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Read ASCAP’s official statement in response to the government’s proposal regarding our consent decree.

Following ASCAP’s annual Songwriter Advocacy Day in Washington on May 18th, the Songwriter Equity Act (H.R. 1283) picked up two new co-sponsors, Reps. Pete Sessions (R-TX) and Bonnie Watson-Coleman (D-NJ).

Songwriters Paul Williams, Monica, Brian McKnight, Brett James, MoZella, Priscilla Renea, Randy Goodrum, Desmond Child, Needlz, Savan Kotecha and more meet with lawmakers.

The 8th annual celebration featured award-winning ASCAP songwriters & composers performing some of their most beloved music at the Library of Congress.

Award-winning songwriters visit Congress on May 18 to urge them to stand with songwriters to protect their livelihoods in the digital age.

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 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.

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.