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The Songwriter Equity Act gained its second co-sponsor of the New Year on January 13th with an endorsement from Rep. Carolyn Maloney of New York.

On January 5th, the Songwriter Equity Act (H.R. 1283) picked up its first new supporter of 2016, Rep. Scott Tipton (R-CO). Since gaining a handful of backers toward the end of last year, the number of SEA co-sponsors within the House of Representatives has now grown to 35.

On December 8th, another member of California's Congressional delegation became the latest legislator to back the Songwriter Equity Act (H.R. 1283), Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-CA).

On December 9th, Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) led a Special Order on the House floor, devoted to the Songwriter Equity Act. Watch him and his fellow Congressmen explain why songwriters need this law now.

During the first week of December, the Songwriter Equity Act (H.R. 1283) gained two additional co-sponsors within the House of Representatives: Congresswoman Grace Napolitano (D-CA) and Congressman Cresent Hardy (R-NV).

Rep. Joe Crowley became the 30th member in the House of Representatives to co-sponsor the Songwriter Equity Act. His endorsement comes at a time when the bill has gained backing in both congressional chambers over the past several weeks.

On October 8th, ASCAP held a meeting in Atlanta, GA with several local songwriters and composers to discuss legislative developments. The meeting was a follow-up to a gathering hosted by NE-YO last May, which featured Representatives Doug Collins (R-GA) and Hank Johnson (D-GA).

On October 1st the Songwriter Equity Act (HR 1283 & S 662) gained an additional co-sponsor within the House of Representatives, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL). Find out how you can help pass this important legislation.

ASCAP member Kevin Kadish spoke at a roundtable discussion at Belmont University in Nashville as part of a listening tour by the House Judiciary Committee to learn more about the current music copyright climate and the need for reform.

On September 2nd, ASCAP member Che ‘Rhymefest’ Smith (“Glory,” “Jesus Walks”) joined Senator Dick Durbin for a special meeting in the Senator’s Chicago office to discuss the current state of the music industry and the Songwriter Equity Act.

ASCAP members Ken Burgomaster, Carol Connors, Julie Frost, Arthur Hamilton, Holly Knight and Michael Levine met with Rep. Ted Lieu to discuss the need for urgent music licensing reform. They explained how songwriters and composers would benefit from passing the Songwriter Equity Act and updating our consent decree with the DOJ.

On July 14th, NSAI and NMPA collaborated with the Congressional Songwriters Caucus, to host a special showcase on Capitol Hill. ASCAP was represented at this event by writer member Chris DeStefano, who was one of the featured performers that evening.

On July 7th Representative Louise Slaughter (D-NY) and Congressional Delegate Eleanor Norton (D-DC) became the latest members of the Capitol Hill community to join as co-sponsors of the Songwriter Equity Act (H.R. 1283).

On July 1st a group of constituent members met with Rep. Scott Peters (D-CA) to discuss the issue of low digital royalties for writers and composers, and voice support for the Songwriter Equity Act.

The latest Member of Congress to sign on as a co-sponsor of the Songwriter Equity Act (H.R. 1283), is Representative Janice Hahn (D-CA) from California. She joins a growing group of Congressional Members from the Golden State who have endorsed the bill.

ASCAP President Paul Williams gave a keynote address at the recent global music confab MIDEM in Cannes, France. ASCAP CEO Beth Matthews also spoke on a Copyright reform panel joined by other music industry stakeholders.

In recent weeks, the Songwriter Equity Act (H.R. 1283) has picked up several additional co-sponsors within the House of Representatives. To date, over 13,000 letters have been sent to Members of Congress in support of this legislation. If you have not yet taken part, click here for more information and to contact your legislator.

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.

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.

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.