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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.

Technology has offered hundreds of new ways for songwriters to get their ideas down and express themselves. With Point Blank Music School, you can learn how to take your creativity to new heights using Ableton Live.

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.

Leland is the mind-bending pop brainchild of ASCAP songwriter Brett McLaughlin. To celebrate the November 4th release of Leland's very first video, for debut single "Aware," we asked him to tell us five things that every songwriter should be "aware" of.

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.

ASCAP is proud to introduce the Eventbrite Artist Studio, a new resource center to help artists and musicians set up and sell out a mind-blowing live show from start to finish. Learn how to build a brand, secure sponsors, engage fans year round and so much more.

R&B singer-songwriter Goapele has built a career out of singing the truth like only she can. On her new album Strong As Glass, Goapele worked with new collaborators and sounds for a stronger, more vulnerable album than anything she's done before. Watch her explain how she created Strong As Glass, and what she hopes you take from it.

Gustavo Santaolalla fused his deep knowledge of Latin music with the traditions of animated film for his score to The Book of Life. In ASCAP President Paul Williams, Santaolalla found a sympathetic collaborator on two beautiful, original songs. We spoke with these master musical craftsmen about bringing The Book of Life to life.

So you've written a brilliant score, and hired musicians to record it. If you want to make the most of the recording session, preparation is critical. Find out how to save time and money from Tina Guo, a seasoned session cellist and erhuist with credits ranging from CSI:NY to Inception, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 to Family Guy.

Outkast's André "3000" Benjamin stars as Jimi Hendrix in Jimi: All Is by My Side, an intimate portrait of a young musician on the verge of becoming a legend. We attended a press junket with Benjamin and director John Ridley. Read their insights into their artistic and technical journeys toward realizing the film.

Singer-songwriter Jesse Macht suffered a broken heart, both literally and figuratively, on the road to his brilliant new album Suitcase Heart. Find out how Jesse used music to put the pieces back together - and how ASCAP helped along the way.

The dystopian thriller The Maze Runner topped the box offices in 50 countries its opening weekend. It's the biggest feature film yet for ASCAP composer John Paesano, also known for his work on the Ice Age and DreamWorks Dragons franchises. John sat down with us to discuss the complex process of developing the score.

Brad Mossman's quirky, upbeat songs and scores have brought to life countless TV shows, animated shorts, films and games, including kids favorites Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! and Sesame Street. We asked him for advice on breaking into the kids music market and writing great songs for kids of all ages.

Every great songwriter has to find a unique voice. Tom Freund has made an entire career out of sounding exactly like himself. We asked him about two crucial tasks for every songwriter developing a voice: working through your musical influences, and writing lyrics that are crafty but effortless.

In a new piece in The New Yorker, ASCAP President Paul Williams visits NYC's famous songwriting haven the Brill Building. His encounter with the son of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" songwriter Johnny Marks is a reminder of how the industry has changed - and why we need changes to our consent decree with the DOJ.

This weekend, film lovers flock to the Toronto International Film Fest to catch some of the next year's most anticipated films. Dozens of them are scored by ASCAP members and our global affiliates. Here are some of the ASCAP highlights from Toronto and last week's Telluride Film Festival.