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To mark the occasion, we're debuting a special birthday video and our top songs of all time
Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne, Ben Glover, Darius Rucker among honorees
15 top songwriters and composers explore music's power and collaborate on a score
Josh Kear named top songwriter; George Strait earns Founders Award; view photos
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 Doug Collins (R-GA), will amend two outdated portions of the Copyright Act that are harming songwriters, composers and publishers in the digital age.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.
In addition to staging its popular "ASCAP PRESENTS… at SXSW" showcases, ASCAP will co-present its annual boat rides, participate in official SXSW music panel discussions and sponsor a selection of events highlighting the best and brightest in music.
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.
ASCAP will celebrate our 36th annual Christian Music Awards on Monday, May 5th in Franklin, Tennessee. The event will recognize the songwriters and publishers of Christian music's most performed songs of the past year and will honor top the Songwriter, Songwriter-Artist and Publisher of the Year.
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.
McAnally also produced Grammy-winning ACM Album of the Year nominee Same Trailer Different Park and joins ASCAP writers Jessi Alexander, Brandy Clark, Hillary Lindsey, Deric Ruttan and Matt Warren with Song of the Year nominations.
The popular television series about Nashville's music industry filmed several scenes at the ASCAP offices in November. The episode, airing Wed., Jan. 22nd at 10pm ET, will also feature a commercial highlighting the ASCAP-commissioned short film, Why We Create Music, in celebration of ASCAP's 100th birthday on Feb. 13th.
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.
Country-rock songstress Deana Carter has created a decade-long string of hits, from her multi-platinum international debut to co-writing Kenny Chesney’s 2012 hit, “You & Tequila.” Her first new album in six years presents songs of personal healing, strength and wisdom; listen to her discuss it in this ASCAP Audio Portrait.
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.
Commissioned by ASCAP for its upcoming 100th birthday, the short film provides an intimate look into the hearts, minds and musical gifts of 15 of today's top songwriters and composers, and features an unprecedented collaborative musical score.
What kind of songs would you write inside a medieval castle in France? 17 top songwriters, including Nashville's Josh Kear and Chris DeStefano, found out at a high-level ASCAP Songwriters Retreat, held September 25th to October 4th at the 14th-century Chateau Marouatte in the Dordogne region of France.
Aldridge will co-write and record a song with students as part of the ASCAP Songwriter Residency @ America SCORES, a mentorship program that provides a platform for songwriters to engage and inspire young students in under-resourced neighborhoods.
The songwriters and publishers of the most performed ASCAP country songs were honored at a star-studded gala in Nashville on November 4th. Special tribute was paid to George Strait, who was presented with the ASCAP Founders Award.