The ASCAP Foundation Paul Williams "Loved the Liner Notes" Award
ASCAP Foundation President, Paul Williams established the Paul Williams “Loved the Liner Notes” Award as part of the annual Deems Taylor/ Virgil Thomson Awards for outstanding writing on the subject of music. Williams funds the award and suggested the name because of his personal affinity for liner notes and the connection they create for the fan with the music. A panel of music industry professionals selects the recipient of the award.
The Deems Taylor/ Virgil Thomson Awards recognize books, articles and liner notes on the subject of music, selected for their excellence. They were established in 1967 to honor the memory of composer, critic and commentator Deems Taylor, who died in 1966 after a distinguished career that included six years as President of ASCAP. In 2014 the Awards were renamed to also honor the memory of Virgil Thomson (1896 – 1989), one of the leading American composers and critics of the 20th Century, and a former member of the ASCAP board of directors. The ASCAP Foundation Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Awards are made possible by a generous grant from the Virgil Thomson Foundation.