ASCAP swan song for chief Bergman


Marilyn Bergman is stepping down after 15 years as president and chairman of the board at ASCAP.

The three-time Oscar-winning songwriter and composer said Tuesday that she will continue to serve on the performing-rights group's board. Her successor is expected to be elected at this month's board meeting.

Bergman, the first woman to be elected to the ASCAP board, helped lead the organization to several major legislative victories, including the Supreme Court's 2003 decision to uphold the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act.

Ed Christman is a senior correspondent for Billboard.