32nd Annual ASCAP Screen Music Awards on Tuesday, May 16, @ Wiltern in Los Angeles – Stephen Schwartz to receive ASCAP’s Founders Award
Composer of Wicked, Godspell, Pippin and The Prince of Egypt To Be Recognized for Film Contributions
Attendees will include special honoree Stephen Schwartz, plus composers and songwriters behind today’s top box-office films and most-performed television and video game music, many of which are also receiving awards. Joining Oscar, Golden Globe and Grammy-winning songwriter and ASCAP President Paul Williams will be Broadway’s Megan Hilty, Stephen Bray, Eric Whitacre, the Gay Men’s Chorus of LA, and many more.
The 32nd annual ASCAP Screen Music Awards (#ASCAPScreen), an invitation-only event celebrating ASCAP’s top film, television and video game composers of 2016, takes place on May 16, 2017, at The Wiltern in Los Angeles.
Legendary composer Stephen Schwartz will receive the prestigious ASCAP Founders Award. In the course of his extraordinary career, Schwartz has composed iconic scores and lyrics for films including Godspell, Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Prince of Egypt, Enchanted, and the TV movie Geppetto. On television, his works have been featured on Glee, The Voice, American Idol, and Saturday Night Live, among many others. On Broadway, Schwartz began his career with the hit musicals Godspell, Pippin, and The Magic Show, all three of which were at one time running simultaneously. His long-running Broadway musical Wicked will be adapted for the screen.
As a long-standing board member of The ASCAP Foundation, Schwartz’s contributions span far beyond the stage and screen. He has served as artistic director for the ASCAP Musical Theatre workshop in both NY and LA for more than 20 years, nurturing many young composers and lyricists working in the theatre today. Schwartz has served as mentor to Oscar-winning La La Land composer/lyricists Justin Paul and Benj Pasek, Tony award-winning Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton, In the Heights) and more.
The ASCAP Founders Award goes to pioneering ASCAP songwriters who have made exceptional contributions to music by inspiring and influencing their fellow music creators. Past recipients include Stephen Sondheim, Jerry Lieber & Mike Stoller, Burt Bacharach & Hal David, Elvis Costello, Billy Joel, Annie Lennox, Sir Paul McCartney, Joni Mitchell, Tom Petty, Smokey Robinson, Carly Simon, and Patti Smith.
Also at the ceremony, ASCAP will bestow its Composers’ Choice Awards. ASCAP-member writers voted for their favorite nominee in three categories: Film Score of the Year, TV Composer of the Year and Video Game Score of the Year.
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 600,000 members representing more than 10.5 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 @ASCAP and on Facebook.