The board of the Society of Composers & Lyricists (SCL) unanimously elected Australian-born Emmy-winning composer Ashley Irwin as President for the 2013-2015 term. A board member since 2008, Ashley has served on the Performing Rights Committee and been Chairman of the Seminar Committee for the last four years.

He succeeds veteran TV composer Dan Foliart in the office who is stepping down after 10 years of service.

Best know for his collaborations with Bill Conti, Clint Eastwood and his work on 17 Oscar shows, Ashley Irwin relocated to the US in 1990 after a successful career in Australian TV. His latest feature film, The Pardon, was released in March and he has two more films scheduled for theatrical release later this year.

Current vice-president Arthur Hamilton will continue with Charles Bernstein joining him as a second VP. Treasurer/CFO Chris Farrell and Recording Secretary Jonathan David Neal will also continue in their posts.