ASCAP 2020 Screen Music Awards Receive Standing Ovation On All Social Platforms During Three-day Virtual Celebration June 23-25

NEW YORK, June 25, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- This year, the ASCAP Screen Music Awards took to the screen itself to honor 2020's winning music creators. The ASCAP composers who brought everyone's favorite onscreen entertainment to life in the past year by sweeping audiences away to other worlds, times and places, were celebrated virtually on ASCAP's Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (@ASCAP, @ASCAPScreen) with the hashtag #ASCAPAwards.

Winning composers gave personal acceptance speeches from their home studios, some with creatively staged video segments, and celebrity friends chimed in with special congratulatory messages. A complete list of winners can be found on the ASCAP website:

On Thursday, June 25, as part of its free, ongoing, weekly virtual conference for music creators, ASCAP Experience: Home Edition, ASCAP also hosted conversations featuring three of its top 2020 Screen Music Awards winners: Michael Abels, Siddhartha Khosla and Hans Zimmer.

Highlights from both events included:

    --  Top Box Office Film The Lion King winner Hans Zimmer in conversation
        with Mitchell Leib, President of Music and Soundtracks for The Walt
        Disney Studios: "Music was a real refuge for me... my dad died when I
        was six years old.... Lion King is my way of saying goodbye to my dad."
        The session is available on demand with free registration at ASCAP
        Experience: Home Edition.
    --  In conversation for ASCAP Experience: Home Edition, composer Siddhartha
        Khosla, who won the ASCAP Screen Award for Top Network Television Series
        for This is Us, told actor/musician Chris Sullivan, who plays Toby on
        the show: "If I had known it would take me years of little failures... I
        could have easily stopped at any of those points, but I kept going. The
        main thing I would say I wish I knew early -- do what you can to find
        your own voice." The conversation is at ASCAP Experience: Home Edition.
    --  Composer Michael Abels, a Top Box Office Film winner for Us, spoke with
        Starr Parodi, President of the Alliance for Women Film Composers about
        championing diversity and fairness for Film/TV composers for ASCAP
        Experience: Home Edition: "People will say it's a pipeline problem. They
        want to be diverse but they just don't know anyone... So we decided to
        fix the doorbell. We now have the Composers Diversity Collective
    --  ASCAP Chairman of the Board and President Paul Williams introduced this
        year's virtual Screen Music Awards celebration, remarking, "Our
        beautiful family of ASCAP composers and songwriters wrote the underscore
        to our lives in 2019. You heightened the drama of our favorite TV shows,
        intensified the action of the biggest blockbuster films and found new
        ways of bringing characters and ideas to life on screen." LINK
    --  A message of "resilience... patience and passion. Never lose your
        passion, it is contagious," from winner Pinar Toprak. The Captain Marvel
        composer shared an inside look at where the magic happens -- her studio.
        LINK In an ASCAP Facebook post, Dave Jordan, Music Supervisor for Marvel
        Cinematic Universe, shared a special message to Pinar thanking her "for
        an unbelievable contribution to our shared Marvel Universe, and for
        being the first female composer in the history of cinema to have scored
        a movie that has gone on to make over a billion dollars. It's pretty
        unbelievable." LINK
    --  David Vanacore, the top winner for Most Performed Themes & Underscore
        for Live PD and Survivor shared, "After 40 seasons of Survivor it's
        truly unbelievable. I'm incredibly grateful and thankful." LINK He
        received a heartfelt message from show host Jeff Probst: "You have given
        Survivor a signature sound. People know when Survivor is on from the
        music, that is you. I love working with you. I love learning from you,
        and I love that we are truly buddies in life." LINK Performing on the
        keyboard, friend Howie Mandel also sent kudos: "Just wanting to
        congratulate you on this prestigious award. You add so much to every
        production." LINK
    --  "This award means so much to me... Some 25 years ago I started working
        with Tyler Perry. I've been on this journey with him since then,
        providing music for many of your favorite TV shows, films and theater."
        - Elvin Ross, ASCAP Screen Music Award-winning composer for The Have and
        the Have Nots, who also takes his award on a tour of New Orleans. LINK
    --  An important message from Nathan Matthew David as part of his acceptance
        for the music to Surviving R. Kelly: "We need more voices of color, not
        just in front of the camera, but behind the camera as well." He goes on
        to dedicate the award to his parents who came to the U.S. from the
        Philippines "with nothing in their pockets but dreams." LINK
    --  Top Cable Television Series winning composer Ruth Barrett shares a glass
        of champagne as she accepts her award for PBS's Victoria. LINK
    --  This year's ASCAP Screen Composers' Choice Award - TV Composer of the
        Year goes to... Bear McCreary! His TV work for 2019 included greats like
        The Walking Dead, Outlander, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Apple TV+'s See and
        Fox's Proven Innocent. "I'm kind of at a loss for words," says McCreary.
    --  With over 60 scores to his name, from the Bourne trilogy to Shrek, 2018
        ASCAP Henry Mancini Award winner John Powell takes home the ASCAP Screen
        Composer's Choice: 2019 Film Score of the Year for his work on How To
        Train Your Dragon: Hidden World. Powell shares his message "from
        somewhere in California." LINK
    --  A two-time Game Audio Network Guild Award winner, ASCAP composer Gordy
        Haab thanked his peers for the Composer's Choice: Video Game Score of
        the Year Award for Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order, calling it "by far one
        of the most coveted awards in the composing business." LINK
    --  A thoughtful and informative acceptance speech by Joel Beckerman, ASCAP
        board member and a winner for Most Performed Themes & Underscore. "This
        is a really tough time for all of us. Especially for young, upcoming
        composers. And for those who may not know what choices you have in terms
        of getting paid, what it takes to get royalty stream and actually build
        a career. Go to to learn more." LINK
    --  An iMovie from ASCAP award-winning composer Didier Lean Rachou, who
        takes a trip down memory lane sharing moments from past ASCAP Screen
        Music Awards and celebrates his Most Performed Themes & Underscore win.
    --  Earnest words from ASCAP Award-winning composer Matt Bowen, for The
        Bachelor and The Bachelorette: "I am beyond humbled to be included with
        the award winners... I'd also like to acknowledge the growing Black
        Lives Matter movement... I just want to encourage everyone to continue
        learning, continue pushing and continuing fighting until we have some
        semblance of equality." LINK
    --  Michael Giacchino, a winner for Most Performed Themes & Underscore,
        shared some advice for the quarantined: "Everyone's at home. Make
        something. In fact, if you don't come out of this time period having
        made something, I'm going to come after you. I'm going to be really,
        really upset. So, make something. Put it out there. Be great. You're all
        so talented. Let's see it happen." LINK
    --  An unboxing acceptance video from Most Performed Themes & Underscore
        winner Jared Gutstadt, (Ellen's Game of Games) from "the mean streets of
        Brentwood" who cheekily declares that "2020 is the best year ever and
        will be forever be remembered for this singular award and nothing
        else..." LINK; and special congrats to Gudstadt from songwriter/producer
        Poo Bear and from Hollywood movie star and podcaster pioneer, Dennis
        Quaid: "I'm looking forward to making a lot of great music with you..."
    --  A bilingual video clip from Alberto Slezynger's for winning for La Reina
        Del Sur. "This is my third or fourth ASCAP Screen Music Award, and every
        time I receive it, it makes my heart sing. For all of you who are
        beginning, the dreams can come true." LINK
    --  "Making music right now is hard, especially emotionally authentic music,
        because everyone is experiencing trauma on some level" - Jeff Ball,
        ASCAP Screen Music Awards winning composer for Steven Universe, in his
        acceptance video. LINK
    --  Matthew Margeson's words on receiving his ASCAP Screen Music Award for
        blockbuster film Rocket Man. "ASCAP's been a huge part of my career for
        the past 10 to 15 years. I did the 2007 ASCAP Film Composers Workshop,
        and you've been with me every step of the way since then." LINK
    --  Lorne Balfe's video acceptance saw him in proper celebratory form -
        adorned with balloons, a garland around his neck and a glass of
        champagne for Top Box Office for the motion picture Gemini Man, with
        help from his son. LINK
    --  ASCAP board member and 2020 Screen Music Award-winner for The Connors
        Dan Foliart: "I could not be happier to be a part of this wonderful
        community. Every moment that you bring with your music to the project
        enriches all of our lives." LINK
    --  ASCAP board member Bruce Broughton, winning for The Orville, gives "a
        friendly shout-out to my pal John Debney, who, like me, the most
        surprised of the bunch, is picking up his award for his work on The
        Orville. A special shout-out to our producer Seth MacFarlane, who
        prefers to record these episodes weekly with as many as 70, 80, and
        occasionally more than 90 musicians." LINK MacFarlane tweeted congrats
        to both composers to his 1.4 million followers: LINK

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 750,000 members representing more than 11.5 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, on Twitter and Instagram @ASCAP and on Facebook.

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