Hello, intrepid music creator! You’ve made a great move by attending this year’s ASCAP EXPO. After 12 years of putting these on, we know that a full three days of info, networking and late-night jam sessions can be pretty overwhelming. Whether you’re an EXPO newbie or you’ve been to every one, here are some tips to help orient you.
Confirm your flight and hotel info
Travel logistics are a pain, especially if you have to book an unexpected extra seat for your guitar. We suggest checking in early on your airline, and confirming your reservation with your hotel before you get there.
Pick up your EXPO badge on Wednesday
In town early for the EXPO? Avoid the lines and pick up your badge on Wednesday night, April 12th. The registration desk on the Mezzanine level of the Loews will be open from 5 to 9pm.
Park at Hollywood & Highland
The Hollywood & Highland complex offers the best and cheapest parking in the heart of Hollywood. Only $2 for up to 2 hours with validation from participating shops, restaurants and nightclubs, and $1 for every 15 minutes thereafter, with a daily maximum of $15, and $15 flat rate on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays after 10 pm. Valet Parking is available at the Loews for $20 every 10 hours (no in and out privileges), or $50.60 overnight (including in and out privileges). The parking structure is open 24/7.
Plan your transportation
Los Angeles is huge, but it’s pretty easy to get to and from the Loews Hollywood Hotel by public transportation. The bus and the Metro Red Line both stop right near the hotel - plan your trip at metro.net. If you’re a ridesharing diehard, here's a pro tip: Lyft is offering 25% off your ride to and from the Loews with code ASCAPEXPO.
Get the lay of the land
The Loews is a big hotel, and we’ve got ASCAP EXPO activities happening all over it. Take some time to familiarize yourself with the grounds. The map in your program book should help. And so will our “Freshman Orientation” panel on Thursday morning.
Stock up on swag - and put it in a bag
You spent all that time and money creating the perfect you-branded merch - why not give it away at the EXPO? We’ll even give you a sturdy totebag to haul it around in. Pick up yours for free in The ASCAP Room after you get your badge.
Plan out your EXPO schedule
There’s always at least 17 awesome things happening at the EXPO, so pick out your must-see panels in advance, and get there a few minutes early to make sure you get in.
Know your panelists
As always, our EXPO panelists have a wealth of experience (and they’re not too hard on the eyes, either). Head to 2017expo.ascap.com to read their bios and credits before you are bedazzled by their wisdom.
Find out who else is coming
Create an online profile to meet your fellow attendees in advance (you can even log in with your Facebook account). Customize your schedule to find out who else is interested in the same panels.
These boots are made for walking
The Loews is a big hotel and we’ve got great stuff happening all over it throughout the EXPO. That means you’ll be walking a lot. Wear comfortable, supportive shoes - your feet will thank you!
Pick up a free creator pin (or three) at the Advocacy Booth
Are you a songwriter? Composer? Producer? Music biz pro? All of the above? Show your true colors by wearing our colorful creator pins, available at the Advocacy Booth on the 2nd floor, near the registration desk.
Get your music massaged by Darrell Brown
Hit writer/producer Darrell Brown (we call him “song whisperer”) is a perennial EXPO favorite. Head down to one of his marathon song feedback sessions on Friday for your chance to get your song heard, critiqued and maybe even improved by Darrell and the supportive crowd!
Did a panel start without you? Visit an overflow room.
Don’t let a capacity crowd get you down! We’ve set up overflow rooms on the 3rd floor, where you can watch live video feeds from Hollywood Ballroom A-B-C (in the Echo Park room), Hollywood Ballroom D-E (in the Loz Feliz room) and Mt. Olympus (in the Whitley Heights room).
Recharge your phone (and yourself!) at the ASCAP EXPO Creators Oasis
EXPO days start early and end late, so make sure your phone is fully charged in the morning. Need a recharge? Stop by the charging station at the ASCAP EXPO Creators Oasis, on the Dolby Terrace, where you can relax and recharge your batteries (literally and figuratively) as you enjoy live music on The Epiphone Stage.
Share your EXPO experience with #ASCAPEXPO
Let your massive social media following (or, you know, mom) see what an amazing time you’re having at the EXPO! Visit the #ASCAPEXPO photo booth in the Creators Oasis on Thursday, or take a selfie with a new collaborator. We’ll be featuring posts tagged with #ASCAPEXPO on the EXPO Experience screens around the conference.
Add an exclusive EXPO geofilter on Snapchat
Are you an avid Snapchatter? Customize your story with our special EXPO geofilter while you’re at the Loews for the EXPO.
Be your own secretary
Oscar Wilde once said “Music is the art which is most nigh to tears and memory.” Forego the tears and write down what you want to remember. The ASCAP notebook in your registration bag should help. 😉
See something you like while visiting our EXPO sponsors or attending one of their sessions? You just might win it in our annual raffle! Drop your registration bag ticket into the box in the ASCAP Room, or hand over your business card at a sponsor table, then show up at the Dolby Ballroom on Saturday at 3:30pm to find out if you’ve won. You don’t have to be in the room to win, but why miss out on your time in the spotlight?
Get your elevator pitch ready
Pretend you have 20 seconds to intrigue another EXPO attendee. What’re you going to say to convince them to continue the conversation beyond those few seconds? That elevator ride could change your career. Wouldn’t be the first time.
Don’t be that guy
Our panelists have donated their time to help out your career. Show them your appreciation by silencing your phone during the panel, and avoid mobbing them afterwards.
Get out of your comfort zone
You came to the EXPO to learn new stuff and meet new people. Are you a film composer looking to expand to other genres? Go to one of our panels devoted to pop, country or urban music. A little rusty on the business part of the music business? We’ve got you covered.
The EXPO is a great place to learn about all the legal and legislative issues that are facing music creators today. Don’t miss the “Music Licensing Reform: The Fight for Your Rights” and “Getting Credit Where Credit Is Due” panels on Friday, and stop by our advocacy booth on the mezzanine level to find out how you can help push through important reforms that will benefit music creators, users and fans alike.
Help us make the EXPO Q&As as helpful as possible
One of the unique parts of the EXPO is the access you have to panelists. If you’ve got a burning question to ask during a panel, please consider whether it will benefit everyone in the room, or just you. Our Q&A sessions are not the place for pitching your music or telling your life story - they’re about getting valuable information that all of our attendees can apply to their own careers.
Mix. Mingle. Schmooze.
Music is a social experience! Stop by one of our nighttime networking events to make a new friend, or have a drink with your old ones. Check out the online schedule for the full rundown.
Visit our exhibitors
The EXPO will be chock-full of services and vendors who want to help you succeed. These booths are tailor-made for your career. Chat with these nice folks! Find out more about them in the back of your program book, or click here.
Catch a show
What would a music conference be without live music? You can hear your favorite songs from the people who wrote ‘em at the “I Create Music” Center Stage and The Writers Jam, or discover a new favorite at our “EXPO Factor” Attendee Showcase, iStandard Producer & Rapper Showcase, The Epiphone Stage or the She Rocks Showcase.
Say hello to an ASCAP staffer
The EXPO is a great place to finally meet that ASCAP employee who’s helped you out over the phone so many times. Can’t find us on the EXPO floor? The ASCAP Room is always a good spot to find an ASCAP Global Writer & Publisher Services employee. We’re here for you!
Conserve your energy
You’ll be out and about for many hours at a time. Take it all in, but pace yourself! And speaking of which...
Don’t forget to eat!
You came to the EXPO because you’re hungry for knowledge, but don’t forget about actual food! There are plenty of eateries at the Hollywood & Highland complex, and a ton more great options within easy walking distance. It’s Hollywood, baby!
Are you in recovery - or thinking about it?
You’re not alone. Stop by the MusiCares Safe Harbor Room for 12-step support meetings, fellowship and more. It’s open each day of the EXPO from 10am to 6pm in room 1912.
Stay tuned for updates
If there are any changes to the printed schedule, we’ll let you know via our Twitter (@ascapexpo), Instagram (@ascap) and Facebook (@ascapexpo) accounts. Follow and like us, why don’tcha?
Your EXPO badge is your best friend
You can’t get into EXPO events without it, and a replacement badge costs the same as a new one. In the words of the good wizard Gandalf, “Keep it secret. Keep it safe.”
Show your ASCAP pride
You’ll find exclusive ASCAP shirts and other goodies for sale at the ASCAP EXPO Boutique, on the 2nd floor under the escalator. And yes, we do take plastic!
Watch and learn on your own time with EXPO Video Access!
Watch all the EXPO panels you missed and relive your favorite moments with EXPO Video Access, available for free with your EXPO registration! Your login is your email address and your password is your EXPO registration number. Nearly 60 hours of video will be available online by late April.
HAVE A PHENOMENAL ASCAP EXPO!!!