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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.

ASCAP composer James Levine is one of the millions of Americans whose livelihoods are threatened by outdated music licensing rules.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.

Tomorrow (June 25th) ASCAP President Paul Williams will deliver to Congress a call for music licensing reform. We urge all music creators to watch a live stream of Paul's testimony starting at 10:00am (EDT). Read his written testimony here now.

Like so many other hard-working songwriters, ASCAP member Shannon Hurley relies on the income she earns from her music to make a living. But Shannon's livelihood is at stake due to royalty rates that haven't kept up with the pace of innovation. Find out why she thinks it's so important that you support the Songwriter Equity Act now.

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 U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division announced that it has opened a review of its consent decrees with the nation's two leading performing rights organizations, ASCAP and BMI. Read ASCAP President and Chairman Paul Williams' statement on the announcement here.

ASCAP has filed comments with the US Copyright Office about the effectiveness of current music licensing rules. We believe they prevent music creators from earning fair compensation. Click through to find out how we propose to change that.

Since Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) first introduced the Songwriter Equity Act (H.R. 4079) in February, there has been growing bipartisan support for the bill. Here is the full list of representatives who have signed on as co-sponsors, as well as a growing list of supporters of the newly introduced Senate version of the bill (S. 2321).

NE-YO hosted a #StandWithSongwriters forum with other Atlanta-based songwriters at The Capital Grille to discuss the importance of modernizing federal music licensing regulations to keep up with innovation in the marketplace.

Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-CA) has signed on as the latest co-sponsor of H.R. 4079, the Songwriter Equity Act. The bill, introduced in February by Congressman Doug Collins (R-GA), continues to gain the support of Congressional members.

Support for SEA grows following ASCAP’s “Stand with Songwriters” Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill and the recent announcement in Nashville by Senators Lamar Alexander, Bob Corker and Orrin Hatch that a Senate version will be introduced.

At the 2014 ASCAP EXPO, we asked attendees to tell us about a song that deeply affected them or changed their lives in some way. These are those attendees and their stories; these are their "Heart Payments" to the songwriters who crafted the music that is meaningful to them.

Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Bob Corker (R-TN) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) made the announcement during a special media event at Nashville's famed Bluebird Cafe. The House version of the bill was introduced by Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) in February.

The ASCAP Foundation and The Library of Congress jointly hosted their sixth annual "We Write the Songs" event at the historic Coolidge Library in DC, featuring an incredible group of ASCAP songwriters performing before legislative dignitaries.