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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.

Country superstar Brad Paisley released his stellar 10th studio album, Moonshine in the Trunk, on August 26th. The release sent us on a trip down memory lane, back to 1993, when Brad interned at ASCAP's Nashville office. Find out what Brad and his co-writer Chris DuBois thought of each other back then.

How do you go viral with your music? It's a completely creative process that is different every time. But there are some core principles that can help indie musicians. Author, marketing guru and Independent Music Promotions CEO James Moore shares five of them.

Great dance music is about more than just a thumping beat and endless buildups. You've gotta master the SONG part of songwriting, and frame it with an arrangement that highlights its strengths. Nick Ditri of ASCAP EDM duo The Disco Fries offers some pointers on improving your EDM tracks.

A songwriter’s first public offering is an important one. It’s like a “getting to know you” conversation with a new acquaintance, defining everything you know about him…at least for the time being. That’s the case with “Sunrise,” the first song from San Francisco-based producer-musician Slaptop. We know next to nothing about this mysterious ASCAP member, but this carefree ode to good times tells us plenty.

In a career stretching over some 20 years, Chicago composer-musician Joshua Abrams has improvised with many towering figures in free jazz, and collaborated with a menagerie of respected artists from across the genre spectrum. More recently, Abrams has turned to film scoring. His third film Life Itself, out July 4th nationwide, documents the life of another one of Chicago's native sons, film critic Roger Ebert.

Like so many other hard-working songwriters, ASCAP member Shannon Hurley relies on the income she earns from her music to make a living. But Shannon's livelihood is at stake due to royalty rates that haven't kept up with the pace of innovation. Find out why she thinks it's so important that you support the Songwriter Equity Act now.

Blac Soap have been producing quite the eclectic range of music since their 2004 formation. With tracks that resonate with the urban romantic, the modern artist and even the social revolutionary, Blac Soap have created a vast score for listeners across the globe. We caught up with them to chat about their new project, Cycle 9.

Brothers Marc and Steffan Fantini are the longtime co-composers of Criminal Minds and much more. To celebrate the release of their new movie Moms' Night Out, we asked the Fantinis about how their own mother made a difference in their music careers.

ASCAP member Alan Wilkis explores some fascinating technological subject matter with his "paranoid electronic pop" project, Big Data. Find out why he's both awed and terrified by the internet and its effects on the creative community, and listen to a playlist of songs about the relationship between man and machine.

The animated feature Rio 2 puts music front and center. Brazilian music legend Sergio Mendes worked with director Carlos Saldanha and composer John Powell to weave the film's tapestry of vibrant rhythm, orchestral textures and infectious pop/hip-hop tunes. We asked him how he did it.