Multi-Platinum Hitmaker Desmond Child to be Honored with Prestigious ASCAP Founders Award at 2018 ASCAP Pop Music Awards in Los Angeles April 23

March 26, 2018

Photo Credit: Michael Hull

2018 Marks Child’s 40th Year as an ASCAP Member

NEW YORK, March 26, 2018 — ASCAP (the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) will present Grammy Award winner and Songwriters Hall of Fame Inductee Desmond Child with its prestigious ASCAP Founders Award at the 35th annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards in Los Angeles on April 23, 2018. From Aerosmith to Zedd, Child’s genre-defying collaborations include some of pop’s biggest hits over the last five decades including classics like “Livin’ On A Prayer,” “You Give Love A Bad Name,” “I Was Made For Lovin’ You,” “Dude (Looks Like A Lady),” “Livin’ La Vida Loca,” “I Hate Myself For Loving You,” “Poison,” “Waking Up In Vegas” and “Beautiful Now.”  

Celebrating his 40th anniversary as a member of ASCAP, Child has penned over eighty Top 40 hits (rock, pop, Latin and country) and serves as the Chairman/CEO of the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame. “… Mr. Child is one of the most successful songwriters of the last 30 years.” - The New York Times.

His autobiography, LIVIN’ ON A PRAYER: BIG SONGS BIG LIFE co-written with David Ritz, is scheduled for release this fall.

“Desmond is one of the most respected and successful songwriters in the world,” said ASCAP President Paul Williams. “His unique ability to capture the essence of our lives through song — whether we're livin' la vida loca or livin' on a prayer — is simply unequaled. We are honored to present Desmond with the ASCAP Founders Award in recognition of his towering achievements. With #1 hits spanning five decades now, Desmond surely has many more milestones still to come."

Child’s peers also are some of his biggest fans. KISS’ Gene Simmons once said, “Desmond is the perfect songwriter. Neither styles in music nor trends and fads have ever held him back from doing what he does best, which is craft a song like nobody else.” Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler said, “The guy’s a f**king genius!” Reflecting on Child, longtime collaborator Jon Bon Jovi has said, “The Desmond you don’t know about is the one who not only taught me the next level of songwriting but so many of the true aspects of friendship: truth, honor, and loyalty.”

This month, Desmond launched a new performance series “An Evening With Desmond Child” directed by Richard Jay-Alexander to rave reviews. Broadway World said, “There are many people who try to rock and pop...but Desmond Child is the REAL DEAL.” The sold-out, three night premiere engagement at Feinstein’s/54 Below in New York City featured the original members of his hit band, Desmond Child & Rouge including Maria Vidal, Myriam Valle and Diana Grasselli.

The ASCAP Founders Award goes to pioneering ASCAP songwriters who made exceptional contributions to music by inspiring and influencing their creative community. Each songwriter is a musical innovator with a unique style of creative genius. Past recipients including Sir Paul McCartney, Burt Bacharach, Hal David, Stevie Wonder, Tom Petty, Patti Smith, James Taylor, Smokey Robinson, Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler & Joe Perry, Billy Joel, Neil Young, Steely Dan’s Donald Fagen and Walter Becker, Carly Simon and Heart’s Ann and Nancy Wilson to name a few.

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About Desmond Child

For five decades, Desmond Child’s songwriting and/or production credits have appeared on high-profile projects by artists such as Bon Jovi, KISS, Aerosmith, Cher, Alice Cooper, Meat Loaf, Katy Perry, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Selena Gomez, Sia, Mickey Mouse, Kermit The Frog and many more. Having grown up in Miami Beach, Florida, his first big break came with the group Desmond Child & Rouge which was formed in New York City while attending N.Y.U. The group recorded two albums for Capitol Records, and their first single “Our Love Is Insane” became a dance club classic. He soon focused on his songwriting and was recruited by KISS’ Paul Stanley to pen songs for their Dynasty album. That affiliation led to Child joining the Bon Jovi songwriting team for some of their biggest hits, including “Livin’ On A Prayer”, “You Give Love A Bad Name” and “Bad Medicine,” that set up his work with Aerosmith on a handful of hits like “Dude (Looks Like A Lady),” “Angel,” “What It Takes,” and “Crazy.” Throughout the ’80s, additional artists such as Alice Cooper (“Poison”), Joan Jett (“I Hate Myself for Loving You”), Michael Bolton (“How Can We Be Lovers”), and Cher (“Just Like Jesse James,” “We All Sleep Alone,” “Save Up All Your Tears,” etc.) kept Child at the top of the charts, and in the late ’90s, his songwriting collaboration with Draco Rosa for Ricky Martin gave the pair the modern standard “Livin’ La Vida Loca” as well as the international hit “The Cup Of Life” that charted #1 in 22 countries. Child was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2008 and became Chairman/CEO of the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2012. His autobiography, LIVIN’ ON A PRAYER: BIG SONGS BIG LIFE (co-written with David Ritz) will be released this year.

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 16 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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