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Through rain, sleet or snow, ASCAP always delivers musical thrills. On October 22nd in Manhattan ASCAP hosted its annual showcase for the CMJ Music Marathon at the Studio at Webster Hall while a nor’easter raged outside.

It's one of our favorite stories to tell: the promising talent who breaks through, crosses over and gets the attention that he or she deserves. Here are 10 ASCAP songwriters and composers who broke through big ways in 2014, and are poised for even bigger things in the future.

We've all been there: The looming deadline when your ideas aren’t flowing…the song you abandon because it sounds too much like everything else you’ve written lately. Here's how pads, plugs-in and more can help you solve creative obstacles.

On albums such as The Mysterious Production of Eggs, Armchair Apocrypha, Noble Beast and Break It Yourself/Hands of Glory, Bird’s hypnotic songs merge provocative lyrics with elements of classical, bluegrass, Celtic and folk music.

Once derived as “canned music,” production libraries are becoming a more respected—and lucrative—way to get your music placed in film, TV and other media. Killer Tracks executive producer Ryan Perez- Daple explains how.

Grammy-winner Lee Ann Womack returns to the serious country ​music​ that defined her with a poignant new album, which presents 13 unique songs written by some of America’s most progressive songwriter-artists. The​ Way I'm Livin' is Womack's first​ new​ ​release ​in ​nearly ​seven years​;​ click through to preview it now.

The winners of the 46th annual ASCAP Foundation Deems Taylor/ Virgil Thomson Awards for outstanding print, broadcast and new media coverage of music have been announced. The winners will be honored at a ceremony on November 12th in NYC.

ASCAP, BMI and SOCAN have expanded our MusicMark collaboration, designed to simplify the music registration process and create an authoritative picture of the music the three companies represent. Publishers who currently register music through Electronic Batch Registration can e-mail musicmark@musicmark.com to get started.

Bentley claims 5 nods, including Song of the Year for "I Hold On," written with fellow ASCAP member Brett James. Brandy Clark and Kip Moore tapped for Best New Artist and 2013 Entertainer of the Year George Strait vies for the title again.

As a trio of African-American pre-teens playing heavy metal, Unlocking the Truth can't help but stand out. But it takes more than unique demographics to open for Guns N’ Roses and Motörhead and score a Sony record deal Unlocking the Truth sound like very little else in metal, and perform with the confidence of a seasoned band of pros.

Renowned R&B singer-songwrite​r Montell Jordan​ ​is now the lead worship pastor at Victory World Church near Atlanta, where he leads a fantastic gospel-rock orchestra that has just finished its second album, Covered. Jordan's musical team takes 10​ ​​well-known​ gospel songs and presents​ each with their own unique worship sound.

The World Soundtrack Academy has announced its nominees for the 2014 World Soundtrack Awards, and 12 out of 15 nominations went to members of ASCAP's international family of composers and songwriters. Our nominees include 2014 Oscar winner Steven Price (Gravity) and Golden Globe winner Alex Ebert (All Is Lost).

After gaining the world’s – and Katy Perry’s – attention with her remarkable pop single “Catch” earlier this year, the enigmatic LA-by-way-of-Toronto singer-songwriter talks about her creative life and working on her musical vision.

ASCAP members Lin-Manuel Miranda and Don Was, and PRS/ASCAP affiliate Michael Price, took home trophies at the 66th Primetime Creative Arts Emmys. Miranda won for his theme to the 2013 Tonys; Was earned an Emmy for music directing The Beatles: The Night That Changed America special; Price won for his music to Sherlock.

Renowned conductor Gustavo Dudamel is the music director of the LA Philharmonic and the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra, based in his native Venezuela. Dudamel joins ASCAP in the wake of his very first public offering as a composer, the score to Libertador (The Liberator), a biopic about Venezuelan freedom fighter Simón Bolívar.

ASCAP’s signature ​event​ will be held April 30th - May 2nd and​ is the premier conference for songwriters, composers and producers ​of all genres of music​. The EXPO​ will once again feature creative and business-focused panels, workshops, networking events, performances and ​much ​more.