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[POSTPONED] American Society of Music Arrangers and Composers celebrates 80 years


The American Society of Music Arrangers and Composers (ASMAC) will celebrate their 80th anniversary on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018 at the Skirball Cultural Center.

“In addition to celebrating and presenting a tribute to 80 years of wonderful music created by our award winning arrangers, composers and orchestrators, ASMAC is honored to recognize the multi Grammy Award-winning music producer, songwriter and composer Walter Afanasieff with our 2018 President’s Award,” announced Gayle Levant, President of ASMAC. Continue reading

Two Legends, One Stage: ASMAC Golden Score Awards 2017

AFM Local 47 Life Members Charles Fox and Paul Williams to be honored 

All Local 47 members receive special discount on tickets

Singer/songwriter/actor/voice actor PAUL WILLIAMS may be best-known to younger generations as “the Butcher” in this year’s summer blockbuster Baby Driver, or for his 2014 Grammy win for Album of the Year with Daft Punk. The American Society of Music Arrangers and Composers is proud to announce him as an honoree at the 2017 ASMAC Golden Score Awards, along with his Love Boat-theme collaborator, composer/arranger CHARLES FOX.

The event takes place Sunday, December 3, 2017, 5 p.m. at the Hilton Universal City Hotel. Continue reading

Recap: ASMAC First WEDNESDAYS features Jack Smalley and Perry Botkin Jr.


The ASMAC ‘FIRST WEDNESDAYS’ event June 1 featured Jack Smalley and Perry Botkin. (Photos courtesy of Milton Nelson.)

Don Peake

Don Peake

Perry Botkin

Perry Botkin

Jack and Perry were super! A packed house and lots of great stuff starting with a great intro from legendary composer-guitarist Don Peake.

The evening included stories about Jack’s early years in Europe and days writing music for TV through toolbox stuffings for those who were lucky enough to attend.

Scott Smalley

Scott Smalley

The evening was topped off with a surprise visit by Jack Smalley’s son, noted arranger Scott Smalley, who took some turns asking his dad questions and showing a lot of love and respect for his awesome dad. The event also included four amazing film cues of Jack’s with the scores to review proceeded by Jack’s in depth explanation of techniques used to compose them. A great time for everyone!

– Larry Goldman

ASMAC First WEDNESDAYS June 1 Workshop: Composition Techniques for Film and TV

jack smalleyWednesday, June 1, 2016 – 7 PM

$10 for Guests and Students
FREE for ASMAC & Local 47 members
Free parking

Meet-up & Check-in: 7-7:30 p.m.
Program: 7:30-10 p.m.

AFM Local 47 – Auditorium
817 Vine St. Hollywood, CA 90038


Jack Smalley, film and television composer, mentor of mentors and mentor of composing legends will share valuable film and television scoring techniques. Learn more about Jack during an interview by special guest Perry Botkin Jr. followed by Jack’s in depth demonstration which includes printed scores, study material and audio examples. Continue reading

ASMAC ‘FIRST WEDNESDAYS’ May workshop highlights women composers

Marlene Hajdu, Elise Michelle, and Carolyn Yarnell addressing the audience at the ASMAC FIRST WEDNESDAYS workshop highlighting women composers on May 4. (Photos courtesy Marlene Hajdu)

Marlene Hajdu, Elise Michelle, and Carolyn Yarnell addressing the audience at the ASMAC FIRST WEDNESDAYS workshop highlighting women composers on May 4. (Photos courtesy Marlene Hajdu)

by Alison Freebairn-Smith

The ASMAC First Wednesdays event on May 4, “Celebrating Women Composers,” did just that. We moved through the evening listening to music from animation to orchestral music from Carnegie Hall to bebop re-imagined. Continue reading

April 6: ASMAC ‘First Wednesdays’ feat. Patrick Williams, Elliot Deutsch

Wednesday, April 6
@ AFM Local 47, 817 Vine St. Hollywood

Patrick Williams

Patrick Williams

Patrick Williams, composer of original scores for over 65 films including BREAKING AWAY (for which he received an Oscar nomination), SWING SHIFT, CRY-BABY and THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS, as well as TV series’ such as COLUMBO, LOU GRANT, THE MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW and THE BOB NEWHART SHOW, will demonstrate the process of conceiving an original music arrangement, Wednesday, April 6 at the Musicians Union in Hollywood as part of a continuing monthly series sponsored by ASMAC (American Society of Music Arrangers and Composers) called “First Wednesdays.” Continue reading