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2013 ASCAPLUS AWARD WINNER

JULY 1, 2013 (NASHVILLE, TN) – The American Society of Authors & Composers (ASCAP) has named Dustin James an ASCAPLUS Award recipient in the Popular Music category. 2013 marks the fourth year Dustin has received the award from the nation’s largest and oldest Performance Rights Organization. ASCAPLUS awards are based on panel review of recent activity of writer applicants and the primary basis for panel determinations is the activity generated by each member's catalog, with emphasis on recent performances.
2012 ASCAP FOUNDATION JAY GORNEY AWARD
Live Performance at 17th Annual ASCAP Foundation Awards

 
Nashville, Tenn., December 18, 2012 – The ASCAP Foundation honored Nashville songwriter Dustin James with the 2012 Jay Gorney Award at the 17th Annual ASCAP Foundation Awards, held on Wednesday, December 12th in New York City. In addition to a cash scholarship, James received airfare and lodging to attend the ceremony at the famed Jazz At Lincoln Center, where he accompanied recording artist Brittini Black in a live performance of the award-winning song, "God Has Given Hope A Name (America).” The award was established by the family of late composer Jay Gorney to recognize exceptional contemporary songs that reflect the elements of social consciousness present in Gorney’s 1930s classic anthem of the Great Depression, “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?”.
Inspired by his first visit to Ellis Island, James' song paints a vivid and moving picture of the triumphant and often harrowing experiences of European immigrants during America's immigration boom of the early 1900s. Award namesake Jay Gorney was himself a part of this group, having emigrated to the U.S. from Russia as a youth before going on to a successful songwriting career during the salad days of New York City's Tin Pan Alley.
The chorus of “God Has Given Hope A Name (America)” allows listeners a glimpse of America as seen through the eyes of these early immigrants: "America I hear you calling me / Sweet land of liberty I’m on my way / America beckoning with open arms / I long to feel the warmth of freedom’s flame / God has given hope a name America."
"Dustin's songs exemplify his creative intuition and strong melodic sense. We are very proud of the recognition he has received with The ASCAP Foundation Jay Gorney Award, and we will continue to work closely with Dustin to help him achieve his creative and professional goals" noted ASCAP Creative Manager Ryan Beuschel.
Among other honorees at the December 12th ceremony were Nashville singer-songwriter and Wrensong/Reynsong staff writer Jacob Davis, on hand to accept the ASCAP Foundation Leon Brettler Award, and pop singer-songwriter Jason Mraz, recipient of the ASCAP Foundation Champion Award. 

The 2012 Jay Gorney Award marks the second time Dustin James has been honored by The ASCAP Foundation. The southeast Texas native and Texas A&M grad earned the foundation's Harold Adamson Lyric Award in 2008. That year, while in New York City to accept his award, James toured Ellis and Liberty Islands and was inspired to pen this year's winning song.
About The ASCAP Foundation
Founded in 1975, The ASCAP Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to supporting American music creators and encouraging their development through music education and talent development programs. Included in these are songwriting workshops, grants, scholarships, awards, recognition and community outreach programs for songwriters, composers and lyricists. The ASCAP Foundation is supported by contributions from ASCAP members and from music lovers throughout the United States.
ASCAP GPS CLASS SHOWCASES FOR PUBLISHERS

OCTOBER 4, 2012 (NASHVILLE, TN) -- The twelve members of ASCAP Nashville's 2012 GPS (Guidance from Publishers for Songwriters) program showcased for a packed house last night at The Bluebird Cafe. The crowd included publishers participating in this year's installment of the GPS program and those who participated in the 2011 pilot program among others.

More on ASCAP Nashville's GPS Program here
NSAI'S 2012 BEST OF THE HOLIDAYS COMPILATION

SEPTEMBER 26, 2012 (NASHVILLE, TN) -- The Nashville Songwriter's Association International (NSAI) has selected Dustin's solo-written Christmas Song -- "For The Man Who Had Everything" -- for inclusion in the 2012 edition of NSAI's annual "Best of the Holidays" compilation CD. Each July NSAI staff receive thousands of holiday-themed submissions for the project. They review these submissions over Aug and Sept and ultimately include the twelve best songs on their annual compilation. NSAI staff hits the streets of Music Row the following year to hand deliver the project to Music Publishers and Labels for consideration for upcoming projects.

Pictured: NSAI Staffers get in the spirit to pass out last year's "Best of the Holidays" Comp on Music Row
DUSTIN JAMES SELECTED FOR ASCAP GPS PROGRAM

JANUARY 13, 2012 (NASHVILLE, TN) -- Dustin James is one of twelve songwriter's selected for participation in ASCAP Nashville's elite GPS (Guidance from Publishers for Songwriters) program. The GPS program was launched in 2011 with the goal of matching ASCAP Nashville's top songwriting prospects with the most talented publishers on Music Row.  Over the course of the year, Dustin will be paired with a total of six different publishers for an initial meeting and follow-up meeting with each.
"With shrinking manpower and increasing workloads, as a community we can't afford to take our eyes off the importance of writer development. ASCAP's GPS Project gets some of Nashville's finest publishers involved in an invaluable learning experience for these talented writers." 
-- LeAnn Phelan, Senior Creative Director ASCAP
2011 ASCAPLUS AWARD WINNER

DECEMBER 14, 2011 (NASHVILLE, TN) – The American Society of Authors & Composers (ASCAP) has again named Dustin James an ASCAPLUS Award recipient in the Popular Music category. 2011 marks the third consecutive year Dustin has received the honor from the nation’s largest and oldest Performance Rights Organization. ASCAPLUS awards are based on panel review of recent activity of writer applicants and the primary basis for panel determinations is the activity generated by each member's catalog, with emphasis on recent performances.
2010 ASCAPLUS AWARD WINNER

DECEMBER 12, 2010 (NASHVILLE, TN) – The American Society of Authors & Composers (ASCAP) has again named Dustin James an ASCAPLUS Award recipient in the Popular Music category. 2010 marks the second consecutive year James has received the honor from the nation’s largest and oldest Performance Rights Organization. ASCAPLUS awards are based on panel review of recent activity of writer applicants and the primary basis for panel determinations is the activity generated by each member's catalog, with emphasis on recent performances. Cash awards will be dispersed to 2010 ASCAPLUS recipients in the January 2011 ASCAP royalty distribution.
DUSTIN SHOWCASES AT NSAI PUBLISHER LUNCHEON

JUNE 22, 2010 (NASHVILLE, TN) – The Nashville Songwriter’s Association International (NSAI) hosted their quarterly Pitch-To-Publisher Luncheon this afternoon at their Music Row headquarters. Dustin James was invited to perform live for the packed crowd of publishers, songpluggers and A&R Reps.
2009 ASCAPLUS AWARD WINNER

DECEMBER 2, 2009 (NASHVILLE, TN) – The American Society of Authors & Composers (ASCAP) has named Nashville songwriter Dustin James a 2009 ASCAPLUS Award recipient in the Popular Music category. ASCAPLUS is an awards program that provides cash and recognition to active writers in the early and mid stages of their careers as well as established writers whose main activity is outside of broadcast media. Awards are based on panel review of recent activity of writer applicants and the primary basis for panel determinations is the activity generated by each member's catalog, with emphasis on recent performances. Cash awards will be dispersed to 2009 ASCAPLUS recipients in the January 2010 ASCAP royalty distribution.
BRITTINI BLACK RELEASES “AMERICA” TO RADIO

JUNE 29, 2009 (NASHVILLE, TN) – Emerging country artist Brittini Black (Slugfest Records / Star Tour Records, Nashville) has released Dustin James’ “America” to country radio as her newest nation-wide single release. Fans are encouraged to stay tuned for the upcoming debut of the “America” Music Video on Great American Country (GAC) and Country Music Television (CMT). View the “America” music video -- a collaboration between Sandra Lee of Star Tour Inc. and Victor Guadagno of Bordertown Productions -- on YouTube here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9gMlPaipmtU.
“AMERICA” ADDED TO BOSTON POPS FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR

JUNE 26, 2009 (NASHVILLE, TN) – Boston 4 Productions has added the Dustin James solo-write “America” to its July 4th Celebration on the Charles River Esplanade in Boston, MA. Visitors will enjoy the “America” video – produced by Vic Guadagno of Bordertown Productions and featuring powerhouse vocals by Brittini Black – as it plays on two jumbo screens positioned on each side of the Boston's river-front Hatch Shell stage.
“We are excited to play Dustin James’ ‘America’ throughout the day as part of the Boston’s Fourth of July Celebration” says Jessica Cremin of Boston 4 Productions. “It’s a very powerful song and I think the visitors to this year’s celebration will really enjoy it.”

Approximately 500,000 visitors pack the Charles River Esplanade each Fourth of July for what has become one of Boston's largest and most anticipated annual events. In addition, the televised broadcast of the event boasts an audience of more than seven million viewers from across the country and the globe.
The 2009 “Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular” will be broadcast live from the Charles River Esplanade in Boston, Massachusetts on Saturday, July 4 (10:00-11:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network.
2008 ASCAP FOUNDATION HAROLD ADAMSON LYRIC AWARD

DECEMBER 10, 2008 (NASHVILLE, TN) – The ASCAP Foundation (New York City) honored Dustin James as a 2008 recipient of the prestigious Harold Adamson Lyric Award during the 13th Annual ASCAP Foundation Awards, held this evening in New York City. The award – named in honor of songwriting great Harold Adamson ("Time on My Hands” and "An Affair to Remember") – is presented annually to aspiring lyricists who demonstrate talent and an intelligent and sensitive use of language in their songwriting.

Dustin was nominated for and received the award based on the merits of his solo-written "Texas Is Missing You". In addition to a check for $7,500, Dustin also received travel and lodging to NYC to attend the awards event and accept the honor in-person.  The 13th Annual ASCAP Foundation Awards Event were held in The Allen Room at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, Broadway at 60th Street, New York City.
With ASCAP President Paul Williams

With ASCAP President Paul Williams

DUSTIN JAMES PERFORMS LIVE FOR MUHAMMAD ALI

SEPTEMBER 22, 2008 (NASHVILLE, TN) –  Nashville songwriter Dustin James had the opportunity of a lifetime when the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, Kentucky asked James to sing his Ali-inspired original composition “It Ain’t Braggin (If You Can Back It Up)”  for the man himself.  James honored boxing legend, humanitarian and global icon Muhammad Ali on September 18 as part of the Muhammad Ali Welcome Celebration to kick-off the 2008 Ryder Cup golf tournament in Muhammad’s hometown of Louisville, Kentucky.
“The whole thing was amazing and sort of surreal.  I remember looking back over my shoulder during the second verse and seeing Mr. Ali leaning forward in his seat, grinning over at me and really getting into it.  How do you describe the feeling you get from something like that?” asks James.  “I’ll be telling this story to my great-grandkids.”

The Ali Center invited James to perform “It Ain’t Braggin” as a surprise for Muhammad and Lonnie Ali after hearing the song and conceiving the idea as a unique and meaningful way to publically honor the champion’s life and legacy.  In addition to the Alis, the other attending dignitaries included Ieuan Wyn Jones, Deputy First Minister of Wales; Louisville Metro Mayor Jerry Abramson; and Jonathan Blum, Chair and Greg Roberts, President/CEO of the Ali Center.
Dustin Performs for Muhammad & Lonnie Ali

Dustin Performs for Muhammad & Lonnie Ali

The community celebration was held at the Muhammad Ali Center Plaza in downtown Louisville and welcomed over 300 national and international visitors.  Also on-hand to cover the proceedings were numerous representatives of both the US and international media, including The Daily Mail (UK), The Independent (Ireland), Al Jezeera (Qatar), and more.

“Then [Ali] lowered himself into an armchair unaided and fired a smile out to the gallery. Out went the right hand again. Throughout the speeches that followed he alternated between a kind of slackmouthed trance and alertness. When Dustin James struck up his guitar to sing It Ain't Braggin, Ali was drawn to the praise and leaned forward to catch the words…” -- excerpt from article in The Daily Mail (UK).