ASCAP Reinvents 2020 Pop, Screen, Latin and Rhythm & Soul Music Awards with Innovative Virtual Celebrations to Recognize Top Songwriter, Composer and Publisher Members

May 28, 2020

Kicks Off June 17-18 with ASCAP Pop Music Awards

Social Media Events Invite Music Fans to Engage

NEW YORK, May 28, 2020 -- ASCAP, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, today announced it will honor the songwriters and publishers behind its most performed songs of the past year with four virtual celebrations for ASCAP Pop, Screen, Latin and Rhythm & Soul Music Award winners. Beginning in June and continuing through mid-July, the innovative format will, for the first time, allow more friends and fans to join the online festivities, with three days of dedicated content for each genre on ASCAP’s social media channels including livestreamed performances, special celebrity appearances, winner spotlights and interviews.

The ASCAP Virtual Awards will take place on the following dates:

  • ASCAP Pop Music Awards: June 17 - 18
  • ASCAP Screen Music Awards: June 23 - 25
  • ASCAP Latin Music Awards: July 7 - 9
  • ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards: July 15 - 17

"Our members are the heart and soul of ASCAP and every year we look forward to the chance to reunite in person and celebrate their outstanding contributions to music," said ASCAP Chairman of the Board and President Paul Williams. "Even though we can't be together in real life this time, we are so excited to honor them virtually so that we can all connect and share our collective love of music. We invite music fans everywhere to join us in toasting their music and what their creative work adds to our lives.”

The ASCAP Virtual Awards will feature exclusive photos, videos, acceptance speeches and more from some of ASCAP’s top members and publishers posted with the hashtag #ASCAPAwards to @ASCAP, @ASCAPScreen, @ASCAPUrban and @ASCAPLatino on Instagram as well as special programming as part of ASCAP Experience: Home Edition. Spotlight award show moments including Songwriter of the Year, Songwriter-Artist of the Year, Publisher of the Year, Independent Publisher of the Year and Song of the Year will remain major highlights during the online festivities. And ASCAP will unveil the winners of its annual Composers’ Choice Awards, which allow ASCAP composer members to vote for their top Film Score of the Year, TV Composer of the Year and Video Game Score of the Year.

Specific times, winners and additional program details will be announced in the future.

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 775,000 members representing more than 11.5 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, on Twitter and Instagram @ASCAP and on Facebook.

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CONTACT:

Cathy Halgas Nevins

cnevins (at) ascap.com