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Throughout his decade-long career, Cory Branan has been too punk for country, too Memphis for Nashville, and a top-notch songwriter who should be far better known. Backed by a who's who of Nashville musicians, there's a timeless craftsmanship in his deceptively simple songs about love and home, losses and dreams.

The Tenerife International Film Music Festival, aka Fimucité, hosted a week of concerts from July 5th through July 12th in the Canary Islands. As part of the proceedings, the Festival honored ASCAP President Paul Williams, ASCAP composer Elliot Goldenthal and SGAE composer Antón García Abril with special awards.

On July 9th, singer-songwriter Louise Goffin brought her new album Songs From the Mine to life at an intimate record release party at EastWest Studios in Hollywood, co-presented by ASCAP. The show found her performing her earthy folk-pop with a small group of veteran session musicians, mostly assembled from the fans and friends who had already planned to come to the show as guests.

ASCAP composers and songwriters have clinched the majority of music nominations in the 2014 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards, with 19 members and foreign affiliates earning a total of 20 nods for the 2014 awards. Among our nominees are Emmy veterans Bear McCreary, John Lunn, Elliot Lawrence and John Kavanaugh.

Hamilton Leithauser has released his first solo album after more than a decade as The Walkmen's acclaimed frontman. The recording showcases his unique vocals in an array of settings ranging from moody, minimalistic night music to raucous 1970s-inspired rock, blending moody lyrics with uplifting melodies.

The Echo Society presented their second concert “Solstice” in Los Angeles. The sold-out concert presented original works combining chamber music and electronics, all written by members of this LA-based collective of composers and visual artists, many of them members of ASCAP.

As an engineer, ASCAP writer Jesse Shatkin has made his mark on songs for Kelly Clarkson, Ellie Goulding and Katy Perry. These days he's stepping out as a songwriter - and considering the success of his Sia co-write "Chandelier," we're going to be hearing a lot more from Shatkin in the near future. We asked him about his journey so far.

For yet another year, ASCAP members dominated the music categories for daytime TV’s highest honor. 12 of our composers and songwriters wrote the five songs and scores highlighted for excellence at the 41st Annual Daytime Creative Arts Emmys.

ASCAP member Horace Silver, one of the most influential pianists and composers in modern jazz, died at his New Rochelle, NY home on Wednesday, June 18th at the age of 85. He will be remembered as a leader of the hard bop school, and as the composer of jazz classics like "Song for My Father."

Singer-songwriter-preacher Bryan Andrew Wilson’s fifth solo project, The One Percent, is his most ambitious offering yet. Born into a musical family and singing with gospel stars since the age of 10, Wilson blends a mix of modern soul, funk and gospel styles in songs full of infectious arrangements and personal lyrics.

ASCAP members Mike Einziger, Pharrell Williams, Hans Zimmer, Travis Barker and Anne Marie Calhoun are among the music stars who have come together in support of the International Labour Organization “Red Card to Child Labor” campaign.

ASCAP writer-producer Dr. Luke earned the Clive Davis Legend in Songwriting award at the 10th annual Songs of Hope event, which raised $30,000 for City of Hope. At the same event, the charity honored ASCAP for its milestone 100th year of protecting the rights of songwriters, composers and music publishers.

ASCAP members Audra Mae and Sydney Wayser have been awarded the prestigious Abe Olman Scholarships by the Songwriters Hall of Fame. They’re both old friends of ASCAP: Mae was a special guest at our 2013 Song Camp in France, while Wayser's band CLARA-NOVA was featured at our 2014 Sundance ASCAP Music Café.

A zombie attack and a deadly swordfight were no match for the mighty ASCAP music that thundered through UCLA’s Royce Hall during the Television Academy’s first-ever SCORE! concert. ASCAP was the exclusive PRO sponsor of SCORE!, which presented iconic television music performed by a full orchestra and a 40-voice choir.

Bryan Popin is a versatile ​composer,​ singer​ and​ songwriter whose new record blurs the lines between traditional gospel​/worship​ music and the ​current ​mainstream pop​ and urban sound. Popin brings​ incredible diversity to ​the album, which includes guest vocals from gospel music greats Tamela Mann and Martha Munnizi.

Renowned author, poet, educator, civil rights activist and ASCAP member Maya Angelou has died at the age of 86. Over her varied and prolific career, Angelou earned over 50 honorary degrees, three Grammys, Tony and Pulitzer nominations, the National Medal of Arts and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

James Levine scores the adventures of high school a cappella singers, devious witches and police detectives alike on hit TV shows Glee, American Horror Story and Rizzoli & Isles. Before you cast your vote for the ASCAP Composers’ Choice Awards, get a glimpse into the working life of this nominee.

At the 2014 ASCAP EXPO, we asked attendees to tell us about a song that deeply affected them or changed their lives in some way. These are those attendees and their stories; these are their "Heart Payments" to the songwriters who crafted the music that is meaningful to them.