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Doug Wood

 Composer, producer and ASCAP Board Member Doug Wood has written and produced music for hundreds of television programs and commercials, including Saturday Night Live, Dateline NBC, and Conan O’Brien; promos for ABC, CBS, ESPN and NBC; and national spots for Coca Cola, Volkswagen, Verizon and scores of others. A classically-trained pianist and oboist, and composition major at Manhattan School of Music (as well as rock guitarist and band leader), Wood is the founder and CEO of the Omnimusic Libraries. On the ASCAP Board he is writer Chairman of the Operations and Administration Committee and serves on the Finance and Legal Strategy Committees. Wood has spent countless hours helping ASCAP members resolve their issues with the organization. As a result of his successful protest in 1991, ASCAP implemented the Special Library Survey, which has distributed millions of dollars in royalties to non-feature writers and publishers. In the mid-1990s, Wood founded the Professional Composers of America, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating young composers about the music business. He is the author of The Commercial Composers’ Guide to Music Publishing and Licensing Agreements, as well as several feature articles on music copyright and licensing. He is a frequent guest lecturer and panel participant discussing media music, music licensing and the rights of composers and songwriters.  For more than 20 years, Wood has championed the cause of independent writer members of ASCAP and advocated openness in operations and fairness in policies. He has authored several proposals to prevent non-writers from taking writers’ royalties, has fought against industry practices that infringe on the rights of writers and was an original architect of the ASCAP Bill of Rights for Songwriters and Composers. Wood and his wife Patti live in Port Washington, Long Island. They are also the founders of Grassroots Environmental Education, an award-winning environmental health non-profit.
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