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Sharon Isbin's Troubadour wins ASCAP Deems Taylor/ Virgil Thomson Award

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The winners of the 47th annual ASCAP Foundation Deems Taylor/ Virgil Thomson Awards for outstanding print, broadcast and new media coverage of music were announced today by Paul Williams, President of The ASCAP Foundation.  The Awards were 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.  Last year the Awards were renamed to also honor the memory of Virgil Thomson (1896 – 1989), one of the leading American composers and critics of the 20th Century, and a former member of the ASCAP board of directors. The 47th ASCAP Foundation Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Awards are made possible by the generous support of ASCAP, The ASCAP Foundation and the Virgil Thomson Foundation.

The award recipients will be honored on November 17 at a special invitation-only ceremony and reception hosted by Paul Williams at ASCAP's New York offices.

The ASCAP Foundation Deems Taylor/ Virgil Thomson Television Broadcast Award recognizes Sharon Isbin: Troubadour, an American Public Television-produced documentary that provides an in-depth look at the career and musical impact of classical guitarist Isbin. Receiving honors are Sharon Isbin and Producer Susan Dangel.          

Founded in 1975, The ASCAP Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to supporting American music creators and encouraging their development through music education and talent development programs. Included in these are songwriting workshops, grants, scholarships, awards, recognition and community outreach programs, and public service projects for senior composers and lyricists. The ASCAP Foundation is supported by contributions from ASCAP members and from music lovers throughout the United States. www.ascapfoundation.org. The purpose of the Virgil Thomson Foundation is to further and promote the performance, preservation, dissemination and public appreciation of serious music in general and the music and writings of Virgil Thomson in particular. http://www.virgilthomson.org