On This Day: ASCAP Formed
It seems only fitting that on the week the WGA strike comes to an end, it’s also the anniversary of another organization formed to protect the rights of artists.
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, also known as ASCAP, was created today in 1914 in New York to help protect the copyrighted musical compositions of its members.
Some of ASCAP’s earliest members include Irving Berlin and John Philip Sousa. ASCAP continues to work for its members’ protection, making sure artists get paid for their creativity.
Really, though — someone should’ve come up with another acronym. To put this delicately, saying "ASCAP" out loud does conjure up feelings of constipation.