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On Tuesday, January 27th, ASCAP hosted its annual Composer-Filmmaker Cocktail Party, an exclusive after-show event at the Sundance ASCAP Music Cafe in Park City, Utah.

After an exciting opening weekend, the Sundance ASCAP Music Café continued to deliver musical thrills on days 4 and 5 of its eight-day run run with performances by Dylan Gardner, Baskery, Leon Bridges, Rainey Qualley, John Fullbright and more.

The 2015 Sundance ASCAP Music Café kicked off with a musical bang on Friday, January 23rd with an exciting mix of heavy rock ’n’ roll (Scott Weiland and The Wildabouts), foot-stomping Americana (Jamestown Revival), moody lounge music (The Duchess and the Fox, featuring Joe McGinty and Andrea Diaz) and more.

The 17th annual Sundance ASCAP Music Café presents a dynamic mix of emerging and established songwriters and artists, all curated by ASCAP. In addition, the invitation-only ASCAP Composer-Filmmaker Cocktail Party offers a great opportunity for filmmakers and music creators to connect. We'll see you in Park City!

The title character of Mortdecai may be a bumbling art dealer, but he's got an impeccable soundtrack for his misadventures in the funky, zany collaborative score from ASCAP composer Geoff Zanelli and it-producer Mark Ronson. We asked Zanelli about the particulars of the film's madcap music.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has nominated Jóhann Jóhannson, Shawn Patterson, Julian Raymond, Diane Warren, Gary Yershon and Hans Zimmer for 2015 Oscars in the Best Original Score and Best Original Song categories.

The ASCAP Foundation President, Paul Williams, is pleased to announce that Mark Lanz Weiser has been named recipient of the 35th annual ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) Foundation Rudolf Nissim Prize.

Shuying Li wins the $5000 ASCAP/CBDNA Frederick Fennell Prize for young composers of concert band music for her wind ensemble work, “Slippery Slope.”

Today, ASCAP announced that Elizabeth Matthews has been named the new Chief Executive Officer of the organization, which represents more than 520,000 music creators. Matthews, who has served as EVP and General Counsel at ASCAP since 2013, was a unanimous choice among the board’s 12 songwriter and 12 publisher members.

Good news for those of you who have not yet registered for the 2015 ASCAP EXPO: We are now extending Deep Discount Pricing through January 31st! This will be your last opportunity to get these prices. Your music career will thank you.

ASCAP songwriter member Ervin Drake, whose prolific catalog of hits includes “It Was a Very Good Year,” “I Believe,” “Perdido” and “Good Morning Heartache,” passed away at his home on January 15th in Great Neck, NY following a long illness. He was 95 years old.

It is with great excitement and commitment that I welcome the amazing opportunity of serving ASCAP, our members, our licensing partners and you -- the dedicated and talented employees of ASCAP who, like me, are inspired and driven by ASCAP's mission to protect, educate and cultivate the careers of music creators.

New ASCAP member Jóhann Jóhannsson has won his first Golden Globe, for his luminous score to the Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything. At a ceremony held on January 11th, 2015, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association named it the Best Original Score of 2014.

From topping an incredible number of Billboard charts to urging Congress to update the music licensing system, from creating songs the world listened to more than ever to celebrating ASCAP’s landmark centennial, ASCAP members ruled in 2014. Because…

Guided by Emmy-winning composer Richard Bellis, this renowned workshop gives 12 aspiring film composers the opportunity to record an original composition with an "A list" of Hollywood professionals, including a 60-piece orchestra of LA's finest musicians on a major studio film scoring stage. Submission deadline is April 1st.

TV audiences have fallen in love with the aristocrats and servants at the heart of Downton Abbey. Essential to the show's success is John Lunn's stately, graceful score, which has earned him two Emmys so far. Just ahead of the season 5 premiere, we caught up with Lunn about how his music has changed along with the Crawleys.

Five ASCAP legends will take their place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015. The Rock Hall has voted The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Green Day, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble and Bill Withers into next year's class. Ringo Starr, inducted as part of the Beatles in 1988, will earn the Award for Musical Excellence.

One of the most frequently performed, commissioned and recorded young composers, Mohammed Fairouz, makes his Deutsche Grammophon debut this month with the release of Follow, Poet. Fairouz integrates Middle-Eastern modes into Western structures, to deeply expressive effect. Click through to preview the album.