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Bentley earns 5 nods; Brandy Clark, Brett James among top song nominees
Joan Baez, Garth Brooks, Billy Joel, Stephen Sondheim and Stevie Wonder to be honored
Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith honored; Capitol CMG takes Publisher of Year
In DC, ASCAP asks Congress to #StandWithSongwriters on music licensing reform
15 top songwriters and composers explore music's power and colaborate on a score
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.
Country superstar Brad Paisley released his stellar 10th studio album, Moonshine in the Trunk, on August 26th. The release sent us on a trip down memory lane, back to 1993, when Brad interned at ASCAP's Nashville office. Find out what Brad and his co-writer Chris DuBois thought of each other back then.
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.
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.
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.