Advocacy

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.

U.S. Copyright Office Approves Mechanical Licensing Collective Sponsored by NMPA

New group’s first task is to negotiate budget with digital streaming services

Department of Justice Formally Opens Consent Decree Review

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

Thanks for your help in getting the Music Modernization Act passed.

Latest Advocacy News

Sign Our Letter: Tell the DOJ to Modernize the Consent Decrees

Act Now: Tell the DOJ to modernize the Consent Decrees

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.

Industry Groups Announce Initiative to Keep Songwriters & Publishers in Charge of New Music Licensing Collective

The National Music Publishers Association, Nashville Songwriters Association International and Songwriters of North America have announced a campaign to gain support for their industry-consensus Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC) submission to the US Copyright Office. The submission creates the collective body required by the Music Modernization Act to license and administer mechanical rights. For songwriters, composers and music publishers, it is important to demonstrate support for this application so this important collective is guided by the creative community.

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.

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.

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.

ASCAP does a wonderful job of trying to make the powers that be see that for songwriters, it can be tough to make a living. We’re not all the big shots. We’re the people that are in the trenches everyday writing the songs that make up radio. ASCAP does a great job of getting our rights protected and keeping them protected.

— Brett James