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Just as a lot goes into making music, modern neuroscience is discovering that a lot goes on “under the hood” of a listener when they appreciate it.

The 2015 ASCAP Song Camp in France hosted 18 of today’s hottest songwriters, producers and artists at the 14th-century castle-turned-hitmaking factory, Château Marouatte. They flew back home with a set of fresh-out-of-the-oven demos in their arsenal, ready to pitch and record.

Glen Hansard’s second solo CD, Didn’t He Ramble, is an intimate album from the acclaimed Irish singer-songwriter, who sees life as a mysterious and spiritual journey.

Logan’s Roadhouse and ASCAP held a press conference today to unveil “MUSIC CITY LIVE!,” a national country music tour that is the cornerstone of an alliance between the two organizations to promote emerging, unsigned songwriter-artists.

ASCAP works with organizations all over the world to ensure that you receive royalties for your music, wherever it’s performed. Here are five steps you can take to help maximize your income when your music is used abroad.

Bahamian-born, LA-based songwriter Soaky Siren is making a name for herself with unconventional, endlessly catchy songs like Danity Kane's "Lemonade,” Rita Ora's brand new “Body on Me” and the new B.o.B. single “Confucius." Now signed to Dr. Luke’s Prescription Songs, she's poised for huge things in 2015 and beyond.

Neil Young recently released his 36th studio effort The Monsanto Years, a concept album airing his view that agribusiness giant Monsanto has had negative effects on America's farmers and nature in general. It's the latest salvo from an artist who has never shied away from supporting the environment.

How the great American songwriter Carl Sigman stayed relevant in pop music by becoming a go-to guy for writing English lyrics -- never translations -- to melodies that originated abroad.

Ten years into a restless career, roots-rock songstress Brandi Carlile is hitting her creative stride this year with the songs on her powerful album, The Firewatcher’s Daughter.

Jamaican pop singer-songwriter OMI is everywhere. His song “Cheerleader” coasted to #1 in 19 countries, and many outlets are calling it the song of the summer. While it might seem like OMI has become an overnight superstar, he’s been working toward this moment for years. We asked him to unpack his toolkit for international success.

The electric guitar is all over film and TV soundtracks these days. Because guitar is so wired into our cultural cerebral cortex, a single chord or riff is often all you need to establish a scene. Here are some ways to quickly produce authentic-sounding guitar tracks for picture in any size studio.

In 1975 Greil Marcus, rock critic for Rolling Stone and then Creem, published his first book, Mystery Train. He showed how the music of six artists reflected the story of modern American culture. To celebrate the book’s 40th anniversary, we talked to Marcus about what makes songs so moving and timeless.

Getting your music into film and TV can be a golden ticket, but it can be tough to grab the attention of music supervisors. We asked our friends at the Guild of Music Supervisors for advice about getting your music into their worlds of film, TV, advertising, trailers and video games.