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On, June 27, 2015, the Dramatists Guild Chicago Region and Porchlight Music Theatre hosted a panel discussion on the business aspects of musical theatre writing.

ASCAP produced a musical tribute to Stephen Schwartz at the Dramatists Guild Conference in LaJolla on July 18.

ASCAP members took home some of the top trophies last night at the 69th Annual Tony Awards in New York City. Fun Home won Best Musical and Best Original Score; The King and I was named Best Revival of a Musical.

In honor of Edward Kleban, New Dramatists gives this prize annually to both a librettist and a lyricist. The Board sets the amount of the prize annually but in recent years the prize has been in the amount of $100,000 in each category payable in two annual installments.

The three packed days of programming includes top speakers and performers as well as over 40 panels on music creation, business, marketing, music placement and more.

Meredith Monk has been a composer, singer, choreographer and creator of new operas, musical theatre works and more for over 50 years. As she celebrates that milestone, she has released Piano Songs, a collection of 12 instrumentals for two pianos, magnificently performed by Bruce Brubaker and Ursula Oppens.

Hamilton is composer, rapper, lyricist and actor Lin-Manuel Miranda’s revolutionary new musical headed for Broadway. At the 2012 EXPO, he talked about his creative process and gave attendees a glimpse into his new work.

The ASCAP/Grow A Show New Musical Theatre Workshop (Sept. 9-11, 2015) at the Lied Center for Performing Arts is seeking new musical theatre works with the potential to be developed and produced into full-scale productions.

The Lion King musical recently became the highest-grossing entertainment event of all time. Behind its success is the visionary director Julie Taymor. So much of her work for stage and screen has involved musical collaborations. We spoke with her about working with music creators to unite sound and vision into a compelling whole.

It's one of our favorite stories to tell: the promising talent who breaks through, crosses over, gets the attention that he or she deserves. Here are 10 ASCAP songwriters and composers who had breakthrough years in 2014, and are poised for even bigger things in the future.

Michael Feinstein and ASCAP's film music elite came out to play at the Pasadena POPS’ "Hooray for Hollywood" concert, in celebration of ASCAP's 100th birthday. Michael Giacchino, Bruce Broughton, Alan Bergman and Paul Williams performed their film music classics, along with a bevy of powerhouse guest vocalists.

ASCAP members Lin-Manuel Miranda and Don Was, and PRS/ASCAP affiliate Michael Price, took home trophies at the 66th Primetime Creative Arts Emmys. Miranda won for his theme to the 2013 Tonys; Was earned an Emmy for music directing The Beatles: The Night That Changed America special; Price won for his music to Sherlock.

ASCAP and the Dramatists Guild of America held a gathering in Los Angeles of their respective West Coast members. The event was intended to foster relationships between ASCAP composers and Dramatist Guild playwrights.

ASCAP composer member Mary Rodgers, a longtime Board member of The ASCAP Foundation and a member of the ASCAP Board from 1995 to 1999, died at her Manhattan home on June 26 at the age of 83, following a long illness.

The 68th Tony Awards were broadcast live on CBS on Sunday, June 8th from New York City’s historic Radio City Music Hall. ASCAP members took home a total of six awards, including Best Musical, Best Revival of a Musical and Best Original Score.

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 Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF) has announced the first-ever recipients of the Doris Duke Impact Awards and the third group of individuals to receive Doris Duke Artist Awards. The awards are part of the Doris Duke Performing Artist Awards, a special ten-year initiative of the foundation to empower, invest in and celebrate artists by offering flexible, multi-year funding in response to financial challenges that are specific to the performing arts. Seven ASCAP members are among the 2014 award recipients.

The Library of Congress annually selects 25 sound recordings to the registry to preserve them as cultural, artistic and/or historical treasures, representing the richness and diversity of the American soundscape.

ASCAP singer-songwriter Jonatha Brooke's musical play My Mother Has Four Noses chronicles the years that Brooke looked after her mother as she descended into Alzheimer's and eventually passed away. We spoke to Brooke about channeling the experience into some of the most beautiful, unflinching music of her career.