NEW YORK, Sept. 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- ASCAP, the world leader in performing rights and advocacy for music creators, today announced that it is donating $25,000 to MusiCares® and its hurricane relief fund to support members of the music community, including the tens of thousands of ASCAP songwriter, composer and music publisher members, affected by the recent devastation of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
"Our hearts go out to our members who must now recover from these catastrophic storms," said ASCAP President and Chairman Paul Williams. "ASCAP has always believed in harnessing the strength of our collective community to build a stronger future for music creators. In that spirit, we are pleased to join forces with our friends at MusiCares in helping to rebuild a future for those members of our community who need our help putting their lives back together."
"ASCAP has more than 75,000 members who live in Texas, Florida and other communities hit hard by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma," said ASCAP CEO Elizabeth Matthews. "In seeking the most effective and efficient way to provide assistance to our affected members, the choice was easy. As our longtime ally in supporting music creators, MusiCares has the experience, infrastructure and resources to provide essential assistance to our members. We know our donation is in good hands."
To donate to the fund, visit musicares.org/donate and choose "Hurricane Relief" in the gift designation drop-down menu.
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 625,000 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 and Instagram @ASCAP and on Facebook.
A friend and ally of the music community, MusiCares was established by the Recording Academy™ to safeguard the health and well-being of all music people. A four-star charity and safety net in times of need, MusiCares offers confidential preventative, recovery, and emergency programs to address financial, medical, and personal health issues. Through the generosity of our donors and volunteer professionals, our dedicated team works across the country to ensure the music community has the resources and support it needs.