American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers

  1. Tom Petty on ASCAP Honor, Songwriting, Jimmy Fallon Send-Up

    April 21, 2014 1:24 PM EDT Forty years of practice has made songwriting harder, not easier, for Tom Petty. "As life goes by, you get a little more carefree or distracted by other things and you have to really police yourself - I do - into sitting down and doing somethi ...

  2. 'The Ellis Island of Music Row': ASCAP Nashville's Michael Martin and LeAnn Phelan on 100 Years (Q&A)

    February 11, 2014 4:28 PM EST Brad Paisley owes a big piece of his bank account to the vision of Victor Herbert. Herbert was a symphony conductor who lobbied Congress to have the copyright laws strengthened in 1909, only to wander into a restaurant and hear one of his songs be ...

  3. Paul Williams on His Journey From 'Out-of-Work Actor' to President of ASCAP (Q&A)

    February 10, 2014 11:24 AM EST This article first appeared in the new issue of Billboard Magazine. In an era in which the music business has seen unprecedented change and disruption, some things remain constant. The creativity of songwriters and composers lies at the heart of t ...

  4. New Pandora CEO Faces Royalty Fight with Artists

    September 12, 2013 2:33 PM EDT One of the biggest challenges facing Brian McAndrews, the new CEO of Pandora, will be renegotiating the royalty rates the Internet radio giant pays to the music industry. If Pandora doesn't prevail, the outcome could impede the company' ...

  5. Exclusive: Pandora's Plan to Share More Streaming Data With Artists

    May 14, 2013 7:59 PM EDT Stung by accusations that it doesn’t pay enough royalties to artists, Pandora Media has been quietly working on a tool that would demonstrate the company's value by giving artists more information on how their songs perform on its Interne ...

  6. Katy Perry Added to ASCAP 'I Create Music' Expo Lineup

    April 05, 2013 6:44 PM EDT Katy Perry has been added to the lineup for ASCAP's upcoming "I Create Music" Expo, taking place April 18 through 20 at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles. The chart-topping singer will be interviewed by the performance righ ...

  7. Publishing Briefs: Reach, Downtown, House of Hassle, BMG Chrysalis, Patrick Joseph, Windish, More

    December 21, 2012 9:33 AM EST Reach Music Links With Zac Brown, Band, Southern Ground Reach Music Publishing has signed a worldwide publishing-administration agreement with Zac Brown, founder of the Zac Brown Band. In addition, Reach Music will administer publishing for artist ...

  8. Marc Anthony To Receive Founders Award At ASCAP Latin Music Awards

    January 30, 2012 7:30 AM EST The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) will honor Marc Anthony with its "Founders Award" during its 20th annual Latin Music Awards taking place March 20 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. The awards ce ...

  9. All-American Rejects, David Gray, Ingrid Michaelson To Perform at ASCAP's Sundance Music Cafe

    January 11, 2012 7:45 AM EST ASCAP (the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) today announced the lineup for its upcoming event at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. The Sundance ASCAP Music Café will return for the 14th year and feature performan ...

  10. ASCAP, Radio Music License Committee Announce Settlement in Principle

    December 06, 2011 8:31 AM EST American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and the Radio Music License Committee (RMLC) announced a settlement in principle concerning the fees U.S. radio stations pay to publicly perform ASCAP's more than 8.5 million plus ...

  11. Publishing Briefs: TuneSat's Low-Price Service; PEN's Deal with Olivia Newton-John; Reach Music & Dangerbird Records

    October 04, 2011 1:35 PM EDT TuneSat Announces Low-Price Service for Small Publishers TuneSat, an audio monitoring service aiding music copyright holders track song use on television, has put together a low-price offer for smaller publishers. Its new online portal allows publ ...

  12. Supreme Court Rejects ASCAP Download Appeal

    October 03, 2011 6:07 PM EDT The U.S. Supreme Court declined Monday to hear the appeal of a case in which the download of a musical work does not constitute a public performance. As a result, the membership of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) ...

  13. Publishing Briefs: Bicycle Acquires Glen Ballard's Aerostation, Interest in Hamlisch Catalog; Spirit Acquires Guercio's Publishing

    August 11, 2011 4:00 PM EDT Bicycle Acquires Glen Ballard's Aerostation, Interest in Hamlisch Catalog In separate deals, Bicycle Music has acquired Glen Ballard's Aerostation Corporation music catalog and a significant interest in Marvin Hamlisch's catalog. Te ...

  14. ASCAP Announces U.S. Licensing Agreement With Spotify

    July 14, 2011 10:20 AM EDT Just hours after Spotify made its long-anticipated launch in the United States on Thursday, ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) announced that it has reached an agreement with the company to license the public performance ...

  15. Sean 'Diddy' Combs, Mary Mary Honored at ASCAP's Rhythm & Soul Music Awards

    June 27, 2011 7:00 AM EDT This past weekend (June 24), Sean "Diddy" Combs received the prestigious Founders Award and Mary Mary garnered the Golden Note Award at ASCAP's 24th Annual Rhythm & Soul Music Awards, which took place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel ...

  16. Angelo Badalamenti, Alf Clausen To Be Honored at ASCAP Film and TV Music Awards

    June 02, 2011 2:30 PM EDT Composers Angelo Badalamenti and Alf Clausen will be honored at the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers' 26th annual Film and Television Music Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles June 23. In a statement ASCAP P ...

  17. ASCAP Releases 2010 Financial Results

    March 31, 2011 10:13 AM EDT While revenues at ASCAP (the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers ) dropped by 6% in 2010 to $935 million, it managed to make $845 million in distributions, a 2.1% decline, to its members. Total revenues and member distributions w ...

  18. Rod Stewart To Be Honored at ASCAP's Pop Music Awards

    March 03, 2011 6:20 PM EST Rod Stewart will be honored at ASCAP's (the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) 28th Annual Pop Music Awards. Stewart will be honored with the ASCAP Founders Award, the past recipients of which Elvis Costello, Jackson Brown ...

  19. K'Naan, the Low Anthem, Josh Ritter, St. Vincent, Guster Announced For 2011's Sundance ASCAP Music Cafe

    January 07, 2011 12:00 AM EST The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) today announced its lineup of events for this year's Sundance Film Festival in Park City Utah. The eclectic slate of musicians performing at the publishing society's Sunda ...

  20. UPDATED: Industry Execs Call Out PC Mag For Encouraging Piracy

    November 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST Post updated Nov. 24 with a response from PC Mag (at bottom) Irked by an article published in PC Mag listing a number of alternative P2P services in the wake of the LimeWire shutdown, a number of music industry executive earlier this month sent th ...

  21. ASCAP Honors Coldplay, Taio Cruz

    October 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) honored Coldplay with two awards at its 2010 London ceremony Wednesday night (Oct. 13) at the Grosvenor House Hotel. Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion and Chris Martin fro ...

  22. ASCAP Portal Gets Upgrade

    June 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers has upgraded its user portal to allow writers and publishers to manage their cue sheet data. The portal lists all the music performed in a particular film or television show. "America ...

  23. Patti Smith Rescued From Penury By Song Royalties

    April 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Not every rock 'n' roll icon is awash in cash. Some, like rock poetess Patti Smith, have endured hard times fairly recently in their careers. Smith, receiving a lifetime achievement award in Hollywood on Wednesday (April 21) from songwri ...

  24. ASCAP To Honor The Killers With Vanguard Award

    April 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT ASCAP (the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) will honor The Killers at its 27th annual Pop Music Awards— to be held on April 21, 2010 at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles, Calif.—with its Vanguard award, which rec ...

  25. Publishing Briefs: Dave Grohl, Warner/Chapell, Greg Wells, Kobalt Music

    March 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- Warner/Chappell Music has signed a worldwide administration agreement with Dave Grohl to oversee the publishing rights for the first four records by Grohl's Foo Fighters . Warner/Chappell Music will also administer Grohl's interest in ...

  26. Russian Collecting Society Sues Over Beyonce Concert

    February 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST Russian collecting society RAO is suing a company it identified as the promoter of Beyonce's November 2009 Moscow show for allegedly violating public performance rights by not obtaining a license from RAO. The show was staged Nov. 2 at Moscow ...

  27. Springsteen Wants Name Off Royalty Lawsuit Against NYC Bar

    February 05, 2010 12:00 AM EST Bruce Springsteen wants his name off a lawsuit demanding licensing fees from a Manhattan bar where a band played his songs. A statement on Springsteen's Web site said he didn't know about the lawsuit that was filed Wednesday (Feb. 3) in ...

  28. Publishing Briefs: Spirit Music Group, Downtown, ASCAP

    November 24, 2009 12:00 AM EST --Spirit Music Group has signed a global, multi-year publishing administration deal with songwriter/artist Laurie Berkner, the children’s music performer. The deal marks Berkner’s first music publishing association since her debut, "What Do Y ...

  29. Publishing Briefs: Songwriters Hall, ASCAP

    October 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT --Garth Brooks, U2, John Mellencamp, Cat Stevens, and songwriting members of Earth Wind and Fire are among the big name performers/songwriters nominated for the 2010 induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Ballots have been mailed to the orga ...

  30. McCartney, Coldplay Honored At ASCAP Awards

    October 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Sir Paul McCartney, Coldplay and the Ting Tings were among those honored by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) at its London awards ceremony. The ASCAP Awards, held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London tonight (Oct ...

  31. ASCAP Unveils 'Women Behind The Music'

    August 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT ASCAP (the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) will produce a new series of events to designed to encourage and recognize women in the music creative community. The series, "Women Behind The Music," will feature showca ...

  32. Publishing Briefs: peermusic, Cherry Lane, ASCAP

    June 04, 2009 12:00 AM EDT peermusic has formed a joint venture publishing agreement with Next Plateau Entertainment and Eddie O Songs. The venture's first signing is Camera Can't Lie , a five-member alternative group from Owatonna, Minn., who will have a debut al ...

  33. Business Briefs: Pandora, ASCAP, Sprialfrog, 'Drum King'

    May 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Pandora is the latest music service to adopt Gracenote's music lyrics licensing program. The deal will allow Pandora users to view the lyrics of any song streaming from the service at any time, so long as they are covered in Gracenote' ...

  34. ASCAP President Marilyn Bergman Steps Down

    April 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Marilyn Bergman, who has led the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers for 15 years, is stepping down as president and chairman of the board. Her successor is expected to be elected at the next ASCAP board of directors meeting late ...

  35. Rob Thomas Confirmed For ASCAP New York Sessions

    February 18, 2009 12:00 AM EST The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers will hold its ASCAP New York Sessions, a one-day career boosting event designed to strengthen the skills, knowledge and craft that music creators need to succeed in today's music busin ...

  36. Muzak Files For Bankruptcy

    February 10, 2009 12:00 AM EST Muzak Holdings LLC, the maker of elevator music, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Tuesday. The company had heavy debt load, and it filed to try to refinance some of its debt. Its total debt is between $100 million and $500 million and it ...

  37. Caribbean Copyrights Group Teams With Mediaguide

    February 02, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Copyright Music Organisation of Trinidad and Tobago (COTT) has signed an agreement with Mediaguide—a provider of real time broadcast, cable and Internet data— to track the use of their songwriter, composer and music publisher members’ musical ...

  38. ASCAP Latin Awards Set For March

    January 30, 2009 12:00 AM EST The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) will host its 17th annual El Premio ASCAP on March 3 at the Ritz Carlton in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The gala event honors the songwriters and publishers of ASCAP's most performe ...

  39. ASCAP Unveils Sundance Showcase Lineup

    January 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers will hold a daily showcase, renamed ASCAP Music Café, at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. The event will feature Wynonna, John Rzeznik (of the Goo Goo Dolls), Damien Rice ...

  40. Eurythmics, Nat 'King' Cole Top ASCAP Xmas List

    November 25, 2008 12:00 AM EST Over the last five years, the Eurythmics version of "Winter Wonderland" was the most-performed ASCAP holiday song based on radio airplay monitoring done for the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. This marks the second ...

  41. ASCAP Distributes $2.7 Million In Special Awards

    November 12, 2008 12:00 AM EST Approximately $2.7 million in cash awards for 2008 - 2009 has been made to writer members of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) by the society's ASCAPlus Awards Panels. These cash awards are meant to "rewar ...

  42. ASCAP ‘I Create Music’ EXPO Set For April

    November 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers will stage its fourth annual ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles on April 23-25. The activities and events at the music creator conference covers a ...

  43. Dido, Kate Nash Honored At ASCAP Awards

    October 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) honored U.K. artists including Dido, Kate Nash and pop-rock band The Kooks at its London awards ceremony. The ASCAP Awards, held at the Grosvenor House Hotel tonight (Oct. 15), reco ...

  44. ASCAP Honors McEntire, Jackson, Berg

    October 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Country's top songwriters and music publishers were honored tonight (Oct. 13) as the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) celebrated those who wrote the most performed country songs of the past year. The 46th annual A ...

  45. ASCAP Honors Alan And Marilyn Bergman

    May 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Songwriting team Alan and Marilyn Bergman was presented with the Founders Award at the 23rd annual Film & Television Music Awards, held this evening (May 6) by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). Taking place at ...

  46. ASCAP To Honor Manuelle, Black: Guayaba

    April 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) will give special honors to salsa star Victor Manuelle and Puerto Rican rockers Black: Guayaba at its 16th Annual Latin Music Awards, to be held May 16 at the Ritz Carlton in Miami ...

  47. Garrett Adds Voice To Aussie Song Summit

    April 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Peter Garrett, Australia's federal minister for the environment, heritage and the arts, will deliver the keynote speech at the inaugural Song Summit Sydney on Thursday. The former Midnight Oil singer will discuss "the politics of art&quo ...

  48. Bareilles To Receive ASCAP Award

    March 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) will honor Sara Bareilles at its 25th Annual Pop Music Awards on April 9. Bareilles will be given the association's Vanguard Award and will perform during the awards ceremony. ...

  49. ASCAP To Honor Richie, Miller

    March 06, 2008 12:00 AM EST The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) will honor Lionel Richie and Steve Miller at its 25th Annual Pop Music Awards next month in Los Angeles. Richie and Miller will be presented with the ASCAP Golden Note Award, which ...

  50. ASCAP Readies Sundance 'Music Cafe'

    January 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is celebrating its 10th year of producing the "Music Café" at the Sundance Film Festival. This year's lineup includes such artists as Patti Smith, Ingrid Michaelson, ...

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