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Kicking off the 9th ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO, ASCAP President and Chairman Paul Williams today announced the "Music Advocacy Project" (MAP) initiative, a five-point plan to guide meaningful music licensing reform in Washington. The announcement was made at ASCAP’s General Annual Membership Meeting.

While the court rightly recognized the need for Pandora to pay a higher rate than the rate being paid by most radio stations – the rate that Pandora was seeking – ASCAP continues to believe that songwriters deserve more.

Judge Cote issued her decision in the ASCAP rate court proceeding with Pandora, setting a rate of 1.85% for each of the five years of the license term. While her decision does not fully adopt the escalating rate structure that ASCAP proposed, it also does not adopt Pandora’s argument that the 1.7% RMLC rate should apply to Pandora.

ASCAP’s advocacy efforts took center stage in the nation’s capital last week. From the introduction of the Songwriter Equity Act to a panel discussion with Jimmy Webb and Paul Williams, the need to modernize music licensing was the focus.

The Songwriter Equity Act, a new bill introduced by Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA), will amend two outdated portions of the Copyright Act that are harming songwriters, composers and publishers in the digital age. Get the facts and show your support.

Paul Williams and Jimmy Webb joined fellow songwriters, Members of Congress and music enthusiasts in DC to celebrate ASCAP’s 100th anniversary and call on policymakers to join the movement to update the nation’s music licensing system.

ASCAP President and Chairman Paul Williams responded to the introduction of the Songwriter Equity Act, a move he called "an important first step toward a more effective and efficient licensing system that will benefit everyone," and commended Rep. Collins for sponsoring the important piece of legislation. Read the full statement here.

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.

In this special video, more than 50 top ASCAP songwriters and composers from across the musical spectrum, including Usher, Jewel, Brandy Clark, Dr. Luke, Kendrick Lamar, Lady Antebellum and more wish ASCAP a "Happy 100th Birthday."

For 100 years, ASCAP’s collective licensing model has benefited music lovers everywhere while allowing songwriters and composers to prosper alongside businesses that use our music. Add your name to the chorus of songwriters, composers and publishers who want to help build a sustainable future for music.

In a powerful Wall Street Journal op-ed, Burt Bacharach argues for the need to update settlements between the Justice Department and ASCAP and BMI, called Consent Decrees, that haven’t kept pace with the changing music landscape. We couldn't agree more. Help ASCAP improve the music ecosystem and #StandWithSongwriters!

Commissioned by ASCAP for its upcoming 100th birthday, the short film provides an intimate look into the hearts, minds and musical gifts of 15 of today's top songwriters and composers, and features an unprecedented collaborative musical score.

Creative Rights Caucus Co-Chairs Rep. Howard Coble and Rep. Judy Chu welcomed ASCAP to Capitol Hill for a special performance and panel discussion focused on changes to the outdated licensing system in today's digital landscape.

The recent legal battle over GoldieBlox's unlicensed, uncompensated use of a Beastie Boys song raises an important question for songwriters: when and how can you use someone else’s song to create a parody work? We've laid out what copyright law says about parodies - and why this case is about more than just understanding fair use.

ASCAP President and Chairman Paul Williams explains how music creators are struggling in today’s digital economy, and how Pandora, the leading music streaming service, is hurting the songwriters and composers who make its business successful.

British DJ Whitey wrote a righteous riposte to a TV production company trying to license his music for free. Outrageous as this practice of "gratis licensing" is, it's just one symptom of a devaluation of music creation that involves and affects everyone - music users, consumers and creators alike.

ASCAP visited the Caribbean nation as part of an international delegation participating in the Fair Value for Music campaign, organized by the Copyright Organization of Trinidad and Tobago. The initiative focuses on issues of compensation for songwriters, compliance with copyright law and education about intellectual property in the region.

Maria Pallante, the US Register of Copyrights, visited ASCAP LA on November 6th. She spoke with ASCAP President Paul Williams and Board member Marilyn Bergman about how music makers and lawmakers can work together to ensure that songwriters' & composers' rights are protected as the US Copyright Act undergoes revision.

ASCAP composer and Board member Dan Foliart and ASCAP writer Arthur Hamilton premiered their song “Read All About It!” at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. The song, performed along with the Brent Elementary School Chorus, kicked off the opening night gala of the 13th National Book Festival.

On October 21st, a group of ASCAP members met with Congressman Tom Marino (R-PA) in Williamsport, PA to discuss the difficulty to secure fair payment for digital music uses and the many challenges music creators face in the current digital environment.

More than 7,000 people have signed ASCAP’s petition asking Pandora CEO Brian McAndrews to stop fighting to pay songwriters and composers less. Many have also written letters expressing why fair payment now is vital for the future of music.