November 08, 2010 10:10 ET

42nd Annual ASCAP Deems Taylor Awards Announced

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - November 8, 2010) -  ASCAP (the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) has announced the winners of the 42nd Annual ASCAP Deems Taylor Awards for outstanding print, broadcast and new media coverage of music. The winners will be honored at a special invitation-only ceremony and reception on Thursday, December 9, 2010 at the ASCAP Gallery, One Lincoln Plaza (1900 Broadway between 63rd and 64th Street), 6th Floor, New York, New York. Over the years, tens of thousands of dollars have been distributed in cash prizes to winning authors, journalists and broadcast producers and personalities.

The Awards were established in 1967 to honor the memory of composer/critic/commentator
Deems Taylor, who died in 1966 after a distinguished career that included six years as President of ASCAP. The 42nd Annual ASCAP Deems Taylor Awards are made possible by a generous grant from the Music Publishers Association (MPA). Founded in 1865, the Music Publishers Association is the oldest non-profit music trade organization in the United States.

The ASCAP Deems Taylor Radio Broadcast Award honors two WQXR Radio/Q2 programs: "Q2 with Terrance McKnight" and "Nadia Sirota on Q2."

The ASCAP Deems Taylor Multimedia Award honors three inter-related undertakings: a book, "The Jazz Loft Project: Photographs and Tapes of W. Eugene Smith from 821 Sixth Avenue, 1957-1965," written by Sam Stephenson, published by Alfred A. Knopf; a radio program, "The Jazz Loft Project Radio Series:" produced at WNYC Radio (in association with the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University) by Sara Fishko with Dean Cappello, Julie Burstein and Edward Haber; and a website,, produced at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University by Sam Stephenson, Lauren Hart and Dan Partridge.

The ASCAP Deems Taylor Television Broadcast Award honors "Michael Feinstein's American Songbook," with Michael Feinstein and produced and directed by Amber Edwards, Hudson West Productions.

The Nicolas Slonimsky Award for Outstanding Musical Biography in the concert music field honors Mary Lamb Crawford for her book, "Windfall of Musicians: Hitler's Émigrés and Exiles in Southern California," published by Yale University Press. This award was established to honor the memory of Slonimsky (1894-1995), the Russian-American composer, conductor, musicologist and critic. Slonimsky was the writer of "Baker's Dictionary of Music and Musicians," "Thesaurus of Scales and Melodic Patterns," "The Lexicon of Musical Invective" and "Perfect Pitch: An Autobiography."

The authors and publishers of the eight books to be honored at the ceremony are:

  • Glenda Dawn Goss for "Sibelius: A Composer's Life and the Awakening of Finland," published by The University of Chicago Press.
  • Jann Pasler for "Composing the Citizen: Music as Public Utility in Third Republic France," published by University of California Press.
  • Peter J. Schmelz for "Such Freedom If Only Musical: Unofficial Soviet Music During the Thaw," published by Oxford University Press.
  • Dorothy Lamb Crawford for "A Windfall of Musicians: Hitler's Émigrés and Exiles in Southern California," published by Yale University Press.
  • Jocelyn R. Neal for "Songs of Jimmie Rodgers: A Legacy in Country Music," published by Indiana University Press.
  • David Hajdu for "Heroes and Villains: Essays on Music, Movies, Comics, and Culture," published by Da Capo Press.
  • David Lehman for "A Fine Romance: Jewish Songwriters, American Songs," published by Nextbook/Schocken.
  • Robin D.G. Kelley for "Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original," published by Free Press.

The eight writers and editors of journal, magazine and newspaper articles, and liner notes and their respective publishers to be honored are:

  • J. Peter Burkholder for his article, "Music of the Americas and Historical Narratives," from American Music, published by University of Illinois Press.
  • Richard E. Rodda for his program note for "Elgar, The Dream of Geronitius," published in the program book of the Grant Park Music Festival.
  • Russell Platt for his articles, "The Lady Killer," published by "Opera News," and "New-Time Religion," published by The New Yorker.
  • Joseph Dalton for his article, "On Record-An Overview of the State of the Contemporary Music Recording," published by New Music Box.
  • Ann Powers for her articles, "The Cultural Critic: Lady Gaga," "It's Time for Idol to Open the Closet Door," and "My Night with Prince," published by The Los Angeles Times.
  • Ashley Kahn for his liner notes to "Shaft" by Isaac Hayes (Deluxe Edition), issued by Concord Music Group.
  • Sylvie Simmons for her liner notes to "Leonard Cohen Live at the Isle of Wight 1970," issued by Columbia/Legacy Records.
  • Gene Santoro for his article "W. Eugene Smith and the Jazz Loft," published by Chamber Music Magazine.

The members of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Awards Judging Panel for 2010 are Paul Moravec, Curtis Hughes, Eleonor Sandresky, Richard Miller, Julie Flanders, David Massengill, Matthew Shipp, Pat Irwin, and Wesley Stace.

Established in 1914, ASCAP is the first and leading U.S. Performing Rights Organization (PRO) representing the world's largest repertory totaling over 8.5 million copyrighted musical works of every style and genre from more than 390,000 songwriter, composer and music publisher members. ASCAP has representation arrangements with similar foreign organizations so that the ASCAP repertory is represented in nearly every country around the world where copyright law exists. ASCAP protects the rights of its members and foreign affiliates by licensing the public performances of their copyrighted works and distributing royalties based upon surveyed performances. ASCAP is the only American PRO owned and governed by its writer and publisher members.