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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 mutiplayer 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.

ASCAP mourns the loss of Ian Fraser, a prolific composer, arranger and music director whose 32 Emmy nominations and 11 wins earned him the distinction of the most-honored composer/conductor in the history of TV music. Read a remembrance of Fraser's life from Ashley Irwin, President of the Society of Composers & Lyricists.

The Program in Film Scoring at New York University's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development is seeking candidates for a non-tenure-track faculty position at the Music Assistant/Associate Professor level to begin September 1st, 2015. Click through to read more about the position and apply.

On October 25th, the World Soundtrack Academy announced the winners of the 14th World Soundtrack Awards. English composer Daniel Pemberton was named Discovery of the Year, French film music legend Francis Lai earned a Lifetime Achievement Award, and Belgian composer Michelino Bisceglia won the Spotify Public Choice Award.

It's one of our favorite stories to tell: the promising talent who breaks through, crosses over, gets the attention that he or she deserves. Here are 10 ASCAP songwriters and composers who had breakthrough years in 2014, and are poised for even bigger things in the future.

Gustavo Santaolalla fused his deep knowledge of Latin music with the traditions of animated film for his score to The Book of Life. In ASCAP President Paul Williams, Santaolalla found a sympathetic collaborator on two beautiful, original songs. We spoke with these master musical craftsmen about bringing The Book of Life to life.

So you've written a brilliant score, and hired musicians to record it. If you want to make the most of the recording session, preparation is critical. Find out how to save time and money from Tina Guo, a seasoned session cellist and erhuist with credits ranging from CSI:NY to Inception, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 to Family Guy.

Outkast's André "3000" Benjamin stars as Jimi Hendrix in Jimi: All Is by My Side, an intimate portrait of a young musician on the verge of becoming a legend. We attended a press junket with Benjamin and director John Ridley. Read their insights into their artistic and technical journeys toward realizing the film.

The award is presented to the NYU/ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop composer with the best score. Workshop participants Bastow, JP Redmond, Katy Jarzebowski, Michael Markowski and Breffni O’Byrne were also named “Composers to Watch.”

The dystopian thriller The Maze Runner topped the box offices in 50 countries its opening weekend. It's the biggest feature film yet for ASCAP composer John Paesano, also known for his work on the Ice Age and DreamWorks Dragons franchises. John sat down with us to discuss the complex process of developing the score.


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