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ASCAP has premiered a music video for “Champions,” from the ASCAP Songwriter Residency: Volume 7. The song was co-written and performed by rapper/producer Malik Yusef with songwriter Julie Frost and 11 America SCORES Chicago students.

Atlanta’s top tastemakers, artists, media, and DJs all came out to preview the highly-anticipated project before it hits stores on September 18th, 2015.

Jonathan McReynolds is a young gospel artist whose songs are as personal as they are inspirational. His second recording, Life Music: Stage Two, is filled with songs that portray people who struggle with daily life and keeping their faith.

The ASCAP Atlanta office hosted a listening session for member Karen Clark Sheard in celebration of her new album Destined to Win.

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) premieres the second music video, “Freedom and Confidence,” from ASCAP Songwriter Residency: Volume 7 with VIBE.

Jamaican pop singer-songwriter OMI is everywhere. His song “Cheerleader” coasted to #1 in 19 countries, and many outlets are calling it the song of the summer. While it might seem like OMI has become an overnight superstar, he’s been working toward this moment for years. We asked him to unpack his toolkit for international success.

New ASCAP member Fetty Wap was born Willie Maxwell II in Paterson, NJ. At first, he was strictly a rapper, writing verses and dropping mixtapes with his Remy Boyz 1738 crew.

ASCAP hosted its 28th annual Rhythm & Soul Music Awards on June 25 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles. The invitation-only event paid special tribute to Lauryn Hill, who performed and was awarded the ASCAP Golden Note Award.

ASCAP will host its 28th annual Rhythm & Soul Music Awards on Thursday, June 25th, 2015 at The Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles. The invitation-only event will pay special tribute to Ms. Lauryn Hill who will receive the ASCAP Golden Note Award.

The ASCAP Rhythm & Soul/Urban Department and the ASCAP Foundation teamed up again for the second annual songwriting workshop, The Collective, on May 18th, 19th, and June 1st, 2015 in New York City.

The 30th Annual Stellar Awards were held March 28th, 2015 at The Orleans Arena in Las Vegas and ASCAP members came home with great triumphs. Congratulations to all our talented ASCAP members who won Stellar Awards this year!

Break Bread is the Rhythm & Soul Departments's invite-only series of networking luncheons held with the purpose of fostering relationships between writers and producers. On March 25th, a few writers and producers gathered at our New York office to share a meal and their music with one another.

ASCAP honored some of gospel music’s most names at its 6th annual ASCAP Morning Glory Breakfast at The Orleans Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on March 28.

Hit country songwriter Walt Aldridge and Grammy-winning producer/songwriter Alonzo “Zo” Lee will participate in the ASCAP Songwriter Residency in St. Louis, a partnership with America SCORES. The Residency provides a platform for songwriters to inspire public school students in under-resourced neighborhoods.

With a diverse lineup of fresh, young R&B and hip-hop talent and a packed house the entire night, ASCAP Rhythm & Soul team’s opening-night showcase felt like the best backyard party you’ve ever been to. It was a perfect way to kick off SXSW.

Andraé Crouch, a pioneer of contemporary Christian music, died yesterday in LA after suffering a heart attack. A renowned gospel performer, songwriter and choir director, Crouch had a transformative influence on contemporary gospel, and is credited with beginning to bridge the gap between black and white Christian music.