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Irving Azoff vows to increase performance royalties by 30% with his new PRO

Azoff has a new performing rights organization called Global Music Rights and he has said that songwriters signed to it will receive royalties 30% higher than those of ASCAP and BMI. This is big news for songwriters! 

Pharrell Williams, Ryan Tedder, as well as some of the members of Fleetwood Mac and Journey have already signed up.

Ms. Lauryn Hill to Be Honored with ASCAP Golden Note Award

Ms. Lauryn Hill has won eight Grammys, and now she can add another accolade to her list of accomplishments.  The Fugees front-woman will receive the Golden Note Award at ASCAP’s 28th annual Rhythm & Soul Music Awards.

Hill will also perform during the event on June 25 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles, reports Billboard.  She joins past Golden Note recipients including Pharrell Williams, Dr. Dre, Alicia Keys, and Stevie Wonder.

ASCAP president Paul Williams praised Hill for her “ability to push boundaries and capture the humanity that surrounds us,” adding, “Ms. Hill’s talent as a songwriter is undeniable and reflects her singular take on the world we live in.”

St. Vincent to receive ASCAP 2015 Vanguard Award on April 29

Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter St. Vincent began her career as a solo artist in 2007 with the release of her debut album Marry Me. She had an inspired collaboration with David Byrne in 2012 on Love This Giant and a renowned, self-titled fourth studio album, which topped countless “Best Of” 2014 critics lists and garnered her a 2015 Grammy Award for Best Alternative Album. Having opened shows for such acts as The Black Keys and Arcade Fire, St. Vincent is now taking the front of the stage with performances at the Coachella and Sasquatch Festivals this year, putting this multi-instrumentalist at the forefront of alternative music.

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St Vincent accepts the Vanguard Award at the 2015 ASCAP Pop Music Awards in Los Angeles.

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Paul Zollo
The very great St. Vincent, whose real name is Annie Clark, on the red carpet last night at the ASCAP Pop Awards, which I covered for American Songwriter Magazine. I adore her; she is so the real deal. A very gifted, serious, unique songwriter, astounding guitarist, compelling performer. And very down to earth and warm in person.  Happy to say I am going to interview soon, and include that in Songwriters on Songwriting Volume II, which comes out in autumn of 2016.

Something to look forward to.