Documentary Short on 2023 ASCAP Lab Music and AI Challenge Premieres March 20 on YouTube

ASCAP, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, has released Prelude in AI Major: Crafting a Creator-First Future for Music & AI, a documentary short on their 2023 ASCAP Lab Music and AI Challenge. A joint effort between the ASCAP Lab (ASCAP's innovation initiative) and the NYC Media Lab, led by the NYU Tandon School of Engineering, the Challenge focused on cutting-edge concepts at the intersection of music and artificial intelligence. Five teams were selected to receive mentorship and grants to develop their emerging technologies during the 12-week challenge.

Prelude in AI Major: Crafting a Creator-First Future for Music & AI explores how the teams are leveraging AI to build innovative tools for making and experiencing music, informed by their own backgrounds as composers and musicians. The film features ASCAP mentors, including songwriter and composer members, sharing their experiences guiding the teams in developing their technologies and exploring the copyright implications of their work. These music industry professionals also offer their perspectives on how AI is impacting music creators and the value of forging relationships across the music tech landscape.

Watch the premiere HERE on ASCAP’s YouTube channel, March 20 at noon ET.