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

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

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

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Donald J. Trump today signed into law the Music Modernization Act, a comprehensive bill that aims to reform our outdated music licensing system and give music creators an opportunity to obtain compensation that more accurately reflects the value of music.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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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, 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

Coalition Praises Senate Introduction of the Music Modernization Act

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

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

ASCAP CEO Elizabeth Matthews speaks on the new bill.

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