April 03, 2014

Dr. Luke, Jermaine Dupri, Amy Grant & Gustavo Santaolalla Among Panelists at 9th Annual ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO

Three-Day Conference Will Run April 24-26, 2014

New York, NY/Los Angeles, CA, April 3, 2014: The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) has announced the initial lineup of panelists and programming for the 9th annual ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO, taking place April 24th-26th, 2014 at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles, CA.

In addition to signature keynote interviews, master classes, hitmaker panels and top-notch performances, ASCAP will once again 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. The EXPO will also provide attendees with several opportunities to get their music heard – and receive honest feedback and advice – through a variety of panels and showcases.

The ASCAP EXPO programming will include:

Keynotes and Conversations

  • Dr. Luke and Prescription Songs
  • "We Create Music:" Gustavo Santaolalla & Paul Williams in Conversation

Master Sessions

  • Still So So Def: Master Session with Jermaine Dupri, Powered by Revolt TV
  • Parrots and Dragons and Bourne - Oh My! Master Session with John Powell
  • Heart in Motion: Master Session with Amy Grant
  • Diversify or Die: Master Session with John Beasley
  • You Got the Job...Now What? Master Session with Bear McCreary
  • Radiant Voices: Master Session with Morten Lauridsen

Creative Panels

  • Rocking the Screen: Artists Composing for Film & TV (Presented by Variety)
  • The Alchemists: How Hit Producers Turn Music Into Gold
  • From Billboard to Broadway: Hit Songwriters in Musical Theatre
  • Soundtracking Hell: The Music of Diablo
  • Murphy's Laws of Songwriting

Interactive Panels

  • Desmond Child: Brought In for Questioning
  • Live Multi-Genre Song Feedback Panel with Darrell Brown - Two Parts (Presented by The Recording Academy)

Diverse Topics

  • Women Behind the Music
  • Where No Music Supervisor Has Gone Before (Presented by the Guild of Music Supervisors)
  • The Gospel Truth
  • A View from the Top: Today's Music Business, Tomorrow's Opportunities
  • How to Prepare for Your Big Break
  • Making the Most of Your ASCAP Membership
  • Road Dogs: Touring in the New Media Age
  • Break Through and Build Your Career Online (Presented by the Creative Industries Division, State of Hawaii DBEDT and the Creative Lab at the Hawaii International Film Festival)
  • Europe: Is The Phoenix Rising?

Business, Legal and Legislative Discussions

  • Congressional Review of the Copyright Act: An Opportunity to Secure Equitable Treatment for Songwriters and Composers
  • Nuts & Bolts of the Music Business with Don Passman, Esq.
  • The Social Economy of Music: Distribution and Monetization (Presented by AdRev and CD Baby)
  • Getting Creative: How Publishers and Writers Work Together
  • Selling Your Musical Babies: What to Know Before You Sign a Publishing Deal (Presented by Lommen Abdo)
  • Website Demolition Derby (Presented by Bandzoogle)
  • Building Your Team


  • The Writers Jam with Julie Frost, Shane McAnally and Crystal Nicole
  • "I Create Music" Center Stage with Amy Grant and Richie Sambora
  • ASCAP EXPO iStandard Producer and Rapper Showcase
  • ASCAP EXPO Attendee Showcase


  • West Coast premiere of Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon, Mike Myers' directorial debut
  • Music Feedback sessions for pop/rock, country, film/TV scoring and R&B/hip-hop
  • Dozens of sponsor sessions consisting of workshops and product demos
  • One-on-One and Lunch Roundtable mentor Sessions
  • Music equipment, resources and technology exhibits
  • Networking opportunities
  • And much more!

Note: There are still some exciting panelists/sessions to be added! Stay tuned for more announcements.

The ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO is the premier conference for songwriters, composers and producers. The three-day event covers all genres of music and includes panels, workshops, master classes, keynotes, One-on-One sessions, song critiquing, networking events, round-table workshops, product displays, state-of-the-art technology demonstrations, performances and more. All music creators, producers, publishers and executives – not just ASCAP members – 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.

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 700,000 members representing more than 11.5 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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Press Contacts:
Bobbi Marcus
Bobbi Marcus PR & Events, Inc.
(310) 889-9200

Tim Hayes
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