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CBS This Morning recently turned the spotlight on ASCAP at 100. Anchor Anthony Mason walks the halls of our New York office and speaks with ASCAP President Paul Williams about our efforts to uphold the rights of songwriters and composers in the digital age. Click through to watch the full piece.

ASCAP President and award-winning songwriter Paul Williams has been announced as a keynote speaker at Midem, the international music business conference set to take place in Cannes, France from June 5th - 8th of 2015. Williams will speak about the social and economic value of music in the digital age.

Singer-songwriter Aloe Blacc has written a fiery op-ed for Wired calling on streaming services to pay songwriters fairly. Blacc urges policymakers to update the Consent Decrees that keep songwriters from negotiating the true value of their work.

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Earlier this week, DiMA, CCIA, the NAB and the Future of Music Coalition made their case in DC for maintaining the outdated regulatory system that governs music.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.