Hollywood on the Potomac

We Write the Songs

May 27, 2019

ASCAP Foundation President Paul Williams is still really kicking it. “You know what? I’m healthier and more excited by the music and the advocacy work that we do than ever before,” songwriter Williams told Hollywood on the Potomac at the 11th annual “We Write the Songs” event at the historic Coolidge Auditorium in The Library of Congress in Washington, DC – a celebration of American songwriting – jointly hosted by Susan H. Vita, Chief of the Library of Congress Music Division.

“First of all,” Williams explained, “following the MMA (Music Modernization Act), the fact is that we saw both sides of the aisle come together unanimously in both the House and Senate to make sure that the adjustments were made and things would be better for the music creator. I mean, it’s just as good as it gets. The hair on the back of my neck goes up.  I have to tell you that it’s such a privilege to come here and do this work with 700,000 members of ASCAP now, and when I won the Oscar with Barbra, Forever Green, there was a full page ad in writing that said: ‘The ASCAPs 28,000 writers congratulate you.’ Now we’re up to 700,000 and it’s remarkable. You know? It’s just remarkable.”


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Ellen Tauscher Memorial

May 26, 2019

“To everyone who joins us today, who knew that wonderful spirit and dedication of a very special woman by the name of Ellen Tauscher, I would like to welcome you personally. I would like to say that we are celebrating the life of a one-of-a-kind person, very special indeed. She touched so many lives and anybody that has worked with her, had dinner with her, drank a little California wine with her, knows the special person that she was.  When Ellen Tauscher put her mind to something there was no stopping her – achievement was a given.  She was always ready with something that made friends smile and laugh.  She was such a loving mother to you Katherine and incredibly generous to all her friends and family. She was for me a best friend and that will never change.”  excerpt from Senator Diane Feinstein

Ellen Tauscher was the US Representative from the State of California from 1997-20009 and Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Affairs from 20009-2012.

 

Others who paid tribute were T.H. Hillary Clinton, T.H. Steny Hoyer and General James I. Jones, Jr.

“Growing up in Washington and going to school at Beauvoir and the National Cathedral School, the Cathedral Close was a special place for me and my Mom.  I wanted to honor her at our special place.  Thank you for all the love you have sent us.”  Always, Katherine Tauscher.


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Hefner's First Amendment Awards

May 21, 2019

The Hugh Hefner Foundation hosted their annual First Amendment Awards in the nation’s capital, showcasing some of the year’s most noteworthy free speech battles and honoring seven individuals for their commitment to upholding First Amendment rights for all Americans. Christie Hefner, Founder and Chairman of the Hugh M. Hefner Foundation, welcomed the 2019 honorees to the stage at the Newseumin Washington, DC.

Hefner, who spoke of the critical need to protect the First Amendment, said: “Challenges to free speech still exist today. Almost every week we see the voices of students censored on campus, newsrooms and journalists under threat of physical assault, and the value of truth a victim of those waging partisan attacks. Now more than ever we should honor those who stand up for our First Amendment rights.”


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