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In 1975 Greil Marcus, rock critic for Rolling Stone and then Creem, published his first book, Mystery Train. He showed how the music of six artists reflected the story of modern American culture. To celebrate the book’s 40th anniversary, we talked to Marcus about what makes songs so moving and timeless.

Alicia Witt is best-known as an actress in Justified, The Sopranos and more. Yet Witt has also been a singer-songwriter since her late teens. Hear her talk about her new album - a piano-driven pop-rock recording whose songs ponder how we revise the stories we tell ourselves about heartbreak, loyalty and finding oneself.

The Jerry Ragovoy Songwriters Workshop focuses on the discovery, development and education of a select, advanced group of songwriters. The workshop features prominent guest speakers, giving advice on topics including A&R, music publishing, artist management, legal issues, etc.

A penchant for facing his fears head-on has led singer-songwriter and actor Billy Harvey down some exciting creative paths. Now it has led to him releasing a raw and revealing album of masterfully-crafted songs.

Pat McGee’s self-titled latest CD is a dream come true. Though he’s been writing and performing for 20 years, McGee decided to emulate the timeless music that first inspired him.

ASCAP today announced that chart-topping songwriter Savan Kotecha has renewed his agreement for representation of public performances of his songwriting catalog.

So you've got great songs and a great backing band. Your live show isn't complete unless you've got great stage banter, too. Here are some tips for better banter from Ingrid Michaelson, a true master of the craft.

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) hosted its 32nd annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards on April 29th at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles.

Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter Eric Kaz is modest and unassuming but he has a formidable catalogue of songs written over the past four decades.

ASCAP was in full force throughout the 2015 South by Southwest Music Conference and Festival, sharing our music at must-attend showcases and our important messages on panels in the Austin Convention Center. Check out our wrap-up.

ASCAP’s annual SXSW show at the Red-Eyed Fly delivered thrills and chills with knock-out performances from BEGINNERS, Alex Winston, Wildling, The Karma Killers, Machineheart, Talk in Tongues and Plain White T’s.

Listen to the exuberant, genre-bending pop on MisterWives' debut LP Our Own House. It's the New York band's "we are ready" statement, where the songs, the energy, the wit all come together. We caught up with MisterWives' singer Mandy Lee just before she strapped on her dancing shoes and left for a national tour.

How do you find like-minded music creators in a busy metropolis like New York? That's where ASCAP comes in. We're launching a monthly ASCAP NY Meet & Greet, aimed at building a community of songwriters from the ground up. Meet new collaborators and get to know ASCAP staff in a friendly setting. RSVP by March 1st.