ASCAP Presents: Women Behind the Music 2020

October 28, 2020

Our annual ASCAP Women Behind the Music event recognizes influential music creators and executives who are paving the way for women in music.
This time around, you’re invited to join in the celebration. Follow @ASCAPUrban on Instagram 10/28 - 10/30 for video interviews with our 2020 honorees: songwriting/production duo Nova Wav, music manager Malita Rice and Universal Music Publishing Group A&R Manager Ari Gelaw. Tune in to hear these inspiring women narrate their unique paths in the music industry, and share personal insights they’ve picked up along the way.

Read on to meet these leading ladies in music, and get inspired with a special playlist we curated in their honor. And join us LIVE on @ascapurban, 10/30 at 6pm ET, as DJ C. DeVone hosts a live DJ set to close out WBTM 2020 in style. 


Watch inspiring interviews with our honorees, October 28-30 on @ascapurban's IGTV

Nova Wav is an American Grammy Award–winning producing and songwriting duo, composed of Denisia “Blu June” Andrews and Brittany “Chi” Coney. Over the course of their career, Nova Wav have written and produced tracks and albums for artists including Beyoncé, Rihanna, DJ Khaled, Ariana Grande, Jay-Z, Saweetie, Nicki Minaj, Teyana Taylor, Kehlani and more. Signed to Warner Chappell Music by Ryan Press and Jon Platt, the duo was named one of Billboard’s 2018 R&B/Hip-Hop 100 Power Players and listed on Revolt's Top 9 producers of 2019.

Follow @novawav on Instagram and Twitter // Follow @blu_june & @chi_coney on Instagram


Malita Rice is an entertainment entrepreneur with a background in talent management, content production and brand development. She is the Founder of Mogul Mentality, an entertainment management and marketing firm. Originally from Baltimore, Rice is a key figure in hip-hop and R&B music and is recognized globally as an accomplished, high-energy entertainment maven with 8+ years of industry experience. In 2019, she worked as a consultant for Interscope Records, serving as lead A&R for hit artist 5AM. Her current client roster includes hitmaking producers OG Parker, Yung Lan, Romano, Nonstop da Hitman, $k, Xeryus and more. In addition to Interscope, she's also worked with Quality Control, Sony, RCA, Warner Music Group and Universal. Rice is a member of the esteemed Recording Academy (Atlanta) and is a results-driven manager lauded by both clients and colleagues for her unparalleled tenacity, drive and vision.

Follow @MalitaTheMogul on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook


Ari Gelaw is currently an A&R manager at Universal Music Publishing. She notably signed mega rap star DaBaby to a publishing deal—his record “ROCKSTAR” is steadily charting as one of the biggest songs in the US right now. Gelaw has also inked deals for platinum producers Earl on the Beat (City Girls’ “Act Up”) and Speaker Bangerz (Rod Wave’s “Heart on Ice”). Gelaw is a firm believer in paving the way for future creatives.

Follow @otag_ on Instagram // Watch her on the Leading Ladies of Publishing A&R panel at the 2020 ASCAP Experience: Home Edition


Read the official 2020 ASCAP Women Behind the Music press release