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ASCAP Honors Stevie Wonder in DC

This upcoming Tuesday, Capitol Hill will host the inaugural ASCAP American Troubadour Award in celebration of Stevie Wonder. Entertainers and lawmakers will rub elbows at the all-star musical event (invitation-only mind you), a tribute concert preceded by dinner.

Performing are legendary vocalist Tony Bennett, Dianne Reeves, trumpeter Jon Faddis, Motown icon Smokey Robinson, Ashford & Simpson, India Arie, ex-Fugee Wyclef Jean, country pop star Wynonna Judd, Chaka Khan, Brian McKnight and Joan Osborne.

Founded in 1914 as the first Performing Rights Organization in the U.S., ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) continues to protect over 8 million copyrighted musical works with over 275,000 members. The group, whose Board of Directors consists of only writers and publishers, collects royalties for public performances of the copyrighted music to be distributed to its members.

Last summer, Wonder performed at the U.S. Capitol for “A Capitol Fourth,” the Independence Day concert-and-fireworks event hosted by Seinfeld star Jason Alexander.

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