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ASCAP, the world leader in performing rights and advocacy for music creators, today became the first PRO in the world to announce record-breaking revenues of more than $1 billion for calendar year 2014.

Grammy-nominated songwriter-artist Gretchen Peters' new album, Blackbirds, is full of moody and captivating songs about lost souls and people trapped in the darkness, trying to find their way out. The album ponders mortality, family and faith in songs that soothe and lift the spirit - even in the darkest of times.

ASCAP will present its prestigious Founders Award to Oscar-winning composer Elliot Goldenthal at the 30th annual Film & Television Music Awards, honoring the composers and songwriters of the top film, TV and video game music of 2014. In addition, composer Deborah Lurie will earn the ASCAP Shirley Walker Award.

Listen to the exuberant, genre-bending pop on MisterWives' debut LP Our Own House. It's the New York band's "we are ready" statement, where the songs, the energy, the wit all come together. We caught up with MisterWives' singer Mandy Lee just before she strapped on her dancing shoes and left for a national tour.

How do you find like-minded music creators in a busy metropolis like New York? That's where ASCAP comes in. We're launching a monthly ASCAP NY Meet & Greet, aimed at building a community of songwriters from the ground up. Meet new collaborators and get to know ASCAP staff in a friendly setting. RSVP by March 1st.

From ASCAP member Neil Patrick Harris's top notch hosting job to Jennifer Hudson's scorching "I Can't Let Go," from the eye-popping "Everything Is Awesome!!!" to Lady Gaga's memorable medley of classic tunes from The Sound of Music, this year’s Oscars ceremony was full of magical moments featuring ASCAP members and their music.

ASCAP is now seeking new musicals for the annual ASCAP Musical Theatre Workshop in New York. Serving once more as artistic director for the workshop is Academy and Grammy Award-winning composer-lyricist Stephen Schwartz.

ASCAP mourns the passing of our songwriter member, Lesley Gore, a vocal powerhouse who scored eight Top 20 pop hits from 1963 to 1967, four of them in the Top 10 (“It’s My Party,” “Judy’s Turn to Cry,” “She’s a Fool” and the proto-feminist anthem, “You Don’t Own Me”).

During Grammy week in Los Angeles, ASCAP and Sonos partnered to present ASCAP member Lee Ann Womack in a special performance and interview. Womack, a Grammy-winner who was nominated for Best Country Album at the 2015 Grammys, was the first ever Country act presented at the 3-year old Sonos Studio.

With GRAMMY weekend in full swing, ASCAP welcomed its nominated songwriters and composers to its annual GRAMMY Nominees Brunch. In the stylish setting of the SLS Hotel Beverly Hills, guests gathered to eat, drink and toast this year’s honorees.

Topping the ASCAP Grammy winners were Beyoncé with three awards while Beck, Tom Elmhirst (PRS), David Greenbaum, Jay Z and Kendrick Lamar took home two each. Beck received the prestigious Album of Year honor and Max Martin won Producer of the Year.

Andrew Dost performed solo at the 2015 Sundance ASCAP Music Café. Watch him discuss his Café performance and his experiences composing for Sundance films The D-Train and It's Me Hillary: The Man Who Drew Eloise.

The US Copyright Office has released an in-depth study on music licensing. The study details the antiquated current system, and makes recommendations to balance the needs of songwriters, composers, music publishers and other stakeholders.

The 2015 edition of the Sundance ASCAP Music Café wrapped up its eight-day run after electrifying performances by Lindsey Stirling, top Nashville songwriters, Allen Stone, O.A.R. and more.