February 17, 2011

Initial Panelists and Programming Announced for 6th Annual ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO

Three-Day Conference to Feature Mike Elizondo, Josh Kear, No I.D., John Rzeznik, Ryan Tedder, Rufus Wainwright, Bernie Worrell, and others

New York, NY: February 17, 2011 : ASCAP (the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) has announced the initial lineup of panelists and programming for the 6th annual ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO, taking place April 28-30, 2011 at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles, CA.

In addition to its signature "I Create Music" interviews, hitmaker panels and top-notch showcases, ASCAP will bring together a diverse group of music creators and industry professionals to participate in a broad range of panels designed to support music creators at every stage of their career.

Some of the panelists and programming includes:

  • A series of writer and composer-focused Master Sessions with some of the most successful names in music, including songwriter/producer Antonina Armato, songwriter/producer and Senior VP of A&R for Warner Bros Mike Elizondo, composer/producer Marcus Miller, composer Eric Whitacre, and others.
  • The Writers Jam – Ryan Tedder (of OneRepublic), John Rzeznik (of Goo Goo Dolls), Chris Stapleton and others will share stories behind their work and perform them live in a fun, stripped-down, in-the-round setting.
  • Hitmaker panels featuring successful songwriters, such as Josh Kear, Savan Kotecha, Kevin Rudolf and others, who will share their unique insights into what it takes to reach the top of the charts today.
  • Producing Hits in Pop and R&B – Learn from today's most talented producers, including No I.D., Needlz and Keith Harris, who will share their success stories and offer advice on how to advance to the next level.
  • A Conversation Between Vernon Reid (of Living Colour) and Bernie Worrell (of Parliament/Funkadelic and Talking Heads) – Songwriter/guitarist Vernon Reid and the legendary keyboardist and composer Bernie Worrell will share their experiences creating music spanning several decades.
  • Film Composing with Marco Beltrami and Wes Craven – As Scream 4 is set for release, the film series’ composer and director will discuss their collaboration in revolutionizing the modern horror genre experience.
  • A Conversation Between Van Dyke Parks and Rufus Wainwright – Representing different generations, composer, arranger, producer and musician Van Dyke Parks and singer/songwriter Rufus Wainwright will discuss how they created some of the most provocative pop music of the modern era.
  • Writing for Musical TheatreStephen Trask (Hedwig and the Angry Inch) and Peter Yanowitz (of The Wallflowers) will share lessons learned from their experience collaborating on two upcoming Broadway musicals.
  • Murphy’s Laws of Songwriting Meets FutureHit.DNA – Two noted songwriting experts and authors, Ralph Murphy and Jay Frank, will share their insights on how successful songs drive commerce to give you a competitive advantage in your own writing.
  • Music Supervision Symposium with Tracy McKnight: The Adventures of Music Placement – Tracy McKnight, Head of Film Music at Lionsgate, is one of the most experienced, talented and influential music supervisors in the industry. She will reveal strategy, share personal anecdotes and shed light on how music is placed in film and TV.

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Other creative and business panels will feature ASCAP President and Chairman Paul Williams, Shawn Barron (Atlantic Records), Amanda Berman (EMI Music Publishing), Jennifer Blakeman (Universal Music Publishing Group), Boi-1da, Claudia Brant, Darrell Brown, DJ Frank E, Melanie Fiona, Inara George (The Bird and The Bee), Ben Glover, Ashley Gorley, Ariel Hyatt (Ariel Publicity & Cyber PR), Scott Jacoby, Justin Kalifowitz (Downtown Music Publishing), Jordan Keller, Esq. (Lassiter, Tidwell, Davis, Keller & Hogan, PLLC), James M. Kendrick, Esq. (Schott Music Corporation/European American Music Corporation), Steve Kipner, Suzan Koc (BMG Rights Management), Greg Kurstin (The Bird and The Bee), Lindsey Lanier (Universal Music Publishing Group), Brian Lapin, Andrea Martin, Fred Mollin, Nicole Morier, Joey Newman, Rick Nowels, Stephen Paulus, David "DQ" Quiñones, Alex Shapiro, Ryan Shore, Tommy Sims, Jonathan Singleton, Tom Sturges (Universal Music Publishing Group), The Legendary Traxster, Mike Viola, Teresa LaBarbera Whites (Columbia Records), and Dan Wilson (Semisonic). Additional panelists and performers will be announced in the coming weeks.

New Opportunities for Attendees to Get Their Music Heard
The EXPO provides attendees with several opportunities to get their music heard – and receive honest feedback and advice – through a variety of panels and showcases, including:

  • Song Feedback Panels – Attendees will receive valuable advice from music industry experts in different genres as pre-submitted songs are given feedback in front of an audience.
  • Film & TV Scoring Feedback – New this year! Panelists in the Film & TV industry will lead this session in which pre-submitted composition/scores are played and analyzed constructively.
  • ASCAP EXPO iStandard Producer and Rapper Showcase – An opportunity for producers in the hip-hop, pop, R&B and dance genres to submit tracks (or beats) and have them played in front of a prominent panel of producers at the showcase. Plus, new this year, rappers have the opportunity to submit songs and perform at the event.
  • ASCAP EXPO Attendee Showcase – Attendees will perform on a ballroom stage before an audience of prominent music industry tastemakers and the EXPO audience.

Submission deadlines and eligibility guidelines are available in the "Get Heard" section at www.ascap.com/expo.

The ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO is the premier conference for songwriters, composers and producers. It covers all genres of music and includes panels, workshops, master classes, keynotes, One-on-One sessions, song critiquing, networking events, product displays, state-of-the-art technology demonstrations, performances, and more. All music creators, producers, publishers and executives – regardless of their performing rights organization affiliation – will benefit from this unique creative event, which is designed around personal interaction, education and networking. For more information, and to register, please visit www.ascap.com/expo.

Members of the press may apply for credentials at www.ascap.com/press/pressroom/expo/.