July 14, 2015

ASCAP Announces 11th Annual ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO: April 28 - 30, 2016 at Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles

General Annual Membership Meeting Scheduled for April 28

EXPO 2016

NEW YORK, July 14, 2015: The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), the world leader in performing rights and advocacy for music creators, announced today that its 11th annual ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO will take place April 28th – 30th, 2016 at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles. The conference will kick off with ASCAP’s General Annual Membership Meeting, free and open to all ASCAP members, on April 28th. 

ASCAP’s “I Create Music” EXPO is the premier conference for songwriters, composers, artists and producers in all genres of music. It features creative and business-focused panels, workshops, master classes, keynotes, one-on-one sessions, networking events, state-of-the-art technology demonstrations and performances. All music creators and industry personnel can benefit from this one-of-a-kind event, designed around education and networking. The ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO is open to all, and registration begins on October 30th.

One of the biggest sessions at this year’s ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO was an interview with the legendary Bill Withers conducted by hit songwriter Aloe Blacc. The conversation was packed with wise and witty responses from Withers on a host of subjects, including songwriting (“The hardest thing to do is to be profound and simple”), a music career (“Don't confuse music with the music business") and more. "Interviewing Bill Withers at ASCAP EXPO 2015 was a career highlight,” said Blacc. “I first saw him at my first ASCAP EXPO in 2010, which was a great experience. At EXPO, I learned valuable information from panel discussions with industry professionals, and made some good connections networking with musicians from all over the country."

Other high points of the 2015 EXPO included intimate Master Sessions and performances from top music creators including Richard Marx, Ingrid Michaelson, Mike Reid, Claudia Brant and Da Internz. Darrell Brown (songwriter-producer for Keith Urban, Bon Jovi, Faith Hill and LeAnn Rimes) held multiple Live Multi-Genre Song Feedback sessions, and Savan Kotecha, mastermind of some of today’s biggest songs from Maroon 5, One Direction, Britney Spears and more, played his original vocal demos from hits like Ariana Grande’s “Problem.” ASCAP President and songwriter Paul Williams moderated a discussion on current legislative issues for songwriters with Blacc and Congressmen Doug Collins (R-GA) and Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), both co-sponsors of the Songwriter Equity Act. Anyone can purchase access to a video stream of all 60 hours of the 2015 ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO for just $99 at ascap.com/expovideo.

Since 2005, the ASCAP EXPO has brought together music’s biggest talents and most successful industry players. Past keynote speakers include Justin Timberlake, Tom Petty, John Mayer, Quincy Jones, Ludacris, Carly Simon, Sara Bareilles, Randy Newman, Jackson Browne, Steve Miller, Ann and Nancy Wilson (Heart), Diplo, Big Sean, Ne-Yo, Stargate, Bill Withers, Aloe Blacc, Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, Lindsey Buckingham, and Jeff Lynne.

Previous master sessions, performances and panels have featured an impressive list of music creators: Jermaine Dupri, Fergie, Jared Leto, Wyclef Jean, Rufus Wainwright, John Rzeznik, Seth MacFarlane, Jason Mraz, Don Was, Judy Collins, Chaka Khan, Peter Frampton, Natasha Bedingfield, Marcus Miller, Desmond Child, Rodney Crowell, Dr. Luke, James Newton Howard, Steve Lillywhite, Paul Williams, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, John Rich, Stephen Schwartz, Nico Muhly, Jill Scott, Ricky Skaggs, James Levine, Jimmy Webb, Mike Posner, and more.

Media interested in covering the 2016 ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO should contact Bobbi Marcus PR at ascapexpo@bobbimarcuspr.com.

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 680,000 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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