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Songwriting legend Diane Warren has been named MUSEXPO International Music Industry Person of the Year. The Grammy, Golden Globe and six-time ASCAP Songwriter of the Year winner received the award after a revealing keynote Q&A session at the 2014 MUSEXPO conference.

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.

Shane McAnally earned the top songwriter award as well as Album of the Year, and Jessi Alexander's "I Drive Your Truck" was named Song of the Year. ASCAP producers also dominated the night, with Dann Huff named Producer of the Year and Chuck Ainlay, Frank Liddell and Glenn Worf taking home awards.

A rocker from sunny LA might seem an odd fit for the frostbitten winters of North Dakota. But ASCAP composer/Tonic co-founder Jeff Russo brings orchestral grace to the music of Fargo, a new TV series based on the Coen brothers film. Read about how he hurdled Fargo's creative challenges, then see him in person at the ASCAP EXPO.

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.

ASCAP Board member and Songwriters Hall of Fame (SHOF) inductee Valerie Simpson was interviewed by fellow ASCAP songwriter Phil Galdston at the SHOF Master Session at NYU on April 2nd. Simpson spoke and performed during the in-depth interview by Galdston, NYU Faculty Songwriter-in-Residence and Master Teacher in Songwriting.

ASCAP is collaborating with performing rights organizations BMI and SOCAN to create MusicMark. The initiative is designed to simplify the music registration process and create a synchronized picture of the music of the songwriters, composers and music publishers that each PRO represents.

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.

While the acclaimed music to Beasts of the Southern Wild was Dan Romer's first feature film score, he's been working with artists and filmmakers for years. Romer mixed, mastered or produced Ingrid Michaelson’s first three albums, helped Lelia Broussard and Jukebox the Ghost find their sound, and recently ventured into Top 40 territory with A Great Big World’s ballad “Say Something.”

Bill Banfield's musical collective creates some of today's most innovative and accessible jazz. The album Playing With Other People's Heads comes from 30 diverse artists collaborating for over four years under executive producer and ASCAP Board member George Duke, who passed away last summer. Click through to preview it now.

The ASCAP Presents at SXSW 2014 showcase took over the Red Eyed Fly in Austin, TX on Wednesday, March 12th with a dynamic group of buzzworthy songwriters and bands. The event featured an eclectic range of musical styles.

ASCAP’s advocacy efforts took center stage in the nation’s capital last week. From the introduction of the Songwriter Equity Act to a panel discussion with Jimmy Webb and Paul Williams, the need to modernize music licensing was the focus.

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.

ASCAP was on hand to watch reggae icon Ziggy Marley at his sold-out February 19th show at Solana Beach’s Belly Up. The show was a kick-off event for Sunset Sessions, a three-day industry convention that took over Carlsbad, CA from February 20th to 22nd.

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.