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The new Disney adaptation of Pete's Dragon is composer Daniel Hart's first major film, following a slew of indie hits like Ain't Them Bodies Saints, Comet and Tumbledown. The score effortlessly sweeps us away into the world of the classic children's adventure. Pack up your camping gear and take a peek into how Hart's magical score came together.

Have you ever written a verse and chorus, but can’t seem to write a second verse? This experience may not be writer’s block at all, but a symptom of two process errors in lyric writing. Songwriter/educator Keppie Coutts explains how to get past them.

From the tunes blaring through your earbuds to the blast of sound at concerts, we live in an increasingly noisy world. So how can music creators and fans prevent noise-induced hearing loss? MusiCares, a charity branch of The Recording Academy, has some important tips.

Sustaining a career is as much about getting work as doing work. So how do film, TV and video game composers actually find work? ASCAP composer Jeremy Borum, author of Guerrilla Film Scoring, explains how diversification, director relationships and being active in the music community can help you score your next gig.

If you’re a music creator or music company, you likely spend a lot of time thinking about what online strategies are worth your time and finances. Liz Leahy of Section 101 breaks down why a great website is an essential part of your digital toolkit.

When American Idol ended its 15 year run last week, it was a bittersweet moment for the countless songwriters and producers who contributed to the Idol machine's success. ASCAP member Sam Hollander wrote songs with many of the show's finalists. Find out what it was like for him to go from American Idol junkie to songwriter.

Clichés are so ingrained in the way we express ourselves that we often don’t notice they’re there. But clichés are useful in songwriting, because they can convey ideas we all understand in very few words. How can you rescue clichés from the land of the dying metaphor? Songwriter and educator Keppie Coutts shares six useful strategies.

As a practical, craft-oriented composer or songwriter, there are many things you can do to make your writing process more fluid, more efficient and more cost effective. Read some sage advice about accessing your creative flow from ASCAP composer Jeremy Borum, author of the new book Guerrilla Film Scoring.

What better way to get in the Valentine's Day mood than turning down the lights and turning up some sweet-sounding love songs? Here's a playlist of 10 ASCAP "love" songs currently steaming up the Billboard Hot 100. From sexy and upbeat, to slow and romantic, this playlist has a little something for everyone.

As record sales continue to decline, touring is many artists’ primary way to make money. But funding and promoting live shows is an expensive endeavor, and the financial burden is falling on individual musicians. Luckily, there are a lot of new ways to trim costs and increase profit margins.

Carol is a film about intimacy, told intimately by director Todd Haynes. Its score, by ASCAP composer Carter Burwell, is an essential part of Carol’s elegant tapestry. Its cues are composed of small musical gestures, hinting at the passions under the surface. We spoke with Burwell about how he crafted his luminous score.

Your website needs to speak to many audiences - your fans of course, but also bloggers, bookers and other industry folks. To make it easy for everyone to find the information they need, the best thing to do is create a digital press kit. Here are 8 tips from our Member Benefits partner Bandzoogle about what to include.

If you’re an active musician, you’ve said it more than once: “I need an army of clones! One to hit the road, one to hit the studio, one to do press...” How can you possibly do it all? Here are some tips from guitarist and master multi-tasker Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal.