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The deadline for the Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Awards, a program of The ASCAP Foundation, is fast approching. All materials must be postmarked no later than December 1, 2014.

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.

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.

Bill Banfield's musical collective creates some of today's most innovative and accessible jazz. The album Playing With Other People's Heads comes from 30 diverse artists collaborating for over four years under executive producer and ASCAP Board member George Duke, who passed away last summer. Click through to preview it now.

Two outdated portions of the Copyright Act prevent songwriters and composers from receiving royalty rates that reflect fair market value. Find out what this means for you and why now is the time to fix it.

The event, a program of The ASCAP Foundation and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, will showcase the work of four young ASCAP members in free concerts on the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage on March 12th and 13th.

February is Black History Month, a season of celebrating the contributions of African-Americans to our collective history and culture. We're proud that three of the most important black composers of the early 20th century were also among ASCAP's first members. Click through to read more about them and listen to some of their music.

In honor of ASCAP’s 100th birthday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam have proclaimed February 13th, 2014 "ASCAP Day." To mark this momentous day, ASCAP has unveiled its top songs of all-time.

In this special video, more than 50 top ASCAP songwriters and composers from across the musical spectrum, including Usher, Jewel, Brandy Clark, Dr. Luke, Kendrick Lamar, Lady Antebellum and more wish ASCAP a "Happy 100th Birthday."