News: 2012

Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame Launch

As written by Justino Aquila in November 12th article:

A group of veteran music industry professionals have created the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame and will announce 24 nominees on Nov. 27, according to a spokesperson for the newly established nonprofit.

Dec 21

Chart Toppers: An Inspirational Evening

The Songwriters Hall of Fame, along with the Los Angeles-based GRAMMY Museum presented a Chart Toppers: Songwriters/Producers-in-the-Round event at the Museum’s Clive Davis Theater on Monday, October 15th. The event featured a stellar gathering of some of today’s top songwriter/producers speaking about their craft and the stories behind their hit…

Oct 23

Songwriters Hall of Fame 2013 Nominees For Induction Announced

New York, NY – October 11, 2012 – Jimmy Webb, Chairman of the Songwriters Hall of Fame has announced the slate of 2013 nominees for induction. The organization, which is dedicated to recognizing the work and lives of those composers and lyricists who create popular music around the world, holds…

Oct 11

Andy Williams: An Appreciation

By Jim Bessman

More than any other traditional pop music stand-up singer, Andy Williams managed to transcend the pre-rock ‘n’ roll era and have consistent quality hits through the musically and culturally turbulent 1960s.

He had the songs, of course, like his signature “Moon…

Sep 27

SHOF Mourns The Passing Of Chairman Emeritus Hal David

The Songwriters Hall of Fame lost a great friend, supporter and esteemed inductee today. 

“All of us associated with the Songwriters Hall of Fame mourn the passing of our Chairman Emeritus, Hal David,” commented SHOF Chairman Jimmy Webb. “Hal devoted more than a decade as Chairman and, under…

Sep 1

SHOF Mourns Inductee Marvin Hamlisch

The Songwriters Hall of Fame was saddened to learn of the passing of one of our esteemed inductees, Marvin Hamlisch, on Monday, August 6th.

“It is my sad duty to mark the untimely passing of the creator of some of America’s most substantial and immortal musical works,” said…

Aug 7

SHOF Mourns Frances W. Preston

The Board of Directors and members of the Songwriters Hall of Fame are mourning the passing of a great friend. Frances Preston was an esteemed and integral part of the Board for many years, and a champion of songwriters everywhere as long-time BMI President and CEO.

“On the…

Jun 13

Songhall Gala Presenters And Performers Announced

New York, NY – May 31, 2012 – Dave Grohl, Stevie Nicks, Kenny Rogers, Lyle Lovett, Meat Loaf, Emmylou Harris, Cheyenne Jackson, Constantine Maroulis, L.P., Jerry Moss and Take 6 have signed on to be either a presenter and/or performer at the 2012 Songwriters Hall of Fame Annual Induction and…

May 31

SHOF Chairman Jimmy Webb To Receive Prestigious Ivor Novello Award

Songwriters Hall of Fame Chairman Jimmy Webb will be the recipient of the 2012 prestigious Ivor Novello “Special International Award,” which he will be presented with in London on May 17th.

The Ivor Novello ‘Special International Award’ recognizes non-British writers and composers who have made an extraordinary contribution…

May 17

Chairman Emeritus Hal David Presented With Gershwin Prize For Popular Song

President Barack Obama honored SHOF Chairman Emeritus Hal David and Burt Bacharach on Wednesday night as “two kings of songwriting,” presenting them the nation’s highest prize for popular music at the White House.

The songwriting duo received the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song during a…

May 15

Songwriters-in-the-Round Guests Announced: Eric Bazilian, Claude Kelly and Jodi Marr

Eric Bazilian ("One Of Us”, “And We Danced,” “All You Zombies"), Claude Kelly ("Grenade," “My Life Would Suck Without You,” “Party In The USA") and Jodi Marr ("Grace Kelly”, “New York”, “Jaleo") will be the special guests at the Songwriters-In-The-Round event, co-sponsored by the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the…

May 10

Woody Guthrie To Receive Pioneer Award At Songwriters Hall Of Fame Gala

Previously Announced Inductees Include Gordon Lightfoot, Bob Seger, Don Schlitz, Harvey Schmidt & Tom Jones and Jim Steinman

New York, NY- May 1, 2012 – Woody Guthrie will be the recipient of the prestigious Pioneer Award, to be presented at the 43rd Annual Induction and Awards Dinner slated…

May 1

Dick Clark: An Appreciation

By Jim Bessman for The Examiner

That Dick Clark had unique stature in the music business was evident by the swift outpouring of tributes from all segments of an industry he did so much to shape for so many years.

“Dick Clark, a fellow Syracuse University…

Apr 19

Nile Rodgers: Heart And Soul

When attending events such as the Songwriters Hall of Fame Master Sessions at NYU, the evenings are always very special and intimate views of the craft of songwriting as told by the Masters themselves. There was the expectation that the event last night with guest Nile Rodgers would be of…

Apr 11

Bette Midler To Receive Prestigious Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award

Previously Announced Inductees Include Gordon Lightfoot, Bob Seger, Don Schlitz, Harvey Schmidt & Tom Jones and Jim Steinman

New York, NY – March 13, 2012 – Bette Midler will be the 2012 recipient of the esteemed Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award at the 43rd Annual Induction and Awards…

Mar 8

Songwriters Hall of Fame Announces 2012 Inductees

Gordon Lightfoot, Bob Seger, Don Schlitz, Harvey Schmidt & Tom Jones and Jim Steinman to be Inducted June 14th in NYC

New York, NY – February 21, 2012 – Musical geniuses Gordon Lightfoot, Bob Seger, Don Schlitz, Harvey Schmidt & Tom Jones and Jim Steinman will become the…

Mar 8

SHOF Mourns Robert Sherman

The Songwriters Hall of Fame was saddened to learn today of the passing of one of our esteemed inductees, Robert Sherman.

Renowned children’s film composers Richard and Robert Sherman have written some of the best-loved and most recognized songs in motion picture history. One of Disney’s most successful…

Mar 6

First Round of Featured Panelists for 7th ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO

Includes Carly Simon, Peter Frampton, and The Smeezingtons (Bruno Mars, Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine)

Discount pricing is available through the end of March.

ASCAP has announced the initial lineup of panelists and programming for the 7th annual ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO, taking place April 19-21,…

Mar 1

SESAC Honors Stellar Award Winners

Congratulations to SESAC affiliates VaShawn Mitchell (Artist of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Contemporary Male of the Year, Urban/Inspirational Single or Performance, Music Video-Short Format, Praise/Worship CD of the Year ), Bishop Paul Morton (Special Event CD of the Year) and Selah (Spoken Word CD) in their wins…

Feb 15

Hollywood Fetes ASCAP Composers

We’re deep into awards season, and the film and television music community is busy celebrating ASCAP composers at events honoring their contributions to the top films of 2011. ASCAP staff came out to support our talented composers and songwriters at a number of screenings and Q&A sessions run by the…

Feb 6

A Unique New Program is Established by the Bienstock Family

ASCAP/SHOF board member and CEO of Carlin America, Caroline Bienstock, along with her mother Miriam and brother Robert, COO of Carlin America, have established a unique new program, The ASCAP Foundation Freddy Bienstock Scholarship and Internship to honor the memory of publishing great, Freddy Bienstock.
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Feb 1

SESAC Composers Make Splash at Sundance Film Festival

SESAC composers will be showcasing new projects at the upcoming Sundance Film Festival to be held Jan. 19-29 in Park City, Utah.  Composer Jeff Beal will be premiering the documentary “The Queen Of Versailles” for which he composed music on the festival’s opening night.  Also making a prominent premiere at…

Jan 27

Seven ASCAP Members Nominated for Critics Choice Movie Awards

In the same week that the Golden Globe nominations were announced, the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) also revealed their nominees for the 17th annual Critics Choice Movie Awards. This year’s Golden Globe-nominated ASCAP members Trent Reznor, Howard Shore, Mary J. Blige, Harvey Mason, Jr. and Bernie Taupin were also…

Jan 19

BMI Acoustic Lounge - New York

Singer/songwriter showcase series featuring acoustic performances in an intimate setting as well as networking opportunities with other songwriters and BMI representatives at Pianos (158 Ludlow Street-between Stanton and Rivington, NYC) at 7:00 p.m.
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Jan 18

7th Annual Woody Guthrie Fellowship Program Opens

The opening of the 7th Annual Woody Guthrie Fellowship Program has been announced by Ralph N. Jackson, President of the BMI Foundation, Inc., and Nora Guthrie, Executive Director of the Woody Guthrie Archives (WGA) and Foundation. In recognition of the Woody Guthrie Centennial in 2012, the BMI Foundation, Inc., in…

Jan 11

ASCAP’s 10 Must-Read Career Development Articles from 2011

At ASCAP, we do more than just collect and distribute songwriter royalties - we also actively assist our members in advancing their music careers. Whether it’s through our many workshops and awards, industry showcases, or the conversations we have with our members on a daily basis, we’re invested in your…

Jan 3

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