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"Songwriters: The Next Generation," a program of The ASCAP Foundation and The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, will showcase the work of five emerging songwriters and composers on the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage.

ASCAP Foundation President Paul Williams has announced the recipients of the 2015 Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Awards. The recipients, who receive cash awards, range in age from 16 to 30, and are selected through a juried national competition.

Contemporary jazz songwriter-artist Somi's new album comes after a move from New York to Lagos, Nigeria. The tropical city's cosmopolitan spirit influenced songs that connect her heart, head and heritage, and the album features guest appearances from Angelique Kidjo and Common. Click through to preview it now.

An especially practical, yet thought-provoking Composers Workshop was held at ASCAP, just a few days in advance of a highly anticipated concert that will take place this Saturday, November 15th at 8PM at Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Music Center in New York City.

ASCAP Member, composer and bassist Rufus Reid, presented last night at the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, NYC, music from his CD release "QUIET PRIDE" in a Five-Movement Suite, inspired by the sculptures of Elizabeth Catlett.

Harold Rosenbaum, ASCAP member and conductor of the New York Virtuoso Singers, presents the launching of World Premieres by 10 Young Composers, introducing Dr. Rosenbaum’s mentorship of ten young composers, each one commissioned to create a new original work for choir.

The winners of the 46th annual ASCAP Foundation Deems Taylor/ Virgil Thomson Awards for outstanding print, broadcast and new media coverage of music have been announced. The winners will be honored at a ceremony on November 12th in NYC.

ASCAP has released the video for "You Belong To Me," created as part of the ASCAP Songwriter Residency. The song was co-written and recorded by chart-topping singer/songwriter Sachal Vasandani and America SCORES NYC students from PS 325.

ASCAP will honor Rep. John Conyers Jr. with its first ever ASCAP Jazz Advocate Award, recognizing his history of public and legislative initiatives for jazz. These initiatives include House Concurrent Resolution 57 (HR 57), and his latest bill, HR 4280: The National Jazz Preservation and Education Act of 2014.

Marco Benevento's fifth solo recording is his first album filled with songs featuring his lyrics and singing atop his blend of jazz-electronic colors and grooves.

ASCAP member Horace Silver, one of the most influential pianists and composers in modern jazz, died at his New Rochelle, NY home on Wednesday, June 18th at the age of 85. He will be remembered as a leader of the hard bop school, and as the composer of jazz classics like "Song for My Father."

From the introduction of the Songwriter Equity Act (SEA) to the Department of Justice’s review of the ASCAP Consent Decree, there is much at stake today in the world of music creators. ASCAP’s Music Advocacy Project page is a great resource that gives you the facts on the issues and a way to join our music advocacy efforts.

The 2014 inductees were living legends Kenny Burrell, Dick Hyman and Helen Merril, and posthumous honorees Bessie Smith and Juan Tizol. The event also celebrated ASCAP Foundation Jazz Vanguard Award winner Gregory Porter and the recipients of the 2014 Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Awards.

Nathan East has performed or recorded with everyone from Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson to Eric Clapton, Beyonce, Daft Punk and jazz quartet Fourplay. But East is more than an exceptional bass player; he's a noted musical director with a career that spans decades. In his first ​solo ​release, East shares some of his boundary-breaking style.

The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF) has announced the first-ever recipients of the Doris Duke Impact Awards and the third group of individuals to receive Doris Duke Artist Awards. The awards are part of the Doris Duke Performing Artist Awards, a special ten-year initiative of the foundation to empower, invest in and celebrate artists by offering flexible, multi-year funding in response to financial challenges that are specific to the performing arts. Seven ASCAP members are among the 2014 award recipients.