ASCAP President & Chairman Paul Williams has announced that the initial group of presenter-performers, confirmed to date, at the November 17th ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) Centennial Awards Gala are Sting, Emmylou Harris, India.Arie and Berry Gordy. Others will be announced shortly. The four will participate in conferring the singular, once-in-a-century ASCAP Centennial Award to a select group of American music icons in recognition of their incomparable accomplishments in their respective music genres and beyond. Those receiving this prestigious accolade are ASCAP members Joan Baez, Garth Brooks, Billy Joel, Stephen Sondheim and Stevie Wonder.
Williams also announced the names of the evening’s distinguished group of Honorary Chairs: Julie Andrews, Tony Bennett & Susan Benedetto, Berry Gordy and Quincy Jones.
The unique presentations will take place on Monday evening, November 17th, at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, in New York, at a gala party celebrating ASCAP’s historic 100th birthday. The event will be hosted by Williams and feature the Centennial Award recipients as well as the special guest artists who will perform in tribute to the honorees. In addition, several young ASCAP Foundation award recipients will be on hand to showcase their talent.
The event also marks the first-ever fundraiser benefiting The ASCAP Foundation and its music education, talent development and humanitarian activities. The ASCAP Foundation, for which Paul Williams also serves as President, was established in 1975 and is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization whose programs impact countless deserving composers, songwriters, lyricists and music education organizations nationwide. Funds raised from this evening will help sustain the Foundation’s significant efforts in safeguarding the future of music and affording opportunities for memorable music experiences to the disadvantaged.
Billboard is the media sponsor for this event.