Music Journalism, Liner Notes and Broadcasts on Midnight Cowboy Soundtrack, 1969 Memphis Blues Festival, Master Musicians of Jajouka, Racial Discrimination in Orchestras & More Win 52nd Annual ASCAP Foundation Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Awards
NEW YORK, Oct. 14, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Recently named winners of the 52nd annual ASCAP Foundation Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Awards for outstanding print, broadcast, liner notes and new media coverage of music span an impressively eclectic range of musical subjects — including the first blues recording by a black female artist; the issue of racial bias in orchestras, the career of a towering jazz critic, the endurance of Morocco's Master Musicians of Jajouka; a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of a classic 1960s film soundtrack; a profile of a composer and educator dedicated to diversity and sustainability, a landmark 1969 Memphis blues festival; and a look at a composer/flutist who incorporates politics into her work.
Established in 1967 to honor the memory of composer, critic and commentator Deems Taylor, who died in 1966 after a distinguished career that included six years as President of ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers), The ASCAP Foundation Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Awards are made possible by the generous support of the Virgil Thomson Foundation. Virgil Thomson (1896 – 1989) was one of the leading American composers and critics of the 20th century, and a former member of the ASCAP Board of Directors.
The 2021 ASCAP Foundation Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Award recipients are as follows:
The Virgil Thomson Award for Outstanding Music Criticism in the concert music field is presented to Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheimfor her New York Times article, "Part Teacher, Part Den Mother, A Composer Fosters Diversity," a look at the career and mentorship activities of California-based composer and educator Gabriela Lena Frank.
The Virgil Thomson Award for Outstanding Music Criticism in the pop music field recognizes Ted Gioiafor his appreciation of legendary jazz critic Whitney Balliett, "The Music Critic Who Tried to Disappear," published by City Journal.
The ASCAP Foundation Paul Williams "Loved the Liner Notes" Award for pop music honors film music scholar Jon Burlingame for his work on the recording MIDNIGHT COWBOY (an expanded reissue of the soundtrack from the classic 1969 film) on Quartet Records. The "Loved the Liner Notes" Award was established in 2016 and is funded by Paul Williams, President of The ASCAP Foundation.
The Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Television Broadcast Award honors Fat Possum Records and No Sudden Movements for their release of the documentary Memphis '69 (Joe LaMatinna, Director; Lisa LaMattina, Producer and Bruce Watson, Executive Producer), which chronicles the three-day 1969 Memphis Country Blues Festival. The program features performances by notable blues giants of the time including Sleepy John Estes, Son Thomas, Robert Wilkins, Bukka White and Mississippi Fred McDowell. The documentary can currently be viewed on YouTube.
The ASCAP Foundation Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Awards judging panel for 2021 was comprised of ASCAP membersMichelle DiBucci, Paul Yeon Lee, Terry Radiganand Dom Flemons. Jim Steinblattprovided professional guidance and advice.
About The ASCAP Foundation Founded in 1975, The ASCAP Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to supporting American music creators and encouraging their development through music education and talent development programs. Included in these are songwriting workshops, grants, scholarships, awards, recognition and community outreach programs for songwriters, composers and lyricists. The ASCAP Foundation is supported by contributions from ASCAP members and from music lovers throughout the United States. www.ascapfoundation.org
About the Virgil Thomson Foundation The purpose of the Virgil Thomson Foundation is to further and promote the performance, preservation, dissemination and public appreciation of serious music in general and the music and writings of Virgil Thomson in particular. http://www.virgilthomson.org