November 22, 2011

ASCAP Honors Janelle Monáe, Siedah Garrett, Monica and Other Leading Ladies in Music at 3rd Annual Women Behind the Music Series

Atlanta Honors Janelle Monáe, Uwonda Carter and Jan Smith in 3rd Annual Women Behind the Music Finale

On November 18th, the 3rd annual ASCAP Presents...Women Behind the Music series closed on a high note in Atlanta. The three phenomenal women honored in the region included Grammy Award-nominated singer/songwriter Janelle Monáe, entertainment attorney Uwonda Carter, and renowned vocal coach Jan Smith. Hosted at Straits Restaurant (owned by ASCAP member Ludacris), the event was moderated by ASCAP's Jennifer Drake, who asked the honorees various questions about their rise to success and their plans for the future. Following the Q&A portion, everyone enjoyed a mixer filled with delicious hors d'oeuvres and music by DJ Traci Steele. At the end of the night, attendees received gift bags from the popular hair care line, Miss Jessie's. The event was sponsored by Red Bull and Qream.

Los Angeles Honors Its Ladies at ASCAP Presents...Women Behind the Music Event

On November 10th, Hollywood paused in the midst of multiple big-ticket events and premieres to honor three brilliant women in the second of ASCAP's three-part Women Behind the Music series.

The velvety warmth of Beso's KISS lounge, coupled with signature cocktails from Pharrell's new creamy liqueur Qream, created the perfect backdrop for a great night of celebrating, networking and inspiring the next generation of female music makers.

This low-key, high-profile event highlighted the careers and contributions of Siedah Garrett (Grammy-winning and Academy Award-nominated singer, songwriter and performer), Donna Caseine (SVP Creative of Universal Music Publishing) and Erica Grayson (MADE Management and Consulting).

The true ambiance of the evening was found in the playful banter back and forth between the three women and their skillful moderator, magazine publisher David Mitchell. He carefully coaxed and cajoled the women to share their stories. And they did!

Donna inspired the audience with her mantra "There are no challenges, only opportunities." Erica shared how she was an iconoclast who almost ended up working in the corporate world of Procter and Gamble and shelved it to follow her passion: music. She took her corporate experience working for Jimmy Iovine at Interscope, married it with her entrepreneurial spirit and created her own company. Siedah scored soulful moments with intimate and animated stories of her recording sessions with Quincy Jones, Michael Jackson, Madonna and Sérgio Mendes. She encouraged all of us to think creatively, forge relationships and to remember that the new music business is about flexibility.

As the evening came to a close, ASCAP's Jay Sloan presented the honorees with a delicately etched paperweight to thank them for their contributions and commemorate their achievements as women behind the music.

We look forward to next week, when ASCAP celebrates the Women Behind the Music in the final installment of our 3rd annual series in Atlanta.

3rd Annual ASCAP Women Behind the Music Series Kicks Off in Style in NYC

On November 9th in New York City, ASCAP kicked off its 3rd annual ASCAP Presents...Women Behind the Music series. The crowd at swanky Meatpacking District club Tenjune sipped on special Qream liqueur cocktails as ASCAP honored three extraordinary women, each of whom has made a huge impact on the music industry: Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Monica, Universal/Motown executive Phillana Williams and music industry powerbroker, manager and executive, Mona Scott-Young. ASCAP's Nicole George led a Q&A with the honorees touching on their careers and how they got to where they are today. Following the discussion, the crowd was treated to an inspired performance by Roc Nation recording artist Bridget Kelly. It was a great night of networking and celebrating the impact of women in the music industry.

About ASCAP Presents...Women Behind the Music
ASCAP's Rhythm & Soul team presents the annual Women Behind the Music series to honor women who have made great contributions to the music industry. With stops in New York, Los Angeles and Atlanta, the series is designed to encourage and recognize women in the music community, highlighting not only women songwriters and artists, but women working in all facets of the business, including managers, attorneys, label executives and music publishers. Previous honorees include ASCAP songwriters Kelly Rowland, Melanie Fiona, Sheila E., Kandi Burruss, Goapele and R&B girl group Electrik Red.

The 2011 Women Behind the Music series is generously sponsored by Pharrell Williams' Qream Liqueur.