ASCAP Debuts New Podcast VERSED

ASCAP’s new podcast, VERSED: The ASCAP Podcast, is debuting today (Dec. 5) on all major listening services. The podcast features interviews with some of the greatest music creators from all genres about the struggles, hard work, breakthroughs and triumphs of the creative life and the wisdom they’ve earned along the way.

Initial guests include award-winning songwriter and ASCAP Chairman of the Board and President Paul Williams, who discusses the unforeseen events that led him to thrive in his career, and how other creators can be prepared for opportunities as they arise; 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.

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

Experts on the ASCAP team will discuss key topics that affect all music creators such as copyright, music publishing, songwriting splits, advocacy, tech innovations, music streaming services, health and wellness and more. ASCAP Vice President and Creative Director Erik Philbrook co-hosts each episode along with other ASCAP executives and creator members. Philbrook has interviewed many of today’s leading songwriters and composers in his role at ASCAP, including Tom Petty, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Alicia Keys, Bon Jovi, Salt-N-Pepa, Trent Reznor, ELO’s Jeff Lynne, Beastie Boys, Ingrid Michaelson, St. Vincent, Wyclef Jean, Usher, and legendary U2 producer Steve Lillywhite.

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 at


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