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The animated feature Rio 2 puts music front and center. Brazilian music legend Sergio Mendes worked with director Carlos Saldanha and composer John Powell to weave the film's tapestry of vibrant rhythm, orchestral textures and infectious pop/hip-hop tunes. We asked him how he did it.

A rocker from sunny LA might seem an odd fit for the frostbitten winters of North Dakota. But ASCAP composer/Tonic co-founder Jeff Russo brings orchestral grace to the music of Fargo, a new TV series based on the Coen brothers film. Read about how he hurdled Fargo's creative challenges, then see him in person at the ASCAP EXPO.

The compilation album, which was the product of this past fall's ASCAP Songwriter Residency program, includes seven original songs written and recorded by ASCAP songwriters and America SCORES public school students from five cities across the country. Click through to stream it in full.

The two acclaimed film composers will take part in separate Master Sessions during the 9th annual EXPO. Get all the info on these exciting panels here.

Composer John Powell and Brazilian legend Sérgio Mendes came together to talk about their music for the upcoming animated feature Rio 2. The pair was joined by director Carlos Saldanha and lyricist Taura Stinson in a panel discussion that followed a screening co-hosted by Fox, the SCL and the Recording Academy's LA Chapter.

Anthony Gonzalez of M83 and ASCAP composer Joe Trapanese collaborated on the dreamy, quiet score for the bawdy French comedy You and the Night, directed by Anthony’s brother. We caught up with the two composers in Trapanese's studio and asked them how it compared to their epic collaboration on Oblivion.

Snow headlined ASCAP Day @ Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA on April 2nd. Known for scoring TV shows like The X-Files, Blue Bloods, Ghost Whisperer and Smallville, he talked to students about his career and the state of the music business.

While the acclaimed music to Beasts of the Southern Wild was Dan Romer's first feature film score, he's been working with artists and filmmakers for years. Romer mixed, mastered or produced Ingrid Michaelson’s first three albums, helped Lelia Broussard and Jukebox the Ghost find their sound, and recently ventured into Top 40 territory with A Great Big World’s ballad “Say Something.”

ASCAP composer Nathan Furst got a personal thumbs up from Steven Spielberg for his score to Need for Speed, DreamWorks' film adaptation of the popular Electronic Arts video game series. We asked Furst what revved his engines about scoring the film.

ASCAP's Film & TV department hosted a dinner in honor of the composers at the 2014 SXSW Film Festival in Austin, TX. Dozens of ASCAP composers and filmmakers showed up to connect and celebrate music in film at SXSW. Many of the films in contention at this year's SXSW were scored by ASCAP composers.

Though it starts a few days before every band on the planet descends on Austin, TX, the SXSW Film Festival has plenty of terrific music to be heard, too. We’ve compiled a list of 21 ASCAP composers with films screening at SXSW, plus synopses and links to find out when you can watch them.

On March 2nd, ASCAP composer Steven Price took home his first Academy Award for the score to Gravity. Like every great film score before it, Price's immersive music to Gravity is both an incredible work unto itself and absolutely essential to the power of the film.

UCLA's Royce Hall resounded with ASCAP film music as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences hosted a historic Oscar Concert, featuring live performances of every score and song nominated for the 86th annual Academy Awards.

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.

The Lego Movie made back its $60 million budget in a single weekend. That was awesome - and so is its theme song, "Everything Is AWESOME!!!" We asked ASCAP member Shawn Patterson to tell us the five most awesome things about writing it.

Based out of ASCAP's Los Angeles office, both Harmon and Jernigan have been with ASCAP since 2004 and were most recently Associate Directors. They both report directly to ASCAP VP of Creative Services, Film & TV/Visual Media Shawn LeMone.

On February 16th, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts named ASCAP composer Steven Price's score to Gravity as Best Original Score in the 2014 EE British Academy Film Awards. Price has already earned a Critics' Choice Award, a Golden Globe nomination and and Oscar nod for his riveting work.


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