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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.

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January 2018

Sign the Petition and Ask Congress to Pass the Music Modernization Act

For too long, songwriters have had to work within an outdated system that over-regulates and undervalues their music. The Music Modernization Act of 2017 will help change that. While ASCAP continues to push for reforms that can help move the entire music industry reform, you can help now. Ask Congress to pass the Music Modernization Act today.

December 2017

A Message from ASCAP CEO Beth Matthews on the Music Modernization Act of 2017

This has been an important week for our community. Two days ago, songwriters achieved a victory in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals which affirmed that the right of public performance allows for the fractional licensing of musical works, and the consent decrees do not prohibit that right.

December 2017

Joint Statement from NMPA President & CEO David Israelite, ASCAP CEO Elizabeth Matthews, BMI President & CEO Mike O’Neill, NSAI President Steve Bogard and SONA Executive Directors Michelle Lewis and Kay Hanley

“We strongly support the introduction of the Music Modernization Act which represents months of collaboration and compromise between the songwriting and tech industries. This legislation enables digital music companies to find the owners of the music they use and reforms the rate setting process for performing rights, ensuring that songwriters and music publishers are paid faster and more fairly than ever before.

December 2017

U.S. Rep. Collins Introduces Music Modernization Act To Reform Licensing Landscape

Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) today introduced H.R. 4706, the Music Modernization Act, to bring music licensing its first meaningful update in almost 20 years. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) is the bill’s lead cosponsor.

December 2017

Songwriters Win in Second Circuit Ruling on 100% Licensing Decision

Today the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled against the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and affirmed a resounding victory for songwriters. The Second Circuit agreed with Judge Louis L. Stanton’s September 16, 2016 decision that the BMI consent decree allows for the practice of fractional licensing.

August 2017

ASCAP Supports BMI Position in DOJ's Appeal of Consent Decree Decision

ASCAP and BMI are continuing our joint efforts to support the rights of music creators by challenging a Department of Justice (DOJ) interpretation that the ASCAP and BMI consent decrees require 100% or "full-work" licensing. On August 24, 2017, ASCAP filed a brief in support of BMI's position in the Second Circuit appeal brought by the DOJ.

April 2017

U.S. Voters Say Free Market, Not Government Should Determine Songwriter Royalties

Nearly two-thirds (64%) of American voters believe the free market should determine how much songwriters are paid instead of the federal government (10%) – a majority opinion that holds across party lines. Recognizing that technology has fundamentally transformed the music industry over the past decade, two-thirds (66%) of voters surveyed say U.S. music licensing regulations should reflect the way people listen to music today, and two-thirds (65%) of voters support updating U.S. music licensing regulations to ensure songwriters have the ability to achieve fair compensation for the public performances of their work.

April 2017

Songwriters to Call for Reforms to Outdated Music Licensing Regulations During ASCAP "Stand With Songwriters" Advocacy Day on April 26

Paul Williams, Peter Frampton, Rob Thomas, Eric Bazilian, Rob Hyman, Ledisi, Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis and other award-winning American songwriters ask Congress to support updates for the modern music economy.

April 2017

Peter Frampton, Matchbox Twenty’s Rob Thomas, The Hooters’ Eric Bazilian & Rob Hyman and More to Perform at The ASCAP Foundation’s “We Write the Songs” at Library of Congress on April 25

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.

March 2017

NMPA To Begin Copyright Royalty Board Proceedings For Streaming Mechanical Royalty Rates

This week, the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) has begun a proceeding before the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) that will determine the mechanical royalty rates paid by digital streaming services for the next five years.

January 2017

ASCAP & BMI Issue Joint Comments To House Judiciary Committee Regarding Reform of the U.S. Copyright Office

On January 31, 2017, ASCAP and BMI jointly issued comments the U.S. House Judiciary Committee in response to the Committee's recent White Paper concerning the reform of the U.S. Copyright Office. 

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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