February 19, 2016

ASCAP EXPO Announces Melissa Etheridge, Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley, Dan Wilson, OMI and Suzanne Vega

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The 11th Annual ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO announces new additions to its program, including a blockbuster lineup for the keynote “We Create Music” panel on Thursday, April 28. Grammy and ASCAP award-winning singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge, Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley, chart-topping “Cheerleader” songwriter OMI and Grammy-winning songwriter Dan Wilson (Song of the Year for Dixie Chicks' "Not Ready to Make Nice") join previously announced multi-platinum songwriter, solo artist and Matchbox Twenty frontman Rob Thomas and “King of Reality TV” composer David Vanacore to give attendees an inside look at their individual paths to songwriting success. The 2016 ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO takes place April 28 – 30, 2016 at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles.

The ASCAP EXPO also announces that groundbreaking folk singer-songwriter Suzanne VegaEXPO Register (“Luka,” “Tom’s Diner”) will perform at the opening night “Writers in the Round” show on Thursday, April 28.

An ASCAP EXPO panel on musical collaboration will feature WAX LTD, the multi-platinum production team that has worked with The Rolling Stones, New Order, Best Coast and more; and songwriter-producers The Futuristics, who wrote and produced "We Own It" from Fast & Furious and "3-Way (The Golden Rule)" from Saturday Night Live. Songwriter Sam Hook (The Game’s “Pot of Gold;” Chris Brown’s “4 Years Old”) joins the “Hit Songwriter” panel.

Additional panelists announced as well are: Bret Bassi, Miles Beard, Noah Becker, Paul Brill, Jon Chen, Mike Clemenza, Edwin Cox, Joel Douek, Yvonne Drazan, Dominique Dunn, Melissa Emert-Hutner, Phil Galdston, Gizzle, Heather Holley, Buffy Hubelbank, Josh Kessler, Mike King, Thomas Krottinger, Linda Newmark, Esq., Abby North, Angie Pagano, Ben Patterson, Jeff Ponchick, Celina Rollon, Daniel Rowland, Lindsay Rush, Marc Wilson and Jackie Winkler.

UPDATE March 4th: We have added nearly 45 new panelists to the ASCAP EXPO lineup including hit songwriter/producer Antonina Armato ("Love You Like a Love Song"), who will join Desmond Child in a Pop/Rock Song Feedback Session, songwriter/producer/manager Jeffery David (Echosmith) and composer/conductor Eric Whitacre, who will lead a Master Session. Others just announced are: Charlie Amter, Amanda Berman-Hill, Eesean Bolden, Tunde Balogun, Ashley Calhoun, Allison Wright Clark, Ian Cripps, Wende Crowley, Deputy, Jennifer Essiembre, Jonnie Forster, Germaine Franco, David Gray, Jeff Gray, Gary Greenberg, Esq., Shirley Halperin, Nick Haussling, Millie Hsyu, Rachel Jacobson, Katie Jelen, Nick Jarjour, Evita Kaigler, Esq., Lundon Knighten, Peter Lloyd, Luney Tunez, Ed Machuca, Ben Maddahi, Gary Miller, Ralph Murphy, Evan Peters, Victor Portillo, Rahki, Randi Razzano, J. Rhodes, Sermstyle, Rachel Stilwell, Katie Vinten and Barrett Yeretsian.

Previously announced sessions for this year’s event include a conversation between Nate Ruess, songwriter and vocalist for the GRAMMY-winning group fun. and ASCAP President and Hall of Fame songwriter Paul Williams; andan attendee song feedback session with Desmond Child. The lineup also features Master Sessions with rock royalty Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo, gospel hitmakers Warryn & Erica Campbell, James Fauntleroy (Rihanna’s ANTI co-writer), Ashley Gorley (athree-time ASCAP Country Songwriter of the Year); Greg Kurstin (songwriter-producer behind Adele’s “Hello” and Sia’s “Chandelier”), Ariel Rechtshaid (producer for Adele’s “When We Were Young” and Vampire Weekend’s Modern Vampires of the City), and an interview with Salt-N-Pepa, the boundary-breaking trio that opened up rap for women.

Now in its 11th year, ASCAP’s “I Create Music” EXPO is the premier conference for songwriters, composers, artists and producers in all music genres. Participants can attend creative and business-focused panels, workshops, master classes, keynotes, one-on-one sessions, networking events, state-of-the-art technology demonstrations and performances. The ASCAP EXPO provides music creators with an unforgettable and authentic experience – real knowledge, tools, connections and a community of support and guidance they can’t find anywhere else.

Since its inception, the event has brought together music’s biggest talents and most successful industry players. Previous keynote speakers include Justin Timberlake, Tom Petty, John Mayer, Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, Quincy Jones, Dr. Luke, Ludacris, Carly Simon, Sara Bareilles, Lindsey Buckingham, Randy Newman, Jackson Browne, Steve Miller, Ann and Nancy Wilson (Heart), Diplo, Big Sean, Ne-Yo, Stargate, Bill Withers, Aloe Blacc, Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora and Jeff Lynne.

For more information on the ASCAP EXPO and to register for the conference, visit: http://www.ascap.com/eventsawards/events/expo/2016/registration.aspx.

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