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(L-R) ASCAP/SCL showcase participants Ryan Miller, Ian Love, David Wolfert, Paul Brill, Leah Siegel
ASCAP and The Society of Composers & Lyrcists (SCL) hosted a Songwriter Showcase on September 13th at The Living Room in New York City. The showcase of songwriters, who have transitioned to writing for Film and Television, featured Guster's Ryan Miller (Disturbia, Safety Not Guaranteed), Paul Brill (Burma Soldier, Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work, NPR), Leah Siegel (Firehorse, Topsy Foundation), and Ian Love (Fuse TV, New Balance, The Shield). The event was hosted by SCL Steering Committee Member, David Wolfert. The format was performances along with insight about the songs, their creation process for Film or TV, and how to navigat from bands to writing for TV shows and movies. One great piece of advice focused on how important networking always is in the music business. You should be totally prepared for an important door to open in your career since you never know when and where that big break could be. After the event, ASCAP and SCL members along with the performers and other attendees had a chance to meet and network.
Leah Siegel performs as part of the ASCAP/SCL Film and TV Songwriter Showcase
Watch an example of the power of songwriting when set to film in this song that Leah Siegel wrote specifically for this Topsy Foundation commercial. The commercial won a Clio Award and an award at Cannes, in addition to being named an "ad worth spreading" by the nonprofit group TED Conference.