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Melanie Fiona, Andrew Bird, Blue Sky Riders, The Head and the Heart, Frankmusik and Nataly Dawn Among Top Performers at 15th Annual Sundance ASCAP Music Café

NEW YORK, NY -- (Marketwire) -- 01/08/13 -- Lights! Camera! Music! The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is pleased to announce its lineup of events for the 2013 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. The 15th annual Sundance ASCAP Music Café -- running during the daytime from January 18th through the 25th -- will present an eclectic mix of songwriters and artists, from legendary icons to rising stars, all hand-picked by ASCAP. In addition, an invitation-only ASCAP Composer-Filmmaker Cocktail Party will take place on January 22nd, providing a fantastic opportunity for filmmakers and music creators to connect in a warm and intimate setting.

"Every great film needs great music, and for 15 years, the Sundance Film Festival and ASCAP have celebrated that connection of music and image with the Sundance ASCAP Music Café," said ASCAP Assistant Vice President and Sundance ASCAP Music Café producer Loretta Muñoz. "The eight days of outstanding programming provide the perfect environment for independent filmmakers to meet and network with composers and songwriters. Whether you're trying to find the perfect music for your movie, or vice-versa, the Sundance ASCAP Music Café is your hub for music throughout the Festival."

The Music Café will be located at Rich Haines Gallery (751 Main Street, Park City, UT) and will be free and open to all Festival credential holders (21 and older). Performances are scheduled to begin each day at 2:00pm. Featured performers at the 15th annual Sundance ASCAP Music Café include: Jill Barber, Jonathan Batiste & Stay Human, Andrew Bird, Blue Sky Riders (Kenny Loggins, Georgia Middleman & Gary Burr), Dave Berg, Nataly Dawn (of Pomplamoose), Jack Dempsey and Elvis Murphy, Kat Edmonson, Ramy Essam (from the film The Square), Melanie Fiona, Frankmusik, The Head and the Heart, Here We Go Magic, Greg Holden, Eric Hutchinson, Paul Kelly, Dave Mason, Ryan Miller (of Guster and the films In a World... and Toy's House), Sea Wolf, Kim Taylor (from the film I Used to Be Darker) and Drake White.

To view a complete schedule of performances and for more information, please visit www.ascap.com/sundance.

For the latest information on ASCAP events at the Sundance Film Festival as well as on-site coverage, follow ASCAP on Twitter, stay connected through Facebook and visit www.ascap.com.

Music in Film
The 2013 Sundance Film Festival includes many films that prominently feature the music of ASCAP's composer and songwriter members. ASCAP composers who have scored Festival films this year include: Christofer Ahde (STIM) [Benjamin's Flowers], Casey Basichis (Thank You), Will Bates (We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks), Danny Bracken (Blood Brother), Paul Brill (Gideon's Army), John Debney (jOBS), Keegan DeWitt (Life According to Sam and This is Martin Bonner), Flying Lotus (Until the Quiet Comes), Dan Golden (Feral), Joel Goodman (Which Way is the Front Line from Here? The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington), Leonardo Heiblum (Who Is Dayani Crystal?), Scott Honea (The Rambler), Nathan Johnson (Don Jon's Addiction), Micki Kaufman (Concussion), Tim Kiefer (Thank You), Ronen Landa (Paraìso), Rim Laurens (SACEM) [Social Butterfly], J Lesser (99%: The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film), Gary Marlowe (Houston), Chris Mars (In Hanford), David Mendez (A River Changes Course), Marian Mentrup (GEMA) [The Machine Which Makes Everything Disappear], Ryan Miller (In a World... and Toy's House), Mahan Mobashery (GEMA) [The Machine Which Makes Everything Disappear], Tommy Mokas (Concussion), Barb Morrison (Concussion), Emma Lee Moss (Austenland), Nico Mulhy (Kill Your Darlings),Carlo Siliotto (May in the Summer), Mark Sayfritz (PRS) [Jonah], Nick Seymour (The Summit), Yasuaki Shimizu (Cutie and the Boxer), Jason Staczek (The Roper), Aaron Lee Tasjan (The Way, Way Back), Kim Taylor (I Used to Be Darker), Greg Townley (Record/Play) and Wytold (Blood Brother)

THE ASCAP Composer-Filmmaker Cocktail Party
On the evening of January 22nd, ASCAP will host the ASCAP Composer-Filmmaker Cocktail Party. This is an invite-only, after-show celebration held at the Sundance ASCAP Music Café. This private event is for Festival filmmakers, ASCAP film composers, Sundance ASCAP Music Café artists and music supervisors. Festival filmmakers and film composers who are interested in attending may contact Rachel Perkins ([email protected]) for further details.

About the Sundance Film Festival®
A program of the non-profit Sundance Institute®, the Festival has introduced global audiences to some of the most ground-breaking films of the past two decades, including sex, lies, and videotape, Maria Full of Grace, The Cove, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, An Inconvenient Truth, Precious, Trouble the Water, and Napoleon Dynamite, and through its New Frontier initiative, has showcased the cinematic works of media artists including Isaac Julien, Doug Aitken, Pierre Huyghe, Jennifer Steinkamp, and Matthew Barney. The 2013 Sundance Film Festival® sponsors include: Presenting Sponsors -- HP, Acura, Sundance Channel and Chase Sapphire Preferred(SM); Leadership Sponsors -- DIRECTV, Entertainment Weekly, FOCUS FORWARD, a partnership between GE and CINELAN, Southwest Airlines, Sprint and YouTube; Sustaining Sponsors -- Adobe, Canada Goose, Canon U.S.A., Inc., CÎROC Ultra Premium Vodka, FilterForGood®, a partnership between Brita® and Nalgene®, Hilton HHonors and Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Intel Corporation, L'Oréal Paris, Recycled Paper Greetings, Stella Artois® and Time Warner Inc. Sundance Institute recognizes critical support from the Utah Governor's Office of Economic Development, and the State of Utah as Festival Host State. The support of these organizations will defray costs associated with the 10-day Festival and the nonprofit Sundance Institute's year-round programs for independent film and theatre artists. www.sundance.org/festival

About Sundance Institute
Founded by Robert Redford in 1981, Sundance Institute is a global, nonprofit cultural organization dedicated to nurturing artistic expression in film and theater, and to supporting intercultural dialogue between artists and audiences. The Institute promotes independent storytelling to unite, inform and inspire, regardless of geo-political, social, religious or cultural differences. Internationally recognized for its annual Sundance Film Festival and its artistic development programs for directors, screenwriters, producers, film composers, playwrights and theatre artists, Sundance Institute has nurtured such projects as Born into Brothels, Trouble the Water, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Amreeka, An Inconvenient Truth, Spring Awakening, Light in the Piazza and Angels in America. Join Sundance Institute on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

About ASCAP
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a professional membership organization of songwriters, composers and music publishers of every kind of music. ASCAP's mission is to license and promote the music of its members and foreign affiliates, obtain fair compensation for the public performance of their works and to distribute the royalties that it collects based upon those performances. ASCAP members write the world's best-loved music and ASCAP has pioneered the efficient licensing of that music to hundreds of thousands of enterprises who use it to add value to their business - from bars, restaurants and retail, to radio, TV and cable, to Internet, mobile services and more. The ASCAP license offers an efficient solution for businesses to legally perform ASCAP music while respecting the right of songwriters and composers to be paid fairly. With over 450,000 members representing more than 8.5 million copyrighted works, ASCAP is the worldwide leader in performance royalties, service and advocacy for songwriters and composers, and the only American performing rights organization (PRO) owned and governed by its writer and publisher members. www.ascap.com

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