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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.

The Songwriter Equity Act has been reintroduced in the current Congress by Senators Hatch, Whitehouse, Alexander, and Corker and Representatives Collins and Jeffries. Ask your elected officials to support the new SEA bill, which will help protect the livelihoods of songwriters and composers.

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.

ASCAP President and award-winning songwriter Paul Williams has been announced as a keynote speaker at Midem, the international music business conference set to take place in Cannes, France from June 5th - 8th of 2015. Williams will speak about the social and economic value of music in the digital age.

Read the full text of ASCAP’s public comments to the Department of Justice, as part of the DOJ’s ongoing review of the ASCAP and BMI consent decrees, and the response by ASCAP President and songwriter Paul Williams.

ASCAP has filed its opening brief with the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in the Pandora litigation. ASCAP is asking the appellate court to reverse both the district court’s summary judgment ruling and its final rate determination for Pandora’s license.

As technology transforms the music landscape, ASCAP continues to innovate to serve music creators and users in the digital age. Find out how we’re leading the way to a more transparent, accurate and accountable music licensing system.