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Dan Muckala Named Songwriter of the Year at 33rd Annual ASCAP Christian Music Awards

ASCAP celebrated the songwriters and publishers of Christian music's most performed songs at our 33rd annual ASCAP Christian Music Awards on Monday, March 28, 2011 at Richland Country Club in Nashville.

Through a Glass, Darkly

ASCAP's Nancy Knutsen, Mike Todd, and Jeff Jernigan joined First Artists Management, Bank Robber Music and Dunvagen Music for a private piano performance by BAFTA Award-winning and Academy Award-nominated ASCAP composer Philip Glass.

Check Out Our SXSW Video Highlights With Dan Wilson, Crystal Bowersox, Hotels & Highways, Ron Sexsmith, Jasmine Ash and More

Playback Editors caught up with a few of the countless songwriters and bands at this year's SXSW music fest and captured interviews and performances at various venues.

Music Makers of Atlanta Mix it Up with ASCAP

On March 10, 2011, ASCAP's Rhythm & Soul team, together with Ludacris, Johntà Austin, Drumma Boy and DJ Infamous, hosted a mixer at Straits Restaurant in Atlanta.

Curt Schneider's Music for Natural Selection Named Best Score at SXSW

ASCAP composer/producer/songwriter Curt Schneider has earned a nice new addition to his mantle: the Best Score/Music from a Narrative Feature award from the 2011 SXSW Film Awards. Schneider was honored this week for his absorbing music to the film Natural Selection, which he co-wrote with iZLER.

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's SXSW showcase at The Driskill Hotel on Friday, March 18th featured Antonia Bennett (daughter of music legend Tony Bennett), Andrew Allen, Dan Wilson, who was accompanied by special guests Tracy Bonham, The Dixie Chicks' Martie Maguire and Jeremy Messersmith, The Civil Wars, Hotels & Highways, Infantree and Crystal Bowersox, who was joined by special guests John Popper of Blues Traveler and her husband, singer-songwriter Brian Walker.

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.

Duran Duran and The Strokes Headline South By Southwest

ASCAP members Duran Duran and the Strokes play Austin's SXSW festival this week, marking each group's reemergence on the music scene with upcoming album releases.

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 Atlanta visits the dynamic songwriting and performing duo, Rock City, in the studio for an exclusive interview

Rock City at work and in interview, in a video.

Quincy Jones and James Taylor Receive the National Medal of Arts

In a ceremony held at the White House on March 2nd, President Obama awarded the National Medal of Arts to ASCAP members Quincy Jones and James Taylor. The two music icons were honored among other revered figures in the fields of music, theatre, literature, poetry and visual art.

The ASCAP Composer Career Workshop on March 30 in NYC

Being a composer is one thing. Creating a viable income producing career as a composer is quite another. ASCAP presents a series of workshops to educate composers about building a successful career

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.

In an interview, Andrew "Drew Money" Thielk taks about Nicki Miniaj's musicianship, taking inspiration from The Beatles, and the variety of genres he works in.

Songwriter Doe shows "On the Come Up" why you can bank on him.

In an interview, Doe talks about taking musical inspiration from the people around him, having Timbaland as a mentor, and working your way up in the music industry.

Producer Kennard Garrett puts “On the Come Up” in the mood for love.

In an interview, Kennard Garret talks about the process behind his work on "Feel Love" by Sean Garrett, his lifelong path in music, and the need to stay knowledgeable and current in music industry happenings.

Sandy Vee Receives ASCAP #1 Plaques for "Firework" and "Only Girl"

ASCAP's Executive Vice President of Domestic Membership Randy Grimmett and Vice President, Pop/Rock, Sue Drew were on hand at the ASCAP Los Angeles office to present songwriter Sandy Vee (SACEM) with two plaques for his huge hit songs. Vee scored #1 singles with Katy Perry's "Firework" and Rihanna's "Only Girl."

ASCAP Toasts Rhythm and Soul Writers at Grammy Nominee Brunch

ASCAP hosted its 2nd Annual Grammy Brunch at the Sunset Tower Hotel in West Hollywood in honor of its Grammy-nominated Rhythm & Soul songwriters. The 2011 Grammy Brunch brought together a large crowd of high-profile ASCAP songwriters, celebrities, industry executives and tastemakers to toast ASCAP's Rhythm & Soul nominees.

Jay-Z, Jeff Beck, Arcade Fire, Esperanza Spalding Win Big at Grammys

Jay-Z and Jeff Beck (PRS) took home three statues at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards, topping the list of ASCAP members who were honored on Music's Biggest Night. Plus many more winners and nominees...

ASCAP Member Thomas Starks Teams with Behringer at the 2011 NAMM Show

New ASCAP member Thomas Starks was among the throngs at the 2011 National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) show, but he was no regular attendee -- he was there as an artist ambassador for BEHRINGER, the renowned pro-audio company that endorses him.

ASCAP Composers Dominate Oscar Noms

ASCAP composers picked up the majority of nominations in the music categories for the 83rd annual Academy Awards. In a January 25th announcement made by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Tom Sherak and actress Mo'Nique, eight ASCAP writers and international affiliates were nominated across the Original Score and Original Song fields.

ASCAP Board Member Jimmy Webb Elected Chairman of the Board of the Songwriters Hall of Fame

Multi-talented songwriter and ASCAP Board member Jimmy Webb has been elected Chairman of the Board of the Songwriters Hall of Fame by its Board of Directors, the organization announced on January 19.

Rising star in 2011, DJ Frank E, chats with "On the Come Up" about his budding legacy.

DJ Frank E talks about working with Madonna, the equipment he uses, and the cross-polination between his roles as DJ and producer.

Rising star in 2011, Lundon Knighten, shows "On the Come Up" why she'll take your breath away.

Lundon Knighten talks about her songwrting methods, her philosophy to "just do me" in her work, and some cupcoming projects.

Rising star in 2011, Soundz, lets "On the Come Up" know why you should check him out.

Rising star producer Soundz talks about his equipment, his definining feature as a producer, and what he's working on.

ASCAP Honors Its Stellar Nominees

On Saturday, January 15, 2011, ASCAP hosted a private breakfast reception to celebrate its Stellar Award nominees and the Gospel music community.

James Fortune Leads ASCAP Member Stellar Awards Winners

The 26th Annual Stellar Awards were held January 15 at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee, and ASCAP members came home with great wins. James Fortune received four awards, after garnering an incredible twelve nominations, and Smokie Norful, Kristina Halloway, Karen Clark-Sheard, Willie Joe Ligon and more also received awards after earning multiple nominations.

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

ASCAP celebrated late, great Broadway composer Cy Coleman with four evenings of his music at Orange County Performing Arts Center in December 2010. ASCAP's Michael A. Kerker interviewed Coleman's lyricist collaborator David Zippel, while Broadway stars performed Coleman's songs.

Keith Harris Picks Up ASCAP #1 Plaque for "Imma Be"

The ASCAP Los Angeles office was treated to a visit by writer/producer/musician Keith Harris on December 14th, 2010. He dropped by to pick up his #1 plaque for the Black Eyed Peas hit "Imma Be," which topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart for two weeks.

RIP Dr. Billy Taylor, 1921 – 2010

Dr. Billy Taylor -- the composer, pianist, recording artist, educator, broadcast personality and jazz educator – died on December 28 in New York. He was 89.

James Fortune Leads ASCAP Member Stellar Awards Nominees

The 26th Annual Stellar Awards were held January 15 at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee, and ASCAP members came home with great wins. James Fortune received four awards, after garnering an incredible twelve nominations, and Smokie Norful, Kristina Halloway, Karen Clark-Sheard, Willie Joe Ligon and more also received awards after earning multiple nominations.

The Future Seems Bright For Jessie J

Sony/ATV signed artist/writer Jessie J (PRS) will be spending the end of this year collecting accolades from European media. These on top of the ASCAP performance award Jesse received in London earlier this year for her contribution to the Miley Cyrus hit “Party In The USA”

Yo-Yo Ma To Be Awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma has been named among the 15 recipients of the 2010 Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor.

ASCAP Congratulates Our Golden Globe Nominees

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) announced the nominees for the 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards. The show will be broadcast nationwide live on NBC on Sunday, January 16, 2011 from 5:00-8:00 (PST)/8:00-11:00 (EST) from the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Watch Darren Criss, Dawn Landes, Nicole Atkins, Robbie Fulks, Adam Levy & Jill Sobule, McGinty & White and More Perform ASCAP's Top Holiday Songs

Some of our cheeriest and jingliest ASCAP members grabbed their sleigh bells, antlers and cozy hats to perform some of ASCAP's most-played holiday songs for a collection of homespun videos to celebrate the festive season.

Playback Field Recording - The Autumn Defense

Wilco members Pat Sansone and John Stirratt are in a folky project.

Pop Quiz - Appomattox

Brooklyn based Appomattox talks about headphone parties, setting your band apart in band-saturated Brooklyn, and their plans for the future.

ASCAP Members Fergie and Jazmine Sullivan Honored at Billboard's Women in Music Event

Black Eyed Peas vocalist and six-time Grammy Award-winning artist Fergie was honored with Billboard's Woman of the Year Award at the 2010 Billboard Women in Music Event, held December 2nd at the Pierre Hotel in New York. Grammy-nominated R&B singer/songwriter Jazmine Sullivan received the Rising Star Award,

Songwriters Maiysha and Scott Jacoby Write and Record a Holiday Song with Students from East Fordham Academy for the Arts in Bronx, NY

Grammy-nominated artist/songwriter Maiysha and Grammy Award-winning songwriter/producer Scott Jacoby recently spent time writing and recording a song with a group of 6th and 7th grade students from East Fordham Academy for the Arts in Bronx, NY.

Playback Field Recording - New Cassettes

"If you don't have the songs, it's pointless doing this," says New Cassettes frontman, singer-songwriter Tom Stubbs. "We're in it for the long haul." Fortunately for the much buzzed–about five–piece rock band from Northampton, England, they not only have great songs – thought–provoking lyrics and hook–laden melodies propelled by jerky rhythms, spiky guitars and boundless energy – but they are starting to gain some real momentum in their young career.

Bruno Mars, Jay-Z, Jeff Beck, Philip Lawrence and Ari Levine Lead ASCAP Grammy Nominations

Nominations for the 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards® were announced during a live show on December, 2nd. ASCAP members received hundreds of nominations across the 109 categories with Bruno Mars leading with seven nominations and Jay-Z getting six. Jeff Beck (PRS), Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine and The Roots each received five nominations.


Daily Brief

ASCAP Daily Brief for Thursday, March 31

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Dean Kay has been at the helm of some of the most highly respected and forward thinking music publishing companies in the world, first as COO of the Welk Music Group, then as President/ CEO of the US division of the PolyGram International Publishing Group, and now as President/CEO of his own precedent setting venture, Lichelle Music Company.

ASCAP Daily Brief for Thursday, December 16

YouTube, the video site owned by Google, is in talks to buy Next New Networks, a Web video production company, according to two people briefed on the discussions.

ASCAP Daily Brief for Wednesday, December 15

The creative community alliance of workers, indie and major record companies and studios filed their joint answer to the US Commerce Department's Notice of Inquiry on Copyright Policy, Creativity, and Innovation in the Internet Economy.

ASCAP Daily Brief for Tuesday, December 14

It's been a struggle for Hollywood to convince consumers of the urgency of piracy, but to hear director Taylor Hackford tell it, there's also a problem getting attention from another constituency: showbiz itself.

ASCAP Daily Brief for Monday, December 13

Record labels' stance on direct licensing has caused opportunity to pass them by. Direct licenses have become such a high barrier to entry and such an aversion for venture capitalists that many of tomorrow's would-be stars can't get funding today.

ASCAP Daily Brief for Friday, December 3

The music industry has been crying out for Google to do more to tackle online copyright infringement. Today, the company is answering these pleas with a series of steps designed to combat what it describes as "bad apples who use the Internet to infringe copyright."

ASCAP Daily Brief for Thursday, December 2

RapidShare, a file-sharing website that allows users to upload and exchange digital files, hired new lobbying help in November amid accusations that it is a rogue site that allows pirated or illegal content to be shared across the Internet.

ASCAP Daily Brief for Wednesday, December 1

Mark down the date: The age of stealing music via the Internet is officially over. It's time for everybody to go legit. The reason: We won. And all you audiophiles and copyfighters, you know who fixed our problems?


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

Kenny Chesney leads the long list of ASCAP nominees with five nominations, including Album of the Year for Hemingway's Whiskey, and Single Record of the Year as well as Video of the Year for Chesney's eighteenth number-one single, "The Boys of Fall."

The ASCAP VIP Film Music Breakfast Connects Filmmakers and Composers at the Sundance Film Festival

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

A Merry Christmas Showcase

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



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

How You Can Clear Cover Songs, Samples, and Handle Public Domain Works

Boys Will Be Boys

Direct-to-Fan: Hitting Your True Potential


Green Room

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.


New Members

Harmony "H-Money" Samuels

Hot Glee Star and New ASCAP Member Darren Criss Talks Songwriting and Performs a Holiday Classic


Radar Report

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


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.

ASCAP Member Jason Mraz "Gives Back"

Tony Bennett and Susan Benedetto are recognized at the 15th Annual ASCAP Foundation Awards in New York City

VH1 Save The Music Foundation Gala Honored the ASCAP Foundation


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

Few music creators in the pop world are as idiosyncratic as ASCAP writer/producer Kool Kojak. And it goes way beyond his electrified hair, amazing car and the flamboyant hoodie he was wearing during the below interview.

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

I can't remember the last time a holiday song became a part of the formal lexicon of acknowledged classics. The first edition of ASCAP member Adam Sandler's "The Chanukah Song" comes to mind, though its winking references to Goldie Hawn and O.J. Simpson make it a leeeeetle less universal than, say, "Winter Wonderland."