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ASCAP announced that Michael Martin will head its Nashville Membership office in the role of Vice President, reporting directly to EVP of Membership John Titta. Martin has been with ASCAP for more than five years.

ASCAP Nashville’s Michael Martin commented, “Robert and Evyn are such an integral part of the ASCAP Creative staff. They helped build the foundation of the excellent team we have in place in Nashville, and we are so excited to welcome Beth as the newest addition to that team..."

Nominations for the 2015 Americana Music Awards were announced yesterday, with ASCAP members dominating the Duo/Group of the Year category, including Punch Brothers, The Mavericks, The Lone Bellow & Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn.

Whitey Morgan is the real deal: a whiskey poet, tele-twanger-banger, road warrior and artist who laughs at it all. On his latest album, Sonic Ranch, this country outlaw bandleader delivers one fantastic song after another about living in the rough-and-tumble world of honky tonks, frustrated dreams and broken relationships.

Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter Eric Kaz is modest and unassuming but he has a formidable catalogue of songs written over the past four decades.

Hit country songwriter Walt Aldridge and Grammy-winning producer/songwriter Alonzo “Zo” Lee will participate in the ASCAP Songwriter Residency in St. Louis, a partnership with America SCORES. The Residency provides a platform for songwriters to inspire public school students in under-resourced neighborhoods.

ASCAP honored the songwriters and publishers of Christian music’s most performed songs of the past year at the 37th annual ASCAP Christian Music Awards, held on Monday, March 23rd at the historic Franklin Theatre in Franklin, Tennessee.

Grammy-nominated songwriter-artist Gretchen Peters' new album, Blackbirds, is full of moody and captivating songs about lost souls and people trapped in the darkness, trying to find their way out. The album ponders mortality, family and faith in songs that soothe and lift the spirit - even in the darkest of times.

Acclaimed songwriter, producer and artist Dave Berg (Carrie Underwood, Kenny Chesney) will participate in the ASCAP Songwriter Residency, a partnership with America SCORES. The Residency provides a platform for songwriters to inspire elementary and middle school students in under-resourced neighborhoods.

The Spirit of Christmas is a stunning collaboration between Grammy award-winning songwriter-artist Michael W. Smith and a who's who of outstanding vocalists from Nashville and beyond. Lady Antebellum, Bono, Michael McDonald and more present unique takes on Christmas classics as well as original holiday songs written by Smith.

Alan Jackson ​and ​Craig Wiseman ​p​resented with ​the ​ASCAP Heritage Award,​ Ben Hayslip ​and ​Jimmy Robbins ​earn Song of the Year, and Warner/Chappell ​takes top Publisher Award at the 52nd annual star-studded gala in Nashville on Nov. 3rd.

ASCAP joined Nettwerk One Music/Revelry Music, Combustion Music, Sea Gayle Music and Complete Control Management to sponsor a writing camp combining Nashville writers with two EDM artists Tritonal and Brass Knuckles. Writing sessions took place at Blackbird Studios and Combustion Music offices, with ASCAP providing lunch for the hungry hordes.

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

Grammy-winner Lee Ann Womack returns to the serious country ​music​ that defined her with a poignant new album, which presents 13 unique songs written by some of America’s most progressive songwriter-artists. The​ Way I'm Livin' is Womack's first​ new​ ​release ​in ​nearly ​seven years​;​ click through to preview it now.

ASCAP songwriter Walt Aldridge, Stephen & Justin Kirk and 25 students of Washington Elementary in St. Louis collaborated on the song “Secret Crush" as part of the ASCAP Songwriter Residency with America SCORES. Click through to watch the video.

Buddy Miller, Jackson Browne, The Milk Carton Kids and Sturgill Simpson were recognized at the 13th Annual Americana Honors and Awards, in Nashville's historic Ryman Auditorium.

Bentley claims 5 nods, including Song of the Year for "I Hold On," written with fellow ASCAP member Brett James. Brandy Clark and Kip Moore tapped for Best New Artist and 2013 Entertainer of the Year George Strait vies for the title again.