAP President and Chairman of the Board Paul Williams. “In tackling the challenges of today’s music creators, the ASCAP Board of Directors takes its responsibility very seriously. We welcome Joel Beckerman and Rudy Pérez to the Board and know that we can rely on their individual knowledge and experiences as we work together to build a stronger, more secure future for ASCAP members.” 

Pérez said, “It is an incredible privilege to be elected to the ASCAP Board, and I am grateful to have the opportunity to serve my fellow songwriters and composers in this way. So much is at stake during this time of change in the music industry, but I am confident that, by working with my esteemed fellow Board members, we will find solutions that will move us all forward.”

Beckerman said, “It’s an honor to be named by my colleagues to the ASCAP Board. I’m excited to join the team to help accelerate the important work that is being done to build an even brighter future for music creators, publishers and our audiences.”

Joel Beckerman is an award-winning composer, producer and the founder of Man Made Music – a strategic music and sound studio in New York and Los Angeles. Man Made is dedicated to impacting everyday experiences across entertainment, technology, spaces, products and devices for people everywhere. Beckerman has created original scores for over 50 television series and specials across major networks including CBS, ABC, FX, NBC, and A&E. As a television soundtrack producer, Beckerman has collaborated with a wide range of artists, songwriters and composers ranging from John Legend and John Williams to and the late James Horner. He and his team have also developed signature sonic identities for global giants such as Disney, AT&T, HBO, IMAX, Hulu and the Super Bowl on NBC. He is the co-author of THE SONIC BOOM: How Sound Transforms the Way We Think, Feel, and Buy, a treatise on the topic he calls “sonic humanism.” For his work, Fast Company magazine honored him as one of their “Most Creative People in Business 1000.” Beckerman has also received ASCAP's Most Performed Themes award for ten consecutive years. He is a former board member of the Society of Composers and Lyricists, and proud to have worked with fellow ASCAP board member Dan Foliart to establish the SCL in New York.

Rudy Pérez is an international songwriter, producer, arranger, entrepreneur and philanthropist.  During the last 30 years, he has composed over 1,000 songs, more than 300 of which have become #1 or top ten hits. He is a founder of the Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (LARAS), The Latin Grammys as well as co-founder of the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame.  Pérez has written and produced tracks for artists including Beyoncé, Julio Iglesias, Christina Aguilera, Il Divo, Natalie Cole, Michael Bolton, Luis Miguel, Jose Feliciano, Marc Anthony, Jon Secada, Cyndi Lauper, Luis Fonsi and more. He is the first Latin record producer to be named the Billboard Hot Latin Tracks Producer of the Year for four consecutive years, and has been recognized as ASCAP Latin Songwriter of the Year five times. In 2010, Billboard Magazine named Pérez Producer of the Decade for having more #1 and top 10 hits chart from 2000 to 2010 than any other Latin producer in the magazine’s history. Pérez has been called “the producer-songwriter with the Midas touch.” He has received over 500 gold and platinum album awards, and five Grammys with 19 Grammy nominations.

More information on the ASCAP Board of Directors can be found 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 more than 825,000 members representing more than 10 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. Learn more and stay in touch at, on Twitter and Instagram @ASCAP and on Facebook.

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Cathy Halgas Nevins