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On Tuesday, January 27th, ASCAP hosted its annual Composer-Filmmaker Cocktail Party, an exclusive after-show event at the Sundance ASCAP Music Cafe in Park City, Utah.

After an exciting opening weekend, the Sundance ASCAP Music Café continued to deliver musical thrills on days 4 and 5 of its eight-day run run with performances by Dylan Gardner, Baskery, Leon Bridges, Rainey Qualley, John Fullbright and more.

The 2015 Sundance ASCAP Music Café kicked off with a musical bang on Friday, January 23rd with an exciting mix of heavy rock ’n’ roll (Scott Weiland and The Wildabouts), foot-stomping Americana (Jamestown Revival), moody lounge music (The Duchess and the Fox, featuring Joe McGinty and Andrea Diaz) and more.

The title character of Mortdecai may be a bumbling art dealer, but he's got an impeccable soundtrack for his misadventures in the funky, zany collaborative score from ASCAP composer Geoff Zanelli and it-producer Mark Ronson. We asked Zanelli about the particulars of the film's madcap music.

The 17th annual Sundance ASCAP Music Café presents a dynamic mix of emerging and established songwriters and artists, all curated by ASCAP. In addition, the invitation-only ASCAP Composer-Filmmaker Cocktail Party offers a great opportunity for filmmakers and music creators to connect. We'll see you in Park City!

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has nominated Jóhann Jóhannson, Shawn Patterson, Julian Raymond, Diane Warren, Gary Yershon and Hans Zimmer for 2015 Oscars in the Best Original Score and Best Original Song categories.

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has nominated ASCAP composers Jóhann Jóhannsson, Mica Levi and Hans Zimmer for the 2015 EE British Academy Film Awards. Each of them is a top contender this awards season.

Composer Mateo Messina is well known for his scores to Juno, Fairly Legal and more. He's also a musical superhero: for 17 years, he has written and produced an annual benefit symphony, with all proceeds going to the Seattle Children’s Hospital. We spoke with Messina about how philanthropy feeds his creativity and his soul.

Guided by Emmy-winning composer Richard Bellis, this renowned workshop gives 12 aspiring film composers the opportunity to record an original composition with an "A list" of Hollywood professionals, including a 60-piece orchestra of LA's finest musicians on a major studio film scoring stage. Submission deadline is April 1st.

Say you're an 18th century French assassin. What music do you want playing as you stalk the streets of Paris? Probably something like Sarah Schachner's score for Assassin's Creed Unity, which brings a dramatic, brooding accompaniment to the game's combat and multiplayer modes. We asked her how she did it.

The ASCAP Songwriter Residency continues in New York with R&B songwriter/producer Andrea Martin, Grammy/Emmy-nominated composer/songwriter David Wolfert and producer/songwriter Johnny Blk. The Residencies give ASCAP songwriters a way to give back by engaging and inspiring inner city students through music.

In their new book The Sonic Boom, ASCAP composer Joel Beckerman and co-author Tyler Gray explore how music and sound impact our lives, often in ways that we don’t even notice. We sat down with Beckerman to find out more about how we’re influenced by the sounds around us from the moment we wake up.

Once derided as “canned music,” production libraries are becoming a more respected—and lucrative—way to get your music placed in film, TV and other media. Killer Tracks executive producer Ryan Perez-Daple explains how.

ASCAP's Latin and film/TV departments headed south of the border to participate in a composers lab held at UNAM, the main university in Mexico City. The lab brings together 10 aspiring composers from all over Latin America for two weeks of intensive workshops and seminars on the art and craft of film scoring.

Marco Beltrami did more than just compose a score for the new western The Homesman. He and Buck Sanders captured the film's expansive visual and emotional landscapes, writing music as beautiful and eerie as the western frontier. Find out how they did it with this exclusive look at Beltrami's liner notes for the score soundtrack.

On November 10th, ASCAP singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson played an intimate set for a room full of music biz notables at The Village Studios in Los Angeles. The event was a fundraiser for the Guild of Music Supervisors, and a celebration of Michaelson's gold single "Girls Chase Boys." ASCAP proudly co-presented the event.


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