The 10th annual “We Write the Songs” event presented jointly by the ASCAP Foundation and The Library of Congress is set to take place tomorrow (May 16) at the Coolidge Auditorium in The Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.
Hosted by Librarian of Congress Carla D. Hayden and ASCAP Foundation President Paul Williams, the special evening will include performances by Brandy Clark (Miranda Lambert, “Mama’s Broken Heart”), Johntá Austin (Mariah Carey, “We Belong Together,” Mary J. Blige, “Be Without You”), Mike Love (The Beach Boys’ “Good Vibrations”), Michael McDonald (“Takin’ It to The Streets”), Jason Mraz (“I’m Yours”) and Suzanne Vega (“Tom’s Diner”).
Celebrating its tenth year, “We Write the Songs” has become a Washington tradition and an exclusive invitation-only event for legislative and cultural dignitaries where dozens of Members of Congress gather for an evening of classic songs and stories. The evening celebrates the gift by The ASCAP Foundation to the Library of Congress of the original manuscripts, lead sheets, lyrics sheets, photos and letters of some of America’s greatest creators of words and music.
“We Write the Songs” takes place the evening before ASCAP’s “Stand with Songwriters” Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill. On Thursday, May 17, many of the “We Write the Songs” music creators will meet with Senators to discuss the challenges facing songwriters in the digital music age and urge them to cosponsor the Music Modernization Act— bipartisan music reform legislation that was passed unanimously by the House of Representatives and was recently reintroduced in the Senate.