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ASCAP honors Skaggs

Thursday, September 1, 2016 – Ricky Skaggs will receive the ASCAP Founders Award at the 54th annual ASCAP Country Music Awards, it was announced today.

ASCAP President Paul Williams said, "For more than four decades, Ricky Skaggs has been a musical force in bluegrass and country music. His incredible gifts as a musician combined with his boundless creativity and energy continue to fuel a passion for American roots music around the world. A national treasure, he has influenced generations of fellow music creators and we are honored to present him with the ASCAP Founders Award."

The Founders Award is one of ASCAP's "highest honors and is presented to songwriters and composers who have made pioneering contributions to music by inspiring and influencing their fellow music creators," a press release said

Previous recipients include George Strait, Alan Jackson, Jackson Browne, Emmylou Harris, Garth Brooks, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Melissa Etheridge and Neil Young.

The 54th annual ASCAP Country Music Awards will include the announcements of the ASCAP Country Music Songwriter of the Year, Song of the Year and Publisher of the Year.

Skaggs will receive the honor at the Ryman in Nashville on Oct. 31.


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