2017 ASCAP EXPO Leads Thousands of Music Creators to “Higher Ground”

April 20, 2017

After 12 years of running the EXPO, we knew to expect great memories and countless “only at the EXPO” moments. But even we were surprised at how inspiring the 2017 EXPO was for our thousands of attendees and panelists. 

The energy was high going into Day 1. Our Annual Membership Meeting kicked off the EXPO with important updates from ASCAP President Paul Williams, CEO Beth Matthews and EVP of Membership John Titta. We also heard music from A-list ASCAP songwriters and composers Ashley Gorley, Tom Higgenson, Michael McDonald, Brett McLaughlin and Mateo Messina. 

Later that day, we heard from the composers of today’s top films, TV shows and video games, honored Gorley for writing 30 #1 hit songs on country radio, and learned some production tips from Greg Wells and a bevy of hit urban music producers.

Day 2 was all about passion and empowerment. We talked with Washington policymakers about how we can reform the music licensing system, discussed the importance of getting proper credit for your work on streaming music services, and heard from four talented women composers about changing film culture to correct the gender imbalance in film scoring today. 

We heard great music on Day 2, too. Facing some tough competition, the Filipino a cappella group The Filharmonic were crowned “EXPO Factor” champions at our attendee showcase; top songwriters Dave Bassett, JT Harding, Lindy Robbins and Sevyn Streeter sent us into the evening with their powerful performances at The Writers Jam.

Day 3 of  EXPO 2017 schooled us on lyric writing, copyright law, indie publishing, artist funding and much more. But Stevie Wonder's transcendent, soulful, hilarious conversation with Janelle Monáe genuinely led us all to higher ground. It was an unforgettable end to an outstanding three days.

Our attendees’ energy, creativity, ambition, support, hunger for knowledge and sheer awesomeness defined the EXPO this year. This video of a freestyle rap circle, led by hit songwriter and panelist Priscilla Renea right after the Stevie Wonder keynote, says it all.

What can we say without getting emotional? We loved sharing this year’s experience with you, and hope to see you all next year for more networking, learning, inspiration, collaboration and music making. Stay tuned for details on the 2018 EXPO!

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