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ASCAP announced that President Paul Williams received the PRS for Music Special International Award today at the 60th Annual Ivor Novello Awards presented by BASCA (the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors) in London.

ASCAP today announced that longtime ASCAP executive Karen Sherry is retiring from her position as Senior VP, Industry Affairs and as ASCAP Foundation Executive Director. CEO Beth Matthews praised Sherry for her "expertise, passion, loyalty, dedication and some of ASCAP's most memorable moments over the last four decades."

ASCAP announced that Michael Martin will head its Nashville Membership office in the role of Vice President, reporting directly to EVP of Membership John Titta. Martin has been with ASCAP for more than five years.

ASCAP will hold its 16th annual Concert Music Awards on Thursday, May 21st, 2015 at Merkin Concert Hall at the Kaufman Center in New York City. ASCAP member, composer, conductor and radio broadcast journalist Bill McGlaughlin will host.

"...ASCAP and the music community must continue to fight for the urgent reforms needed to enable all songwriters, composers and music publishers to obtain fair compensation for the use of our music."

On May 13th we hosted ASCAP Songwriter Advocacy Day in Washington, DC, bringing songwriters, Board members and others to walk the halls of Congress and urge our politicians to support songwriters. Lend your voice and send a strong message that we need licensing reform now – and fast!

Nominations for the 2015 Americana Music Awards were announced yesterday, with ASCAP members dominating the Duo/Group of the Year category, including Punch Brothers, The Mavericks, The Lone Bellow & Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn.

The closing scene of Mad Men’s much-anticipated series finale featured the groundbreaking Coca-Cola ad, which made brilliant use of the song “I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing.” We asked one of the song’s writers (and former ASCAP EVP of International) Roger Greenaway about its origin.

A group of leading songwriters explain the challenges facing today's music creators and collectively deliver a personal appeal for music licensing reform. Change is needed fast to ensure a brighter future for music, those who create it and those who love it.

ASCAP CEO Elizabeth Matthews today announced the appointment of Clara Kim as the organization’s new Executive Vice President and General Counsel, effective June 1, 2015. Ms. Kim will oversee all legal and business affairs of ASCAP, managing its legislative team, internal and outside legal services as well as global business affairs.

On May 12, The ASCAP Foundation and The Library of Congress will jointly present the seventh annual "We Write the Songs" event at the historic Coolidge Auditorium in The Library of Congress in Washington, DC.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York has affirmed the March 2014 federal rate court decision by Judge Denise Cote, which set the rate for the Pandora-ASCAP license at 1.85% of revenue. Read ASCAP CEO Beth Matthews’s response.

ASCAP and America SCORES announce that country songwriter Felix McTeigue will participate in the ASCAP Songwriter Residency. Felix will co-write a song with America SCORES New England students at Boston Teachers Union School, May 18th-19th.

Whitey Morgan is the real deal: a whiskey poet, tele-twanger-banger, road warrior and artist who laughs at it all. On his latest album, Sonic Ranch, this country outlaw bandleader delivers one fantastic song after another about living in the rough-and-tumble world of honky tonks, frustrated dreams and broken relationships.

The FCC has approved Pandora’s pass on the agency’s foreign ownership limits for broadcasters, which had prevented it from purchasing a radio station KXMZ. Read our response, and find out why the purchase attempt is a ploy to pay songwriters less.