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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.

ASCAP honored the team behind the hit single at a #1 Party in Nashville on Mon., July 13th. Tursi, a member of acclaimed country band Old Dominion, earned his first #1 alongside co-writer Jonathan Singleton, who celebrated his fifth.

A penchant for facing his fears head-on has led singer-songwriter and actor Billy Harvey down some exciting creative paths. Now it has led to him releasing a raw and revealing album of masterfully-crafted songs.

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.

Angaleena Presley is best-known as a member of the Pistol Annies with Ashley Monroe and Miranda Lambert. Her stunning debut record, American Middle Class, shows why she is one of country’s best female singer-songwriters.

Ever wondered whether ASCAP pays royalties for YouTube performances? The good news is YES, we do. Even better: ASCAP royalties are just one of two income streams available when your music is played on YouTube. Let's take a closer look at these two revenue streams and the steps you should take to get paid.

ASCAP mourns the loss of composer, orchestrator, conductor and ASCAP member James Horner. The Oscar, Grammy and Golden Globe-winning composer was known for imbuing deep emotion into his scores for Titanic, Avatar, Glory, Braveheart, An American Tail and countless others.

Photek made his name in the British electronica scene of the '90s. His EDM work is full of dark, cinematic ambience - so it's no surprise he would end up scoring a show like How to Get Away with Murder. We spoke with Photek about his work on season 1, and what he hopes to get away with in the future.

ASCAP President Paul Williams gave a keynote address at the recent global music confab MIDEM in Cannes, France. ASCAP CEO Beth Matthews also spoke on a Copyright reform panel joined by other music industry stakeholders.

Former ASCAP CEO John LoFrumento will receive two prestigious awards this week: the Visionary Leadership Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the inaugural Industry Legacy Award from the National Music Publishers' Association. LoFrumento retired at the end of 2014 after 33 years of service to ASCAP.

Everything in the music industry has changed except the song itself. Is it time for a disruptor to change what songs look and sound like?

The closing scene of Mad Men’s much-anticipated series finale featured the groundbreaking Coca-Cola ad, which made brilliant use of the song “I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing.” We asked one of the song’s writers (and former ASCAP EVP of International) Roger Greenaway about its origin.

Whitey Morgan is the real deal: a whiskey poet, tele-twanger-banger, road warrior and artist who laughs at it all. On his latest album, Sonic Ranch, this country outlaw bandleader delivers one fantastic song after another about living in the rough-and-tumble world of honky tonks, frustrated dreams and broken relationships.

As sweeping changes affect the music industry, ASCAP is blazing a new path forward on the heels of announcing historic high revenues, distributions and member success. Read remarks from ASCAP’s annual meeting on April 30th by ASCAP’s President Paul Williams, CEO Beth Matthews and EVP of Membership John Titta.