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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.

Two outdated portions of the Copyright Act prevent songwriters and composers from receiving royalty rates that reflect fair market value. Find out what this means for you and why now is the time to fix it.

Matt Gould and Griffin Matthews’ new musical, Witness Uganda, will have its world premiere at The American Repertory Theatre at Harvard University on February 12th. It is directed by Tony Award-winning A.R.T. Artistic Director Diane Paulus.

Former ASCAP President Morton Gould would have turned 100 on December 10th, 2013. Read through the highlights of this Pulitzer Prize-winning composer's incredible career, and listen to some of his greatest works on our Spotify playlist.

The singer-songwriter was honored at the 18th annual ASCAP Foundation Awards in recognition of his leadership in efforts to increase awareness of disadvantaged children in American cities. The Foundation also honored Tony Award-winning lyricist Martin Charnin with the inaugural George M. Cohan Award.