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As sweeping technological and cultural forces transform how music is experienced, ASCAP continues to work harder than anyone to protect the rights of our music creator members.

ASCAP Songwriters Share Musical Message with Members of Congress at We Write the Songs Concert in DC

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September 2018

European Parliament Approves Article 13 of EU Copyright Directive

Today, the European Parliament passed Article 13 of the European Copyright Directive. 751 members (MEPs) voted on the directive, with 438 voting in favor, 226 against and 39 abstained.

August 2018

ASCAP Statement on Development with Music Modernization Act

The National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA), the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI), the Songwriters of North America (SONA), and SESAC today announced an agreement resolving issues with the Music Modernization Act, a comprehensive bill that aims to update the outdated music licensing system and give songwriters a better opportunity to seek fair value for their work in the digital age.

June 2018

ASCAP Statement Regarding the Senate Judiciary Committee's Unanimous Passage of Music Modernization Act

Read the statement from ASCAP CEO Elizabeth Matthews regarding the path forward for this critical piece of legislation.

May 2018

Songwriters Call On Senators To Support The Music Modernization Act During ASCAP’s “Stand With Songwriters” Advocacy Day On May 17

Johntá Austin, Desmond Child, Brandy Clark, The Beach Boys’ Mike Love, Suzanne Vega, Paul Williams and other award-winning American songwriters urge Congress to vote in favor of bipartisan music reform bill.

May 2018

Jason Mraz, Brandy Clark, Michael McDonald, Suzanne Vega, Mike Love, Johntá Austin and More Perform at The ASCAP Foundation’s 10th Annual “We Write The Songs” at Library Of Congress On May 16

The evening celebrates the gift by The ASCAP Foundation to the Library of Congress of the original manuscripts, lead sheets, lyrics sheets, photos and letters of some of America’s greatest creators of words and music.

May 2018

ASCAP CEO Elizabeth Matthews Statement on Senate Reintroduction of the Music Modernization Act S.2823

On May 10, the Senator Orrin Hatch reintroduced the Music Modernization Act. Read the statement from ASCAP CEO Beth Matthews regarding the reintroduced bill.

April 2018

ASCAP CEO Elizabeth Matthews Statement on House Passage of the Music Modernization Act HR 5447

On April 25, the House of Representatives passed the Music Modernization Act—an important bipartisan piece of legislation that will give songwriters a fair chance at fair compensation in the digital age. Read the statement from ASCAP CEO Beth Matthews regarding this important step in the legislative process.

April 2018

ASCAP CEO Elizabeth Matthews Statement on Introduction of Music Modernization Act H.R. 5447

ASCAP CEO Elizabeth Matthews speaks on the reintroduction of the bill.

March 2018

Deadline Passes for DOJ Appeal: Fractional Licensing Decision Stands

On March 19, the deadline passed for the US Department of Justice (DOJ) to file an appeal with the US Supreme Court regarding fractional licensing under the PRO consent decrees. As no appeal was filed by the DOJ, the final decision of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals stands that the consent decrees allow ASCAP and BMI to continue to engage in the historic practice of fractional licensing.

January 2018

ASCAP, BMI and NAB Joint Statement On Deal Resolving Broadcaster Issues With Music Modernization Act

From NAB President & CEO Gordon Smith, ASCAP CEO Elizabeth Matthews and BMI President & CEO Mike O’Neill

January 2018

Coalition Praises Senate Introduction of the Music Modernization Act

NMPA, ASCAP, BMI, NSAI, SONA welcome Senate introduction of MMA

January 2018

ASCAP CEO Elizabeth Matthews Statement on Senate Introduction of Music Modernization Act

ASCAP CEO Elizabeth Matthews speaks on the new bill.

Voters agree: it's time to update music licensing laws.

A survey shows that nearly 2/3 of US voters, across the political spectrum, believe the free market should determine what songwriters are paid, not the government.

As songwriters, we shouldn’t be required to choose between our creative freedom and our livelihood.

—Mozella

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