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Stapleton earned CMA honors for New Artist​,​ Male Vocalis​t and​ Album of the Year for his debut ​record, Traveller​, and, i​n what instantly became one of the most memorable moments of the night, he was joined on​ stage ​for a performance with fellow ASCAP member Justin Timberlake​.

A number of music software developers have begun offering monthly plans that let users pay as they go. Is this the wave of the future or are using just buying time by renting it? Discover the flexible payment options available to you if you want to utilize the latest music creation technology.

In today’s productions, many of a song's elements come from electronic sources—software instruments, digital keyboards, or other non-human sound generators. Find out how to add a more heart into your music with these simple recording tips using common percussive instruments or a single - human - string player.

Latin Grammy award-winning songwriter and producer Adrián Pieragostino was born in Caracas, Venezuela. The son of Italian immigrants, he attended the National Conservatory of Music in Caracas and, after college, joined the band Ghosts of the Caribbean, based in Mexico City. With the group, Adrián received international recognition.

In April of 2013, ASCAP singer-songwriter PJ found herself in LA attending the ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO. She was looking for an internship. She got a record deal instead. In the last year, she’s written singles for Meek Mill, Wiz Khalifa, B.o.B. and Chris Brown & Tyga. And she’s already dropping some delectable tidbits from her upcoming Rare project, set to drop very soon.

Dapper British ex-pat Rupert Parkes, better known as Photek, made his name as a DJ in the burgeoning British electronica scene of the 1990s. Now he's creating his signature cryptic beatscapes for the hit mystery show How to Get Away with Murder.

Black Violin is the head-turning duo of violist Wilner Baptiste and violinist Kevin Sylvester. Their second CD, Stereotypes, confronts the reality that many people don’t expect black artists to be classically trained, let alone blending magnificent strings with hip-hop and dance grooves.

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.