Additional Statementsby Senator Barbara Boxer
Posted on 2013-01-24
BOXER. Mr. President, the great song lyricists Alan and
Marilyn Bergman are being honored by the New West Symphony with its
Bravo Award for their extraordinary leadership, their contributions to
the Visions of America multimedia project, and their deep and
longstanding commitment to music education and the performing arts. I
look forward to paying tribute to them at the New West Symphony's event
in Los Angeles.
Alan and Marilyn Bergman are two of the world's best-known and best- loved lyricists. From the 1950s calypso hit ``Yellow Bird'' and Frank Sinatra's ``Nice 'n' Easy'' to Oscar-winning lyrics for ``The Way We Were'' and ``The Windmills of Your Mind'' to themes for many of America's favorite television series, the Bergmans have been contributing to the Great American Songbook for more than 50 years. They have won three Academy Awards (including one for the score of Yentl), four Emmys, two Grammys, and two Golden Globe Awards.
They have also worked tirelessly to promote the arts and champion our creative community. Marilyn served for 15 years as President and Chairman of the Board of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), the world's foremost performing rights organization. In 2002, she was appointed the first chairman of the Library of Congress National Sound Recording Preservation Board.
Alan serves as a member of the Library of Congress National Film Preservation Board, the Johnny Mercer Foundation Board, the Artists' Rights Foundation Board, and the Jazz Bakery Board of Directors.
And together, Alan and Marilyn serve on the executive committee of the Music Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.
They are also strong supporters of music education, including the New West Symphony's outstanding efforts to provide quality outreach and educational opportunities for our communities and our schools.
Mr. President, I know that you and all our colleagues will join me in saluting two great American artists and this year's Bravo Award winners, Alan and Marilyn Bergman.