A Friend in the Music Business: The ASCAP Story

A Friend in the Music Business: The ASCAP Story

by Bruce Pollock


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(Book). On February 13, 1914, a group of the nation's most distinguished and popular songwriters gathered together in New York City to support the mission of ASCAP, a new organization for publishers and songwriters. A few years later, ASCAP received its mandate from the Supreme Court to collect royalties for the public performance of copyrighted material. Over the course of the next century, ASCAP has been as prominent a force for the advancement and nurture and financial well-being of songwriters as any record label or publishing outfit one would care to name. With a responsive board of directors made up entirely of songwriter/composer and publisher members, ASCAP has defended creators' rights at every turn against those who would seek to devalue music. Today, with copyright under renewed assault, its mission is as resonant and vital as ever, along with its relatively new role as a nurturer of the young artists who represent the future of music. Award-winning music writer Bruce Pollock explores the growth and changes within this complex society and its relationship to emerging technologies, in the context of 100 years of an ever-evolving music business, to see how ASCAP has become, for those who hope to make a living making music, now more than ever, "a friend in the music business."

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ISBN-13: 9781423492214
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Publication date: 01/01/2014
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword: Why ASCAP Matters Quincy Jones vii

Preface Lyle Lovett xi

Acknowledgments xiii

Chapter 1 Herbert's Victory 1

Chapter 2 Buck Stops Here 19

Chapter 3 Radio Waves 33

Chapter 4 TV vs. Rock 'n' Roll 49

Chapter 5 The Comeback 65

Chapter 6 Seeding the Garden of Creativity 79

Chapter 7 New Blood, Nashville, and Capitol Hill 101

Chapter 8 Gridlock, Grants, and Gigabytes 115

Chapter 9 A Common Cause 135

Chapter 10 Follow the Dollar 149

Chapter 11 Playback and Fast Forward 169

Appendix A ASCAP Leadership Through the Years 189

Appendix B ASCAP Membership Activities 196

Appendix C The ASCAP Foundation and Its Programs 202

Appendix D ASCAP and Oscar 226

Appendix E ASCAP Recipients of the Pulitzer Prize 233

Appendix F ASCAP and Tony 236

Appendix G ASCAP and Grammy 244

Notes 249

Selected Bibliography 285

Index 291

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