WINTER 2011 TABLE OF CONTENTS
How You Can Clear Cover Songs, Samples, and Handle Public Domain Works
Boys Will Be Boys
Direct-to-Fan: Hitting Your True Potential
Latin Music's Leading Lady
The Sundance ASCAP Music Café Wraps-Up With Stunning Performances By The Secret Sisters, Nicole Atkins, St. Vincent, The Civil Wars, Pat Sansone and More
We Create Music Blog
Kayo Dot's Toby Driver Breaks Down "Stained Glass"
Wherein Toby Driver, the driving force behind Brooklyn's Kayo Dot, details the creative process behind his latest avant-rock composition,
Hall & Notes - Susan Sandberg's Hall Pass Success
ASCAP member Susan Sandberg has scored a string of placements in Farrelly Brothers films. In this interview, Susan tells us the ins and outs of making music for the big-screen, small-screen and no screen at all.
A Musical Elegy for Japan
Etan Rosenbloom picks a selection of music by Japanese songwriters and composers, each one chosen to help us heal from the devastation of last week's earthquake and tsunami.
Scott Starrett's Big Event
The new NBC series The Event finds ASCAP member Scott Starrett soundtracking aliens, political conspiracies and assassination plots. All in a day's work for the Juilliard-trained composer! Starrett talks to the blog about his scoring process and how he developed The Event's distinctive sound.
Mike Viola is Lost in the Supermarket
Is writing a song an an act of artistry or manufacturing? ASCAP member Mike Viola argues it's both in this seriocomic essay on navigating the music consumer grist mill.
Danko Jones - Philadelphia Ticket Giveaway and Interview
Canadian rock ' n roll avatar Danko Jones (SOCAN) destroyed the Sundance ASCAP Music Café this January. In this interview, Jones talks about what motivates all the butt-kickery. Leave a comment by February 28th to win tickets to his Philly show on March 1st!
Kids on Kids Music: Doc Dauer & Friends - The Body Rocks
Four-year-old Sophia performs dance interpretations of The Body Rocks, a rockin' new album from ASCAP member Doc Dauer (with help from his pals Liz Phair, Guster, Pete Yorn and Minnie Driver) that teaches kids oodles of cool stuff about the anatomy.
Salute: Behind the Beats with AraabMuzik
ASCAP's Jonathan Jones checks in with Dipset producer AraabMuzik about how he got started, the projects he's got cooking and where he's headed in the future.
Baths - NYC Ticket Giveaway and Video Interview
ASCAP member Will Wiesenfeld is the electronica maven behind Cerulean, the enveloping debut by his project Baths. We talked to Will on the eve of his first headlining tour. Submit a comment on the blog post for a chance to win two tickets to see him at the Mercury Lounge in NYC on February 16th.
About to "Blow:" A Video Interview with Kool Kojak
ASCAP member Kool Kojak, the colorful co-writer/producer behind Flo Rida's
When A Song Hits You Right
We all have those songs that capture a specific time, or perfectly express what we're going through. ASCAP Nashville's Ryan Beuschel tells us about three songs by Garth Brooks, Dr. Dre and Craig Wiseman that did just that.
ASCAP Lesson: The Section Quartet on Arranging
If you've ever written a song, produced an album or scored a film cue you know that the music's arrangement -- how it comes to life using different instruments, timbres, textures, etc.
She's So Unusual: Julia Fordham Finds An Unlikely Musical Accomplice in Paul Reiser
One of the best parts about the annual Sundance ASCAP Music Café is the chance to witness the synergy between the music and film/TV communities.
Kids on Kids Music: Oran Etkin - Wake Up, Clarinet!
Seven-year-old Kiran reviews the new album Wake Up, Clarinet! by clarinetist/educator Oran Etkin
Between Two Worlds - Trip Lee Spreads a Message of Faith through Hip Hop
As a kid, Jesus wasn’t my homeboy. I thought of Him as more like Santa; he was the man up north who would reward you with blessings, if you were nice, or sentence you to an eternity in hell, if you were naughty.
Unpacking ASCAP's Most-Covered Songs of 2010
I read some interesting news the other day from our new Member Benefits partner Limelight.
ASCAP Lesson: Wendy & Lisa on The Art of Collaboration
Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman, Emmy winners for the theme to Nurse Jackie, talk about the secret to their longevity as musical collaborators.
ASCAP's Top 10 Albums, etc. of 2010
The ASCAP Staff choose their favorite albums, concerts, videos and musical moments of the year
Behind the Scenes at the 2010 ASCAP Latin Song Camp
ASCAP hosted its very first Latin Song Camp in Los Angeles on the 7th, 8th and 9th of December of 2010. Selected for the Song Camp were 11 of today’s most renowned Latin hit songwriters, chosen for this three-day event to create and record the songs that will shape the ever-competitive Latin market in the near future.
The Gift of Sampling: DJ Premier and the Creation of "Nas Is Like"
ASCAP's Raymond Arrucci on how some casual crate digging brought DJ Premier to create the Nas hit
Mary Chapin Carpenter's Search for the Soul of Christmas
ASCAP's Randy Grimmett on Come Darkness, Come Light, the modern Christmas classic by Mary Chapin Carpenter
The Deadly Syndrome: Exclusive Video and L.A. Ticket Giveaway!
All of us out here in the ASCAP L.A. compound are proud to count The Deadly Syndrome among the people in our neighborhood.
An Irreverent Holiday Song Roundup
A selection of offbeat holiday songs, lovingly gift-wrapped by real live ASCAP members.
Kids on Kids Music: Cathy Heller - Turn the Sunshine On
Adeline reviews ASCAP member Cathy Heller's joyous 2010 album Turn the Sunshine On.
A Good Hair Day: ASCAP lyricist Glenn Slater disentangles his work on Tangled
ASCAP lyricist Glenn Slater talks about working on the movie Tangled and other projects in the works
The Process: In the Studio with Da Internz
Class is in session! 'Twas a glorious day outside when I visited with Tuo and Kosine, the production/writing team known collectively as Da Internz.
A Hand-Illustrated (But Serious) Report on the State of CMJ
ASCAP's Lavinia Jones Wright defends the relevance of the CMJ Music Marathon and hand-drawn illustrations.
Music for a Friday Morning Drive to Work
A playlist for your Friday morning drive into work, by ASCAP's Sean O'Malley
Another Side of Gabriel Flores
ASCAP's Jonathan Reyes discovers another side of Latin songwriter Gabriel Flores
The Only Exception: Paramore's Firebrand Frontwoman Hayley Williams Checks In
I can still recall the first time I heard Paramore. Back in the summer of 2007 the band’s single “Misery Business” owned rock radio, and every time it blasted out of my stereo, it owned my ears, too.
Faces and Places
Still Catchy After All These Years
SCL Fetes Oscar-Nominated ASCAP Members
John Powell and Nick Carr Win Annie Awards
Cello-Fronted Heavy Metal Trio Grayceon Takes ASCAP's Pop Quiz
Audio/Visual Trio WIN WIN Take ASCAP's Pop Quiz
University of the Pacific Hits the Books with ASCAP
ASCAP Composer Bear McCreary Honored by RMA for His Live Orchestra Advocacy
ASCAP and City Showcase Songwriting Masterclass
Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley Lead Long List of ASCAP ACM Nominees
ASCAP Composers Hans Zimmer and John Powell Nominated for BAFTA Awards
ASCAP Members Trent Reznor and Diane Warren Win Golden Globes
Pop Quiz - First Aid Kit
Alan and Marilyn Bergman Honored by the SCL
Augusta Read Thomas Appointed as University Professor of Composition at the University of Chicago
Louis Andriessen Wins 2011 Grawemeyer Award for His Multimedia Opera "La Commedia"
Christopher Gordon Holds Screening and Q&A Session for Mao's Last Dancer
Diane Warren's Spectacular Season
Watch video of the 2010 ASCAP Television & Film Scoring Workshop with Richard Bellis
ASCAP Members and Affiliates Earn Critics' Choice Movie Awards Noms
Composing Between the Lines
Armenia Meets America in Indie Flick My Uncle Rafael
ASCAP Member Ellie Lawson Demonstrates New 3D Holographic Technology
Misty Miller, Gareth Dunlop and Pearl and The Puppets in Sync With ASCAP London
Welcome Home Matt Savage
Matt Shipp Appointed 2011 Master Artists-in-Residence at Atlantic Center for the Arts
Composer/Percussionist Lukas Ligeti Receives Alpert Award
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra Project 440 Commissions
The ASCAP VIP Film Music Breakfast Connects Filmmakers and Composers at the Sundance Film Festival
ASCAP's Night School Demystifies Management and Explains Royalties
A Merry Christmas Showcase
Uniting Musicians, Industry and Fans
Green Music Group brings all parties to the table in the push for environmental awareness
Citizen of The World
A native of California’s Bay Area, 20-year music veteran Michael Franti has become a citizen of the worldthrough his forward-thinking endeavors.
Harmony "H-Money" Samuels
Hot Glee Star and New ASCAP Member Darren Criss Talks Songwriting and Performs a Holiday Classic
It's Only Rock and Roll: The Dirty Pearls Channel the Energy of New York
Sandy Vee's Having a "Crazy" 2011 With Grammy Noms and Chart-topping Hits
Producer and Music Mogul Jermaine Dupri Gets Social and Goes Global
Producer Needlz Injects High Energy into Hip Hop Hits
A Standout Performance on The Sing-Off Puts Nashville Songwriter Jeremy Lister Back on the Map
L.A. Rockers Oedipus Find Success Outside the U.S.
Skeleton Key Songwriter Erik Sanko Unlocks a Passion for Puppetry
A Solo Album Takes High School Musical Songwriter and Performer Drew Seeley Out of Class and Into the Spotlight
Easy As It Sounds
The Slamming Grooves, Spitfire Lyrics and Boundless Energy of the Jam Band-Meets-Hip-Hop Group DownBeat Keys
After Minor Tumult on a Major Label, the Many-membered Indie Outfit Margot and the Nuclear So and So's Keep Calm and Carry On
In the Doghouse
Still on the Line
Who's Got the Magic?
The ASCAP Foundation
ASCAP Member Jason Mraz "Gives Back"
VH1 Save The Music Foundation Gala Honored the ASCAP Foundation
ASCAP Members Griffin Matthews and Matt Gould Receive 2010 ASCAP Foundation Michelle & Dean Kay Award
The pair of ASCAP writers received the award for their work, Witness Uganda, which was presented at The ASCAP Foundation/Disney Musical Theatre Workshop hosted by Stephen Schwartz in Los Angeles in 2010.
Tony Bennett and Susan Benedetto are recognized at the 15th Annual ASCAP Foundation Awards in New York City
Check Out Our SXSW Video Highlights With Dan Wilson, Crystal Bowersox, Hotels & Highways, Ron Sexsmith, Jasmine Ash and More
Curt Schneider's Music for Natural Selection Named Best Score at SXSW
ASCAP Composer/Lyricist Hugh Martin Passes Away
Martin was the co-writer of numerous immortal songs of the stage and screen, including "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" and "The Trolley Song" from Meet Me In St. Louis. He continued writing and recording into his 90s.
Report on IPEC's Progress
On March 1, the U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator, Victoria Espinel, spoke at an oversight hearing of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition, and the Internet.
ASCAP Members Randy Newman and Trent Reznor Victorious at Oscars
Songwriter/producer Andrew "Drew Money" Thielk shows "On the Come Up" why his sound isn't transparent.
Songwriter Doe shows "On the Come Up" why you can bank on him.
Producer Kennard Garrett puts “On the Come Up” in the mood for love.
Sandy Vee Receives ASCAP #1 Plaques for "Firework" and "Only Girl"
Jay-Z, Jeff Beck, Arcade Fire, Esperanza Spalding Win Big at Grammys
ASCAP Member Thomas Starks Teams with Behringer at the 2011 NAMM Show
ASCAP Composers Dominate Oscar Noms
Rising star in 2011, DJ Frank E, chats with "On the Come Up" about his budding legacy.
Rising star in 2011, Lundon Knighten, shows "On the Come Up" why she'll take your breath away.
James Fortune Leads ASCAP Member Stellar Awards Winners
Sondheim Gathering Benefits "Children Will Listen" Program
Supporters of The ASCAP Foundation paid tribute to Stephen Sondheim at an intimate gathering held November 7, 2010 at the home of Academy Award-winning lyricists Marilyn and Alan Bergman in Beverly Hills, CA.
Celebrating Cy Coleman
RIP Dr. Billy Taylor, 1921 – 2010
James Fortune Leads ASCAP Member Stellar Awards Nominees
The Future Seems Bright For Jessie J
Yo-Yo Ma To Be Awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom
ASCAP Congratulates Our Golden Globe Nominees
Watch Darren Criss, Dawn Landes, Nicole Atkins, Robbie Fulks, Adam Levy & Jill Sobule, McGinty & White and More Perform ASCAP's Top Holiday Songs
Playback Field Recording - The Autumn Defense
Pop Quiz - Appomattox
Playback Field Recording - New Cassettes
Bruno Mars, Jay-Z, Jeff Beck, Philip Lawrence and Ari Levine Lead ASCAP Grammy Nominations
Senate Judiciary Committee passes anti-piracy legislation
On November 18, the United States Senate Judiciary Committee voted on important anti-piracy legislation, the "Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeit Act of 2010" (S. 3804).
Sirius XM Airs Prime Cuts of Country
The 2010 Lester Sill Songwriters Workshop
Bye, Bye Birdie Celebrates 50 Years!
Songwriter Carmen Key unlocks the secrets to her success with "On the Come Up."
Brad Paisley, Sugarland Among Top ASCAP Honorees at 2010 CMA Awards
"On the Come Up" talks to songwriter Darius Paulk about why he's the greatest.
Mad About Mad Men and More!
Dan Muckala Named Songwriter of the Year at 33rd Annual ASCAP Christian Music Awards
SXSW: Dan Wilson, The Civil Wars, Crystal Bowersox and More Pack the Room at ASCAP Show; Plus A Festival Wrap-up with Photos Galore
ASCAP Toasts Rhythm and Soul Writers at Grammy Nominee Brunch
ASCAP Honors Its Stellar Nominees
Keith Harris Picks Up ASCAP #1 Plaque for "Imma Be"
ASCAP Members Fergie and Jazmine Sullivan Honored at Billboard's Women in Music Event
Songwriters Maiysha and Scott Jacoby Write and Record a Holiday Song with Students from East Fordham Academy for the Arts in Bronx, NY
Song Camp Visits Music City for Three Days of Cross-Genre Collaboration
Imagine There's No Hunger
ASCAP Composers Celebrate 10th Anniversary of the World Soundtrack Awards at Ghent Film Festival
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