The American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers – ASCAP – has chosen two time Grammy Award and Oscar winning singer and songwriteras the recipient of their Founder’s Award. “Carly Simon has always poured her heart and soul into her songwriting, and in the process she has helped rewrite the rule book on what popular music can achieve and how it can profoundly change people’s lives. Shi is a true musical pioneer and ASCAP is extremely proud to honour her with the Founders Award,” said ASCAP President and Chairman Paul Williams.
The Founders Award is given to songwriters that ASCAP deems as having made “exceptional contributions to music” and who have inspired and influenced their colleagues. Past winners of the Founders Award are Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson, Burt Bacharach and Hal David, Alan and Marilyn Berman,, Elvis Costello, , Billy Joel. , Sir , Joni Mitchell, , Pati Smith, , Rod Stewart, James Taylor, Tom Waits, Ann and Nancy Wilson, , and Neil Young.
Simon will be presented with her award at ASCAP’s annual awards ceremony on April 18 in Los Angeles
Carly Simon is a New York City native who grew up listening to her father play Beethoven and Chopin on the piano and attending New York Dodger baseball games. Her Uncle George is a jazz aficionado, Uncle Henry is a Musicolgist, Uncle Alfred is the music director at a classical music radio station, and sister Joanna an opera singer.
Simon made her first foray into the music business as one part of a folk music duo with her sister Lucy. Simon’s first of many top 10 hits was “That’s the Way I’ve Always Heard it Should Be” in 1971; earning Simon her first Grammy Award. Simon’s smash hit “Nobody Does it Better” was from the James Bond film “The Spy Who Loved Me” starring Sir Roger Moore and her first movie theme song. Simon was inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame in 1994.