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Dan Wilson's Grammy-winning songwriting can be found Adele's hit album 21, the Dixie Chicks' Taking the Long Way and many others. On his second studio recording as a solo artist, Wilson paints an intimate portrait with songs about failed relationships and learning to be alone. Love Without Fear is due on April 15th; preview it here now.

Stamos will host the interactive panel Desmond Child: Brought In for Questioning, and singer-songwriter Orton will perform during the Writers Jam performance that closes the 9th annual ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO.

ASCAP composer and Tonic co-founder Jeff Russo brings orchestral grace to the music of Fargo, a new TV series based on the Coen brothers film. Read about how he hurdled Fargo's creative challenges, then see him in person at the ASCAP EXPO. Fargo premieres April 15th on FX.

The animated feature Rio 2 puts music front and center. Brazilian music legend Sergio Mendes worked with director Carlos Saldanha and composer John Powell to weave the film's tapestry of vibrant rhythm, orchestral textures and infectious pop/hip-hop tunes. We asked him how he did it.

The compilation album, which was the product of this past fall's ASCAP Songwriter Residency program, includes seven original songs written and recorded by ASCAP songwriters and America SCORES public school students from five cities across the country. Click through to stream it in full.

ASCAP Board member and Songwriters Hall of Fame (SHOF) inductee Valerie Simpson was interviewed by fellow ASCAP songwriter Phil Galdston at the SHOF Master Session at NYU on April 2nd. Simpson spoke and performed during the in-depth interview by Galdston, NYU Faculty Songwriter-in-Residence and Master Teacher in Songwriting.

We lost a true pioneer of house music when ASCAP DJ, producer and songwriter Frankie Knuckles passed away this week. Read about his musical and cultural legacy in this moving remembrance by Tommie Sunshine, one of the countless electronic music creators that Knuckles inspired.

The Library of Congress annually selects 25 sound recordings to the registry to preserve them as cultural, artistic and/or historical treasures, representing the richness and diversity of the American soundscape.

The Songwriter Equity Act, a new bill introduced by Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA), will amend two outdated portions of the Copyright Act that are harming songwriters, composers and publishers in the digital age. Get the facts and show your support.

Multi-platinum rock band Tonic's frontman Emerson Hart's second solo recording celebrates the untidy aspects of life, the messy wonder of aging and how the broken things in life can ultimately be fixed. The intensely intimate collection of songs is due out April 15th; preview it now in this ASCAP Audio Portrait.

Established in 1979 with funding from the Jack and Amy Norworth Fund, the program grants cash prizes to concert music composers up to 30 years of age whose works are selected through a juried national competition.

The contest is now open for submissions, with the grand prize being an exclusive publishing contract with Universal Music Publishing Group. Click through for information on how to enter.

Snow headlined ASCAP Day @ Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA on April 2nd. Known for scoring TV shows like The X-Files, Blue Bloods, Ghost Whisperer and Smallville, he talked to students about his career and the state of the music business.

ASCAP’s advocacy efforts took center stage in the nation’s capital last week. From the introduction of the Songwriter Equity Act to a panel discussion with Jimmy Webb and Paul Williams, the need to modernize music licensing was the focus.