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ASCAP/Columbia Film Scoring Workshop grad Nicholas Britell has composed the score for The Big Short, co-produced Whiplash and composed/arranged the on-camera music for 12 Years a Slave...to list just a few. His newest project: the Civil War epic Free State of Jones, in theaters June 24th.

UK-based composer Martin Phipps has earned two BAFTAs and three Ivor Novello Awards over his prolific film/TV scoring career. We managed to grab some rare free time to chat about his latest TV work on the acclaimed BBC adaptation of Tolstoy’s War and Peace.

A dream became reality for 20 students from USC’s Scoring for Motion Picture and Television program who were mentored one-on-one by ASCAP composer James Levine - one of the giants of the scoring community. It was all part of The ASCAP Foundation Composer-in-Residence Program at USC, now in its fourth year.

ASCAP members cleaned up at the 43rd Daytime Emmy Awards on Sunday, May 1st, winning trophies in all four music composition categories. 10 ASCAP members in total won the golden, atom-carrying lady for their excellence in composing, songwriting, music direction and music supervision for daytime TV programming.

Held at the Sonos Studios in Shoreditch, the event was attended by over 85 of the UK's leading music industry. Max, on piano, performed with a string quartet from the 12 Ensemble and the audience was treated to a live set.

On April 7, Wendy Melvoin & Lisa Coleman spoke at the annual “ASCAP Day” @ Berklee College of Music in Boston, supported by The ASCAP Foundation. The annual "ASCAP Day" also found ASCAP staff hosting a panel about the state of the music business, and presenting scholarships to Berklee students Jeffrey Gaiser & Julia Battistin.

Like sands through the hourglass, so are the ASCAP members nominated for Daytime Emmy Awards. In their traditional display of daytime dominance, 33 ASCAP composers and songwriters were behind the songs, scores and performances nominated for the 2016 Daytime Creative Arts Emmys.

Armstrong received the Henry Mancini Award from ASCAP President Paul Williams and legendary director Oliver Stone. In addition, 138 awards were presented to the composers of today's most popular TV series, films and video games.

As a practical, craft-oriented composer or songwriter, there are many things you can do to make your writing process more fluid, more efficient and more cost effective. Read some sage advice about accessing your creative flow from ASCAP composer Jeremy Borum, author of the new book Guerrilla Film Scoring.

Composer Ray Colcord, a former ASCAP Board member who scored Boy Meets World, The Facts of Life, My Two Dads, 227 and many more beloved TV series, has passed away at 69. Read a remembrance of Colcord's life and work from his friend and fellow composer, ASCAP Board member Dan Foliart.

On Tuesday, January 26th, ASCAP hosted its annual Composer-Filmmaker Cocktail Party, an exclusive after-show event at the Sundance ASCAP Music Cafe in Park City, Utah.

At the Sundance ASCAP Music Café, Sting and film composer J. Ralph talked with us about their collaboration on the song "The Empty Chair," written for Jim: The James Foley Story, which won the 2016 Sundance Audience Award for US Documentary.

As the Sundance ASCAP Music Café headed into the home stretch of its 8-day run, some of Nashville’s top songwriters embraced the spotlight, including Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley, Josh Osborne, Ashley Gorley and Chris DeStefano.


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