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ASCAP Mourns Renowned Orchestrator Jack Hayes (1919 - 2011)

ASCAP member Jack Hayes, a beloved film and television music orchestrator whose career spanned more than five decades, has passed away. He was 92.

ASCAP's Rhythm & Soul Team Honors Nominees at a Pre-VMA Bowling Night Hosted by The-Dream

In honor of this year's ASCAP VMA nominees, ASCAP's Rhythm & Soul Team held a bowling night at Lucky Strike in LA, prior to the ceremony. The event, hosted by The-Dream, drew attendance from celebrity guests including actress Elise Neal and singer Brandy.

Members "Break Bread" with ASCAP's Rhythm & Soul Team in New York

On August 18th, ASCAP's Rhythm & Soul Team in New York hosted its newly-established luncheon series, "Break Bread." The ASCAP members-only event, held at the ASCAP office, was created to spark networking in a relaxed, yet intimate atmosphere.

ASCAP Gets Warped

Somehow, the 2011 edition of the Warped Tour just felt right. Blame it on the hot breeze that wrapped ASCAP's Josh Briggs, Evan Trindl and Etan Rosenbloom in a gigantic bear hug when they ventured down to the August 9th tour stop in Chula Vista, CA.

Songwriter Gabbie Rae chats with "On the Come Up" about being the new kid on the block.

In an interview, Gabbie Rae talks about working with Big Boi, her diverse stylstic range, and having her dad as her musical mentor.

Songwriter Ray De Niro talks to "On the Come Up" about his money-making strategy for the music industry.

In an interview, Ray De Niro talks about his admiration for Gorilla Zoe, his money-making ambitions, and the inspiration for his single "Spinnin.'"

Composer John O'Brien Dies

Award-winning ASCAP composer John O'Brien has died. He was found in his Chicago hotel room on Saturday, August 20th. The cause of death is not yet confirmed.

Jhene Aiko, Stacy Barthe and Chantel McCrary Make Ladies Night Shine

Talented women performers showed off their skills at The Ladies Lounge, presented by ASCAP's Rhythm & Soul Team at the Viper Room in Los Angeles. The event, which took place August 4th, featured host Andre Merritt, and the music of Jhene Aiko, Stacy Barthe and Chantel McCrary.

Pioneering Rock and Roll Lyricist Jerry Leiber Dies at 78

Jerry Leiber, the lyricist, who with his longtime songwriting partner Mike Stoller wrote some of the most monumental songs in rock 'n' roll history, including "Hound Dog," "Stand by Me," "Yakety Yak," "On Broadway" and so many others, died on Monday, August 22nd in Los Angeles at the age of 78.

Nick Ashford, of the Legendary Songwriting Duo Ashford & Simpson, Dies at 70

ASCAP member Nikolas Ashford, 70, husband and longtime songwriting and performing partner of ASCAP Board member Valerie Simpson, died on August 23, 2011 at a Manhattan hospital where he was being treated for throat cancer.

ASCAP Brings Together Hip-Hop Artists To Help Fight Against Breast Cancer

On August 3rd, ASCAP's Nicole George and Lance Pope hosted a "Mama Luke" shirt-signing event. Last year, Shaunda's mother Gay Frances Lucas (affectionately known as "Mama Luke") lost her three-year battle with breast cancer. Her passing spawned the Mama Luke Movement, to fight breast cancer.

Association of Independent Music Publishers (AIMP) Announces Establishment of New Chapter in Nashville

The Association of Independent Music Publishers Nashville chapter will operate alongside existing chapters and present panels, workshops, networking opportunities and events focusing on topics important to publishers and the music community at large.

Topspin Media Visits ASCAP's DIY-U

ASCAP Nashville's latest DIYU workshop featured Wayne Leeloy from Topspin Media as this month's guest speaker. Topspin is a direct-to-fan marketing and retail software platform.

Pop Quiz – Kimberly Cole

In an interview, Kimberly Cole talks about "emotional yet a little naughty" lyrics, her dream of having her music on Glee, and another suprising talent of hers.

Miguel Serenades ASCAP Atlanta

Singer Miguel stopped by the ASCAP offices in Atlanta to perform an acoustic version of his soulful ballad "Sure Thing," from his JIVE Records debut All I Want Is You.

ASCAP's Brandon Kitchen Named One of Billboard's '30 Under 30' for 2011

The seventh annual edition of Billboard's '30 Under 30' is in, and our own Brandon Kitchen is featured alongside the biggest young movers and shakers in the music business. The 26-year-old Associate Director in ASCAP's Membership Department, Rhythm & Soul, is a Grammy Award-winning songwriter and devoted mentor for fellow music industry members.

Mercury Prize Shortlist Names Announced

Five ASCAP/PRS members landed on the shortlist for the 2011 Barclaycard Mercury Prize, the UK's most prestigious music award, including PJ Harvey, Elbow, Everything Everything, Jon Hopkins and James Blake.

Chris Thile Featured on WNYC's Soundcheck Series

ASCAP had the chance to join the audience at The Greene Space in New York City to watch ASCAP member Chris Thile perform songs from his new album with guitarist Michael Daves.

ASCAP and America SCORES Enroll Top Artists to Write and Record with Inner City School Kids

ASCAP Songwriter Residency Brings Much Needed Spotlight to Youth and Announces First Commercial CD Release, Other Voices, Other Rooms

ASCAP Joins k.d. lang for Her Show at the Beacon Theater in New York

Following her beautiful show, which drew multiple encore requests from a rapt audience, ASCAP congratulated k.d. lang at the Beacon Theatre in New York. Writer, producer and bandleader Joe Pisapia and WFUV Music Director Rita Houston joined ASCAP's Loretta Munoz backstage to congratulate k.d. lang on a fantastic performance.

Martha Wainwright's Surprise Show at Annie O's

Following a very intimate and surprise performance at the Annie O's Music Series at the Cooper Square Hotel, which showcases music from around the world, ASCAP's Loretta Munoz checked in with Martha Wainwright.

ASCAP Members Garner Majority of 2011 Primetime Emmy Nominations

Producer J.O.N talks to “On the Come Up” about making soundwaves in the music industry.

In an interview, J.O.N talks about his mentors through the years, the complation album series he's putting out, and the uniqueness of an individual producer's style.

Songwriter Kam Parker shows “On the Come Up” why your lens should be focused on him.

In an interview, Kam Parker, talks about his EP IIXX, his personal 90's musical ethos, and the pop icons he has his sights on as collaborators.

How I Survived the Maryland Death Fest

Over its nine-year history, Baltimore's Maryland death Fest has become THE premiere American music festival for fans of extreme metal. This year’s edition found ASCAP bands both legendary (Neurosis, Nuclear Assault) and soon-to-be-legendary (Nails, S**tstorm, Pulling Teeth) engage in four days of aural pummeling.

ASCAP Members Help Joplin Recover

In the recent weeks, we’ve heard about numerous ASCAP members who are helping to rebuild Joplin through their music. Here are three of them.

Check Out Photos from Wilco’s Solid Sound Music and Arts Festival

Wilco’s second annual Solid Sound Music and Arts Festival, held at MASS MoCa in North Adams, Massachussetts on June 24-26, featured a host of ASCAP artists, including The Levon Helm Band, The Autumn Defense, Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion, Nels Cline and many more.

Gomez Gives Birth to New Album, New Life

ASCAP's Jon Bahr (left) met up with Gomez drummer Olly Peacock (PRS) to exchange notes on becoming new dads, seen here in Brooklyn, NY with their sons Jackson Henry Bahr and Ford Cooper Peacock.

Gotham City Hitmakers Mix with ASCAP at Downtown Music

Songwriters and producers gathered to swap tricks of the trade at Downtown Music on June 21 at ASCAP's Gotham City Hitmakers event, presented by Songtrust and Downtown Music Studios.

Oh, What a Day!

ASCAP composers were called on stage again and again during the 38th annual Daytime Entertainment Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremony, held on June 17th at the Westin Bonaventure in L.A. All in all, ASCAP composers and songwriters won four out five music categories, with six members total walking away with trophies.

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Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion

If ever there was a couple who personified the phrase "living in harmony" it would be Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion. The husband-and-wife singer-songwriter duo, who released their first album together, Exploration, in 2005, have spent the past five years since that release building a musical and family life together.

Parlours Takes ASCAP's Pop Quiz, Dreams of Chicago

In an interview, Dana Halferty of the Des Moines based band Parlours talks about writing about Chicago, her songwriting process, and getting excited about having her songs in TV and movies.

We Govern We Take ASCAP's Pop Quiz, Take Notes on Toilet Paper

Anna Karakalou, of the LA-based band We Govern We, talks about putting her literary ambitions in sonic form, being in a band with members from all over the world, and referencing poetry in her songs.

Trey Parker and Matt Stone's Book of Mormon Dominates Tony Award Wins

ASCAP members dominated the Tony Awards with Trey Parker and Matt Stone leading the way with nine wins for The Book of Mormon, including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical and Best Original Score. The revival of the Broadway classic Anything Goes - with songs written by ASCAP legend Cole Porter - collected three awards, including one for Best Revival of a Musical.

Masters of American Song Train

The recent Masters of American Song Train Tour featured three great ASCAP songwriters — ASCAP Board member Jimmy Webb, Jesse Winchester and Tom Russell — in performance in Los Angeles and Berkeley, California and in songwriter workshops on a railroad trip between the two Pacific Coast cities.

Awesome, Texas

Coming on the heels of the SXSW Interactive Conference, which smashed attendance records, this year's SXSW Music Festival and Conference drew more than 2,000 acts from around the world, including some of the biggest names in music, such as Diddy and Jay-Z. The Strokes, who made a triumphant return to the national stage at the festival, drew over 22,000 people at Austin's Auditorium Shores.

Children's Library

On April 4th, 2011, ASCAP Foundation President Paul Williams hosted an educational presentation and concert at the Library of Congress featuring three-time Grammy-winning children's and folk music performer Tom Chapin. Librarian of Congress Dr. James Billington welcomed youngsters and Rep. Howard Coble (R-NC) delivered remarks linking music and education.

Walking The Halls

On the day after We Write the Songs, ASCAP Board members, along with other ASCAP members who traveled to Washington, visited with elected officials to ask that they continue to bear in mind the rights and interests of music creators.

Higher Education for Film Composers

ASCAP partnered again with the Film Division at Columbia University for the fifth year of the ASCAP/Columbia University Film Scoring Workshop. The program is taught by Alex Steyermark, director of One Last Thing and Prey for Rock and Roll and music supervisor for directors Ang Lee and Spike Lee.

We Write the Songs 2011

The ASCAP Foundation and the Library of Congress jointly celebrated the third anniversary of the ASCAP Collection at the Library of Congress – the gift by The ASCAP Foundation of original manuscripts, photos, lyric sheets and other materials.

NY Sessions Presents Straight Talk From Industry Experts

On the heels of its annual membership meeting, ASCAP brought together some of its top songwriters, composers, producers and friends in the industry together with an audience hungry for information at ASCAP New York Sessions, a oneday educational event designed to give emerging artists a boost to their careers.

Southern Crossroad

The annual International Folk Alliance Conference took place in Memphis, Tennessee in February. ASCAP presented a Quiet on the Set showcase featuring an eclectic group of singer-songwriters from all over.

ASCAP Delivers 2010 Financial Results at NY Sessions

ASCAP CEO John LoFrumento reported that ASCAP delivered $846.3 million to its members in 2010, the second highest distribution in the Society's history, at ASCAP's General Annual Membership Meeting on March 31st. The meeting kicked off ASCAP New York Sessions, a one-day music career educational event held at the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan.

Talk of The Town

Nearly 2,500 attendees participated in the 2011 ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO, held April 28-29 at the Hollywood Renaissance Hotel in Hollywood, California. The sixth annual event, the only conference of its kind dedicated to music creators, once again drew songwriters, composers, producers, publishers and music industry reps from around the world.

Bruno Mars Grabs Multiple Nods, Leads ASCAP Member Nominations for the 2011 BET Awards

Beyoncé, Jennifer Hudson, Bruno Mars, Usher, Waka Flocka Flame, Miguel, N.E.R.D., Mary Mary are among the many ASCAP members nominated for 2011 BET Awards. The 11th annual event will take place on June 26 in Los Angeles. Congratulations to all our ASCAP Member nominees!

ASCAP's Shawn LeMone Welcomes Guild of Music Supervisors at CCC Meeting

On Tuesday, May 24th, 2011, ASCAP's Shawn LeMone held his final evening forum as President of the California Copyright Conference, a forum with the new Guild of Music Supervisors. The group of successful music supervisors discussed current trends in music placement in film, television, advertising and video games, explained its mission statement within the music community and answered questions.

PROTECT IP Act and S. 978

On May 26, 2011, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved unanimously by a voicevote, "The Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act" (PROTECT IP Act), S. 968. The legislation was introduced on May 12 focuses on new measures by which to address rogue websites that facilitate infringing activity and counterfeit products.

Maps & Atlases: Live at ASCAP

Chicago rock-folk four-piece Maps & Atlases stopped by ASCAP's New York offices before their show at the Bowery Ballroom in April to give us a preview of some songs from the upcoming evening's set. The band was touring in support of their Barsuk debut Perch Patchwork and their newly released Living Decorations remix EP.

California Copyright Conference and Guild of Music Supervisors Meet in LA

On Tuesday, May 24, 2011, ASCAP's Shawn LeMone held his final evening forum as President of the California Copyright Conference with the new Guild of Music Supervisors to discuss their mission statement within the music community and answer questions.

Defining The Times: ASCAP Members Top Billboard's Hot 100 Songwriters List

With a combination of sharply-honed songwriting skills and daring innovation, ASCAP members have shattered Hot 100 chart records over the last decade, creating hits that not only break new ground, but have broken through to reach a massive audience.

ASCAP Congratulates Americana Music Awards Nominees

On May 23, 2011, the Americana Music Association announced the nominees for its 10th Annual Americana Music Association Honors & Awards at the Gibson/Baldwin Showroom in New York City, with ASCAP songwriters nominated in every category. Nominees included Robert Palnt, Buddy Miller, and The Civil Wars

John Rich Earns $1.3M for Charity on Celebrity Apprentice

John Rich of country duo Big & Rich has won this season's installment of Donald Trump's The Celebrity Apprentice, earning almost $1.3M for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital – an organization that treats children with cancer, researches cures and has never turned a child away.

Plan B, Muse, Stephen Sondheim Win Big at the 2011 Ivor Novello Awards in London

This year saw ASCAP/PRS members win big. Plan B walked away with three awards and John Powell took home an award for his score to How to Train Your Dragon. An International Achievement award went to rock trio Muse and the Special International Award this year went to musical theatre giant Stephen Sondheim. Details...

ASCAP Atlanta Hosts New Series, "Check It Out!"

On Friday, May 13th, ASCAP Atlanta gathered prominent music industry executives at Solitaire Studios to hear music written by our members for feedback and possible song placement.

ASCAP Seizes the Day

ASCAP composers have once again proven their daytime dominance. On May 11th, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced the nominees for the 38th annual Daytime Emmy Awards, and 17 out of the 19 nominated scores and songs were written by ASCAP members and international affiliates.

Ammo & JKash R Who They R

Just weeks after earning their first ASCAP Pop Awards, ASCAP writer/producers JKash and Ammo stopped by the ASCAP L.A. offices to pick up their #1 plaques for Ke$ha's empowering pop smash, "We R Who We R."

ASCAP Members Take Top Honors at 42nd Annual Dove Awards

ASCAP members triumphed at the 42nd Annual GMA Dove Awards, which were held on April 20, 2011, at the fabulous Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia. Celebrating the best in Gospel and Christian music each year, this was the first time in the Dove Awards' history that the event has been held outside of Tennessee.

In Memoriam: Morty Jacobs, 1917 - 2011

Born and raised in New York City, Morty became an exceptionally creative jazz pianist, brilliant accompanist and a fine composer/arranger. In the latter part of his career, he become very well known worldwide for his over 30-year tenure as musical director and accompanist for the great George Burns.


On May 3rd, ASCAP's Executive Vice President of Domestic Membership, Randy Grimmett, participated in a Global Publishing Forum at A&R Worldwide's MUSEXPO. Grimmett joined several prominent publishers, an attorney and a songwriter to talk about the changing landscape of music publishing throughout the world.

ASCAP Musical Theatre Elite Packs 2011 Tony Nominations

The Tony nominations are in, and musicals by legendary and soon-to-be legendary ASCAP members packed the music categories!

ASCAP/PRS Members collect the majority of the nominations at this years Ivor Novello Awards

It’s been yet another great year for ASCAP/PRS members when it comes to nominations for the 2011 Ivor Novello Awards. The awards, which take place at the Grosenvor House Hotel in London, honor excellence in British songwriting with regards to artistic excellence, exceptional performance figures and outstanding achievements.

“On the Come Up” chats with songwriter Lyrica Anderson about being the real deal in the music industry.

In an interview, Lyrica Anderson talks about her admiration for her mother, working tih Timbaland, and not giving up on your dreams.

ASCAP Gets Teed Off at Golf Outing

On March 18th, ASCAP hosted a group of 44 composers, music and television professionals for a round of golf at the Malibu Country Club. After a day at the range, a few golfers retired to the course clubhouse, and then gathered for a celebratory sushi dinner.

Songwriter Prissy Polet talks to “On the Come Up” about her musical style that’s far from prim and proper.

In an interview, Prissy Polet talks about chosing a career in music, taking inspiration from an environmental community organizer, and her upcoming mixtape release.

Producer Triza explains to “On the Come Up” why he can’t be stopped.

In an interview, Triza talks about boredom as a stimulant for creativity, his admiration for Timbaland, and the "95% politics" process of coming up as a producer.

The California Copyright Conference Goes Global

The California Copyright Conference (CCC) presented a summit on international music rights on Wednesday, April 13th, 2011. Titled "Music Rights: A Global Perspective" the evening brought together a panel of international music executives, each of whom shared valuable information regarding their territories and their perspective on global music rights in this digital age.

ASCAP Composer Zhou Long Wins Pulitzer Prize for Music

ASCAP composer Zhou Long has been awarded the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Music for his opera, Madame White Snake, which was premiered by the Boston Opera in February of last year.

ASCAP Composers Marco Beltrami, Sean Callery, Jim Dooley and Scott Starrett Hit High Note at the 2011 WonderCon

On April 1st, 2011, six top film, television and video game composers spoke at the Behind the Music with CW3PR: Composing for Sci-Fi, Horror and Fantasy Film & TV panel at San Francisco’s WonderCon. The panel included ASCAP composers Marco Beltrami (V, Scream 4), Sean Callery (24), Jim Dooley (Pushing Daisies) and Scott Starrett (The Event), along with Nathan Barr (True Blood) and Michael Suby (Pretty Little Liars).

“On the Come Up” chats with producer, Alex “Don Cheegro” Chiger, about his budding reign in music.

In an interview, Alex "Don Cheegro" Chiger talks about getting inspired by Marvin Gaye, his mix of classical and pop talent, his pried in working with Tina Rose.

Songwriting duo, Royal Flush, shares their deck of plans for the music industry with “On the Come Up.”

In an interveiw, Royal Flush talks about their proprietary "mixture of edge, thrill, sass, swag, and contrast," striving to be the voice of the people, and B.o.B's humility.

Songwriter Wynter Gordon, talks to “On the Come Up” about heating up the music industry.

In an interview, Wynter Gordon, talks about the intense but day-to-day emotions that inspire her, her admiration for electro-pop artist W. Nick Littlemore, and being committed to longvity

Watch video of ASCAP's 2011 General Annual Membership Meeting

ASCAP's 2011 General Annual Membership Meeting was held on Thursday, March 31st at the Kaufmann Concert Hall at the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan. The meeting launched the start of ASCAP New York Sessions, a day of panels devoted to the craft and business of being a music creator.


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The ASCAP Daily Brief for Wednesday, August 31

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What Has the Digital Revolution Actually Done for Musicians? Plus: What Indie Bands Can Learn From Rebecca Black: Ignore The Masses...Did Google Just Turn Motorola Into the New Super-TiVo?...and more! All in today's Daily Brief:

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Tuesday, August 16

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Xunlei IPO on Nasdaq Would Have US Funding Chinese Piracy Plus: UK: Film Studios Thrash BT in Newzbin Site-Block Test Case... Riot In Hollywood: Is Electronic Dance Music The New Rock & Roll?...and more! All in today's Daily Brief:

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Thursday, July 28

What Exactly Is An Independent Label? Differing Definitions, Different Market Shares. Plus: Björk's Lead App Developer Riffs on Music, Nature and How Apps Are Like Talkies...Nielsen Music Reveals European Downloads Growth...and more! All in today's Daily Brief:

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Wednesday, July 27

Democratization of Communication: in Filter We Trust Plus: Silicon Valley - Self Dealing Logic That Kills...Who Can We Rely Upon In The Music Industry to Get Us Out Of This Mess?...and more! All in today's Daily Brief:

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Monday, July 25

Retromania: Pop's Past Is Taking Over Plus: Jam Tomorrow...Chinese Songwriters Are Mad and They Ain't Going To Take It Anymore...and more! All in today's Daily Brief:

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Friday, July 22

The Coming Cloud Wars: Google+ vs Microsoft (plus Facebook). Plus: Behind the Music: Should the Music Industry Put Digital First?...Clear Channel: What Digital Music Disruption?...and more! All in today's Daily Brief:

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Thursday, July 21

Did You Know 48 Streams Equals One Download?. Plus: EU Announces 7 Billion Euros For Innovation, R&D...Talenthouse Connects Talent To Celebrity Artists...and more! All in today's Daily Brief:

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Wednesday, July 20

SHANGHAI: Baidu in Landmark Pact with Record Labels, Ends Legal Wrangle. Plus: BEIJING: China's Online Population Rises to 485 Million...Google, This Is Why You're Under Investigation...and more! All in today's Daily Brief:

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Tuesday, July 19

Choosing Between Copyright and Piracy Plus: The Anti-Protect IP Paradoxical Logic Machine - 1+1 = 7...HFA Administers Publishing for Spotify's Highly-Anticipated U.S. Launch...and more! All in today's Daily Brief:

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Monday, July 18

America's Artists Are the Ultimate Entrepreneurs: Let's Give Them a Hand Plus: DJ Shadow: On Futile Ground?...Piracy Ravages Earnings in App World...and more! All in today's Daily Brief:

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Friday, July 15

World Coming Around to U2 Manager Paul McGuinness' Piracy, ISP Views Plus: U.S. Companies Funding Hacker Run Piracy and Counterfeiting Sites With Advertising...Chamber of Commerce, 750 Organizations to Press Congress for Anti-Piracy Bill...and more! All in today's Daily Brief:

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Thursday, July 14

ASCAP Announces U.S. Licensing Agreement With Spotify Plus: What This Economy Is Doing to Creativity...Criminal Use Is Not Fair Use...and more! All in today's Daily Brief:

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Wednesday, July 13

Kind of Bamboozled: Why ‘Kind of Bloop' is Not a Fair Use Plus: Worldwide Body in Nashville to Promote Digital Supply Chain Standards...Ethan Kaplan On Spotify & Music Consumption...and more! All in today's Daily Brief:

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Tuesday, July 12

Is the Future of Music in the Clouds? Plus: Business Matters: Spotify Might Predict 50 Million U.S. Subscribers, But Its Payouts Can Be Comically Small... Spotify Is Crazy To Think They'll Get 50 Million U.S. Users In A Year...and more! All in today's Daily Brief:

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Monday, July 11

Back to the Future: Is Media Returning to the 19th Century? Plus: White House Throws Support Behind New Anti-Piracy Agreement...Creative America...and more! All in today's Daily Brief:

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Friday, July 8

US: Internet Providers to Help Thwart Online Piracy Plus: UK: Culture Minister Ed Vaizey Slams Music Piracy "Apologists"...Digital Entertainment Spend Will Exceed $50bn by 2014 Finds Futuresource Consulting...and more! All in today's Daily Brief:

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Thursday, July 7

Commercial Felony Streaming Act FUD Plus: Extradition For Pirates? Seized Domain Admins Call It Quits...Oops, ICANN Blew it Again...and more! All in today's Daily Brief:

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Wednesday, July 6

Video Files Keep Growing like Kudzu Plus: Google in Preliminary Talks to Buy Online Video Site Hulu...The Great Rock'n'Roll Sellout...and more! All in today's Daily Brief:

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Friday, July 1

Something to Remember in the Googleplex Plus: Bjork's Next Album: A ‘Constellation' of Music Apps...Radio Makes Us Happier Than TV...and more! All in today's Daily Brief:

ASCAP Daily Brief for Thursday, June 30

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ASCAP Daily Brief for Tuesday, May 31

Distortions Versus Reality Plus: Anonymous Attacks Target PROTECT IP Supporters...Why the Major Labels Might Be Right This Time...and more! All in today's Daily Brief:

ASCAP Daily Brief for Friday, May 27

Broad Support to Protect IP Plus: Wyden Blocks Online Copyright Bill...Happy Birthday YouTube: the Streaming Video Site Turns 6...and more! All in today's Daily Brief:

ASCAP Daily Brief for Thursday, May 26

"Copyright Violations Are Not Protected by the First Amendment" Plus: YouTube Users Upload Two Days of Video per Minute...Apple's App Store Surpasses Half-a-Million Apps...and more! All in today's Daily Brief:

ASCAP Daily Brief for Wednesday, May 25

Sarko to Schmidt & Co: 'You Can't Escape' Net Regulation Plus: Little Divides Apple, Music Publishers on Cloud Deal...The Music Industry: It's Becoming a Third World Country......and more! All in today's Daily Brief:

ASCAP Daily Brief for Tuesday, May 24

PARIS: Internet Bosses Woo World Leaders at 'e-G8' Plus: Hargreaves' Digital Copyright Exchange Will Never Happen...The Wired Guide to Being in a Band in 2011: Getting Your Music Heard...and more! All in today's Daily Brief:

ASCAP Daily Brief for Monday, May 23

Apple's Cloud Music Hang-Up Plus: Are Our Lives Vanishing Into the Cloud?...How To Sell an iTunes Subscription: Charge a Few Bucks a Month, Or Nothing...and more! All in today's Daily Brief:

ASCAP Daily Brief for Friday, May 20

Copyright Is Not Dead Plus: Search & Destroy: Why You Can't Trust Google Inc...Eric Schmidt Says Google Doesn't Care What the Congress (or the President) Thinks...and more! All in today's Daily Brief:

ASCAP Daily Brief for Thursday, May 19

Google Shows its True Colors? Plus: 42 Attorneys General Write In Support of Bipartisan Bill to Stop Digital Theft...Now Is the Time to Speak Up About Digital Theft...and more! All in today's Daily Brief:

ASCAP Daily Brief for Wednesday, May 18

Digital Music: a Collective Failure of Imagination Plus: Dancing With Digital Natives...YouTube Launches YouTube 100 Music Video Chart...and more! All in today's Daily Brief:

ASCAP Daily Brief for Tuesday, May 17

Content and Technology is Not an Either/Or Choice Plus: White House Unveils Global Cyberspace Strategy...UK Hargreaves Review 'To Bring in Digital Rights Clearing House' -- But Drops Fair Use, Apparently...and more! All in today's Daily Brief:

ASCAP Daily Brief for Monday, May16

Music Publishers, Songwriters Applaud Bipartisan Bill to Crack Down on Illegal Online Activity Plus: Lime Wire Settles With RIAA for $105 Million...LimeWire Founder Acknowledges He Ignored Rampant Piracy...and more! All in today's Daily Brief:

ASCAP Daily Brief for Monday, May 9

Who Benefits from Copyright? Plus: Sold! Warner Music Confirms $3.3 Billion Acquisition...UCLA Gets $10 Million Rock 'n' Roll Gift From Mo Ostin...and more!All in today's Daily Brief:

ASCAP Daily Brief for Friday, May 6

Is There a Crisis in the Creative Community? Plus: Why Sponsorship Proposals End Up In the Trash...Interview with Steve Schnur, Worldwide President of Music at Electronic Arts (EA) Video...and more! All in today's Daily Brief:

ASCAP Daily Brief for Thursday, May 5

How Copyright Expands the Freedom of Expression Plus: What Subscription Really Looks Like In America...... Making Sense of Streaming Media Options
..and more! All in today's Daily Brief:

ASCAP Daily Brief for Monday, May 2

The Long Tail's Role in Copyright Debates Plus: Who Will Pay the Bands to Make the Music in the First Place?...New Public Service Announcement Launched to Raise Intellectual Property Theft Awareness...and more! All in today's Daily Brief:

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Tuesday, April 26

Tablets Quickly Become Major Home Entertainment Device Plus: Who Needs Payment? There's Always Advertising...Grooveshark Is Not Alone: Google Drops More Music Search & Download Apps...and more! All in today's Daily Brief:

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Monday, April 25

Oh Tenenbaum Plus: Apple Reportedly Signs Licenses With Major Music Labels for iTunes Streaming
...Google Talks to Spotify to Power Music Service...and more! All in today's Daily Brief:

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Friday, April 22

On the Tyranny of Small Decisions Plus: Driving the Internet and the American Economy Forward...Music, Wireless And CE Join Together Oppose Mandate For FM Chips In Mobile Devices...and more! All in today's Daily Brief:

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Thursday, April 21

Dying Quango Says Britons Oppressed by the Man Plus: What Do Music Fans Want To Own, and Why?...2 Out of 3 YouTube Videos Are Ignored...and more! All in today's Daily Brief:

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Wednesday, April 20

Another Filmmaker, Another Tired Litany of Excuses from the Pirate Bay Crowd Plus: Music Spending Stops Defying Recession (And Gravity)...The Silver Bullet for Music Business Success?...and more! All in today's Daily Brief:

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Tuesday, April 19

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Copy Plus: Breaking In Is Hard To Do...Get Ready: Grooveshark Promises a Fight to the Finish...and more! All in today's Daily Brief:

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Monday, April 18

Innovation and the Creative Community Plus: Anti-Internet Piracy Laws 'Infringe Human Rights'...Nobodies: The New Somebodies...and more! All in today's Daily Brief:

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Friday, April 15

When Appropriation Masquerades as Reconceptualized Art Plus: Students: Shoplifting CDs Worse than Downloading Music via P2P...Spotify to Cut Back on Free Music...and more! All in today's Daily Brief:

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Thursday, April 14

VIDEO: Charlie Crist Official Apology to David Byrne for Copyright Infringement Plus: Amazon Email Tells Labels Cloud Launch "Boosted MP3 Sales", "Not Looking For Licenses"...Amazon the Destroyer...and more! All in today's Daily Brief:

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Wednesday, April 13

Sources: Google Music May Ditch Licensed Elements for Pure Locker Plus: Research: YouTube Beats iTunes For Consumers' Music Attention...What's Bigger Than Music for Teenagers? TV, That's What......and more! All in today's Daily Brief:

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Tuesday, April 12

Why David Cameron Must Stand up to His Friends at Google: the Future of Music, Books and Even the Law Could Be Threatened Plus: Chair of ICMP, on the Global Repertoire Database...Australia ‘Holy Grail' Territory For Music Industry...and more! All in today's Daily Brief:

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Monday, April 11

5 Mistakes "Anti-Copyrights" Constantly Make Plus: Like It Or Not, the World Still Lusts After Major Labels...Google Defends Commitment to Copyright At Congressional Hearing Despite Doubts...and more! All in today's Daily Brief:

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Friday, April 8

The Legal Side of Bob Dylan Plus: Why Brands Are The New Labels (And Publishers, And Producers…) ...Music Publishers Target Amazon...and more! All in today's Daily Brief:

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Thursday, April 7

A Mounting Crusade for Criminal Activity Plus: Can Creators Call 911?...Google Boots Grooveshark from Android Market...and more! All in today's Daily Brief:

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Wednesday, April 6

Facebook Comments Kill Web Freedom Plus: Bipartisan, Bicameral Event on Capitol Hill Highlights Consequences of Digital Theft...MTV's O Digital Music Awards Target ‘Echo Boomers'...and more! All in today's Daily Brief:

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Tuesday, April 5

A Response to ‘Supporters of DHS Domain Name Seizures Undervalue Important Constitutional Protections' Plus: Google Honks Segway Horn Back at Viacom...Streaming Music Gathers Steam from Tech Titans, Startups Alike...and more! All in today's Daily Brief:

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Monday, April 4

Music, The Man and the P2P Rebellion: Are Copyrights the Vietnam of Today's Youth? Plus: The Rise of the "Second Internet" and What It Means...How to Track the Future of the Music Industry...and more! All in today's Daily Brief:

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Friday, April 1

It Annoys the Pig Plus: Pandora CEO: The Complexity Of International Copyright Law Is A Big Problem...Google to Testify on Piracy Before House Subcommittee...and more! All in today's Daily Brief:

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Tuesday, July 26

Copyright and Creatives: Leigh Harrison's Open Letter Plus: (Songwriters) and Music Publishers File Copyright Suit Against Grooveshark...Jammie Thomas Judgment Lowered from $1.5 Million to $54,000...and more! All in today's Daily Brief:

ASCAP Daily Brief for Wednesday, June 1


Faces and Places

Brandon Heath Unveils Music Video for "The Light In Me"

Two-time GMA Male Vocalist of the Year and multiple GRAMMY Award nominee Brandon Heath rolled out his latest music video, "The Light In Me," on August 17. This is Heath’s second single from his chart-topping third studio project, Leaving Eden.

Gospel Music Association Appoints Executive Director

Music industry veteran Jackie Patillo has been appointed to the newly created position of GMA Executive Director. Patillo will report to the GMA Board of Directors, facilitating day to day operations, as well as working to ensure the organization's mission and strategies continue to grow.

Katy Perry Becomes First Woman to Score Five #1 Singles From The Same Album

With five singles from her fantastic album Teenage Dream going to #1 - "California Gurls," "Teenage Dream," "Firework," "ET" and most recently "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" - Katy Perry makes history.

Her Young Heart: Daughter is All Grown Up

North London newcomer Daughter has a self-released EP, His Young Heart, and a lot of upward momentum.

ASCAP & El Grupo Duelo: La Fiesta Más Chida del Valle

Jaya Turns Dreams Into Reality

Combining the rich cultural history of her Indian roots with the excitement of electropop and R&B music, Jaya shows how the future is at work now.

Horrid Henry Gets a Beautiful Score Courtesy of Michael Price

Composer Michael Price scores an Emmy nomination for his work on BBC series Sherlock, crafts the music for the popular children's book-turned-film Horrid Henry and shows no sign of taking a break in 2011.

Hit Songwriters Put Some Nashville In Napa

ASCAP Latino Presenta… Anatomía de Una Canción

ASCAP Toasts Team Behind Rascal Flatts #1 "I Won't Let Go"

Mandisa's #1 Hit "Stronger" Celebrated

ASCAP celebrated the writers and publishers of "Stronger," Mandisa's No.1 hit on the Billboard Hot Christian Songs chart, with a reception in Franklin, Tenn. Written by Ben Glover, David Garcia and Chris Stevens, the song marks Glover's 11th trip to the top of the charts and Garcia's first. Publishers Brentwood-Benson Publishing and EMI CMG Publishing were also honored.

Annie Gosfield Receives Berlin Prize Fellowship

American composer Annie Gosfield has been chosen as a recipient of a Spring 2012 Berlin Prize fellowship by the American Academy in Berlin. Gosfield is the only composer chosen by the Academy's selection committee to "pursue independent studies and engage with German counterparts as well as the larger academic, cultural and political life of Berlin."

Limits? Jazz Percussionist Darren Lyons Doesn't Know the Meaning of the Word

For Darren Lyons, exploration of the world of jazz is as much a personal journey as it is a journey for the art itself. The drummer and percussionist describes himself as an artist who can stay true to the roots of jazz while still pushing the boundaries of genre. He has been in the vanguard of New York City jazz for 15 years.

Chris Thile Featured on WNYC's Soundcheck Series

ASCAP had the chance to join the audience at The Greene Space in New York City to watch ASCAP member Chris Thile perform songs from his new album with guitarist Michael Daves.

MTV and Extreme Music Joining Forces with Independent Musicians? Believe the Hype

MTV and Extreme Music team up to create a hybrid music licensing and production tool to cultivate and market emerging independent talent, and ASCAP members are a natural fit.

British Beauty Lydia Baylis And Her "Starman"

The singer-songwriter is currently collaborating with some heavy hitters. Baylis recently made waves by donating to charity the proceeds from her a single about a hero.

Jay James Picton Wants to Fly, And He May Have Found a Way

Stockholm Syndrome: Ulrick Munther Converts the World to His Version

ASCAP Music Directors Shine at Shaping the Sound of Television Panel

Talent Show: Four ASCAP Members Face Off in the Finale of The Voice

ASCAP's Wine & Cheese @ Guitars Boutique

Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Nominees Announced

Derek Bermel Co-Scores the Award-Winning Battle for Brooklyn

ASCAP Symphonic & Concert Committee member and composer Derek Bermel recently co-scored the documentary Battle for Brooklyn. The film has won Best Documentary and top prize, the Grand Chameleon Award, at the Brooklyn Film Festival.

The Reckless Abandon of The King Blues

ASCAP President and Chairman of the Board Paul Williams Performs with The Roots on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

Ben Glover & Britt Nicole's "The Lost Get Found"

We sat down with award-winning ASCAP songwriter Ben Glover and artist Britt Nicole in advance of this year's ASCAP Christian Music Awards. Check out the exclusive interview and a beautiful acoustic rendition of their song "The Lost Get Found" here.

The Bonfires Burn Their Way Around the World

Jamie Scott’s Two Worlds of Songwriting

International Songwriter Sara Cruz Gets Back To Basics with New Album

ASCAP Inducted into the American Classical Music Hall of Fame

ASCAP was inducted into the American Classical Music Hall of Fame during a ceremony held May 12 at the Juilliard School in New York City. Other inductees for this year included composer and ASCAP member Philip Glass, President of the Juilliard School Joseph Polisi, and the Emerson Quartet.

Timbaland: The Origins of a Hit Machine

ASCAP Members Nominated for JJA Jazz Awards

Admiral Fallow, Thomas J Speight and James Flannigan and Alex Vargas Perform at the Missing Synch

Electric Young Songwriter Eliza Doolittle Proves She's More Than Just a Fair Lady

Musgraves Shine a Bright Light with Infectious Folk Pop

Raphael Saadiq Rolls into Town

ASCAP Members Selected for American Composers Orchestra Underwood New Music Readings

Just Enough Cooks in the Kitchen

Diane Wittry Named Artistic Director of the International Cultural Exchange Program for Classical Musicians with the Sarajevo Philharmonic

Young Singer-Songwriter Misty Miller Won't Soon Be Forgotten

Michael Bearden Goes Back to School with Education Through Music - Los Angeles

The Afters "Light Up the Sky" Goes #1

ASCAP recently celebrated the team behind Christian rock band The Afters' No. 1 hit, "Light Up the Sky." Co-written by The Afters' Josh Havens, Matt Fuqua and 2011 ASCAP Christian Songwriter of the Year Dan Muckala (who also produced the track), the song marks the band's first trip to top of the charts.

ASCAP's Alexandra Lioutikoff Named one of Billboard's Latin Power Players



Sixx-cess Story

Darkness on The Edge of Sound


Green Room

Patagonia Launches Music Collective

Patagonia, the outdoor clothing and apparel company, has long been a world leader in sustainable business and environmental advocacy. Now it has launched the Patagonia Music Collective, a powerful platform that allows artists to easily support environmental causes.



Still Marching


Radar Report

Play it Cool, a Hot New Musical, Brings 1950's Jazz-Inspired Tunes to Off-Broadway

Mark Winkler, a past participant of the ASCAP Foundation/Disney Musical Theatre Workshop, and Phillip Swann bring their new musical, Play it Cool, inspired by the jazz music of the 1950's, to New York City's Off-Broadway theatre, The Acorn Theatre, for its opening night on September 9th.

The World From A Different Angle

More than 1000 miles east, songwriter/producer Ben Glover shields his eyes from the late-afternoon sun, blazing bright on a warm spring day.

Noel Gourdin Takes a Fresh Approach to R&B

Cameron Ernst Sends the Message of Love Loud and Clear

Mountain Time

The Wanderer

In an era when texting, tweeting, talking and walking happens all at once, no artist multitasks better than New York City-based singer-songwriter Mike Errico.

Wars Zone

California-to-Nashville transplant Joy Williams and Alabama's John Paul White struck pure musical gold when the two met at a songwriting session in Nashville in 2008.

The Big Bang

k.d. lang returns with a new group, The Siss Boom Bang, and a new album, that packs a punch. Lang recently sat down to talk with Playback about the new album and band, as well as the songwriting process.

Jimmy Lloyd is Ready For Prime Time

Malik Yusef Brings Chicago's Diversity to His Mix of Mediums

Art Imitating Life, Redefined: No Imitation Necessary

Tim Anderson is More Than Just an Intelligent Machine

Singer-songwriter Phoebe Snow Dies at 60

The Daily Ukulele Author Jim Beloff Believes, And Many Agree, That Uke Can Change the World

Once relegated to comedy acts (like Tiny Tim) and Hawaiian folk music, ukulele is making a big comeback. From George Harrison to Train, Jim Beloff explains the ukulele's newfound pop and rock uses, and the joy inherent in the tiny, four-stringed instrument.

Three Hundred Sixty-Five Days of Ace Reporter

Pen Queen Cri$tyle Steps Out With Her Solo Debut



The Door and the Void


The ASCAP Foundation

Bart Howard Provides a Musical Gift

The ASCAP Foundation is pleased to announce that composer, lyricist, pianist and ASCAP member Bart Howard (1915-2004) named The ASCAP Foundation as a major beneficiary of all royalties and copyrights from his musical compositions.

Celebrating David Rose

In honor of David Rose's Centennial one year ago, the family of the television and film-scoring great has created two special awards to be presented in 2011. The ASCAP Foundation David Rose Centennial Award will be presented – one on the East Coast and one on the West Coast – to participants in ASCAP's Television & Film Scoring workshops.

Karen Sherry Receives Arts Education Advocacy Award

Kaufman Center presented its first Arts Education Advocacy Award to ASCAP Foundation Executive Director Karen Sherry on March 8th, 2011 in New York City. Living legend, singer-songwriterrecording artist and friend, Judy Collins, presented Karen with the award.

The ASCAP Foundation Children Will Listen Program Brings 120 NYC Students to See Wicked

120 students from P.S. 212, the Midtown West Elementary School in Manhattan, received free orchestra level tickets to the Broadway matinee performance of Wicked as part of The ASCAP Foundation Children Will Listen program.

Patrice Rushen Addresses Students at First "ASCAP Day" @ Berklee College of Music

Billy Taylor's Legacy Lives On at The Kennedy Center Through The ASCAP Foundation Songwriters: The Next Generation Program


The Creators Tool Box

Recording Acoustics

We examine some of the tried-and-true ways to use microphones, pickups-or a combination of both-to capture well-balanced acoustic tones that can help you cut through almost any mix.


We Create Music Blog

Alf Clausen's Life & Work, In His Own Words

What a season it's been for Alf Clausen! Just a few short weeks after The Simpsons scorer was honored with the prestigious Golden Note Award at the 2011 ASCAP Film & Television Awards, Clausen was nominated for his unprecedented 30th primetime Emmy - the most nominations earned by a single music creator in the history of the Emmys.

Sun Sets on Sunset Junction 2011

The Sunset Junction Street Fair began in 1980 as a means to bring a disparate neighborhood of Latinos and an influx of the burgeoning gay community together through Ferris wheels and churros. It worked. Over the ensuing decades, the Fair grew, year after year, and eventually added some of the best of LA music (Beck, Elliott Smith, X, and of course Ashford & Simpson), and music from around the world for two days on as many as five stages, all in the middle of Sunset Boulevard in the east side neighborhood of Silver Lake.

ASCAP Lesson: Susan Sandberg's Do’s and Don’ts for Songwriters on a Movie Set

So, you’ve been writing songs for film and television long enough that you have collaborated with some of the funniest directors in Hollywood—including the Farrelly Brothers, who have asked you to audition for their latest movie.

How Music Helps Us Choose Our Friends

Of all the things we might possibly have in common with others, music turns out to be the most accurate way of getting to know someone new.

Quirky Nashville Duo Channing & Quinn Tour the East Coast by Train

As we board a train in the dead of night, headed for unknown adventures across the country, we can't help but feel like we are claiming our piece of the great American romanticism that is the railways.

Extreme DIY: Custom Instruments from ASCAP Members

In an imaginative post earlier today on NPR's classical music blog Deceptive Cadences, blog editor Tom Huizenga writes about his recurring, music-themed dreams.

Telling the Right Story: Trevor Morris on Scoring Historical Dramas

Looking back on my career thus far, I’m struck by the number of historical dramas I’ve written and continue to write music for.

The Beas Knees: Jazz Pianist John Beasley Checks In

The definition of versatility, pianist/composer/arranger John Beasley has accompanied Miles Davis, scored major TV series and taken the MD helm for Steely Dan and Carly Simon. We had a wide-ranging chat with Beas soon after his ninth album Positootly! earned a Grammy nomination.

I Still Want My MTV

It was the summer of love. Well, the summer of my first love. I remember it like it was yesterday. Our first date was on July 10th, and we were joined at the hip from the moment our eyes locked.

Digital vs. Physical: Towards a New Album Format

Earlier this week, Music Think Tank published this article listing seven ways to improve digital music by applying lessons learned from the physical album experience.

Live at ASCAP: Adam Levy

As much grace as Adam Levy's guitar work added to Norah Jones and the Handsome Band's low key, jazz-inflected sound, we here at ASCAP are happy that Levy's been writing and performing his own music over the last few years.

Carney Show: L.A. Rock Band Carney Swings from Spiderman to U2 and Beyond

Once the toast of the L.A. live circuit, Carney is now the house band in Spiderman: Turn off the Dark musical, and frontman Reeve Carney has the lead role. Next up: opening for U2 in Canada. We talked to the band about its meteoric rise.

"Good Music Is Its Own Promotion" and Other Pearls of Wisdom from John Mayer

Bob Lefsetz is the author of The Lefsetz Letter, an e-newsletter that arrives rather frequently in the email boxes of his followers and mainly focuses on music and entertainment industry issues.

Hot New Music Site Is Licensed by ASCAP

New websites and mobile apps that give people new ways to listen to music are popping up daily. Every so often, one of them explodes out of the gate with exponential user growth.

Getting to Know The Great Unknown

This week, Philadelphia-based ASCAP band The Great Unknown officially releases Other Voices, Other Rooms.

ASCAP's Top 10 Albums, etc. of 2010

Here are the Top 10 lists from 10 of our favorite ASCAP staffers. Feel free to duke it out in the comments section with any agreements, disagreements or additions, but remember ye this: the kind of ASCAP staffer willing to take a break from his or her incredibly important job to write a Top 10 list is probably willing to go to bat for his or her choices!

Stuck in The Middle with Joey Newman

ASCAP composer Joey Newman belongs to arguably the most famous dynasty in Film/TV music.

Why Worry? Here Are Some Tips for Getting a Grammy, Wikipedia Page and iTunes Distribution

It's a DIY world, and the barriers between music makers and consumers get thinner and thinner every day.

Songs Are Like Tattoos: Scott Kelly of Neurosis

Welcome to Songs Are Like Tattoos, wherein we explore the connections between music and tattoos in the words of ASCAP members who have committed to both. This time around we talk to Scott Kelly, founding member of Neurosis, Shrinebuilder, Tribes of Neurot and Blood and Time.

You Might Not Expect It, But Mid-Year Album Sales are Up!

For all the talk of crumbling record sales, it is refreshing to hear that the impact of digital music sales looks to be making up for some of the decline in album sales.

Simple Steps to Getting Placed: Advice from Music Supervisor John Houlihan

At a recent event held by the National Association of Record Industry Professionals (NARIP), top music supervisor John Houlihan (Mortal Kombat, Love Guru, Fame, The Defenders) spoke to NARIP members, listened to songs and gave feedback. This was the 6th in NARIP’s 7-part Music Supervisor Sessions series.

Behind the Song: Travis Howard on "Heart Like Mine"

ASCAP Nashville recently celebrated the songwriting success of member Travis Howard for co-writing Miranda Lambert’s #1 song “Heart Like Mine.”

Suspect Behavior: Marc Fantini, Steffan Fantini and Scott Gordon On Composing

Last week, ASCAP composers Steffan Fantini, Marc Fantini and Scott Gordon received their sixth consecutive set of ASCAP Film/TV Awards for Criminal Minds and their fourth in a row for Army Wives.

Gathering Moss: Lelia Broussard's Quest for the Rolling Stone Cover

Music makers have dreamed of Rolling Stone cover status since long before Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show recorded "The Cover of the Rolling Stone" in 1973.

Bring Out Your Dead: The Coroner Interview

It's been three weeks since I caught Coroner's set at the 2011 Maryland Death Fest, and I still can't quite believe that I was actually there.

Moya Nkruma's ASCAP Debut

Hi everybody! I am the new Membership Coordinator for the Rhythm & Soul department in the L.A. office. I also assist our Senior Director Jay Sloan and Associate Director Brandon Kitchen.

Help Kenny Foster Rebuild Joplin, MO

It was a typical Nashville Sunday night. I was on the couch watching a movie with my wife, lamenting the end of another weekend. We were doing our best to ignore the few hours of daylight we had left on that glorious cicada-droning evening. The light was waning. Our eyes were getting heavy. And then my phone started to ring.

Sondre Lerche on Sondre Lerche

On June 7th, Sondre Lerche delivers to the world his brand new album Sondre Lerche, which was recorded in his recently-embraced home of Brooklyn, NY.

Songs Are Like Tattoos: Jason Reeves

Welcome to the inaugural edition of Songs are Like Tattoos, wherein we explore the connections between music and tattoos in the words of ASCAP members who've committed to both.

Halatrax Lays It Down

It's not a common story: Florida band dude moves to L.A., signs with huge writer/producer, then starts pumping out one infectious pop hit after another.

Paul Leonard-Morgan on Being Limitless

So as I’ve just finished the score to Limitless, the wonderful people at ASCAP have asked me to write a bit on the “limits” I’ve found in my career as a composer and a producer.

About the Blog

ASCAP's hundreds of thousands of songwriter, composer and music publisher members all have one thing in common: they are driven to create. The "We Create Music" Blog is intended to explore the art and craft of music in all of its facets - from its creation and development to its use and enjoyment around the world. Any content we feature is intended to educate, highlight, support and celebrate our members and their music, and to help inspire and nurture other music creators in their own evolution. While we're at it, we'd love for you to get to know the ASCAP family a little better. Look out for posts from ASCAP staff, talking about the music that matters to them.

Morton Subotnick on the Creation and Legacy of Silver Apples of the Moon

Earlier this year, ASCAP composer Morton Subotnick’s electronic work Silver Apples of the Moon was added to the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress. The piece is undeniably one of the most historically and aesthetically significant works in the canon of electronic music.

Live at ASCAP: Graham Stookey

Singer/songwriter/budding guitar god Graham Stookey stopped by the ASCAP L.A. offices to tell us about his whirlwind success story. Graham was in town for a series of co-writing sessions, just weeks after the surprise success of a bedroom YouTube performance landed him a spot on Oprah with one of his guitar idols, Lenny Kravitz.

Catching Up With…Francesca Battistelli

Over the past three years, a lot of life has happened to Francesca Battistelli.