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The 52nd annual ASCAP Country Music Awards will be held for the second consecutive year at Music City Center in downtown Nashville on Mon., Nov. 3rd. The black-tie gala will honor the writers and publishers of ASCAP's most-performed Country songs of the past year.
The 2014 Billboard Music Awards ceremony was huge for ASCAP. All in all, ASCAP songwriters and their songs earned awards in more than 24 categories, including Top Country and Christian songs. The night also featured the live premiere of the new Miranda Lambert/Carrie Underwood single, written at an ASCAP song camp by Chris DeStefano, Brett James and Priscilla Renea.
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.
Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Bob Corker (R-TN) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) made the announcement during a special media event at Nashville's famed Bluebird Cafe. The House version of the bill was introduced by Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) in February.
The ASCAP Foundation and The Library of Congress jointly hosted their sixth annual "We Write the Songs" event at the historic Coolidge Library in DC, featuring an incredible group of ASCAP songwriters performing before legislative dignitaries.
Dan Wilson's Grammy-winning songwriting can be found Adele's hit album 21, the Dixie Chicks' Taking the Long Way and many others. On his second studio recording as a solo artist, Wilson paints an intimate portrait with songs about failed relationships and learning to be alone. Love Without Fear is due on April 15th; preview it here now.
Multi-platinum rock band Tonic's frontman Emerson Hart's second solo recording celebrates the untidy aspects of life, the messy wonder of aging and how the broken things in life can ultimately be fixed. The intensely intimate collection of songs is due out April 15th; preview it now in this ASCAP Audio Portrait.
The compilation album, which was the product of this past fall's ASCAP Songwriter Residency program, includes seven original songs written and recorded by ASCAP songwriters and America SCORES public school students from five cities across the country. Click through to stream it in full.
The Songwriter Equity Act, a new bill introduced by Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA), will amend two outdated portions of the Copyright Act that are harming songwriters, composers and publishers in the digital age. Get the facts and show your support.
MCA Nashville artist David Nail's third album is a slight departure from his past, which saw songs of heartbreak emerge as chart-topping hits. Finding himself in one of the best places in his life, personally and creatively, a lighthearted version of Nail emerged that rarely appears in earlier recordings. I'm a Fire is out March 4th; preview it now.
In honor of ASCAP’s 100th birthday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam have proclaimed February 13th, 2014 "ASCAP Day." To mark this momentous day, ASCAP has unveiled its top songs of all-time.
In this special video, more than 50 top ASCAP songwriters and composers from across the musical spectrum, including Usher, Jewel, Brandy Clark, Dr. Luke, Kendrick Lamar, Lady Antebellum and more wish ASCAP a "Happy 100th Birthday."
The event, which celebrates songwriters who penned at least three #1 songs in the past year, honored hitmakers Chris DeStefano, Ashley Gorley, Ben Hayslip, Josh Kear, Hillary Lindsey, Shane McAnally, Jimmy Robbins and Chris Tompkins.
Eric Paslay’s songwriting has influenced the sound of country music over the last few years, with co-penned #1 singles for Jake Owen, Eli Young Band and more. His first single as an artist, "Friday Night," hit the top of the charts and is an exciting intro to his EMI Nashville debut album, due out February 4th. Click through to preview it now.
Mary Chapin Carpenter's new album, Songs from the Movie, fulfills her dream of recording with an orchestra, and the result is a breathtaking transformation of her beloved songs into a sweeping soundtrack. On the eve of her first tour with live orchestral backing, Carpenter talks about the album's challenges and how it far exceeded her expectations.
“More Than the Stars” features an extraordinary collaboration among 15 top ASCAP songwriter and composer members, including Ne-Yo, Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood, Dan Wilson, Bill Withers, Aloe Blacc and others.
Inspired by motherhood, Rick Rubin, '70s radio and more, the award-winning songwriter steps out on her own on That Girl. In this special interview, she talked to Playback's Erik Philbrook about the joys of "re-creation" and getting back to her musical roots.