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  • Feb 13, 1914
    ASCAP is formed at the Hotel Claridge in New York City. The performing rights agency--the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers--collects and distributes royalties to songwriters for the public use of their works
    Jan 1, 1923
    Los Angeles' KFI becomes the first radio station in America licensed by ASCAP, setting a precedent for the songwriting industry. As a result, songwriters receive a royalty each time one of their tunes is played on the radio
    Feb 23, 1994
    The New York Times reports "You Don't Bring Me Flowers" author Marilyn Bergman has been appointed president of the songwriter organization ASCAP
    Apr 25, 1994
    Belmont University student Brad Paisley fills out an internship evaluation at ASCAP in Nashville. During his time with the performing rights organization, he met Chris DuBois, a future co-writer on "Southern Comfort Zone," "Online" and "We Danced"
    Jan 24, 2005
    Wolfy's, a Nashville venue on lower Broadway, is among 24 clubs across the nation sued by songwriter agency ASCAP for using unlicensed music. Among the country stars who've performed there: Merle Haggard and Joe Nichols
    Dec 9, 2006
    Connie Bradley, senior VP of the performing rights organization ASCAP, receives the Harmony Award at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. It honors her as a bridge between Music City's classical and country communities
    Apr 16, 2009
    "You're Gone" songwriter Paul Williams is elected president and chairman of the board of ASCAP, replacing Marilyn Bergman who stepped down after 15 years
    Jan 7, 2010
    The Tennessean reports ASCAP has sued Lonnie's Western Room for use of songs for karaoke without securing the rights. Among the titles: "Before He Cheats," "Walking In Memphis," "Don't Close Your Eyes" and "The End Of The World"
    Feb 22, 2010
    Songwriter/producer/record executive Tim DuBois is named vice president and managing executive of ASCAP's Nashville division
    Feb 13, 2014
    New York City and the state of Tennessee observe ASCAP Day as the world's first performing rights organization marks its 100th anniversary

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