News & Events Archive

  • VERSED: The ASCAP Podcast / Ep. 17 - Benjamin Lerner

    Songwriter, pianist and rapper Benjamin Lerner is the great grandson of Irving Berlin - the songwriter of “God Bless America” and “White Christmas.” Lerner has continued his family’s musical legacy, first as an award-winning classical pianist, then as a promising rapper who collaborated with Raekwon and Mac Miller. But his hip-hop career was halted when Lerner started using hard drugs, eventually becoming a full-blown heroin addict. Now four years sober, Lerner devotes much of his time to helping others through the recovery process. He talks to VERSED about his new album Clean, a fearless narration of his journey from piano prodigy to IV drug addict to recovery advocate - all set to a unique combination of solo piano and rapped vocals. PLUS: We talk to Mollie Farrell from HeadCount, a non-partisan organization that uses the power of music to register voters and promote participation in democracy. At the end of the episode, we’re joined by Loras Schissel of the Library of Congress, who explains why it’s never too early to create an archive of your life as a music creator.

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  • ASCAP Members Trent Reznor, Amy Sherman-Palladino & Daniel Palladino win 2020 Primetime Emmys

    Congratulations are in order to ASCAP members Trent Reznor, Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino for emerging victorious at the first-ever all-virtual Primetime Creative Arts Emmys ceremony, held over four nights from September 14-17, 2020!

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  • 2020 ASCAP Foundation Christian Music Songwriters Workshop

    The 2020 ASCAP Foundation Christian Music Songwriters Workshop will be led by industry veteran Stacy Willbur over two virtual sessions. The workshop is part of an ongoing series designed to focus on the development and education of promising new songwriters. Sessions include intensives on the craft of songwriting, developing objectivity about your songs, expanding your sources of inspiration, nurturing a creative community, marketing your songs and an overview of music publishing.

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  • ASCAP Citizen Seeks to Inspire Music Creators and Fans to Vote

    In partnership with HeadCount, the new campaign will feature content from top ASCAP members from The Go-Gos, Taking Back Sunday, The National, Brothers Osborne and Avenue Beat, along with Jermaine Dupri, Ingrid Michaelson, mxmtoon, Donna Missal and more, promoting National Voter Registration Day

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  • ASCAP Plans 2020 Country, Christian And London Music Awards In Popular Social Media Format

    ASCAP Christian Music Awards kick off fall virtual awards season October 7 - 8.

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  • Stripped-Down Songwriting Workshop with Alex Forbes & Valerie Ghent

    The essence of a great song stands on its own. This 3-hour virtual workshop is an opportunity to present your latest work-in-progress — without all the bells and whistles of production, backup vocals and studio wizardry. Get feedback from industry pros Valerie Ghent and Alex Forbes, as well as the encouragement of a supportive community of songwriting peers.

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  • International Songwriting Competition

    The International Songwriting Competition (ISC) is an annual song contest whose mission is to provide the opportunity for both aspiring and established songwriters to have their songs heard in a professional, international arena. ISC is designed to nurture the musical talent of songwriters on all levels and promote excellence in the art of songwriting. Amateur and professional songwriters and musicians are invited to participate. ISC has the most prestigious panel of judges of all the songwriting and music contests in the world, offering exposure and the opportunity to have your songs heard by the most influential decision-makers in the music industry.

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  • VERSED: The ASCAP Podcast / Ep. 16 - Scarypoolparty

    In 2019, the blazingly talented Alejandro Aranda (aka Scarypoolparty) made the finale of American Idol, and made history by performing more original songs than any previous contestant. It was an amazing achievement for a singer-songwriter-musician who was busking the streets of LA just a year before. Aranda followed it up with a daring debut album, Exit Form, which captured the many facets of his uncompromising muse. The same week he releases the fearlessly creative new EP Doom Hologram, Aranda explains to VERSED what it's like to go your own way after gaining so much public attention. PLUS: we check in with American Idol's music supervisor, and hear an excerpt from our recent ASCAP Experience session with hit songwriters Dan Wilson and Brandy Clark, doing a deep dive into the art of - what else - songwriting.

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  • LP Creative Therapy | Group Workshop for Songwriters, Artists & Producers

    LP Creative Therapy || Group Workshop for Songwriters, Artists & Producers, Beginning September 21. $50 discount for ASCAP members!

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  • Carly Pearce & Dan + Shay Lead ASCAP CMA Awards Nominees

    First-Time CMA Nominee Justin Bieber Receives Three Nominations; Chris Stapleton, Old Dominion and Greg Kurstin Each Earn Two Nominations; Lady A, Dann Huff, Reba McEntire and More Nominees Announced

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  • ASCAP Emmy Nominees Ingrid Michaelson, Siddhartha Khosla and David Dabbon to Headline Final Week of ASCAP Presents SPF (Summer Performance Festival) on August 27

    In celebration of the 2020 Emmy season, The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) has extended ASCAP Presents SPF (Summer Performance Festival), its summer festival-inspired performance playlist series, for a special Emmys-themed edition.

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  • International Songwriting Competition: Demo Your Lyrics

    Attention all lyricists, poets, and songwriters! Have you written lyrics but don’t have the ability or resources to record them? Now is your chance to have that all done for you and turn your lyrics into a recorded song with vocals and instrumentation. ISC is kicking off a very special promotion called DEMO YOUR LYRICS, and it will be open for a limited time, August 19-28, 2020.

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  • DEADLINE: Apply for the Universal Composers Initiative

    The Universal Composers Initiative seeks to find artists from both traditional and unconventional backgrounds that possess unique, global perspectives they can translate into distinctive musical expressions. Participants will have unparalleled access to the studio and network process. The Global Talent Development & Inclusion team in partnership with Film Music increases the awareness of this underrepresented talent among NBCUniversal’s vast network of executives, producers and directors, leading to additional industry connections and mentors.

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  • DEADLINE: Songwriting MasterClass with Louise Goffin - ASCAP Discount

    Fresh off the release of her new recording, Two Different Movies, Louise Goffin, a generational songwriter with accolades and a pedigree anyone could envy, is hungry to get back to her other passion, teaching the art, craft and methods of good songwriting. On five consecutive Thursdays at 7pm ET (4pm PT) Louise will tailor these songwriting seminars to the small class we assemble. Each session will run 90 minutes.

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  • VERSED: The ASCAP Podcast / Ep. 15 - Rep. Adam Schiff & Paul Williams

    The latest episode of VERSED reprises a critical session from ASCAP Experience: Home Edition in July 2020. We invited Congressman Adam Schiff and ASCAP President Paul Williams to discuss what Congress is doing to include music professionals in coronavirus relief efforts, the need for federal guidelines on restarting live performances at music venues, and what’s at stake in the Department of Justice’s upcoming review of the ASCAP and BMI consent decrees. Schiff is one of the fiercest champions of creators' rights in Washington - he led the effort in Congress to secure economic relief benefits for freelance and contract workers in the entertainment industry in the wake of coronavirus. Listen in to their important, impactful conversation to find out how you can help to create positive change for the American music community.

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  • ASCAP Presents SPF: Summer Performance Festival, Week 2

    Hot sun. Cold drinks. Great songs. Summer’s here and the time is right for catching the season’s vibes. ASCAP is pleased to present SPF, an online festival featuring an exciting group of some of ASCAP’s top songwriters and artists from across the musical spectrum, in new, never-before-seen performance videos. Join us weekly for a fresh batch of performances on August 6, 13 and 20.

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  • ASCAP Presents SPF: Summer Performance Festival, Week 3

    Hot sun. Cold drinks. Great songs. Summer’s here and the time is right for catching the season’s vibes. ASCAP is pleased to present SPF, an online festival featuring an exciting group of some of ASCAP’s top songwriters and artists from across the musical spectrum, in new, never-before-seen performance videos. Join us weekly for a fresh batch of performances on August 6, 13 and 20.

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  • Chris DeStefano, Gizzle, Sebastián Yatra, Amy Wadge, Alyssa Bonagura, ROE, GALE, LIIV & EZI Set for First-Ever ASCAP Presents SPF (Summer Performance Festival)

    ASCAP brings summer music festival experience to music fans at home with exclusive performance playlist series starting August 6.

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  • Durango Songwriters Expo: Virtual Song Submission

    The Durango Songwriters EXPO has launched a new virtual song submission opportunity. The top five songs from the Pop and Country categories will be shared directly with A&R teams from the industry’s top music publishers and record labels; the ultimate winner will receive free registration to an upcoming Expo, including a live showcase at the event.

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  • ASCAP Presents an ASCAP Latino Live From Home Q&A: From Visitante to Cabra Thursday, August 6 at 6PM ET

    ASCAP Latino Live from Home presents a Q&A with Puerto Rican singer-songwriter Eduardo Cabra aka CABRA, formerly known as Visitante. The Instagram live series premiered April 2020 featuring some of the most celebrated songwriters in Latin music.

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  • Global ASCAP Family Clinches 21 Primetime Emmy Nominations

    It’s a big day for ASCAP’s small screen talent! The National Television Academy of Arts and Sciences has recognized 19 of our composers, songwriters and music supervisors with a total of 21 nominations for the 2020 Primetime Creative Arts Emmys. This year’s crop of nominees is a diverse mix of first-time nominees doing incredible work, and Emmy veterans still at the top of their game.

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  • Four ASCAP Members Win 2020 Daytime Emmys

    On July 26, The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) announced the final group of winners for the 2020 Creative Arts Daytime Emmys, and four ASCAP members made the cut!

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  • Remarks from ASCAP CEO Elizabeth Matthews to DOJ Workshop on Competition in the Licensing of Public Performance Rights in the Music Industry (July 28, 2020)

    The Department of Justice (DOJ) held a virtual public workshop on July 28 and 29, 2020, to discuss competition in the licensing of public performance rights in the music industry. ASCAP CEO Elizabeth Matthews spoke at the proceedings on behalf of ASCAP.

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  • How to Write for a Jazz Orchestra

    Forward-thinking composers have experimented with mixing jazz and classical music for decades. So how do you balance these unique musical vocabularies in your score? Symphonic Jazz Orchestra founder Mitch Glickman offers some pointers.

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  • ASCAP Composer Carlos Simon Receives 2021 Sphinx Medal of Excellence

    ASCAP applauds the brilliant Carlos Simon, who has become just the second composer to be honored with a Sphinx Medal of Excellence. The Medal is the highest honor bestowed by the Sphinx Organization, recognizing extraordinary classical Black and Latinx musicians.

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  • ASCAP Songwriters Michael Blum & Jenna Lotti Named Inaugural Recipients of The Peggy Lee Songwriter Award

    The ASCAP Foundation is pleased to announce the recipients of the inaugural Peggy Lee Songwriter Award, an honor created to mark the centennial of the extraordinary artist while nurturing the careers of promising new songwriters.

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  • ASCAP Calls on Congress to Stand With Songwriters Who Need Access to Critical Benefits in the Next Stimulus Package

    Today, ASCAP joined other US music industry leaders in a letter urging Congress to ensure that critical benefits like unemployment insurance, disaster loans and Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans are extended to self-employed individuals and small businesses in the next government stimulus package. These programs have provided much-needed relief to songwriters and composers during the pandemic, and it is clear additional help is needed.

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  • Top Hip-Hop, R&B and Gospel Artists Celebrate 2020 ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards With Online Performances, Memorable Speeches and Powerful Tributes in Three-Day Social Media Event, July 15-17, 2020

    Cardi B makes history as first woman to win back-to-back ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Songwriter of the Year and as ASCAP female rapper to win most awards (27). Top winners include: DaBaby’s “Suge” (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Song), Meek Mill’s “Going Bad” (Top Rap Song), “Deliver Me (This Is My Exodus)” (Top Gospel Song) and Universal Music Publishing Group (Publisher of the Year).

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  • Cardi B Takes ASCAP Songwriter of the Year for 2nd Year in a Row as ASCAP Celebrates 2020 Rhythm & Soul Music Award Winners in Three-Day Social Media Event, July 15 – 17

    DaBaby’s “Suge” is Top R&B/Hip-Hop Song, while Meek Mill’s “Going Bad” feat. Drake is named Top Rap Song. Donald Lawrence’s “Deliver Me (This Is My Exodus)” lands Top Gospel Song, and Universal Music Publishing Group is recognized as Publisher of the Year.

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  • 2020 ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards

    ASCAP held its fourth virtual awards event July 17-19, the 2020 ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards, recognizing the winners of our most performed songs of the past year in R&B, hip-hop and gospel music. As part of the first-ever virtual version of the Rhythm & Soul awards, we shared exclusive photos, videos, acceptance speeches and more from some of our top songwriters and publishers posted with the hashtag #ASCAPAwards to @ASCAPUrban and @ASCAP on Twitter and Instagram.

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  • ASCAP Joins 20 US Music Industry Leaders in a Letter Asking Congress to Support the RESTART Act

    ASCAP joined 20 US music industry leaders in a letter asking Congress to support the RESTART Act because independent music venues are vital to songwriters’ livelihoods, and they need help to survive.

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  • ASCAP 2020 Latin Music Award Winners Feted on all Social Media Platforms – Latin Music Icons, Chart-Topping Producers and the Genre's Hottest Songwriting Stars Join in Three-Day Virtual Celebration

    Bad Bunny is ASCAP Latin Music Songwriter of the Year; Romeo Santos is Songwriter/Artist of the Year; and Daddy Yankee ft. Snow’s “Con Calma” is Latin Song of the Year. Universal Music Publishing Group named Publisher of the Year, and Kobalt Songs Music Publishing honored as Independent Publisher of the Year.

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  • VERSED: The ASCAP Podcast / Ep. 14 - Du Yun

    This past February, Pulitzer Prize winner Du Yun premiered her new opera Sweet Land, an ambitious site-specific work that reflects on the way cultures swallow up, resist and intertwine with one other. Two weeks into Sweet Land's initial run, the coronavirus epidemic shut down the production - but not before it was captured on video. Listen to Du Yun talk about this fearlessly creative work, how her Chinese upbringing has impacted her career, and the unexpected gifts of the pandemic. PLUS: ASCAP's Luis Castro tells us about the big news coming out of the ASCAP Latin world this week.

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  • ASCAP Latin Music Awards Premiere Today Across All Social Media Platforms: Latin Music Superstars, Prominent Producers and the Genre’s Hottest Songwriters Join in Three-Day Virtual Celebration July 7-9

    Bad Bunny is ASCAP Songwriter of the Year, Romeo Santos is Songwriter/Artist of the Year and Daddy Yankee ft. Snow “Con Calma” is Song of the Year. Universal Music Publishing Group Named Publisher of the Year, and Kobalt Songs Music Publishing honored as Independent Publisher of the Year.

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  • El Premio ASCAP 2020

    ASCAP held its first-ever virtual El Premio ASCAP from July 7-9, honoring the diverse group of songwriters behind the biggest Latin music of 2019.

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  • Ennio Morricone, Genre-Defining Film Composer, Dies at 91

    Maestro Ennio Morricone, one of the towering figures in the history of film music, passed away on July 6, 2020 in his lifelong hometown of Rome, Italy. In a career spanning more than six decades, Morricone composed the scores for over 500 films and TV series, wrote and arranged songs for an international roster of jazz and pop artists, and was a prolific composer of concert music.

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  • ASCAP Composer-Arranger Great Johnny Mandel Dies at 94

    Johnny Mandel, the legendary composer-arranger who graced the silver screen and TV with dozens of sophisticated scores, and contributed countless classics to the Great American Songbook, has died at 94.

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  • ASCAP 2020 Screen Music Awards Receive Standing Ovation on All Social Platforms During Three-Day Virtual Celebration June 23-25

    Film and TV composers Ruth Barrett, Siddhartha Khosla, David Vanacore and Hans Zimmer receive top honors. ASCAP Composers’ Choice winners are John Powell (Film Score of the Year), Bear McCreary (TV Composer of the Year) and Gordy Haab (Video Game Score of the Year).

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  • SongWriterCamps 3 Day Online Sync Camp

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  • ASCAP Members CYN and Elie Rizk Win Abe Olman Scholarships from Songwriters Hall of Fame

    The Songwriters Hall of Fame has named ASCAP members CYN and Elie Risk as 2020 recipients of the Abe Olman Scholarships for Excellence in Songwriting. These scholarships, given out annually since 1990, have been made possible by Abe Olman's family in the interest of encouraging and supporting the careers of young songwriters.

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  • 2020 ASCAP Screen Music Awards

    ASCAP rolled out the digital red carpet from June 23-25, as we celebrated the composers and songwriters of the biggest films, TV series and video games of 2019 in our first-ever virtual ASCAP Screen Music Awards. For three days, ASCAP’s Instagram, Twitter and Facebook feeds were festooned with exclusive photos and video acceptances from the winning composers, studio tours, and even a few shout-outs from surprise celebrity guests. Fans and friends got the chance to join in congratulating the music creators that bring their favorite onscreen entertainment to life.

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  • Film and TV Composers Ruth Barrett, Siddhartha Khosla, David Vanacore and Hans Zimmer Receive Top Honors; Composers’ Choice Winners Revealed at 2020 ASCAP Screen Music Awards

    The accolades will take place with the hashtag #ASCAPAwards on ASCAP’s Facebook, Twitter, and on Instagram @ASCAP and @ASCAPScreen. Each winner will be honored in a post that enables fans, friends and peers to join in congratulating the music creators that bring their favorite onscreen entertainment to life. ASCAP will share exclusive photos and videos from the composers themselves as part of the event.

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  • ASCAP Launches HBCU Internship Program

    The PRO will seek to empower the next generation of Black leaders with real-world music industry experience.

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  • VERSED: The ASCAP Podcast / Ep. 13 - Honey Davenport

    In celebration of both Black Music Month and Pride Month, we called up the eternally fabulous Honey Davenport - a drag superstar, singer-songwriter and activist who has left an indelible mark on New York’s nightlife and beyond. In their decade-plus entertainment career, they’ve earned 18 pageant crowns, starred in off-Broadway musicals and earned a worldwide audience on RuPaul’s Drag Race season 11. As a black, non-binary performer, Davenport has also been faced with discrimination throughout their career, both within and outside of the drag community. We spoke to Davenport about the role of music in drag culture, their activism in support of the Black and queer communities, and what’s they're doing to stay creative and liberated during quarantine. PLUS: rapper and songwriter Gizzle tells us how she's reacting personally and professionally to the protests and the pandemic.

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  • ASCAP’s Innovative 2020 Pop Music Awards A Hit On All Digital Platforms – Pop Music Icons, Chart-Topping Producers and the Genre’s Hottest Songwriting Stars Join in 2-Day Virtual Celebration

    Exclusive photos and videos from pop music’s top songwriters, producers and publishers were shared via @ASCAP on Instagram & Twitter. A complete list of winners can be found on the ASCAP website. ASCAP also hosted virtual conversations with 2020 Pop Awards winners Finneas O’Connell and Scott Harris on Thursday, June 18 as part of its ASCAP Experience: Home Edition series.

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  • FAQ About ASCAP Distributions and Impact of the COVID-19 Crisis

    The whole music industry is feeling the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and preparing for an uncertain future. We know our members have important questions about how all of this will affect your ASCAP royalties. So, we wanted to explain more about ASCAP distributions and answer your most frequently asked questions.

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  • Black Pumas, Nathaniel Rateliff lead Americana Music Awards Nominees

    The Americana Music Association revealed its nominees for the 19th annual Americana Honors & Awards on Monday, June 15th, with ASCAP members Nathaniel Rateliff and Black Pumas leading the pack with two nods apiece.

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  • Louis Bell is ASCAP Pop Music Songwriter of the Year; “Sucker” is Pop Song of the Year: 2020 ASCAP Pop Music Awards Kick Off With First Ever Virtual, 2-Day Event on ASCAP Social Media Featuring Exclusive Winner Videos, Photos and More

    The 2020 ASCAP Pop Music Awards will recognize pop music icons, chart-topping producers and the genre’s hottest rising stars on social media June 17 - 18. Top honors include "Old Town Road Remix Feat. Billy Ray Cyrus" as Most Streamed Song of the Year, Kobalt as Publisher of the Year & BMG as Independent Publisher of the Year.

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  • 2020 ASCAP Pop Music Awards

    ASCAP honored pop icons, chart-topping producers and the genre’s hottest songwriters in our first ever virtual 2020 ASCAP Pop Music Awards, held across our @ascap social media platforms June 17-18. While we couldn't all be together in person, we welcomed the world to tune in and participate as we revealed exclusive photos, videos and more from the songwriters and publishers of the most performed pop music of the past year.

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  • On the Come Up: Jozzy

    If you have two ears and were alive in 2019, you are well acquainted with the work of Jocelyn “Jozzy” Donald. This Memphis-bred songwriter co-wrote Billy Ray Cyrus’s verse on “Old Town Road,” the history-making Lil Nas X single that set a record for most consecutive weeks (19) at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, and netted Jozzy a Grammy nod for Record of the Year in the process. While “Old Town Road” may have raised Jozzy’s profile considerably, this killer topliner has been on the grind for over decade. Her story is an inspiring one for any talented songsmith starting from the bottom with dreams of greatness.

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  • ASCAP Experience: Home Edition Presents ASCAP Virtual Pop and Screen Music Awards Programming on June 18 and 25

    This month, ASCAP will combine two of its signature events into one virtual celebration of music creators. ASCAP Experience: Home Edition programming will support ASCAP’s Virtual Pop Music Awards and Virtual Screen Music Awards. Guests include previous ASCAP Pop and Screen Award Winners FINNEAS, Siddhartha Khosla and Hans Zimmer as well as Ziggy Chareton, Glen Hansard, Scott Harris, Michelle Lewis and mxmtoon.

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  • A Letter from Paul Williams on Fighting for Change

    ASCAP is a family of music creators, as gloriously diverse as our many musical styles. What we do together - uniting our vision, harnessing our gifts and sharing what is in our hearts and souls - holds power. And in this moment, we are called upon to use our power as music creators, and as a collective, to serve the greater good.

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  • 21 ASCAP Members Shortlisted for 2020 Daytime Emmys

    What would we do without TV right now? And what would TV do without music creators? The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) has recognized 21 ASCAP composers and songwriters with nominations in the 47th annual Daytime Emmy nominations, for their roles in heightening the impact of daytime TV’s most popular programming.

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  • The ASCAP Foundation Names Recipients of 2020 Morton Gould Young Composer Awards

    The 2020 ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Awards recognize talented young creators of concert music ranging in age from 12 to 30.

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  • Scenes from Quarantine: How Music Supervisors Are Adapting to the Pandemic

    While Hollywood begins the conversation surrounding opening up post-quarantine, the greater industry is still grappling with lots of questions. What will our new normal look like? We snuck some time in with some of our friends from the music supervision community to see what their new reality looks like.

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  • ASCAP Nashville Announces GPS Project Class of 2020

    Our Nashville team has announced the participants in the ASCAP GPS Project, which showcases songwriters who are ready for a publishing deal. The eight writers are paired with publishers who will critique their songs and host virtual follow-up meetings to help the writer develop. By the end of the year, each songwriter will have met with at least five publishers.

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  • ASCAP Reinvents 2020 Pop, Screen, Latin and Rhythm & Soul Music Awards with Innovative Virtual Celebrations to Recognize Top Songwriter, Composer and Publisher Members

    Beginning in June and continuing through mid-July, the innovative format will, for the first time, allow more friends and fans to join the online festivities, with three days of dedicated content for each genre on ASCAP’s social media channels including livestreamed performances, special celebrity appearances, winner spotlights and interviews.

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  • ASCAP Recreates Signature Songwriter Conference as Free, Ongoing Virtual Series— ASCAP Experience: Home Edition

    ASCAP has transformed its signature ASCAP Experience conference into a free, ongoing weekly virtual event beginning May 28. Set to inspire, educate and connect music creators everywhere, Home Edition will teach viewers how to make money as a songwriter, composer or producer, and how to navigate the music industry. The series launches with a featured conversation between platinum-certified Grammy winner Shaggy and his manager and founder of Cherrytree Records Martin Kierszenbaum, and a discussion of Billboard #1 hit “Stuck with U” with co-writers Whitney Phillips and Gian Stone.

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  • VERSED: The ASCAP Podcast / Ep. 12 - Sundance Songwriters

    Just a few short months ago, ASCAP presented its 22nd annual Sundance ASCAP Music Cafe at the heart of the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. The Cafe featured eight days of performances from visionary recording artists and songwriters from across the musical spectrum. At the time, we spoke with all of our performers in the green room about their craft, career, inspirations and more. We thought we’d share just a few of these conversations as a reminder that creativity was in full force before the coronavirus pandemic began, that it continues to flourish, and as has always been the case in tough times, music is the thing that will help us all get through this together.

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  • 30 Original ASCAP Songs About the Coronavirus Pandemic

    One of the few bright spots of quarantine life is hearing how music makers have responded creatively to the pandemic. We’ve gathered 30 of our favorite original ASCAP songs that were released since lockdown began.

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  • Recap: Billboard-charting Singer and Songwriter Kirby on #ASCAPRealSounds “Deconstructed”

    Kirby deconstructed hit songs she wrote including Kanye West’s “Only One.” The session was a part of ASCAP Rhythm & Soul’s weekly live streaming series on @ASCAPUrban Instagram Live, which has featured previous guests including Warner Records A&R Executive Norva Denton, producer OG Parker, Artist Bri Babineaux and songwriter/producer Dre Moon.

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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

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  • Vote in the 2020 ASCAP Composers' Choice Awards

    As a valued ASCAP writer member, you have a voice in determining who will be honored in this year’s ASCAP Composers’ Choice Awards - a peer-voted honor celebrating your favorite screen music composers of 2019.

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  • ASCAP Members Anthony Davis and Michael R. Jackson Win 2020 Pulitzer Prizes

    We are thrilled to congratulate ASCAP composers Anthony Davis and Michael R. Jackson for winning the 2020 Pulitzer Prize in music and drama, respectively. The prestigious honor, awarded annually in 22 categories and administered by Columbia University, comes with a $15,000 prize.

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  • ASCAP Reports Record-Breaking 2019 Revenues and Distributions

    Distributions cross $1 billion mark for the third year in a row at $1.184 billion, as total revenues top $1.274 billion. ASCAP prepares for COVID-19 impact with 2020 expense cuts.

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  • 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.

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  • Grammy-Winning Jazz and Pop Legend Peggy Lee Honored with Creation of New ASCAP Foundation Songwriting Award

    To mark the centennial of this extraordinary artist and her considerable contributions to the world of jazz and popular music, the family of Peggy Lee created the award with The ASCAP Foundation to honor her name and legacy while nurturing the careers of promising new songwriters.

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  • VERSED: The ASCAP Podcast / Ep. 11 - Techy Fatule

    Singer-songwriter, artist and actress Techy Fatule has lived almost her whole life in the entertainment industry. Techy grew up in the Dominican Republic in a home filled with music and love for the arts. She started her career as a child star in the famous Latin American TV show Don Francisco and graduated from the prestigious Berklee School of Music. Techy’s debut album A Su Tiempo positioned her as the next up and coming Latin American star. After releasing her second album Capitulo 1 she is getting ready to release Capitulo 2 in October of 2020. A dynamic presence on the stage, she has performed and opened concerts for such artists as Juan Luis Guerra, Juanes, Ednita Nazario and Kany García to name just a few.

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  • 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.

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  • ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Introduces Weekly Live Streaming Series "Real Sounds"

    Featured guests include multiplatinum songwriter and producer OG Parker, producer Kid Class, gospel singer Bri Babineaux and more.

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  • Thriving as a Musician in the Age of Social Distancing: Focus on What You Can Control

    You might not have control over how long this pandemic lasts or how it will effect the economy, but there is so much that <em>does</em> lie within your control. By re-framing your mindset and focusing on these, you can put yourself in a position to make huge strides forward as an artist. Hit songwriter Barrett Yeretsian ("Jar of Hearts") offers five ways to come out of this pandemic better, stronger and ready to take on the world.

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  • A Message from Beth Matthews: Impact of COVID-19 on ASCAP royalties

    We are all facing the devastating consequences of COVID-19, which has hit all of us personally. While health and safety are our first priorities, we also take seriously our duty to ensure that you continue to receive a steady flow of royalties so that you can pay your bills and feed your families. While there are many unknowns at this time, I would like to take this opportunity to explain what we can about how the negative economic impact of this virus will impact your ASCAP distributions.

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  • An Update from Paul Williams During the Pandemic

    I want you to know that ASCAP is doing everything possible to meet this challenge on your behalf and to ensure the flow of royalties to our members. For the first time in over a century, with ASCAP employees working entirely from home, we were pleased to have delivered our First Quarter Publisher Distribution on March 20, and we are on track to deliver our Second Quarter Writer Distribution on Tuesday, April 28. As COVID-19 has continued to escalate and more and more of our licensee businesses have shut down, we have had to transition to a more flexible distribution schedule throughout the remainder of 2020 and 2021.

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  • Legendary ASCAP Soul Singer-Songwriter Bill Withers Has Died

    Bill Withers, the legendary and Grammy Award-winning soul singer-songwriter behind the timeless hits “Ain’t No Sunshine,” “Lovely Day,” “Just the Two of Us,” “Use Me,” “Grandma’s Hands” and “Lean on Me,” has died at the age of 81.

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  • In Memoriam: ASCAP Family We Lost to COVID-19

    The music community has been hit hard by COVID-19. Here are some of our beloved ASCAP family members we have lost during the pandemic. May their legacies live on through the music they’ve left us.

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  • 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.

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  • When Social Distancing Leads to Great Music: 10 Albums Made (Mostly) by a Single Person

    Coronavirus isolation got you down? You’re not alone. Quarantine life is putting a serious damper on that communal vibe so important to the music community. But music always finds a way. Even if you can’t collaborate in person, there’s plenty of creative work you can do all by yourself. To get you inspired, here are some of our favorite ASCAP albums written and performed (almost) entirely by a single person.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • National Recording Registry Welcomes 11 Classic ASCAP Recordings to the Neighborhood

    The gentle sounds of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood; Dr. Dre’s iconic Cali flow on The Chronic; Whitney Houston’s singular performance of “I Will Always Love You;” Jimmy Webb’s beloved “Wichita Lineman;” and Maria Schneider’s breathtaking Concert in the Garden are among the newest recordings inducted into the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress. Others include Allan Sherman’s side-splitting “Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh,” A 1953 recording of Puccini’s Tosca starring Maria Callas and Memphis Minnie’s “Me and My Chauffeur Blues.”

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  • An Update About ASCAP Award Shows

    ASCAP was very much looking forward to celebrating the success of our members’ music at our 29th Annual Rhythm & Soul Awards scheduled for June 25 in Los Angeles, as well as at our Screen Music Awards, Pop Music Awards and Latin Music Awards shows which were scheduled to take place in April and May in Los Angeles. Due to the ongoing public health crisis, we are forced to cancel our upcoming awards shows as we do our part to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus and protect the health and safety of our members, our community and the public at large.

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  • VERSED: The ASCAP Podcast / Ep. 10 - Jaren Johnston of The Cadillac Three

    Jaren Johnston is a Grammy-nominated country songwriter with hit songs for Keith Urban, Tim McGraw and more. He’s also the leader of The Cadillac Three, a great American rock band from Nashville with a new album called Country Fuzz full of kick-ass songs that celebrate southern living. ASCAP’s very own Evyn Mustoe (who knows Jaren better than most – she’s married to the guy) sat down with him a few weeks back to discuss his dual career. Since their interview, Nashville was hit hard by a tornado and the world was hit hard by the coronavirus. We followed up with Jaren to find out how he, his fellow songwriters and Music City are holding up under the circumstances.

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  • On the Come Up: Chrystel Bagrou

    Atlanta’s urban music community is full of massive musical talent threatening to burst into the spotlight. ASCAP member Chrystel Bagrou is one of the ATL’s many future icons who’s been making a name for herself recently - both with her own music, and co-writes on the Grammy-nominated Revenge of the Dreamers III comp, from the famed Dreamville collective. As we wait patiently for Bagrou’s next project to drop (she offers some tantalizing details below), we asked her to reflect on her story so far.

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  • 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.

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  • A Message from Paul Williams on COVID-19

    As the coronavirus situation continues to develop, I wanted to take a moment to explain the steps we are taking to protect the health and well-being of our entire ASCAP community. Serving you remains our highest priority. And I want to assure you that we are prepared...ASCAP is a family – a family of songwriters, composers, music publishers, and those who support us. No matter how this situation unfolds, we know that the world needs your music now, perhaps more than ever.

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  • Nico Muhly Visits ASCAP for New York Youth Symphony Workshop

    On February 6, innovative ASCAP composer Nico Muhly stopped by the ASCAP NYC office for a guest lecture to the New York Youth Symphony's Composition Program. Muhly spoke with the young composers in the program about the composer-orchestra relationship, and demonstrated some of his work at the piano owned by ASCAP co-founder Victor Herbert.

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  • Important Update on 2020 ASCAP Experience

    Out of consideration for the health and safety of our members and all other participants, and due to rising concerns about the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), the determination has been made to cancel the 2020 ASCAP Experience.

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  • VERSED: The ASCAP Podcast / Ep. 9 - Cassadee Pope

    Grammy-nominated, Platinum-certified singer-songwriter Cassadee Pope first gained acclaim as lead singer for the pop-punk group Hey Monday, then rose to fame as the winner of Season 3 of The Voice, before transforming into a #1-selling country artist. Throughout her long and winding career, Pope has never stopped pushing herself creatively. For this special International Women's Day episode of VERSED, ASCAP’s Beth Brinker sat down with Pope in Nashville to talk about a whole range of things: from punk to country music, what she does to stay focused and balanced with her busy career and (what else?) the art, craft and joy of songwriting. PLUS: from the ASCAP archives, hit songwriter Priscilla Renea explains why staying true to your authentic creative self can be great for your career.

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  • ASCAP Experience Digital Playlist

    In the debut issue of ASCAP Experience Digital, we invited readers to submit for our AXD Playlist. Here are 10 songs selected by our editors from the hundreds of tracks you sent. Want to get into the next one? Submit your song here: www.ascap.com/axdplaylist

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  • Venues Refuse to Pay Songwriters While Profiting from Their Music

    ASCAP takes legal action against 15 venues nationwide that infringe on songwriters’ copyrights by performing their musical works without permission.

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  • Comedy Icon Adam Sandler to Be Honored with Esteemed ASCAP Founders Award at 2020 ASCAP Pop Music Awards April 28 in Los Angeles

    An ASCAP member for 28 years, Sandler made his mark on comedy and music with over 250 ASCAP-registered works ranging from amusing ballads to playful sing-a-longs.

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  • The ASCAP Foundation Announces 2020 Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award Recipients

    The program was established in 2002 to encourage young gifted jazz composers up to the age of 30. It carries the name of the great trumpeter and ASCAP member Herb Alpert in recognition of The Herb Alpert Foundation’s multi-year financial commitment to the program. The recipients, who receive cash awards, range in age from 17 to 29 and are selected through a juried national competition.

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  • VERSED: The ASCAP Podcast / Ep. 8 - Dom Flemons

    As a solo artist, a historian and a former member of the Grammy-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops, Dom Flemons has earned renown for shedding new light on American popular music spanning over 100 years. In celebration of Black History Month, we asked Flemons about his acclaimed album Black Cowboys - a musical exploration of how African-American pioneers helped build America. Hear him connect old-time music with "Old Town Road," and perform a couple original folk songs from the album. PLUS: from the archives, composer-producers Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad (of A Tribe Called Quest) speak with music supervisor Morgan Rhodes about the level of commitment you need to succeed in your music career.

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  • ASCAP Legend Bernie Taupin Wins Oscar for “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again”

    On February 9, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences awarded the Oscar for Best Original Song to legendary ASCAP lyricist Bernie Taupin and his longtime collaborator Elton John. The duo won for “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again,” the only original song from the acclaimed John biopic Rocketman.

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  • 20 Birthday Songs to Sing Instead of “Happy Birthday to You”

    With all due respect to sisters Patty and Mildred J. Hill (the reputed writers of “Happy Birthday to You”), there are tons of other great songs to celebrate the anniversary of your birth. In honor of the anniversary of ASCAP’s founding, here are 20 alternative bday songs to sing in our repertory, whatever your birthday mood.

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  • VERSED: The ASCAP Podcast / Ep. 7 - Sundance Composers Pt. 2

    At this year's Sundance Film Festival, ASCAP members' music amplified the impact of dozens of official festival selections. In this bonus episode of VERSED, we talk to another talented group of this year’s Sundance composers: Anne Nikitin (Lost Girls, directed by Academy Award nominee Liz Garbus), Dan Romer (Wendy, directed by Benh Zeitlin), Amanda Jones (Baldwin Beauty, directed by Thembi Banks), Alex Weston (Wander Darkly, directed by Tara Miele) as well as Ryan Miller of Guster who has scored several Sundance favorite films over the years (Safety Not Guaranteed, The Fundamentals of Caring). They share their experiences working with directors on their films and how Sundance has benefited their careers.

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  • Happy Birthday ASCAP! Here's a Bday Crossword Puzzle.

    106 years ago today, a group of the era's most prominent songwriters and composers got together at the Hotel Claridge in New York to found ASCAP - America's first performing rights organization. More than a century later we're still on the front lines, getting music creators paid and championing their rights. Here's a little birthday party gift for you, a crossword puzzle with clues spanning ASCAP's entire history.

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  • Global Superstar and Award-Winning Singer-Songwriter Mariah Carey Switches to ASCAP

    ASCAP will license public performances of Carey’s extensive catalog, including her Grammy-winning album The Emancipation of Mimi, the #1 holiday classic “All I Want for Christmas Is You” and her countless worldwide hits ranging from the recording-breaking “One Sweet Day” with Boyz II Men to her beloved “We Belong Together.”

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  • Indie-Folk Royalty Anaïs Mitchell and Josh Kaufman Update Ageless Folk Songs as Bonny Light Horseman

    The self-titled debut album from traditional folk super-squad Bonny Light Horseman is a love letter to the transatlantic folk canon and its abiding emotional resonance. The project is the brainchild of three indie folk superstars: ASCAP members Anaïs Mitchell and Josh Kaufman, along with Eric D. Johnson of The Fruit Bats. The trio’s mesmerizing collection of updated traditional folk ballads breathe new life into the traditional music canon, creating something distinct and unique. We got some insight into the new album from Anaïs and Josh.

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  • ASCAP Members Dominate Billboard Latin Music Awards Nominations

    The nominations are in for the 2020 Billboard Latin Music Awards! ASCAP members took nominations in 34 categories, Bad Bunny, was one of the top nominees with 14 nominations. Daddy Yankee is close behind with 12 nominations.

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  • The ASCAP Foundation Musical Theatre Workshop Led by Composer Stephen Schwartz Now Accepting Applications Through March 2 for Los Angeles and New York Programs

    The acclaimed workshops give participating composers and lyricists the rare chance to present selections from original, musical works-in-progress for professional critique.

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  • ASCAP Experience 2020 Is Set to Inspire With First Wave of Award-Winning, Chart-Topping Panelists

    Paul Williams, Jason Mraz, Brett James, Dan Wilson, Priscilla Renea, Poo Bear, Amy Allen, Desmond Child and more will appear at 15th annual music creators conference as part of a lineup of more than 40 different panels stacked with top industry talent (89% of which are working songwriters and composers).

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  • VERSED: The ASCAP Podcast / Ep. 6 - Sundance Composers Pt. 1

    A great film is a feast for the eyes <em>and</em> the ears. At this year's Sundance Film Festival, ASCAP members' music amplified the impact of dozens of official festival selections. In this special episode of VERSED, we talk to Nainita Desai, Bear McCreary, Alex Somers and Jay Wadley - four ASCAP film composers whose music graced some of the winning films at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. PLUS: our very own Amanda Shoffner, ASCAP Director of Film & TV/Visual Media Membership, schools us with some #SoundAdvice about cue sheets - what they are, how to use them, and why they can be a composer's best friend.

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  • SUNDANCE PART THREE: Derek Smalls, Fox Wilde, ZZ Ward, Jobi Riccio and Steven Dayvid McKellar of Civil Twilight Wrap Up an Extraordinary 2020 Sundance ASCAP Music Café

    The 2020 Sundance ASCAP Music Café kicked off on Friday, January 24 with a special introduction by Peter Golub, Director of the Sundance Film Music Program and performances from a dynamic group of some of today’s most accomplished songwriters and composers.

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  • Announcing the Stephen Schwartz Musical Theatre Teacher of the Year Award

    One of Broadway’s most decorated composers is giving an accolade of his own: The Stephen Schwartz Musical Theatre Teacher of the Year Award will represent the highest level of achievement for a middle or high school theatre teacher, with the winner receiving $5,000 and travel to the International Thespian Festival for the announcement and recognition.

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  • ASCAP Unites Composers and Filmmakers at 2020 Sundance Cocktail Reception

    On Monday, January 27th, ASCAP hosted its 2020 Sundance Composer-Filmmaker Cocktail Reception, an exclusive after-show event, at the Sundance ASCAP Music Café in Park City, Utah. A large group of creators behind some this year’s most acclaimed and buzz-worthy films at this year’s festival, as well as Music Café performers gathered to meet, share stories from the field and enjoy food prepared by Del Taco. Photos by Fred Hayes

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  • Billie Eilish and FINNEAS Make Grammy History, Lead ASCAP's 34 Winners

    The ASCAP family took home trophies in 36 categories at the 62nd annual Grammys, held January 26, 2020 at the Staples Center in LA. ASCAP Vanguard Award winner Billie Eilish and her collaborator/brother FINNEAS each won five Grammy trophies. Billie made Grammys history as the first woman - and youngest artist ever - to win all four "general field" categories: Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Album of the Year and Best New Artist. FINNEAS also became the youngest ever producer to be named Producer of the Year.

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  • Tasha Cobbs Leonard, JJ Hairston Lead ASCAP's 2020 Stellar Awards Nominees

    The nominations are in for the 35th anniversary edition of gospel's biggest night, the Stellar Gospel Music Awards! ASCAP members have been blessed with 37 individual nominations. Contemporary gospel great Tasha Cobbs Leonard leads with eight noms; JJ Hairston is right behind her with seven.

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  • The Long and Winding Tax Road: What Every Musician Should Do to Prep for Tax Season

    Now that the New Year has begun it’s the perfect time to make sure you are hitting all the right notes for Uncle Sam and to get the finances for your music business in order. Here are four things every musician should do to prepare themselves for the upcoming tax filing season.

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  • Cory Brodack Receives ASCAP Foundation Nissim Prize For "Nodus Tollens"

    The jury also awarded Special Distinction to Ryan Lindveit for "Close Up at a Distance," a 12-minute work for full orchestra.

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  • VERSED: The ASCAP Podcast / Ep. 5 - Anaïs Mitchell

    Anaïs Mitchell is a contemporary folk singer-songwriter with an overflowing font of projects. Her best-known triumph: Hadestown, a homespun "folk opera" that transformed into a Tony-winning, Grammy-nominated Broadway musical. On January 24, Mitchell releases her debut with indie-folk supergroup Bonny Light Horseman, reinterpreting timeless traditional songs. In this episode, VERSED correspondent Sarah Finegold speaks with Anaïs about living in the world of Hadestown, songwriting craft, tattoos and more. Erik and guest host Etan Rosenbloom also sound off on some of the stories we're following as we head into this year's jam-packed awards season. PLUS: Music Business Toolbox Founder (and music biz man about town) Bryan Calhoun offers some #SoundAdvice!

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  • Annie Lennox & The Isley Brothers to Be Inducted into Songwriters Hall of Fame

    The Songwriters Hall of Fame has chosen to induct PRS/ASCAP synth-pop icon Annie Lennox (for her work in The Eurythmics) and the genre-bending R&B-soul-funk-rock combo The Isley Brothers (ASCAP members Ernie Isley, Marvin Isley, O’Kelly Isley, Ronald Isley, Rudolph Isley and Chris Jasper) for its 2020 class. ASCAP President Paul Williams will earn the Johnny Mercer Award, the highest honor bestowed by the hall.

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  • ASCAP Writers to Take All 6 Seats in Rock Hall Class of 2020

    The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame just named its 2020 class, and ASCAP family members occupy all six performer spots! Hip-hop legend The Notorious B.I.G., Nine Inch Nails founder (and acclaimed film composer) Trent Reznor, classic rock gods The Doobie Brothers, synth-pop innovators Depeche Mode, revered vocalist Whitney Houston and beloved glam rockers T. Rex will all be inducted in May.

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  • Cynthia Erivo, Bernie Taupin, Diane Warren Earn 2020 Oscar Noms

    ASCAP members Bernie Taupin, Diane Warren and international affiliate Cynthia Erivo (PRS) have been nominated for Academy Awards for their acclaimed original songs.

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  • Grammy-Winning Songwriter Josh Osborne Renews ASCAP Membership

    The multi-platinum hitmaker’s catalog includes “Body Like a Back Road,” “Merry Go Round,” “Take Your Time.”

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  • VERSED: The ASCAP Podcast / Ep. 4 - Carly Pearce

    Born into the Bluegrass brawn of Kentucky, Carly Pearce was destined for a life in Country music. After her debut single “Every Little Thing” reached #1 and put her in the rare company of only three women in the last decade to have accomplished that feat, Pearce is now in the vanguard of top women in country music. We spoke with her just after the 2019 ASCAP Country Awards in Nashville, where she celebrated the success of her single "Hide the Wine" onstage, alongside collaborators Ashley Gorley and Hillary Lindsey. Pearce talked to us about her new single with Lee Brice, and the stories behind her highly anticipated new album, coming out this Valentine's Day.

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  • Chris DeStefano, J.T. Harding, Brett James and Cassadee Pope Headline The Bluebird Cafe on Tuesday, January 14 for 2nd Annual ASCAP Experience in the Round

    At The Bluebird Cafe, DeStefano, Harding, James and Pope will share music and stories from their participation in past ASCAP Experience (formerly ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO) conferences in conversation with host Mike Sistad, ASCAP Vice President of Membership.

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  • Unforgettable: How Alex Heffes Scored The Elephant Queen

    There’s no paucity of pachyderms in feature films, but with The Elephant Queen, the first original documentary released on the Apple TV+ platform, we have an elephant doc for the ages. This vivid film stands out from the herd by capturing the emotional lives of these highly intelligent animals. In Alex Heffes (Last King of Scotland, Roots, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom), the filmmakers found the perfect composer to tell this epic tale with all the nuance of the film itself.

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  • Bernie Taupin Wins Golden Globe for "Rocketman" Rocker

    ASCAP congratulates the legendary lyricist Bernie Taupin on his Best Original Song Golden Globe, for “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again,” co-written with his longtime songwriting partner, Elton John. The upbeat anthem was the sole original song from Rocketman, the acclaimed biopic based on John’s life.

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  • Sundance ASCAP Music Café Presents 22nd Anniversary Lineup with Performances by Renowned and Emerging Artists Including Matt Berninger, Derek Smalls, the Bird and the Bee, Barry Zito, Aaron Lee Tasjan, Matthew Koma, ZZ Ward and More

    ASCAP (The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) announces an eclectic music lineup for its 22nd Annual Sundance ASCAP Music Café, taking place January 24 - 31, 2020 during the acclaimed Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

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  • Domestic Publishers Distribution

    Quarterly Domestic Distribution for 1st quarter 2020 (January, February, March) performances.

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  • Apply for The ASCAP Foundation/Symphonic Jazz Orchestra Commissioning Prize

    The ASCAP Foundation and the Symphonic Jazz Orchestra are proud to announce their sixth annual Commissioning Prize competition. The winner will be commissioned to write a new orchestral score blending jazz, classical and beyond, to be premiered by the SJO in the 2021/22 season and entered into the SJO's catalog of symphonic jazz commissions. The $5000 prize is open to all direct ASCAP composer members. Deadline is August 17.

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  • ASCAP Members United Our World in 2019

    2019 was another record-breaking, game-changing year for ASCAP members. Their music evolved in magnificent ways, connecting, inspiring, lifting and healing us as only music can.

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  • VERSED: The ASCAP Podcast / Ep. 3 - Nicholas Britell

    In Episode 3, we talk with Nicholas Britell, an Academy Award-nominated composer whose music has graced such films as If Beale Street Could Talk and Best Picture Oscar winners Moonlight and 12 Years a Slave, as well as Vice, The Big Short and others. He recently won an Emmy for his theme to HBO’s critically-acclaimed series Succession and his music can be heard in the new Netflix film The King. He opens up about his educational and professional development, working with some of today’s most provocative film directors such as Barry Jenkins, Adam McKay and Steve McQueen, and what success means - and sounds like - to him.

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  • ASCAP Statement on Reports of Discovery Networks New Policy Toward Composers

    Back end royalties for composers who write for TV, cable and streaming shows are critical to their being able to sustain a livelihood. ASCAP is very alarmed by the reports of Discovery Networks' new policy toward composers which would have a devastating impact on their royalty streams and make it near impossible for them to make a living from their creative work.

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  • ASCAP Introduces Curated Programming Tracks to 2020 ASCAP Experience for First Time

    “Innovative Ways to Fund Your Music Career,” “Horror Scorers,” “Stay Social with Songwriting” and More Provide Essential Tools for Success

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  • ASCAP Composer Lei Liang Wins Grawemeyer Award

    We are thrilled to congratulate ASCAP composer Lei Liang on winning the 2020 Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition for his piece “A Thousand Mountains, a Million Streams” - an orchestral work that evokes the threat posed by climate change and the opportunity it offers for redemption. The Grawemeyer Awards program at the University of Louisville pays tribute to the power of creative ideas, emphasizing the impact a single idea can have on the world.

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  • Multi-Platinum Recording Artist & Activist Natalie Merchant and Groundbreaking Composer Francisco J. Núñez Receive Top Awards at the 2019 ASCAP Foundation Honors in NYC

    Renowned music creators and up-and-coming talent gathered together to celebrate the humanitarian accomplishments of some of ASCAP’s most influential, members while recognizing the next generation of music creators at the 2019 ASCAP Foundation Honors tonight at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall, Broadway at 60th Street, in New York City.

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  • Five ASCAP Writers Nominated for 2020 Golden Globes

    Freedom fighters and heroic lions, English pop stars and detectives with Tourette's: just a few of the indelible characters soundtracked by ASCAP’s global film music family in the scores and songs nominated for 2020 Golden Globes by The Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

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  • ASCAP Launches First-of-Its-Kind Comprehensive Wellness Program to Help Music Creators Be Their Creative Best – ASCAP Members Will Exclusively Benefit From Innovative Wellness Services, Recovery Support, Nationwide Events and Content Initiatives

    ASCAP Takes Action to Support Music Community Based on Findings from Its Newly-Commissioned Annual Music Creator Wellness Study

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  • ASCAP Debuts VERSED: The ASCAP Podcast

    Award-Winning Songwriter, ASCAP Chairman of the Board and President Paul Williams, Rising Country Star Carly Pearce and Emmy-Winning Composer Nicholas Britell Among Initial Guests

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  • VERSED: The ASCAP Podcast / Ep. 1 & 2 - Paul Williams (Plus Bonus Wellness Episode)

    In Episode 1, we talk with Paul Williams, the Oscar, Grammy and Golden Globe-winning, Hall of Fame songwriter and President of ASCAP. Paul talks about unexpected opportunities and shares the inspiring story of Phantom of the Paradise, a commercial film flop that evolved into one of the most influential works of his career, and amazingly netted him an Album of the Year Grammy 40 years later. PLUS: From the ASCAP archives, Captain Marvel and Fortnite composer Pinar Toprak talks!

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  • “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” Takes Top Spot on 2019 ASCAP Holiday Songs Chart

    George Michael’s “Last Christmas” Reignites Hollywood’s Classic Love Affair with Holiday Music in New Film

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  • Garth Brooks Wins Seventh Entertainer of the Year Award at 53rd CMAs

    Legendary ASCAP songwriter-artist Garth Brooks earned an unprecedented seventh Entertainer of the Year Award at the 53rd annual CMA Awards, which was co-hosted by ASCAP and CMA Award-winning songwriter-artist Reba McEntire and aired live on ABC on Wed., Nov. 13 from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.

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  • ASCAP gana en grande durante la 20ª entrega de los Latin GRAMMYs

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  • Congratulations to ASCAP's 2020 Grammy Nominees

    It's shaping up to be another magical Grammy season for ASCAP's worldwide family of songwriters and composers! The 62nd annual Grammy nominations were announced the morning of November 20, and The Recording Academy has shortlisted numerous ASCAP members and global affiliates for their work on recordings released between October 1, 2018, and August 31, 2019.

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  • Nicholas Britell’s Latest Score Is Fit for a King

    Nicholas Britell was faced with a big challenge when scoring the new Netflix film The King, directed by David Michôd and loosely based around Shakespeare’s Henry IV and Henry V: how to craft a musical language that felt authentic to early 15th century England, but untethered to any specific time or place. Watch him explain how he did it.

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  • ASCAP Country Music Awards 2019

    With a star-studded line-up rivaling Broadway’s brightest neon lights, the 57th annual ASCAP Country Music Awards celebrated the industry’s biggest names on Monday, November 11 at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Nashville.

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  • Ashley Gorley Named ASCAP Country Music Songwriter of the Year for 7th Time; Nashville Hitmakers Randy Travis, Hillary Lindsey, Brothers Osborne Honored at 57th Annual ASCAP Country Music Awards

    “One Number Away” Takes Song of the Year; Matthew Ramsey and Trevor Rosen Named Songwriter-Artists of the Year; Warner Chappell Music Earns Publisher of the Year

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  • 16 ASCAP Legends Nominated for 2020 Songwriters Hall of Fame

    16 ASCAP songwriting legends up for induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame class of 2020

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  • ASCAP Screen Music All-Stars Take Center Stage at Variety Summit

    Variety brought out 11 major players in the ASCAP screen music community for its 2019 Music for Screens Summit, held October 29 at NeueHouse in Hollywood. ASCAP was a premier partner for the second annual event.

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  • Venues Refuse to Pay Songwriters While Profiting from Their Music

    ASCAP takes legal action against 19 venues nationwide that infringe on songwriters’ copyrights by performing their musical works without permission.

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  • Multi-Platinum Recording Artist And Activist Natalie Merchant To Receive The ASCAP Foundation Champion Award At 2019 ASCAP Foundation Honors, December 11 In New York City

    Composer-conductor Francisco Núñez will accept The ASCAP Foundation Life in Music Award.

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  • ASCAP’s Deepak Mohite Promoted To Senior Vice President, Software Engineering

    Reporting to EVP and Chief Technology Officer Tristan Boutros, Mohite will lead ASCAP’s engineering teams in product delivery, setting vision and strategy for software that supports ASCAP’s customer-facing web and mobile applications.

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  • ASCAP Composers Dominate 2019 World Soundtrack Awards

    The brightest talents in film music took center stage during the 2019 World Soundtrack Awards on October 18, the centerpiece event of the Ghent Film Festival and one of the world’s most prestigious honors for film composers.

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  • Anna Rose Finds the Light

    “I’m no one, I’m a no-name child / I’m no one to you,” sings Anna Rose on “Anonymous,” the opening track on her third album The Light Between. It’s an apropos way to begin an album with so much to say about how we define ourselves. But once she sears the chorus of “Anonymous” with her fiery vocals, you’re unlikely to forget the name Anna Rose.

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  • 13 Ways to Make Your Songs Spookier

    Do you want to make your songs more spooky but just can’t seem to push them far enough into the shadows? If this sounds like you, then here are 13 tips to make your songs more sinister, ready for any Halloween party, horror series, or a good ol’ fashioned scare sesh...courtesy of Norman Crates, one of seven Halloween-loving, hitmaking music freaks behind the frighteningly good songwriting collective, LOVECRAFT.

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  • 14 ASCAP Legends Shortlisted for 2020 Rock Hall

    The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame just released an impeccable list of nominees for the 2020 class, and 14 ASCAP acts are on it! Give a listen to our playlist of classic songs from each of them, and vote for your favorites by January 10.

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  • ASCAP presente en las Nominaciones al Latin GRAMMY 2019

    La Academia Latina de la Grabación (LARAS) anunció los nominados en su 20 aniversario del premio más importante de la música Latina, el Latin GRAMMY.

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  • RECAP: Artist/ Songwriter Victoria Monét Roc Nation’s Shari Bryant and Capitol Records’ Britney Davis Honored at 11th Annual ASCAP Women Behind the Music Event in Los Angeles

    Presented by the ASCAP Rhythm & Soul department, the event was established to recognize and encourage women in the music community and honors not only songwriters and artists, but also female executives in all facets of the entertainment business including managers, attorneys, label executives and music publishers.

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  • Black Cowboys, Korean Percussion Music and The Band Among Subjects of 51st ASCAP Foundation Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Award-Winning Music Books, Articles, Liner Notes and Broadcasts

    Established in 1967 to honor the memory of composer, critic and commentator Deems Taylor, The ASCAP Foundation Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Awards are made possible by the generous support of the Virgil Thomson Foundation.

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  • Brothers Osborne To Be Honored With ASCAP Vanguard Award At 57th Annual ASCAP Country Music Awards

    The awards celebration, which honors the songwriters and publishers of ASCAP’s most-performed country songs of 2018, will take place in downtown Nashville on November 11.

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  • Emmy-Winning Composer Nicholas Britell on Working with Filmmaker Adam McKay, from Succession to Vice and Beyond

    Nicholas Britell is the Academy Award nominated composer for such films as If Beale Street Could Talk and Best Picture Oscar winners Moonlight and 12 Years a Slave (Britell was responsible for the on-camera music) as well as Vice, The Big Short and others.

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  • Blood Brother: FINNEAS’s Incredible Year

    Right now, FINNEAS is on top of the world. Just six months ago, this writer-producer-multi-instrumentalist-performer-all-around-musical-badass notched a #1 album in 20 countries, with the release of his sister Billie Eilish’s When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, co-written and produced entirely by FINNEAS. We caught up with him the day before his debut EP Blood Harmony dropped, during the 15 minutes that week he wasn’t songwriting, touring or sleeping.

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  • ASCAP’s Second “She Is The Music” Song Camp Brings Together Top Women Latin Music Creators in Miami

    If the future is female, it’s going to have a great soundtrack. That’s because the ASCAP Latino “She is the Music” Song Camp, which took place from September 30 – October 3 in Miami, Florida at Marc Anthony’s studio, brought together an incredible group of acclaimed women music creators for three days of collaboration, and is sure to result in some exciting new works. This installment of the all-female writing series was funded by The ASCAP Foundation in partnership with W Hotels Worldwide and hosted by Anthony’s MAGNUS Media.

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  • Promising Students From DC’s Duke Ellington School of The Arts To Showcase Original Songs on Kennedy Center Millennium Stage

    The concert is the culmination of the first ASCAP Foundation Andrew A. Isen Musical Theater Songwriting Workshop .

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  • Johnny Mandel’s Legacy Shines Through New Album by Ukamusic

    There’s a specific kind of sophistication to the music of Johnny Mandel, the great composer-arranger responsible for “Emily,” "Close Enough for Love," "A Time for Love," “Suicide Is Painless” (the theme from M*A*S*H) and “The Shadow of Your Smile.” Mandel’s masterworks have been interpreted countless times. Now we have another welcome chance to explore their many facets with the release of The Songs of Johnny Mandel, a sleek new album by Ukamusic.

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  • ASCAP Launches Program to Drive Innovation Agenda For Next Century of Growth

    Kicks off Advanced Research & Innovation Initiative at NYC Media Lab Summit on September 26.

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  • ASCAP Reimagines and Relocates North America’s Largest Music Creator Conference for 15th Anniversary: Registration Now Open for The ASCAP Experience, April 1 - 3 at Intercontinental Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles

    ASCAP celebrates the 15th anniversary of its renowned music creator conference with a new name, location and enhanced programming that is designed to meet the needs of 21st century music creators.

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  • Natti Natasha, Top Female Music Creators Come Together For 2nd ASCAP “She Is The Music” Song Camp

    Marc Anthony’s MAGNUS Media to host three-day session at Miami studio, which is also sponsored by The ASCAP Foundation and W Hotels Worldwide.

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  • Five Tips for Saving Money Between Gigs and Royalty Checks

    What's the one thing all musicians and songwriters have in common when it comes to their income? Fluctuation. Whether you have a chart-topping hit, are in the middle of a successful tour, or are seeing some royalties appear for the first time – rest assured, your monthly income is likely to change. It may go up, and it may go down – for career musicians and songwriters, this is pretty much a given and a standard way of life. And it’s not a bad thing, provided you are prepared and plan accordingly. The good news is there are ways to set yourself up for success and make sure you are consistently saving for the future and not caught off guard when there is a pause or break between paychecks.

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  • ASCAP Shows Its Roots at Americanafest 2019 in Nashville

    Elvis Costello, Brandy Clark, Colter Wall, Shawn Colvin, Aaron Lee Tasjan, Dylan LeBlanc and many more elevate Nashville’s annual celebration of Americana music

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  • ASCAP Members Take Home Seven Emmys

    We are eternally pumping our fists in the air for our members who earned trophies at the 2019 Primetime Creative Arts Emmys on September 14-15. The Television Academy honored seven ASCAP members across four different categories for their excellence in music composition and supervision for TV series airing between June 1, 2018 and May 31, 2019.

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  • David Garcia Named ASCAP Christian Music Songwriter of The Year at 41st Annual ASCAP Christian Music Awards

    Russ & Tori Taff receive prestigious Golden Note Award; “Reckless Love” claims Top Song honors; Capitol CMG Publishing earns Publisher of the Year for 17th consecutive year.

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  • David Garcia Named Songwriter of the Year at 41st ASCAP Christian Music Awards

    Russ & Tori Taff receive prestigious Golden Note Award, “Reckless Love” claims top song honors, Capitol CMG Publishing earns top publisher for 17th consecutive year

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  • Artist/Songwriter Victoria Monét, Roc Nation’s Shari Bryant and Capitol Records’ Britney Davis To Be Recognized at 11th Annual ASCAP Women Behind The Music, October 9 In Los Angeles

    The annual event presented by ASCAP's Rhythm & Soul department honors female leaders in entertainment.

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  • Country Icon Randy Travis to be Honored with Prestigious ASCAP Founders Award at 2019 ASCAP Country Music Awards

    The exclusive, invitation-only gala, which celebrates the songwriters and publishers of ASCAP’s most-performed country songs of 2018, takes place on Monday, November 11 and will include special guest performances to honor Travis.

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  • Domani, Adrian Marcel, Maliibu Miitch and More Emerging Artists Featured at Annual ASCAP "On the Come Up” Showcase Series

    ASCAP held our annual showcase series, On the Come Up, in Los Angeles, Atlanta and New York the week of August 19. The free events give rising artists around the country the opportunity to get onstage and connect with fans during intimate performances.

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  • Hitmaking Super Producer and Artist Mustard Switches to ASCAP

    The Grammy-winning producer's catalog Includes “Boo’d Up,” “Freaky Friday” and “Pure Water.”

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  • 20 ASCAP Screen Music Greats Nominated for World Soundtrack Awards

    The ASCAP film music family has done it again! The World Soundtrack Academy has nominated 20 ASCAP members and international affiliates for its 2019 World Soundtrack Awards, one of the most prestigious film music honors in Europe.

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  • Multi Grammy-Winning Singer-Songwriter Russ Taff and Grammy-Nominated Songwriter and Author Tori Taff To Receive Prestigious ASCAP Golden Note Award at 41st Annual ASCAP Christian Music Awards, Monday, September 16, At Franklin Theatre in Downtown Franklin, TN

    The ASCAP Golden Note Award is presented to songwriters, composers and artists who have achieved extraordinary career milestones. Past recipients include Michael W. Smith, Bob McDill, Don Williams, Mary Mary, JD Souther and Reba McEntire.

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  • Newport Folk Festival Celebrates 60 Years of a Musical Rainbow Connection

    The lovers, the dreamers and me. We were all there singing “The Rainbow Connection” together with Kermit the Frog and Jim James of My Morning Jacket at the close of this year’s Newport Folk Festival.

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  • The ASCAP Foundation and Newport Festivals Foundation Tap Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award Recipient Ben Morris for Jazz Festival Stage on August 2

    Two non-profits celebrate 4th year of presenting emerging jazz talent at Newport.

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  • Sliders, Switches, Knobs & Dials: How Latin Music Legend Rudy Pérez Learned to Produce

    With over 300 #1 and Top 10 songs to his credit, ASCAP writer-producer and Board member Rudy Pérez is a true icon in Latin music and beyond. His talents have brought him five Grammys, five ASCAP Latin Songwriter of the Year awards, and a designation as Billboard’s Producer of the Decade. Pérez has helped dozens of music superstars tell their stories over the years. Now, he tells his own story in the new memoir The Latin Hit Maker: My Journey from Cuban Refugee to World-Renowned Record Producer and Songwriter. Read this exclusive excerpt.

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  • ASCAP Celebrates the Power of Singing Together at 2019 Chorus America Conference

    For four days, the City of Brotherly Love became the City of Vocal Harmony as Chorus America brought its annual conference to Philadelphia from June 26-29, 2019. ASCAP was once again proud to celebrate the continued evolution of choral music, by honoring four ensembles who are pushing vocal music forward with the Chorus America/ASCAP Alice Parker Award and Chorus America/ASCAP Adventurous Programming Awards.

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  • 23 ASCAP Members Shortlisted for 2019 Creative Arts Emmys

    In an announcement on the morning of July 16, the Television Academy nominated 23 ASCAP members and international affiliates for their exceptional work in music for the small screen from June 1, 2018 through May 31, 2019.

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  • Longtime ASCAP General Counsel Bernard Korman Passes Away at Age 93

    ASCAP would like to note with sorrow the recent passing of Bernard Korman, a longtime ASCAP General Counsel who served with distinction from 1974 to 1993. He was 93 years old.

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

    The U.S. Copyright Office has designated the group led by the National Music Publishers Assn. (NMPA), the Nashville Songwriters Assn.

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  • 31st Annual ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop Kicks Off with 12 Composers from Eight Countries

    Supported by The ASCAP Foundation, the comprehensive four-week program is the ultimate career stepping stone, arming the selected composers with the knowledge and connections they need to succeed in the film industry.

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  • Wilco’s Solid Sound Festival Bursts With Extraordinary Music, Art and Discovery

    Nestled in the verdant hills of the Berkshires in Western Massachusetts, MASSMoCa in North Adams is home to some of the greatest works of modern art in the country.

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  • Dan Foliart: An Interview with Ron Sadoff

    After 43 consecutive years as a TV composer, Dan Foliart and his music are indelibly etched on the landscape of network television. A mainstay of American television music, Foliart’s music has found new life both in syndication and revival - he and collaborator Howard Pearl were recently given the Top Rated Network TV Show Award at the 2019 ASCAP Screen Music Award for their classic theme to Roseanne. His impact is enormous by the numbers (and not just 7th Heaven or 8 Simple Rules) and emotionally, as a new generation discovers his iconic sound through The Connors & beyond.

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  • Cardi B Named ASCAP Songwriter of the Year; Motown Records Honored with ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Heritage Award; Tip "T.I." Harris Receives Inaugural ASCAP Voice of the Culture Award at 2019 ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards

    ASCAP celebrated its unparalleled roster of music legends, past and present, at the 32nd annual ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards.

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  • 2019 ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards

    “I have always said that our culture is our greatest asset...I am a proud product of it and a fearless protector of it.” That quote, from Tip “T.I.” Harris’s acceptance speech for the inaugural ASCAP Voice of the Culture Award, eloquently captures the proud spirit of the urban music community. That spirit was on full display during the 2019 ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards, our celebration of the biggest ASCAP hip-hop, R&B and gospel music of the past year.

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  • Missy Elliott, Jack Tempchin and Yusuf Islam/Cat Stevens Inducted into Songwriters Hall of Fame Class of 2019

    Songwriters stars lit up the night at the the 2019 Songwriters Hall of Fame 50th Annual Induction and Awards Dinner on June 13th in Manhattan.

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  • ASCAP Names Brooke Eplee as Senior Vice President, Strategy and Business Development

    Eplee will report to ASCAP Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy & Digital Officer Nicholas Lehman and work cross-functionally on growth and competitive strategy at ASCAP, including new business development, strategic partnerships and innovation initiatives.

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  • Yes Ma'am: Ruth Barrett's Score for Bodyguard

    Netflix and The BBC's hit show Bodyguard became a worldwide phenomenon after breaking viewing records in the UK in 2018. The story of war veteran Sgt. David Budd (played by Game of Thrones alum Richard Madden), the bodyguard for steely British Home Secretary Julia Montague, captivated audiences with moments of tense terror and devastating vulnerability. Bodyguard's gripping plot and standout acting performances are elevated by the masterful scoring prowess of composer Ruth Barrett (Harry Brown, The Durrells, Victoria). The propulsive, intricately layered score is a master class in tension-building and eliciting emotional responses through sonic details. We caught Ruth between studio sessions to ask about this project and how it came together.

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  • Anaïs Mitchell’s Hadestown Triumphs at the 2019 Tonys

    The 2019 Tony Awards delivered the drama and intrigue theater fans live for. ASCAP songwriter Anaïs Mitchell’s arresting folk-opera Hadestown won the night with eight Tonys, including Best Musical and Best Score for Mitchell herself. Her win is a historic one; Hadestown is the first best musical winner where book, music and lyrics were single-handedly written by a woman.

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  • ASCAP's Mike Sistad Promoted to Vice President, Nashville Membership

    Longtime ASCAP executive and songwriter advocate Mike Sistad has been promoted to Vice President and will lead its Nashville Membership team. Concurrently, ASCAP’s Kele Currier has been upped to the position of Assistant Vice President, Strategic Services, Membership, reporting to Sistad.

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  • John Mellencamp Receives the ASCAP Harry Chapin Humanitarian Award at WhyHunger Gala

    The 20th Annual WhyHunger Chapin Awards took place at City Winery in New York City on June 5th, honoring legendary ASCAP singer-songwriter John Mellencamp with the ASCAP Harry Chapin Humanitarian Award, which shines a spotlight on artists who have proven their commitment to striving for social justice and creating real change in combating hunger worldwide.

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  • Department of Justice Formally Opens Consent Decree Review

    See statement from ASCAP CEO Beth Matthews

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  • Jay Gruska’s Unreal Music for Supernatural

    Earlier this year, the CW announced that the upcoming 15th season of Supernatural would be the show’s final run. Supernatural’s decade and a half on TV makes it the longest-running sci-fi series in American television history. And veteran ASCAP composer Jay Gruska has been there since the beginning, scoring every other episode since episode two. We caught up with Gruska at his Sherman Oaks studio, just after he scored the milestone 300th episode.

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  • Songwriter, Author and Longtime ASCAP Champion Ralph Murphy Passes Away in Nashville

    Ralph Murphy, hit songwriter, producer, publisher and longtime ASCAP membership executive, passed away Tuesday, May 28th at the age of 75.

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  • ASCAP Writers and Publishers Meet with Members of Congress on ASCAP “Stand With Songwriters” Advocacy Day

    The Go-Go’s, Don Felder, Felix Cavaliere, Andrea Martin, Paul Williams, Kany Garcia, Sidd Khosla and Other Award-Winning American Songwriters Call for More Freedom, Less Regulation on Capitol Hill

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  • 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

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  • ASCAP Members Madison Cunningham, MILCK, Alexandra James Win Songwriters Hall of Fame Prizes

    The Songwriters Hall of Fame has announced ASCAP members Madison Cunningham, MILCK and Alexandra James as recipients of the 2019 Abe Olman Scholarships for Excellence in Songwriting and The NYU Steinhardt Songwriting Scholar Award.

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  • This Is Us: Pasek & Paul’s Musical Journey

    Pasek & Paul. Pasek & Paul. That pairing of names falls so pleasingly off the tongue —there’s musicality even to their bylines! — you’d root for them to become the most celebrated songwriting team of their generation even if they didn’t have the collective talent to back it up. There’s an even better reason to keep repeating those names, of course, and it’s in how much you can’t stop humming every musical phrase or going back over every sweet gut-punch of a lyric in your mind after seeing a show like Dear Evan Hansen or hearing a song score like The Greatest Showman.

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  • 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

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  • Legendary Motown Records Label and Hip-Hop Icon Tip “T.I.” Harris To Be Honored at 32nd Annual ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards June 20 in Los Angeles

    Other awards to be presented at the 2019 ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards include ASCAP Songwriter of the Year, Publisher of the Year, Top R&B/Hip-Hop Song, Top Rap Song and Top Gospel Song.

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  • 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.

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  • Louis Bell Named ASCAP Pop Music Songwriter of the Year; “The Middle” Is Song of the Year at 36th Annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards

    ASCAP celebrated the night with writers and publishers of the most-performed music of the past year amongst pop music royalty, industry legends, and exclusive performances at the Beverly Hilton Ballroom

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  • 2019 ASCAP Pop Music Awards

    Songwriting legends and legends in-the-making had time to shine at the 2019 ASCAP Pop Music Awards, held May 16 at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles. Jeff Lynne, Billie Eilish & FINNEAS and Blondie took home top honors, and each turned in unforgettable sets of live music.

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  • Michael Giacchino Honored with ASCAP Henry Mancini Award; Pinar Toprak Receives ASCAP Shirley Walker Award; Stage & Screen Songwriters Benj Pasek & Justin Paul Recognized with ASCAP Vanguard Award at 2019 ASCAP Screen Music Awards

    ASCAP 34th Annual Screen Awards returned to the historic Beverly Hilton tonight to celebrate the greatest names in today's film, television and video game music hosted by actor Richard Kind

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  • 2019 ASCAP Screen Music Awards

    It was a glittering scene in Beverly Hills on May 15, when the creators of the greatest modern film, television and video game music came to celebrate and be celebrated at the 2019 ASCAP Screen Awards, hosted by comedian Richard Kind.

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  • ASCAP EXPO: Full Coverage

    With that pearl of wisdom, ASCAP President and Chairman of the Board Paul Williams kicked off ASCAP’s Annual Membership Meeting, the leadoff event of Day One of the ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO.

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  • ASCAP Annual Revenue and Distributions Continue to Break Records: 2018 Revenue Tops $1.227 Billion; Distributions Hit $1.109 Billion

    ASCAP, The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, announced that its total revenues for 2018 topped $1.227 billion, an increase of 7% over 2017. Additionally, ASCAP distributions crossed the $1 billion mark for the second year in a row, with $1.109 billion in royalties paid out to its songwriter, composer and publisher members. Distributions increased by $102 million, up 10% year-over-year.

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  • U.S. Music Groups Unveil Groundbreaking "50 States Of Music" Website Showcasing the Profound Economic and Cultural Impact of Recording Artists and Songwriters in Every State

    New interactive website highlights music industry’s massive $143 BILLION value to American economy, including jobs supported, notable musicians, labels, songwriters in each state and more

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  • Questlove Keynote Added to ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO Lineup; Plus "This Is Us" Composer Sidd Khosla, Tokimonsta, Priscilla Renea, Stephen Bishop

    New panels also announced for EXPO include "The Rise of Emo Rap," "Nashville Goes Global," and "Publishing 101," hosted by a roster of experienced industry execs and singer-songwriters.

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  • Iconic Hit Songwriter Jeff Lynne to be Honored with Prestigious ASCAP Founders Award at 2019 ASCAP Pop Music Awards in Beverly Hills May 16

    New wave pioneers Debbie Harry, Chris Stein and Clem Burke of Blondie to be honored with ASCAP Golden Note Award; pop/alternative phenoms Billie Eilish and Finneas to Receive ASCAP Vanguard Award at the 36th annual event.

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  • Dan + Shay Take Home Top Honors at ACM Awards

    Dan + Shay lead ASCAP ACM Awards winners with three, including Duo of the Year, for which they were nominated for the sixth time in their career.

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  • ASCAP Names Ed Razzano as Senior Vice President, Administration Services

    Effective April 9th, Razzano will lead operations and strategy for ASCAP’s royalty administration arm, Songwize, which processes and matches performances and pays royalties.

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  • The ASCAP Foundation “Songwriters: The Next Generation” Showcased ASCAP Artists at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in April!

    The 2019 showcase will feature original works by composer Carlos Simon and singer-songwriter Sara Sommerer on April 10 and by singer-songwriter Sydney Franklin and trumpeter Adam O'Farrill the following evening.

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  • My Dinners (and Lunches) with André

    April 6, 2019 would have been the 90th birthday of André Previn, the mind-bogglingly talented pianist, composer, arranger and conductor who passed away in late February. Previn made major contributions to the classical, jazz, film music and musical theatre worlds, and won four Oscars and 10 Grammys in the process. In celebration of Previn’s life and work, one of his longtime friends, the fellow ASCAP composer-pianist Earl Rose, sent us this beautiful remembrance.

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  • ASCAP Adds Hitmaking Music Creators Across Genres to 2019 “I Create Music” Expo Lineup: Wyclef Jean, Troye Sivan-Collaborator Leland, Songwriters Hall Of Famers Desmond Child and Jack Tempchin, Norwegian Star Sondre Lerche, Composers Joel Beckerman and David Vanacore

    ASCAP has announced an illustrious group of new panelists for the 2019 “I Create Music” EXPO, with industry leaders represented across a diverse array of music genres.

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  • The ASCAP Foundation Names Recipients of 2019 Morton Gould Young Composer Awards

    The award, established in 1979, honors a multitude of recipients every year who show distinction as concert composers under 30 years of age.

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  • Vote in the 2019 ASCAP Composers' Choice Awards!

    Last year was another incredible year for ASCAP composers. Help us celebrate by voting in the ASCAP Composers’ Choice Awards!

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  • 29 ASCAP Members Nominated for Daytime Emmys

    Hats off to the 29 ASCAP songwriters and composers whose work was shortlisted for the 46th Annual Daytime Emmy® Awards! The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) honored ASCAP members with nominations in all five music categories, reflecting excellence in songwriting, composition, music direction, music supervision and live performances on the small screen.

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  • 2019 Stellar Awards Nominees Honored at ASCAP and Motown Gospel 10th Annual “Morning Glory” Breakfast in Las Vegas

    The exclusive invite-only reception is one of the premier events leading up to the 34th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards and featured performances by Motown Gospel Artists Jerard & Jovaun and Gene Moore

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  • John Mellencamp to Receive ASCAP Harry Chapin Humanitarian Award from WhyHunger

    WhyHunger — a leader in the movement to end hunger and advance the human right to nutritious food in the US and around the world—will present ASCAP singer-songwriter John Mellencamp with the ASCAP Harry Chapin Humanitarian Award during the 20th annual WhyHunger Chapin Awards on June 5, 2019 at City Winery in New York.

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  • Blockbuster Film Composer Michael Giacchino to Receive ASCAP Henry Mancini Award; Captain Marvel Composer Pinar Toprak to be Honored with ASCAP Shirley Walker Award; Stage & Screen Songwriters Pasek and Paul to Accept ASCAP Vanguard Award at 2019 ASCAP Screen Music Awards May 15 at Beverly Hilton

    The ASCAP Screen Music Awards is an invitation-only dinner and awards ceremony that honors composers and songwriters of the top box office film music, top-rated TV series and the most performed television music of 2018.

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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.

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  • ASCAP Elects Board of Directors

    ASCAP released the results of its biennial election for the Board of Directors, consisting of twelve writer and twelve publisher members, who will serve on the Board for a two-year term beginning April 1st, 2019.

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  • Our SXSW 2019 Wrap-Up: ASCAP Members Turn It Up Across Austin and Beyond

    Before the clean-up crews began sweeping the streets of Austin on Sunday, March 17, the music intelligentsia tried once again to summarize and encapsulate the meaning and impact of the SXSW Music Festival, the music industry’s annual confab deep in the heart of Texas.

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  • "This Is Us" Composer Siddhartha Khosla Moves to ASCAP

    The film and television composer will join the ranks among other award-nominated artists and have his extensive musical repertoire be represented by ASCAP.

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  • National Recording Registry “Lets the Sunshine In” on 12 Classic ASCAP Recordings

    The classic radio western Gunsmoke; the revolutionary 1968 Broadway musical Hair; and Earth, Wind & Fire’s 1978 song “September” are the newest recordings inducted into the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress. Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today named these and 22 other recordings as aural treasures worthy of preservation because of their cultural, historic and aesthetic importance to the nation’s recorded sound heritage. 12 of them were performed and/or written by ASCAP’s global family of songwriters and composers.

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  • VIDEO PREMIERE: The Maine on Experimenting with New Single "Numb Without You"

    Emo is alive and well thanks to The Maine. The Arizona rock group has consistently pushed the envelope with each new song they have released over the past 12 years. Their forthcoming seventh album, You Are Ok, out independently on Friday March 29, is their most dynamic album yet. Watch the band deconstruct their new single, "Numb Without You," in this exclusive video interview.

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  • Luck Productions and ASCAP Announce Luck Embassy, A Unique Artist-Facing Portal for #luckfamily

    Luck Productions is pleased to announce the new Luck Embassy program, a unique artist-facing portal geared toward helping musicians where it counts.

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  • ASCAP’s On the Come Up: High Priestess Show at SXSW Features All-Women Lineup of Today’s Hottest Urban Music Artists

    On March 14, an all-women lineup of some of today’s hottest hip-hop, rap and urban music artists took the stage at The Belmont in Austin, Texas as ASCAP’s Urban Music Team hosted its On the Come Up: High Priestess showcase at the SXSW Music festival in Austin, Texas.

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  • What do Beyoncé, Beethoven and Black Sabbath Have in Common? Heaviness. Here’s How to Achieve It.

    Heaviness isn’t limited to any one genre, guitar tuning or production style. It's all about carrying a ton of emotional weight. Here are five tips for adding heaviness and emotional weight to your music, from multi-platinum songwriter-producer (and thrash metal drummer!) Barrett Yeretsian.

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  • The ASCAP Foundation Announces 2019 Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award Recipients

    The ASCAP Foundation is pleased to announce the winners from all over the country for their promising talent in the jazz art form.

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  • ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO Adds Oscar-Winning “Shallow” Co-Writer Anthony Rossomando Plus Lee Ann Womack, Matthew Koma and Paul Williams to Hitmaking Lineup

    First round of EXPO panelists announced today for the event taking place in Hollywood, May 2-4.

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  • Daddy Yankee and Maluma Named Songwriter/Artist and Songwriter of the Year at 27th Annual ASCAP Latin Music Awards; Latin Rockstar Draco Rosa Honored with ASCAP Vanguard Award; Milly Quezada Receives ASCAP Latin Heritage Award

    The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) 27th Annual ASCAP Latin Awards returned to San Juan, Puerto Rico in support of its songwriting community for a night filled with exceptional talent, as Latin songwriters and singers gathered to celebrate their resurgence and achievements from the past year.

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  • 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.

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  • An American Girl: Alice Randall's Journey as a Black Female Country Songwriter

    ASCAP member Alice Randall is a bestselling author (The Wind Done Gone) and one of the few black females to write a #1 country song (“XXX’s and OOO’s” by Trisha Yearwood). To celebrate both Black History Month and the song's 25th anniversary, we asked Randall to share her unique perspective on the intertwining histories of African-Americans and country music.

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  • Venues Refuse to Pay Songwriters While Profiting from Their Music

    ASCAP takes legal action against 13 venues nationwide that infringe on songwriters’ copyrights by performing their musical works without permission

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  • Chris Stapleton, Dan + Shay Lead 2019 ACM Awards Nominations

    The Academy of Country Music’s Reigning Male Artist of the Year Chris Stapleton received six nominations in four categories, including his second nod for Entertainer of the Year.

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  • H.E.R., Cardi B, The Carters & Kendrick Lamar Lead NAACP Image Awards Music Noms

    The NAACP has announced its nominees for the 2019 NAACP Image Awards, and the categories are stacked with ASCAP talent. A total of 39 ASCAP songwriters and groups were named across 11 categories in the Recording division, including all five nominees in the Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration and Outstanding Jazz Album categories.

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  • Music Creators Behind the Year's Chart-Toppers, Grammy Winners and Platinum Hits Set to Inspire at ASCAP "I Create Music" Expo 2019: Ariana Grande-Collaborators Tommy Brown, Victoria Monet and Charles Anderson; 2019 Grammy ‘Best R&B Song’ Winner Joelle James; Latin Grammy Producer of the Year Linda Briceño (Ella Bric); #1 Country Songwriters Ashley Gorley, Jon Nite and Darrell Brown + Many More

    ASCAP announces first round of award-winning and influential panelists to be joining at EXPO due to take place May 2-4, 2019 in Los Angeles.

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  • ASCAP Superstars Nominated for 2019 Billboard Latin Music Awards

    Is it getting hot in here? The 2019 Billboard Latin Music Awards have announced their nominees and ASCAP artists are on fire! Bad Bunny leads the ASCAP pack with 12 nominations and Daddy Yankee is close behind with eight - both are up for the prestigious Artist of the Year Award.

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  • ASCAP Members Take 40 Categories at 2019 Grammys

    The global ASCAP family cleaned up at the 61st annual Grammys on February 10, taking 40 categories in total for their exceptional work from 2018.

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  • The Sound and Music of Roma

    While director Alfonso Cuarón's Netflix film Roma is arresting on many levels, its use of sound remains one of the more unsung and remarkable triumphs of the work. Read more about the film's unique sonics and its companion album, Music Inspired by the Film Roma, featuring a host of new tracks from some of Cuarón's favorite musical voices.

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  • SUNDANCE PART THREE: Award-Winning Singer-Songwriter Brett Young, UK’s Vintage Folk-Soul Artist Peter Molinari, Toronto Balladeer JP Saxe and More Wrap Up 2019’s Incredible Sundance ASCAP Music Café Program

    Award-winning singer-songwriter Brett Young, UK’s vintage folk-soul artist Peter Molinari, Toronto balladeer JP Saxe and more wrapped up 2019’s incredible Sundance ASCAP Music Café program.

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  • 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.

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  • How Martin Page’s Classic “We Built This City” Hit #1 Again (Thanks to a British Puff Pastry)

    In late 2018, the classic Starship single "We Built This City" went #1 in England, 33 years after it was first released - thanks to a viral video parody about sausage rolls. ASCAP songwriter Martin Page, who co-wrote the original, tells the unexpected tale of the song's longevity.

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  • Calling All Female Music Creators: Be Part of the She Is The Music Revolution

    “She Is The Music” is an industry-wide initiative to increase equality, inclusivity and opportunity for women in music. ASCAP supports She Is The Music and wants to let female members know that the She Is The Music Database — the industry’s official, global database of women working across the music industry — is launching soon.

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  • ASCAP Brings Together Composers and Filmmakers for Night of Networking at Sundance 2019

    On Tuesday, January 29, hosted its 2019 Sundance Composer-Filmmaker Reception, an exclusive after-show event, at the Sundance ASCAP Music Café in Park City, Utah.

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  • Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts Collaborates with Composer Stephen Schwartz for ASCAP Foundation Musical Theatre Workshop, May 18-19, 2019

    Applications for the 2019 ASCAP Foundation Musical Theatre Workshop are now being accepted through February 22, 2019.

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  • ASCAP "I CREATE MUSIC" EXPO IN THE ROUND: ASHLEY GORLEY, CASSADEE POPE, MATT JENKINS AND JON NITE AT THE BLUEBIRD CAFE -- FEB 13

    Four of ASCAP's most renowned Nashville music creators will be on hand to share music and stories from their experiences at the ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO on February 13 in a special evening at the Bluebird Café in Nashville.

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  • Picture This: Blondie’s Chris Stein Reflects on Documenting the ‘70s NYC Punk Scene

    The punk subculture that gestated in lower Manhattan in the ‘70s gave us both revolutionary sounds and indelible visuals. Few understand the importance of punk's visual aesthetics better than Chris Stein, the guitarist of Blondie and a photographer who captured the NYC punk scene as it was exploding.

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  • 33 ASCAP Gospel Greats Nominated for 2019 Stellar Awards

    The nominations are in for the 34th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards, and once again, the list is stacked with ASCAP talent. Jonathan McReynolds leads the pack with nine nominations for his album Make Room and its lead single, “Not Lucky, I’m Loved.” Jekalyn Carr, Kelontae Gavin and Jarell Smalls earned four a piece, while Tori Kelly and Tasha Page-Lockhart each earned three.

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  • Eight ASCAP Members Recognized with Oscar Nominations

    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has nominated eight ASCAP all-stars for the film industry’s most prestigious honor: the 2019 Academy Awards. Our global family of film music mavens created six of the scores and songs nominated across the Oscars’ two music categories.

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  • Composer Will Stackpole Receives ASCAP Foundation Nissim Prize for "fEED"

    The 2019 ASCAP Foundation Rudolf Nissim Prize will be awarded to WIll Stackpole for his orchestral work titled "fEED", Michael Seltenreich and Peter S. Shin to be recognized for their works with special distinction

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  • ASCAP Hires Nicole Carbone-Rogers as New Head of Events

    Effective February 11th, Carbone-Rogers will be responsible for the successful execution of ASCAP’s major awards shows and other key ASCAP events as part of ASCAP’s mission to elevate and honor the contributions of its songwriter, composer and music publisher members.

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  • 27th Annual ASCAP Latin Music Awards Return to San Juan, Puerto Rico on March 5 to Honor Two Latin Icons: Queen Of Merengue Milly Quezada to Accept ASCAP Latin Heritage Award Award-Winning Songwriter and Artist Draco Rosa to Receive ASCAP Vanguard Award

    The 27th Annual ASCAP Latin Awards will be held in San Juan, Puerto Rico on March 5 and will recognize the unique and outstanding music creators and their contributions to Latin Music.

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  • Missy Elliot, Cat Stevens, Jack Tempchin to Join Songwriters Hall of Fame

    The Songwriters Hall of Fame has announced that ASCAP legends Missy Elliott, Jack Tempchin & Yusuf/Cat Stevens (PRS) will become the latest SHOF inductees at the organization's 50th Annual Induction and Awards Dinner.

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  • The Notorious Diane Warren

    Diane Warren, the Grammy and Emmy-winning, nine-time Oscar-nominated songwriting superhero, has penned hits for everyone from Aerosmith and Beyoncé to LeAnn Rimes and Lady Gaga. Her most recent anthem “I’ll Fight” was written for a very different kind of celebrity: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. We rang up Warren to get the skinny.

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  • Sundance ASCAP Music Café Presents 21st Anniversary Lineup with Performances by Grammy Winners and Rising Stars including Patty Griffin, Everlast, Neff-U & Priscilla Renea, Claudia Brant, Leland, Stephen Bishop, iDKHOW, Flor De Toloache and More

    21st Annual Sundance ASCAP Music Café, during the renowned Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah will feature a mix of rising and Grammy winning songwriter-artists.

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  • 2018 ASCAP/CBDNA Frederick Fennell Prize Winner Announced

    The $5,000 Prize for a wind ensemble work has been awarded to Jules Pegram, age 27, for “Concerto for Alto Saxophone & Wind Ensemble.” The award-winning work will be performed by a prominent ensemble in 2019.

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  • Windmills of His Mind: Michel Legrand’s Score to Orson Welles’s Lost Film

    As the only living composer who worked on an Orson Welles feature film during the director’s lifetime, Michel Legrand was the ideal choice to score The Other Side of the Wind - Welles's ambitious faux documentary, 48 years in the making and now available on Netflix.

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  • ASCAP Members Moved Music Forward in 2018

    No matter how you look at it, 2018 was an unforgettable year. And whether we needed a way to celebrate, escape, heal or connect, ASCAP members and their music were there to provide the soundtrack.

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  • The ASCAP Foundation Children Will Listen Program Receives Support From The Ahmanson Foundation to Help Expose Students to the Joys of Musical Theatre

    50 students and chaperones from the CBG Arts organization will receive free premium tickets to the Broadway musical, Come From Away, and be able to engage with the cast following the performance.

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  • ASCAP Donates to MusiCares® To Help Provide Relief for Members of the Music Community Affected by Recent California Wildfires

    Donation to provide assistance with shelter, food, instrument and recording equipment replacement and more

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  • Remembering Film Music Legend Franz Waxman

    Film music titan Franz Waxman composed some of the greatest music ever written for the silver screen, including the scores to <em>Bride of Frankenstein</em>, <em>Woman of the Year</em>, <em>Rebecca</em>, <em>The Philadelphia Story</em>, <em>Sunset Boulevard</em>, <em>A Place in the Sun</em> and <em>Taras Bulba</em>. To celebrate his birthday on December 24, read excerpts from our centennial interview with his son John Waxman, and listen to selections from his vast catalog.

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  • By the Way, Brandi Carlile Breaks Through

    With a powerful album, six Grammy nominations and an all-women festival bearing her name, the acclaimed singer-songwriter hits new heights with both feet on the ground

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  • The Cure, Def Leppard, Radiohead, The Zombies to Be Inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

    The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has inducted four legendary ASCAP bands to its 2019 class: The Cure, Def Leppard, Radiohead and The Zombies. This year's class is a reminder of the UK's continuing impact on the course of rock music history, from the British Invasion of the '60s through today.

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  • ASCAP, Academy of Country Music & Bluebird Cafe Kick Off Songwriters Series

    The Sundance ASCAP Music Café returns to the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and will present two showcases in collaboration with the Academy of Country Music and Bluebird Cafe.

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  • R&B and Pop Icon Valerie Simpson and Pulitzer Prize-Winning Composer Melinda Wagner Receive Top Awards at the 2018 ASCAP Foundation Honors in NYC

    R&B and Pop Icon Valerie Simpson and Pulitzer-Prize Winning Composer Melinda Wagner Receive Top Awards at the 2018 ASCAP Foundation Honors in NYC

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  • ASCAP Congratulates Our 2019 Grammy Nominees

    The results are in! 2019 Grammy nominations were announced the morning of December 7, and The Recording Academy has shortlisted the global ASCAP family for hundreds of their songs, compositions, performances, recordings, albums and more, across the genre spectrum.

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  • Nine ASCAP Writers Nominated for 2019 Golden Globes

    Flying nannies to fearless journalists, Wakandan superheroes to musical superstars: these are just a few of the indelible characters soundtracked by ASCAP’s global film music family in the scores and songs nominated for 2019 Golden Globes by The Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

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  • The Ballad of Carter Burwell

    Acclaimed composer Carter Burwell is well known for his longtime partnership with cult-favorite directors The Coen brothers. Their most recent collaboration, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, has a few key differences from the rest of their oeuvre: The collection of Western vignettes is their first joint venture done as separate short films. It is also Burwell and the Coens’ first team-up with a streaming platform – after an exclusive limited theatrical engagement, Buster Scruggs made its official debut on Netflix on November 16. We were lucky enough to chat with Carter about his score for the movie, his longtime collaborators and the genre he’s itching to score for.

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  • The World According to Sam Phillips

    The Grammy-nominated and acclaimed singer-songwriter Sam Phillips discusses the making of her new album, World on Sticks, composing music for Gilmore Girls and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and embracing her mysterious side

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  • “All I Want for Christmas Is You” Continues Reign As #1 ASCAP Holiday Song

    As the modern classic continues to shine on ASCAP's top 25 holiday songs of 2018, offbeat favorite “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” shows resurgence as well.

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  • Segerstrom Center For The Arts Presents Pasek and Paul: Up Close and Personal with Special Guests

    A limited number of special VIP tickets include dinner and meet-and-greet opportunities with Pasek and Paul with proceeds to benefit The ASCAP Foundation.

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  • ASCAP gana más del 50% de las categorías en los Latin GRAMMYs 2019

    ASCAP gana más del 50% de las categorías en la entrega 19 de los Latin GRAMMYs. La ceremonia tuvo lugar en el MGM Grand Garden Arena en Las Vegas el jueves 15 de noviembre del 2018. El Departamento Latino de ASCAP estuvo presente para celebrar y felicitar a todos los nominados y ganadores.

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  • How to Submit Your Music for the Daytime Emmys

    An Emmy is a coveted honor for anyone working in television. So how do you end up with a shiny winged woman holding a golden atom? For songwriters, composers and performers who work in daytime programming, your journey to a Daytime Emmy begins with a submission to NATAS.

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  • A Message for Our Members Affected by the Wildfires in California

    Our hearts go out to those of you who have lost your homes, possessions or loved ones in the recent California fires. We want to make sure that your upcoming ASCAP royalties make it safely to you during this difficult time.

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  • R&B and Pop Icon Valerie Simpson to Receive the ASCAP Foundation George M. Cohan Friars Foundation; Pulitzer Prize-Winning Composer Melinda Wagner to be Honored with the ASCAP Foundation Masters Award at the 2018 ASCAP Foundations Honors in NYC on December 12

    R&B and Pop Icon Valerie Simpson to Receive the ASCAP Foundation George M. Cohan Friars Foundation; Pulitzer Prize-Winning Composer Melinda Wagner to be Honored with the ASCAP Foundation Masters Award at the 2018 ASCAP Foundations Honors in NYC on December 12.

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  • ASCAP Country Music Awards 2018

    On November 12, ASCAP presented a night of incredible music at our 56th Annual ASCAP Country Music Awards in downtown Nashville, Tennessee. Country and Americana singer-songwriter Lee Ann Womack was honored in song before receiving the ASCAP Golden Note Award, presented by ASCAP President and Chairman Paul Williams along with Big Machine recording artist Carly Pearce.

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  • Ashley Gorley Named ASCAP Country Music Songwriter of the Year; Revered Songwriter-Artist Lee Ann Womack Honored at 56th Annual ASCAP Country Music Awards

    The stars of country music gathered for the 56th annual American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) Country Music Awards on Monday, November 12, at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Nashville.

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  • 13 ASCAP Legends Nominated for 2019 Songwriters Hall of Fame

    13 ASCAP songwriting legends are up for induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame class of 2019. Their work hails from all over the genre spectrum, but each and every one is an acknowledged master of the songwriting craft.

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  • MATA Honors Champion of Living Composers and Flutist Extraordinaire, Claire Chase

    Autumn at its peak and ASCAP was once again happy to be present at another warm and amicable MATA (Music at the Anthology) gathering, with its traditional mix of composers, performers and pedagogues; and a number of music industry and overall music-supportive folk as well.

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  • Venues Refuse to Pay Songwriters While Profiting from Their Music

    ASCAP takes legal action against 12 venues nationwide that infringe on songwriters’ copyrights by performing their musical works without permission.

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  • Creativity and Collaboration Abound at All-Female ASCAP She Is the Music Song Camp

    ASCAP and a group of talented songwriters made history with the all-female ASCAP She Is The Music Song Camp in Nashville. Taking place October 17-19, the camp brought together an all-star lineup of women music creators from across all genres - including the legendary, Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Mary J. Blige,

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  • ASCAP Waves Hello to Wavefield Ensemble

    The world of contemporary music has just welcomed into its ranks a new and formidable performance force: the collectively organized group known as Wavefield Ensemble.

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  • Nomination Period Now Open for Songwriter-Member Seats of Music Licensing Collective Board/Committees

    Nominations are now open for songwriter-members of the Board of Directors, Unclaimed Funds Committee and Dispute Resolution Committee of the Music Licensing Collective (MLC) to be submitted to the US Copyright Office for approval as established by the recently passed Music Modernization Act. Nominees can be submitted through December 5, 2018.

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  • RECAP: 10th Annual ASCAP Women Behind the Music Honors Rashan Ali, Sevyn Streeter, Shanti Das and Charita Brittenum in Atlanta

    On Thursday, October 25, 2018, ASCAP hosted the 10th annual ASCAP Women Behind the Music at 433 Bishop in Atlanta. The event celebrates female artists and executives in the music industry.

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  • ASCAP Members Take the Spotlight at Variety Music for Screens Summit

    The whole film and TV music community came out to learn from ASCAP screen music all-stars and industry insiders at the Variety Music for Screens Summit, held on October 30 at NeueHouse in Hollywood. ASCAP was an official partner of the inaugural event.

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  • Registration Now Open For 14th Annual ASCAP “I Create Music” Expo, May 2 – 4, 2019 In Los Angeles

    Largest gathering of songwriters in North America prepares to welcome music creators from all over the world

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  • Another Successful Round of ASCAP Foundation Choral Commissions with The New York Virtuoso Singers

    On October 27 at Advent Lutheran Church on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, lovers of vocal harmony were treated to the world premiere of five sparkling new ASCAP choral works, performed by the New York Virtuoso Singers (with some assistance from The Canticum Novum Youth Choir). The concert was part of an ongoing project involving the commissioning of 50 new works by ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Award recipients, a project that has given the world a staggering 45 new choral works so far.

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  • Brett Young to Receive Songwriter-Artist of the Year at 2018 ASCAP Country Music Awards

    Fueling the momentum from his platinum debut album and four consecutive #1 singles, Brett Young has now been named the 2018 ASCAP Country Songwriter-Artist of the Year. Young will be celebrated at the 56th Annual ASCAP Country Music Awards, to be held Monday, November 12 in Nashville.

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  • 50th Anniversary of The ASCAP Foundation Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Awards Recognizes Music Books, Articles and Broadcasts On Copland, Mathis, Mitchell and More

    The ASCAP Foundation Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Awards honor outstanding print, broadcast and new media coverage of music.

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  • Introducing Our New ASCAP Member Benefit: Hit Songs Deconstructed

    What if you could understand what today’s hits have in common on a compositional level, and figure out how to spice up your own songs with techniques used by today’s most successful writers and producers? That’s exactly what you can do with our new ASCAP Member Benefits partner, Hit Songs Deconstructed.

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  • Stefflon Don, Tom Walker, Steve Mac, Lorne Balfe and Steven "Lenky" Marsden Honoured with Prestigious ASCAP Awards at 2018 ASCAP London Music Awards

    Tonight The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), the world leader in performing rights and advocacy for music creators, celebrated some of the most successful songwriters, composers and performers in British music.

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  • Hans Zimmer Feted with Max Steiner Award at Hollywood in Vienna

    On October 21, the venerable Vienna Concert Hall turned into a hotspot for film and music fans as the annual Hollywood in Vienna gala honored one of the greatest figures in contemporary film music: ASCAP composer Hans Zimmer.

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  • Jóhann Jóhannsson Named Film Composer of the Year at World Soundtrack Awards

    On October 17, the World Soundtrack Academy honored six members of the ASCAP film/TV music community for their sterling music for screens at the prestigious 2018 World Soundtrack Awards.

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  • Colby Wedgeworth Named Songwriter of the Year at 40th ASCAP Christian Music Awards

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  • Colby Wedgeworth Named ASCAP Christian Music Songwriter of The Year at 40th Annual ASCAP Christian Music Awards

    Twila Paris receives ASCAP Golden Note Award; “Even If” claims Top Song honors; Capitol CMG Publishing earns Publisher of the Year for 16th consecutive year.

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  • 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.

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  • Mary J. Blige and Top Women Songwriters Come Together For ASCAP 'She Is The Music' Song Camp

    ASCAP-curated group of female songwriters and producers includes Audra Mae, Priscilla Renea, Emily Weisband and superstar engineers Kesha Lee and Maria Elisa Ayerbe

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  • Eight ASCAP Legends Make the Rock Hall Shortlist

    The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame just released its nominees for the 2019 class, and eight ASCAP acts made the cut. Give a listen to our playlist of classic songs from each of them, and don't forget to vote for your favorites by December 9!

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  • ASCAP resalta en las Nominaciones al Latin GRAMMY 2018

    La Academia Latina de la Grabación (LARAS) anunció los nominados de la décimanovena entrega del premio más importante de la música Latina, el Latin GRAMMY.

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  • ASCAP Member Julian Hornik Receives the 2018 Sammy Cahn Award

    For 23 years The ASCAP Foundation has honored the life and career of the late lyricist and former ASCAP Board member Sammy Cahn with The Sammy Cahn Award. The Award, made possible by his wife, Tita Cahn, is given to a promising lyricist. Past winners include John Mayer, Josh Ritter, Lori McKenna, Nicole Atkins, Katie Herzig and many more.

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  • Congrats to Trevor de Verteuil on Receiving the 2018 ASCAP Foundation Jay Gorney Award

    ASCAP singer-songwriter Trevor de Verteuil was named the recipient of this year’s ASCAP Foundation Jay Gorney Award for his original song “Dreaming Out Loud.”

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  • The Evolution of Screen Music

    We spoke with four of the panelists at the inaugural Screen Music Connect (happening Monday, September 24 in London), representing the absolute pinnacle of the screen music craft and industry: Darrell Alexander, Olivier Derivière, James Hannigan and Richard Jacques. Here’s what they had to say about the past, present and future of music for screens.

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  • ASCAP Statements on Senate Passage of The Music Modernization Act

    The United States Senate today unanimously passed 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 in a free market.

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  • 18 ASCAP Screen Music Greats Earn World Soundtrack Awards Noms

    It’s another terrific awards season for ASCAP’s global family of film music mavens! The World Soundtrack Academy has nominated 18 ASCAP members and international affiliates for its 2018 World Soundtrack Awards, one of the most prestigious film music honors in Europe.

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  • Lee Ann Womack to be Honored With Prestigious ASCAP Golden Note Award at ASCAP Country Music Awards

    The 56th annual gala, to be held Monday, November 12, in downtown Nashville, celebrates the songwriters and publishers of ASCAP’s most performed country songs of the previous year.

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  • Stefflon Don And Tom Walker To Be Honoured With ASCAP Vanguard Award At ASCAP London Awards 23 October 2018

    The ASCAP Awards, London ceremony will also see esteemed awards presented for Song of the Year, Top Digital Song, Top EDM Song and Film Score of the Year. The evening will take place in downtown London and will be attended by some of the biggest names in the music and entertainment industry.

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  • 14th Annual ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO On Deck For May 2 - 4, 2019

    The largest gathering of songwriters in North America promises 3 days of information and inspiration.

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  • 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.

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  • A New Chapter: Sony/ATV President Jorge Mejia’s Brilliant Classical Album <i>An Open Book</i>

    By day, ASCAP composer Jorge Mejia is President of Sony/ATV Music Publishing for Latin America and US Latin. But he moonlights as a pianist and composer of brilliant, mercurial classical music. His new album An Open Book would be an ambitious achievement for any composer, let alone one with the kind of extra-musical commitments that Mejia has. So we had plenty to talk about.

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  • Seven ASCAP Members Victorious at the 2018 Emmys

    Congratulations to the seven ASCAP family members who brought home trophies at the 2018 Creative Arts Emmys celebration the weekend of September 8-9!

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  • Top Latin Songwriters To Collaborate At ASCAP Song Camp With Del Records In Los Angeles September 10-13, 2018

    Adrián Pieragostino, Daniel Santacruz, Jerry Demara, Héctor Guerrero, María Fernanda Díaz Juárez, Moisés Arellanes and Yoel Enríquez will join forces for writing sessions at Los Del Studios.

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  • ASCAP/CBDNA Frederick Fennell Prize Guidelines

    ASCAP and the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) seek to recognize talented young composers who write music for Concert Band. The prize is $5,000. Applications will be accepted through October 10, 2018.

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  • Joint Statement by the United States Music Community Regarding the U.S.-Mexico Agreement on NAFTA

    More than 18 groups representing virtually the entire United States music community issued the following joint statement regarding the announcement of a U.S.-Mexico agreement in principle on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

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  • Singer, Songwriter and Author Twila Paris to Receive Prestigious ASCAP Golden Note Award; Gospel Music Association to Accept ASCAP Partners in Music Award at 40th Annual ASCAP Christian Music Awards

    The 2018 ASCAP Christian Music Awards will recognize the writers and publishers of the most-performed songs in Christian music, and features special performances by today’s most popular artists and songwriters in the genre.

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  • ASCAP Hosts Annual “On The Come Up” Showcase Series Featuring Rising Songwriters and Performing Artists From Around The Country

    The showcases feature rising songwriter-artists from around the country and give in-the-know fans a chance to see their favorite new musicians live.

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  • Happy 100th Birthday, Leonard Bernstein

    Leonard Bernstein would have turned 100 on August 25, 2018. In the history of modern music, you’d be hard-pressed to find a figure more universally beloved than this cherished composer, pianist, conductor and ASCAP music legend. Celebrate Bernstein's centennial with our appraisal of his legacy, and playlists of some of his greatest work.

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  • ASCAP Members Receive 86 Dove Awards Nominations

    We wish them nothing but the best for this year’s ceremony, which will take place on Tuesday, October 16, at Lipscomb University. TBN will exclusively air the show on Sunday, October 21st.

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  • Music + Revolution: Concert to Celebrate Songs from Greenwich Village in the 1960s at NYC’s SummerStage

    Jesse Colin Young, José Feliciano, Maria Muldaur, Nellie McKay, Melanie, Marshall Crenshaw and many more artists join host Richard Barone for a concert that pays tribute to the Greenwich Village scene that produced some of our most timeless and socially-relevant songs.

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  • 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.

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  • Scoring with Cheese

    <em>Cobra Kai</em> karate-chopped expectations when it debuted on YouTube Red this year. An essential part of the show’s addictive combo of nostalgia and relatability is the score by ASCAP composers Leo Birenberg and Zach Robinson. How did they overcome the “cheese” factor inherent to a show based on the beloved, over-the-top <em>Karate Kid</em> franchise? Read on for a primer on how they used musical cheese tastefully – and how you can do the same.

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  • Newport Folk Festival 2018: Peace, Love and Music are Alive and Well

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  • Estar Cohen Raises Her Voice at Newport

    For the past three years, The ASCAP Foundation has partnered with the Newport Jazz Festival to give an exceptional Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award recipient a chance to shine live at the venerable Festival. This year, the Herb Alpert judges chose ASCAP composer and vocalist Estar Cohen to bring her dynamic ensemble to the Storyville Stage for a set of open-minded original music.

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  • Foundation award recipient Estar Cohen Performs at Newport Jazz Festival

    Herb Alpert Award recipient Estar Cohen to perform at esteemed Festival’s Storyville Stage.

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  • ASCAP Promotes Gregory Morgado to Deputy General Counsel

    Greg joined ASCAP in 2015 as Senior Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs, where he is responsible for supervising and providing legal advice on a broad range of corporate law, compliance, corporate governance, commercial transactions, intellectual property, international and risk management matters.

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  • Prolific Producer-Turned-Composer Junkie XL Moves to ASCAP

    The "Deadpool" and "Mad Max: Fury Road" composer will host a studio session at ASCAP's 30th annual Film Scoring Workshop on July 18th.

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  • Global ASCAP Family Honored at 2018 Music+Sound Awards

    For a seventh year, the Music+Sound Awards have celebrated the indispensable role and outstanding contribution that music and sound play in the media, shining a light on standout work from around the world of the last 12 months. This year’s awards honored 15 writers and bands from the global ASCAP family, for categories spanning original composition, sync, re-records, sound design and production music within film, TV and advertising.

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  • ASCAP And Songwriters Victorious In Two Court Contests With California Radio Stations That Refused To Pay ASCAP License Fees

    Federal judges in Los Angeles and New York on Wednesday issued court rulings protecting the rights of songwriters and publishers in two separate but related matters involving three California radio stations, ordering the stations to pay more than $1.5 million in license fees, costs, attorneys’ fees and statutory damages to the ASCAP and its members.

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  • 18 ASCAP Writers Shortlisted for 2018 Primetime Emmys

    In an announcement on the morning of July 12, the Television Academy shortlisted 18 ASCAP members and international affiliates for their exceptional work from June 1, 2017 through May 31, 2018.

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  • The ASCAP Foundation and The Wallis Establish Partnership to Promote the Works of Emerging Songwriters

    Two showcases are planned to take place at the Wallis' Sorting Room on July 18th and 19th.

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  • Acclaimed ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop Celebrates 30th Year of Producing Top-Tier Screen Composers

    The career-launching workshop kicks off on July 9th, featuring 12 aspiring composers from six countries.

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  • Garland Jeffreys: Still “Wild in the Streets” at 75

    People get older, but great songs can be timeless. So when you find out that Garland Jeffreys is turning 75, the proper reaction is “Wow, Garland Jeffreys has been writing great songs for five decades.” ASCAP is proud to be a small part of his story: In 2012, he brought the house down at our annual Sundance ASCAP Music Café at the Sundance Film Festival. Check out a performance from his set above, followed by an interview we shot with him a few months earlier.

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  • 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.

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  • R&B Supergroup XSCAPE Honored with ASCAP Golden Note Award; Chart-Topping Rappers Migos Accept ASCAP Vanguard Award at 2018 ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards

    Gucci Mane and Quavo tie for ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Songwriter of the Year. Top songwriters and hip-hop stars gathered at The Beverly Wilshire for ASCAP's 31st annual, signature urban music event.

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  • Influential Rap Trio Migos to Receive ASCAP Vanguard Award at 31st Annual ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards on June 21st in Los Angeles

    The group will join previously announced ASCAP Golden Note Award winner Xscape as the night's top honorees.

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  • ASCAP’s UK Family Dominates the 2018 Ivor Novello Awards

    BASCA and PRS for Music honored 16 members of ASCAP’s UK family at the 63rd Ivor Novello Awards, presented on May 31st the Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London.

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  • ASCAP Member Itamar Moses & Once on This Island Win Big at 2018 Tony Awards

    The 72nd Annual Tony Awards took place on June 10, and what a night it was! ASCAP member Itamar Moses had a banner night, winning the Best Book of a Musical category for The Band’s Visit. The spectacular revival of <em>Once on This Island</em>, with book and lyrics by ASCAP member Lynn Ahrens and music by ASCAP member Stephen Flaherty, won best Musical Revival.

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  • Venues Refuse to Pay Songwriters While Profiting from Their Music

    ASCAP takes legal action against 10 venues nationwide that infringe on songwriters’ copyrights by performing their musical works without permission.

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  • Prolific Film Composer John Powell Recognized with ASCAP Henry Mancini Award; Composer and Songwriter Germaine Franco Receives ASCAP Shirley Walker Award at 2018 ASCAP Screen Music Awards

    ASCAP also recognized the composers of the most performed TV, film and video game music and revealed the ASCAP Composers’ Choice Awards winners.

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

    Jason Mraz, Brandy Clark, Michael McDonald, Suzanne Vega, Mike Love and The Beach Boys, Johntá Austin and More Performed at The ASCAP Foundation’s 10th Annual “We Write the Songs” at Library Of Congress

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  • ASCAP Members Emily Bear, Hannah Dasher, Sylvan Esso, Oskari Nurminen Earn Songwriters Hall of Fame Awards

    The Songwriters Hall of Fame has announced four ASCAP members and affiliates as recipients of the 2018 Abe Olman Scholarships for Excellence in Songwriting, The Holly Prize and The NYU Steinhardt Songwriting Scholar Award.

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  • 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.

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  • Track Premiere: Shawn Patterson’s Powerful, Harriet Tubman-Inspired “My Salvation”

    Hear an exclusive premiere of Shawn Patterson’s newest song, “My Salvation.” It’s a soulful acoustic song from the Oscar, Grammy and Daytime Emmy-nominated songwriter/composer behind "Everything Is Awesome!!!," Robot Chicken and more.

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  • 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.

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  • R&B Group Xscape to be Honored with ASCAP Golden Note Award at 2018 ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards on June 21st in Los Angeles

    The event will also honor ASCAP songwriter and publisher members with awards for the most performed ASCAP songs of the past year on the R&B, hip-hop, rap and gospel charts.

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  • Inspiration, Empowerment and Creative Freedom Defined the Unforgettable 2018 ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO

    What a whirlwind! It’s going to take a loooong time to process all the invaluable advice we learned, profound life lessons we received, once-in-a-lifetime performances we witnessed and the connections we made at this year’s ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO. In the meantime, here are some of the highlights from the last few days.

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  • 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.

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  • How to Make Sure Your ASCAP EXPO Experience Rules Hard

    If you’re reading this, you’re probably heading to the ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO! Woo-hooo! You’ve made a great career decision just by buying tickets. There are a lot more decisions to make over the three days of the EXPO, and after 13 years of putting on the EXPO, we know it can be overwhelming. Here are a few tips to get you started.

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  • Curtains Up! ASCAP Musicals Nab 12 Tony Nods

    The 2018 Tony Award nominations have finally arrived, and our ASCAP writers have dazzled once again, clinching 12 nominations across five categories.

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  • Multi-Platinum Recording Artists Ne-Yo and Jermaine Dupri Join 2018 ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO Lineup

    The 13th annual event will feature three days of panels, workshops, master classes, keynotes and one-on-one sessions with the industry’s top hitmakers.

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  • 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.

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  • Steve Mac, Max Martin, Starrah and Drew Taggart Tie as 2018 ASCAP Pop Music Songwriter of the Year; “Shape Of You” is Song of the Year at 35th Annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards

    The night's top honorees included previously announced winners Desmond Child, Lana Del Rey and Portugal. The Man. The event took place at the historic Beverly Hilton Hotel in front of a packed audience of songwriters, composers, producers and music industry executives.

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  • ASCAP Names Nicholas Lehman as Chief Strategy & Digital Officer

    Lehman will oversee Strategy, Business Development, Product Development and Administration Services as ASCAP enhances services to its songwriter, composer and music publisher members as well as to its music licensing partners.

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  • ASCAP Delivers for the First Time More Than $1 Billion to Songwriter, Composer and Music Publisher Members

    ASCAP revenues top $1.144B in 2017, with record-high results for the fourth straight year.

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  • The ASCAP Foundation Names Recipients of 2018 Morton Gould Young Composer Awards

    Established as The ASCAP Foundation Young Composer Awards in 1979 with funding from the Jack and Amy Norworth Fund, the program grants cash prizes to concert music composers up to 30 years of age whose works are selected through a juried national competition.

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  • On the Come Up: YBN Nahmir

    This rising rapper takes a break from his career whirlwind to discuss his OTCU story with ASCAP.

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  • Film Composer John Powell to Receive Prestigious ASCAP Henry Mancini Award; Film Composer Germaine Franco to be Honored with ASCAP Shirley Walker Award at 2018 ASCAP Screen Music Awards on May 23

    The invitation-only dinner and awards ceremony will honor the composers and songwriters of the top box office film music, top-rated series and the most performed television music of 2017.

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  • Ricky Byrd’s Clean Getaway Helps Spread Message of Recovery

    Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s new album features all-star band and songs of hope and possibility

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  • 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.

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  • Vote in the 2018 ASCAP Composers' Choice Awards!

    Last year was another incredible year for ASCAP composers. Help us celebrate by voting in the ASCAP Composers’ Choice Awards!

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  • 4 Ways to Get Your Songs Heard by Today's Hit Songwriters at the 2018 ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO

    In addition to panel discussions with today's top hitmakers — Meghan Trainor, St. Vincent, JoJo and Jason Mraz among them — the 2018 ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO gives attendees multiple chances to have their original songs heard by leaders from across the music industry.

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  • International Superstar Lana Del Rey to Receive ASCAP Global Impact Award; Grammy-Winning Rockers Portugal. The Man to be Honored with ASCAP Vanguard Award at 2018 ASCAP Pop Music Awards on April 23rd

    The two chart-toppers join previously announced hitmaker and Songwriters Hall of Fame member Desmond Child as the night's top honorees.

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  • Multi-Platinum Hitmaker Desmond Child to be Honored with Prestigious ASCAP Founders Award at 2018 ASCAP Pop Music Awards in Los Angeles April 23

    2018 marks the Grammy Award winner and Songwriters Hall of Fame Inductee's 40th year as an ASCAP member.

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  • 2018 Stellar Awards Nominees Celebrated at ASCAP and Motown Gospel “Morning Glory” Breakfast in Las Vegas

    The exclusive event featured inspirational performances by Motown Gospel Artists Kenny Lattimore, Lexi and Brian Courtney Wilson, and was hosted by Lashawn “Big Shiz” Daniels.

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  • The ASCAP Foundation “Songwriters: The Next Generation” Showcases ASCAP Artists at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

    “Songwriters: The Next Generation,” a program of The ASCAP Foundation and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, showcases the work of emerging ASCAP songwriters and composers in free concerts on the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage in Washington, DC. Concerts will take place on Wednesday, April 4 and Friday, April 6, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.

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  • National Recording Registry Inducts 16 Classic Recordings Performed or Written by ASCAP Members

    Tony Bennett’s hit single, “I Left My Heart in San Francisco;” the timeless soundtrack of The Sound of Music; Run-DMC’s 1986 crossover hit album Raising Hell; and an early cylinder recording by Victor Herbert, one of ASCAP's co-founders, have been honored for their cultural, historic and aesthetic importance to the American soundscape. On March 21, Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden named these recordings and 21 other titles to the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress, as aural treasures worthy of preservation. 14 were recorded by ASCAP members, and an additional two feature music written by ASCAP members.

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  • ASCAP @ SXSW 2018 Recap

    With a song camp, panel discussions and endless knockout performances, ASCAP was out in full force at the world's largest music festival and conference.

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  • 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.

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  • St. Vincent, Betty Who, Charlotte Caffey, JoJo, Priscilla Renea and a Dozen More Hitmakers Added to 2018 ASCAP “I Create Music” Expo Lineup; May 7-9 at the Loews Hollywood Hotel

    The stars join multi-platinum recording artists Meghan Trainor and Jason Mraz, Songwriters Hall of Famers Desmond Child and Paul Williams, Jazz Legend Marcus Miller and Grammy-winner Marc Cohn among many more.

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  • Prince Charlez, Taliwhoah, Zoey Dollaz, DaniLeigh and More Raise the Roof at ASCAP Urban’s SXSW Show

    On March 14, some of today’s hottest hip-hop, rap and urban music artists lit up the night in Austin, Texas as ASCAP’s Urban Music Team hosted its On the Come Up: SXSW Edition showcase.

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  • Shenandoah Conservatory Students Welcomed by ASCAP's Concert Music Department

    "NEW MUSIC IN NEW YORK" and that's a tall order being undertaken by this sharp and distinguished group of undergraduate and graduate music students from the Shenandoah Conservatory, in town this week from Winchester, Virginia on a wide and multi-faceted New Music discovery tour.

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  • Meghan Trainor To Join 2018 ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO Lineup For Keynote Conversation

    The chart-topping superstar returns to EXPO after first attending as a 16-year-old aspiring artist. The 2018 event is stacked with Grammy winners, hall of famers and multi-platinum music creators (May 7-9 in Hollywood).

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  • Joss Favela and Farruko Named Songwriter and Songwriter/Artist of the Year at 26th Annual ASCAP Latin Music Awards; Gente de Zona Honored with ASCAP Golden Note Award and Eduardo Cabra AKA Visitante Presented with ASCAP Vanguard Award

    Daddy Yankee, Justin Bieber, Jason “Poo Bear” Boyd named recipients of Latin Song of the Year Award for “Despacito.”

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  • ASCAP Urban Presents: On the Come Up SXSW Edition

    From an exciting urban music showcase two ASCAP experts speaking on panels to co-sponsoring an international song camp, SXSW Songs, ASCAP is out in full force at this year’s SXSW Music Festival and Conference, the largest gathering of the music industry in the world.

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  • Chris Stapleton, Sam Hunt Lead ACM Awards Nominations

    Reba McEntire will return as the host for the 53rd annual Academy of Country Music Awards, marking her fifteenth time as ACM Awards host. McEntire also received her sixteenth nomination for ACM Female Vocalist of the Year. The 16-time ACM award winner announced the top nominees in several categories on CBS This Morning on Thursday, March 1st.

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  • Remembering Odetta, The Voice of the Civil Rights Movement

    In our age of information overload and 24-hour news cycles, it’s hard to imagine that a single woman with a voice and a guitar could galvanize an entire generation into action. Yet that is the case with Odetta, a legendary singer, songwriter, guitarist, actress and civil rights icon, and an ASCAP member from 1962 until her death in 2008.

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  • ASCAP’s Global Family Dominates 2018 BRIT Awards

    On February 21, the British Phonographic Industry held its 38th annual BRIT Awards, honoring the UK’s favorite music from England and beyond. ASCAP songwriters and members of our international family of music creators took the stage to accept trophies again and again - winning a whopping 10 out of the 13 categories.

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  • Music of ASCAP Composers Douglas Knehans and Edward Smaldone featured at DiMenna Center for Classical Music

    After its Carnegie Hall appearance in December, with sponsorship from the League of Composers, ISCM and the COMPOSERS NOW Festival, the Cincinnati-based new music ensemble All of the Above was once again back in New York, this time at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music.

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  • Gente De Zona to be Honored with ASCAP Golden Note Award; Visitante to Receive ASCAP Vanguard Award at 26th Annual ASCAP Latin Music Awards in New York City on March 6, 2018

    The evening will feature performances by some of Latin music's hottest stars and awards will be presented to the Songwriter of the Year, Singer/Songwriter of the Year, Publisher of the Year, Independent Publisher of the Year and the creators of the Latin Song of the Year.

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  • Venues Refuse to Pay Songwriters While Profiting from Their Music

    ASCAP takes legal action against 11 venues nationwide that infringe on songwriters’ copyrights by performing their musical works without permission.

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  • Jóhann Jóhannsson - In Memoriam

    ASCAP mourns the passing of Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson, who died on February 9 at his home in Berlin. He was 48.

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  • Anthony Brown, JJ Hairston and Tasha Cobbs Leonard Lead ASCAP Member Stellar Awards Nominees

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  • Premios Billboard a la música Latina

    ASCAP felicita a todos los nominados al Premio Billboard de la música Latina en especial a todos nuestros socios nominados quienes arrasaron en la mayoría de las nominaciones!

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  • Roscoe Mitchell Receives Prestigious ASCAP Founders Award; Gerald Clayton Honored With ASCAP Vanguard Award At 2018 ASCAP Jazz Awards

    Marilyn Bergman recognized with inaugural ASCAP President’s Award.

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  • Four ASCAP Greats to Be Inducted into Songwriters Hall of Fame

    The Songwriters Hall of Fame has announced that ASCAP greats Ronald Bell (of Kool & The Gang), Jermaine Dupri, Alan Jackson and John Mellencamp will join its hallowed ranks in 2018. The four songwriting legends will be inducted at the 49th Annual Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Dinner, slated for Thursday, June 14th at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City.

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  • ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO 2018 Debuts First Taste of Grammy-Winning, Multi-Platinum Lineup: Jason Mraz, Marc Cohn, Darrell Brown, Dan Wilson, Claudia Brant, Desmond Child, Marcus Miller, Paul Williams, Billie Eilish + Finneas O’Connell

    The United States’ largest conference for songwriters, composers, artists and producers takes place May 7-9 In Los Angeles.

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  • Grammy Nominees Celebrate at Annual ASCAP Reception 

    The Grammys were back in the New York groove this year, and ASCAP Grammy nominees, executives and friends gathered on Saturday, January 27 at the impossibly mod Top of the Standard to celebrate the biggest music event of the year. ASCAP member and globe-trotting tastemaker DJ D-NICE was on tap for the brunch proceedings, along with suave SVEDKA cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a gilded roster of guests. Drawing Booth captured digital portraits of the evening’s guests.

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  • ASCAP Members Take 38 Categories at the 2018 Grammys

    The Recording Academy shined a spotlight on ASCAP members and their music at the 60th annual Grammy Awards, held Sunday, January 28 at New York's Madison Square Garden. Our songwriters and composers took home trophies in 38 categories and earned standing ovations for a series of incredible live performances on music' biggest night.

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  • 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

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  • David Biedenbender Receives the ASCAP Foundation Nissim Prize for "Cyclotron"

    Huck Hodge recognized with Special Distinction.

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  • ASCAP Brings Together Composers and Filmmakers for Night of Networking at Sundance

    On Tuesday, January 25th ASCAP hosted its 2018 Sundance Composer-Filmmaker Reception, an exclusive after-show event at the Sundance ASCAP Music Café in Park City, Utah.

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  • Coalition Praises Senate Introduction of the Music Modernization Act

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

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

    ASCAP CEO Elizabeth Matthews speaks on the new bill.

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  • Bipartisan Senators Introduce “Most Significant Change in Music Licensing Laws in Decades”

    Hatch, Alexander, Coons, Corker, Durbin, Jones, Isakson, Whitehouse sponsor consensus legislation supported by songwriters, music publishers, and digital music services.

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  • Academy Nominates Nine ASCAP Writers for 2018 Music Oscars

    2018 is shaping up to be sweet year for the nine ASCAP members and affiliates nominated for music Oscars.

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  • SUNDANCE PART THREE: The Sundance ASCAP Music Café Wraps Up with Performances by Emerging Nashville Hitmakers, NewSong Music Winner Crys Matthews and Roots Rock Great Michael Franti

    Singer-actor-performer Darren Criss, who has had a multi-faceted career spanning television, film, music and stage, and who is currently starring the FX series The Assassination of Gianni Versace, appeared at the Sundance ASCAP Music Café on Monday, January 23rd.

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  • The ASCAP Foundation Announces 2018 Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award Recipients

    The ASCAP Foundation has announced the recipients of the 2018 Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Awards. The recipients, who receive cash awards, range in age from 14 to 29 and are selected through a juried national competition.

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  • All the Music in the World: Daniel Pemberton on Scoring Ridley Scott's Wild New Crime Thriller

    Ridley Scott's new film All the Money in the World is many things: a thriller, a family drama, a mob movie, a meditation on the corrupting power of money. How to capture all those different shades in score form? Scott couldn't have chosen a better partner than his frequent collaborator Daniel Pemberton (PRS), one of the most colorful film composers out there. This Ivor Novello-winning, Golden Globe-nominated Brit is known for his chameleonic scoring palette, which might encompass electronic gurgles, choral bombast, rock instrumentation, orchestra writing or all the above, depending on the project. Here, Pemberton explains why scoring All the Money was an adventure unlike any other scoring assignment he's had before.

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  • The Wallis, ASCAP and Universal Theatrical Group (UTG) Present The 2018 ASCAP Foundation Musical Theatre Workshop Directed by Stephen Schwartz on February 7 – 9

    Tickets reservations now available for annual two-day workshop that showcases two new original musical works-in-progress on February 7 – 8, 2018. A special evening performance featuring Stephen Schwartz and special guests on February 9, 2018 on sale now.

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  • Sundance ASCAP Music Café Presents 20th Anniversary Lineup with Performances by Michael Franti, Brett Dennen, Mr Hudson, Ruelle, Ethan Gruska, Striking Matches and More at 2018 Sundance Film Festival

    The 20th annual Sundance ASCAP Music Café – running during the daytime from January 19-26 – presents a vibrant roster of renowned and up-and-coming artists and songwriters, specially curated by ASCAP for the Sundance Film Festival.

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  • Till the End of Time: The Immortal Songs of Buddy Kaye

    January 3, 2018 would have been the 100th birthday of songwriter Buddy Kaye. Over a prolific career that produced jazz standards, major pop hits, classic film and TV themes, a musical and much more, Kaye established himself as one of the hardest-working creators in the business – and a lyricist for the ages. To celebrate his centennial, Kaye’s son, Richard Kaye reflects on his father’s life in music.

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  • 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.

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  • Charles Kelley of Multi-Platinum Trio Lady Antebellum to Headline Snowmass Celebrity Ski Fest, Presented by ASCAP

    Inaugural charity event will also feature performances from hitmakers Edwin McCain, Chris DeStefano, Charles Esten and more.

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  • Dee Dee Bridgewater and Broadway’s David Hein and Irene Sankoff Among Honorees At The 2017 ASCAP Foundation Honors

    Presenters included ASCAP Foundation President Paul Williams, Desmond Child, Marcus Miller, Stephen Schwartz and George Wein. Scholarship and award recipients were also recognized.

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  • “All I Want For Christmas Is You” Joins Christmas Classics as #1 ASCAP Holiday Song In 2017

    Old school favorites like "A Holly Jolly Christmas" and "Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow" still dominate the rest of the Holiday Songs chart.

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  • ASCAP Hires Media Executive Stephanie Ruyle As New EVP Of Licensing

    Ruyle will be responsible for ASCAP’s licensing revenues and operations across all platforms. She succeeds Vincent Candilora, who has successfully led ASCAP licensing since 1995, and who in 2016 announced that he planned to retire at the end of 2017.

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  • New Musicals Sought: The ASCAP Foundation Musical Theatre Workshop Now Accepting Submissions For 2018 Events in LA and NY

    The workshops are directed by award-winning composer/lyricist Stephen Schwartz and presented with support from Universal Theatrical Group.

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  • Venues Refuse to Pay Songwriters While Profiting From Their Music

    ASCAP takes legal action against 11 venues nationwide that infringe on songwriters’ copyrights by performing their musical works without permission

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  • ASCAP Opens Registration for 13th annual “I Create Music” EXPO: The United States' Largest Conference for Songwriters, Composers, Artists and Producers

    ASCAP, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, will bring its pioneering “I Create Music” EXPO back to Los Angeles in 2018 for three days of workshops, master classes, one-on-one sessions and networking events with the industry's hottest hitmakers.

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  • Ashley Gorley Named Songwriter of the Year; Celebrated Songwriter-Artist Rodney Crowell and Rising Star Kelsea Ballerini Honored at 55th Annual ASCAP Country Music Awards

    Dierks Bentley’s “Somewhere on a Beach” takes Song of the Year, Matthew Ramsey (Old Dominion) receives Songwriter/Artist of the Year, Warner/Chappell earns Publisher of the Year and Varnell Enterprises were saluted with the Partners in Music Award.

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  • The Truth About Recording & Publishing Deal Advances

    Congrats, you've gotten your music career to the point that someone is offering you real money! You absolutely need capital to grow your music career, but it's crucial to understand every nuance of your advance deal. Here are some key things to consider when you’re negotiating.

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  • ASCAP And RCA Inspiration Celebrate 48th Annual GMA Dove Awards With Nominee Reception In Nashville

    A reception at Thiel Studios & Showroom in Nashville featured intimate performances by Koryn Hawthorne, Tasha Page Lockhart, and The Walls Group.

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  • Dua Lipa, The Amazons, Steve Mac And MNEK Honoured With Prestigious ASCAP Awards At Ceremony In London Tonight

    Double winner Richie Stevens awarded “Song Of The Year” and “Top Digital Song;” Joby Talbot wins “Film Score Of The Year” for "Sing;" Chris Martin, Jess Glynne, JP Cooper and Becky Hill also winners on the night, with performances from The Amazons and Anne-Marie.

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  • 49th Annual ASCAP Foundation Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Awards Recognize Music Journalism On The Beatles, Big Star, Grateful Dead And More

    Authors of new journalism on these artists and more were recently named as winners of the 49th annual ASCAP Foundation Deems Taylor/ Virgil Thomson Awards for outstanding print, broadcast and new media coverage of music.

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  • Joel Beckerman and Rudy Pérez Elected as New Writer Members to ASCAP Board Of Directors

    "We welcome Joel Beckerman and Rudy Pérez to the Board and know that we can rely on their individual knowledge and experiences as we work together to build a stronger, more secure future for ASCAP members," said ASCAP President Paul Williams.

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  • Chart-Topping Country Star Kelsea Ballerini To Be Honored With Vanguard Award At 55th ASCAP Country Music Awards

    “From the moment she released her debut single, Kelsea Ballerini’s fearless songwriting and gifted vocals have made her one of the most exciting new artists in country music,” said John Titta, ASCAP Executive Vice President, Membership.

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  • Dua Lipa And The Amazons To Be Honoured With The ASCAP Vanguard Award At ASCAP Awards In London October 16; Steve Mac To Be Presented The ASCAP Founders Award

    The Award Ceremony hosted at One Marylebone will also include special live performances from The Amazons and Anne-Marie.

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  • Finding the Right Sound

    When producing music, finding the right sound is in many ways as important as the composition itself. Top 10 Billboard-charting writer-producers BJ Perry and John Pregler have some pro tips on how tone, instrumentation and a trusted outsider can help you find the right sound for your project.

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  • 13th Annual ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO Slated For May 7 - 9, 2018 At Loews Hollywood Hotel In Los Angeles

    The United States’ largest conference for songwriters, composers, artists and producers, ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO offers a rare opportunity for aspiring music creators to learn from and collaborate with some of the most successful and creative people in the music industry.

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  • Matthew West Named Christian Music Songwriter of the Year; Joel Smallbone Named Top Songwriter-Artist; “The River” Claims Top Song Honors; Capitol CMG Earns Publisher of the Year at 39th Annual ASCAP Christian Music Awards

    ASCAP honored the songwriters and publishers of Christian music’s most performed songs of the past year at the 39th annual ASCAP Christian Music Awards on Tuesday, September 19, at the Franklin Theatre in downtown Franklin, Tennessee.

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  • ASCAP Donates $25,000 To MusiCares To Help Provide Relief For Members of the Music Community Affected By Recent Hurricanes

    Donation to help provide assistance with shelter, food, instrument and recording equipment replacement and more.

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  • Jazz Luminary Dee Dee Bridgewater to Receive ASCAP Foundation Champion Award at 2017 ASCAP Foundation Honors in NYC

    Grammy- and Tony Award-winning jazz legend Dee Dee Bridgewater will be honored with The ASCAP Foundation Champion Award at The ASCAP Foundation Honors Celebration on Thursday, December 14. The Champion Award was established to celebrate ASCAP members whose contributions extend beyond music to significant charitable and humanitarian efforts.

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  • Rodney Crowell to be Honored with Prestigious ASCAP Founders Awards at ASCAP Country Music Awards

    The exclusive, invitation-only gala, which celebrates the songwriters and publishers of ASCAP’s most performed country songs of 2016, will take place at the historic Ryman Auditorium in downtown Nashville, Tennessee on Monday, November 6.

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  • ASCAP Names Tristan Boutros As Chief Technology Officer

    As CTO, Tristan will lead ASCAP’s evolving technology strategy and execution to scale the global IT systems and infrastructure necessary for ASCAP’s many business transformation initiatives, including ASCAP’s cloud strategy, encompassing elastic computing and API roadmap.

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  • ASCAP & BMI Announce Creation Of A New Comprehensive Musical Works Database To Increase Ownership Transparency In Performing Rights Licensing

    Expected to launch in the fourth quarter of 2018, the first-of-its-kind database will feature aggregated song ownership data from ASCAP and BMI and offer greater transparency to music users and the industry.

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  • Latin Music Youth Idol Maluma Joins ASCAP for Representation of Public Performances of His Songwriting Catalog

    The twenty-three-year-old is one of the music industry's most important new voices. Maluma’s latest single, “Felices Los 4,” just reached #1 on the Billboard Latin Rhythm Airplay chart.

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  • 12 Gifted Composers From Six Countries Selected For Exclusive ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop

    The Workshop, supported by The ASCAP Foundation, is known in Hollywood circles for grooming some of the world’s top composers, connecting them with agents, music supervisors, attorneys and A-list Hollywood studio executives.

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  • Pittsburgh Composer Benjamin Barson Receives the ASCAP Foundation 2017 Fred Ho Award

    The ASCAP Foundation is pleased to announce Benjamin Barson as the recipient of this year’s Fred Ho Award.

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  • Hip-Hop Icon Christopher "Notorious B.I.G." Wallace and Legendary Songwriting/Production Duo Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis Receive Distinguished Honors at 2017 ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards

    The ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards returned to The Beverly Wilshire in Los Angeles on Thursday, June 22, 2017 for its 30th annual ceremony. The invitation-only event celebrated the songwriters and publishers of the most performed ASCAP songs on the 2016 R&B/hip-hop, rap and gospel charts.

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  • 2017 ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards

    On June 22, ASCAP celebrated our unparalleled roster of urban music giants, past and present, at the 30th annual ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards, presented by REVOLT.

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  • Next Honor for Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis: Iconic Songwriting and Production Duo to Receive ASCAP Voice Of Music Award At 30th Annual ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards on June 22

    The prestigious award comes on the heels of Jam and Lewis’s induction to the Songwriters Hall of Fame on June 15. The Grammy-winning duo are responsible for chart-topping pop hits such as Janet Jackson’s “When I Think Of You,” and “Miss You Much;” Mariah Carey’s “Thank God I Found You;” George Michael’s “Monkey;” Boyz II Men’s “On Bended Knee;” and Mary J Blige’s “No More Drama.”

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  • WineAmerica and ASCAP Partner to Introduce New Music License for Wineries

    WineAmerica, the national organization of American wineries, and ASCAP, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, are working together to improve music licensing compliance for the wine industry with the introduction of a unique music license created specifically for wineries.

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  • ASCAP and YouTube Reach Multi-Year Agreement for US Performance Rights

    Effective immediately, the agreement includes US public performance rights and data collaboration. The mutual goal is to work together to ensure that ASCAP members get paid more fairly and accurately for the use of their music on YouTube.

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  • The ASCAP Foundation Honors Emerging Jazz Composers Žan Tetičkovič and Annie Booth

    The ASCAP Foundation announces that it will honor two young jazz composers for their outstanding talent: Žan Tetičkovič is the recipient of the Johnny Mandel Prize, and Annie Booth is the recipient of the Phoebe Jacobs Prize.

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  • Notorious B.I.G. to be Honored Posthumously with Esteemed ASCAP Founders Award at 30th Annual ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards on June 22nd in Los Angeles

    The exclusive event will honor hip-hop legend, Christopher “Notorious B.I.G.” Wallace, with the esteemed ASCAP Founders Award upon the 20th anniversary of his death. ASCAP will also honor its songwriter and publisher community with awards for the most performed ASCAP songs of the past year on the R&B, hip-hop, rap and gospel charts.

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  • ASCAP Names Tony Dunaif EVP and Head of International Affairs

    The appointment comes as part of ASCAP’s organizational transformation agenda to meet the future needs of its members. Dunaif will bring his expertise in global business development, licensing and strategy to develop international opportunities and partnerships that will ensure that ASCAP members collect greater value for performances of their music outside of the United States.

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  • Max Martin Takes Songwriter of the Year for 10th Time; Justin Bieber's "Love Yourself" Is Song of the Year at 34th Annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards

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  • Composer Stephen Schwartz Celebrated with ASCAP Founders Award at 2017 ASCAP Screen Music Awards

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  • Ten Compositions by ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Award Recipients To Premiere on May 20 Under the Direction of Harold Rosenbaum with the New York Virtuoso Singers

    The ASCAP Foundation proudly announces an upcoming concert of choral works commissioned by Harold Rosenbaum and The New York Virtuoso Singers.

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  • Grammy-Award Winning Superstar Meghan Trainor To Be Honored With ASCAP Vanguard Award At 2017 ASCAP Pop Music Awards On May 18

    The ASCAP Vanguard Award recognizes the impact of musical genres that help shape the future of American music. Previous honorees include Arcade Fire, Band of Horses, Beastie Boys, Beck, Björk, Sara Bareilles, Diplo, fun., Jack Johnson, The Killers, Modest Mouse, The Strokes, St. Vincent and Walk the Moon.

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  • Venues Refuse to Pay Songwriters While Profiting From Their Music

    ASCAP takes legal action against nine venues nationwide that infringe on songwriters’ copyrights by performing their musical works without permission.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Carlos Vives Returns To ASCAP

    Multiple Latin Grammy and Grammy winner Carlos Vives signs agreement for representation of public performances of his songwriting catalog

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  • ASCAP, SACEM, And PRS For Music Initiate Joint Blockchain Project To Improve Data Accuracy For Rightsholders

    Three of the largest member-owned collection societies in the world today announced a groundbreaking partnership to prototype a new shared system of managing authoritative music copyright information using blockchain technology.

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  • ASCAP Delivers Record-High 2016 Financial Results: Collects $1.059 Billion in Revenue and Distributes More Than $918 Million to Songwriter, Composer and Music Publisher Members

    ASCAP, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, the only member-owned performing rights organization in the U.S., representing over 600,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers, today announced record-breaking revenues and distributions for 2016, Year Two of its six-year strategic transformation plan to secure the future for music creators and publishers in the rapidly changing music world.

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  • ASCAP Reveals Full Schedule for 2017 “I Create Music” EXPO

    The United States' largest gathering of songwriters and composers comes to Los Angeles in nine days (April 13 - 15) with Stevie Wonder as featured keynote.

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  • The ASCAP Foundation Names Recipients of 2017 Morton Gould Young Composer Awards

    Morton Gould, a Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, served as President of ASCAP and The ASCAP Foundation from 1986 – 1994. To honor Gould’s lifelong commitment to encouraging young creators, the annual ASCAP Foundation Young Composer program was dedicated to his memory, following his death in 1996.

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  • ASCAP and Motown Gospel Celebrate 2017 Stellar Awards Nominees at Annual ASCAP "Morning Glory" Breakfast in Las Vegas

    The exclusive ASCAP “Morning Glory” breakfast is one of the premier events leading up to the 32nd Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards. Hosted by gospel singer and television personality, Lexi Allen, the program featured uplifting performances by Motown Gospel artist, Brian Courtney Wilson, Tasha Cobbs, VaShawn Mitchell, and Gene Moore.

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  • ASCAP Enterprises Announces Relaunch of Administration Services Business as Songwize

    The launch signals ASCAP’s commitment to offering the music industry efficient and cost-effective solutions for royalty processing and payment services, built on the organization’s trusted and secure performance rights administration platform.

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  • ASCAP Elects Board of Directors

    ASCAP President and Chairman of the Board Paul Williams announced the twelve writer and twelve publisher members elected to serve on the Board for a two-year term beginning April 1st, 2017.

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  • Stevie Wonder to Accept Inaugural "Key of Life" Award and Will Be Featured Keynote at 2017 ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO, April 13 - 15 in Los Angeles

    The “Key of Life” Award celebrates Wonder’s incomparable, peerless contributions to the world through his music. Wonder will also appear in a keynote "I Create Music" session.

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  • Daddy Yankee And Joss Favela Named Songwriter/Artist and Songwriter of the Year at 25th Annual ASCAP Latin Music Awards

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  • ASCAP Promotes Elizabeth Rodda to Vice President of International Affairs

    Rodda, who joined ASCAP in 2013, is based in Miami and will continue as a key member of ASCAP’s International Affairs team.

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  • The ASCAP Foundation Partners with the Newport Jazz Festival®

    Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award recipient David Leon will perform at Festival’s Storyville Stage. The Newport Jazz Festival takes place August 4 - 6.

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  • Stephen Schwartz to be Honored with Prestigious ASCAP Founders Award at 2017 ASCAP Screen Music Awards

    ASCAP will present legendary composer Stephen Schwartz with its prestigious Founders Award at its 32nd annual ASCAP Screen Music Awards on Tuesday, May 16. The exclusive, invitation-only gala celebrates ASCAP’s top film, television and videogame composers of 2016 at The Wiltern in Los Angeles, CA.

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  • Grammy Winners and Today’s Hit Collaborators Among 32 New Panelists Announced for ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO, April 13 – 15 In Los Angeles

    Panelists at the 2017 ASCAP EXPO have contributed to some of the year’s most iconic releases: Kanye West’s ‘The Life of Pablo,’ Rihanna’s ‘Anti’ and Justin Bieber’s ‘Purpose.’

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  • The ASCAP Foundation “Songwriters: The Next Generation” Showcases ASCAP Artists at The Kennedy Center

    “Songwriters: The Next Generation,” a program of The ASCAP Foundation and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, showcases the work of four young songwriters and composers in free concerts on the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage on Thursday, March 9 and Friday, March 10

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  • Diane Warren to be Honored with Prestigious ASCAP Founders Award at 2017 ASCAP Pop Music Awards

    “Diane Warren is one of the most continuously prolific and successful contemporary songwriters of our time,” said ASCAP President Paul Williams. “Her music evokes universal emotions that connect us in a way few songwriters can."

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  • Jacob Forever, Kany Garcia, Noel Schajris, Joss Favela and Silverio Lozada Confirmed to Perform at 25th Annual ASCAP Latin Music Awards Wednesday, March 15th at the Vanderbilt Hotel in Condado, Puerto Rico

    The writers and publishers of 2016’s most-performed Latin music songs will be recognized at the event, which takes place at the Vanderbilt Hotel in Condado, Puerto Rico Wednesday, March 15, 2017.

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  • The ASCAP Foundation Announces 2017 Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award Recipients

    The program was established in 2002 to encourage young gifted jazz composers up to the age of 30. It carries the name of the great trumpeter and ASCAP member Herb Alpert in recognition of the Herb Alpert Foundation’s multi-year financial commitment to support this program.

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  • New Book by Eunice David Celebrates the Life and Songs of Hal David

    He was President and distinguished member of ASCAP's Board of Directors, Chairman Emeritus of the Songwriters Hall of Fame and recipient of its inaugural Visionary Leadership Award, and was honored as Ambassador by the Society of Composers and Lyricists. Legendary lyricist Hal David expressed his celebration of life and love in all of the beautiful poetry of his classic songs. In her recently released book, Hal David: His Magic Moments, his widow Eunice David celebrates this unique and modest man who left such rich legacy for lovers, giving them the words which express the great themes of their own lives.

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  • ASCAP Promotes Simon Greenaway To Vice President, Membership, UK & Continental Europe

    In his new role, Greenaway will lead the ASCAP Membership division based in the ASCAP UK office, which continues to expand its roster as ASCAP adds more services for members across the globe.

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  • ASCAP Expands Asia-Pacific Strategy: Engages CML Consultancy Services Led by Miew Lan Chan

    Led by Miew Lan Chan, the former General Manager of Music Authors’ Copyright Protection (MACP) Berhad in Malaysia, CML Consultancy Services will work with the ASCAP Senior Leadership Team to foster international relations among ASCAP and its society partners in the Asia-Pacific region.

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  • Venues Refuse to Pay Songwriters While Profiting From Their Music

    ASCAP takes legal action against 10 venues nationwide that infringe on songwriters’ copyrights by performing their musical works without permission.

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  • 2017 ASCAP “I Create Music” Expo Lineup Kicks Off With 17 Top Hitmakers Including Aloe Blacc, Desmond Child, Ashley Gorley, Darrell Brown, Paul Williams and the Next Generation of Hit Songwriters: Bibi Bourelly, Captain Cuts, Deputy, Matt Jenkins and More

    Now in its 12th year, ASCAP’s “I Create Music” EXPO takes place April 13 – 15 at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles. It is the United States’ largest conference for songwriters, composers, artists and producers.

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  • Matthew Browne Receives ASCAP Foundation Nissim Prize For "Cabinet Of Curiosities"

    Dr. Rudolf Nissim, former head of ASCAP's International Department and a devoted friend of contemporary composers, established this annual prize through a bequest to The ASCAP Foundation.

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  • Sundance ASCAP Music Café Presents Michael Franti, Rooney, Clare Bowen, Josh Kelley, Andy Shauf and More at 2017 Sundance Film Festival

    The 19th annual Sundance ASCAP Music Café – running during the daytime from January 20-27 – presents a vibrant lineup of renowned and up-and-coming artists and songwriters, specially curated by ASCAP for the Sundance Film Festival.

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  • The Wallis, ASCAP and DreamWorks Animation Announce Original Musical Selections for The 2017 ASCAP Foundation Musical Theatre Workshop, in Partnership with DreamWorks Animation and The Wallis

    The two-day annual workshop gives select composers and lyricists the opportunity to present songs and excerpts of new original musical works in progress for professional critique.

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  • ASCAP Tells DealCrunch: How Music Keeps Customers in the Buying Mood

    ASCAP EVP of Licensing Vincent Candilora talks to retail industry blog DealCrunch about how music helps businesses' bottom lines and the ease of obtaining an ASCAP license.

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  • Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree: Johnny Marks Songwriting Catalog Renews With ASCAP

    ASCAP renewed its agreement with the estate of songwriter Johnny Marks, the writer of classic holiday songs including "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “A Holly Jolly Christmas,” "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree," "Silver and Gold” and ”I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day.”

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  • 2016 ASCAP/CBDNA Frederick Fennell Prize Winner Announced

    Nathan Stang wins $5000 Frederick Fennell Prize in competition for young composers of concert band music.

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  • ASCAP And Nielsen Announce New Strategic Data Agreement

    The new strategic multi-pronged, long-term data agreement enables ASCAP to leverage the music industry’s most trusted data to deliver enhanced reporting, business tools and services to its members.

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  • ASCAP and the Radio Music License Committee Announce New Agreement

    A new five-year agreement through 2021 sets rates payable by over 10,000 of America’s commercial terrestrial radio stations to publicly perform more than 10.5 million musical works in the ASCAP repertory.

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  • ASCAP to Celebrate the 25th Annual ASCAP Latin Music Awards in Puerto Rico, Wednesday, March 15, 2017

    The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) announced today that it will celebrate the 25th annual ASCAP Latin Music Awards on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at the Vanderbilt Hotel in Condado, Puerto Rico.

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  • ASCAP to Celebrate the 25th Annual ASCAP Latin Music Awards in Puerto Rico, Wednesday, March 15, 2017

    The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) announced today that it will celebrate the 25th annual ASCAP Latin Music Awards on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at the Vanderbilt Hotel in Condado, Puerto Rico.

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  • ASCAP Anuncia la Vigésimo Quinta Edición del Premio ASCAP a la Música Latina en Puerto Rico Miércoles 15 de Marzo del 2017

    The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) announced today that it will celebrate the 25th annual ASCAP Latin Music Awards on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at the Vanderbilt Hotel in Condado, Puerto Rico.

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  • ASCAP to Celebrate the 25th Annual ASCAP Latin Music Awards in Puerto Rico, Wednesday, March 15, 2017

    The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) announced today that it will celebrate the 25th annual ASCAP Latin Music Awards on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at the Vanderbilt Hotel in Condado, Puerto Rico.

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  • Choral Music Composer Morten Lauridsen, Jazz Composer Maria Schneider And Broadway’s Pasek & Paul Among Honorees At The 2016 ASCAP Foundation Honors

    The ASCAP Foundation last night honored acclaimed choral music composer Morten Lauridsen and groundbreaking jazz composer and bandleader Maria Schneider with The ASCAP Foundation Life in Music Award. The accolades were presented at The 2016 ASCAP Foundation Honors at the Appel Room and Ertegun Atrium in Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall, Broadway at 60th Street, New York City.

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  • Introducing the New ASCAP Member Access

    We're thrilled to introduce the new, revamped ASCAP Member Access. Every change has made it more useful, more powerful, and much easier for you to use. Here’s how to use some of our favorite features.

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  • ASCAP Relaunches Website and Member Portal

    Strategic focus on technology and innovation yields new online experience and sets stage for best-in-class digital services

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  • "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" Is Most-Played Holiday Song of the Last 50 Years

    ASCAP announces its annual list of Top 30 Holiday Songs — and seasonal classics still rule.

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  • 10 Tips for Saving Money on Your First Tour

    So many great artists are stuck between finding hometown success and being ready for their first stints on the road. There are a lot of subtle but important tricks that touring vets know to save some cash on tours. Here are some essential ways to maximize your lean budget when it comes time to plan your first DIY tour. Hopefully these easy tips will help you save money on the road!

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  • Morten Lauridsen and Maria Schneider to Receive The ASCAP Foundation Life In Music Award at 2016 ASCAP Foundation Honors in NYC on December 14

    The “Life in Music Award” is presented by The ASCAP Foundation to an ASCAP writer member for his/ her outstanding accomplishments as a composer, songwriter, performer, arranger, or vocalist in any genre.

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  • ASCAP Comments on U.S. Department of Justice Appeal of BMI Rate Court 100% Licensing Decision to Second Circuit

    ASCAP issued the following statement from ASCAP CEO Beth Matthews.

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  • Duran Duran, Jess Glynne And MNEK Honoured With Prestigious ASCAP Awards At Ceremony In London

    Jess Glynne and Amy Wadge are double award winners; Sir Paul McCartney, Coldplay, Years and Years and Ella Henderson are also winners.

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  • Jess Glynne and MNEK to Be Honoured with ASCAP Vanguard Award at ASCAP Awards in London November 10

    The Vanguard Award recognizes the impact of outstanding ASCAP members on musical genres that will help shape the future of music.

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  • Bobby Bones Honored With Partners In Music Award At 2016 ASCAP Country Music Awards

    The ASCAP The Partners in Music Award was presented to Bobby Bones, in recognition of his exceptional dedication in presenting ASCAP members' music to the public.

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  • Ashley Gorley, Ricky Skaggs and Chris Stapleton Among Top Honorees at 2016 ASCAP Country Music Awards Celebration

    At the historic Ryman Auditorium in downtown Nashville, ASCAP honored its writers and publishers of country music’s most-performed songs of 2015 before an audience of distinguished songwriters, country stars and music industry leaders.

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  • Duran Duran To Be Honored With Prestigious ASCAP Golden Note Award at ASCAP Awards London on November 10th

    The legendary band, who have written four decades of hits, will be presented with the award on Thursday, November 10, 2016 at the ASCAP Awards, London

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  • Venues Refuse to Pay Songwriters While Profiting From Their Music

    ASCAP announced today that it has filed 10 separate copyright infringement actions against bars and restaurants nationwide, arising out of the unauthorized public performance of its members’ copyrighted musical works.

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  • Stronger: Kelly Clarkson Renews Agreement with ASCAP

    ASCAP will continue to license public performances of Clarkson's extensive songwriting catalog throughout the world, including the US chart-toppers “A Moment Like This,” “My Life Would Suck Without You” and “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You).”

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  • Hit Songwriter Priscilla Renea, Music Executive Dominique Dunn, and Talent Manager Eufaula Garrett To Be Honored at 8th Annual ASCAP “Women Behind The Music” Event

    The event honors women in all facets of the entertainment business including singers, songwriters, managers, attorneys, label executives and music publishers.

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  • Chris Stapleton to be Honored with Vanguard Award at 54th ASCAP Country Music Awards

    The awards celebration, which honors the songwriters and publishers of ASCAP’s most performed country songs of 2015, will take place at the historic Ryman Auditorium in downtown Nashville on October 31st.

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  • BMG US President Zach Katz Elected To ASCAP Board Of Directors

    At BMG US, Katz is in charge of a roster including star writers Bruno Mars, will.i.am, DJ Snake, John Legend, Pitbull, Frank Ocean and Quincy Jones and recording artists such as blink-182, Janet Jackson, Alabama, Iron Maiden, Scarface and OK Go.

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  • Katy Perry Renews Partnership With ASCAP

    ASCAP will continue to license public performances of Perry's successful songwriting catalog throughout the world.

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  • Mark Lowry Honored With Golden Note Award, Ben Glover Named Christian Music Songwriter Of The Year, Matthew West Named Top Songwriter-Artist At 38th Annual ASCAP Christian Music Awards

    Contemporary Christian music star Michael W. Smith hosted the show.

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  • ASCAP and Magnus Media Host 2016 Song Camp in Miami with Acclaimed Group of Songwriters

    The two-day creative session, led by Marc Anthony and sponsored in part by the ASCAP Foundation, brought together an impressive group of established and up-and-coming songwriters of all music genres.

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  • ASCAP's New Digital Team Will Transform Services For Members And Licensees

    The team will harness ASCAP’s rich data and other assets to make ASCAP’s music licensing, royalty collection and distribution processes more transparent and efficient for members and licensees.

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  • International Music Icon Lionel Richie Renews with ASCAP

    Lionel Richie has renewed his agreement with ASCAP for representation of public performances of his song catalog. The multi-award winning singer and songwriter wrote numerous radio hits, including pop and R&B classics “Dancing on the Ceiling,” “All Night Long,” "We Are the World" (with Michael Jackson) and many more.

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  • Baby, One More Time: Pop Mastermind Max Martin Renews Agreement with ASCAP

    Top #1 hit songwriter Max Martin has renewed his agreement with ASCAP for representation of public performances of his songwriting catalog.

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  • A Message from Paul Williams to ASCAP Members About Judge Stanton's Rejection of DOJ Proposal on 100% Licensing

    On 9/16, federal Judge Louis L. Stanton rejected the DOJ’s recent interpretation of the BMI consent decree, concluding that BMI is free to engage in fractional licensing. This is terrific news for our community of songwriters, composers and publishers.

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  • How to Sell Your Merch Online

    Merchandise can be a lucrative revenue stream for any type of musician. It can help you generate more income on tour, and create passive income through your website. Here are some tips for selling merch online, from our Member Benefits partner Bandzoogle's free eBook, <em>23 Ways Musicians Can Make Money</em>.

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  • All Together Now: Paul McCartney Renews Agreement with ASCAP for Public Performances of His Songs in the U.S.

    McCartney, known and loved the world over for his Beatles catalog, his hits with Wings and his extensive solo work, has been represented by ASCAP for performing rights in the US for multiple decades.

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  • Ricky Skaggs To Be Honored With Prestigious ASCAP Founders Award At ASCAP Country Music Awards

    Acclaimed bluegrass and country music songwriter-artist and Grand Ole Opry member Ricky Skaggs will be honored for his pioneering contributions to music and for inspiring and influencing music creators.

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  • 2017 ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO Slated for April 13 - 15 at Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles

    The premier conference for songwriters, composers, artists and producers in all music genres, ASCAP EXPO brings together aspiring and professional music creators to learn from some of the most successful and creative people in the music industry.

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  • Message from ASCAP President Paul Williams on Strategy to Fight DOJ Consent Decree Interpretation

    The DOJ has released its official public statement regarding its review of the ASCAP and BMI consent decrees. We believe the DOJ got it wrong. ASCAP President Paul Williams has announced a strategy with BMI to overturn the DOJ’s decision.

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  • ASCAP and BMI Join Forces to Fight the Department of Justice's Interpretation of Their Consent Decrees

    United in their belief that the DOJ mandate for 100% licensing will cause unnecessary chaos in the marketplace, the two organizations will cpursue a joint campaign: BMI through litigation; ASCAP through legislative reform.

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  • Singer, Storyteller, Humorist, Author and Songwriter Mark Lowry to Receive Prestigious Golden Note Award at ASCAP Christian Music Awards

    Mark Lowry is known and loved around the world in gospel music and beyond. His lyric to “Mary Did You Know?” resulted in one of the most loved modern Christmas songs.

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  • Driving Around the Road Cones: Two Easy Strategies for Moving Beyond the First Verse

    Have you ever written a verse and chorus, but can’t seem to write a second verse? This experience may not be writer’s block at all, but a symptom of two process errors in lyric writing. Songwriter/educator Keppie Coutts explains how to get past them.

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  • Listen Up or Lose It: How and Why to Prevent Noise-Induced Hearing Loss

    From the tunes blaring through your earbuds to the blast of sound at concerts, we live in an increasingly noisy world. So how can music creators and fans prevent noise-induced hearing loss? MusiCares, a charity branch of The Recording Academy, has some important tips.

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  • ASCAP Launches Redesigned Public Repertory Database

    ASCAP this week launched a redesigned version of ACE, its public repertory database, with new features that enable greater ease-of-use and additional information.

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  • 12 Composers From Around the World Make the Cut for Acclaimed ASCAP 2016 Film Scoring Workshop

    ASCAP announced the 12 composer participants selected for its prestigious Film Scoring Workshop in LA, led by Emmy award-winning composer Richard Bellis.

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  • Finding Work as a Composer

    Sustaining a career is as much about <em>getting</em> work as <em>doing</em> work. So how do film, TV and video game composers actually find work? ASCAP composer Jeremy Borum, author of <em>Guerrilla Film Scoring</em>, explains how diversification, director relationships and being active in the music community can help you score your next gig.

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  • A Tribe Called Quest Feted with ASCAP Golden Note Award Presented By André 3000 with Surprise Performance by Busta Rhymes at 2016 ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards

    The 29th annual event returned to The Beverly Wilshire in Los Angeles on Thursday, June 23, 2016.

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  • Warner/Chappell Music Chairman & CEO Jon Platt Elected to ASCAP Board of Directors

    “Our publisher and songwriter members face complex challenges in the digital era that call for a progressive outlook, and Jon is one of the best leaders of his generation," said ASCAP President and Chairman Paul Williams.

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  • A Tribe Called Quest To Be Honored with Prestigious ASCAP Golden Note Award at 29th Annual ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards, June 23 in Los Angeles

    The ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards will also honor songwriters and publishers of the most performed ASCAP songs on the 2015 R&B, hip-hop, rap and gospel charts.

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  • Why Every Music Creator Needs a Good Website

    If you’re a music creator or music company, you likely spend a lot of time thinking about what online strategies are worth your time and finances. Liz Leahy of Section 101 breaks down why a great website is an essential part of your digital toolkit.

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  • Songwriters Call for Music Licensing Reform on Capitol Hill During ASCAP "Stand With Songwriters" Advocacy Day

    Award-winning songwriters visit Congress on May 18 to urge them to stand with songwriters to protect their livelihoods in the digital age.

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  • Monica, Brett James, Brian McNight, Desmond Child, MoZella, Priscilla Renea, Randy Goodrum & Jennifer Higdon To Perform At The ASCAP Foundation “We Write The Songs” Event At Library Of Congress On May 17

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  • ASCAP Announces Settlement Agreement with U.S. Department of Justice

    Addressing concerns raised during the course of the Department’s ongoing review of ASCAP's Consent Decree, the Settlement Agreement was approved by the ASCAP Board of Directors and is now subject to approval of the ASCAP Federal Rate Court Judge.

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  • Joss Favela Named Songwriter of the Year and Romeo Santos Named Songwriter/Artist of the Year at 24th Annual ASCAP Latin Music Awards

    ASCAP members turned out to honor their own at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Miami Beach.

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  • Natalia Lafourcade, Luis Enrique, Gente de Zona Among Performers for 24th Annual ASCAP Latin Music Awards Gala

    The black tie gala honors the songwriters and publishers of ASCAP's most performed songs in Latin Music of 2015.

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  • APRA AMCOS and ASCAP 2016 Songhubs, LA Edition, Takes Place May 2-6 with Exciting Group of International and Australian Artists

    Happening at Capitol Studios, located in the iconic Capitol Records building in Hollywood, SongHubs 2016 will be curated by ASCAP songwriter Darrell Brown.

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  • ASCAP Revenue Tops $1 Billion for Second Year in a Row: Market-Leading PRO Strengthens Core Business, Continues Transformation

    Record high domestic revenue of $716.8 million drives 6.2 percent increase in domestic royalties distributed to writer and publisher members in 2015.

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  • The ASCAP Foundation Announces Inauguration of The Paul Williams "Loved the Liner Notes" Award

    Foundation President and Award-winning songwriter Williams establishes award as part of the annual Deems Taylor/ Virgil Thomson program for outstanding writing on the subject of music.

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  • Timbaland Keynote and Melissa Etheridge Performance Highlight Newly Released Full Schedule for 2016 ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO

    The full conference schedule is jam-packed with inspiring and informative sessions for music creators of all levels, no matter what genre or medium they write for.

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  • Venues Refuse to Pay Songwriters While Profiting From Their Music

    ASCAP announced today that it has filed 11 separate copyright infringement actions against bars and restaurants nationwide, arising out of the unauthorized public performance of its members’ copyrighted musical works.

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  • Bringing Clichés Back from the Dead

    Clichés are so ingrained in the way we express ourselves that we often don’t notice they’re there. But clichés are useful in songwriting, because they can convey ideas we all understand in very few words. How can you rescue clichés from the land of the dying metaphor? Songwriter and educator Keppie Coutts shares six useful strategies.

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  • ASCAP Announces 24th Annual ASCAP Latin Music Awards, Wednesday, May 11, 2016 in Miami Beach

    ASCAP will present the Voice of Music Award to Luis Enrique and the ASCAP Golden Note Award to Natalia LaFourcade.

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  • John Mellencamp To Be Honored With Prestigious ASCAP Founders Award; Walk the Moon to Receive ASCAP Vanguard Award At 2016 ASCAP Pop Music Awards on April 27

    ASCAP President Paul Williams: "John Mellencamp is a national treasure. He's one of the truly great music creators that can make us care, move, clap and sing along.”

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  • ASCAP's Gabriela Gonzalez Promoted to Vice President, Latin

    In her new role, Gonzalez will oversee the ASCAP Latin Membership Department, including staff based in LA, New York, Miami, and Puerto Rico, who are responsible for developing the careers of ASCAP composers and songwriters, recruiting new members and serving all of ASCAP's Latin writer and publisher members.

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  • Genre-Breaking Producer Timbaland Confirmed for April 29 Keynote at 2016 ASCAP "I Create Music" Expo

    The 11th Annual ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO confirmed today that multi-platinum super-producer Timbaland will participate in a keynote interview at this year’s event on Friday, April 29 at 4:30 PM.

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  • Writing on Demand

    As a practical, craft-oriented composer or songwriter, there are many things you can do to make your writing process more fluid, more efficient and more cost effective. Read some sage advice about accessing your creative flow from ASCAP composer Jeremy Borum, author of the new book <em>Guerrilla Film Scoring</em>.

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  • The ASCAP Foundation Announces 2016 Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award Recipients

    The program was established in 2002 to encourage young gifted jazz composers. The recipients range in age from 13 to 30 and are selected through a juried national competition.

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  • ASCAP Names Paul Rourke Executive VP & Chief Financial Officer

    Rourke will be a key member of ASCAP’s executive management team and will be responsible for all of the organization’s financial matters across all business units on a global basis.

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  • ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO Expands Grammy-Winning Lineup with Rihanna <i>ANTI</i> Co-Writer James Fauntleroy, Adele <i>25</i> Producer Ariel Rechtshaid and Multi-Platinum Songwriter/ Artist Rob Thomas

    Three Grammy-winning talents join the 11th annual ASCAP EXPO lineup, which takes place April 28th - 30th, 2016 at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles.

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  • Getting Creative: Four Ways to Earn & Save Money on Tour

    As record sales continue to decline, touring is many artists’ primary way to make money. But funding and promoting live shows is an expensive endeavor, and the financial burden is falling on individual musicians. Luckily, there are a lot of new ways to trim costs and increase profit margins.

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  • ASCAP's Nicole George-Middleton and Shawn Lemone Promoted to Senior Vice Presidents, Membership

    ASCAP today announced that Rhythm & Soul executive Nicole George-Middleton and Film & TV executive Shawn Lemone have both been promoted to Senior Vice President, Membership.

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  • 2016 ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO Amps Up the Volume with Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo and Warryn & Erica Campbell

    ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO adds Master Sessions from Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo and Warryn & Erica Campbell, plus No. 1 songwriters Desmond Child, Poo Bear and Mike Posner.

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  • How Music Creators Can Use Neuroscience to Their Advantage

    For musicians, composers and arrangers, understanding our brains better can help us develop habits that will maximize our chances of success. Research in four key areas can help us to increase our productivity and at the same time help us to feel less stressed out.

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  • Sundance ASCAP Music Café Presents Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley, Lissie, R. City, Tift Merritt, Nina Gordon & Louise Post of Veruca Salt, Yoshiki of X Japan at Sundance 2016

    The 18th Annual Sundance ASCAP Music Cafe runs during the daytime from January 22 - 29, with a fresh mix of rising and recognized talents curated by ASCAP.

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  • Pandora Signs Licensing Agreements with ASCAP and BMI

    ASCAP and BMI signed two separate multi-year licensing agreements with Pandora for their combined catalogs of more than 20 million musical works. The deals allow both ASCAP and BMI to further their goal of delivering improved performance royalties for their songwriters and publishers.

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  • Jazz Composition in the Digital Age

    Technology has always impacted jazz composition. But how has the digital age changed the way that jazz musicians work and thrive? Music critic and ASCAP composer Ted Gioia traces how jazz and tech intertwine, from the early piano rolls through the latest remixing software.

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  • ASCAP President and Chairman Paul Williams Honored by Association of Independent Music Publishers (AIMP) on Dec. 2

    ASCAP President and Chairman Paul Williams will be honored on Dec. 2nd with the 2015 AIMP Indie Award for his accomplishments and years of service to the music community.

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  • 2016 ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO To Feature Master Sessions with Greg Kurstin, Co-Writer of Adele's No. 1 Hit "Hello;" Ashley Gorley, Three-Time ASCAP Country Songwriter of the Year

    ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO announces master sessions with Greg Kurstin, co-writer for Adele's "Hello" and Ashley Gorley, three-time ASCAP Country Songwriter of the Year. Plus, Fun. frontman Nate Ruess in conversation with Hall of Fame songwriter Paul Williams, and rap pioneers Salt-N-Pepa.

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  • ASCAP Names Lisa Selden as SVP, Administration Services

    ASCAP announced that Lisa Selden will join its executive leadership team as SVP, Administration Services. As the performing rights industry continues to fragment and direct licenses become more common, her appointment will ensure that ASCAP provides best-in-class processing and payment of royalties services.

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  • The ASCAP Foundation Partners With The Newport Jazz Festival®

    Paul Williams, President of The ASCAP Foundation, and George Wein, Founder &amp; Chairman of the Newport Jazz Festival, announced a new joint effort to benefit emerging jazz talent. The Festival has agreed to feature a performance by one of the recipients of the 2016 ASCAP Foundation Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Awards.

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  • The Wallis Forms New Partnership with ASCAP, DreamWorks Studios For 2016 ASCAP Foundation Musical Theatre Workshop

    The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts announces a new partnership with ASCAP and DreamWorks Studios to present the highly successful annual program, The ASCAP Foundation Musical Theatre Workshop.

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  • ASCAP Members Dominate Top Categories at 2015 Latin Grammy Awards

    ASCAP dominated the top categories at this year’s 16th Annual Latin Grammy Ceremony held in Las Vegas, Nevada on Thursday, November 19th. ASCAP members had a total of 17 wins, including Record of the Year and Song of the Year.

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  • 47th Annual ASCAP Foundation Deems Taylor/ Virgil Thomson Awards Presented Nov. 17 In NYC

    The 47th annual ASCAP Foundation Deems Taylor/ Virgil Thomson Awards for outstanding print, broadcast and new media coverage of music were presented today at a private event at ASCAP headquarters in New York City.

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  • Jimi Hendrix Renews Agreement with ASCAP -- Leader in Classic Rock Repertory

    ASCAP announced that Experience Hendrix, L.L.C., the official family company founded by James “Al” Hendrix, father of legendary rock icon Jimi Hendrix, has renewed its agreement for representation of public performances of his songwriting catalog.

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  • ASCAP Adds Licensable Share Information to Promote Greater Transparency in Public Performance Rights

    ASCAP becomes the first PRO to include information in its publicly available online database indicating what percentage share of public performance rights it represents for each of the more than 10 million musical compositions in the ASCAP repertory.

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  • ASCAP Commemorates Country Radio Seminar 45th Anniversary at 53rd Annual ASCAP Country Music Awards

    ASCAP celebrated the 45th anniversary of the Country Radio Seminar (CRS) at its 53rd Annual ASCAP Country Music Awards on Monday, Nov. 2 in Nashville. CRS has played a historic role in the growth of country radio stations.

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  • Jimmy Carter Presents Trisha Yearwood with Voice of Music Award at 53rd Annual ASCAP Country Music Awards

    At the 2015 ASCAP Country Music Awards, Trisha Yearwood won ASCAP’s Voice of Music Award, presented by former President Jimmy Carter. Justin Timberlake introduced a tribute segment highlighted by Reba McEntire and Lady Antebellum.

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  • 8 Essential Elements for Your Digital Press Kit

    Your website needs to speak to many audiences - your fans of course, but also bloggers, bookers and other industry folks. To make it easy for everyone to find the information they need, the best thing to do is create a digital press kit. Here are 8 tips from our Member Benefits partner Bandzoogle about what to include.

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  • The ASCAP Foundation Announces Jerry Herman: The Broadway Legacy Concert -- A New Musical Theater Concert Series & Education Program

    The ASCAP Foundation announces a nationwide series of concerts and educational programs made possible by Broadway composer/ lyricist Jerry Herman.

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  • 47th Annual Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Award Winners Announced

    The winners of the 47th annual ASCAP Foundation Deems Taylor/ Virgil Thomson Awards for outstanding print, broadcast and new media coverage of music were announced today by Paul Williams, President of The ASCAP Foundation.

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  • ASCAP Songwriter Residency Premieres New Music Video From Malik Yusef and Julie Frost

    ASCAP has premiered a music video for “Champions,” from the <em>ASCAP Songwriter Residency: Volume 7</em>. The song was co-written and performed by rapper/producer Malik Yusef with songwriter Julie Frost and 11 America SCORES Chicago students.

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  • ASCAP Songwriter Residency Premieres New Music Video from Gabriel Mann with Huffington Post

    ASCAP premieres “Sister, Brother, Father, Mother” from the <em>ASCAP Songwriter Residency: Vol. 7</em> today with Huffington Post. The track was co-written & performed by Gabriel Mann (<em>Modern Family</em>, <em>Rectify</em>) and 16 America SCORES LA students.

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  • How to Evoke a Sense of Place in Your Music

    How do you infuse your music with a sense of “place?” ASCAP songwriter Bill Gable offers practical advice on how lyrics, production and other musicians can help the geography around you inform the music you write.

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  • 5 Ways to Maximize Your ASCAP International Royalties

    ASCAP works with organizations all over the world to ensure that you receive royalties for your music, wherever it’s performed. Here are five steps you can take to help maximize your income when your music is used abroad.

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  • A Survival Guide to Cowriting Songs

    Judy Stakee has decades of experience helping the world's finest music creators find their true creative voices. Read her sage advice on cowriting songs, taken from her new book <em>The Songwriter's Survival Guide</em>.

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  • Venues Refuse to Pay Songwriters While Profiting From Their Music

    ASCAP announced today that it has filed 9 separate copyright infringement actions against bars and restaurants nationwide, arising out of the unauthorized public performance of its members’ copyrighted musical works.

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  • Mark Sperling Joins ASCAP as SVP, Strategy and Business Development

    ASCAP announced that Mark Sperling joins the company as Senior Vice President, Strategy and Business Development. He will spearhead strategic initiatives and lead business development efforts as ASCAP explores new alliances and partnerships.

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  • ASCAP Creates Global Customer Service Team

    ASCAP announced the creation of a new Global Customer Service team to deliver a best-in-class customer service experience and rapid resolution of customer inquiries.

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  • ASCAP Songwriter Residency Premieres New Music Video from Andrea Martin with <i>VIBE</i>

    The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) premieres the second music video, “Freedom and Confidence,” from <em>ASCAP Songwriter Residency: Volume 7</em> with <em>VIBE</em>.

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  • ASCAP Songwriter Residency Premieres New Music Video from Felix McTeigue with <i>Elmore Magazine</i>

    The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers premieres the first music video, “The World’s on Fire,” from <i>ASCAP Songwriter Residency: Volume 7</i> today with <em>Elmore Magazine</em>.

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  • How to Choose the Right Mixing Engineer

    Mixing engineers can make your song pop out of the speakers and sound clear and polished, perfectly complementing the recorded elements of your song. But what exactly is mixing, and what should you look for when choosing a mixing engineer? Here’s a primer that will get you on the right track in no time.

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  • ASCAP Celebrates Ultra Music's OMI -- Now #1 on Billboard Hot 100 Chart with "Cheerleader"

    ASCAP welcomed Ultra Music songwriter and ASCAP member OMI to ASCAP headquarters on July 14 to celebrate his breakthrough to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart with “Cheerleader.”

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  • ASCAP Announces 11th Annual ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO: April 28 - 30, 2016 at Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles

    ASCAP announced today that its 11th annual ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO will take place April 28th – 30th, 2016 at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles.

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  • Music Supervisors Sound Off on Getting Your Music into Film/TV

    Getting your music into film and TV can be a golden ticket, but it can be tough to grab the attention of music supervisors. We asked our friends at the Guild of Music Supervisors for advice about getting your music into their worlds of film, TV, advertising, trailers and video games.

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  • Award-Winning Songwriter and fun. Frontman Nate Ruess Extends Agreement with ASCAP

    ASCAP today announced that Nate Ruess, songwriter and vocalist for the GRAMMY-winning group fun., has extended his agreement for representation of public performances of his songwriting catalog.

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  • Colleen McDonough is Promoted to Executive Director of The ASCAP Foundation

    The ASCAP Foundation, dedicated to supporting American music creators through music education, talent development and humanitarian initiatives, today announced that Colleen McDonough has been promoted to Executive Director of the Foundation.

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  • ASCAP Elevates Lauren Iossa to EVP, Chief Marketing & Communications Officer

    ASCAP CEO Elizabeth Matthews announced today that key marketing executive Lauren Iossa has been promoted to Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing & Communications Officer, effective July 1, 2015.

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  • 2015 ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards Honor Lauryn Hill, Timbaland, Jeremih, Kid Ink, Bart Millard & More!

    ASCAP hosted its 28th annual Rhythm & Soul Music Awards on June 25 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles. The invitation-only event paid special tribute to Lauryn Hill, who performed and was awarded the ASCAP Golden Note Award.

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  • ASCAP Members Triumph at the Tonys: <em>Fun Home</em> Wins Best Musical and Original Score; <em>The King and I</em> Named Best Revival

    ASCAP members took home some of the top trophies last night at the 69th Annual Tony Awards in New York City. Fun Home won Best Musical and Best Original Score; The King and I was named Best Revival of a Musical.

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  • Chart-Topping Songwriter Savan Kotecha Renews Agreement with ASCAP

    ASCAP today announced that chart-topping songwriter Savan Kotecha has renewed his agreement for representation of public performances of his songwriting catalog.

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  • ASCAP to Honor Ms. Lauryn Hill with Golden Note Award at 28th Annual ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards

    ASCAP will host its 28th annual Rhythm & Soul Music Awards on Thursday, June 25th, 2015 at The Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles. The invitation-only event will pay special tribute to Ms. Lauryn Hill who will receive the ASCAP Golden Note Award.

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  • Venues Refuse to Pay Songwriters While Profiting From Their Music

    ASCAP announced today that it has filed seven separate copyright infringement actions against bars and restaurants nationwide, arising out of the unauthorized public performance of its members’ copyrighted musical works.

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  • Michael Martin Named Vice President of ASCAP Nashville Membership Office

    ASCAP announced that Michael Martin will head its Nashville Membership office in the role of Vice President, reporting directly to EVP of Membership John Titta. Martin has been with ASCAP for more than five years.

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  • Longtime ASCAP Executive Karen Sherry Retires

    ASCAP today announced that longtime ASCAP executive Karen Sherry is retiring from her position as Senior VP, Industry Affairs and as ASCAP Foundation Executive Director. CEO Beth Matthews praised Sherry for her "expertise, passion, loyalty, dedication and some of ASCAP's most memorable moments over the last four decades."

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  • ASCAP President Paul Williams Receives Special International Recognition at 60th Annual Ivor Novello Awards

    ASCAP announced that President Paul Williams received the PRS for Music Special International Award today at the 60th Annual Ivor Novello Awards presented by BASCA (the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors) in London.

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  • Drop the F Bomb and Other Tips for Better Banter

    So you've got great songs and a great backing band. Your live show isn't complete unless you've got great stage banter, too. Here are some tips for better banter from Ingrid Michaelson, a true master of the craft.

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  • Songwriters Call for Music Licensing Reform at ASCAP “Songwriter Advocacy Day” on Capitol Hill

    Advocating for important reforms to outdated federal music licensing laws and regulations, award-winning songwriters and composers are in Washington, DC today to meet with elected officials as part of ASCAP's annual “Songwriter Advocacy Day” on Capitol Hill.

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  • ASCAP Appoints Clara Kim as EVP and General Counsel

    ASCAP CEO Elizabeth Matthews today announced the appointment of Clara Kim as the organization’s new Executive Vice President and General Counsel, effective June 1, 2015. Ms. Kim will oversee all legal and business affairs of ASCAP, managing its legislative team, internal and outside legal services as well as global business affairs.

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  • ASCAP Songwriter Residency Brings Country Songwriter Felix McTeigue to Write & Record with Boston Public School Students

    ASCAP and America SCORES announce that country songwriter Felix McTeigue will participate in the ASCAP Songwriter Residency. Felix will co-write a song with America SCORES New England students at Boston Teachers Union School, May 18th-19th.

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  • NE-YO, Fagen, Merchant & More To Perform at ASCAP "We Write the Songs" Event at Library of Congress on May 12

    On May 12, The ASCAP Foundation and The Library of Congress will jointly present the seventh annual "We Write the Songs" event at the historic Coolidge Auditorium in The Library of Congress in Washington, DC.

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  • ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO Reaches Highest Ever Attendance

    ASCAP today announced its highest ever paid attendance for its ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO with an increase of 19% over 2014. The premier event for songwriter education and career networking took place at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles from April 30th - May 2nd with well over 2600 participants.

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  • ASCAP Board of Directors Elects Officers

    ASCAP today announced the results of its Board of Directors officers elections held on April 29 in Los Angeles. Award-winning songwriter Paul Williams was re-elected Chairman and President for the fourth time, and other officers were announced.

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  • ASCAP Presents "Acoustic Sounds of ASCAP" at Yuca Lounge in Miami Beach with Pedro Capó, Christian Daniel, Johnny Sky and Ken-Y

    ASCAP held the 2015 edition of the "Acoustic Sounds of ASCAP" in Miami, Florida on Tuesday, April 28th at the Yuca Lounge in Miami Beach. Part of the Billboard Latin Music Conference the event presented four talented songwriters of the pop and urban worlds.

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  • 2015 ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO Unveils Full Schedule of Panels and Performances

    ASCAP today announced the full schedule for the 2015 ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO. Nearly 200 panelists and performers will participate in the conference, dedicated to the craft and business of songwriting, composing and producing.

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  • ASCAP Appoints Alice Kim New Chief Strategy & Development Officer

    ASCAP announced the appointment of top digital strategist Alice Kim as the organization’s EVP, Chief Strategy & Development Officer, overseeing development of enhanced services for ASCAP members and its licensing partners.

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  • ASCAP Promotes Christine Pepe to Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs

    ASCAP today announced that Christine Pepe has been promoted to Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs. In her new role, Pepe will continue to be responsible for structuring and negotiating a wide variety of licenses and other agreements on behalf of ASCAP, as well as providing legal and business support to The ASCAP Foundation and The ASCAP Legislative Fund for the Arts.

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  • The ASCAP Foundation Names Recipients of 2015 Morton Gould Young Composer Awards

    ASCAP Foundation President Paul Williams has announced the recipients of the 2015 Morton Gould Young Composer Awards. They will be recognized at the annual ASCAP Concert Music Awards at Merkin Concert Hall in New York on May 21, 2015.

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  • ASCAP Elects Board of Directors

    ASCAP released the results of our biennial election for the Board of Directors. President and Chairman of the Board Paul Williams announced the twelve writer and twelve publisher members elected to serve on the Board for a two-year term beginning April 1st, 2015.

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  • Claudia Brant and Romeo Santos Named Songwriters of the Year at 23rd Annual ASCAP Latin Music Awards

    Mario Domm, David Bisbal, Claudia Brant, Romeo Santos and La Original Banda el Limón de Salvador Lizárraga were among the big winners at the 23rd annual ASCAP Latin Music Awards, held March 11th at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, CA.

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  • Brian Roberts Appointed New EVP & COO of ASCAP

    ASCAP has announced the appointment of music industry veteran Brian Roberts as its Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, reporting to ASCAP CEO Elizabeth Matthews. Roberts will be responsible for the royalty payment system for over 525,000 ASCAP members and will oversee ASCAP’s worldwide infrastructure.

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  • ASCAP is the First PRO in the World to Report $1 Billion in Revenues

    ASCAP, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, the world leader in performing rights and advocacy for music creators, today became the first PRO in the world to announce record-breaking revenues of more than $1 billion for calendar year 2014.

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  • 2015 ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO Celebrates 10 Years with Expert Lineup of Hitmaker Songwriters, Producers & Composers

    ASCAP today announced the initial lineup for the 2015 ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO, to be held April 30 through May 2 at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles. Now in its 10th year, the ASCAP EXPO gives new music creators access to a world-class gathering of music talent for three days of panels and discussions dedicated to the craft and business of songwriting, composing and producing.

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  • ASCAP Promotes John Johnson to SVP, Licensing

    ASCAP Executive Vice President, Licensing, Vincent Candilora announced today that John Johnson has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Licensing.

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  • ASCAP Promotes Lynne Lummel to Lead Newly Created Transformation Management Office

    ASCAP, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, announced the promotion of Lynne Lummel to Executive Vice President of its newly created Transformation Management Office (TMO). In her new role, Lummel, formerly Senior Vice President of Distribution and Repertory, will work closely with ASCAP’s senior leadership team on a variety of complex transformation initiatives to meet the future needs of ASCAP’s songwriter, composer and publisher members and its licensing partners.

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  • 2015 Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award Recipients Announced

    ASCAP Foundation President Paul Williams has announced the recipients of the 2015 Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Awards. The recipients, who receive cash awards, range in age from 16 to 30, and are selected through a juried national competition.

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  • 2014 ASCAP/CBDNA Frederick Fennell Prize Winner Announced

    Shuying Li wins the $5000 ASCAP/CBDNA Frederick Fennell Prize for young composers of concert band music for her wind ensemble work, “Slippery Slope.”

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  • Mark Lanz Weiser Receives ASCAP Foundation Nissim Prize for <i>Symphony No. 2 (Sinfonia Magalhães)</i>

    The ASCAP Foundation President, Paul Williams, is pleased to announce that Mark Lanz Weiser has been named recipient of the 35th annual ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) Foundation Rudolf Nissim Prize.

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  • ASCAP Announces Elizabeth Matthews as New CEO

    Today, ASCAP announced that Elizabeth Matthews has been named the new Chief Executive Officer of the organization, which represents more than $membercount music creators. Matthews, who has served as EVP and General Counsel at ASCAP since 2013, was a unanimous choice among the board’s 12 songwriter and 12 publisher members.

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  • ASCAP CEO John LoFrumento Announces Retirement

    ASCAP announced that John LoFrumento, Chief Executive Officer of ASCAP for the past 17 years, has decided to retire as of January 1st. "Under John’s leadership, ASCAP’s innovations and embrace of new technologies have shaped the evolution of performing rights worldwide," said ASCAP President and Chairman Paul Williams.

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  • Songwriter-Composer Gabriel Mann to Write and Record with Public School Students in LA

    Gabriel Mann (<i>Modern Family</i>, The Rescues) will write and record a song with 16 Los Angeles 4th and 5th grade students at Braddock Drive Elementary School. The sessions are part of the ASCAP Songwriter Residency, a partnership with America SCORES.

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  • How Being “AWARE” Can Help Your Songwriting Career

    Leland is the mind-bending pop brainchild of ASCAP songwriter Brett McLaughlin. To celebrate the November 4th release of Leland's very first video, for debut single "Aware," we asked him to tell us five things that every songwriter should be "aware" of.

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  • Ashley Gorley Named Songwriter of the Year at 52nd Annual ASCAP Country Music Awards

    Alan Jackson ​and ​Craig Wiseman ​p​resented with ​the ​ASCAP Heritage Award,​ Ben Hayslip ​and ​Jimmy Robbins ​earn Song of the Year, and Warner/Chappell ​takes top Publisher Award at the 52nd annual star-studded gala in Nashville on Nov. 3rd.

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  • Neil Gaffney Named ASCAP SVP, International Affairs

    Neil Gaffney has been appointed Senior Vice President, International Affairs, it was announced by ASCAP CEO John LoFrumento. Gaffney brings to ASCAP a deep understanding of the complex issues in global music rights licensing, digital rights management, tracking and revenue building.

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  • 46th Annual ASCAP Foundation Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Awards Announced

    The winners of the 46th annual ASCAP Foundation Deems Taylor/ Virgil Thomson Awards for outstanding print, broadcast and new media coverage of music have been announced. The winners will be honored at a ceremony on November 12th in NYC.

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  • How to Make the Most of a Recording Session with Live Players

    So you've written a brilliant score, and hired musicians to record it. If you want to make the most of the recording session, preparation is critical. Find out how to save time and money from Tina Guo, a seasoned session cellist and erhuist with credits ranging from <i>CSI:NY</i> to <i>Inception</i>, <i>Call of Duty: Black Ops 2</i> to <i>Family Guy</i>.

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  • Brad Mossman on Writing Music for Kids of All Ages

    Brad Mossman's quirky, upbeat songs and scores have brought to life countless TV shows, animated shorts, films and games, including kids favorites <i>Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!</i> and <i>Sesame Street</i>. We asked him for advice on breaking into the kids music market and writing great songs for kids of all ages.

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  • Tom Freund on Developing Your Own True Songwriting Voice

    Every great songwriter has to find a unique voice. Tom Freund has made an entire career out of sounding exactly like himself. We asked him about two crucial tasks for every songwriter developing a voice: working through your musical influences, and writing lyrics that are crafty but effortless.

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  • Joan Baez, Garth Brooks, Billy Joel, Stephen Sondheim and Stevie Wonder to Receive ASCAP Centennial Awards

    ASCAP will confer its singular, once-in-a-century ASCAP Centennial Awards, to a select group of American music icons in recognition of their incomparable accomplishments in their respective music genres and beyond. The presentations will take place on Monday, November 17th, at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York, at a gala party benefitting The ASCAP Foundation.

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  • WUNDERKINDZ

    WUNDERKINDZ, el primer espectáculo musical internacional creado por el joven pianista, compositor y productor argentino Ezechiel Palmieri que reúne a 10 niños prodigio en el campo de las artes escénicas, provenientes de Estados Unidos, Argentina, China, Grecia, Nigeria, Israel, México, Italia, Brasil y Australia, tendrá lugar los días 15 & 16 de agosto a las 20:30 en el Teatro Coliseo.

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  • Five Ways to Go Viral with Your Music

    How do you go viral with your music? It's a completely creative process that is different every time. But there are some core principles that can help indie musicians. Author, marketing guru and Independent Music Promotions CEO James Moore shares five of them.

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  • Learn How to Arrange a Great EDM Track with the Disco Fries

    Great dance music is about more than just a thumping beat and endless buildups. You've gotta master the SONG part of songwriting, and frame it with an arrangement that highlights its strengths. Nick Ditri of ASCAP EDM duo The Disco Fries offers some pointers on improving your EDM tracks.

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  • 2014 ASCAP R&S Awards Honors Jermaine Dupri, Ne-Yo, Mike WiLL Made-It and Warner/Chappell Music

    Top honors were given to hip-hop music mogul Jermaine Dupri, singer-songwriter Ne-Yo, producer Mike-WiLL Made-It and publisher Warner/Chappell Music. The top rap, R&B/hip-hop and gospel music of 2013 was also honored.

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  • Wendy & Lisa, Steven Price, Bear McCreary & Dave Porter Take Top Honors at 2014 ASCAP Film & TV Music Awards

    ASCAP's 29th annual Film & Television Music Awards paid special tribute to Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman, and honored composers of the top box office film music, the most performed television music and the top video game music of 2013.

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  • Paul Williams to Congress: Modernize the Music Licensing System

    Today (June 25th), ASCAP President Paul Williams delivered to Congress a call for music licensing reform. We urge all music creators to watch a live stream of the hearing and read his testimony here now.

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  • ASCAP Centennial to be Celebrated at 2014 Songwriters Hall of Fame Gala

    A musical celebration of the 100th anniversary of the founding of ASCAP will be a featured segment at the 45th Annual Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Dinner, slated for Thursday, June 12th at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City.

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  • ASCAP Recognized by <i>CIO Magazine</i> as a CIO 100 Award Winner

    IDG's <i>CIO magazine</i> has announced ASCAP as a recipient of the 2014 CIO 100. The 27th annual award program recognizes organizations around the world that exemplify the highest level of operational and strategic excellence in information technology (IT).

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  • ASCAP Statement on DOJ Notice of Consent Decree Review

    The U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division announced that it has opened a review of its consent decrees with the nation's two leading performing rights organizations, ASCAP and BMI. Read ASCAP President and Chairman Paul Williams' statement on the announcement here.

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  • ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame to Induct Living Legends Kenny Burrell, Dick Hyman and Helen Merrill and Jazz Giants of the Past Bessie Smith and Juan Tizol

    The invitation-only event, hosted by ASCAP President and Chairman Paul Williams, will be held on Monday, June 9th, 2014 at the New York Institute of Technology Auditorium.

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  • ASCAP Songwriter Residency International Soccer Anthem "World Cup, It’s Time!" Receives 2014 World Cup Placements

    The song was written and recorded by Brazilian blockbuster film composer Heitor Pereira (<i>The Smurfs</i> films, <i>Despicable Me</i> films) and 20 sixth grade America SCORES Los Angeles students at Remote Control Productions.

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  • ASCAP to Honor Wendy Melvoin & Lisa Coleman with Inaugural Shirley Walker Award at 29th Film & TV Awards

    The invitation-only event will pay special tribute to the Emmy Award-winning composing duo, and honor composers of the top box office film music, the most performed television music and the top video game music of 2013.

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  • Jermaine Dupri and Ne-Yo to Receive Special Honors at 27th Annual ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards

    The invitation-only event will be held on Thursday, June 26th, 2014 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, CA and will honor the songwriters and publishers of the most performed ASCAP songs on the 2013 R&B/hip-hop, rap and gospel charts.

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  • ASCAP Honors Maria Schneider, Paola Prestini, James M. Kendrick, the American Composers Forum and John Nuechterlein at 15th Annual Concert Music Awards

    The invitation-only event recognized the achievements of ASCAP’s 2014 Concert Music Honorees who represent the diverse aesthetic spectrum of the concert music world.

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  • ASCAP Writer Members Invited to Vote for Inaugural ASCAP Composers' Choice Awards

    In continuation of the full-year celebration of ASCAP's 100th Birthday, ASCAP's Film & Television Department will bestow its inaugural Composers' Choice Awards at the 2014 ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards, to be held on Wednesday, June 25th, 2014.

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  • Award-Winning Songwriters Call for Music Licensing Reform in ASCAP "Stand with Songwriters" Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill

    ASCAP Board members joined songwriters Carly Simon, Randy Newman, Josh Kear, Valerie Simpson, Alan and Marilyn Bergman, Jon Batiste and Narada Michael Walden to discuss the unique challenges facing songwriters in today’s digital music marketplace.

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  • Michael Feinstein Celebrates 100 Years of ASCAP Music with Concert at Carnegie Hall

    ASCAP... A Centennial Celebration was held on the evening of April 30th at Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall, and starred Feinstein, who hosts the annual concert series <i>Standard Time with Michael Feinstein</i> at the famed venue, along with special guests.

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  • ASCAP Proposes Five Principles for Meaningful Music Licensing Reform

    Kicking off the 9th ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO, ASCAP President and Chairman Paul Williams announced the "Music Advocacy Project" (MAP) initiative, a five-point plan to guide meaningful music licensing reform in Washington.

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  • Tom Petty, fun. and Other Top Names in Music Honored at 31st Annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards

    The star-studded event, which was attended by hundreds of songwriters, recording artists and music industry leaders, also honored the songwriters and publishers of the most performed ASCAP songs on the 2013 pop charts.

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  • <i>ASCAP Songwriter Residency: Volume 6</i> Album Now Available to Stream

    The product of this year’s ASCAP Songwriter Residency program – a compilation album of seven original songs written and recorded by ASCAP songwriters and America SCORES public school students from five cities across the country – is available to stream in full. Listen here!

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  • Dr. Luke, Jermaine Dupri, Amy Grant & Gustavo Santaolalla Among Panelists at 9th Annual ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO

    In addition to signature keynote interviews, master classes, hitmaker panels and top-notch performances, ASCAP will once again bring together a diverse group of music creators and industry professionals to participate in a broad range of panels designed to support music creators at every stage of their career.

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  • The ASCAP Foundation Names Recipients of the Morton Gould Young Composer Awards

    Established in 1979 with funding from the Jack and Amy Norworth Fund, the program grants cash prizes to concert music composers up to 30 years of age whose works are selected through a juried national competition.

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  • Creating Your Own Album Art on a Budget

    One of the best parts about being an independent artist is the near-total control you have over your creative output. Album art is often the first visual exposure people have to your band, so make it count.

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  • ASCAP Day @ Berklee College of Music Featured Emmy-Nominated TV/Film Composer Mark Snow

    Snow headlined ASCAP Day @ Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA on April 2nd. Known for scoring TV shows like <i>The X-Files</i>, <i>Blue Bloods</i>, <i>Ghost Whisperer</i> and <i>Smallville</i>, he talked to students about his career and the state of the music business.

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  • Tom Petty to Receive Founders Award at 31st Annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards

    The ASCAP Founders Award honors pioneering songwriters who have made exceptional contributions to music, inspiring and influencing their fellow music creators. The event will also celebrate the songwriters and publishers of ASCAP's most performed pop songs of 2013.

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  • Romeo Santos and Andres Castro Named Songwriters of the Year at 22nd Annual ASCAP Latin Music Awards

    Held on March 18th, 2014 at the Hammerstein Ballroom of the Manhattan Center in New York, NY, the invitation-only event also honored the living legends of Fania All-Stars, who were presented with ASCAP’s Latin Heritage Award, and Daddy Yankee, who was honored with the ASCAP Voice of Music Award.

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  • ASCAP Statement on Pandora Rate Court Decision

    Judge Cote issued her decision in the ASCAP rate court proceeding with Pandora, setting a rate of 1.85% for each of the five years of the license term. While her decision does not fully adopt the escalating rate structure that ASCAP proposed, it also does not adopt Pandora’s argument that the 1.7% RMLC rate should apply to Pandora.

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  • Jonathan Jones Promoted to Director of Creative Services, Rhythm & Soul/Urban

    In his new role, Jones will be responsible for discovering and signing songwriters and producers, developing talent, establishing and maintaining relationships with current members and programming events, showcases and educational panels.

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  • Composer Alex Shapiro Elected to ASCAP Board

    ASCAP President and Chairman Paul Williams announced that ASCAP's Board of Directors has elected Shapiro as a director, commenting: "Alex has been a strong advocate for composers and all members of the creative community through work on ASCAP’s Symphonic & Concert Committee as well as many other organizations."

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  • Jon Bahr Promoted to Senior Director, Marketing & Communications

    In his new role, Bahr will continue as a key producer of the ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO, as well as optimize ASCAP's media buying capabilities and broaden the scope of its campaigns.

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  • Gungor, Tori Kelly, Matthew Koma and Meg Myers Among Top Performers at ASCAP Events at SXSW

    In addition to staging its popular "ASCAP PRESENTS… at SXSW" showcases, ASCAP will co-present its annual boat rides, participate in official SXSW music panel discussions and sponsor a selection of events highlighting the best and brightest in music.

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  • ASCAP to Honor fun. with Vanguard Award at 31st Annual Pop Music Awards

    THe Grammy Award winners will be honored at the invitation-only gala on Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014 in Los Angeles, CA. The awards ceremony will also celebrate the songwriters and publishers of ASCAP's most performed pop songs of 2013.

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  • Grammy-Winning Songwriters Urge Policymakers to Update Music Licensing Regulations for the Digital Age

    On February 25th, the Library of Congress hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new "ASCAP100" exhibit, followed by a panel discussion with Paul Williams and Jimmy Webb, hosted by U.S. Register of Copyrights Maria Pallante.

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  • Grammy-Winning Songwriters to Celebrate ASCAP Centennial with Library of Congress Exhibit Launch and Panel Discussion

    On February 25th, the Library of Congress will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new "ASCAP100" exhibit, followed by a panel discussion with Paul Williams and Jimmy Webb, hosted by U.S. Register of Copyrights Maria Pallante.

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  • ASCAP Promotes Jennifer Harmon and Jeff Jernigan to Directors of Creative Services, Film & TV/Visual Media

    Based out of ASCAP's Los Angeles office, both Harmon and Jernigan have been with ASCAP since 2004 and were most recently Associate Directors. They both report directly to ASCAP VP of Creative Services, Film & TV/Visual Media Shawn LeMone.

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  • ASCAP Promotes Jamie McLaughlin and Evan Trindl to Directors of Creative Services, Pop/Rock

    In their new roles, McLaughlin and Trindl will help oversee ASCAP’s vast client base, focusing on acquisition and retention of prominent members while discovering and deploying creative solutions that contribute to ASCAP’s strong market share growth.

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  • ASCAP Promotes Jennifer Harmon, Jeff Jernigan, Jamie McLaughlin and Evan Trindl to Directors, Creative Services

    In their new roles, each will help oversee ASCAP’s vast client base, focusing on acquisition and retention of prominent members while discovering and deploying creative solutions that contribute to ASCAP’s strong market share growth.

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  • ASCAP Celebrates 100th Birthday with Top Songs Lists; NYC and Tennessee Proclaim February 13th "ASCAP Day"

    In honor of ASCAP’s 100th birthday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam have proclaimed February 13th, 2014 "ASCAP Day." To mark this momentous day, ASCAP has unveiled its top songs of all-time.

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  • ASCAP Reports Strong Revenues in 2013

    ASCAP announced that it distributed over $851.2 million in royalties to its songwriter, composer and publisher members in 2013, an increase of nearly $24 million over 2012. 2013 became the sixth year in a row that ASCAP distributed well in excess of $800 million – more than $5 billion total – to its members.

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  • Hal Leonard Celebrates ASCAP's Centennial with Two New Books

    In <i>A Friend in the Music Business: The ASCAP Story</i>, award-winning music writer Bruce Pollock looks back at ASCAP's influence on the music industry over the last 100 years and its continued relevance and importance today. The book features a foreword by Quincy Jones and a preface by Lyle Lovett.

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  • 2014 Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award Recipients Announced

    Established by The ASCAP Foundation in 2002, the program carries the name of the great trumpeter and ASCAP member Herb Alpert in recognition of The Herb Alpert Foundation’s multi-year financial commitment to support this unique program.

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  • "ASCAP: One Hundred Years and Beyond" Exhibition to Open at Library of Congress

    The exhibition, opening February 13th, will celebrate the ASCAP Collection at the Library of Congress on the occasion of the organization’s centennial. It will be free and open to the public from 8:30am to 5:00pm, Monday through Saturday.

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  • Prolific Television and Film Composer John Cacavas Dies at 83

    ASCAP composer member John Cacavas, who scored hundreds of television episodes, television films and feature films, died on January 28th at his home in Beverly Hills, California. The former ASCAP Board of Directors member was 83 years old.

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  • Matthew Peterson Receives ASCAP Foundation Nissim Prize for <i>Hyperborea</i>

    Selected from nearly 270 entries, the Nissim Prize honors the memory of Dr. Rudolf Nissim and his dedication to ASCAP’s Concert Composers by hosting this annual competition.

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  • Sondre Lerche, Lee Ann Womack, KT Tunstall and The Autumn Defense Among Acts at Sundance ASCAP Music Café

    A complete lineup and schedule for the 16th annual Sundance ASCAP Music Café – running during the daytime from January 17th to the 24th as part of the Sundance Film Festival – is now available to the public. Get all of the details here!

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  • What's the Deal: Understanding Co-Publishing & Admin Deals

    Publishing can be a crucial part of your music career, but many songwriters don't know exactly what a publishing deal entails. PEN Music Group's Michael Eames explains the difference between a co-publishing and administration deal, and what a songwriter can expect from each.

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  • ASCAP Announces Events and Activities to Celebrate 100 Years as Leading US Performance Rights Organization

    Among the events celebrating the centennial are the release of a book, Library of Congress exhibits in DC and LA and the launch of an innovative website featuring a timeline of ASCAP's rich history and two commissioned short films.

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  • Sondre Lerche, Lee Ann Womack and KT Tunstall Among Acts at Sundance ASCAP Music Café

    The 16th annual Sundance ASCAP Music Café – running from January 17th to the 24th as part of the Sundance Film Festival – will present an inspiring mix of emerging and established songwriters and artists, all hand-picked by ASCAP.

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  • ASCAP Releases 100th Birthday Song & Video "More Than the Stars"

    “More Than the Stars” features an extraordinary collaboration among 15 top ASCAP songwriter and composer members, including Ne-Yo, Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood, Dan Wilson, Bill Withers, Aloe Blacc and others.

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  • ASCAP Members Continue to Rule Top Ten Most-Played Holiday Songs List in 2013

    "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!" has aired more times on radio&nbsp;than any other holiday song this season, ending the four-year reign of previous list-topper "Sleigh Ride." Find out what other songs, all written by ASCAP members, made the top 10!

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  • Film Composer Heitor Pereira to Write and Record with Public School Students in Los Angeles

    The composer of <em>Despicable Me 2</em> and <em>The Smurfs</em> will join the ASCAP Songwriter Residency @ America SCORES, a mentorship program that provides a platform for songwriters to engage and inspire students in under-resourced neighborhoods.

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  • Grammy-Winning Songwriter-Producer Malik Yusef to Write and Record with Public School Students in Chicago

    The Grammy winner will join the ASCAP Songwriter Residency @ America SCORES, a mentorship program that provides a platform for songwriters to engage and inspire elementary and middle school students in under-resourced neighborhoods.

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  • Ne-Yo Honored with ASCAP Foundation Champion Award

    The singer-songwriter was honored at the 18th annual ASCAP Foundation Awards in recognition of his leadership in efforts to increase awareness of disadvantaged children in American cities. The Foundation also honored Tony Award-winning lyricist Martin Charnin&nbsp;with the inaugural&nbsp;George M. Cohan Award.

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  • ASCAP Adds Four Music Greats to Jazz Wall of Fame

    The event,&nbsp;held at ASCAP's New York offices&nbsp;on Monday, December 9th,&nbsp;was highlighted by the induction of four giants of jazz: Living legends Ornette Coleman and Arturo Sandoval, and posthumous honorees Cab Calloway and Charles Mingus.

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  • Country Music Songwriter Walt Aldridge to Write and Record with Public School Students in St. Louis

    Aldridge will co-write and&nbsp;record a&nbsp;song with students&nbsp;as part of the ASCAP Songwriter Residency @ America SCORES, a mentorship program that provides a platform for songwriters to engage and inspire young students in under-resourced neighborhoods.

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  • ASCAP100: <i>Why We Create Music</i> Film Celebrates Songwriters and Composers and Captures Collaborative Score

    Commissioned by ASCAP for its upcoming 100th birthday, the short film provides an intimate look into the hearts, minds and musical gifts of&nbsp;15 of today's top songwriters and composers, and&nbsp;features an unprecedented collaborative musical score.

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  • ASCAP and Sterling Healthworks Announce New Partnership, Helping Members Benefit from Healthcare Reform

    <p style="background: white;">The new partnership will help ASCAP members understand the impending Affordable Care Act, assist them in making the right selection for their personal situation and maximize health insurance affordability.</p>

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  • Sachal Vasandani and Darhyl "DJ" Camper to Write and Record with Public School Students in New York

    <p>The workshops are part of the ASCAP Songwriter Residency, a national mentorship program that gives songwriters a platform to give back to their communities by engaging and inspiring inner city students through songwriting and recording.</p>

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  • ASCAP Celebrates 100 Years in 100 Days with Launch of Interactive Centennial Site

    The site&nbsp;features an interactive timeline of ASCAP's rich history. Each day leading up to the birthday, a new year will be unveiled, revealing a fascinating trove of&nbsp;photographs, facts and important milestones.

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  • Grammy-Winning Songwriter Narada Michael Walden to Write and Record with Public School Students in San Francisco

    The&nbsp;acclaimed songwriter, producer and artist&nbsp;will participate in the ASCAP Songwriter Residency @ America SCORES, a mentorship program that provides a platform for songwriters to engage and inspire students in under-resourced neighborhoods.

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  • Grammy-Winning Songwriter-Producer Desmond Child Elected to ASCAP Board

    ASCAP's Board of Directors has elected the prolific songwriter-producer as a director, it was announced by ASCAP President and Chairman Paul Williams. Child was elected to fill the seat left vacant by the recent death of jazz composer George Duke.

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  • ASCAP's Women Behind the Music Series Heads to NY and ATL

    <p>Now in its 5th year, the series is designed to encourage and recognize women in the music community, highlighting not only women songwriters and artists, but women working in all facets of the business. The opening event was held&nbsp;at LA nightclub Bardot on October 8th and will head to New York and Atlanta next.</p>

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  • ASCAP Centennial Celebration to Bring Musical Theatre to The Kennedy Center

    <p>The five nights of free concerts in November will feature performances by Klea Blackhurst, Corey Cott, Jason Graae, Kara Lindsay, Tony-nominated songwriting team Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, Tony nominee Ron Raines and more.</p>

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  • ASCAP Honors Top PRS Songwriters and Publishers

    The 33rd Annual ASCAP London Awards were held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London, where Steve Mac, Ed Drewett and Universal Music Publishing were among top honorees of the night. Click through for a full list of winners.

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  • 45th ASCAP Foundation Deems Taylor Awards Announced

    <p>The winners of the 45th annual ASCAP Foundation Deems Taylor Awards for outstanding print, broadcast and new media coverage of music will be honored at a special invitation-only ceremony and reception on Thursday, November 14th at ASCAP's New York offices.</p>

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  • How to Know When You Need a Publicist

    When you get to a certain point in your music career, you may need to invest in a publicist. We’re here to help you understand what a publicist can do for you and help you determine when the time has come to hire one.

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  • How Your Laptop Can Liven Up Your Live Show

    Modern technology has helped provide musicians with new ways to liven up shows. The excitement of creating is no longer limited to the studio. Here's how you can integrate computer tracks and effects into your performance.

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  • How to Prepare Your Album for Mastering

    <p>Audio mastering is one of the most important, but least understood, parts of making a record. We asked Grammy-winning mastering engineer John Greenham to explain what goes into it, and offer some advice on how best to prepare your album for the mastering process.</p>

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  • ASCAP to Honor George Strait with Founders Award

    The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) will honor the &ldquo;King of Country Music,&rdquo; George Strait, with the ASCAP Founders Award at the 51st annual ASCAP Country Music Awards, to be held on Monday, November 4th, 2013 at the newly opened Music City Center in downtown Nashville. The invitation-only black-tie gala will also honor the songwriters and publishers of ASCAP's most performed country songs from April 1st, 2012 through March 31st, 2013.

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  • 9th ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO Set for April 24-26

    The 9th annual ASCAP &ldquo;I Create Music&rdquo; EXPO will be held April 24th-26th, 2014 at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles, CA. The three-day event is the premier conference for songwriters, composers and producers in all genres of music.

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  • At some point in your career, you'll be faced with a gig that offers little or no compensation, or a project that falls a little outside your musical comfort zone. There's plenty of conflicting dogma about whether to take these kinds of jobs. ASCAP composer-songwriter Gabe Sokoloff has some advice that will help you sort it all out.

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  • ASCAP TV & Film Scoring Workshop Celebrates 25 Years

    <p>ASCAP hosted its 25th annual Television &amp; Film Scoring Workshop from July 8th - August 1st, 2013. The Workshop, which is held annually in LA, provides the training ground for young composers to score a scene from a feature film with a professional orchestra and all the support that an A-list composer would receive.</p>

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  • What to Know Before You Record Your Album

    Recording an album can be one of the costliest, most time-consuming parts of your music career. Making the most of a recording session takes research and advance planning. Ari Herstand breaks down the best ways to approach the recording process.

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  • ASCAP Adventurous Programming Awards Presented at 36th Chorus America Conference

    ASCAP joined Chorus America in honoring four choral ensembles for their adventurous programming during the 2012-2013 Concert Season on June 14th, 2013 at a special awards presentation held at Chorus America's 36th Annual Conference in Seattle, WA.

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  • ASCAP Country Music Awards to Be Held at Music City Center

    The 51st ASCAP Country Music Awards will be held at the newly opened Music City Center on Mon., Nov. 4th. The black-tie gala will recognize the songwriters and publishers of the most performed songs of 2012, and also include the presentation of the ASCAP Founders Award and performances from ASCAP's country music stars.

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  • ASCAP Honors Top Film and Television Music Composers at 28th Annual Awards Celebration

    The invitation-only dinner and awards ceremony in Los Angeles, CA also paid special tribute to composer Patrick Doyle and composer-arranger Ray Charles.

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  • ASCAP to Honor Patrick Doyle with Henry Mancini Award at 28th Annual Film &amp; TV Music Awards

    <p>The Golden Globe and Academy Award-nominated film composer, will be presented with the distinguished ASCAP Henry Mancini Award, which&nbsp;is awarded to composers in recognition of their outstanding achievements and contributions to the world of film and television music.</p>

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  • Kendrick Lamar to Receive ASCAP Vanguard Award at 26th Annual Rhythm & Soul Music Awards

    The ASCAP Vanguard Award recognizes the impact of musical genres that help shape the future of American music.&nbsp;Past honorees include Beastie Boys, Taio Cruz, Diplo, Janelle Mon&aacute;e and Santigold.

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  • Sue Drew Promoted to Senior Vice President, Creative Services

    Drew will be responsible for overseeing the ASCAP Membership Creative Services staff in all musical genres and will also oversee the operations of the LA, New York and Nashville membership offices. The promotion was announced on May 21st by ASCAP CEO John LoFrumento.

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  • Usher to Receive ASCAP Golden Note Award at 26th Annual Rhythm & Soul Music Awards

    ASCAP will honor eight-time Grammy Award-winner Usher with the prestigious ASCAP Golden Note Award during its 26th annual Rhythm &amp; Soul Music Awards. The invitation-only event will take place on June 27th at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, and will also celebrate the songwriters and publishers of the most performed ASCAP songs on the 2012 R&amp;B/hip-hop, rap and gospel charts.

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  • 14th Annual Concert Music Awards to Honor Tania León, Jon Deak, Steve Smith and Morton Gould

    The ASCAP Concert Music Awards will recognize the achievements of our 2013 honorees, who represent the diverse aesthetic spectrum of the concert music world. Composer, musician and author Peter Schickele will host the event.

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  • ASCAP Applauds USTR Special 301 Report

    The report from the U.S. Trade Representative specifically calls on foreign governments to ensure that adequate copyright payments are made when U.S. musical compositions are performed in TV and radio broadcasts, over cable systems and in all other kinds of public performances.

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  • ASCAP to Honor Phil Keaggy at Christian Music Awards

    Reknowned songwriter and legendary guitarist Phil Keaggy will be honored with the ASCAP Golden Note Award at the 35th Anniversary ASCAP Christian Music Awards, to be held on Monday, May 6th in Franklin, Tennessee.

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  • Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Diplo and Other Top Names in Music Honored at 30th Annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards

    The star-studded event also paid tribute to songwriter-producer Max Martin, Sony/ATV, Prescription Songs and Kobalt, and honored the songwriters and publishers of the most performed ASCAP songs on the 2012 pop charts.

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  • Katy Perry Added to Panelists at 8th Annual ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO

    In a special &ldquo;I Create Music&rdquo; Interview, the chart-topping pop sensation will speak with ASCAP EVP of Membership Randy Grimmett about her journey to the top. Perry joins an impressive list of EXPO panelists, including Lionel Richie, Ne-Yo, Diplo and Big Sean.

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  • Grammy Award Winner Drake Signs with ASCAP

    With this announcement, Drake joins a long list of music titans at ASCAP, including Pharrell Williams, Quincy Jones, Justin Timberlake, Beyonc&eacute;, Jay-Z and Dr. Dre, as well as his longtime OVO partners and producers Boi-1da and Noah "40" Shebib.

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  • When It's Time to Hire a Manager

    If you’re a musician looking to further your career, it may be tough to determine when to hire a manager, what to expect from them, and what you want them to accomplish. If want to succeed, it’s important to know when, why, and how to hire a manager.

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  • The ASCAP Foundation Names Recipients of the 2013 Morton Gould Young Composers Awards

    The Awards program provides recognition and cash awards to gifted young composers of Concert Music. This year, 28 composers between the ages of 8 to 30 years of age were selected from nearly 600 submissions.

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  • ASCAP Elects Board of Directors

    The results of the biennial election for the Board of Directors of ASCAP were announced today by ASCAP President and Chairman Paul Williams. Twelve writer and twelve publisher members have been elected to serve on the Board for a two-year term commencing April 1st, 2013.

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  • ASCAP Day @ Berklee College of Music to Feature Singer-Songwriter Patty Larkin

    ASCAP Day is designed to provide both Film Scoring and Songwriting students with information on current trends in their fields. Larkin will discuss her own career in classes with Songwriting students, and ASCAP staff will meet with students in the Film Scoring classes.

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  • ASCAP Distributes More Than $1.8 Million in ASCAP Plus Awards

    The purpose of these special awards is to reward writers whose works have a unique prestige value for which adequate compensation would not otherwise be received, and to compensate those writers whose works are performed substantially in media not surveyed by ASCAP.

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  • Five Essential Music Copyright Resources on the Web

    Strong copyright law is an essential part of how songwriters and composers earn a living from their music. Increasingly, the fate of copyright is playing out on blogs, through social media and by word of mouth. We compiled a list of five resources that will educate and provoke you, and inspire you to take action.

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  • T.I. to Headline BET Networks & ASCAP Present The Music Matters SXSW Showcase Hosted by Yahoo!

    The SXSW showcase, being held on Thursday, March 14th at Brazos Hall in Austin, TX, will also feature performances by Schoolboy Q, Bridget Kelly, Chrisette Michele, BJ the Chicago Kid, DJ Drama, Joey Badass and Lecrae.

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  • Vampire Weekend, T.I. and Emmylou Harris Among Top Performers at #ASCAPSXSW

    In addition to staging its popular SXSW showcases, ASCAP will take part in music panel discussions, host its annual boat rides and sponsor many other exciting events, including the Music Matters, powered by Yahoo! Showcase in partnership with BET.

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  • ASCAP Reports 2012 Financials

    Over $827 million in royalties was distributed to ASCAP's songwriter, composer and publisher members in the calendar year ended 2012. This is now the fifth year in a row that ASCAP distributed in excess of $800 million to its members – a feat no other PRO can claim.

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  • ASCAP to Honor Aerosmith's Steven Tyler & Joe Perry with Founders Award at 30th Annual Pop Music Awards

    ASCAP will celebrate the rock legends with the prestigious award at the&nbsp;invitation-only gala on April 17th, 2013 at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles, California. The event will also celebrate the songwriters and publishers of ASCAP's most performed pop songs of 2012.

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  • 2013 Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award Recipients Announced

    Established by The ASCAP Foundation in 2002 to encourage gifted jazz composers under the age of 30, the program awards recipients with cash prizes after a juried national competition.

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  • ASCAP Mobile Update Brings ASCAP OnStage to All Devices

    ASCAP is pleased to announce that&nbsp;OnStage is now available through its latest mobile update. ASCAP Onstage gives members the opportunity to receive royalties when their music is performed live. The mobile version includes the ability to locate venues using a device's GPS.&nbsp;ASCAP members can now submit performances wherever they are.

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  • ASCAP Adventurous Programming Awards to be Presented at 2013 Chamber Music America Conference

    ASCAP will recognize eight chamber music and jazz ensembles, and presenters for their adventurous programming at the 35th Chamber Music America National Conference on Sunday, January 20th, 2013. Cia Toscanini, ASCAP Vice President of Concert Music, will present the awards.

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  • Michaela Eremiasova Receives ASCAP Foundation Nissim Prize for "Emblems"

    Michaela Eremi&aacute;&scaron;ov&aacute; has been named recipient of the 33rd annual ASCAP Foundation Rudolf Nissim Prize, which honors the memory of Dr. Rudolf Nissim and his dedication to ASCAP&rsquo;s Concert Composers by hosting this annual competition.

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  • Sundance ASCAP Music Café Lineup to Include Melanie Fiona, Andrew Bird and Blue Sky Riders

    Lights! Camera! Music! The annual Music Caf&eacute; will present an eclectic mix of songwriters and artists, including Melanie Fiona, The Head and the Heart, Andrew Bird and Blue Sky Riders (featuring Kenny Loggins).

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  • ASCAP Adds Kele Currier as Director of Strategic Services

    Currier's appointment coincides with the elevation of Michael Martin and LeAnn Phelan to oversee ASCAP&rsquo;s Nashville operations along with their continued leadership of its Creative team. Currier's expertise in royalty collection and copyright administration will only serve to enhance the outstanding level of service the team provides.

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  • Booking Your Own Tour: A How-To Guide

    If you’re a musician, booking your own tour may seem like a daunting task, but done right, it can be a fantastic way with make money with your music. Here's everything you need to know about the booking process, from routing your tour to getting paid.

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  • Melanie Fiona, The Head and the Heart and Andrew Bird Among Top Acts at Sundance ASCAP Music Caf&#233;

    The Music Caf&eacute;, running January 18th-25th, will present an eclectic mix of songwriters and artists, including Melanie Fiona, The Head and the Heart, Andrew Bird, Blue Sky Riders (featuring Kenny Loggins), Frankmusik, Nataly Dawn, Eric Hutchinson and more.

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  • ASCAP Members Reign Over Most-Played Holiday Songs List

    For the fourth year in a row, "Sleigh Ride,&rdquo; written by Leroy Anderson and Mitchell Parish, and recently covered by ASCAP Grammy-nominated indie rock trio fun., tops this list of popular holiday classics.

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  • ASCAP Foundation Honors Jason Mraz with Champion Award

    The ASCAP Foundation honored the multi-Grammy Award-winning artist with The ASCAP Foundation Champion Award for his longtime leadership in such social causes as human equality, environmental protection, arts education and assisting people with spinal cord injuries.

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  • Attorney Don Passman on the Future of Digital Music

    Few people are more qualified to comment on the ever-changing music industry than Don Passman. The noted attorney shares his wisdom in the best-selling <i>All You Need to Know About the Music Business</i>, now in its eighth edition. We asked Passman to share a <i>few</i> things you need to know about the future of the music business.

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  • Alex North's Lost Score for Kubrick's <i>2001</i>

    Film music buffs have long known about ASCAP legend Alex North's scrapped score for <i>2001: A Space Odyssey</i>. But until now, nobody's heard North's original sessions. To celebrate the public debut of his <i>2001</i> masters, North's daughter-in-law Abby recounts the amazing story behind the music.

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  • Songwriters' Groups Speak Out on Internet Radio Bill

    In advance of a House Intellectual Property Subcommittee hearing on music licensing reform, ASCAP, BMI, SESAC and the NSAI called on Congress to address the concerns of songwriters and composers, whom the groups say are being disadvantaged by a misaligned regulatory structure.

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  • How to Write an Artist Bio That Won't Get Ignored

    For any unsigned artist, a solid biography is essential for getting the attention of press, managers and label execs. Problem is, artist bios tend to be full of unimportant fluff. Rob Daily lays out what every artist bio should - and shouldn't - include.

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  • 44th Annual ASCAP Deems Taylor Awards Announced

    ASCAP has announced the winners of the 44th Annual ASCAP Deems Taylor Awards for outstanding print, broadcast and new media coverage of music. The winners will be honored at a special invitation-only ceremony and reception on Wednesday, November 14 at ASCAP&rsquo;s New York offices.

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  • ASCAP’s CMJ Showcase to Feature Performances From Monsters Calling Home, Gemini Club, Exes of Evil & More

    <p>Designed to spotlight the best unsigned bands and provide them with an opportunity to perform for the music industry, ASCAP Presents: CMJ 2012 will feature a dynamic mix of up-and-coming talent and will take place on Wednesday, October 17th.</p>

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  • Visionary Music Creator Lyle Lovett To Receive ASCAP Creative Voice Award At 50th Annual ASCAP Country Music Awards

    <p>Lyle Lovett to Receive ASCAP Creative Voice Award. The visionary music creator will be honored at 50th ASCAP Country Music Awards </p>

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  • ASCAP Launches ASCAP OnStage

    ASCAP OnStage, the latest addition to the ASCAP public performance survey, is a new program that provides ASCAP members an opportunity to receive royalties when their music is performed live at venues of all sizes throughout the country.

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  • ASCAP to Host the 2nd Annual Atlanta Legends Mixer

    Hosted by Jermaine Dupri and Devyne Stephens, the event honors music legends that have given back to the Atlanta community. Honorees include T.I., Michael Mauldin, Kendall Minter, Noontime Music and Pebbles. The night will also feature performances by Demetria McKinney, The Teddy White Band and DJ Baby Yu.

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  • John Doe, Frankmusik and Pomplamoose Among the Top Acts to Perform at the Mill Valley ASCAP Music Caf&eacute;

    <p>The inaugural event will be the focal point for music at the 35th Mill Valley Film Festival and feature an exciting and dynamic assortment of composers, songwriters and artists from across the musical spectrum and around the world.</p>

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  • The Great America SCORES Soccer Dribble to Attempt Guinness World Record

    <p>The event will synchronize 10 cities across the nation in an effort to break the record for the most soccer balls ever dribbled by a group at one time. ASCAP's Alonzo "Zo" Lee, Psalm One, Flo and America SCORES students wrote and recorded the event's theme song as part of the ASCAP Songwriter Residency @ America SCORES.</p>

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  • ASCAP Appoints Elizabeth Matthews as EVP and General Counsel

    <p>Matthews, who was most recently Executive Vice President &amp; Deputy General Counsel at Viacom Media Networks, will report to ASCAP CEO John LoFrumento and will oversee all legal affairs of the Society, managing both internal and outside legal services.</p>

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  • ASCAP and California Film Institute Launch Mill Valley ASCAP Music Caf&eacute;

    <p>The inaugural music event will take place at the 35th Mill Valley Film Festival from October 11-13 and feature an exciting and dynamic assortment of composers, songwriters and artists from across the musical spectrum and around the world.</p>

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  • Grammy Award-Winning Songwriter/Producer Alonzo "Zo" Lee to Record with Students in St. Louis

    <p>Zo will record with St. Louis school kids as part of the ASCAP Songwriter Residency @ America SCORES, a mentorship program for songwriters to engage and inspire elementary and middle school students in under-resourced neighborhoods.</p>

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  • Songwriting Retreat Gives Vets New Outlet for Stories of War

    <p>The ASCAP Foundation and Bob Woodruff Foundation will partner with songwriter Darden Smith in presenting the program <i>Songwriting With: Soldiers</i>. For three days in October, ten former military servicemen and women will work with professional songwriters to create music as a means for cathartic healing.</p>

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  • ASCAP Appoints Mark Katz As New Chief Information Officer

    <p>Mark Katz joins ASCAP as the organization's new Chief Information Officer. Katz, whose impressive career in IT and operations began in 1988, will report to ASCAP EVP &amp; Chief Operating Officer Al Wallace.</p>

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  • ASCAP Mourns the Passing of SVP Chris Amenita

    <p>ASCAP is deeply saddened by the loss of our colleague and friend, Christopher John Amenita, 55, who passed away on August 3rd, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Chris was with ASCAP for 27 years. Most recently, he served as Senior Vice President of ASCAP's Broadcast Operations &amp; New Media Licensing Department.</p>

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  • A Tip for Hit Songwriting from Larry Butler

    The mother of all songwriting tips… ASCAP writer Larry Butler shares one key strategy that has helped countless hit songwriters, including Randy Newman and Mark Knopfler, top charts and dominate airwaves.

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  • Bob McDill to be Honored with ASCAP Golden Note Award at 50th Annual Country Music Awards

    <p>Legendary songwriter Bob McDill will be presented with the ASCAP Golden Note Award at the 50th Country Music Awards, taking place October 29th in Nashville. McDill has penned an extraordinary 31 number one hits for artists such as Alabama, Alan Jackson, Don Williams and more.</p>

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  • Marty Khan: WTF Do I Do Now?

    The old paths to music stardom are all but shriveled up. So how can a passionate music creator forge a livelihood? As veteran manager and consultant Marty Khan sees it, self-empowerment, collective action and a whole lot of hard work are more than just good ideas - they&prime;re requirements.

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  • ASCAP Improves Fairness of TV Distribution Formula

    The ASCAP Board of Directors has approved changes to the formula used to determine royalties for TV and other audio/visual performances of ASCAP music, including Internet performances. These changes will ensure the fairness of the distribution system as ASCAP keeps pace with changes in the way music is used.

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  • Control: ASCAP Composer Peter Fish on Keeping Your Music

    After a successful career writing music for TV, film, advertising and radio projects, six-time Emmy winner Peter Fish is now producing his own programming. As Fish tells it, it's all about keeping financial, professional and creative control over his work.

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  • How to Plan a Successful Album Launch

    <p>Your new album is mixed, mastered and ready to go. So what's next? Music Think Tank blogger Ariel Hyatt has some tips on how to make the most of an album release, including a handy-dandy timeline for what to do before and after release day.</p>

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  • ASCAP Reports Increased Revenues in 2011

    ASCAP announced strong revenues of $985 million for calendar year 2011, the second highest revenues in the organization&rsquo;s history, and an increase of 5.4% over 2010. CEO John LoFrumento also announced a dynamic new leadership structure.

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  • The ASCAP Foundation and The Kennedy Center to Present "Songwriters: The Next Generation" on 3/22 and 3/23 in Washington, DC

    &ldquo;Songwriters: The Next Generation&rdquo; will showcase the work of four young songwriters and composers in a free concert on the Kennedy Center&rsquo;s Millennium Stage on Thursday March 22nd and Friday March 23rd at 6pm.

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  • ASCAP Songwriters Retreat Hosts Hitmakers at Chateau Marouatte in France

    Inside the 14th century medieval Château Marouatte, top songwriters from the US and UK including Johntá Austin, Lindy Robbins, Hillary Lindsey and Greg Wells wrote the next set of big hits.

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  • 43rd Annual ASCAP Deems Taylor Awards Announced

    ASCAP has announced the winners of the 43rd Annual ASCAP Deems Taylor Awards for outstanding print, broadcast and new media coverage of music. The winners will be honored at a special invitation-only ceremony and reception on Tuesday, November 15.

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  • ASCAP Announces Award and Grant Recipients from its Annual Television and Film Scoring Workshops

    ASCAP has announced that four aspiring composers who took part in this year's Television and Film Scoring Workshops in Los Angeles and New York have been presented awards from The ASCAP Foundation and a grant from The Recording Musicians Association of Los Angeles (RMA-LA).

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  • ASCAP to Add Five Music Greats to Jazz Wall of Fame

    ASCAP President &#38; Chairman Paul Williams has announced that ASCAP will add five music greats to the ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame on Monday, June 13, 2011. The invitation-only event will be hosted by Mr. Williams at ASCAP&#039;s New York City offices (Broadway between 63rd and 64th Streets) in Manhattan beginning at 5:00 PM.

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  • New Album/Collaboration Brings Much Needed Spotlight To Youth

    New Album / Collaboration Brings Much Needed Spotlight To Youth

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  • Morton Subotnick on the Creation and Legacy of Silver Apples of the Moon

    In 2011, ASCAP composer Morton Subotnick’s electronic work Silver Apples of the Moon was added to the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress. The piece is undeniably one of the most historically and aesthetically significant works in the canon of electronic music.

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  • The ASCAP Foundation Names Recipients of the 2011 Morton Gould Young Composer Awards

    ASCAP Foundation President Paul Williams has announced the recipients of the 2011 ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Awards. The young composers will be recognized at the annual ASCAP Concert Music Awards at Merkin Concert Hall in New York on May 24, 2011.

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  • The ASCAP Foundation and The Kennedy Center to Present &#034;Songwriters: The Next Generation&#034; on 3/24 and 3/25 in Washington, DC

    The ASCAP Foundation and The Kennedy Center to Present &#034;Songwriters: The Next Generation&#034; on 3/24 and 3/25 in Washington, DC

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  • 2011 ASCAP Foundation Young Jazz Composer Award Recipients Announced

    ASCAP Foundation President Paul Williams has announced the recipients of the 2011 ASCAP Foundation Young Jazz Composer Awards. This program, established in 2002, was created to encourage gifted jazz composers from throughout the United States. The recipients, who receive cash awards, range in age from 9 to 29, and are selected through a juried national competition.

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  • Eric Nathan Named 31st Annual Recipient of The ASCAP Foundation Nissim Prize

    Eric Nathan Named 31st Annual Recipient of The ASCAP Foundation Nissim Prize

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  • Introducing Cue Sheets in Member Access

    ASCAP is pleased to bring you Cue Sheets in Member Access. We know that cue sheets are important tools for managing your business as composers, writers and publishers. If your music is used in a film or television program, making sure a cue sheet is filed with ASCAP is an important step in getting paid for your work. Now you can see the cue sheets ASCAP has on file for you.

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  • THE ASCAP FOUNDATION 2008 LESTER SILL SONGWRITERS WORKSHOP NOW ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS

    The ASCAP Foundation 2008 Lester Sill Songwriters Workshop is now accepting submissions. Geared toward advanced songwriters, the workshop will take place at ASCAP's Los Angeles office beginning in October for a series of eight sessions.

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  • RapidCue The Industry Standard for Cue Sheet Data Processing

    ASCAP is pleased to announce RapidCue, a state-of-the-art application that allows production companies to enter, manage and electronically submit cue sheet data to ASCAP and BMI. In our ongoing effort to streamline the processing of television performances, ASCAP partnered with BMI to create both a web-based software application and an industry standard data format for cue sheets. RapidCue has been embraced by the television production community and is currently in use at many companies including CBS, NBC, Disney, Fox, Sony and Paramount.

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  • The Importance of Title Registrations

    This is the first installment of a series of short articles discussing how ASCAP processes performances of music in film and television and pays royalties to our members. The centerpiece for processing performances of music in audio-visual programming is the cue sheet.

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  • Everything You Need To Know About Cue Sheets

    As you may know, ASCAP licenses television stations and others the right to broadcast the music contained in their programming.

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  • Michel Legrand: A Man in a Hurry

    On January 26, 2019, we lost Michel Legrand - one of film/TV music's all-time great composers. To commemorate his remarkable life in music, here is an interview we conducted with him in 1998, celebrating his ASCAP Henry Mancini Award.

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  • Themes in the Key of Johnny Mandel

    On June 29, 2020, we lost Johnny Mandel - a towering figure in film/TV music, jazz and pop who also served on the ASCAP Board of Directors from 1989 - 2011. Mandel injected sophisticated arrangements into his unforgettable scores for M*A*S*H, The Sandpiper and more, and gave us immortal songs like "The Shadow of Your Smile," "Close Enough for Love" and "Emily." To commemorate his legacy, here is an interview we conducted with him in 1997, celebrating his ASCAP Henry Mancini Award.

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