ASCAP Showcases Musical Brilliance at Sundance with Live Performances and Composer Dialogues

Published January 16, 2024

Music enthusiasts and film aficionados are in for a treat at this year's Sundance Film Festival, thanks to the 26th Annual Sundance ASCAP Music Café, presented by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) in collaboration with Acura. Set against the backdrop of Park City, Utah, the event promises an impressive lineup of musical talents who will be performing live and engaging in insightful conversations about their contributions to film music.

Music and Film Intersections

The Sundance ASCAP Music Café, held on January 21 and 22, will feature live performances by bands and artists, including the DIG! XX Dandy Jonestown Revue, who will commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Sundance award-winning documentary, DIG!. Other notable performances include Evan Bartels, Fantastic Cat, Mary Scholz, and Ogi, each bringing their unique sounds to the forefront.

Conversations with Composers

Exclusive interviews will also enrich the event, as part of the ASCAP Screen Time series. Attendees will hear from Nathan Halpern and Josh Greenbaum on their documentary Will & Harper, as well as Kemba and J.M. Harper of As We Speak, with a special a capella performance. Another highlight will be a discussion with Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe and co-directors Brett Story and Stephen Maing about their documentary Union.

ASCAP's dedication to celebrating music in film is reflected not only in the Music Café but also in the numerous festival entries scored by ASCAP composers. This year's festival includes works from accomplished artists like Michael Abels, Geoff Zanelli, and Cristobal Tapia de Veer.

About ASCAP and Acura

ASCAP champions the interests of more than 960,000 music creators globally. As a not-for-profit organization, it advocates for fair compensation and recognition of composers and songwriters. Acura, esteemed for its innovative engineering and high-performance vehicles, is involved in supporting the event, upholding its commitment to arts and culture.

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