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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.

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.

The Spirit of Christmas is a stunning collaboration between Grammy award-winning songwriter-artist Michael W. Smith and a who's who of outstanding vocalists from Nashville and beyond. Lady Antebellum, Bono, Michael McDonald and more present unique takes on Christmas classics as well as original holiday songs written by Smith.

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.