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With GRAMMY weekend in full swing, ASCAP welcomed its nominated songwriters and composers to its annual GRAMMY Nominees Brunch. In the stylish setting of the SLS Hotel Beverly Hills, guests gathered to eat, drink and toast this year’s honorees.

The US Copyright Office has released an in-depth study on music licensing. The study details the antiquated current system, and makes recommendations to balance the needs of songwriters, composers, music publishers and other stakeholders.

The 2015 edition of the Sundance ASCAP Music Café wrapped up its eight-day run after electrifying performances by Lindsey Stirling, top Nashville songwriters, Allen Stone, O.A.R. and more.

Scott Weiland talks about his new band, The Wildabouts, and how excited he is about their new music. Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts performed two powerful sets at the 2015 Sundance ASCAP Music Café in Park City, UT.

Louise Goffin’s parents are songwriters Carole King and Gerry Goffin. After her father’s passing, Louise worked with his longtime collaborator, Barry Goldberg, on an EP of rarely heard songs that Gerry co-wrote. Appleonfire is filled with magnificent songs, beautifully rendered. Listen to Louise's thoughts about this loving tribute to her father.

On Tuesday, January 27th, ASCAP hosted its annual Composer-Filmmaker Cocktail Party, an exclusive after-show event at the Sundance ASCAP Music Cafe in Park City, Utah.

After an exciting opening weekend, the Sundance ASCAP Music Café continued to deliver musical thrills on days 4 and 5 of its eight-day run run with performances by Dylan Gardner, Baskery, Leon Bridges, Rainey Qualley, John Fullbright and more.

The 2015 Sundance ASCAP Music Café kicked off with a musical bang on Friday, January 23rd with an exciting mix of heavy rock ’n’ roll (Scott Weiland and The Wildabouts), foot-stomping Americana (Jamestown Revival), moody lounge music (The Duchess and the Fox, featuring Joe McGinty and Andrea Diaz) and more.

One of the most frequently performed, commissioned and recorded young composers, Mohammed Fairouz, makes his Deutsche Grammophon debut this month with the release of Follow, Poet. Fairouz integrates Middle-Eastern modes into Western structures, to deeply expressive effect. Click through to preview the album.

Composer Mateo Messina is well known for his scores to Juno, Fairly Legal and more. He's also a musical superhero: for 17 years, he has written and produced an annual benefit symphony, with all proceeds going to the Seattle Children’s Hospital. We spoke with Messina about how philanthropy feeds his creativity and his soul.

From topping an incredible number of Billboard charts to urging Congress to update the music licensing system, from creating songs the world listened to more than ever to celebrating ASCAP’s landmark centennial, ASCAP members ruled in 2014. Because…

Say you're an 18th century French assassin. What music do you want playing as you stalk the streets of Paris? Probably something like Sarah Schachner's score for Assassin's Creed Unity, which brings a dramatic, brooding accompaniment to the game's combat and multiplayer modes. We asked her how she did it.

ASCAP banded together with two other performance rights organizations to support 18 of their writers in a one-of-a-kind collaborative songwriters workshop intensive run by Billy Seidman's NY-based Song Arts Academy.

Chosen by industry experts, the prize is only open to new artists who will release their debut album next year. The singer has already performed to thousands, supporting acts including 2013 Critics' Choice winner Tom Odell and John Newman.

In their new book The Sonic Boom, ASCAP composer Joel Beckerman and co-author Tyler Gray explore how music and sound impact our lives, often in ways that we don’t even notice. We sat down with Beckerman to find out more about how we’re influenced by the sounds around us from the moment we wake up.

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.