October 23, 2013

ASCAP's Women Behind the Music Series Heads to NY and ATL

Events in Los Angeles, New York and Atlanta

New York, NY, October 23, 2013: ASCAP will host the 2nd event as part of its annual Women Behind the Music series tonight in New York. 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. This year’s Los Angeles event was held on Tuesday, October 8th, and the series will head to Atlanta next on Tuesday, October 29th.

Each of the three events features three or four honorees and a moderator. The honorees will be presented with a special memento in recognition of their contributions to music. Previous honorees include, but are not limited to, Beverly Bond, Sheila E., Siedah Garrett, Goapele, Tameka “Tiny” Harris, Ledisi, Janelle Monáe, Monica and Kelly Rowland, Mona Scott-Young.

“We’ve celebrated some truly incredible and deserving women since our inaugural Women Behind the Music event four years ago, and this year is no different,” said ASCAP Vice President of Membership, Rhythm & Soul Nicole George-Middleton. “Each of our honorees this year has contributed immensely across all areas of the music business, and their hard work and dedication is truly inspiring.”

Details for all three events are below.

Tuesday, October 8th
Bardot Hollywood – 1737 Vine Street, Hollywood, CA
7:00 - 10:00pm

Los Angeles honorees include Grammy Award-winning recording artist Melanie Fiona, recording artist and actress LeToya Luckett, songwriter Andrea Martin and Title 9 Productions Founder and CEO Carmen Murray. The evening was moderated by Billboard Senior Editor Gail Mitchell, and featured special performances by honorees Melanie Fiona and Andrea Martin.

Malibu Red, New Nasty and Cupcake Stiletto sponsored the event.

Wednesday, October 23rd
Lexicon – 226 East 54th Street, New York, NY 10022
7:00 - 10:00pm
Age 21 and over / Space is limited / RSVP is required to mwells@ascap.com

New York honorees include singer-songwriter Stacy Barthe, MBK Entertainment VP & Managing Partner Jeanine McLean and Phase Too Management Inc. CEO Tina Davis. The evening will be moderated by ASCAP Vice President, Membership – Rhythm & Soul Nicole George-Middleton, with special performances by Atlantic recording artists K. Michelle and Sevyn Streeter.

Malibu Red and New Nasty are sponsoring the event.

Tuesday, October 29th
Halo – 817 West Peachtree St NW E100, Atlanta, GA 30308
7:00 - 10:00pm
Age 21 and over / Space is limited / RSVP is required to jrienecker@ascap.com

Atlanta honorees include entertainment attorney Denise Brown; songwriter, recording artist and TV personality (The Real Housewives of Atlanta) Kandi Burruss; and Disturbing Tha Peace Records COO & Director of Marketing Aiyisha Obafemi. The evening will be moderated by V103 Radio Personality & HGTV Host Egypt Sherrod.

Malibu Red and New Nasty are sponsoring the event.

About ASCAP
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a professional membership organization of songwriters, composers and music publishers of every kind of music. ASCAP’s mission is to license and promote the music of its members and foreign affiliates, obtain fair compensation for the public performance of their works and to distribute the royalties that it collects based upon those performances. ASCAP members write the world’s best-loved music and ASCAP has pioneered the efficient licensing of that music to hundreds of thousands of enterprises who use it to add value to their business – from bars, restaurants and retail, to radio, TV and cable, to Internet, mobile services and more. The ASCAP license offers an efficient solution for businesses to legally perform ASCAP music while respecting the right of songwriters and composers to be paid fairly. With over 470,000 members representing more than 8.5 million copyrighted works, ASCAP is the worldwide leader in performance royalties, service and advocacy for songwriters and composers, and the only American performing rights organization (PRO) owned and governed by its writer and publisher members. www.ascap.com 

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