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Throughout his decade-long career, Cory Branan has been too punk for country, too Memphis for Nashville, and a top-notch songwriter who should be far better known. Backed by a who's who of Nashville musicians, there's a timeless craftsmanship in his deceptively simple songs about love and home, losses and dreams.

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 A&R, music publishing, artist management, legal issues and more. Apply by September 26th.

Great dance music is about more than just a thumping beat and endless buildups. You've gotta master the SONG part of songwriting, and frame it with an arrangement that highlights its strengths. Nick Ditri of ASCAP EDM duo The Disco Fries offers some pointers on improving your EDM tracks.

ASCAP President Paul Williams presented an award to Irish writers Gavin Friday and Maurice Seezer. The award was jointly given by Irish performing rights organization IMRO and ASCAP to recognize their continued success in America.

A songwriter’s first public offering is an important one. It’s like a “getting to know you” conversation with a new acquaintance, defining everything you know about him…at least for the time being. That’s the case with “Sunrise,” the first song from San Francisco-based producer-musician Slaptop. We know next to nothing about this mysterious ASCAP member, but this carefree ode to good times tells us plenty.

On July 9th, singer-songwriter Louise Goffin brought her new album Songs From the Mine to life at an intimate record release party at EastWest Studios in Hollywood, co-presented by ASCAP. The show found her performing her earthy folk-pop with a small group of veteran session musicians, mostly assembled from the fans and friends who had already planned to come to the show as guests.

Hamilton Leithauser has released his first solo album after more than a decade as The Walkmen's acclaimed frontman. The recording showcases his unique vocals in an array of settings ranging from moody, minimalistic night music to raucous 1970s-inspired rock, blending moody lyrics with uplifting melodies.

As an engineer, ASCAP writer Jesse Shatkin has made his mark on songs for Kelly Clarkson, Ellie Goulding and Katy Perry. These days he's stepping out as a songwriter - and considering the success of his Sia co-write "Chandelier," we're going to be hearing a lot more from Shatkin in the near future. We asked him about his journey so far.

Like so many other hard-working songwriters, ASCAP member Shannon Hurley relies on the income she earns from her music to make a living. But Shannon's livelihood is at stake due to royalty rates that haven't kept up with the pace of innovation. Find out why she thinks it's so important that you support the Songwriter Equity Act now.

From the introduction of the Songwriter Equity Act (SEA) to the Department of Justice’s review of the ASCAP Consent Decree, there is much at stake today in the world of music creators. ASCAP’s Music Advocacy Project page is a great resource that gives you the facts on the issues and a way to join our music advocacy efforts.

ASCAP members Mike Einziger, Pharrell Williams, Hans Zimmer, Travis Barker and Anne Marie Calhoun are among the music stars who have come together in support of the International Labour Organization “Red Card to Child Labor” campaign.

ASCAP writer-producer Dr. Luke earned the Clive Davis Legend in Songwriting award at the 10th annual Songs of Hope event, which raised $30,000 for City of Hope. At the same event, the charity honored ASCAP for its milestone 100th year of protecting the rights of songwriters, composers and music publishers.

ASCAP members Audra Mae and Sydney Wayser have been awarded the prestigious Abe Olman Scholarships by the Songwriters Hall of Fame. They’re both old friends of ASCAP: Mae was a special guest at our 2013 Song Camp in France, while Wayser's band CLARA-NOVA was featured at our 2014 Sundance ASCAP Music Café.

The 2014 Billboard Music Awards were huge for ASCAP. Our songwriters and their songs claimed more than 24 categories, including seven for Justin Timberlake. The event also premiered the new Miranda Lambert/Carrie Underwood single, written at an ASCAP song camp by Chris DeStefano, Brett James and Priscilla Renea.