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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.

Brad Mossman's quirky, upbeat songs and scores have brought to life countless TV shows, animated shorts, films and games, including kids favorites Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! and Sesame Street. We asked him for advice on breaking into the kids music market and writing great songs for kids of all ages.

Belgium's World Soundtrack Academy has announced the nominees for its prestigious Discovery of the Year Award, aimed at stimulating the growth of young and talented film composers. All five nominees are ASCAP members or part of our global family of licensed composers.

The 7th Krakow Film Music Festival is packed with concerts, workshops, panels and master classes with ASCAP composers and staffers. The Festival closes with an International Film Music Gala, celebrating ASCAP’s 100th birthday, and featuring suites from some of the most beloved ASCAP film music of the past century.

The World Soundtrack Academy has announced its nominees for the 2014 World Soundtrack Awards, and 12 out of 15 nominations went to members of ASCAP's international family of composers and songwriters. Our nominees include 2014 Oscar winner Steven Price (Gravity) and Golden Globe winner Alex Ebert (All Is Lost).

Michael Feinstein and ASCAP's film music elite came out to play at the Pasadena POPS’ "Hooray for Hollywood" concert, in celebration of ASCAP's 100th birthday. Michael Giacchino, Bruce Broughton, Alan Bergman and Paul Williams performed their film music classics, along with a bevy of powerhouse guest vocalists.

ASCAP members Lin-Manuel Miranda and Don Was, and PRS/ASCAP affiliate Michael Price, took home trophies at the 66th Primetime Creative Arts Emmys. Miranda won for his theme to the 2013 Tonys; Was earned an Emmy for music directing The Beatles: The Night That Changed America special; Price won for his music to Sherlock.

Renowned conductor Gustavo Dudamel is the music director of the LA Philharmonic and the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra, based in his native Venezuela. Dudamel joins ASCAP in the wake of his very first public offering as a composer, the score to Libertador (The Liberator), a biopic about Venezuelan freedom fighter Simón Bolívar.

ASCAP Henry Mancini Award honoree Patrick Doyle is the latest addition to the lineup of scoring stars at the Krakow Film Music Festival. Doyle's music to Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Thor and Frankenstein will be performed at the Festival's closing gala, in celebration of ASCAP's 100th birthday.

ASCAP composers James Levine and Jeff Russo highlighted CW3PR’s “Behind the Music” panel at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. The two composers discussed how they got into the business, how they create character themes, and their process for composing Emmy-nominated music for Fargo, American Horror Story and more.

Renowned composer Elliot Goldenthal is the latest film music great to participate in the Krakow Film Music Fest's closing concert, honoring ASCAP's 100th birthday. The audience will hear the Polish premiere of Goldenthal's newest work Grand Gothic Suite, based on his themes from Batman Forever and Batman & Robin.

Young film music creators are invited to compete for the FMF Young Talent Award. Submitted pieces will be evaluated by a jury of film music professionals, and the victorious suite will be played during the closing concert of the Krakow Film Music Festival on September 28th in Krakow, Poland.

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.

The Tenerife International Film Music Festival, aka Fimucité, hosted a week of concerts from July 5th through July 12th in the Canary Islands. As part of the proceedings, the Festival honored ASCAP President Paul Williams, ASCAP composer Elliot Goldenthal and SGAE composer Antón García Abril with special awards.

The Echo Society presented their second concert “Solstice” in Los Angeles. The sold-out concert presented original works combining chamber music and electronics, all written by members of this LA-based collective of composers and visual artists, many of them members of ASCAP.

For yet another year, ASCAP members dominated the music categories for daytime TV’s highest honor. 12 of our composers and songwriters wrote the five songs and scores highlighted for excellence at the 41st Annual Daytime Creative Arts Emmys.

In a career stretching over some 20 years, Chicago composer-musician Joshua Abrams has improvised with many towering figures in free jazz, and collaborated with a menagerie of respected artists from across the genre spectrum. More recently, Abrams has turned to film scoring. His third film Life Itself, out July 4th nationwide, documents the life of another one of Chicago's native sons, film critic Roger Ebert.


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