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ASCAP will honor Rep. John Conyers Jr. with its first ever ASCAP Jazz Advocate Award, recognizing his history of public and legislative initiatives for jazz. These initiatives include House Concurrent Resolution 57 (HR 57), and his latest bill, HR 4280: The National Jazz Preservation and Education Act of 2014.

Grammy-winner Lee Ann Womack returns to the serious country ​music​ that defined her with a poignant new album, which presents 13 unique songs written by some of America’s most progressive songwriter-artists. The​ Way I'm Livin' is Womack's first​ new​ ​release ​in ​nearly ​seven years​;​ click through to preview it now.

The dystopian thriller The Maze Runner topped the box offices in 50 countries its opening weekend. It's the biggest feature film yet for ASCAP composer John Paesano, also known for his work on the Ice Age and DreamWorks Dragons franchises. John sat down with us to discuss the complex process of developing the score.

Buddy Miller, Jackson Browne, The Milk Carton Kids and Sturgill Simpson were recognized at the 13th Annual Americana Honors and Awards, in Nashville's historic Ryman Auditorium.

ASCAP President & Chairman Paul Williams has announced Sting, Emmylou Harris, India.Arie and Berry Gordy as the initial group of presenter-performers at the November 17th ASCAP Centennial Awards Gala.

ASCAP songwriter Walt Aldridge, Stephen & Justin Kirk and 25 students of Washington Elementary in St. Louis collaborated on the song “Secret Crush" as part of the ASCAP Songwriter Residency with America SCORES. Click through to watch the video.

Brad Mossman's quirky, upbeat songs and scores have brought to life countless TV shows, animated shorts, films and games, including kids favorites Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! and Sesame Street. We asked him for advice on breaking into the kids music market and writing great songs for kids of all ages.

Watch the video for "Having Fun Tonight,” written and recorded by ASCAP writer-producer Narada Michael Walden and 20 America SCORES San Francisco students of ER Taylor Elementary. The session was part of the ASCAP Songwriter Residency.

Every great songwriter has to find a unique voice. Tom Freund has made an entire career out of sounding exactly like himself. We asked him about two crucial tasks for every songwriter developing a voice: working through your musical influences, and writing lyrics that are crafty but effortless.

Geared toward advanced songwriters, the Workshop is designed to enrich participants' knowledge of the industry, help them establish contacts and confidence and expand their collaborative partnerships. The Workshop takes place at ASCAP’s LA office beginning in November. Submission deadline is October 10th.

Singer/songwriter Ric Taylor was awarded the 2014 ASCAP Foundation Jay Gorney Award. His winning song, “Ruby Johnson,” was inspired by his friendship with a street person while on his yearly travels to Washington, D.C. to teach whitewater paddling.

The National Music Council and the Music Publishers Association have been enjoying great success with their "I Made It. I Own It. Please Don't Steal It." Copyright Curriculum, an education tool for primary school students.

Renowned R&B singer-songwrite​r Montell Jordan​ ​is now the lead worship pastor at Victory World Church near Atlanta, where he leads a fantastic gospel-rock orchestra that has just finished its second album, Covered. Jordan's musical team takes 10​ ​​well-known​ gospel songs and presents​ each with their own unique worship sound.

In a new piece in The New Yorker, ASCAP President Paul Williams visits NYC's famous songwriting haven the Brill Building. His encounter with the son of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" songwriter Johnny Marks is a reminder of how the industry has changed - and why we need changes to our consent decree with the DOJ.

Bentley claims 5 nods, including Song of the Year for "I Hold On," written with fellow ASCAP member Brett James. Brandy Clark and Kip Moore tapped for Best New Artist and 2013 Entertainer of the Year George Strait vies for the title again.

This weekend, film lovers flock to the Toronto International Film Fest to catch some of the next year's most anticipated films. Dozens of them are scored by ASCAP members and our global affiliates. Here are some of the ASCAP highlights from Toronto and last week's Telluride Film Festival.