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Pandora recently purchased radio station KXMZ-FM in Rapid City, South Dakota, in a bid to lower the licensing fees it pays songwriters and composers. Pandora says this will help creators and listeners. But the facts tell a different story.

On May 13th we hosted ASCAP Songwriter Advocacy Day in Washington, DC, bringing songwriters, Board members and others to walk the halls of Congress and urge our politicians to support songwriters. Lend your voice and send a strong message that we need licensing reform now – and fast!

A group of leading songwriters explain the challenges facing today's music creators and collectively deliver a personal appeal for music licensing reform. Change is needed fast to ensure a brighter future for music, those who create it and those who love it.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York has affirmed the March 2014 federal rate court decision by Judge Denise Cote, which set the rate for the Pandora-ASCAP license at 1.85% of revenue. Read ASCAP CEO Beth Matthews’s response.

The FCC has approved Pandora’s pass on the agency’s foreign ownership limits for broadcasters, which had prevented it from purchasing a radio station KXMZ. Read our response, and find out why the purchase attempt is a ploy to pay songwriters less.

As sweeping changes affect the music industry, ASCAP is blazing a new path forward on the heels of announcing historic high revenues, distributions and member success. Read remarks from ASCAP’s annual meeting on April 30th by ASCAP’s President Paul Williams, CEO Beth Matthews and EVP of Membership John Titta.

The Songwriter Equity Act (H.R. 1283 and S. 662) has gained an additional co-sponsor in the House of Representatives.

The Songwriter Equity Act (H.R. 1283 and S. 662) has gained one additional sponsor in each Congressional chamber, both of them Californians.

Representatives John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI) and Karen Bass (D-CA) have signed on as the latest co-sponsors of H.R. 1283 and S. 662 the Songwriter Equity Act. The bill, introduced in early March by Senators Hatch, Whitehouse, Alexander and Corker, and Representatives Collins and Jeffries, is beginning to attract attention in Congress.

Congressman Diane Black (R-TN) has signed on as the latest co-sponsor of H.R. 1283 and S. 662 the Songwriter Equity Act. The bill, introduced in early March by Senators Hatch, Whitehouse, Alexander and Corker, and Representatives Collins and Jeffries, is beginning to attract attention in Congress.

In her testimony before the US Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights today, Matthews called for changes to the music licensing system to better reflect free-market rates for songwriters.

Music use requires planning and securing the appropriate permissions. ASCAP has put together this list of Q & A’s to help you navigate your way to campaign success through the proper use of music.

The US Copyright Office has released an in-depth study on music licensing. The study details the antiquated current system, and makes recommendations to balance the needs of songwriters, composers, music publishers and other stakeholders.

Singer-songwriter Aloe Blacc has written a fiery op-ed for Wired calling on streaming services to pay songwriters fairly. Blacc urges policymakers to update the Consent Decrees that keep songwriters from negotiating the true value of their work.

ASCAP is today’s leading advocate for the rights of music creators. In this ASCAP-commissioned short film, Why We Create Music, 15 of today's top ASCAP songwriters and composers provide insight into their creative process while highlighting the meaning and power of music.

CBS This Morning recently turned the spotlight on ASCAP at 100. Anchor Anthony Mason walks the halls of our New York office and speaks with ASCAP President Paul Williams about our efforts to uphold the rights of songwriters and composers in the digital age. Click through to watch the full piece.

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