ASCAP Debuts VERSED Podcast

VERSED: The ASCAP podcast debuts today. It seems as everyone is launching a podcast, but this one might actually be of use, particularly for the PRO’s 725,000 songwriter, composer and music publisher members.

VERSED will feature interviews with music creators from all music genres about the struggles, hard work, breakthroughs and triumphs of the creative life.

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.

ASCAP Vice President and Creative Director Erik Philbrook co-hosts each episode along with other ASCAP executives and creator members.

Experts on the ASCAP team will aslo discuss topics that affect music creators such as copyright, music publishing, songwriting splits, advocacy, tech innovations, music streaming services, health and wellness and more.

“VERSED helps to illuminate the heart, soul and power of music with the songwriters and composers who create it,” said ASCAP CEO 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.”

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 is now available on all major podcast platforms or visit www.ascap.com/versed.

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