SONGWRITERS REELED IN THE BIG FISH
During The 2nd Annual ASCAP/ole Songwriters' Fishing Tournament
May 22, 2007: ASCAP in conjunction with ole, sponsored the 2nd Annual ASCAP/ole Songwriters’ Fishing Tournament held during the 12th Annual Key West Songwriters Festival in Key West, Florida on Friday, May 4. It was a sun filled day on the beautiful waters of Key West as top songwriters and music industry professionals competed for prizes sponsored by Harrah's & Caesars Marketing of Nashville.
Festival attendees and tournament participants gathered at the ASCAP stage during the annual Key West Songwriters Festival held at the Ocean Key Resort for the tournament grand prize presentation (see attached photo).
Hit songwriter/producer Byron Hill reeled in a 76” sailfish for the Grand Prize trip to Harrah’s in Lake Tahoe, NV. 2nd place was given to songwriter/producer Walt Aldridge for his King Mackerel catch. Aldridge will enjoy a 2-day trip to The Grand in Tunica, MS. EMI Music Publishing’s Stevie Erickson won 3rd place for Most Fish Caught including her 53” barracuda. Erickson will enjoy a trip Caesars Indiana. Bud Tower won for Smallest Fish and songwriter Brett Jones won a gift certificate from Sunset Grill for Best Catch of The Day.
For the first time this year, ASCAP and ole teamed up to co-sponsor The ASCAP/ole Late Night Hang at the Bottlecap, a three-night midnight showcase that included such esteemed hitmakers as Chris Tompkins, Chuck Jones, Keith Follese, ole's Gerald O'Brien and Willie Mack and the legendary Don Schlitz.
Both the ASCAP/ole Songwriters Fishing Tournament and the Late Night Hang emphasize both organizations' continuing commitment to great songs and songwriters, and to the Nashville songwriting community in terms of providing continuous support and networking opportunities.
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 285,000 composer, lyricist 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. www.ascap.com
ole is a multi-national, Canadian-owned, full-service music publisher founded by Robert Ott (former VP/GM BMGMP Canada) and Tim Laing (former radio and TV producer and finance executive) focused on acquisitions, creative development and administration worldwide.
Established in 2004 and controlling a catalogue of over 35,000 songs and 25,000 hours of TV music across all genres, ole has completed some 45MM USD in new acquisitions over the past two years, including such chart-topping titles as "Miss Independent," "Black Velvet," "The Way You Love Me" and "I'm Already There." Through direct signings and co-ventures, the ole roster includes more than 25 songwriters, among them Gerald O'Brien, Gilles Godard, Steve Mandile Willie Mack, Ben Dunk and Bruce Wallace.
With offices in Toronto, Nashville and Los Angeles, ole also handles worldwide publishing administration for film and TV producers Nelvana, The National Film Board Of Canada and PorchLight Entertainment among others, and is the exclusive Canadian sub-publisher for the ARC Music Group, Bucks Music and TV animation giant, DiC Entertainment.
The ole website can be found at www.majorlyindie.com.