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"We Create Music" Blog

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.

We lost a true pioneer of house music when ASCAP DJ, producer and songwriter Frankie Knuckles passed away this week. Read about his musical and cultural legacy in this moving remembrance by Tommie Sunshine, one of the countless electronic music creators that Knuckles inspired.

Anthony Gonzalez of M83 and ASCAP composer Joe Trapanese collaborated on the dreamy, quiet score for the bawdy French comedy You and the Night, directed by Anthony’s brother. We caught up with the two composers in Trapanese's studio and asked them how it compared to their epic collaboration on Oblivion.

Your album art is often the first visual exposure people have to your band, so it's important to make it count. Experienced graphic designer (and ASCAP member) Jeff Sheinkopf offers some practical advice on how you can put together an impressive album design on any budget.

Mr Little Jeans is the musical outfit of Norwegian-by-way-of-Los-Angeles ASCAP member Monica Birkenes. On her new album Pocketknife, out now on Harvest, Birkenes serves up 12 tracks of exuberant electro-pop, as multi-faceted as the tool that gave the album its name. We asked Birkenes to open up her Pocketknife for us.

ASCAP composer Nathan Furst got a personal thumbs up from Steven Spielberg for his score to Need for Speed, DreamWorks' film adaptation of the popular Electronic Arts video game series. We asked Furst what revved his engines about scoring the film.

Meg Myers grew up as a Jehovah's Witness and didn't go to high school. But that's all in the past. What's important NOW is that her new EP will make you happy to be alive and a bit creeped out at the same time. And she's bringing her soon-to-be-legendary live act to ASCAP's SXSW showcase next week. Read on for our interview with Meg.

Though it starts a few days before every band on the planet descends on Austin, TX, the SXSW Film Festival has plenty of terrific music to be heard, too. We’ve compiled a list of 21 ASCAP composers with films screening at SXSW, plus synopses and links to find out when you can watch them.

The Lego Movie made back its $60 million budget in a single weekend. That was awesome - and so is its theme song, "Everything Is AWESOME!!!" We asked ASCAP member Shawn Patterson to tell us the five most awesome things about writing it.

February is Black History Month, a season of celebrating the contributions of African-Americans to our collective history and culture. We're proud that three of the most important black composers of the early 20th century were also among ASCAP's first members. Click through to read more about them and listen to some of their music.

After 100 years, songwriters are still finding new ways to say “I love you.” We've compiled a Valentine's Day playlist of 25 of our favorite ASCAP love songs. Nobody special in your life? Take a listen to our playlist of songs to help you celebrate (or wallow in) your singledom.

Reviving RoboCop is a big task, given that it's been 20 years since the cyborg peacekeeper was last on the big screen. But ASCAP composer Pedro Bromfman know plenty about high stakes filmmaking, especially after scoring the most successful film in Brazilian film history. Bromfman spoke to us about his thrilling music for the RoboCop reboot.

In honor of ASCAP’s 100th birthday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam have proclaimed February 13th, 2014 "ASCAP Day." To mark this momentous day, ASCAP has unveiled its top songs of all-time.

ASCAP is the only PRO in the US owned and operated by its members. But did you know that many ASCAP employees are songwriters, too? Here are 15 folks on ASCAP’s payroll that write music when they’re not helping out their fellow songwriters and composers make a living from their art. When we say “We Create Music,” we mean it!