The 2016 ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO is just around the corner. Discount pricing is currently available. Haven’t purchased your tickets yet? Here are 11 reasons why you’ve gotta be there for the 11th EXPO.
1) Inspiration: Light a fire under your music career.
With three days jam-packed with master classes, songwriting and composing advice, career-building workshops, performances, networking opportunities and more, the EXPO will inspire you to create music and achieve your goals.
2) Networking: Find a new collaborator.
Thousands of songwriters, composers, producers and industry execs flock to the ASCAP EXPO every year. They're all looking to connect with and learn from each other. You’re bound to meet a new collaborator - and it might just be one of our panelists!
3) Tools: Build up your toolkit with new services, software and gear.
Some of the most innovative companies in music will be on site at the EXPO. Need a new instrument? Production software? Health insurance? Our exhibitors and sponsors are here to introduce you to a new product you can't live without.
4) Magic Moments: Don’t miss an “only at the EXPO” moment.
Where else can you see Quincy Jones swapping stories with Ludacris? Or hear Ingrid Michaelson debut a brand new song? Or share lunch with the Hanson brothers? Dozens of these incredible moments happen every EXPO. Who knows what’ll go down this year?
5) Feedback: Get your music heard by industry pros and your music creator peers.
From Feedback Panels in multiple genres to Darrell Brown's marathon song critique sessions, the Attendee Showcase to the iStandard Producer/Rapper showcase, you’ve got tons of chances for the EXPO to hear you do your thing. And that’s not even counting the impromptu jam sessions that break out in the hallways each year!
6) Performances: Hear your favorite songs like you've never heard them before.
We bring out some of our top songwriters to perform their biggest hits in intimate settings, just for EXPO attendees. Stop by our annual “I Create Music” Center Stage evening concert, or the Writer’s Jam that closes every EXPO, for a performance you’ll never forget.
7) Change: Get outside your creative comfort zone.
Success in today’s marketplace means diversifying your talents. At the EXPO, we’ve got workshops and panels devoted to every genre under the sun. Whether you’re a hip-hop producer looking to expand into TV scoring, or a classical composer with an electronica jones, the EXPO is a great place to try something new.
8) Advocacy: Find out how you can change the future of music.
Join ASCAP in our advocacy for the rights of all music creators. The EXPO is a great place to learn about the latest legislation and legal decisions that could impact your career. You’ll get important updates from legislators and copyright experts, and learn how your voice can make a difference.
9) Business: Turn your craft into a career.
You need business know-how to make the most of your creative talent. The EXPO brings together the best minds in the business to teach you how to maximize every income stream you’ve got - including some you might not know about.
10) Education: Take your knowledge with you.
If the ASCAP EXPO is a three-day semester of music school, EXPO Video Access is the essential study guide - 60 hours of this year’s EXPO panels and performances, all available to watch whenever you want. Study up on what you missed and re-live what you loved. Video Access is FREE, but only if you register for the EXPO!
11) Connection: Meet a future #1 songwriter.
Our panelists aren't the only superstars that attend the EXPO. In 2010, a 16 year-old Meghan Trainor was an EXPO attendee years before "All About That Bass" ruled radio. Also in 2010, Aloe Blacc ("Wake Me Up") came to the EXPO to hear Bill Withers in conversation with Justin Timberlake; five years later, Blacc was interviewing Withers on the EXPO stage. Every new hand you shake could belong to a future superstar - it could even be you!