Composers Jon Batiste and Sharon Farber Newly Elected to ASCAP Board of Directors
March 25, 2021
NEW YORK, March 25, 2021– Composers Jon Batiste and Sharon Farber have been newly elected to the Board of Directors of ASCAP, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, it was announced today by ASCAP President and Chairman of the Board Paul Williams. They will each serve a two-year term beginning April 1st, 2021.
ASCAP is the only US performing rights organization created and governed by its writer and publisher members with a Board of Directors elected by and from the membership every two years.
ASCAP President and Chairman of the Board Paul Williams said: "We welcome Jon Batiste and Sharon Farber to the ASCAP Board, both elected by their peers to represent them. It is both a privilege and a great responsibility to serve on the ASCAP Board and I know I speak for the entire Board when I say that we welcome Jon’s and Sharon’s insights and expertise. We appreciate their willingness to serve and to do the serious work of the Board in guiding ASCAP and protecting our members.”
Jon Batiste, acclaimed musician and screen composer, and bandleader and music director of the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, said: “These are the days that music was made for. In this time when we’re facing challenges globally, locally and internally, our artistry has an essential role. The pure expression of a melody, a lyric or a rhythm can impact a person on a level that nothing else can. How we choose to actualize that potential is our responsibility. It’s the ultimate calling of the artist living today to discover a reason to create, beyond self-aggrandizement. If we aren’t seeking that higher purpose, we’re just making noise. I am humbled to serve our community of music creators as part of the ASCAP Board and to grow together as we take steps toward the eternity that can exist in the wake of our musical vibrations.”
Sharon Farber, acclaimed film, TV and concert music composer, said: “A great deal of effort goes into composing every film score, song, concert piece and video game score. Most people are not aware of the time and dedication this important work requires. I believe that music creators should be protected and compensated fairly for their art. Our voices need to be heard, and as a composer who’s immersed in both the media and concert worlds, I welcome the responsibility that being an ASCAP Board member demands. I will work hard to bring every writer’s voice to the forefront, and further broaden the diverse Board representation for this great organization.”
In addition to Paul Williams, the writer members who were re-elected in the at-large field are: Writer Vice Chair composer Dan Foliart; composer Richard Bellis; composer Bruce Broughton; songwriter/producer Desmond Child; songwriter/composer Michelle Lewis; composer/producer Marcus Miller; songwriter Jimmy Webb; and composer Doug Wood. Composer Alex Shapiro was re-elected in the Symphonic and Concert field.
The publisher directors re-elected in the at-large field are: Publisher Vice Chair Irwin Z. Robinson, Cromwell Music, Inc.; Caroline Bienstock, Bienstock Publishing Co.; Peter Brodsky, Sony Music Publishing; Barry Coburn, Ten Ten Music Group; Keith Hauprich, BMG US; Laurent Hubert, Kobalt; Dean Kay, Lichelle Music Company; Evan Lamberg, Universal Music Publishing Group; Leeds Levy, Leeds Music; Carianne Marshall, Warner Chappell Music; and Mary Megan Peer, peermusic. James M. Kendrick, European American Music, was re-elected in the Symphonic and Concert field.
About Jon Batiste
One of the best-known musicians of his generation, virtuoso pianist, singer, bandleader, educator and television personality Jon Batiste has spent his career bringing that music back to where it started — that is, with the people. He has collaborated with legends from Wynton Marsalis to Prince, as well as many of the artists who appear on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, where he has served as bandleader and MD since 2015. Batiste has performed at marquee events ranging from the Grammys to the Kennedy Center Honors to the NBA All-Star Game, and has recorded prolifically since his teens – including two albums nominated for this year’s Grammys, and his brand new “black pop” album WE ARE, released March 19, 2021. An acclaimed screen composer, Batiste recently earned a Golden Globe Award and an Oscar nomination for co-writing the score for Disney/Pixar’s Soul. Batiste also currently serves as the Music Director of The Atlantic and the Co-Artistic Director of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem. Batiste is devoted to the education and mentorship of young musicians. He has led his own Social Music Residency and Mentoring Program sponsored by Chase, as well as master classes and cultural exchanges throughout the world. His composing and songwriting will be featured in his large-scale, genre-melding symphonic work "American Symphony," set to premiere at Carnegie Hall in 2021, and he has been developing a Broadway musical about the life of famed painter Jean-Michel Basquiat.
About Sharon Farber
Sharon Farber is an acclaimed film, TV and concert music composer. An alumna of ASCAP’s Film Scoring Workshop, she is also a member of the Executive Committees of both the Motion Picture and Television Academies, a four-time Emmy Award nominee, the winner of the 2013 Society of Composers & Lyricists Award for Outstanding Work in the Art of Film Music, and the Vice President of the Alliance for Women Film Composers. Farber started her career orchestrating and composing additional music for the late, famed composer Shirley Walker, who greatly inspired her. Since then, she has worked with networks and cable broadcasters like NBC, CBS, Showtime and the WB as well as writing music for feature films and the concert stage. In the concert music world, Farber has many national and international credits to her name. One of her recent projects, “I’m Standing with You,” which she arranged and co-produced (with Director Gev Miron) for coronavirus relief, in collaboration with 12-time Oscar nominee and iconic songwriter Diane Warren and the United Nations, features 17 lead singers from virtually every continent and 160 singers and instrumentalists.
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 800,000 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 www.ascap.com, on Twitter and Instagram @ASCAP and on Facebook.
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Cathy Halgas Nevins, ASCAP
cnevins (at) ascap.com