American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers

  1. UMPG to Make Entire Database Easier for Licensees

    June 27, 2014 12:34 PM EDT In a move to address potential changes in music licensing, Universal Music Publishing Group will make its entire song database more transparent and easily accessible to music licensees. The enhancement to the company's data repository will ev ...

  2. U.S. Dept. of Justice to Review ASCAP and BMI Consent Decrees

    June 04, 2014 2:16 AM EDT The antitrust division of the U.S. Dept. of Justice has opened a review to exam whether its decades-old ASCAP and BMI consent decrees should be amended or, as some publishers hope, sunsetted and eliminated. The consent decrees impose regulations ...

  3. Jermaine Dupri, Ne-Yo Special Honorees At ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards

    May 29, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Jermaine Dupri and Ne-Yo will receive ASCAP’s Founders Award and Golden Note Award, respectively, at the performing rights organization’s 27th annual Rhythm & Soul Music Awards. The invitation-only event will be held June 26 at the Beverly Hil ...

  4. Songwriter Equity Act Picks Up Momentum in Senate, Aims to Modernize Copyright Law

    May 12, 2014 8:39 PM EDT The Songwriter Equity Act, introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives in February, is picking up momentum with three Senators introducing their version for the Senate. Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker (both R-Tenn.) and Orrin Hatch ...

  5. Executive Turntable: Anna Bond To Rough Trade; Ash Avildsen, Matt Anderson Join Agency Group; Fintage House Names Andrew Gummer Music Pres.; More

    April 04, 2014 4:16 PM EDT Ash Avildsen, Matt Anderson Join The Agency Group Ash Avildsen Ash Avildsen is joining the Agency Group’s Los Angeles office as Agent and A&R Liaison. Avildsen is the Founder/CEO of Sumerian Records and was the Founder/CEO of The Pantheon Agen ...

  6. Universal Music Publishing, Pandora Strike Deal on BMI Repertoire

    January 22, 2014 3:26 AM EST Universal Music Publishing Group has signed a license agreement with Pandora that allows the digital service to play its songs in the BMI repertoire. "Our deal with Pandora is another step toward reaching our goal of ensuring that there i ...

  7. After Judge's Ruling, Publishing Companies' Digital Rights Withdrawal Anything But Clear-Cut

    January 14, 2014 3:18 PM EST While the BMI website says that four of the five largest music publishing catalogs have withdrawn from BMI, sources tell Billboard that most of those publishers have reached a stand-still agreement with digital music services and BMI while they ...

  8. Pandora Ruling Has Far-Reaching Implications For U.S. Publishing Industry

    December 23, 2013 11:53 AM EST On Sunday, the smoke began to clear after a round of clarifications by Judge Louis Stanton's on his Dec. 18 ruling against Pandora in the BMI rate court. The immediate upshot is that Pandora--which is still petitioning the Judge to reconsi ...

  9. ASCAP Celebrates 100 Years with Rich Website

    November 05, 2013 4:15 PM EST ASCAP is celebrating its 100th anniversary, and it's starting today. With a slick, highly produced new website ( ASCAP100.com ) as the centerpiece, the performing rights organization will be presenting users with information on each year of ...

  10. George Strait, Josh Kear, Warner/Chappell Among ASCAP Country Music Award Honorees

    November 05, 2013 12:56 PM EST The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) hosted its 51st Annual ASCAP Country Music Awards on Monday, Nov. 4th in the Grand Ballroom at Nashville’s newly opened Music City Center.  ASCAP Country Music Awards -- Photo Gal ...

  11. ASCAP's 33rd Annual Awards Held in London, Winners Include Steve Mac, Universal, Patrick Doyle

    October 09, 2013 4:30 PM EDT ASCAP's 33rd annual Awards event, held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London today and hosted by ASCAP EVP of International Roger Greenaway and VP of Membership Seán Devine, has named its winners and crowned its special honorees, including ...

  12. ASCAP Names John Titta EVP of Creative Services

    October 02, 2013 5:43 PM EDT ASCAP has appointed John Titta executive VP of creative services. In his new role, Titta will be responsible for ASCAP’s membership creative services staff in all genres and oversee operations of the organization’s membership offices in Los Ange ...

  13. Business Matters: Are Radio Royalties Fair?

    September 27, 2013 5:53 PM EDT There’s a battle going on over the notion of fairness in royalties. The word fairness is being tossed around quite a bit by stakeholders as royalties are being established for fast-growing digital music platforms. I read and hear the word all th ...

  14. Pandora Prevails In ASCAP Rate Court Case

    September 18, 2013 2:49 AM EDT The New York ASCAP rate court has come down in favor of Pandora in a ruling that says that the performance right organization blanket license has to include all of its repertoire. That means that the all the publishers who have pulled their ...

  15. Backbeat: Kendrick Lamar, Usher, 2 Chainz, Noah "40" Shebib, Sony/ATV Top Winners At ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards

    June 28, 2013 11:31 AM EDT 2 Chainz and producer Noah "40" Shebib shared songwriter of the year honors and Sony/ATV was named publisher of the year at ASCAP¹s 26th annual Rhythm & Soul Music Awards. The ceremony, held last evening (June 27) at the Beverly Hi ...

  16. Business Matters: The Webcasting Royalty Debate Rages On

    June 25, 2013 7:20 PM EDT Two legendary artists have sounded off against lower royalties for webcasters. On Sunday, Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters, David Gilmour and Nick Mason penned an op-ed in USA Today (which Billboard.biz received permission to reprint here ) warning fe ...

  17. Patrick Doyle, "The Other" Ray Charles Honored at ASCAP Film & TV Awards

    June 21, 2013 11:32 AM EDT Tributes to the late Marvin Hamlisch and Hal David, an entertaining speech from composer Patrick Doyle and a performance of the theme from "Three's Company" were highlights of ASCAP's 28th annual Film & Television Music A ...

  18. ASCAP To Honor Patrick Doyle at Film & TV Music Awards

    June 06, 2013 4:35 PM EDT Composer Patrick Doyle, whose scores include "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," "Gosford Park" and "Carlito’s Way" will receive the ASCAP Henry Mancini Award at the performing rights organization's  28th an ...

  19. Global Repertoire Database HQ to be based in London and Berlin

    May 12, 2013 11:18 PM EDT The Global Repertoire Database (GRD) -- a cross-industry initiative to deliver a global one-stop-shop for the cataloging of music ownership rights -- is to set-up its international headquarters in London with its operations center based in Berli ...

  20. ASCAP Expo: Music Supervision in the Digital Age

    April 19, 2013 3:02 PM EDT Take advantage of YouTube, Soundcloud and blogs. That’s been the recurring theme all week at the ASCAP Expo in Hollywood and Friday morning’s “Music Supervision in the Digital Age” panel was no exception, with a few more specifics on offer, to ...

  21. Diplo, Fun., Max Martin, Sony/ATV, More Honored at ASCAP Pop Awards

    April 18, 2013 9:03 AM EDT Songwriter/producer Max Martin, fun.’s “We Are Young,” Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, and producer/DJ Diplo were among the top honorees at ASCAP’s 30th annual pop awards Wednesday night (April 17). Held at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in ...

  22. Steven Tyler Cancels ASCAP Expo Appearance, Offers Naked Google+ Hangout Instead

    April 05, 2013 7:58 PM EDT The unfortunate and all-too-common scheduling conflict will prevent Aerosmith's Steven Tyler from appearing at the ASCAP "I Create Music" Expo (the singer was announced as a keynote interview and honoree back in January) on April ...

  23. 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 ...

  24. Exclusive: Drake Signs With ASCAP

    April 01, 2013 9:46 AM EDT Drake has signed with ASCAP, the company’s VP of Rhythm & Soul Membership, Nicole George-Middleton, told Billboard exclusively today. "For me, a big part of making music is getting the opportunity to work with people I love, trust and r ...

  25. ASCAP Announces Results of Biannual Board Elections

    March 27, 2013 11:16 AM EDT ASCAP has announced the results of its biannual elections to its board of directors, in a statement released today. 23 of the 24 electees, split evenly between twelve writers and twelve publishers with one 'symphonic and concert' membe ...

  26. ASCAP Reports 2012 Financials: Distributed $827 Million

    March 04, 2013 3:32 PM EST ASCAP collected $941 million in revenue last year, down 4.5% from its 2011 total of $982 million. But royalty payments increased slightly to $827 million, up from $824 million in the previous year. This article first appeared in Billboard Mag ...

  27. ASCAP President Paul Williams, Songwriters Josh Kear, Dan Wilson Make Royalty Case to Congress

    February 27, 2013 10:35 AM EST Above, L-R: Songwriter Josh Kear, co-chair of the Congressional Songwriters Caucus Rep. Martha Blackburn, songwriter Dan Wilson and ASCAP president Paul Williams Yesterday, at the Rayburn House Office Building on Washington D.C.'s Independenc ...

  28. Steven Tyler and Joe Perry to Receive ASCAP Founders Award at 30th Annual Pop Music Awards

    February 20, 2013 4:02 PM EST Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry will be the 36th recipients of ASCAP's Founders Award at this year's Pop Music Awards, it was announced today. The Founders Award is given to artists who "have made exceptional contributi ...

  29. Universal Music Publishing Plots Exit From ASCAP, BMI

    February 01, 2013 4:10 PM EST On the heels of Sony/ATV and EMI striking a deal to directly license their music to Pandora , Universal Music Publishing has notified ASCAP and BMI that it too will no longer rely on the two performance rights organizations to negotiate digit ...

  30. Sundance Live: Dave Grohl, Muscle Shoals Tribute & Darlene Love in the Mix

    January 20, 2013 3:25 PM EST star-lined Dave Grohl party, a tribute to the music of Muscle Shoals, Ala., and legendary back-up singers stepping into the spotlight are among the music highlights on tap for the Sundance Film Festival. Park City Live, the former Harry O's, ...

  31. 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 ...

  32. Three Songwriter Organizations Oppose Internet Radio Fairness Act

    December 03, 2012 2:14 PM EST In the last three weeks, three coalitions of songwriter organizations have written letters to congress opposing the Internet Radio Fairness Act (IRFA) while asserting that songwriters royalty rates paid by services like Pandora are too low and nee ...

  33. Songwriter Organizations Pen Letter to Congress Opposing Internet Radio Fairness Act

    November 28, 2012 9:32 PM EST In conjunction with the House Intellectual Property Subcommittee hearing on music licensing reform held Wednesday, four songwriter organizations collectively wrote a letter to Congress opposing the Internet Radio Fairness Act. Radio Broadcasters G ...

  34. The Key Women Behind ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC

    November 28, 2012 12:03 PM EST The performing rights organizations -- ASCAP, BMI and SESAC -- play a crucial role in the financial health of the music industry, paying performance royalties to songwriters, composers and publishers. At each of the PROs, numerous female executive ...

  35. Bruce Cockburn, Trooper, Deadmau5 Honored at 2012 SOCAN Awards Gala

    November 20, 2012 2:06 PM EST Canadian musician/activist Bruce Cockburn and "Raise A Little Hell" rockers Trooper were honored with lifetime achievement awards last night at the 23rd annual SOCAN Awards Gala, which recognizes the accomplishments of Canadian songwrite ...

  36. FutureSound Panel Explores Why Digital Licensing Is 'Still Painful,' But Getting Less So

    November 17, 2012 9:53 AM EST (L-R): Jon Vanhala, SVP Digital & New Business, Island Def Jam & Universal Republic, Universal Music Group; Richard Conlon, SVP Corporate Strategy, Communications & New Media, BMI; John Frankenheimer, Partner & Chairman Emeritus, L ...

  37. Pandora Sues ASCAP for Lower Rates

    November 06, 2012 12:29 PM EST Internet radio company Pandora has sued ASCAP in a federal court in New York in an effort to get lower rates for the performance of ASCAP's songwriters' and composers' works. The move is the latest by the Internet radio company to l ...

  38. Luke Laird, Dallas Davidson, Sony/ATV Win Big at 60th BMI Country Awards

    October 31, 2012 4:30 PM EDT Big winners: Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson, Tom T. Hall and Luke Laird attend the 60th Annual BMI Country Awards at BMI on October 30, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Russell/Getty Images for BMI) "Take A Back Road" went cent ...

  39. Morning Fix: Taylor Swift's Million-Selling 'Red'; UMG Settles Digital Royalties Suit; iTunes 11 Delay

    October 31, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix and other free music-business newsletters TAYLOR SWIFT'S 'RED' SELLS 1.21 MILLION -- BIGGEST SALES WEEK FOR AN ALBUM SINCE 2002: It's official: Taylor Swift's "Re ...

  40. Brad Paisley, Ben Hayslip Win Big at ASCAP Country Awards

    October 30, 2012 3:21 PM EDT From left; ASCAP's Randy Grimmett, Cal IV's Daniel Hill, songwriter Terry Sawchuk, songwriter Eric Paslay, Cal IV's Natalie Harker and Billy Lynn, ASCAP's Michael Martin. Songwriter/artist of the year Brad Paisley and songwrite ...

  41. Songwriters Are Left Out of Pandora's Royalty Plan: Guest Post by Downtown Music's Justin Kalifowitz

    October 29, 2012 1:00 PM EDT Pandora's efforts to lower its royalty rates have inspired conversation and controversy in recent weeks. This editorial by Justin Kalifowitz -- president of Downtown Music Publishing and co-founder / CEO of Songtrust , a royalty collection pl ...

  42. Op-Ed: Cutting But Not Running

    October 15, 2012 8:29 AM EDT During the past few weeks, there has been a great deal of chatter about Sony/ATV and EMI Music Publishing's decision to withdraw certain digital rights from ASCAP and BMI. Since some of the facts have been distorted by nonauthoritative sour ...

  43. Apple's Internet-Radio Service Faces Many Snags, Not Just Sony/ATV

    October 01, 2012 4:57 PM EDT While digital and satellite radio services may have another level of negotiations to navigate for Apple's forthcoming radio service, a report last week by the New York Post claiming that Sony/ATV Music Publishing is the snag holding up the la ...

  44. When Blake Met Beyonce

    September 07, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Nashville songwriters work both sides of the fence. Blake Shelton and Beyonce do not make the same kind of music, but both of them gave the same basic assignment to a handful of songwriters in August: Write me a hit. Approximately 15 writers showe ...

  45. Chris Amenita, Former ASCAP SVP, Dies

    August 06, 2012 6:35 PM EDT Chris Amenita, who worked at ASCAP for twenty-seven years, most recently serving as senior vice president, broadcast operations and new media licensing, died August 3 after battling cancer. He was 55. Amenita worked in a variety of roles throughou ...

  46. Backbeat: EMI's Jon Platt Exits In Style At ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards

    June 30, 2012 10:45 AM EDT Former EMI Music Publishing President Jon Platt, ASCAP Vice President of Membership, Rhythm and Soul Nicole George, rapper Fabolous, ASCAP's Brandon Kitchen. (Photo: Frank Micelotta) It was a fitting conclusion to a 17-year career chapter. Af ...

  47. Trevor Rabin Honored at ASCAP Film & TV Awards by Bruckheimer, Yes' Anderson, Roasted by Turteltaub

    June 29, 2012 1:27 PM EDT From left: ASCAP CEO, John LoFrumento, ASCAP Henry Mancini Award winnerTrevor Rabin and President and Chairman, ASCAP, Paul Williams pose during the Film & Television Music Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/PictureG ...

  48. ASCAP Film & TV Awards Honor Isham, Newton Howard, Zimmer, Rabin, More

    June 28, 2012 8:55 PM EDT Mark Isham, James Newton Howard, Howard Shore, Hans Zimmer, John Debney and Carter Burwell were among the composers honored Thursday at ASCAP's 27th Annual Film & Television Music Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. During the invita ...

  49. Israelite Calls Publishers to Meet Over Music Video Payments, Digital Provider Licensing

    June 14, 2012 7:30 PM EDT National Music Publishers' Assn. (NMPA) president/CEO David Israelite issued a call to action on three major fronts - music video payments, consent decree reforms and digital provider licensing. The move came at the organization's annual ...

  50. NMPA's David Israelite To Congress: A More Efficient Mechanical Licensing System

    June 13, 2012 9:31 PM EDT National Music Publishers Assn. (NMPA) president/CEO David Israelite called for the U.S. Congress to fix section 115 of the U.S. Copyright Act so the industry can construct a more efficient mechanical licensing system during the organization' ...

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