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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 Writers Give Members of Congress a Musical Night to Remember

The Go-Go’s, Don Felder, Felix Cavaliere, Andrea Martin, Kany Garcia and Sidd Khosla Perform at The Library Of Congress

Department of Justice Formally Opens Consent Decree Review

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ASCAP Joins Leading Music and Film Organizations to Call on Congress to Fix Safety Net in New CARES Act

ASCAP and several other entertainment industry organizations sent a joint letter to leaders of Congress, highlighting the ways the implementation of the CARES Act has fallen short in assisting workers in need in the entertainment community and requesting that these flaws be remedied in a new CARES Act COVID-19 relief package

ASCAP Joins Music Groups Calling on Government to Include Royalties in Unemployment Benefits Calculations for Musicians

ASCAP and several other music industry organizations sent a joint letter to US Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia, urging his department to provide states with guidance around the new Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program, which would make unemployment benefits more accessible to self-employed musicians and allow them to include royalties in the income base on which these benefits are calculated.

Performing Rights Organizations Join MusiCares® and the Recording Academy® in Support of COVID-19 Relief Fund

While the COVID-19 Relief Fund was created to help all music industry workers in need, the funds collected from the PROs, including ASCAP, will be focused on helping their respective songwriters, composers and lyricists.

ASCAP Applauds Passage of The CARES Act: Statements

The U.S. House of Representatives today passed and President Donald J. Trump signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, a $2 trillion emergency relief bill that provides economic assistance for businesses and individuals affected by the COVID-19 crisis. It includes provisions that may help music creators who are self-employed, independent contractors and those who own or work for small businesses.

FAQ: What ASCAP Members Affected by the Coronavirus Crisis Should Know About Economic Stimulus & Relief Programs

In an effort to help you quickly understand how the US government's response to the coronavirus pandemic may impact you as a music creator and a business owner, we have prepared the following FAQ. These questions and answers will be updated as the situation develops and more information about government assistance programs is available.

A Message from Paul Williams on Federal Emergency Relief Package

Today, the president signed an historic $2.2 trillion emergency relief package containing much of the financial assistance and relief that we requested for our members, including some notable provisions to help music creators who are self-employed, independent contractors and those who own or work for small businesses.

ASCAP Joins Songwriter Organizations to Call on Congress to Provide Music Creator Assistance During Pandemic

ASCAP has teamed up with songwriter organizations including BMI, NMPA, NSAI, SESAC, SGA and SONA on sending a joint letter to Congress, urging legislators to include relief for music creators as they roll out stimulus packages and pandemic assistance legislation in the coming weeks and months.

Department of Justice Formally Opens Consent Decree Review

See statement from ASCAP CEO Beth Matthews

Songwriters Call For More Freedoms, Less Regulation During ASCAP “Stand With Songwriters” Advocacy Day on May 22

Award-winning songwriters will convene on Capitol Hill tomorrow, May 22, to meet with elected officials as part of the annual American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers (ASCAP) “Stand with Songwriters” Advocacy Day

The Go-Go’s, Don Felder, Felix Cavaliere, Andrea Martin, Kany Garcia and Sidd Khosla To Perform at The ASCAP Foundation’s 11th Annual “We Write The Songs” at The Library Of Congress on May 21

On Tuesday, May 21, The ASCAP Foundation and The Library of Congress will jointly present the 11th annual “We Write the Songs” event at the historic Coolidge Auditorium in The Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

ASCAP CEO Elizabeth Matthews’ Statement on European Parliament’s Approval of EU Copyright Directive

On Tuesday, March 26, members of the European Parliament gave final approval to the EU’s Copyright Directive. The legislation will make online platforms more accountable and will set stronger standards for music creators online, providing greater protection and fairer compensation.

BMI President & CEO Mike O’Neill and ASCAP CEO Elizabeth Matthews Issue Open Letter to the Industry on Consent Decree Reform

With the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) poised to seek public comment in its review of the BMI and ASCAP consent decrees, there has been much discussion and concern throughout the industry about the potential long-term impact.

The Music Modernization Act Is Now Law: ASCAP Statements on Presidential Approval

President Donald J. Trump today signed into law the Music Modernization Act, a comprehensive bill that aims to reform our outdated music licensing system and give music creators an opportunity to obtain compensation that more accurately reflects the value of music.

Songwriters know there are no guarantees of success in our profession, but when they do succeed, and millions of people listen and love their work, they should be fairly compensated.

— ASCAP President Paul Williams