News: 2016

SHOF Inductee Steve Cropper Makes Smithsonian Donation

In a special ceremony on December 1 in Washington, D.C., 2005 Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee Steve Cropper presented four historic instruments to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. Cropper donated three Fender guitars that he played with Otis Redding on “(Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay,” in…

Dec 8

Don Schlitz Weaves Magic At NYU Master Session

By April Anderson

Humor, thoughtful elegance and true inspiration were key elements when 2012 Songwriters Hall of Fame Inductee and Board Member Don Schlitz graced the packed Frederick Loewe Theater last Thursday, December 1, for the latest in the series of SHOF Master Sessions at NYU.

Dec 5

SHOF Inductee Steve Cropper to Donate Historic Instruments to the Smithsonian

In the pantheon of American music, guitarist and songwriter Steve Cropper, a 2005 Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee, is a titan of classic R&B, soul, funk, blues and rock ‘n’ roll. With that legacy, on December 1 the celebrated Cropper will present four historic instruments to the Smithsonian’s National Museum…

Nov 21

Important Letter from NMPA President & CEO David Israelite

This is a must-read for all songwriters!

Earlier this week the Internet Association sent a letter to President-Elect Trump on behalf of its giant tech members asking for continued weak intermediary liability, overly-expansive safe harbors, weaker copyright law, continued compulsory music licenses and vigorous oversight of the ASCAP…

Nov 17

Don Schlitz to Guest at Songwriters Hall of Fame Master Sessions @ NYU

Don Schlitz, one of Nashville’s pre-eminent songwriters, will come to New York University on Thursday, December 1 at 7:00 p.m., as the featured guest at the next edition of the Songwriters Hall of Fame Master Sessions @ NYU.  Now in its sixth year, the Master Sessions are a collaboration between…

Nov 15

Remembering Leon Russell

The Songwriters Hall of Fame was saddened to learn of the passing of 2011 Inductee Leon Russell.

Born in Lawton, Oklahoma, Russell began playing piano at the age of four. He attended Will Rogers High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and during that time he was already performing at…

Nov 14

Remembering Leonard Cohen

The SHOF was saddened to learn of the death of 2010 Inductee Leonard Cohen today.

Born in 1934, Cohen was a Canadian singer, songwriter, poet and novelist, and his work explored religion, politics, isolation, sexuality, and personal relationships. Cohen was inducted into both the Canadian Music Hall of…

Nov 10

The Art of Collaboration

Songwriters & Music Publishers Making Music & History Together

The latest in the Songwriters Hall of Fame events, The Art of Collaboration: Songwriters and Music Publishers Making Music and History Together, took place October 20, 2016 to a packed house in the Clive Davis Theatre at the Grammy…

Nov 9

Imagine Dragons’ Dan Reynolds And UMPG’s Evan Lamberg At USC Master Session

Passion for songwriting, love and mutual respect were key themes of the afternoon at the Songwriters Hall of Fame / USC Master Session on Friday October 14th as the SHOF’s 2014 Hal David Starlight Award recipient Dan Reynolds (of Imagine Dragons), and Evan Lamberg, President – North America of Universal…

Oct 24

Songwriters Hall Of Fame 2017 Nominees For Induction Announced

New York, NY – October 20, 2016 - The Songwriters Hall of Fame has announced its slate of nominees to be elected for induction at its Annual Induction & Awards Gala on June 15, 2017, in New York City.

The Songwriters Hall of Fame is dedicated…

Oct 20

Remembering Oscar Brand

Photo from the Sam Teicher Collection for the Songwriters Hall of Fame

The SHOF was saddened to learn of the passing of one of our esteemed Founding Board Members, Oscar Brand.

Having joined the Songwriters Hall of Fame Board of Directors in the early years of…

Oct 2

The SHOF & The GRAMMY Museum Announce: The Art Of Collaboration

Panelists include: Dan Wilson, Bonnie McKee, Jack Antonoff Big Deal Music’s Kenny MacPherson, Pulse Music Group’s Scott Cutler and Sony/ ATV Music Publishing’s Jennifer Knoepfle

September 21, 2016 - The Songwriters Hall of Fame, in association with the Los Angeles-based GRAMMY Museum®, is pleased to present The Art…

Sep 20

Songwriters Hall Of Fame Celebrates The Best Of Songwriting Legends

Inductees:  Elvis Costello, Marvin Gaye*, Tom Petty, Nile Rodgers & Bernard Edwards* and Chip Taylor

Special Award Recipients: Lionel Richie, Nick Jonas and Seymour Stein

Presenters/Performers: The B-52s, James Corden, Kenneth Gamble & Leon Huff, Jennifer Hudson, Roger McGuinn, Marcus Mumford, Rachel Platten, Sister Sledge, Jussie…

Jun 10

2016 Scholarship Awards Announced

New York, N.Y.- June 6, 2016- The 2016 recipients of the Abe Olman Scholarships for Excellence in Songwriting, The Holly Prize, The NYU Steinhardt Songwriting Scholar Award and the first-ever Curtis Mayfield Scholarship Award have been selected, SHOF President & CEO Linda Moran announced today.

This year’s Abe…

Jun 6

Annual Awards Gala Presenters & Performers Announced

The B-52s, James Corden, Kenneth Gamble & Leon Huff, Jennifer Hudson, Roger McGuinn, Marcus Mumford, Rachel Platten, Sister Sledge, Jussie Smolett, Jon Voight To Present And/Or Perform At The 2016 Songwriters Hall Of Fame Annual Induction And Awards Gala

Previously Announced Honorees Include Inductees Elvis…

Jun 2

Desmond Child Shines at USC

The USC Thornton School’s Popular Music Program concluded its school year on Friday, April 29th, by hosting 2008 Songwriters Hall of Fame Inductee Desmond Child in its final SHOF Master Session of the semester. Interviewed by Chris Sampson, Vice Dean of the USC Contemporary Music Program, Desmond generously shared…

May 4

Nick Jonas To Receive Hal David Starlight Award

Previously Announced Inductees Include: Elvis Costello, Marvin Gaye*, Tom Petty, Nile Rodgers & Bernard Edwards* and Chip Taylor

New York, NY – April 18, 2016 – Nick Jonas will be the recipient of the eminent Hal David Starlight Award, to be presented at the 47th…

Apr 18

Lionel Richie To Receive Prestigious Johnny Mercer Award

Previously Announced Inductees Include: Elvis Costello, Marvin Gaye*, Tom Petty, Nile Rodgers & Bernard Edwards* and Chip Taylor

New York, NY – April 11, 2016 – The Songwriters Hall of Fame announced today that Lionel Richie will be the 2016 recipient of the esteemed Johnny Mercer Award at…

Apr 11

Remembering Merle Haggard

The Songwriters Hall of Fame was saddened to learn of the passing of 2007 Inductee Merle Haggard today, on his 79th birthday.

“Merle Haggard’s songs rallied blue-collar workers with their old-fashioned values,” said SHOF President & CEO Linda Moran. “He will always be revered as a grand narrator,…

Apr 6

Seymour Stein To Receive Howie Richmond Hitmaker Award

Previously Announced Inductees Include Elvis Costello, Marvin Gaye*, Tom Petty, Nile Rodgers & Bernard Edwards* and Chip Taylor

March 17, 2016 – New York – Seymour Stein, co-founder and chairman of Sire Records, will be the 2016 recipient of the prestigious Howie Richmond Hitmaker Award at the Annual…

Mar 17

Lamont Dozier Returns To USC For Songwriters Hall Of Fame Master Session

1988 Songwriters Hall of Fame Inductee and 2009 Johnny Mercer Award winner Lamont Dozier returned to the campus for a Songwriters Hall of Fame Master Session on Friday, February 26th. Lamont, who had previously served as an Artist in Residence Professor at USC/Thornton where he was actively involved in creating…

Mar 8

Songwriters Hall Of Fame Announces 2016 Inductees

ELVIS COSTELLO, MARVIN GAYE, TOM PETTY, NILE RODGERS & BERNARD EDWARDS AND CHIP TAYLOR TO BE INDUCTED JUNE 9TH IN NEW YORK

New York, NY – March 2, 2016 – Musical titans Elvis Costello, Marvin Gaye*, Tom Petty, Nile Rodgers & Bernard Edwards* and Chip Taylor will…

Mar 2

Remembering 2010 SHOF Inductee Maurice White

2010 Songwriters Hall of Fame Inductee Maurice White, one of the co-founders of iconic band Earth, Wind & Fire died Wednesday at his home in Los Angeles, his brother Verdine said.

The musician had been battling Parkinson’s disease since 1992, and his condition worsened over the past few…

Feb 4

Remembering Glenn Frey

(left to right) SHOF Board Member Karen Sherry, Glenn Frey, SHOF Inductee Jimmy Webb, SHOF President & CEO Linda Moran and SHOF Board Member Robbin Ahrold
Photo by Chianan Yen, Courtesy NYU Steinhardt

The Songwriters Hall of Fame mourns the passing of 2000…

Jan 18

The (Potential) Sounds Of Silence

By Tom Schatz
(As reprinted from the January 13 issue of The Hill)

Without songwriters, there would be no music. Main streets and malls would not have reverberated over the past months with happy holiday songs like “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” “Rudolph the Red Nosed…

Jan 15

Remembering David Bowie

The Songwriters Hall of Fame was saddened to learn of the passing of 2005 Inductee David Bowie yesterday.

Born in London on Jan. 8, 1947, David Robert Jones began as a teenager playing the saxophone and singing the blues. He went on to become a pioneer of glam…

Jan 11

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