Credit: Marc HauserJohn Mellencamp will be presented with ASCAP’s prestigious Founders Award at the performing-rights organization’s 33rd annual Pop Music Awards, taking place April 27 at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles. The award honors songwriters who have made noteworthy contributions to the music industry by inspiring and influencing other artists to create music.

“For the last four decades, John Mellencamp has captured the American experience in his songs,” says ASCAP president Paul Williams. “His infectious melodies and compassionate lyrics, wrapped in workingman’s rock, crystallize life’s joys and struggles and illuminate the human condition. A national treasure, he’s also one of the truly great music creators that can make us care, move, clap and sing along.”

Previous Founders Award recipients include such notable artists as Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Billy Joel, James Taylor, Rod Stewart, Carly Simon, Jackson Browne, Joni Mitchell, Steely Dan, Neil Young, Ashford & Simpson, Burt Bacharach & Hal David, Heart‘s Ann & Nancy Wilson, Aerosmith‘s Steven Tyler & Joe Perry, Tom Petty, Patti Smith and KISS.

ASCAP’s 33rd annual Pop Music Awards will salute the songwriters and publishers of the most frequently performed songs of 2015. The event will be held just before the organization’s 11th annual ASCAP “I Create Music” Expo, which runs from April 28 to April 30 at the Loews Hollywood Hotel. The conference focuses on the business of composing music and writing songs.

Prior to receiving the Founders Award, Mellencamp will head out on a new U.S. tour leg in support of his 2014 album, Plain Spoken. The trek kicks off this Friday, April 1, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and is mapped out through an April 23 show in Albany, New York. Carlene Carter will be the opening act for the outing.

Here are all of Mellencamp’s forthcoming tour dates:

4/1 –Tulsa, OK, Brady Theater
4/2 — Thackerville, OK, WinStar World Casino
4/4 — Springfield, MO, Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts
4/5 — Davenport, IA, Adler Theater
4/7 — Duluth, MN, DECC Symphony Hall
4/9 — Lawrence, KS, Lied Center of Kansas
4/10 — Springfield, IL, Sangamon Auditorium
4/12 — Muncie, IN, Emens Auditorium
4/13 — Huntington, WV, Keith-Albee Theater
4/15 — Mount Pleasant, MI, Soaring Eagle Casino
4/16 — Wheeling, WV, Capitol Theatre
4/17 — Erie, PA, Warner Theater
4/19 — Hartford, CT, The Bushnell
4/20 — Portland, ME, Merrill Auditorium
4/22 — Rochester, NY, Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre
4/23 — Albany, NY, Palace Theater

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