Sundance ASCAP Music Café Presents 20th Anniversary Lineup with Performances by Michael Franti, Brett Dennen, Mr Hudson, Ruelle, Ethan Gruska, Striking Matches and More at 2018 Sundance Film Festival

January 8, 2018

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NEW YORK, Jan. 8, 2018: ASCAP, The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, the world leader in performing rights and advocacy for music creators, announces its music lineup for the Sundance ASCAP Music Café at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. The 20th annual Sundance ASCAP Music Café – running during the daytime from January 19-26 – presents a vibrant roster of renowned and up-and-coming artists and songwriters, specially curated by ASCAP for the Sundance Film Festival. In addition, an invitation-only ASCAP Composer-Filmmaker Cocktail Party takes place on Tuesday, January 23, where filmmakers and music creators will meet to make the kinds of connections that happen only at the Sundance Film Festival.

ASCAP Assistant Vice President and Sundance ASCAP Music Café producer Loretta Muñoz commented: “ASCAP is proud to celebrate our 20th year of spotlighting music’s essential role in the art of filmmaking at the Sundance ASCAP Music Café. We have always shared the Sundance Film Festival's dedication to discovering and supporting great art and those who create it. Since the Music Café's inception, we have been privileged to introduce many of our favorite ASCAP songwriters to an audience of top filmmakers at the Music Café, and hosted brilliant performances by Patti Smith, Chris Stapleton, Flying Lotus, St. Vincent, Neil Young, and Jon Batiste and Stay Human among so many others. Two decades have simply flown by!"

The Sundance ASCAP Music Café will be located at Rich Haines Galleries (751 Main Street, Park City, UT) and is open to all Festival credential holders (21 and older). Performances begin each day at 2:00pm. Featured performers at the 2018 Sundance ASCAP Music Café include: Madison Cunningham, Dark Rooms, Darren Criss, Jordan Davis, Brett Dennen, Ben Dickey & Charlie Sexton (from the film Blaze), Elliot Root, Michael Franti, Ethan Gruska, Mr Hudson, Anthony Ramos, Ruelle, Striking Matches, The Score and NewSong Competition winner Crys Matthews. A special “CMA Songwriters Series” lineup on January 25 and 26 will include new Big Loud Records artist Jillian Jacqueline and award-winning songwriters, Steven Lee Olsen and Tenille Townes.

To view a complete schedule of performances and hear the music of Café artists, visit ascap.com/sundance. For the latest information on ASCAP events at the Sundance Film Festival, as well as on-site coverage, follow ASCAP on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and through the event hashtag, #ASCAPMusicCafe.

The ASCAP Composer-Filmmaker Cocktail Party
On the evening of Tuesday, January 23, ASCAP hosts the ASCAP Composer-Filmmaker Cocktail Party. This is an invite-only, after-show celebration held at the Sundance ASCAP Music Café. The private event is for Festival filmmakers, ASCAP film composers, Sundance ASCAP Music Café artists and music supervisors. Festival filmmakers and film composers who are interested in attending may contact filmtv@ascap.com for further details.

Music in Film
The 2018 Sundance Film Festival includes many films and audio/visual projects that prominently feature the music of ASCAP's composer and songwriter members. ASCAP composers and foreign affiliates who have scored Festival films and audio/visual projects this year include: Hans Zimmer (Believer, Masters of the Sun), John Debney (Beirut), Pedro Bromfman (End of the Line),  Jóhann Jóhannsson (Mandy), Blair Brothers (This Close), Anne Nikitin (American Animals), Nathan Halpern (The Rider, Night Comes On, Minding the Gap, Search), Danny Bensi (Kailash), Roger Goula (The Last Race), Patrick Jonsson (On Her Shoulders, Fry Up), Howard Shore (The Catcher Was a Spy), Paul Saunderson (Three Identical Strangers), Michael Yezerski (Blindspotting, Mr Inbetween), Dickon Hinchliffe (Burden, Leave No Trace, Yardie), Julian Wass (The Miseducation of Cameron Post), Peter Raeburn (Nancy), Merrill Garbus (Sorry to Bother You), Boots Riley (Sorry to Bother You), Ariel Marx (The Tale, Hair Wolf), David Lang (Wildlife), Karim Sebastian Elias (Of Fathers and Sons), Ishai Adar (Shirkers), Dan Jones (Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist), Csaba Kalotás (A Woman Captured), Ahmet Kenan Bilgic (Butterflies), Andrew Orkin (Dead Pigs), Caspar Hesselager (The Guilty), Martin Dirkov (Holiday), Giorgio Giampà (Time Share aka Tiempo Compartido), Stella Mozgawa (Clara’s Ghost), Torin Borrowdale (Search), Nick Zammuto (We the Animals), Ian Hultquist (Assassination Nation), Roger Neill (A Kid Like Jake), Thomas Adès (Colette), Marc Streitenfeld (Come Sunday), Gabriel Yared (The Happy Prince), Steven Price (Ophelia), Danny Mulhern (What They Had), Jacques Brautbar (Bad Reputation), Jackson Greenberg (The Game Changers), Jonathan Kirkscey (Won’t You Be My Neighbor), Chris Willis (The Death of Stalin), Ophir Leibovitch (Foxtrot), Amit Poznansky (Foxtrot), Matthew James Kelly (I Am Not a Witch), David Tobin (Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken!), Cody Westheimer (Halfway There), Titanic Sinclair (I'm Poppy), Gordon Bash (The Mortified Guide), Leonardo Heiblum (Aria), Hans Appelqvist (The Burden), Alies Sluiter (Garfield), Darko Rundek (Hedgehog's Home), Scott Thorough (LaZercism), Terence Dunn (Manivald), Curtis Heath (Maude), Adam Arcuragi (Men Don't Whisper), David Boman (Wyrm), Adam Taylor (I Think We’re Alone Now), Anna Meredith (Eighth Grade), Patrick Watson (Anote’s Ark), Paradox Paradise (The Cleaners), Max Richter (Genesis 2.0), Francois Jolin (The Oslo Diaries), The Presidential Band (Our New President), Gisli Galdur (And Breathe Normally), Troy Herion (306 Hollywood), Andrew Hung (An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn, Tropical Cop Tales), Ed Harcourt (The Sun Ladies VR), Jason Sweeney (Summation of Force), Nima Fakhrara (I Am a Hero), Colin Stetson (Hereditary), Gingger Shankar (Akicita: The Battle of Standing Rock), Holy Ghost! (Chef Flynn), Adam Dorn (Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind), Lorne Balfe (Studio 54), Jim Williams (Beast), Jonny Greenwood (You Were Never Really Here), Joshua Abrams (America to Me), Takatsugu Muramatsu (Lu Over the Wall), Bruno Coulais (White Fang), Fatima Dunn (Intimity), Ali Helnwein (Nevada), Antonio Quiroga Waldthaler ([O]).

About the Sundance Film Festival®
The Sundance Film Festival has introduced global audiences to some of the most groundbreaking films of the past three decades, including Boyhood, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Fruitvale Station, Whiplash, Brooklyn, 20 Feet From Stardom, Life Itself, The Cove, The End of the Tour, Blackfish, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, Super Size Me, Dope, Little Miss Sunshine, sex, lies, and videotape, Reservoir Dogs, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, An Inconvenient Truth, Precious and Napoleon Dynamite. The Festival is a program of the non-profit Sundance Institute®. 2017 Festival sponsors include: Presenting Sponsors – Acura, SundanceTV and Chase Sapphire®; Leadership Sponsors – Adobe, Amazon Studios, AT&T, DIRECTV, Dropbox, Omnicom, Stella Artois® and YouTube; Sustaining Sponsors – Canada Goose, Canon U.S.A., Inc., Dell, Francis Ford Coppola Winery, GEICO, Grey Goose Vodka, High West Distillery, IMDbPro, Lyft, Unity Technologies and the University of Utah Health; and Media Sponsors - Los Angeles Times, The New York Times and Variety. Sundance Institute recognizes critical support from the Utah Governor's Office of Economic Development, and the State of Utah as Festival Host State. The support of these organizations helps offset the Festival's costs and sustains the Institute's year-round programs for independent artists. Look for the Official Sponsor seal at their venues at the Festival. sundance.org/festival.

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 more than 640,000 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 www.ascap.com, Twitter and Instagram @ASCAP and on Facebook.

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