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The legacy of music icons - including Aaron
Copland, Johnny Mathis
and Joni Mitchell
- continues to inspire award-worthy creative works. These artists are among the subjects of recently named winners of the 50th annualASCAP Foundation Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Awards for outstanding print, broadcast and new media coverage of music.
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, 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 2018 ASCAP Foundation Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Awards recipients are as follows:
The Virgil Thomson Award for Outstanding Music
Criticism in the concert music field was awarded to Annegret Fauser for her work, Aaron
Copland's Appalachian Spring
published by Oxford University Press. The book is a concise and lively introduction to the history of the work, its realization on stage, and its transformations over time. It combines deep archival research and cultural interpretations to recount the creation of Appalachian Spring
as a collaboration between three creative giants of 20th-century American art: Martha Graham, Aaron
Copland and Isamu Noguchi.
The ASCAP Foundation Paul Williams "Loved the Liner Notes" Award for pop music honors James
Ritz for his work on the liner notes for The Voice of Romance: The Columbia Original Album Collection, released by Sony Music
Entertainment, Inc./Legacy Recordings. The notes look at all the original albums Johnny Mathis
recorded for Columbia over the course of his illustrious career. This award was established in 2016 and is funded by The ASCAP Foundation President Paul Williams.
The Timothy White Award for Outstanding Music
Biography in the pop music field recognizes The Ballad of John Latouche: An American Lyricist's Life and Workby Howard
Joel Pollack, published by Oxford University Press. This award honors the memory of the late Tim White (1952-2002), the author of many acclaimed music biographies and an editor-in-chief of Billboard magazine.
The ASCAP Foundation Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Radio
Broadcast/Internet Award honors Meg Griffin for a lifetime of achievement as a pioneering rock and pop deejay. She is currently heard on SiriusXM Satellite Radio
channels The Beatles
Channel, Classic Vinyl, Deep Tracks, The Loft, The Spectrum and Tom Petty Radio
and was previously on such stations as WNEW-FM, WPIX-FM and WFUV.
The ASCAP Foundation Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Media/Internet Awardrecognizes Rob Deemer, creator of The Composer Diversity Database, a free online website intended to help conductors, educators and researchers find composers from underrepresented groups?primarily women composers and composers of color.
Other book honorees are:
Hicks for Composing the World: Harmony in the Medieval Platonic Cosmos, published by Oxford University Press
Matthew Karush for Musicians in Transit: Argentina and the Globalization of Popular Music, published by Duke University Press
Yaffe for Reckless Daughter: A Portrait of Joni Mitchell, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
The authors and publishers of award-winning articles are:
Ryan Ebright for his concert article "'My Answer to What Music
Theatre Can Be:' Iconoclasm and Entrepreneurship in Steve Reich and Beryl Korot's The Cave" in American Music, published by University of Illinois Press
Will Stephenson for his pop article "No Country for Old Men," published in The New York Times
The ASCAP Foundation Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Awards Judging Panel for 2018 was composed of ASCAP members Eve Beglarian, Julie
Massengill and Ezequiel Viñao. Jim Steinblatt provided professional guidance and advice.