ASCAP Elects Board of Directors, Including SONA's Michelle Lewis

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Paul Williams, ASCAP's president and chairman of the board, has announced the 12 writer and 12 publisher members elected to serve on the PRO's Board for a new two-year term that begins on April 1.

The most notable new member is songwriter/composer Michelle Lewis who has written songs for Cher and Little Mix and is a full-time composer for Disney. She is also director of the Songwriters of North America, an organization formed this past September and brought a lawsuit against the Department of Justice for its widely decried 100% licensing mandate.

Other writers members who were all re-elected include Williams as well as songwriter Marilyn Bergman; composer Richard Bellis; composer Bruce Broughton; songwriter/producer Desmond Child; composer Alf Clausen; composer Dan Foliart; composer/producer Marcus Miller; songwriter Jimmy Webb; and composer Doug Wood. Composer Alex Shapiro was re-elected in the Symphonic and Concert field.

The publisher directors re-elected in the at-large field are: Martin Bandier, head of Sony/ATV Music Publishing; Caroline Bienstock, Bienstock Publishing Co.; Barry Coburn, Ten Ten Music Group; Jody Gerson, Universal Music Publishing Group; Zach Katz, BMG US; Dean Kay, Lichelle Music Company.; Leeds Levy, Leeds Music; Mary Megan Peer, peermusic; Matt Pincus, SONGS Music Publishing; Jon Platt, Warner/Chappell Music; Irwin Z. Robinson, Cromwell Music, Inc. Re-elected in the Symphonic and Concert field is publisher James M. Kendrick, Schott Music/ European American Music Distributors Company.

"ASCAP is the only member-owned and governed US Performing Rights Organization with a Board elected by the membership, for the membership and from the membership," ASCAP's Williams said in a statement. 'I believe I speak for the entire Board when I say that it is both an honor and a privilege to have been chosen by our writer and publisher peers to represent them on the ASCAP Board. It is a responsibility we take very seriously."