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The star-studded event, which was attended by hundreds of songwriters, recording artists and music industry leaders, also honored the songwriters and publishers of the most performed ASCAP songs on the 2013 pop charts.

Songwriting legend Diane Warren has been named MUSEXPO International Music Industry Person of the Year. The Grammy, Golden Globe and six-time ASCAP Songwriter of the Year winner received the award after a revealing keynote Q&A session at the 2014 MUSEXPO conference.

Dan Wilson's Grammy-winning songwriting can be found Adele's hit album 21, the Dixie Chicks' Taking the Long Way and many others. On his second studio recording as a solo artist, Wilson paints an intimate portrait with songs about failed relationships and learning to be alone. Love Without Fear is due on April 15th; preview it here now.

The compilation album, which was the product of this past fall's ASCAP Songwriter Residency program, includes seven original songs written and recorded by ASCAP songwriters and America SCORES public school students from five cities across the country. Click through to stream it in full.

We lost a true pioneer of house music when ASCAP DJ, producer and songwriter Frankie Knuckles passed away this week. Read about his musical and cultural legacy in this moving remembrance by Tommie Sunshine, one of the countless electronic music creators that Knuckles inspired.

The Library of Congress annually selects 25 sound recordings to the registry to preserve them as cultural, artistic and/or historical treasures, representing the richness and diversity of the American soundscape.

Anthony Gonzalez of M83 and ASCAP composer Joe Trapanese collaborated on the dreamy, quiet score for the bawdy French comedy You and the Night, directed by Anthony’s brother. We caught up with the two composers in Trapanese's studio and asked them how it compared to their epic collaboration on Oblivion.

Multi-platinum rock band Tonic's frontman Emerson Hart's second solo recording celebrates the untidy aspects of life, the messy wonder of aging and how the broken things in life can ultimately be fixed. The intensely intimate collection of songs is due out April 15th; preview it now in this ASCAP Audio Portrait.

Mr Little Jeans is the musical outfit of Norwegian-by-way-of-Los-Angeles ASCAP member Monica Birkenes. On her new album Pocketknife, out now on Harvest, Birkenes serves up 12 tracks of exuberant electro-pop, as multi-faceted as the tool that gave the album its name. We asked Birkenes to open up her Pocketknife for us.

The ASCAP Presents at SXSW 2014 showcase took over the Red Eyed Fly in Austin, TX on Wednesday, March 12th with a dynamic group of buzzworthy songwriters and bands. The event featured an eclectic range of musical styles.

ASCAP singer-songwriter Jonatha Brooke's musical play My Mother Has Four Noses chronicles the years that Brooke looked after her mother as she descended into Alzheimer's and eventually passed away. We spoke to Brooke about channeling the experience into some of the most beautiful, unflinching music of her career.

Meg Myers grew up as a Jehovah's Witness and didn't go to high school. But that's all in the past. What's important NOW is that her new EP will make you happy to be alive and a bit creeped out at the same time. And she's bringing her soon-to-be-legendary live act to ASCAP's SXSW showcase next week. Read on for our interview with Meg.

ASCAP was on hand to watch reggae icon Ziggy Marley at his sold-out February 19th show at Solana Beach’s Belly Up. The show was a kick-off event for Sunset Sessions, a three-day industry convention that took over Carlsbad, CA from February 20th to 22nd.

The Songwriter Equity Act, a new bill introduced by Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA), will amend two outdated portions of the Copyright Act that are harming songwriters, composers and publishers in the digital age. Get the facts and show your support.

The event, a program of The ASCAP Foundation and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, will showcase the work of four young ASCAP members in free concerts on the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage on March 12th and 13th.