ASCAP Debuts VERSED: The ASCAP Podcast

December 5, 2019

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

NEW YORK, Dec. 5, 2019 -- ASCAP, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, the world leader in public performing rights and advocacy for music creators, debuts VERSED: The ASCAP Podcast today on all major podcast listening services. The podcast will feature interviews with some of the greatest music creators from all music genres about the struggles, hard work, breakthroughs and triumphs of the creative life — and the wisdom they’ve earned along the way.

Initial guests include Oscar, Grammy and Golden Globe-winning Hall of Fame songwriter and ASCAP Chairman of the Board and President Paul Williams, who discusses the unforeseen events that led him to thrive in his decades-long career, and how other creators can be prepared for opportunities as they arise; country music’s rising star Carly Pearce on balancing the personal and professional while building a name for herself in Nashville and beyond; and Emmy Award-winning composer Nicholas Britell on collaborating with some of today’s most accomplished and provocative film directors such as Barry Jenkins, Steve McQueen, Adam McKay and more.

“VERSED helps to illuminate the heart, soul and power of music with the songwriters and composers who create it,” said ASCAP Chief Executive Officer Elizabeth Matthews. “It allows us to bring insight and guidance on navigating a modern music career to our members and all music creators who are hungry for more information. Music fans who listen will also deepen their appreciation for the art and craft of the people creating the music they love.”

Experts on the ASCAP team will discuss important topics that affect the livelihood of all music creators such as copyright, music publishing, songwriting splits, advocacy, tech innovations, music streaming services, health and wellness and more. ASCAP Vice President and Creative Director Erik Philbrook co-hosts each episode along with other ASCAP executives and creator members. Philbrook has interviewed many of today’s leading songwriters and composers in his role at ASCAP, including Tom Petty, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Alicia Keys, Michael Giacchino, Bon Jovi, Salt-N-Pepa, Trent Reznor, ELO’s Jeff Lynne, Beastie Boys, Ingrid Michaelson, St. Vincent, Brad Paisley, Wyclef Jean, Usher, Dixie Chicks and legendary U2 producer Steve Lillywhite.

VERSED will also highlight ASCAP's vast array of programs that support its members, from its music creator conference, ASCAP Experience, to ASCAP’s workshops, song camps and the work of The ASCAP Foundation, which provides a variety of educational, professional and humanitarian programs which serve the music community.

Each season of the podcast will feature theme music by a different ASCAP member. The inaugural season’s theme was written by The Midnight Hour’s Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad.

The debut episode of VERSED: The ASCAP Podcast, featuring a conversation with Paul Williams, is now available on all major podcast platforms. Or visit

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 more than 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 and Instagram @ASCAP and on Facebook.

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