Playback SUMMER 2012 Table of Contents

Spring 2012 Usher

ASCAP Audio Portrait: Jerrod Niemann's Free the Music

Jerrod Niemann's third studio recording is a genre-blending sonic journey for those who love modern country but appreciate musical touches that recall a multitude of styles, including rock, honky-tonk, Dixieland and reggae. Free the Music was released on Oct. 2nd; listen to Niemann discuss the record in this ASCAP Audio Portrait.

Sondheim Onstage

Musical theatre giant Stephen Sondheim sat for an onstage conversation with ASCAP's very own Michael Kerker at a special event held at Segerstrom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa, CA on July 13th.

The NYU/ASCAP Foundation TV & Film Scoring Workshop

The 2012 NYU/ASCAP Foundation TV & Film Scoring Workshop in Memory of Buddy Baker completed its thirteenth year, spearheaded by Sean Callery (24, Bones, Homeland) and featuring NYU film composer-in-residence Ira Newborn (Naked Gun, Blues Brothers) and Mark Snow (X-Files, Blue Bloods).

ASCAP Members and Staff Attend Fundraiser for Congressman Jerry Nadler

A fundraising event was recently held for Congressman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) at Manhattan's Bryant Park Grill.

ASCAP Attends Special Performance of Nice Work if You Can Get it

This past April a group of ASCAP staff, Board members and friends attended a special performance of Nice Work If You Can Get It, the new Broadway musical hit featuring the songs of George and Ira Gershwin and starring Matthew Broderick and Kelly O'Hara.

ASCAP Music Resounds at Library of Congress

On May 15th, The ASCAP Foundation and the Library of Congress jointly celebrated the third anniversary of the ASCAP Collection at the Library of Congress - the gift by The ASCAP Foundation of documents, photos, sheet music and other artifacts.

The 2012 ASCAP/Columbia University Film Scoring Workshop Connects With Directors

The Workshop has a great track record of nurturing films that receive acclaim on the festival circuit.

"On the Come Up" - August Edition

ASCAP Songwriters Vegas and Y'Anna Crawley, and producer Elite discuss their rise to the top.

ASCAP Composers & Songwriters Clinch 11 WSA Noms

The World Soundtrack Academy has announced the list of its nominees for the 2012 World Soundtrack Awards, and 10 ASCAP members and foreign affiliates made the cut. Among the nominees are Howard Shore, nominated for both Film Composer of the Year and Best Film Score. Oscar winner Bret McKenzie (APRA) and Golden Globe winners Julie Frost, Jimmy Harry and Madonna were each nominated as well.

Call to Action: The White House Wants Your Input

The White House's Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator, Victoria Espinel, is seeking input from the very people whose lives are most affected by IP Policy - that includes all of ASCAP's members. Help shape a strategic plan for the federal government's IP enforcement efforts. Submit your comment today.

"On the Come Up" - July Edition

In the July Edition of "On the Come Up" Lifted, Amber Bullock, and Xplicit discuss their inspiration and passion.

The Library of Congress to Recognize ASCAP Founder Victor Herbert with New Exhibit

"The Musical Worlds of Victor Herbert" will examine the multifaceted life of the influential musician through materials selected from the vast Victor Herbert Collection at the Library of Congress.

ASCAP Members Dominate the 2012 Emmy Nominations

For yet another year, ASCAP composers and foreign affiliates have clinched the majority of nominations for the Primetime Emmy Awards. Past winners Sean Callery, Trevor Morris, Marc Shaiman, Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman are among the 21 composers giving ASCAP 75% of the nominations in the 64th annual awards.

ASCAP Songwriter Residency Vol 5 Album Now Streaming

Chart-topping songwriters Dave Berg, Lonny Bereal, Maiysha, Scott Jacoby, Roke and Psalm One collaborated with America SCORES and East Fordham Academy for the Arts students. They led 13 three-day workshops, co-writing and recording songs with over 320 students in under-resourced neighborhoods in 12 cities.

ASCAP Members Win Every Daytime Emmy Category

At the 2012 Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards, ASCAP members won every single music category - five in all. The composing duo of Jack Allocco and David Kurtz celebrated a 7th career Emmy for their music to The Young and the Restless.

Songwriters Hall of Fame Honors Bob Seger, Gordon Lightfoot, Don Schlitz, Ne-Yo, Lance Freed and Tom Jones & Harvey Schmidt

The 43rd Annual Induction Ceremony and Awards Presentation of the Songwriters Hall of Fame was held at New York City’s Marriott Marquis on Thursday, June 14th. Hosted by legendary songwriter, ASCAP Board member and Songwriter Hall of Fame Chairman Jimmy Webb, the evening inducted a new class of songwriters who mostly rose to prominence in the 1970’s.

Watch Tony Award-winners Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglova's rare performance of Once's "Falling Slowly"

Back in 2007, ASCAP writers Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová gave the Sundance ASCAP Music Café audience one of the first public performances of their beautiful song, “Falling Slowly” from Once. The Broadway musical version of the film just nabbed eight Tony Awards.

Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová's Once Takes Home Eight Tony Awards

ASCAP writers and composers made quite a showing at the 66th Annual Tony Awards. Academy Award-winners Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová's music for Once helped that show nab eight Tony Awards, and added to their phenomenal success.

ASCAP's Paul Williams Speaks With Fellow Copyright Leaders at CISAC General Assembly 2012

ASCAP President and Chairman Paul Williams attended the CISAC General Assembly 2012 to discuss adapting copyright legislation to protect the rights of owners of creative works.

2012 ASCAP Summer Festival Guide

We've gathered a list of the summer's biggest festivals with appearances by ASCAP members Ice Cube, Kid Cudi, The Roots, and Jay-Z among many others. Start making your schedule to catch these great events all summer long.

Consurso Los Compositores

Emmy Award-Winning Composer/Pianist Earl Rose Scores American Masters: Johnny Carson: King of Late Night

ASCAP composer Earl Rose debutes his film score for the American Masters documentary Johnny Carson: King of Late Night to a national audience on May 14th at 9 p.m. (EST)

ASCAP Members Clinch 80% of Daytime Emmy Noms

ASCAP composers and songwriters soundtracked 16 out of 20 musical works nominated for the 39th annual Daytime Emmy Awards. The nominees include six-time Emmy winners Jack Allocco and David Kurtz, who received four nods for their music to The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless.

ASCAP's "On the Come Up" Series - May Edition

Tone P, DJ Spinz, and Hoodie Allen discuss the magic behind their music.

Watch Video of ASCAP's General Annual Membership Meeting

This year's General Annual Membership Meeting kicked off the 2012 ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO. Watch ASCAP President and Chairman Paul Williams summarize ASCAP's advocacy efforts in the past year, and discuss what needs to be done for the future.

ASCAP Members Dominate 2012 Tony Nominations

The nominations are in for the 2012 Tony Awards, and ASCAP members can be found in almost every music-related category. Leading the pack is movie-turned-musical Once followed closely by Nice Work If You Can Get It and Porgy and Bess, among a number of other spectacular shows from the 2011-2012 season.

ASCAP Music Chosen for Library of Congress National Registry

Recordings from ASCAP members Prince, The Grateful Dead, Donna Summer and Leonard Bernstein top the list of works the Library of Congress will add to the National Recording Registry for their cultural, historical and aesthetic significance.

Gershwin Prize Presentation by President Obama to Burt Bacharach and Hal David to Air Tonight, May 21st, at 9PM (EST) on PBS

Tonight PBS will air a star-studded White House tribute to the legendary songwriting team of Burt Bacharach and Hal David.


Daily Brief

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Friday, August 31

The Public Interest in Protecting Copyright; Location-Based Spotify App; NYC Album Cover Locations...and more

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Thursday, August 30

How to Listen to Music to Benefit the Musicians; Interview with a Takedown Man; Apple's Big Plans for Music Listening Habits...and more

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Wednesday, August 29

Principles for an Ethical and Sustainable Internet; What's Next for Spotify; Why You Need a Band Agreement...and more

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Tuesday, August 28

Give Fans the Credit; Streaming in Today's Digital Market; How to Use Social Networks for Music Promotion...and more

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Monday, August 27

The Ever-Changing Career of a Musician; The Plight of Instant Playlists; How To Become an App Store Millionaire...and more

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Friday, August 24

Ensuring the Creative Ecosystem Online; New Study on Filesharing and CD Sales; How Technology Has Affected Musical Tastes...and more

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Thursday, August 23

The Real Cost of "Free" Downloads; When Kickstarting Fails; Google's Top Advertisers...and more

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Wednesday, August 22

How to Compete with "Free"; What Facebook Likes Really Mean; Bandcamp Adds Free Artist Pages...and more

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Tuesday, August 21

Today's Daily Brief includes: more copyright mythbuster articles, social design tips, Hulu changes and how to not act like and amateur band.

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Monday, August 20

Today we have: 7 Mythbusting Copyright Law Articles, a Report on Downloads Flattening, YouTube as a Music Service and their Dilemma, Apple Is Talking to Cable TV Companies and much more.

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Friday, August 17

A Defense of Copyright's Growing Pains; A Personalized Entertainment Search Engine; The Internet Radio Fairness Act...and more

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Thursday, August 16

More on Copyright Mythbusting; Streams vs. Downloads; 10 Reasons Why You're Facebook Fans Hate You...and more

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Wednesday, August 15

Mythbusting Copyright Law; What Artists Can Learn from Consultative Selling; The Secret to a Great Arrangement...and more

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Tuesday, August 14

The Right Questions About Music's Future; Google's Piracy Site Smackdown; One Easy Tip to Hit Songwriting...and more

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Monday, August 13

The Impact of IP Theft; FM on Mobile Phones; Protecting an Artist's Legacy...and more

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Friday, August 10

Copyright and "Genius"; 62 Ways to Discover Music; Developing Your Digital Brand...and more

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Thursday, August 9

Pandora Grows Users Despite Competition; Universal's EMI Gambit; The 20 Most Disruptive Apps of All Time...and more

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Wednesday, August 8

BMW Responds to Ads on Pirate Sites; The 10 Levels of Artist Compensation; How to Improve Your Merchandising Strategy...and more

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Tuesday, August 7

Copyright and the Little Guy Pt. 2; Radio Still Drives Music Choices; The World's Highest Paid DJs...and more

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Monday, August 6

The Real State of Streaming Revenue; Amanda Palmer Talks Twitter; 7 Ways to Build Music Business Contacts...and more

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Friday, August 3

Consumers Streaming Less Than Last Year; YouTube's U.S. Channels; How to Develop a Spotify App...and more

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Thursday, August 2

Copyright and the Little Guy; Best and Brightest From the Music Industry on Twitter; The Musicians Guide to Mobile...and more

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Wednesday, August 1

The Copyright Hub; Four Steps To Convert Goals Into Results; Big Sound for Small Spaces...and more

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Tuesday, July 31

How Artists Earn Online; The Psychology of Social Networking; A Conversation with The VP of SoundCloud...and more

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Monday, July 30

Universal's EMI Takeover; PayPal Scores Another One For An Ethical Internet; Artist-Branded Apps Search For A Hit...and more

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Friday, July 27

How Technology Amplifies Fame; Spotify Reveals Numbers; 7 Essential Apps For Entrepreneurs...and more

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Thursday, July 26

No Sympathy For the Creative Class; KCRW's Digital Music Submission Service; Producer's Pre-Recording Checklist...and more

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Wednesday, July 25

Music Industry Turns Up Heat On Google; Why Freemium Has Run Its Course; Five Tips For Effective Fan Polling...and more

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Tuesday, July 24

The Price Of Social Media Stupidity; Online Video Ads Hit A Record; 10 Rules For Giving Away Free Music...and more

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Monday, July 23

New Technologies Sift For Needles; Viacom's Top Lawyer On His Toughest Decisions; Training Musical Athletes To Stay Healthy...and more

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Friday, July 20

Spotify one Year Later; Did the Internet Kill the Debut Album?; The Most Influential New Media Entrepreneur You've Never Heard Of...and more

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Thursday, July 19

Half a Million Downloads And 500,000 Dilemmas; Google+ Nabs Top Spot in Customer Satisfaction Survey; Facebook Falls; Music Piracy - Who's On The Moral High Ground?...and more

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Wednesday, July 18

Women Singers Dominate Highest Paid Under 30; Kitty Wells, Country Music Star, Dies at 92; Did Social Media Kill The Rock Star Icon? ... and more

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Tuesday, July 17

Megaupload and the Twilight of Copyright; Google's New Hardware; The Musician's Guide to Monitoring Your Online Brand...and more

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Monday, July 16

How To Fix the Broken Internet Economy; Facebook Adds New Feature To Group Pages; Fair Use Explained For Indie Musicians...and more

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Friday, July 13

Canadian Supreme Court Rules On Copyright; Old Records Outselling New Ones; Facebook Adds New Spotify Feature...and more

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Thursday, July 12

Google and Issue Advocacy; The Business of iTunes Knock Offs; The Definitive Guide to Facebook for Musicians...and more

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Wednesday, July 11

The Blue-Collared Musician At the Eye Of the Copyright Storm; Is Music Worth Your Time?; Mobile Fan Engagement With Apps...and more

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Tuesday, July 10

A Case Study In Networked Discourse and Activism; Decoding the Declaration of Internet Freedom; The Safety of Cloud Computing...and more

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Monday, July 9

The Fate of ACTA in the EU; iTunes Store a Threat to Asia's Retailers; Google Ends Several Services; Orchestral Flashmob...and more

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Tuesday, July 3

The Future of Content; Why We Can’t Escape Social Media Marketing; The Indie Artist Launch Plan...and more

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Monday, July 2

Sony Completes EMI Acquisition; Understanding The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP); Microsoft Plans XBox Music...and more

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Friday, June 29

Apple Reportedly Plans Overhaul of iTunes Music Store; Essential Elements of a Music Digital Press Kit; HD Video Clogging Corporate Networks...and more

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Thursday, June 28

Shaping Intellectual Property Enforcement; The First Artist-Specific Apps from Spotify; The Next Social Networking Jackpot Winner...and more

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Wednesday, June 27

Learning To Become Digital Citizens; The State of Online Music Discovery; Importance of Image as an Artist...and more

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Tuesday, June 26

The .music Domain Battle; YouTube Birthday Video; Winamp's Woes...and more

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Monday, June 25

How Can We Get Artists Paid On the Internet; The Future of Sheet Music; The Most Popular Keys and Chords...and more

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Friday, June 22

The Science and Greed Behind the Anti-Copyright Debate; Old Media Finds New Beginning in Startups; Pandora Faces Fears and Rivals...and more

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Thursday, June 21

The Death of Digital Innocence; Decoding Copyright and the Public Domain; How To Make Your Facebook Timeline Pop...and more

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Wednesday, June 20

An Open Letter to Emily White at NPR; VEVO Pays Independent Publishers; How Facebook is Affecting Startups...and more

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Tuesday, June 19

Debunking Rumors of an Internet Takeover; Apple Streams Music on iOS6 Devices; Software Sets Music in Motion...and more

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Monday, June 18

A More Efficient Mechanical Licensing System; Listeners Opting to Stream; The Future of Cloud Music...and more

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Friday, June 8

How Streaming Music Can Change Culture For the Better; Creating Room on the Radio Spectrum; Legends of Electronic Music...and more

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Thursday, June 7

Copyright Laws Inspire Creativity; The Future of Audio; Pandora Lobbys For Fair Royalties...and more

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Wednesday, June 6

How Copyright Encourages Creativity; A Win For Sound Recording Performance Royalties; New Interactive Music Games...and more.

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Tuesday, June 5

The Transparency of Google; An Introduction to Xbox Music; Nine Supercharged iOS Players...and much more

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Monday, June 4

Digital Music Takes Over in the U.K.; The Meaning Behind Klout Scores; Boosts in Digital Sound Quality...and more

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Friday, June 1

ASCAP Launches Redesigned Mobile Access For All Devices; Pepsi Unveils Twitter Music Campaign; What To Do When the Show Is Over...and more

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Thursday, May 31

Six Insights For Breaking Into the Music Business; The Struggles of Self-Managed Artists; Busking Tips From Veteran Street Performers...and more

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Wednesday, May 30

Why Social Networks Need Musicians; The Changing Face of Communication; 10 Reasons You Shouldn't Wish For Overnight Success...and more

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Tuesday, May 29

Statement by G-8 Leaders on Global Economy; Behind the Scenes Of A Failed Kickstarter Project; Is the DMCA Really Working?...and much more

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Friday, May 25

New Digital Music Licenses; Google Privacy Inquiries; Rdio Planning to Directly Compensate Artists...and more

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Thursday, May 24

Is the Internet Working for Musicians?; How to Improve Music Discovery and Sales on TV; The Power of Persuasion...and more

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Wednesday, May 23

The Human Rights of Artists; Brands Turn Social Stories into Music; A Journey Through Musical Time...and more

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Tuesday, May 22

The World's Hottest Digital Markets: A Music Map, Myths From The Birth of US Copyright, What's Copying Your Music Really Worth to You? and Report: Facebook Plays a Relatively Minor Role In Music Discovery... and more in today's Daily Brief.

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Monday, May 21

The Art of the Steal; 8 Visionaries on How They Spot the Future; The Loudness Wars...and much more

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Friday, May 11

What the MySpace Settlement Means For You; Digital Streams to Get Own Music Chart; What to Do About the Internet's Failed Promise...and more

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Thursday, May 10

Watch Paul Williams Give ASCAP's General Annual Membership Meeting Speech; Getting Music Placed in Advertising; INGrooves Dishes on State of Digital Music...and more

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Wednesday, May 9

Digital Thrills the Radio Star; How Loopers Have Revolutionized Solo Music Artists; Five Things All Companies Can Learn From Kickstarter...and much more

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Tuesday, May 8

Why Musicians Need More Than Viral Videos to Succeed; Sirius Introduces Pause, Rewind, and Skip Functionality; The Best Way to Discover New Music...and much more

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Monday, May 7

Musicians For An Ethical Internet; 10 Years of Apple Evolution; 3 Insights Into the Future Of Geosocial Music...and more

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Friday, May 4

Today's Daily Brief includes You Can't Have A Healthy Market Economy Without Property Rights; Amanda Palmer Shatters Kickstarter Music Record; George Harrison's New Multi-Touch Book...and much more

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Thursday, May 3

Today's Daily Brief includes The Cities That Are Most Influential to Music; The Problem with False Content; How to Begin A Career In the Music Industry...and more


Faces and Places

New Member Lianne La Havas Rises Out of South London to Charm the World

A talented singer and musician from a very young age, Lianne La Havas now adds songwriter to her list of many talents. With her debut album, Is Your Love Big Enough?, gaining legions of fans, she is truly one of 2012's breakout stars.

Music Row Goes "5-1-5-0" with Dierks Bentley #1

ASCAP and Music Row got together on August 30th to go a little "5-1-5-0" with Dierks Bentley, celebrating his 10th career #1 as an artist and a songwriter. The song is the third single and third #1 from Bentley's 6th studio album, Home.

Transatlantyk Film and Music Festival Returns to Poland

For the second consecutive year, film composers gathered in Poland for a series of lectures, performances, and networking opportunities to assist them in their pursuit of a career in film scoring. ASCAP Board member Richard Bellis took part, leading attendees in a class on the business of film composing.

Chris DeStefano & Ashley Gorley Top the Charts with "Good Girl"

ASCAP celebrated the team behind "Good Girl," recorded by Carrie Underwood, with an August #1 Party in Nashville. The hit single, produced by ASCAP member Mark Bright, marks Gorley's eighth #1 and became DeStefano's first chart-topper.

A fun. Saturday Night in LA

ASCAP celebrated the remarkable success of the band fun. at a recent afterparty, co-presented with First Artists Management after the band's recent show at The Wiltern in Los Angeles. The band met with invited film music industry guests and received a plaque commemorating the six-week #1 run of their single "We Are Young."

Rachel Assil's Magnum Opus

ASCAP member Rachel Assil is as passionate a songwriter and performer as they come, and she's got a personality to match. On the eve of her August 30th record release show in LA, we caught up with Rachel about her unique approach to art and life.

The 8th Annual AfroPunk Festival Invades Brooklyn

From August 25th through 26th, Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park played host to the always-inspiring AfroPunk Festival. Among those letting their freak flags fly during the two-day festival were ASCAP members Erykah Badu, Janelle Monáe, Das Racist and TV on the Radio.

ASCAP Urban Showcase Returns to 12th & Porter

ASCAP Nashville recently hosted its second urban music showcase, co-presented by Big Fella of Perception Management and the TV show Cookin' Wit Big Fella. The event was part of an ongoing collaboration between ASCAP and leaders of the urban music scene in Nashville to expose the genre's talent to the broader Music Row community.

NaSHOF 2012 Inductees Announced

The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Foundation announced the 2012 inductees into its Hall of Fame, honoring ASCAP members Tony Arata and Mary Chapin Carpenter. Arata was named in the Songwriter category and Carpenter was elected in the Songwriter/Artist category.

ASCAP Celebrates Eric Paslay and "Even If It Breaks Your Heart"

ASCAP co-hosted a #1 Party on Monday, August 20th at the CMA offices in Nashville to celebrate songwriter Eric Paslay and the team behind "Even If It Breaks Your Heart," recorded by Eli Young Band. The chart-topper became the second of three #1 singles in just 11 months for ASCAP songwriter Paslay.

Al Di Meola

Al Di Meola, insigne y virtuoso guitarrista, miembro de ASCAP, con una trayectoria de 35 años como compositor y más de 20 CD´s como artista principal, pionero de la fusión del jazz, parte esencial del proyecto “Return to Forever” del pianista y mundialmente reconocido Chick Corea.

Napa Valley Goes Country with ASCAP Hitmakers

ASCAP songwriters traveled to wine country to entertain Nashville-style at two events in August. ASCAP's annual Nashville In Napa was once again held at Baldacci Family Vineyards to benefit NOTES for EDUCATION, an organization that supports arts education for children to ensure the continued development of the artists of tomorrow.

The ASCAP Foundation and Copland House Inaugurate Emerging Composers Institute

This summer, Copland House successfully inaugurated a new Emerging Composers Institute. Five gifted young composers participated in the launch of this exciting new program entitled CULTIVATE, directed by composer and Copland House founding clarinetist Derek Bermel.

The Gaslight Anthem Sets Webster Hall Ablaze

On the final night of a lengthy tour supporting the brand new Handwritten album, ASCAP rock band The Gaslight Anthem played a wide-ranging show at New York's Webster Hall to a sold-out audience. ASCAP's Andrew Sparkler reports on how it all went down.

ASCAP In the Row at The Bluebird Cafe

ASCAP's August showcase at the legendary venue featured veteran Nashville songwriter-artist Rob Crosby, rising songstress Kalisa Ewing, up-and-coming singer-songwriter Aaron Goodvin, and MuzikMafia member and Nashville mainstay Shannon Lawson.

Father John Misty Headlines Magical ASCAP Showcase

It was a magical evening on August 1st as rising ASCAP acts Father John Misty, He's My Brother She's My Sister and Monsters Calling Home played to a room packed with industry at the ASCAP Presents... showcase at BETA Records.

ASCAP London Debuts Industry Night Showcase

The ASCAP London office presented a brand new acoustic showcase on August 2nd, offering a new networking opportunity for music creators and industry vets, and a great night of new music.

Jackson Browne, Patty Griffin, Wilco and the Guthrie Family Reunion Shine at Newport Folk Fest

From established acts like Jackson Browne, Patty Griffin and Wilco to exciting new artists like tUnE-yArDs, City and Colour and First Aid Kit, folk music's past, present and future converged at this year's sold-out festival.

ASCAP Composers Storm the 2012 Comic-Con International

ASCAP composers made their mark on a variety of panels throughout the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con. Highlights included an all-ASCAP panel on video game music and a panel about composer/singer collaborations featuring 2012 Emmy nominees Robert Duncan, Trevor Morris and Marc Shaiman.

ASCAP TV & Film Scoring Workshop: Where Are They Now?

The 2012 ASCAP TV and Film Scoring Workshop with Richard Bellis is in full swing! Take a trip down memory lane with Workshop alumni Tulio Cremisini, Trevor Morris, Julia Newmann, Miles Hankins and Layla Minoui as they discuss what they're up to now and how the Workshop impacted their career.

ASCAP Atlanta Hosts "Check It Out" Series

The monthly "Check It Out" Series was hosted in Atlanta in June, where ASCAP staff came together with gospel stars and panelists Manuel Seal, Darlene McCoy, and Ted Winn.

Paul Williams Visits IMRO's Annual Members Week

ASCAP President and Chairman Paul Williams visited the Irish Music Rights Organization's annual members week along with ASCAP's Ralph Murphy and Sean Devine. Williams took part in interviews about his role at ASCAP and performed some of his classic works.

ASCAP en LAMC y el LatinMixx

Jorge F. Rodríguez, Director de ASCAP Latino en NY y Luis Castro, del Departamento Latino en New York, estuvieron presentes en las diferentes actividades celebradas por el "Latin Alternative Music Conference" (LAMC) y el LatinMixx.

ASCAP Celebrates Jason Aldean's "Fly Over States"

ASCAP hosted a #1 Party in July to celebrate the writers, publishers and creative teams behind "Fly Over States," recorded by Jason Aldean. Co-written by Neil Thrasher and Michael Dulaney, the hit marked the seventh #1 song for Thrasher and the ninth produced by Michael Knox.

New Music Tuesday: A Hero A Fake's The Future Again

Charlotte, NC metalcore outfit A Hero A Fake released their crushing third LP The Future Again on July 17th via Victory Records. We got the scoop on the band's approach for the new album from guitarist Eric Morgan.

Senator Lamar Alexander Visits ASCAP

Tennessee Senior Republican Senator Lamar Alexander stopped by ASCAP for a meet-and-greet on a recent visit to Nashville. The Senator, a champion of songwriters and music creators' rights, was treated to special performances by ASCAP songwriters Dave Turnbull and Chris Wallin.

ASCAP Presents at The Bluebird Cafe

July’s installment of ASCAP’s popular monthly showcase series at The Bluebird Cafe featured ASCAP Award-winning songwriter Bob Regan, rising songstress Sarah Sadler, and up-and-coming songwriter-artists Drennan.

Live at ASCAP: Vandaveer Performs & Talks Murder Ballads

Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Mark Charles Heidinger - the man behind indie-folk project Vandaveer - has been releasing albums and touring with the likes of Bon Iver and Fleet Foxes since 2007. We caught up with him in our New York office where he treated us to a performance of two songs.

Hot Houston ASCAP Party con La Mafia

Nuestra fiesta en Houston, Texas fue todo un éxito. El pasado martes 26 de junio ASCAP y el grupo La Mafia se reunieron para llevar a cabo una gran celebración en el "Urbana Recording Studio".

Scoring the Force: Gordy Haab on Composing for Kinect: Star Wars

Award-winning ASCAP composer Gordy Haab may have recently added two massively popular Star Wars video games to his impressive resume, but he’s not just playing around. Haab is part of a new breed of composers, well-educated in traditional scoring but working well beyond the realms of film and TV.

ASCAP Members Light Up the 2012 BET Awards

From the winners list to the performance stage, ASCAP’s most beloved urban music makers were all over the 2012 BET Awards. Beyoncé and Jay-Z each took home two awards. ASCAP superstars Usher, Chaka Khan, D’angelo, Valerie Simpson, Wale and many more offered riveting performances during the star-studded show.

Dave Haywood and Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum Join ASCAP

ASCAP is very proud to announce that Lady Antebellum’s Grammy-winning songwriter-artists Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood have joined the PRO as writer and publisher members.

"Young Master of Unbridled Americana" John Fullbright Receives ASCAP Foundation Lyric Award

Though he just released his debut album, Oklahoma native John Fullbright has already earned a prestigious award for his work. The ASCAP Foundation has announced that he is the recipient of its Harold Adamson Lyric Award.

Music City Hit-Makers Hillary Lindsey and Brett James Perform with the Nashville Symphony on July 4th

Grammy award-winning ASCAP songwriters Hillary Lindsey and Brett James took the stage with the Nashville Symphony for the unique symphonic pop event Music City Hit-Makers, as part of Nashville’s annual 4th of July celebration “Let Freedom Sing!”

UMPG Nashville Signs Ryan Hurd

ASCAP member Ryan Hurd has signed an exclusive, worldwide publishing agreement with Universal Music Publishing Group. Hurd recently took part in ASCAP’s GPS Project, the ASCAP New Crew showcase series and the ASCAP Country Songwriters Workshop. ASCAP’s commitment to developing new talent within these programs lead to Hurd’s introduction to UMPG and his subsequent publishing deal.

Sharon Farber Unmasked

ASCAP composer Sharon Farber attended the Los Angeles premiere of her new film Unmasked - Judeophobia, a gripping documentary about the roots of anti-semitism and its impact on our world. The film is now screening in select theaters nationwide, and available on DVD.

Inauguración Centro Cultural Roberto Cantoral

Alexandra Lioutikoff, Gabriela Gonzalez y Mike Todd de ASCAP asistieron a la inauguración del Centro Cultural Roberto Cantoral en México DF. El evento consistió en un homenaje a las canciones del Maestro Cantoral.

ASCAP & La Mafia Hot Houston Party!

ASCAP y La Mafia le invitan a participar en el evento "Hot Houston Party!" durante el cual el grupo La Mafia y otros invitados harán una presentación acústica. El evento se celebrará el martes 26 de junio a las 8pm en el Urbana Recording Studio!

ASCAP and EMI Mix It Up

ASCAP recently hosted a cocktail party with EMI Music Publishing at the swank SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills. The event kicked off an EMI writers′ conference that the venerable music publisher was holding in Los Angeles.

ASCAP Toasts Neil Thrasher and Rascal Flatts′ "Banjo"

ASCAP celebrated the recent chart-topper on Monday, June 11th with a #1 Party in downtown Nashville. The song marked Thrasher’s sixth #1 hit, and he was honored alongside producer and fellow ASCAP member Dann Huff, with "Banjo" heralding Huff’s 32nd #1 song.

ASCAP Audio Portrait: Jason Reeves' Songs Are Silent Films

Jason Reeves is a multi-talented singer-songwriter who has co-written hits with Colbie Caillat ("Bubbly," "Realize") and Lenka ("The Show"), and has released several solo records of his own. His new album, Songs Are Silent Films, came out June 12th: preview it now and listen to Reeves discuss the creation of the songs.

Composer Michael Gatonska Awarded The American Prize in Composition

Composer Michael Gatonska is the winner of 2012 The American Prize in Composition in the professional division for his work entitled The Whispering Wind, performed by the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra. Gatonska is a former ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award winner.

ASCAP Celebrates The Bluebird’s 30th Birthday

June’s installment of ASCAP’s popular monthly showcase series at The Bluebird Cafe featured veteran Nashville hitmakers Walt Aldridge and Dave Berg, rising songwriter-artist Eric Paslay, and buzzworthy newcomer Carly Pearce.

Ryan Miller Scores Safety Not Guaranteed

After an acclaimed debut at this year’s Sundance, Safety Not Guaranteed opens in theaters on June 8th. The film features a score by ASCAP member Ryan Miller of Guster, who spoke to us at Sundance about his start in film scoring and how he became involved with the movie.

LeAnn Rimes & Darrell Brown's Intimate Recording Session

ASCAP country/pop star LeAnn Rimes and writer/producer Darrell Brown recently invited a small group of lucky listeners to a live recording session at Capitol Studios in Hollywood, accompanied by some of the finest session musicians in the industry.

Dan Wilson Goes Back to School

ASCAP songwriter Dan Wilson, who co-penned Adele’s "Someone Like You" and Dierks Bentley’s "Home," was the VIP guest at a recent edition of the SONGWRITING: Killer Hooks, Essential Songs & Songwriters class at UCLA’s Herb Alpert School of Music. The class focused on Dan’s creative and professional journey as a songwriter.

Pianist Conrad Tao Receives 2012 Avery Fisher Career Grant

Conrad Tao, an ASCAP member and accomplished pianist, was awarded one of the 2012 Avery Fisher Career Grants. Tao is currently a Gilmore Young Artist and, in late 2011, was the only classical musician to make Forbes' “30 Under 30” list highlighting the “youngest stars in the music business.”

R&B Star Tyrese Extends an Open Invitation

ASCAP and peermusic celebrated with R&B singer/songwriter Tyrese at an elegant music supervisor showcase on May 18th. The crowd of industry notables was treated to a special performance from Tyrese and a film about his hit fifth album, Open Invitation.

ASCAP Song Camp en McAllen, TX

Misión cumplida! ASCAP presentó El Song Camp de la Música Regional Mexicana y fue todo un éxito. El Song Camp tuvo lugar desde el martes 15 al jueves 17 de mayo en Pro Sound Studios en McAllen, Texas.

ASCAP Presents We Create Music at The Basement

ASCAP presented the May installment of the ASCAP "We Create Music" Showcase series on Wednesday, May 23rd at The Basement in Nashville, featuring songwriters Marc Beeson, Lindsay Ell, Aaron Espe, Eli Teplin, Charity Vance and Nashville alternative pop rockers Ferrier.

Midori & Friends Spring Gala

Midori & Friends celebrated Viva La Música!, a gala to commemorate the Hispanic heritage of students throughout New York City. The gala was hosted by Alexandra Lioutikoff, Vice President of Latin Music at ASCAP.

Jimmy Webb Honored at the Ivor Novello Awards

ASCAP Board Member Jimmy Webb was recognized with the prestigious Special International Award at this year's Ivor Novello Awards ceremony in London, where numerous ASCAP writers and composers took home top honors.

ASCAP Presents Young Guns Publishing at The Bluebird

May's installment of ASCAP's popular monthly showcase series at The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville featured Young Guns Publishing songwriters Cyndi Thomson, Gimm+Icky, Ben Reno, Cassidy Ford, Kimberly Paige and Phoebe Sharp.

Live at ASCAP: Soft Swells

Tim Williams and Matt Welsh of indie rock duo Soft Swells stopped by ASCAP's L.A. office to treat the staff to some new tunes. We caught them on video, playing an acoustic version of "Lifeboats" from their debut record, out now.

Big Yellow Dog Signs ASCAP Member Adam Sanders

ASCAP member Adam Sanders was recently signed to a publishing agreement with Big Yellow Dog Music as a result of his appearance at ASCAP's New Crew Writers Round showcase. The regular showcase series exists to help promote and introduce talented, up-and-coming young writers to Nashville's vibrant music publisher community.

ASCAP Presents at Margaritaville in Nashville

The third installment of ASCAP Nashville's AMPED series featured Nashville songwriter-artists Jared Ashley and Carly Pearce alongside country rockers Old Dominion, on Monday, May 14th, 2012.

ASCAP Welcomes New Member Jerrod Niemann

ASCAP welcomed songwriter-artist Jerrod Niemann to the family when he stopped by the Nashville office to join ASCAP as a writer member. The summery "Shinin' On Me," Niemann's first single from his forthcoming yet-to-be-titled album, is quickly climbing the Billboard
Hot Country Songs chart.

Revelry Music Signs ASCAP Songwriter Aaron Espe

ASCAP and Revelry Music Group are thrilled to announce the signing of an administration agreement with Colorado based JMHB Music Publishing for ASCAP songwriter-artist Aaron Espe.

ASCAP Composer Cyril Morin Submits His Application

On May 4th, ASCAP composer Cyril Morin hosted a reception and screening of his new film The Application Cafe. Morin wrote, directed and scored the film, about a mysterious man who enters a cafe in the middle of nowhere and changes the lives of everyone inside it.

"Love's Gonna Make It Alright" #1 Party

ASCAP Nashville hosted a #1 Party on May 3rd, 2012, to celebrate songwriters Chris Stapleton and Al Anderson along with publishers Sea Gayle Music Publishing, Small Fish Music, Big Yellow Dog Music, producer Tony Brown and UMG Nashville on George Strait's latest hit single "Love's Gonna Make It Alright."

The 3rd Annual Billboard Country Music Summit

The Billboard Country Music Summit, presented in association with CMA, features two days of provocative discussion of issues critical to the success of stakeholders in the country music business and advice on how to build, maximize and sustain your career.

Beto Cuevas

Beto Cuevas, ex líder de la legendaria banda de rock chilena La Ley regresa a los escenarios de la música con su segunda producción discográfica como solista titulada Transformación, grabada entre los meses de mayo y diciembre de 2011.

Sundance Wraps Up London Debut

London hosted its first Sundance Film and Music Festival this past weekend featuring a Music Cafe produced by the ASCAP London offices. The four-day festival included film screenings and performances all held at the famous O2.

ASCAP Celebrates Dierks Bentley's "Home"

ASCAP joined the creative teams behind Dierks Bentley's latest #1, "Home," to celebrate the song at Arnold's in Nashville on April 30, 2012. The anthemic title track is Bentley's 9th career #1 hit as a artist and songwriter, and the second #1 off his new album.

Legendary Virtuoso Al Di Meola Celebrates 35 Years of Music

Legendary virtuoso of the highest order, Al Di Meola, is a pioneer in blending world music and jazz. He has been recognized for his 35 years as a prolific composer, respected artist and leader with over 20 recordings to his name

ASCAP Music Fills the International Film Music Festival in Córdoba

ASCAP composers Mark Isham, Trevor Morris, Richard Bellis and Lucas Vidal were among the invited guests at the 2012 Festival International de Música de Cine, held in the historic city of Córdoba in Spain.

Rambo McGuire Wins Bluegrass Dove Award

ASCAP members Rambo McGuire captured top honors on Gospel Music’s biggest night, receiving the Best Bluegrass Album of the Year award for Grassroots Rambos. Dottie Rambo was also honored with Bluegrass Recorded Song of the Year for her classic "Mama’s Teaching Angels How To Sing."

ASCAP Members & America SCORES Youth Shine at STL Celebrity Voices

Award-winning ASCAP members Dave Berg and Alonzo "Zo" Lee performed songs they wrote with St. Louis students at the event, which benefited America SCORES St. Louis. ASCAP's Sue Devine was honored with the organization's Legacy Award.

ASCAP en Mexico

Alexandra Lioutikoff y Gabriela Gonzalez de ASCAP visitaron la ciudad de Mexico, esta vez con el representante del departamento de Cine y Television, Michael Todd. Durante este viaje estuvieron en las oficinas de Televisa conversando con los compositores de la empresa.



Usher Talks About Inspiration, EDM and His New Album on His 15th Anniversary as ASCAP Member

In his 15 years as an ASCAP member, Usher has continuously pushed the envelope - as a songwriter and performer but also as an actor, dancer and philanthropist. Today he defines the meaning of a superstar. Here Usher tells how he and a team of the world's best producers made an album for the ages.

John Mellencamp to Receive John Steinbeck Award for Music, Activism

Indiana’s finest to join Jackson Browne, Joan Baez and Bruce Springsteen as the only musical honorees to receive this prestigious award from the Steinbeck family.

Matisyahu & Kool Kojak Ignite Spark Seeker

The new album from ASCAP member Matisyahu combines uplifting reggae-rap jams with a production style, mixing the old-school with the 27th century. We talked with Matisyahu and ASCAP producer Kool Kojak about the making of Spark Seeker.

PMA President on the State of Production Music

In 1997, the leaders of eight production music libraries formed the Production Music Association (PMA), an organization dedicated to promoting the interests of this specialized community. We caught up with PMA President Randy Wachtler about how production music can benefit music creators, and where the industry is headed.

ASCAP Invades the 2012 Vans Warped Tour

2012 marks the first year that the Vans Warped Tour (proudly sponsored by ASCAP) has been around longer than the average age of its attendees. And as our intrepid Pop/Rock crew tells it, the Warped Tour's core values of great, diverse music and terrific organization haven't changed a bit.


Green Room

ASCAP Green Room: Composer Board Member Doug Wood Helps Raise Awareness About Fracking's Impact

ASCAP composer Board member Doug Wood, founder of, tackles one of today's most controversial green issues


In Memoriam

Musical Giant Marvin Hamlisch Dies at 68

ASCAP mourns the untimely passing of one of our most distinguished, accomplished and honored members – composer, arranger, conductor and pianist Marvin Hamlisch, who died in Los Angeles on August 6th. Hamlisch's outstanding musical achievements encompassed Musical Theatre, Film and Television, Pop and Symphonic Music.

Tony Award-winning Broadway Great Richard Adler Dies at 92

ASCAP member and Broadway great Richard Adler died on June 21st at his Southampton, NY home at the age of 90. Adler and the late Jerry Ross (1926-1955) were the Tony-winning co-writers of the scores for the 1950’s classic Broadway musicals The Pajama Game and Damn Yankees.

Veteran Music Publisher Howard S. Richmond Passes Away at 94

Veteran music publisher Howard S. Richmond, universally known as Howie, passed away on May 20, 2012 at his Rancho Mirage, California home. He was 94.

ASCAP President Paul Williams Pays Tribute to Beloved Bee Gees Singer-Songwriter and CISAC President Robin Gibb

Robin Gibb, who performed along with his brothers Barry and Maurice as The Bee Gees and became one of the most-successful songwriting teams of all time, died on May 20th at the age of 62 after fighting a long-term illness.

Donna Summer, Queen of Disco, Dies at 63

ASCAP songwriter and disco legend Donna Summer passed away on May 17, 2012. ASCAP remembers her essential dance floor hits as well as her impact and legacy on the world of music.

Adam Yauch of The Beastie Boys Dies at 47

ASCAP member Adam "MCA" Yauch, a founding member of legendary hip-hop trio The Beastie Boys and director of many of their most beloved music videos, has passed away. Yauch helped bring hip-hop to a worldwide audience, and his pioneering filmmaking was every bit as creative as his music.


New Members

ASCAP Audio Portrait: Jerrod Niemann's Free the Music

Jerrod Niemann's third studio recording is a genre-blending sonic journey for those who love modern country but appreciate musical touches that recall a multitude of styles, including rock, honky-tonk, Dixieland and reggae. Free the Music was released on Oct. 2nd; listen to Niemann discuss the record in this ASCAP Audio Portrait.

ASCAP New Member: Mathai

Rhythm & Soul songstress Mathai abandoned a potential career in medicine to pursue her dream of music, and we're glad to welcome her as a new ASCAP member. After a successful run on NBC's The Voice, we can't wait to see what she does next.

ASCAP New Member: Kendrick Lamar

Rapper Kendrick Lamar has risen to the top since his start as K.Dot, and we're thrilled to welcome him into the ASCAP family as he continues his streak of success.


Presidents Letter

An Award of Your Own

One of the great pleasures of my role as ASCAP President is to help honor our top songwriter, composer and music publisher members at our awards shows. In this issue you’ll find coverage of events that recognized members in the genres of pop, film and television, urban and concert music for either success on the charts, at the box-office, on TV, in a video game or for a career at the top of his/her respective craft.


Radar Report

Terry Radigan Gives The Breakdown of Her Breakup

When one experiences a breakup, wild emotions come out to play. Many victims of love ride out the storm, but singer-songwriter Terry Radigan turned it around to write, record and produce a no-holds-barred album.

On a Soul-Lifting New Album, Ben Taylor Shows He is Comfortable in His Own Skin

After a decade of releasing acclaimed independent albums and touring, Ben's latest effort, Listening, reflects an artist at ease with a wide palette of styles, from folk, pop and soul to urban, reggae and country.

Erick Baker Strikes a Chord by Blurring Lines Between Genres

It is no surprise that with great love sometimes comes great heartbreak; It's a theme that singer-songwriter Erick Baker explores in his recently released second record, Goodbye June.

Golden Globe and Eurovision Winner Julie Frost's Career is Just Heating Up

She's won a Golden Globe and written a Eurovision-winning song, but this singer-songwriter's career is just beginning to heat up

Playing with Fire: Marc Streitenfeld on Scoring Prometheus

The partnership between ASCAP composer Marc Streitenfeld and filmmaker Ridley Scott continues with the weighty sci-fi film Prometheus, in theaters now. Streitenfeld’s spacious, pensive score perfectly captures the profundity of the film. We spoke with Streitenfeld about how he did it.

Move Yourself: Trevor Rabin’s Evolving Career

From his chart-topping tenures in Rabbitt and Yes to his scores for blockbuster films like Remember the Titans and National Treasure, 2012 Henry Mancini Award honoree Trevor Rabin has never been far from the limelight. We asked the multi-faceted music creator to reflect on his life in music.

According to Plans: MxPx at 20

Fun-loving ASCAP punkers MxPx are celebrating their 20th birthday with a new album, Plans Within Plans, and a worldwide anniversary tour. On the eve of his solo acoustic Warped Tour dates, the band’s frontman Mike Herrera told us about what keeps MxPx going strong.

Kill the Complex's Time to "Shine"

After years of pavement-pounding, L.A. rockers Kill the Complex are finally getting the attention they deserve: they hit #1 on KROQ's "Locals Only" program, then landed a manager and booking agent. We talked with 3/4 of Kill the Complex about what it’s like to be a young band working hard to make it happen.


The ASCAP Foundation

ASCAP Celebrates the Life of Phoebe Jacobs

We mourn the passing of Phoebe Jacobs, Executive Vice President of the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation. Phoebe was a woman of many talents and a true friend of The ASCAP Foundation.

Hal David Tribute Concert Benefits Children's Festival

Last fall, a once-in-a-lifetime cast of performers including Burt Bacharach, Liz Callaway, Jackie DeShannon, Lani Hall and Herb Alpert, Albert Hammond, Michele Lee, Smokey Robinson, Valerie Simpson, B.J. Thomas, Steve Tyrell, Dionne Warwick, Paul Williams, Stevie Wonder and Dwight Yoakam joined together in Los Angeles for "Love, Sweet Love: A Musical Tribute to Hal David" at the Mark Taper Forum.

The ASCAP Foundation Vic Mizzy Scholarship

The ASCAP Foundation announces that a new annual program to assist a deserving graduate student of Film & Television scoring at New York University's Steinhardt School has been established by the Mizzy Jonas Family Foundation.

The ASCAP Foundation "Sunlight of the Spirit" Award Made Possible by Mariana and Paul Williams

ASCAP Foundation President Paul Williams and his wife Mariana have established The ASCAP Foundation "Sunlight of the Spirit" Award to be presented to an individual who is exemplary in recovery and in music creativity.

The Herb Alpert Foundation Funds The ASCAP Foundation Young Jazz Composer Awards 2012

The ASCAP Foundation Young Jazz Composers Awards has received a major, multi-year financial commitment from The Herb Alpert Foundation. The program, established in 2002, has been renamed the Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Awards.

Composer and Musician Pat Irwin Addresses Students During "ASCAP Day" at Berklee College of Music

The ASCAP Foundation presented "ASCAP Day" @ Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, providing Film Scoring and Songwriting students an opportunity to talk to composer and musician Pat Irwin as well as ASCAP staff about information on current trends in the industry.


The Creators Tool Box

Media Mine: Books and Gear to Advance Your Sound

We media miners enjoy reading on the iPad, and even a small smartphone display can be okay in a pinch. Actually, the bright screen is very welcome down in the pits. But there's still nothing like the old combustible media known as paper.

Sound Bytes: New and Noteworthy Gear for Songwriters and Producers

From a compact processor and looper for vocalists from Boss to Sony's latest wireless systems that include handheld and headset microphones, bodypack transmitters for instruments and rack-mountable receivers, here are some new tools perfect for singer-songwriters and producers.

Safe and Sound: Gear to Protect Your Ears

How's your hearing? Unless you've been tested recently, you probably don't know the medical answer to that question, but that doesn't really matter. Take a second to ask yourself how well you think you hear, and how your ears feel when you listen.

Tips and Tricks for a Proper Bass Mix

Whether it be electric, acoustic, sampled, or synthesizer-generated, bass information can take up a lot of energy in a mix. Yet somehow, it can also get lost as other instruments-especially guitar and keyboards-compete for sonic territory.


We Create Music Blog

ASCAP at the Toronto Int'l Film Festival

The Toronto International Film Festival has emerged as one of the most prestigious film fests in the world. This year's edition will screen more than 300 films from 60+ countries, and many feature music written by ASCAP-licensed composers from around the world. We've highlighted a few of the most promising ones. If you're heading to Toronto this year, consider this your "don't miss" guide!

Harry Shearer's Can't Take a Hint

ASCAP member Harry Shearer, a veteran of The Simpsons and This Is Spinal Tap, is also a versatile music maker. For his sixth solo album Can't Take a Hint, Shearer and a group of renowned musical collaborators tackle subjects both topical and hilarious. We talked to Shearer about the making of Can't Take a Hint.

Owl City’s The Midsummer Station

ASCAP singer, songwriter, producer and founder of electro-pop project Owl City, Adam Young, tells us about his fourth studio effort, how he chose its title, what it was like collaborating with several other artists and producers for the first time and what he hopes listeners take away from the album.

Geoff Zanelli on The Odd Life of Timothy Green

ASCAP composer Geoff Zanelli's intimate score to Disney's The Odd Life of Timothy Green strikes a subtle balance between fantasy and real life, whimsy and seriousness. The week of the film’s August 15th opening, Zanelli told us how he did it - and how he couldn't have done it without his daughter.

The ASCAP "We Create Music" Series at The Basement

The August edition of ASCAP's monthly "We Create Music" Series featured songwriters Jessi Alexander, Chris DeStefano, Clare Dunn and Bobby Hamrick, and also included bands VITEK and The Wans, who performed to an industry-filled crowd at The Basement in Nashville.

How Commercials Can Help You Make Better Music

ASCAP member Gabe Sokoloff used to think that writing music for commercials would stifle his creativity. What he found was just the opposite: commercial assignments actually helped accelerate his growth as a music maker. Read Sokoloff's fascinating story to find out how.

Listening: Ben Taylor's "Folk Music for Mutts"

You'll hear bits of folk, pop, soul, urban music, reggae and country on Ben Taylor's new album Listening. But mostly, you'll hear Ben Taylor. This acclaimed singer-songwriter, the son of Carly Simon and James Taylor, tells us why it's his most honest album yet.

New Music Tuesday: Shane Harper's Dancin' in the Rain

Already a household name for his acting work in major Disney TV series & films, ASCAP singer-songwriter Shane Harper is making major inroads with his music in 2012. Harper spilled the beans on his brand-new Dancin' in the Rain EP, executive produced by Adam Anders.

Daniel Pemberton on The Awakening

From cooking shows to war documentaries to best-selling video games, there's precious little that Ivor Novello Award-winning British composer Daniel Pemberton (PRS) hasn't scored. We wouldn't be surprised if Pemberton's eerie score to The Awakening - out August 17th in the US - turns a few new ears his way. We called him out of an Abbey Road mixing session for a few questions.

On the Charts: Carl Falk on "Starships" & "What Makes You Beautiful"

Swedish songwriter/producer/guitarist Carl Falk co-wrote "Starships" (Nicki Minaj) and "What Makes You Beautiful" (One Direction), both of which have stayed near the top of the Billboard Hot 100 for 24 weeks. Falk fills us in on the making of both songs.

Sixpence None the Richer’s Lost in Transition

A decade after their last full-length, pop/rock band Sixpence None the Richer have returned with Lost in Translation. The band's co-founder Matt Slocum talks candidly about the triumphs and setbacks that fed into this highly anticipated album.

Joseph LoDuca on Soldiers of Fortune

The film Soldiers of Fortune, in theaters August 3rd, follows a group of billionaire adventurers as they visit a real warzone, just for kicks. ASCAP composer Joseph LoDuca tells us how his bold score reflected the themes and setting of the movie.

The Secrets of Successful Collaboration

If you've ever played in a band or co-written a song, you know how wonderful and occasionally frustrating it can be to write music with others. Veteran co-writer and songwriting instructor Keppie Coutts explains how to bring the best out of any musical collaboration in this case study about writing her new Machin(e) EP.

Testament’s Dark Roots of Earth

Testament pioneered the thrash metal style that galloped out of the Bay Area in the mid-80's. Their brand new tenth album Dark Roots of Earth proves that the band's still firing on all cylinders, more than 25 years later. We spoke with Testament vocalist Chuck Billy about the album and what it's like to age well in extreme music.

Beta Wolf's Just Before Morning EP

Blazing alt-rock band Beta Wolf released its Just Before Morning EP on July 31st via Congregation Records. The band's frontman (and ASCAP Lester Sill Workshop alum) Grant Arnow tells us about the EP, including what it was like writing the title track with superstar songwriter Dan Wilson.

Free Handbooks on Songwriting, Production & More!

The online branch of renowned Berklee College of Music is offering a series of five free informational e-booklets, covering songwriting, music production, music business, orchestration and more. Each was written by Berklee faculty member to provide you with exclusive tips and techniques for developing your career. Download them today!

This Week in Scoring Assignments

We don't usually gush about music that hasn't been written yet here in Film Music Friday, but this week there was just too much good news about ASCAP members' upcoming scoring assignments to not report about them!

Mozella, So & So, Three Mile Pilot

Here's the skinny on three great new ASCAP albums: Detroit songstress Mozella's record with Motown Hall of Famer Brian Holland, the debut from soulful L.A. pop/rock band So & So, and the new EP from San Diego indie rock stalwarts Three Mile Pilot.

Finding Their Way: The ASCAP GPS Project

In just two years, the ASCAP GPS Project has developed a remarkable success rate pairing up-and-coming Nashville songwriters with reputable Music Row publishers. ASCAP's Ryan Beuschel goes through the Project's history and highlights some of its most notable achievements.

Benh Zeitlin on Beasts of the Southern Wild

Beasts of the Southern Wild has generated near universal acclaim, including the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance. We spoke with the film's director and co-composer Benh Zeitlin, a new ASCAP member, about his process for creating its unique score and his not-so-secret desire to make a proper pop record.

On the Charts: MdL on Justin Bieber's "Boyfriend"

Justin Bieber's "Boyfriend," the lead single from his blockbuster second album Believe, debuted at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped the iTunes charts within hours. ASCAP writer/producer Mason "MdL" Levy tells us about the song's creation.

Closing The Books

Undefinable ASCAP duo The Books may have closed for good earlier this year, but they're not leaving without a proper sendoff. On July 24th the band releases A Dot In Time., a massive retrospective box set full of LPs, MP3s, a DVD and a book about golf. ASCAP's Etan Rosenbloom reports.

John Powell on Ice Age: Continental Drift

Ice Age: Continental Drift is now in theaters. It boasts a boisterous score from ASCAP composer John Powell, who has earned kudos for his music for How to Train Your Dragon and Happy Feet. Powell answered our questions exactly as you'd expect from a man who soundtracks mammoths, dragons and tap-dancing penguins for a living.

New Music Tuesday: Sarah Fimm's Barn Sessions EP

Acclaimed singer/songwriter Sarah Fimm tells us about her brand new Barn Sessions EP. The first in a series of releases dedicated to the spirit of the arts community in Woodstock, NY, Barn Sessions comes exclusively as a USB drive encased in wood. Read on to find out about the magical circumstances surrounding its release!

Can Songwriters Change the Ticketing Industry?

Grammy-winning comedian Louis C.K. is rocking the ticketing industry by selling tickets to his live shows exclusively through his website. Could this new live ticketing strategy be adopted by music creators? ASCAP’s Brianne Galli investigates.

James Horner & The Amazing Spider-Man

Oscar-winning ASCAP composer James Horner is no stranger to scoring larger-than-life characters in blockbuster movies. His mix of traditional orchestral scoring and cutting-edge sound design fits perfectly with the epic The Amazing Spider-Man, which opened in theaters on July 3rd and is already setting new box office records.

Walter Murphy Talks Ted

ASCAP composer Walter Murphy’s music is all over Seth MacFarlane’s animated TV shows Family Guy, American Dad and The Cleveland Show, so he was an obvious choice to score MacFarlane’s directorial debut Ted, out now. What’s it like moving from cartoon pooches to CGI teddy bears? We asked Murphy to expound.

Patrick Doyle on Brave

Scottish composer Patrick Doyle (PRS) has soundtracked some of film’s greatest characters, from Hamlet to Harry Potter. But he had his work cut out for him when he took on Merida, the headstrong protagonist of the new Pixar feature Brave, in theaters June 22nd. Find out what he thinks of her in our video interview.

The 2012 ASCAP Summer Playlist

Summer has officially begun! Everyone knows that summertime wouldn’t be the same without a soundtrack of your favorite tunes, so we’re kicking off sunburn season with a selection of summer favorites from the ASCAP repertory, both old and new.

Ice-T on The Art of Rap

Ice-T's directorial debut Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap accesses the heart of hip-hop in the words of its greatest proponents. The documentary follows the legendary rapper as he interviews dozens of rappers and DJs about the art and history of their craft. We caught up with Ice-T just before the film’s June 15th release.

Jaren Johnston and Nashville’s Diverse Music Community

Nashville-based ASCAP member Jaren Johnston pens hits for country stars by day and rocks out with his band The Cadillac Black by night. As ASCAP’s Ryan Beuschel sees it, Johnston’s a perfect example of the increasing diversity of Music City, USA.

Brain Damage and Droopy Plants are No Match for Music

So you’ve got a great batch of tunes, but you need some help getting your music out there. What if you told a potential audience that listening to your music could improve sports performance, combat illiteracy and even help premature babies gain weight? Here are 11 problems that music can help to solve.

That's How Country Boys Roll: Billy Currington and Texas Dance Hall Culture

Texans are known for their music and state pride, both of which can be heard in the time-honored tradition of the Texas dance hall. ASCAP's Ryan Beuschel follows country star Billy Currington to the Cowboys Dancehall in San Antonio to explore this popular sub-culture.

Who I’m Excited to See at Bonnaroo

Dozens of fantastic ASCAP acts are performing at Bonnaroo this weekend in Manchester, TN, encompassing every level of success and every micro-genre you can name. There's one in particular that ASCAP's Erik Philbrook is most excited to see: Ludacris.

Julian Wass on Hit and Run

For his score to the new action comedy Hit and Run, ASCAP composer Julian Wass got to soundtrack car chases, love scenes and hilarious banter, sneaking in his beloved vintage synthesizers any chance he could got. Read on to find out how Wass did it, and how he and Pete Townshend are cosmically linked.