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April 24, 2014

ASCAP I Create Music EXPO


Dr. Luke, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Jermaine Dupri, Amy Grant and Gustavo Santaolalla Among Panelists at 9th Annual ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO

Three-Day Conference Will Run April 24-26, 2014

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) has announced the lineup of panelists and programming for the 9th annual ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO, taking place April 24th-26th 2014, at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles, CA.  To take advantage of our organization's special rate, select our organization name from the Partner menu towards the end of the registration process.  

In addition to signature keynote interviews, master classes, hitmaker panels and top-notch performances, ASCAP will once again bring together a diverse group of music creators and industry professionals to participate in a broad range of panels designed to support music creators at every stage of their career. The EXPO will also provide attendees with several opportunities to get their music heard – and receive honest feedback and advice – through a variety of panels and showcases.

The ASCAP EXPO programming will include:

Keynotes and Conversations

  • Dr. Luke and Prescription Songs with Becky G., Beka Tischker, Henry “Cirkut” Walter
  • "We Create Music": Gustavo Santaolalla and Paul Williams in Conversation
  • The Lost Art of A&R with Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, moderated by Jon Platt

Master Sessions

  • Still So So Def: Master Session with Jermaine Dupri (Powered by Revolt), moderated by Amrit Singh
  • Parrots and Dragons and Bourne - Oh My!: Master Session with John Powell, moderated by Jon Burlingame
  • Heart in Motion: Master Session with Amy Grant
  • Courage of his Konvictions: Master Session with Akon, moderated by Steve Rifkind
  • Diversify or Die: Master Session with John Beasley, interviewed by Melinda Newman
  • You Got the Job...Now What?: Master Session with Bear McCreary
  • Radiant Voices: Master Session with Morten Lauridsen, moderated by Alex Shapiro

Creative Panels

  • Rocking the Screen: Artists Composing for Film & TV (Presented by Variety), moderated by Steve Chagollan, with panelists Alexander Ebert (Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros), Gabriel Mann (The Rescues), Adam Schlesinger (Fountains of Wayne), Jeff Russo (Tonic)
  • The Alchemists: How Hit Producers Turn Music Into Gold, with panelists Michael Knox, Rob Knox, Steve Lillywhite, Rick Nowels
  • From Billboard to Broadway: Hit Songwriters in Musical Theatre, with panelists Glen Ballard, Stephen Bray, Holly Knight, Shane McAnally
  • Soundtracking Hell: The Music of Diablo, moderated by Russell Brower, with panelists Neil Acree, Derek Duke, Jason Hayes, Joseph Lawrence, Glenn Stafford
  • Murphy's Laws of Songwriting

Interactive Panels

  • Desmond Child: Brought In for Questioning
  • Live Multi-Genre Song Feedback Panel with Darrell Brown - Two Parts (Presented by The Recording Academy)

Diverse Topics

  • Women Behind the Music, with panelists Erica Grayson, Crystal Nicole, Motisola Zulu, Esq.
  • Where No Music Supervisor Has Gone Before (Presented by the Guild of Music Supervisors), moderated by Jason Kramer, with panelists Jeff Gray, Holly Hung, Rebecca Rienks, Lindsey Wolfington
  • The Gospel Truth, with panelists Erica Campbell (Mary Mary), Derek Minor, Alexis Spight, Phil Tarver, Tye Tribbett
  • A View from the Top: Today's Music Business, Tomorrow's Opportunities (Presented by Billboard), moderated by Shirley Halperin, with panelists Marcie Allen, Mike Caren, Jonathan Daniel, Dina LaPolt, Esq.
  • How to Prepare for Your Big Break, moderated by John Rudolph, with panelists Robert Clement, Katie Jelen, David Margolis, Evan Taubenfeld
  • Making the Most of Your ASCAP Membership
  • Road Dogs: Touring in the New Media Age, moderated by Kevin Lyman, with panelists Dia Frampton, Mike Kaminsky, Dave Shapiro, Benjamin Weinman (The Dillinger Escape Plan)
  • Anatomy of a Hit Song, moderated by Fabienne Leys, with panelists James Fauntleroy, Martin Johnson, Savan Kotecha, MoZella, Lindy Robbins
  • Break Through and Build Your Career Online (Presented by the Creative Industries Division, State of Hawaii DBEDT and the Creative Lab at the Hawaii International Film Festival), with panelists Brian Hazard (Color Theory), Ariel Hyatt, Jacob Fain, Benji Rogers
  • Europe: Is the Phoenix Rising?, with panelists Sue Crawshaw, Lucy Francis, Myles Keller, Rick Nowels

Business, Legal and Legislative Discussions

  • Congressional Review of the Copyright Act: An Opportunity to Secure Equitable Treatment for Songwriters and Composers, with panelists Congressman Tom Marino, Representative Judy Chu, Paul Williams
  • Nuts & Bolts of the Music Business, with panelist Don Passman, Esq.
  • The Social Economy of Music: Distribution and Monetization (Presented by AdRev and CD Baby), with panelists Paul Anthony, Ryan Born, Kevin Brenner, Gary Gross
  • Getting Creative: How Publishers and Writers Work Together, moderated by Tom DeSavia, with panelists Chris Farren, Andrew Gould, Jennifer Knoepfle, Jessica Rivera, Greg Sowders
  • Selling Your Musical Babies: What to Know Before You Sign a Publishing Deal (Presented by Lommen Abdo), with panelists Ken Abdo, Esq., Scott McDowell, Esq.
  • Website Demolition Derby (Presented by Bandzoogle)
  • Building Your Team, with panelists Josh Binder, Marcus Grant, Walter Jones, Sean Welch


  • The Writers Jam, with Desmond Child, Julie Frost, Shane McAnally, Crystal Nicole and Beth Orton
  • "I Create Music" Center Stage, with Radney Foster, Amy Grant, Ray Parker, Jr. and Richie Sambora
  • ASCAP EXPO iStandard Producer and Rapper Showcase
  • ASCAP EXPO Attendee Showcase (Presented by Global Media Music)


  • West Coast Premiere of Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon, Mike Myers’ directorial debut
  • Music Feedback sessions for pop/rock, country, film/TV scoring and R&B/hip-hop
  • Dozens of sponsor sessions consisting of workshops and product demos
  • One-on-One and Lunch Roundtable mentor Sessions
  • Music equipment, resources and technology exhibits
  • Networking opportunities
  • And much more!

A full schedule is available at 2014expo.ascap.com.

The ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO is the premier conference for songwriters, composers and producers. The three-day event covers all genres of music and includes panels, workshops, master classes, keynotes, one-on-one sessions, song critiquing, networking events, round-table workshops, product displays, state-of-the-art technology demonstrations, performances and more. All music creators, producers, publishers and executives – not just ASCAP members – will benefit from this unique creative event, which is designed around personal interaction, education and networking. For more information and to register, please visit www.ascap.com/expo.

As in years past, the EXPO will kick off with the ASCAP General Annual Membership Meeting, where ASCAP President and Chairman Paul Williams, CEO John LoFrumento and EVP of Membership John Titta will provide an update on the "state of the union" of ASCAP, including advocacy, operations and membership. The Membership Meeting is open only to ASCAP members and EXPO attendees, and is free to attend. ASCAP members not attending the EXPO must bring their ASCAP membership card for admittance.


The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a professional membership organization of songwriters, composers and music publishers of every kind of music. ASCAP’s mission is to license and promote the music of its members and foreign affiliates, obtain fair compensation for the public performance of their works and to distribute the royalties that it collects based upon those performances. ASCAP members write the world’s best-loved music and ASCAP has pioneered the efficient licensing of that music to hundreds of thousands of enterprises who use it to add value to their business – from bars, restaurants and retail, to radio, TV and cable, to Internet, mobile services and more. The ASCAP license offers an efficient solution for businesses to legally perform ASCAP music while respecting the right of songwriters and composers to be paid fairly. With 500,000 members representing more than 9 million copyrighted works, ASCAP is the worldwide leader in performance royalties, service and advocacy for songwriters and composers, and the only American performing rights organization (PRO) owned and governed by its writer and publisher members. www.ascap.com


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