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So you've written a brilliant score, and hired musicians to record it. If you want to make the most of the recording session, preparation is critical. Find out how to save time and money from Tina Guo, a seasoned session cellist and erhuist with credits ranging from CSI:NY to Inception, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 to Family Guy.

ASCAP's Rhythm & Soul team hosted its 3rd Annual Atlanta Legends Dinner at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel on September 25th in honor of music mogul, Antonio LA Reid. The annual ceremony was created to pay homage to those who have brought great honor to the city of Atlanta through their achievements in music.

At Roulette, Brooklyn, The Talea Ensemble presented three world premieres and one American premiere of works composed explicitly for this noted ensemble. The diverse program included world premieres by ASCAP Composers Christopher Trapani and Aaron Helgeson.

ASCAP has released the video for "You Belong To Me," created as part of the ASCAP Songwriter Residency. The song was co-written and recorded by chart-topping singer/songwriter Sachal Vasandani and America SCORES NYC students from PS 325.

Outkast's André "3000" Benjamin stars as Jimi Hendrix in Jimi: All Is by My Side, an intimate portrait of a young musician on the verge of becoming a legend. We attended a press junket with Benjamin and director John Ridley. Read their insights into their artistic and technical journeys toward realizing the film.

The award is presented to the NYU/ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop composer with the best score. Workshop participants Bastow, JP Redmond, Katy Jarzebowski, Michael Markowski and Breffni O’Byrne were also named “Composers to Watch.”

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.

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.