ASCAP Plans Week of Events to Celebrate the Voice of the Music Creator

Los Angeles / New York, March 20, 2008: The American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) announced today that the Los Angeles City Council will issue a proclamation to declare the week of April 6-12, 2008 as "ASCAP I Create Music Week" in Los Angeles, California. This special honor recognizes a full week of activities planned by ASCAP to educate, showcase, connect and ultimately celebrate the voice of the music creator.

"ASCAP I Create Music Week" will bring together some of the top songwriters, composers, music publishers and industry leaders representing a broad array of genres, mediums and musical perspectives. The week's packed schedule includes the 13th Annual ASCAP Foundation/Disney Musical Theatre Workshop; Stephen Schwartz Hollywood Walk of Fame Ceremony & Reception; 25th Annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards honoring Steve Miller and Lionel Richie; ASCAP's General Annual Membership Meeting; and the 3rd Annual ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO, a three-day national conference dedicated to songwriting and composing, that will feature special interviews with Jackson Browne and Steve Miller.

"Los Angeles is an important global cultural center. Its deep musical heritage is respected by all of our ASCAP members," said Marilyn Bergman, ASCAP President and Chairman. "We're honored to receive this recognition from the City of Los Angeles and are proud to present a week filled with inspiring, entertaining and educational events."

"The Los Angeles City Council is proud to declare April 6-12, 2008 'ASCAP I Create Music Week,'" said Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles City Council President. "We are pleased that ASCAP has once again chosen Los Angeles as the backdrop for its events because our city has been and continues to be a beacon of opportunity for aspiring music creators and a thriving cultural center for many of the most legendary names in music."

Below is an overview of events planned for "ASCAP I Create Music Week" in Los Angeles:

Monday, April 7, 2008

13th Annual ASCAP Foundation/Disney Musical Theatre Workshop
Directed by Stephen Schwartz
Disney Feature Animation Studio Lot
Burbank, CA

7:00 p.m. - Workshop dates are April 7, 9, 28, 29, 30 and May 1, 2008
  • Musical theatre writers, selected via an open submissions process, will have the opportunity to make short presentations from their original works-in-progress for professional critique by a panel of prominent theatre producers, directors and composers.

  • The workshop is free of charge and open to everyone, regardless of performing rights affiliation. All aspiring musical theatre writers, and those who submitted musicals for the workshop, are encouraged to attend. Admission is on a first come, first served basis.
Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Stephen Schwartz Hollywood Walk of Fame Ceremony & Reception
  • Oscar and Grammy-winning composer/lyricist and ASCAP Board Member Stephen Schwartz will receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contributions to live theatre. Schwartz's credits include the Broadway smash Wicked, Godspell, Pippin , the Walt Disney films Pocahontas and The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and the Dreamworks' film The Prince of Egypt

  • ASCAP will host a private reception at The Henry Fonda Theater and invited guests will also attend a performance of Wicked at Pantages Theater.
Wednesday, April 9, 2008

25th Annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards
Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center
6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA
  • Steve Miller and Lionel Richie will be honored with the ASCAP Golden Note Award, which is p resented to songwriters, composers, and artists who have achieved extraordinary career milestones.

  • Sara Bareilles will be honored with the ASCAP Vanguard Award, which recognizes the impact of musical genres that help shape the future of American music.

  • Live performances by Steve Miller, Lionel Richie, Sara Bareilles, American Idol-turned-pop sensation Elliott Yamin, and Chris Tompkins and Josh Kear who co-wrote the hit song "Before He Cheats" for Carrie Underwood.

  • The invitation-only event will also honor the songwriters and publishers of ASCAP's most performed pop songs of 2007. Top awards will be given to "Songwriter of the Year," "Song of the Year" and "Publisher of the Year."
Thursday, April 10, 2008

ASCAP's General Annual Membership Meeting
Renaissance Hollywood Hotel
1755 N. Highland Avenue, Hollywood, CA
10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
  • This year's General Meeting will kick-off the ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO and will be open to all ASCAP members as well as EXPO registrants, regardless of affiliation. During the meeting ASCAP President & Chairman Marilyn Bergman, ASCAP CEO John A. LoFrumento and Executive Vice President & Director of Membership Todd Brabec will give reports covering the state of the industry, legislation, ASCAP operations and member accomplishments. ASCAP is the only U.S. performing rights organization to hold an annual membership meeting, during which members have the opportunity to learn, ask questions and voice concerns.
Thursday to Saturday, April 10 - 12, 2008:

3rd Annual ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO
Renaissance Hollywood Hotel
1755 N. Highland Avenue, Hollywood, CA
  • A three-day event, dedicated to songwriting and composing, featuring a comprehensive array of panels, workshops, keynotes, master classes, song critiquing, networking events, product displays, state-of-the-art technology demonstrations, performances, and much more.

  • I Create Music interviews with Jackson Browne and Steve Miller.

  • Anatomy of a Hit with Desmond Child.

  • Master Sessions with Mary Chapin Carpenter and Stephen Schwartz.

  • Performances by Walt Aldridge, Glen Ballard, Jonatha Brooke, Algebra, Amaury Gutierrez, Mark Hudson, Linda Perry, Rivers Rutherford, Darrell Scott, and more.

  • Panelists include some of the biggest names in music, both on the creative and business side.
    Click here for a regularly updated list of panelists
Members of the press who are interested in covering one or more of these events may apply for credentials by contacting Kathleen Reynolds kreynolds@cooperkatz.com or Pavlina Krepelcova pavlina@bobbimarcuspr.

Established in 1914, ASCAP is the first and leading U.S. Performing Rights Organization representing the world's largest repertory totaling over 8.5 million copyrighted musical works of every style and genre from more than 315,000 songwriter, composer and music publisher members. ASCAP has representation arrangements with over 90 music rights organizations such that the ASCAP repertory is represented in nearly every country around the world. ASCAP protects the rights of its members and foreign affiliates by licensing the public performances of their copyrighted works and distributing royalties based upon surveyed performances. ASCAP is the only American Performing Rights Organization owned and governed by its writer and publisher members.



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