Illustrators and Photographers both received payments in the past 45 days! Check your bank accounts for your ACH transfer. Please note that it may be marked with an "MR" or "Music Reports" designation. Those are ASCRLfunds! If you did not receive your payment, you should 1) make sure that your payment information is complete, 2) make sure you have uploaded a completed W-9 and I.D., and 3) that you have completed the information required on your ASCRL dashboard. We are here to help if you need any assistance. Please note that another Illustration and Photography distribution is expected by the end of May.
Hello ASCRL Members,
On October 4th, 2019, I was fortunate to be asked to assume the role of ASCRL CEO. I am happy to be able to serve ASCRL in that role, where I will bring to bear the experience I have had in operating, being legal counsel to, and in helping to initially organize, ASCRL. Since beginning work as CEO in October, we have been fortunate in procuring increased funding for distributions, and in expanding our membership. We will keep you updated throughout 2020 as things progress.
CEO ASCRL, Inc.
In the interests of developing strongest possible representation of Illustrators in the organization, we are fortunate to report that Taina Litwak has joined the Board of Directors of ASCRL, moving out of her position on the Advisory Board. Taina has been active with other organization work in the past. She has been active member of GNSI, and Illustrators Club DC/MD/VA. Taina is taking the seat left open by Jeff Sedlik, who left this board position to focus on the work he does as President of the PLUS Registry.
ASCRL is also fortunate to have three additional leaders in the illustration field join the Advisory Board. ASCRL welcomes to the Advisory Board Marie Dauenheimer. Marie is active with her professional association, the Association of Medical illustrators, and is a past Secretary and Director to the Board of Governors. She is a Trustee for the Vesalius Trust for Visual Communications in Health Sciences. She is also a past president of Illustrators Club DC/MD/Va.
ASRCL also welcomes, to the Advisory Board, David Goldman, from the world renowned David Goldman Agency. Since GDA was originally established in New York in 1980 it has been providing award winning illustration to advertising agencies, graphic design firms, magazine, newspapers, book publishers, corporations, licensees, animation production companies, and a world of image users. In fact, DGA artists have been used in some of the most successful print and television ad campaigns in the world, and over 600 awards for illustration excellence have been bestowed upon DGA artists and animation designers to date. Now the agency is well known as the exclusive representative of a small boutique group of the world's premier professional commercial illustrators, designers, authors, and TV show creators. David has also been involved in developing, producing, and selling television properties with David Russo in partnerships with Mark Burnett Productions, Magic Johnson, Paula Abdul, MTV, USA Network, NBC, Discovery Channel, GSN, and most recently in 2019 with ITV.
Joe Azar also joins the Advisory Board. Joe has been on the Board of The Illustrators Club DC/MD/VA, almost since its founding in 1986. He has written frequently on copyright and legal issues of concern to illustrators, and is a former member of the Graphic Artist's Guild for whom he has updated a chapter on professional issues in the 7th Edition of the Pricing and Ethical Guidelines. He is also a former member of the National Cartoonists Society. To say that Joe has been an advocate for illustrators barely scratches the surface of the decades of work Joe has devoted to the field, and ASCRL is particularly grateful that it can rely upon the knowledge he has to offer based on his many years of involvement in the development of collective licensing in the United States. Since 1976 Joe has been a member of the District of Columbia andVirginia bars
John Mason, Esq., known to many as a leading Intellectual Property Attorney, a nationally known copyright litigator, and as President of Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts, has assumed the General Counsel position for ASCRL. We are fortunate to have John's experience to help us with the international and domestic copyright issues that we confront, and to help us with ASCRL's legal administration.
Did you know that the ASCRL portal allows you to designate an Association to be the recipient of all or a part of your funds. Associations perform important advocacy functions for the illustration and photography communities anddeserve your support. If you have a suggestion for an association to receive funds please email the ASCRL board and we will ask the association if they wish to be included on the portal for donations.
As a not for profit organization, ASCRL's aim is to maximize contributions to ASCRL claimants and to reduce ASCRL Administrative expenses as much as is possible. Towards this end, ASCRL will be changing its membership agreement to provide that ASCRL will make commercially reasonable efforts to reduce the administrative commissions charged against member distributions by adopting programs established by the board of directors for the investment of and subsequent administrative use of ASCRL funds that are not specifically identified under contracts for distribution, including funds granted as seed money by supporting organizations to ASCRL, appreciated amounts that ASCRL contracts do not specifically designate for distribution to ASCRLmembers, and certain foreign tax refunds for taxes withheld at the source. The hope is that over time these funds will help fund and defray administrative costs and in turn help to reduce the percentage charged against member distributions. Appropriate additions will be made to the membership agreement. Please stay tuned.
Please note that ASCRL ACH payments may appear in your bank account with and MR or MRI or Music Reports designation. We are working with the banks to get the ACH line items to have an ASCRL specification. That process has worked for some of your accounts, and it is ongoing to make it reflect in others. Until then your ASCRL funds may arrive in your account with an MR or MRI ACH designation. Additionally, your 1099 may accordingly have the payor information for MR, MRI, or Music Reports, not ASCRL. We are sorry for any confusion this may cause.
Washington, DC, 2018
ASCRL signs on to statement submitted to House Committee on Small Business hearing titled Intellectual Property 101: How Small Business Owners Can Utilize Intellectual Property Protections In Their Businesses. Issued by a Coalition of Visual Artists in support of the Case Act.
Washington, DC, 2017
Pictorights signs development agreement with ASCRL to start first collecting, adminsitrative and distributing society for United States Visual Artists.
Amsterdam, NL, 2016
Bonus Copyright and ASCRL sign first reprographic rights agreement for visual art fund distributions to start in the United States.
Washington, DC, 2017
Internal Revenue Service grants ASCRL 501(c)(6) status.
Los Angeles, CA, Date
Editorial Photographers Association makes grant to ASCRL to support reprographic collections for U.S. visual artists.
Seoul, Korea, 2015
David Trust, Professional Photographers of America, joins ASCRL advisory Board.
Mexico City, Mexico
American Photographic Artists attends IFFRO, to support ASCRL efforts to secure reprographic funds for U.S, visual artists.
Washington, D.C., 2015
ASCRL submits Copyright Office of the United States comments on Mass Digitization and compensation of authors.
Istanbul, Turkey, 2014
American Photographic Artists Initiates Launch of ASCRL, First Reprographic Collecting Society for Visual Artists in the United States.