Chris DeStefano, J.T. Harding, Brett James and Cassadee Pope Headline The Bluebird Cafe on Tuesday, January 14 for 2nd Annual ASCAP Experience in the Round

January 8, 2020

NASHVILLE, Jan. 8, 2020 -- On January 14, Grammy and ASCAP Award winner Chris DeStefano, chart-topping songwriter J.T. Harding, two-time ASCAP Country Music Songwriter of the Year Brett James and Grammy-nominated, platinum-certified singer-songwriter Cassadee Pope headline The Bluebird Cafe for the second annual Nashville ASCAP Experience "In the Round" concert, previewing the conference (April 1-3 in Los Angeles) for the Nashville community.

At The Bluebird Cafe, DeStefano, Harding, James and Pope will share music and stories from their participation in past ASCAP Experience (formerly ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO) conferences in conversation with host Mike Sistad, ASCAP Vice President of Membership. The inaugural Experience “In the Round” event featured Pope, Ashley Gorley, Matt Jenkins and Jon Nite.

"I love being at the ASCAP Experience,” said DeStefano. “It is the only event that shows aspiring songwriters what they need to do to succeed. Even where I am in my career, it’s inspiring just to be in a room with so many musically creative people of all kinds."

DeStefano has written #1 hits for Carrie Underwood, Billy Currington, Brett Eldredge, Luke Bryan, Rascal Flatts, Jason Aldean and more. Harding’s hits include the 3 million-selling “Smile” with Uncle Kracker, Dierks Bentley’s “Different for Girls” and superstar Blake Shelton’s #1 song “Sangria.” James has written for Carrie Underwood (“Jesus, Take the Wheel,” “Cowboy Casanova”) in addition to 25 #1 hits for Martina McBride, Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean and more. Pope, season 3 winner of The Voice, recently released her highly-anticipated second solo album Stages featuring hit singles “Take You Home,” “One More Red Light,” and “If My Heart Had a Heart.”

This year's ASCAP Experience takes place April 1-3, 2020 in downtown Los Angeles at the InterContinental Hotel. Previous keynote speakers and panelists include Chris Stapleton, Lee Ann Womack, Ashley Gorley, Billie Eilish and FINNEAS, Stevie Wonder, Quincy Jones, Justin Timberlake, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Katy Perry, Meghan Trainor and Tom Petty.

Entering its 15th year, ASCAP Experience is the largest conference of its kind in North America, attracting thousands of music creators for three days of panels, workshops, master classes, keynotes and one-on-one sessions with the industry’s top hitmakers. It is the only music conference completely dedicated to music creation and what it takes to be a professional music creator today. ASCAP Experience panelists participate because they want to give back to the next generation, and the feeling of community and giving back is authentic, infectious and inspirational. Many who come to the Experience walk away saying that it is a life-changing event.

For tickets and more information about the 15th annual ASCAP Experience visit: And, in celebration of Nashville’s creator community, the promo code “BLUEBIRD” can be used for 10% off non-member pricing through January 22:

For tickets and more information about the Bluebird in-the-round event visit: The Bluebird Cafe is located at 4104 Hillsboro Pike in Nashville, Tenn.

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, on Twitter and Instagram @ASCAP and on Facebook.

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