Questlove Keynote Added to ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO Lineup; Plus "This Is Us" Composer Sidd Khosla, Tokimonsta, Priscilla Renea, Stephen Bishop

April 12, 2019

North America’s Largest Conference for Music Creators Returns to Los Angeles May 2-4, 2019


NEW YORK, April 12, 2019 -- Questlove has been added to the 2019 ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO lineup for a keynote conversation with Oscar-winning songwriter and ASCAP Chairman of the Board and President Paul Williams. The drummer, DJ, producer, author (most recently of his newest book, NYTimes best-selling and Grammy-nominated Creative Quest) and member of The Roots will also be recognized with the ASCAP Creative Voice Award.  The special honor is presented to members whose significant career achievements are equally informed by their creative spirit and by their contributions to the role that a creator can play in the community.

Additional panelists added to ASCAP EXPO include "This Is Us" composer Sidd Khosla, electronic producers TOKiMONSTA, acclaimed songwriter Priscilla Renea (“Timber,” “California King Bed”) and Oscar- and Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Stephen Bishop (“On and On,” “Save It For a Rainy Day”).

In a master class, Emmy-winning composer Bear McCreary will offer feedback to EXPO attendees on their original scores, set to scenes from his illustrious filmography. "The Rise of Emo Rap" panel will look into how the SoundCloud era's top innovators are finding mainstream success by pushing genre boundaries, with Emo Nite LA's Morgan Freed, producer Charlie Shuffler, and artists Lil Aaron and Kreayshawn. "Nashville Goes Global" will explore Music City's embrace of international sounds and trends with Ashley Gorley, Tommee Profitt, Chris Farren, Steven Battey and Dave Kuncio. The popular "Publishing 101" panel returns to EXPO, hosted by a roster of experienced industry execs including Sue Drew (Kobalt), Jake Fain (Sony), Luke McGrellis (UMPG) and Monti Olson (BMG).

These new additions join previously-announced panelists Wyclef Jean, Lee Ann Womack, "Shallow" co-writer Anthony Rossomando, Matthew Koma, Troye Sivan-collaborator Leland, "Monopoly" co-writer Victoria Monet, Songwriters Hall of Fame member Desmond Child, Sondre Lerche and more.

The ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO will take place May 2 - 4, 2019 at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles. It is the only music conference completely dedicated to music creation and what it takes to be a professional music creator today, attracting over 3,000 music creators for three days of panels, workshops, master classes, keynotes and one-on-one sessions with the industry’s top hitmakers. ASCAP EXPO panelists participate because they want to give back to the next generation, and the feeling of community is authentic, infectious and inspirational. Many who come to the EXPO walk away saying that it is a life-changing experience. ASCAP EXPO will be making more panelist additions in the coming weeks.

Registrants for ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO can save up to $80 if they sign up before April 18 at


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 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. Learn more and stay in touch at, on Twitter and Instagram @ASCAP and on Facebook.

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Max Lefkowitz
Shore Fire Media

Mark Satlof
Shore Fire Media