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On November 19th, just two days after he earned the ASCAP Centennial Award, Billy Joel was given the prestigious Gershwin Prize by the Library of Congress. The honor took place amidst a star-studded tribute concert in Washington, DC, featuring Tony Bennett, Natalie Maines, LeAnn Rimes, John Mellencamp and many more.

ASCAP's Latin and film/TV departments headed south of the border to participate in a composers lab held at UNAM, the main university in Mexico City. The lab brings together 10 aspiring composers from all over Latin America for two weeks of intensive workshops and seminars on the art and craft of film scoring.

Contemporary jazz songwriter-artist Somi's new album comes after a move from New York to Lagos, Nigeria. The tropical city's cosmopolitan spirit influenced songs that connect her heart, head and heritage, and the album features guest appearances from Angelique Kidjo and Common. Click through to preview it now.

On November 10th, ASCAP singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson played an intimate set for a room full of music biz notables at The Village Studios in Los Angeles. The event was a fundraiser for the Guild of Music Supervisors, and a celebration of Michaelson's gold single "Girls Chase Boys." ASCAP proudly co-presented the event.

ASCAP President and award-winning songwriter Paul Williams has been announced as a keynote speaker at Midem, the international music business conference set to take place in Cannes, France from June 5th - 8th of 2015. Williams will speak about the social and economic value of music in the digital age.

ASCAP was the Founding Sponsor of the 2014 Billboard/The Hollywood Reporter Film & TV Music Conference, which brought together creators and industry execs to discuss the state of film and TV music today.

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.

The second album from The Barr Brothers showcases the quartet's compelling world-folk sound. Brothers Brad & Andrew Barr toured for 15 years in The Slip, and Sleeping Operator comes after a very creative period in which they wrote dozens of songs featuring Brad's lyrics with exotic instrumentation. The resulting album is intimate, evocative and otherworldly.

ASCAP Executive Vice President of Membership, John Titta has announced three promotions within ASCAP’s Membership Department: DeDe Burns to Vice President of Membership and Strategic Services, Alex Grout to Senior Director of Business & Membership Affairs and Eric Lense to Director of Business & Membership Affairs.

Through rain, sleet or snow, ASCAP always delivers musical thrills. On October 22nd in Manhattan ASCAP hosted its annual showcase for the CMJ Music Marathon at the Studio at Webster Hall while a nor’easter raged outside.

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.

We've all been there: The looming deadline when your ideas aren’t flowing…the song you abandon because it sounds too much like everything else you’ve written lately. Here's how pads, plugs-in and more can help you solve creative obstacles.

On albums such as The Mysterious Production of Eggs, Armchair Apocrypha, Noble Beast and Break It Yourself/Hands of Glory, Bird’s hypnotic songs merge provocative lyrics with elements of classical, bluegrass, Celtic and folk music.

Once derided as “canned music,” production libraries are becoming a more respected—and lucrative—way to get your music placed in film, TV and other media. Killer Tracks executive producer Ryan Perez-Daple explains how.

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.

The winners of the 46th annual ASCAP Foundation Deems Taylor/ Virgil Thomson Awards for outstanding print, broadcast and new media coverage of music have been announced. The winners will be honored at a ceremony on November 12th in NYC.