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ASCAP will honor Rep. John Conyers Jr. with its first ever ASCAP Jazz Advocate Award, recognizing his history of public and legislative initiatives for jazz. These initiatives include House Concurrent Resolution 57 (HR 57), and his latest bill, HR 4280: The National Jazz Preservation and Education Act of 2014.

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.

Read the full text of ASCAP’s public comments to the Department of Justice, as part of the DOJ’s ongoing review of the ASCAP and BMI consent decrees, and the response by ASCAP President and songwriter Paul Williams.

ASCAP has filed its opening brief with the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in the Pandora litigation. ASCAP is asking the appellate court to reverse both the district court’s summary judgment ruling and its final rate determination for Pandora’s license.

As technology transforms the music landscape, ASCAP continues to innovate to serve music creators and users in the digital age. Find out how we’re leading the way to a more transparent, accurate and accountable music licensing system.

Earlier this week, DiMA, CCIA, the NAB and the Future of Music Coalition made their case in DC for maintaining the outdated regulatory system that governs music. Missing from the hearing was anyone who actually creates music for a living.

ASCAP is today’s leading advocate for the rights of music creators. In this ASCAP-commissioned short film, Why We Create Music, 15 of today's top ASCAP songwriters and composers provide insight into their creative process while highlighting the meaning and power of music.

ASCAP composer James Levine is one of the millions of Americans whose livelihoods are threatened by outdated music licensing rules. Read his Roll Call op-ed, calling for a licensing system that lets music creators get the fair market value of their work.

Tomorrow (June 25th) ASCAP President Paul Williams will deliver to Congress a call for music licensing reform. We urge all music creators to watch a live stream of Paul's testimony starting at 10:00am (EDT). Read his written testimony here now.

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.

From the introduction of the Songwriter Equity Act (SEA) to the Department of Justice’s review of the ASCAP Consent Decree, there is much at stake today in the world of music creators. ASCAP’s Music Advocacy Project page is a great resource that gives you the facts on the issues and a way to join our music advocacy efforts.

The U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division announced that it has opened a review of its consent decrees with the nation's two leading performing rights organizations, ASCAP and BMI. Read ASCAP President and Chairman Paul Williams' statement on the announcement here.

ASCAP has filed comments with the US Copyright Office about the effectiveness of current music licensing rules. We believe they prevent music creators from earning fair compensation. Click through to find out how we propose to change that.