4 Ways to Get Your Songs Heard by Today's Hit Songwriters at the 2018 ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO

April 2, 2018

The United States' Largest Conference for Music Creators Returns to Los Angeles May 7-9

NEW YORK, April 2, 2018 -- In addition to panel discussions with today's top hitmakers — Meghan Trainor, St. Vincent, JoJo and Jason Mraz among them — the 2018 ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO gives attendees multiple chances to have their original songs heard by leaders from across the music industry. By giving up-and-comers the opportunity to get feedback from the minds behind today’s biggest hits, ASCAP EXPO breaks down the barrier between the EXPO stage and audience, forging invaluable relationships among music creators at all levels of their careers.

Here are four ways that EXPO attendees can get their songs in front of panelists whose own music has been heard by millions:

“EXPO Factor” Attendee Showcase: Monday, May 7 - ASCAP EXPO's ultimate new artist showcase is back for a second year, moving up in venue size and featuring a wider field of competition. A star-studded panel of judges will select their favorites until one winner remains. The "EXPO Factor" champion will receive a grand prize valued at $5,000 from RSPE Audio Solutions and will receive a 1:1 session with YouTube on developing a YouTube channel. Sign-up here (April 22 deadline): https://www.ascap.com/news-events/Events/2018/EXPO/expo-factor

Genre Feedback Sessions - Featuring specific mentors for R&B/ Hip-Hop, Pop/Rock/Country as well as Grammy-winning songwriter Darrell Brown’s renowned all-day “multi-genre feedback sessions,” these opportunities give music creators the chance to take a deep dive into their original music with one or more of their genre's brightest minds. This level of intimate guidance from a top songwriter or producer is truly an unparalleled experience. Sign-up here (April 15 deadline): https://www.ascap.com/news-events/Events/2018/EXPO/feedback-form

[iStandard] Producer & Rapper Showcase: Tuesday, May 8 - Celebrating its tenth anniversary, the [iStandard] Producer & Rapper Showcase will feature ten “I Create Music” EXPO attendees (eight producers and two rappers) performing their best beats and bars for a selection of hip-hop’s most influential figures in front of a live audience. Sign-up here: https://www.istandardproducers.com/events/ascap-istandard-producer-rapper-showcase/

The Women’s International Music Network’s "She Rocks" Showcase: Tuesday, May 8 - is another great opportunity to check out performances from an eclectic array of EXPO attendees. Celebrating its fifth anniversary, the “She Rocks” Showcase will feature EXPO’s finest undiscovered talent alongside a performance from hit songwriter and powerhouse vocalist Priscilla Renea. Renea will perform songs from her upcoming album, telling her own story with the poetic prowess and unstoppable knack for melody that has brought hits to life for Rihanna, Mary J. Blige, Pitbull, Fifth Harmony and many others.

Now in its 13th year, the ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO is the largest conference of its kind in the United States. In addition to showcases and feedback sessions, the 2018 “I Create Music” EXPO will include nearly 200 panelists from across the music business covering dozens of compelling topics, from a keynote conversation with pop superstar Meghan Trainor, to a look at what a manager does and how to get one, to an update on current legislation affecting songwriters and more.

To register for all this and more at the 2018 "I Create Music" EXPO, taking place at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles from Monday, May 7 through Wednesday, May 9, please visit: www.ascap.com/exporegister

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 more than 825,000 members representing more than 16 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. Learn more and stay in touch at www.ascap.com, on Twitter and Instagram @ASCAP and on Facebook.

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Max Lefkowitz
Shore Fire Media

Mark Satlof
Shore Fire Media