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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.

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.

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.