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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.

Ten ASCAP legends are nominated this year for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Cast your vote for the nominees you want to see inducted - the top five vote-getters will comprise a fans’ ballot that will be tallied along with the other ballots to choose the 2015 inductees.

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

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.

ASCAP hosted its 34th awards presentation in London, honoring those songwriter, composers and publisher members of PRS for Music whose repertory is licensed by ASCAP and was among its most performed works in the US during 2013.

ASCAP will host its annual showcase at CMJ Music Marathon in New York on Wednesday, October 22nd. Designed to give bands a platform to perform for fans and the music biz, this year's CMJ showcase features on-the-verge acts Aurora, Ballet School, Hoodlem, Line & Circle, Little Daylight and Mosco Rosco.

Eighteen top songwriters and producers convened at a medieval castle for the 4th annual ASCAP songwriters retreat in France. The retreat was designed to produce hits and get cuts in a variety of genres. Brett James and Chris DeStefano were knighted for the success of their #1 country single "Somethin' Bad," written at the 2012 retreat.

ASCAP has released the video for "You Belong To Me," created as part of the ASCAP Songwriter Residency. The song was co-written and recorded by chart-topping singer/songwriter Sachal Vasandani and America SCORES NYC students from PS 325.

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.

ASCAP proudly sponsors Culture Collide, a unique celebration of creative curiosity that stretches across LA’s renowned and intimate venues from 10/16 to 10/18. Don't miss the Thursday night ASCAP showcase, featuring five of our favorite acts from around the world: MØ, De Lux, Taymir, Nervous Nellie and Holychild.

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.

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.

Geared toward advanced songwriters, the Workshop is designed to enrich participants' knowledge of the industry, help them establish contacts and confidence and expand their collaborative partnerships. The Workshop takes place at ASCAP’s LA office beginning in November. Submission deadline is October 10th.

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.