ASCAP is celebrating its 100th birthday and marking the amazing milestone by launching an interactive “100 Years, 100 Days” website today (Tuesday, Nov. 5), celebrating the organization’s rich musical history. The site, ascap100.com, includes a timeline of the performing rights organization’s history, and each day leading up to ASCAP’s birthday during the campaign a new year will be unveiled with a bevy of photos, facts, and milestones that happened during that timeframe. A Spotify embed of an important song or musical work and the modern day impact of ASCAP’s historic achievements is also included for each year.
The site will also debut a short Michael Marantz-directed film, Why We Create Music, that provides a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the creative process of songwriters and composers as they collaborate on an original score. Amy Grant, Josh Kear, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood, Bill Withers, and Ne-Yo are just a few of the ASCAP members interviewed for the new film.
“Since ASCAP is its songwriter, composer and music publisher members, this is an exciting opportunity to honor and thank the men and women whose music has moved the world for 100 years,” said ASCAP President and Chairman Paul Williams. “ASCAP’s story began with a group of visionary leaders coming together to build a sustainable future for music creators and music lovers alike. The ASCAP100 site shows how our unwavering commitment to that mission is as strong today as it has been throughout our incredible history.”
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