Songwriter Stephen Schwartz Honored With the ASCAP Founders Award

by VVN Music

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) has honored composer Stephen Schwartz with their 2017 Founders Award at the 32nd Annual ASCAP Screen Music Awards, held last night (may 16) at The Wiltern in Los Angeles.

While Schwartz may best be known for his Broadway scores for such shows as Godspell, Pippin, The Magic Show and Wicked, and his scores for such movies as The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Pocahontas and The King of Egypt, his music has crossed over onto the pop charts:

  • Day by Day by Godspell (1972 / #13 Pop / #8 Adult Contemporary)
  • The Corner of the Sky - Jackson 5 (1972 / #18 Pop / #4 R&B)
  • Colors of the Wind - Vanessa Williams (1995 / #4 Pop / #2 AC / #53 R&B)
  • Someday - All-4-One (1996 / #30 Pop / #14 AC / #83 R&B)
  • When You Believe - Mariah Carey & Whitney Houston (1998 / #15 Pop / #3 AC / #33 R&B)
  • Defying Gravity - Idina Menzel & Kristen Chenoweth (2008 / #5 Dance)
Schwartz's music was performed during the evening including a medley from the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles with songs from The Prince of Egypt, Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Godspell; a group of ASCAP Musical Theatre Workshop alums (and Schwartz mentees) gathered to sing For Good from his stage musical Wicked; and in a surprise appearance, Smash TV series actress Megan Hilty, performed Corner of the Sky from the musical Pippin.

Michael Giacchino won Film Score of the Year for Zootopia while Dieder Lean Rachou took TV Composer of the Year and Video Game Score of the Year was a tie between C. Paul Johnson, Skye Lewin and Michael Salvatori for Destiny: Rise of Iron and Klayton and Tom Salta for Killer Instinct: Season 3

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