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Musings on Mashups: The Rewards of Taking Collaboration's Risks

OUR STORY ABOUT MUSICAL COLLABORATION is itself a collaboration, a compilation of three separate conversations with top songwriters. Think of it as a “roundtable” conversation that never was, between Melanie Fontana, Dev Hynes and Brett James – three artists working in different musical spheres, sharing their perspectives on creative connection, the meaning of genre and how as writers they navigate the practices and protocols of the modern music world. Read on for their unique insights into the essence of making music without borders.

VERSED: The ASCAP Podcast / Ep. 20 - Lynn Ahrens & Stephen Flaherty

We talk with Tony Award winners and Oscar and Grammy nominees Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, best known for their Broadway hits, Ragtime and Once on This Island, about their new song “How Can I Tell You?” that was written for the powerful new documentary, NASRIN, and performed by Angélique Kidjo. They also dig deep into their storied career collaborating on projects for the stage and screen and all the magic moments they've shared along the way. Then Allison Russell, founding member of the acclaimed groups Our Native Daughters and Birds of Chicago, shares the origin of her upcoming debut solo album, which tells the harrowing story of her abusive childhood in a deeply moving, unforgettable song cycle that is ultimately life-affirming. PLUS: Charlie Sextro, senior programmer for the Sundance Film Festival, also joins us to talk about music-focused films premiering at this year’s fest.

ASCAP Celebrates Black History Month | Week 4: Members Making History Now

History is an active process - it’s written and rewritten each and every day. Our final week of Black History Month coverage looks at ASCAP members whose work in and out of the recording studio is breaking records, shattering barriers and opening doors for Black music creators across the genre spectrum, and the Black community at large.

Nina Shekhar Receives The ASCAP Foundation Nissim Prize for Lumina

Paul Williams, President of The ASCAP Foundation, announces that Nina Shekhar has been named the recipient of the 41st annual ASCAP Foundation Rudolf Nissim Prize. Selected by a panel of conductors, Shekhar was honored for Lumina, a c. 11-minute work for orchestra, and awarded a prize of $5,000.