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Earlier this week, DiMA, CCIA, the NAB and the Future of Music Coalition made their case in DC for maintaining the outdated regulatory system that governs music. Missing from the hearing was anyone who actually creates music for a living.

Great dance music is about more than just a thumping beat and endless buildups. You've gotta master the SONG part of songwriting, and frame it with an arrangement that highlights its strengths. Nick Ditri of ASCAP EDM duo The Disco Fries offers some pointers on improving your EDM tracks.

ASCAP composer James Levine is one of the millions of Americans whose livelihoods are threatened by outdated music licensing rules. Read his Roll Call op-ed, calling for a licensing system that lets music creators get the fair market value of their work.

Led by Emmy-winning composer Richard Bellis, the ASCAP TV & Film Scoring Workshop in LA gives 12 talented composers the opportunity to record an original composition with an A list of Hollywood professionals, including a 60-piece orchestra of LA's finest on a major studio film scoring stage.

Alan Bergman, Michael Giacchino, Bruce Broughton, Paul Williams and more will perform their film music classics with the Pasadena POPS at the Hooray for Hollywood concert in Pasadena, CA, part of ASCAP's centennial celebration.

Hamilton Leithauser has released his first solo album after more than a decade as The Walkmen's acclaimed frontman. The recording showcases his unique vocals in an array of settings ranging from moody, minimalistic night music to raucous 1970s-inspired rock, blending moody lyrics with uplifting melodies.

As an engineer, ASCAP writer Jesse Shatkin has made his mark on songs for Kelly Clarkson, Ellie Goulding and Katy Perry. These days he's stepping out as a songwriter - and considering the success of his Sia co-write "Chandelier," we're going to be hearing a lot more from Shatkin in the near future. We asked him about his journey so far.

David Ryan Jordan has been promoted to Associate Director of the International Membership team in ASCAP’s London office, it was announced by VP of Membership, International, Seán Devine.

ASCAP is greatly encouraged by the recent Supreme Court 6-3 decision reversing the Second Circuit in the Aereo case. The decision reinforces the fundamental principle that creators and copyright owners deserve to be fairly compensated.

Top honors were given to hip-hop music mogul Jermaine Dupri, singer-songwriter Ne-Yo, producer Mike-WiLL Made-It and publisher Warner/Chappell Music. The top rap, R&B/hip-hop and gospel music of 2013 was also honored.

ASCAP's 29th annual Film & Television Music Awards paid special tribute to Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman, and honored composers of the top box office film music, the most performed television music and the top video game music of 2013.

As part of its go-forward strategy, ASCAP recently partnered with Equinix, migrating its data center operations to a new state-of-the-art facility with increased storage, power and speed to maximize the processing of ASCAP performances.

Today (June 25th), ASCAP President Paul Williams delivered to Congress a call for music licensing reform. We urge all music creators to watch a live stream of the hearing and read his testimony here now.

ASCAP composer member Mary Rodgers, a longtime Board member of The ASCAP Foundation and a member of the ASCAP Board from 1995 to 1999, died at her Manhattan home on June 26 at the age of 83, following a long illness.

From the introduction of the Songwriter Equity Act (SEA) to the Department of Justice’s review of the ASCAP Consent Decree, there is much at stake today in the world of music creators. ASCAP’s Music Advocacy Project page is a great resource that gives you the facts on the issues and a way to join our music advocacy efforts.