American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers

  1. Publishing Briefs: ASCAP, Rod Stewart, RightsFlow, Wolfgang's Vault, Imagem Music and more

    March 03, 2011 5:15 PM EST -- ASCAP will honor Rod Stewart at its 28th Annual Pop Music Awards, to be held April 27 at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles. Stewart will be presented with the ASCAP Founders Award at the invitation-only gala, which will also honor ...

  2. Guest Post: William Velez's Open Letter to the Music Industry on Radio Performance Rights

    February 22, 2011 7:01 PM EST With respect to the proposed sound recording performance right, one can sense that things are heating up once again and, frankly, "attention must be paid" (to quote Arthur Miller) to a bit of intellectual honesty. In the interest of disc ...

  3. Alejandro Sanz to be Honored at ASCAP Latin Heritage Awards

    January 10, 2011 12:00 AM EST Spanish singer/songwriter Alejandro Sanz will be honored with ASCAP's Latin Heritage Award during the 19th annual ASCAP Latin Music Awards taking place March 24 in Miami. Sanz, who began his career as a soloist in the 1990s, reached multi-pla ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. SoundExchange Payments Up 55% In 2009

    December 22, 2010 12:00 AM EST SoundExchange, the organization that collects royalties for streaming sound recordings, increased its payouts to artists and rights owners by 55% in 2009, according to information in its recently filed IRS Form 990. Distributions to artists increa ...

  6. Publishing Briefs: RightsFlow, Liz Rose Music, Paul Rodgers and more

    November 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST -- SoundExchange is tapping the RightsFlow database to help find recording artists who are due royalties collected by the organization. The New York-based music licensing and royalty service provider has responded by matching 1,675 artists and 63 ...

  7. BACKBEAT: ASCAP Presents...Women Behind the Music With Kelly Rowland, Melanie Fiona, Sheila E., And More!

    November 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT ASCAP held its second annual ASCAP Presents . . . Women Behind the Music series in Atlanta on Oct. 12 , New York on Oct. 14 and Los Angeles on Oct. 27 . The series, designed to encourage and recognize women in the music community, highlighted not ...

  8. BACKBEAT: ASCAP @ CMJ's Music Marathon

    October 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT ASCAP’s 2010 CMJ Showcase at Tribeca’s Canal Room filled up early and stayed packed throughout the evening on October 20 where a dynamic range of bands fueled their buzz with great sets. Nashville rockers Non-Commissioned Officers , Scotland’s The ...

  9. Publishing Briefs: Bicycle Music Co., BMG, ASCAP Songwriter Residency

    October 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- The Bicycle Music Co. and its affiliate the AF Circle C Fund have acquired a significant interest in the catalog of Chris Connelly , who has been in such bands as the Revolting Coks, Ministry Pigface and the Damage Manual. Terms of the deal wer ...

  10. BACKBEAT: The 30th Annual ASCAP Awards In London

    October 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT ASCAP held its 30th annual ASCAP Awards on Wednesday, October 13, 2010 at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London. The gala dinner and awards presentation honored those songwriter, composer and publisher members of PRS for Music – the UK's Perfor ...

  11. 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 ...

  12. Legal Matters Column: Ruling A Download Doesn't Constitute A Performance, Court Deals Blow To ASCAP

    September 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Setting the licensing rates for music copyrights is usually the domain of high-priced lawyers, managers and business executives. But in the early '40s, a federal court in New York decided that, left to its own devices, ASCAP would behave as a ...

  13. GEMA, YouTube Heading To Court

    September 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The fight between YouTube and the German collection society GEMA is heading into the next round. GEMA announced today (Sept. 30) that they will file a case for principal proceedings in the next few weeks against YouTube. In August, GEMA failed at ...

  14. Appeals Court Says Downloads Not Public Performances

    September 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled against ASCAP on Tuesday, saying that digital downloads of musical works do not constitute public performances. In a separate matter, the court sent back to the district court the issue of fee ...

  15. BACKBEAT: Promising Young Talent Emerges at ASCAP's 22nd Annual TV And Film Scoring Workshop

    September 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The ASCAP Foundation and The Recording Musicians Association of Los Angeles awarded scholarships to aspiring composers, Pete Seibert , Peter Bateman , Corey Wallace , and Layla Minoui after the 22nd annual TV and Film Scoring Workshop on August 6. ...

  16. BACKBEAT: Alan Jackson, Dierks Bentley, Lady Antebellum And More All Win Big At ASCAP Country Music Awards

    September 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT ASCAP hosted its 48th Annual Country Music Awards Sept. 14 at the War Memorial Auditorium in downtown Nashville. Big winners of the evening included Alan Jackson ; Dierks Bentley , Songwriter/Artist of the Year; Josh Kear , Country Song of the Yea ...

  17. ASCAP Flips Switch On Free App

    September 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT ASCAP launched a free app for Apple's portable devices today. The app allows ASCAP members to access their own catalog, performance and royalty information through the organizations membership access portal. Beyond its members, the app will a ...

  18. Alan Jackson To Be Honored By ASCAP

    August 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Country star Alan Jackson will be honored with ASCAP's Founders Award at the organization's 48th annual Country Music Awards on Sept. 14. The event is invitation-only and will honor the songwriters and publishers of ASCAP's most per ...

  19. Publishing Briefs: HFA, Cherry Lane, Bluewater Music and More

    July 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- The Harry Fox Agency will provide administration services to MediaNet, ensuring that the digital service provider is properly licensed and can make timely and accurate royalty payments and reports to copyright owners. "Both HFA's lice ...

  20. ASCAP Honors Broughton, McCarthy

    June 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Bruce Broughton was honored with ASCAP's Henry Mancini Award and Dennis McCarthy received ASCAP's Golden Note Award at the performing rights organization's annual Film/TV Music Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Thursday night (J ...

  21. 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 ...

  22. VIDEO: ASCAP Exec Tim Dubois Talks Songwriting, The 'Creative Catalyst' and more

    June 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Tim Dubois, VP/managing executive of ASCAP Nashville chats will Billboard.biz after the Publisher's Roundtable at the Billboard Country Music Summit. Dubois talks about how ASCAP is acting as the "creative catalyst" for the industry ...

  23. Publishing Round-up: Songwriters Hall of Fame, Billy Joel, Diana Krall, ASCAP and More

    June 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- The Songwriters Hall of Fame has added music publishing executive Keith Mardak to those who will be honored at its induction ceremony on June 17 at the New York Marriott Marquis Hotel. Mardak, who is chairman/CEO for the Hal Leonard Corp., will ...

  24. ASCAP To Honor Composers Broughton, McCarthy

    May 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Composers Bruce Broughton and Dennis McCarthy will be honored at the 25th annual ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards June 24 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. The event will recognize composers of the most performed film and televisio ...

  25. What You Need To Know About Performance Royalties

    May 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT How important are performance royalties to the industry's overall revenue mix? As sales and mechanical revenues decline, performance royalties take on greater importance. Consider these numbers to get a sense of its recent growth: -- Performa ...

  26. VIDEO: Katy Perry, Flo Rida, Jason Mraz, Patti Smith @ASCAP Awards

    April 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The 5th annual ASCAP "I Create Music" Expo kicked off Wednesday night with the ASCAP Pop Music Awards - read the full wrap here - which honored Dr. Luke, Jason Mraz and Patti Smith, among others. Below, highlights from the awards. Billbo ...

  27. Jason Mraz, Tricky Stewart Share Songwriting Secrets

    April 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT ASCAP songwriters and composers shared the secrets to their success Thursday at the 5th annual "I Create Music" Expo at the Hollywood and Highland complex in Los Angeles. The "We Create Music" panel was led by ASCAP president a ...

  28. ASCAP: 2009 Revenues Top $995 Million

    April 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Performing rights organization ASCAP may have experienced a successful year in 2009 with revenues of $995 million, an increase of $62 million over the previous year, but ASCAP CEO John LoFrumento stressed Thursday morning in Los Angeles that the o ...

  29. 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 ...

  30. Dr. Luke, Jason Mraz, EMI, Patti Smith Among ASCAP Honorees

    April 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Dr. Luke, Jason Mraz and Patti Smith were among those honored at the ASCAP Pop Music Awards show Wednesday night. Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald, who was named songwriter of the year, while Jason Mraz's "I'm Yours" was na ...

  31. 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 ...

  32. Three Tie For ASCAP Latin Songwriter Honor

    March 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Joan Sebastian, Anthony Santos (of Aventura) and Tommy Torres were named songwriters of the year at the 18th annual ASCAP Latin Music Awards. It was the first time in the awards' nearly two-decade history that three songwriters tied for the t ...

  33. 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 ...

  34. Ludacris, Quincy Jones Set For ASCAP Expo

    March 03, 2010 12:00 AM EST The ASCAP I Create Music Expo, which will be held at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles on April 22-24, will feature Ludacris interviewing Quincy Jones about his prolific career. Additionally, the event will also feature an interview w ...

  35. Armando Manzanero, Jorge Luis Piloto To Be Honored By ASCAP

    January 29, 2010 12:00 AM EST Two of Latin music's most prolific writers, Armando Manzanero and Jorge Luis Piloto, will be honored during ASCAP's 18th annual Latin Music Awards. The gala event, taking place in Los Angeles on March 23, will honor ASCAP's most per ...

  36. Quincy Jones, John Mayer To Headline LA Music Expo

    January 27, 2010 12:00 AM EST Quincy Jones, John Mayer and retired soul singer Bill Withers will headline performing rights group ASCAP's annual songwriters convention in Hollywood on April 22-24, organizers said. The trio will share the secrets of their success and craft ...

  37. Sundance 2010 Music Events Announced

    January 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Sundance Film Festival starts on Jan. 21, bringing 10 days of indie film and swag-heavy spectacle to Park City, Utah. And continuing the trend of recent years, music plays a substantial part of the entertainment offerings along Main Street. Be ...

  38. Report: BMI Files Suit Against T-Mobile

    January 10, 2010 12:00 AM EST Performing rights organization BMI has filed a lawsuit in the U.S. Federal Court against mobile carrier T-Mobile USA for allegedly selling ringback tones without acquiring the proper licenses. A report in the Register says the lawsuit was filed on ...

  39. The Billboard Q&A: UMPG Chairman/CEO David Renzer

    November 16, 2009 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Publishing Group chairman/CEO David Renzer oversees a company with revenue nearing the $1 billion mark and a global presence that spans 53 offices and 56 countries. Since Renzer joined the company in 1996 when it was known as MCA M ...

  40. TV Broadcasters Sue SESAC

    November 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST A group of television broadcasters have filed a class-action anti-trust complaint against SESAC, according to the Television Music License Committee, a non-profit organization which represents 1,200 local television broadcasters in negotiations on ...

  41. 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 ...

  42. Business Matters: ASCAP, Spotify, Wolfgang's Vault

    October 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- In a summary judgment that is part of a larger case between ASCAP and mobile carriers, a federal court said ringtones played in public do not constitute public performances and therefore are not due performance royalties. The judgement states & ...

  43. 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 ...

  44. Business Matters: Rhino Records, Verizon, A2IM

    September 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- Rhino Records laid off 30-40 employees on Thursday, according to a report. Jobs were cut from all departments, according to the report. In a st ...

  45. ASCAP Latin's 'Song Camp' Heads To Mexico

    September 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT ASCAP's Latin membership department is taking its "Song Camp," which has been staged before in Miami, to Mexico for the first time. It runs Sept. 9 - Sept. 11 in Monterrey and joins different writers in various creative settings. Th ...

  46. 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 ...

  47. Michael Jackson Saluted At ASCAP Awards

    June 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Tributes continued to pour in for Michael Jackson during the weekend following his death June 25. Before officially launching the 22nd annual ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards (June 26, Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles), president/chairman Paul Wi ...

  48. Stargate, Tricky Stewart, The-Dream ASCAP's Top Songwriters

    June 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The songwriting/production team of Christopher "Tricky" Stewart & The-Dream tied for songwriter of the year honors with fellow songwriting/production duo Stargate (Tor Hermansen & Mikkel Eriksen) at the 22nd annual ASCAP Rhythm & ...

  49. ASCAP Brief Pushes Royalty For Ringtones

    June 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Should wireless operators have to pay performance royalties for ringtones? According to a brief filed by ASCAP (.pdf), in support of an ongoing lawsuit against AT&T Mobility, the answer is yes. The collecting society is arguing that ringtones ...

  50. Composers Seek Change In Copyright Law

    June 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Nathan Barr has scored horror films such as "Hostel" and the HBO vampire series "True Blood," but what really keeps the composer up at night is fear he will not get paid for music distributed online. "'True Blood' ...

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