September 13, 2007 11:00 ET

ASCAP Announces Music Line-Up for Inaugural SWERVE FESTIVAL

Featured Artists Include We Are Scientists, DeVotchKa, The Black Angels, Bonde Do Role, and More

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - September 13, 2007) - ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) in partnership with FUEL TV is pleased to announce the music line-up for the 2007 SWERVE FESTIVAL -- a new festival celebrating West Coast culture. The Festival will be held September 28-30, 2007 at Barnsdall Art Park, the Vista Theatre and the Echoplex in Los Angeles, CA. Performances will take place on September 29 and 30 and are free and open to the public.

The dynamic line-up features live music performances by an eclectic mix of internationally known headline acts, as well as critically acclaimed up-and-coming artists, including The Black Angels (Austin, TX), Bonde Do Role (Brazil), DeVotchKa (Denver, CO), Foreign Born (Los Angeles, CA), Illinois (Bucks County, PA), Oh No! Oh My! (Austin, TX), Snowden (Atlanta, GA), Thee More Shallows (San Francisco, CA) and We Are Scientists (Brooklyn, NY).

SWERVE FESTIVAL, an initiative of FUEL TV, is dedicated to celebrating West Coast creative culture and its community inspired by art, film, music and action sports. The three-day celebration brings together a dynamic group of innovators and thinkers and will spotlight some of the most exciting work to come out of these creative disciplines.

"ASCAP is thrilled to be programming the music for the inaugural SWERVE FESTIVAL," says Jennifer Knoepfle, ASCAP Director of Membership, Rock/Pop. "It's a great opportunity to combine the creative efforts of ASCAP and FUEL TV to promote music, film, green initiatives and the arts in Southern California, all while providing a unique experience for both our members and the community."

"ASCAP has been an invaluable partner in the process of acquiring some amazing talent for the festival," says Daryl G. Berg, Director, Music Supervision and Licensing at FUEL TV. "In addition to artist acquisition, we also utilized their deep knowledge of the current musical landscape to shape the musical life for the festival, making sure it fits with the vision of FUEL TV as a network."

"ASCAP has earned a reputation within the music industry as being a vital resource for finding and nurturing new talent," explains Jonathan Wells, SWERVE FESTIVAL Director. "Given this, they are a perfect match as a lead partner in SWERVE FESTIVAL whose mission is to celebrate creative culture."

SWERVE FESTIVAL programming will also feature screenings of independent films including the U.S. premiere of Anton Corbijn's hotly-anticipated biopic, "Control," the story of PRS/ASCAP member Ian Curtis, lead singer of the legendary post-punk rock band Joy Division; original art installations organized by famed art curator Aaron Rose; music videos; do-it-yourself workshops and environmentally-friendly initiatives. For more details, go to


Established in 1914, ASCAP is the first and leading U.S. Performing Rights Organization representing the world's largest repertory totaling over 8.5 million copyrighted musical works of every style and genre from more than 300,000 songwriter, composer and music publisher members. ASCAP has representation arrangements with over 90 music rights organizations such that the ASCAP repertory is represented in nearly every country around the world. 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 Performing Rights Organization owned and governed by its writer and publisher members.


SWERVE FESTIVAL is a new annual film, art and music festival in Los Angeles that celebrates the creative culture of action sports with film and video screenings, live music performances, art exhibitions, workshops and a televised awards show. The festival is a FUEL TV initiative, produced by FLUX. FLUX founder Jonathan Wells is the Festival Director.


FUEL TV is the only U.S. channel dedicated to the expressive culture surrounding skateboarding, snowboarding, surfing, BMX, freestyle motocross, and wakeboarding. Programming includes exclusive perspectives on the lifestyle of elite riders, as well as coverage of top-level international competitions, the best films, latest music, art and comedy. A unit of Fox Cable Networks, FUEL TV was launched July 1, 2003 and is seen in 24 million U.S. homes. To subscribe to FUEL TV call 877-4-FUEL-TV. For program times and other information, visit