New York, NY, May 1, 2014: The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) hit its 100-year milestone on February 13th, 2014. In honor of this momentous occasion, multi-platinum-selling, five-time Grammy-nominated recording artist and keeper of the Great American Songbook Michael Feinstein devoted an evening concert to celebrating the performance rights organization’s first century of music. ASCAP... A Centennial Celebration was held last night at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall, and starred Feinstein, who hosts the annual concert series Standard Time with Michael Feinstein at the famed venue, along with special guests.
"We’re thrilled that Michael and his guests chose to honor ASCAP’s centennial with an entire evening devoted to our incredibly diverse and impressive repertory," says ASCAP President and Chairman Paul Williams. "ASCAP's centennial provides us with exciting opportunities like this to look back on our first 100 years. What better way to celebrate than with a night of our members’ music at the world renowned Carnegie Hall?"
The 90-minute concert featured four special guests: Tony-nominated Broadway actress and singer Liz Callaway, Grammy Award-winning and Academy Award-nominated singer-songwriter Siedah Garrett, legendary Tony, Oscar, Grammy, Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning performer Liza Minnelli and ASCAP Vice-Chairman and Songwriter Hall of Fame President Jimmy Webb. They each performed music from their own catalogs, as well as well-known classics from across ASCAP’s extensive repertory.
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 500,000 members representing more than 9 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. www.ascap.com
Siedah Garrett, Liz Callaway, Michael Feinstein, Liza Minnelli and Jimmy Webb at ASCAP... A Centennial Celebration at Carnegie Hall on Wednesday, April 30th, 2014