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

September 14, 2016

NEW YORK, Sept. 14, 2016 -- ASCAP, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, the world leader in performing rights and advocacy for music creators, today announced that the legendary singer-songwriter Paul McCartney has renewed his agreement with the organization for representation of public performances of his songwriting catalog in the US.

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. He is currently on tour in North America through October 2016.

McCartney is one of the most pioneering and influential artists of our time, with an unparalleled catalog of music including 32 #1 singles in the US alone; the most of any songwriter in music history. His hitmaking has extended over decades - he recently teamed up with Rihanna and Kanye West on the Top 10 hit, “FourFiveSeconds,” and with West on the 2015 song “All Day,” which earned him two Grammy nominations.

The Beatles also hold a record for being the musical group with the most #1 albums in the US (19). McCartney has received 18 Grammys, an Oscar and 22 NME Awards, and is a Knight in the Order of the British Empire. In 1985, he accepted ASCAP’s most prestigious honor, the ASCAP Founders Award. In addition to his tireless work as a global humanitarian, he is also known as one of the most committed animal rights activists in the world. 

“Paul McCartney is a giant among giants,” said ASCAP CEO Elizabeth Matthews. “His impact on music in the last half-century is incomparable, and his songs continue to inspire multiple generations of listeners. We are so honored to have him in the ASCAP family.”

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a professional membership organization of songwriters, composers and music publishers of every kind of music. ASCAP's mission is to license and promote the music of its members and foreign affiliates, obtain fair compensation for the public performance of their works and to distribute the royalties that it collects based upon those performances. ASCAP members write the world's best-loved music and ASCAP has pioneered the efficient licensing of that music to hundreds of thousands of enterprises who use it to add value to their business - from bars, restaurants and retail, to radio, TV and cable, to Internet, mobile services and more. The ASCAP license offers an efficient solution for businesses to legally perform ASCAP music while respecting the right of songwriters and composers to be paid fairly. With 825,000 members representing more than 16 million copyrighted works, ASCAP is the worldwide leader in performance royalties, service and advocacy for songwriters and composers, and the only American performing rights organization (PRO) owned and governed by its writer and publisher members. Learn more and stay in touch at, on Twitter @ASCAP and on Facebook.

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