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As Best of the Year lists pour in from music critics, blogs and magazines, it's becoming overwhelmingly clear: the most acclaimed albums of 2014 were created by ASCAP songwriters. Find out which of our members won the hearts of the critics this year.

The Spirit of Christmas is a stunning collaboration between Grammy award-winning songwriter-artist Michael W. Smith and a who's who of outstanding vocalists from Nashville and beyond. Lady Antebellum, Bono, Michael McDonald and more present unique takes on Christmas classics as well as original holiday songs written by Smith.

ASCAP announced that John LoFrumento, Chief Executive Officer of ASCAP for the past 17 years, has decided to retire as of January 1st. "Under John’s leadership, ASCAP’s innovations and embrace of new technologies have shaped the evolution of performing rights worldwide," said ASCAP President and Chairman Paul Williams.

Five ASCAP legends will take their place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015. The Rock Hall has voted The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Green Day, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble and Bill Withers into next year's class. Ringo Starr, inducted as part of the Beatles in 1988, will earn the Award for Musical Excellence.

Most of our favorite holiday songs have been around for decades. But that doesn’t mean that songwriters aren’t still coming up with worthy new contributions. Here are 15 of our favorite original ASCAP holiday songs from 2014. Maybe you'll find a new favorite to accompany your tree-decorating and candle-lighting this year.

The ASCAP Foundation honored Pulitzer, Grammy and Academy Award winning composer and music educator John Corigliano with the first-ever ASCAP Foundation Masters Award in recognition of his distinguished career.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has revealed nominations for the 72nd Golden Globe Awards, and ASCAP writers wrote seven of the scores and songs nominated across two music categories. Among this year's ASCAP nominees are Hans Zimmer and Trent Reznor, both past Golden Globe winners.

Say you're an 18th century French assassin. What music do you want playing as you stalk the streets of Paris? Probably something like Sarah Schachner's score for Assassin's Creed Unity, which brings a dramatic, brooding accompaniment to the game's combat and multiplayer modes. We asked her how she did it.

Chosen by industry experts, the prize is only open to new artists who will release their debut album next year. The singer has already performed to thousands, supporting acts including 2013 Critics' Choice winner Tom Odell and John Newman.

From December 1st through January 15th, ASCAP EXPO Deep Discount pricing offers a low price and access to special opportunities like the One-on-One Sessions. Boost your music career this April in LA!

The ASCAP Songwriter Residency continues in New York this year with Andrea Martin, David Wolfert and Johnny Blk. The Residencies give songwriters a platform to give back to their communities by engaging and inspiring inner city students through music.

ASCAP will honor The Doobie Brothers with the Voice of Music Award during its 32nd Pop Music Awards, to be held April 29th, 2015 in LA. The event will also celebrate the songwriters and publishers of ASCAP's most performed pop songs of 2014.

In their new book The Sonic Boom, ASCAP composer Joel Beckerman and co-author Tyler Gray explore how music and sound impact our lives, often in ways that we don’t even notice. We sat down with Beckerman to find out more about how we’re influenced by the sounds around us from the moment we wake up.

CBS This Morning recently turned the spotlight on ASCAP at 100. Anchor Anthony Mason walks the halls of our New York office and speaks with ASCAP President Paul Williams about our efforts to uphold the rights of songwriters and composers in the digital age. Click through to watch the full piece.

Marco Beltrami did more than just compose a score for the new western The Homesman. He and Buck Sanders captured the film's expansive visual and emotional landscapes, writing music as beautiful and eerie as the western frontier. Find out how they did it with this exclusive look at Beltrami's liner notes for the score soundtrack.

ASCAP President and award-winning songwriter Paul Williams has been announced as a keynote speaker at Midem, the international music business conference set to take place in Cannes, France from June 5th - 8th of 2015. Williams will speak about the social and economic value of music in the digital age.

Singer-songwriter Aloe Blacc has written a fiery op-ed for Wired calling on streaming services to pay songwriters fairly. Blacc urges policymakers to update the Consent Decrees that keep songwriters from negotiating the true value of their work.