The ASCAP London Music Awards First Ever Virtual Event Unites the UK’s Hottest Songwriters and Composers for Two Days Across Social Media

October 23, 2020

Steve Mac Honoured with Five Awards Including Song of the Year, Top EDM Song and Top Streaming Song for “Happier”


PRS Receives Special Honour for All Winning Songs and Scores and as Global Innovators in Performing Rights


Film Score of the Year Goes to John Lunn for Downton Abbey


LONDON, 23 October 2020 – For the very first time, the ASCAP London Music Awards 2020 took place as a virtual event, taking over various digital platforms on 21 and 22 October under the hashtag #ASCAPAwards. The massively successful event united songwriters and composers from the world of pop, EDM, film and TV who were delighted to recognize each other’s achievements, especially in a year where their community has been unable to meet up.


Exclusive photos and videos from the winners were shared via @ASCAPLondon on Instagram. A complete list of winners can be found on the ASCAP website:


Highlights from the awards included:


· Winning a massive five awards, Steve Mac accepted his honours, commenting: “Thank you so much ASCAP for this award for Song of the Year, Top EDM Song and Top Streaming Song. It really does mean a lot to me. 2019 had so many big songs out, so to win this is a real honour. Of course, I want to thank Dan Smith and Bastille for that amazing voice and his amazing writing talent and also Marshmello for finishing it off and doing such an amazing job. Universal Publishing — Jody, Mike, Darryl Watts — thank you so much, my management David Howells, Nicki L’Amy. And of course last but not least, anyone who played this record. Thank you so much.” (LINK)


·  Samuel Gray, who received a Winning EDM Song Award for “Takeaway” (Chainsmokers & ILLENIUM ft. Lennon Stella), unboxed his award from Nashville saying: “Wow, this is a really special moment. I think this is the first ever award I have ever received…  right, I’m sleeping with this tonight! Thank you so much London ASCAP and Chainsmokers for cutting our song ‘Takeaway’ — it means so much to me. It was such an awesome session writing the tune. I never thought it would be something as big as it has been, so thank you so much for shipping this to me ASCAP – love you guys, thank you.” (LINK)


· The xx’s Romy Madley Croft shared a photo of herself with her Winning EDM Song Award for Silk City & Dua Lipa’s global smash hit “Electricity.” Diplo added to the proceedings by resharing the photo and asking his 5.8 million followers “Did you guys know Romy wrote this with us?” (PHOTO IN HIGHLIGHT REEL)


· John Lunn celebrated his Film Score of the Year win for Downton Abbey in unique style, with a little video exclaiming: “Film Score of The Year! – Thank you so much ASCAP, I am very very very honoured, in fact I’m so honoured I think it deserves a…” [bangs gong] (LINK)


· Sincere thanks from composer Anne Dudley who won a Top Film Award for The Hustle: “Thank you very much to ASCAP for this award. The Hustle was a fun film to work on and Chris Addison was a delight as a director, so to win an award for it is the icing on the proverbial cake. Composers spend a lot of time working alone and these ASCAP dinners have been a very nice opportunity to get together and have a gossip with others, so it’s a shame we can’t do that this year — but there’s always next year and in the meantime we should be sustained by music — and maybe some of that proverbial cake.” (LINK)


· Delivering a humorous acceptance with random masked appearances from kids, Ruth Barrett expressed gratitude for her Top Television Series Award for Victoria saying: “I wanted to celebrate this award from ASCAP London for Victoria, the top TV series award, which is amazing, thank you so much. Sometimes I got a bit stuck and had to work some seriously long hours... Somehow we got it all done so I just wanted to say thank you so much to everyone involved – all of the musicians and the producers of the show – it really was an amazing production to work on and thanks again to you, ASCAP.” (LINK)


· Tom Howe also collected a Top Television Series Award for action-comedy drama Whiskey Cavalier commenting: “Thank you ASCAP, that means a lot. I absolutely loved working on this show. I grew up on a diet of Bond and Mission: Impossible and working on this show was a dream come true, getting to channel all of those stars. I also had a great time working with my great friend and co-composer Harry Gregson-Williams, which is always a lot of fun and I just wanted to say thank you to ASCAP for making us all still feel part of the wider community. These events and award shows are always a highlight of the year and getting to catch up with fellow colleagues… this year has obviously been a strange one, but it is great that we are all still able to celebrate together. Anyway thank you ASCAP for that and I can’t wait to see you next year. We are obviously going to have to party twice as hard.” (LINK)


· PRS for Music Chief Executive Officer Andrea C. Martin extended thanks for their special honour for all of the PRS winning songs and scores, as well as for their work as global innovators in performing rights, saying, “It is a huge honour for me to accept this ASCAP special award on behalf of PRS for Music. This award recognizes the consistent creative brilliance of the PRS members… The challenge of 2020 has reminded us all how important it is to be part of the community and the need for flexibility and innovation in how we grow. I am so proud of the way in which we at PRS have adapted over this year to support our members all over the globe in these difficult times…. Thank you to the whole PRS team and to the Members’ Council for their commitment. Finally, my thanks to ASCAP. For over 100 years you have been a strong partner and voice in our global community. Thank you.” (LINK)


· In a special video greeting to this year’s ASCAP London Music Awards winners, ASCAP Chairman of the Board and President Paul Williams said: “While we’re all separated right now, you are helping us to stay connected. We’ve watched and listened as you’ve found innovative new ways to collaborate with each other and reach out to your listeners on both sides of the pond, and around the world. Your creativity — your ability to take what’s inside your hearts and minds and transform it into music that can connect with millions of people — that’s a superpower. We need your gifts now, perhaps more than ever.” (LINK)


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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Doug Wright, LD Communications