For the second time, Joan Hammel has been awarded the ASCAPLUS Award for writing.  It is an awards program that provides cash and recognition to active writers in the early and mid stages of their careers.  The ASCAPLUS Awards are determined annually by a panel of distinguished music experts who are neither members, nor employees of ASCAP, and are completely independent in their Award  adjudication.  The are based on a panel review of recent activity of writer applicants.  Each applicant is considered on the merit and in the context of others applying.  The primary basis for panel determinations is the activity generated by each member's catalog, with emphasis on recent performances. 

ASCAP is the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, and is one of the country's two top organizations for artists.  You can learn more about them at www.ascap.com.