Songwriting/Production Duo Nova Wav, Music Manager Malita Rice and Universal Music Publishing Group's Ari Gelaw to be Honored at ASCAP's Virtual Women Behind the Music, Wednesday, October 28 – Friday, October 30

October 26, 2020

Annual Event Presented by ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Department Honors Female Leaders in Entertainment


NEW YORK, October 26, 2020 – Today, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) announced that its annual ASCAP Women Behind the Music event, traditionally held in Los Angeles, will take place virtually Wednesday, October 28 – Friday, October 30, 2020.  Recognized as influential figures paving the way for women in music, the 2020 ASCAP WBTM honorees include songwriting/production duo Nova Wav, music manager Malita Rice and Universal Music Publishing Group A&R Manager Ari Gelaw.


Beginning October 28 on @ASCAPUrban on Instagram, ASCAP will release “confessional-style” video interviews with each honoree sharing personal insights on their careers and the music industry. Additionally, an #ASCAPRealSounds playlist, curated to reflect the honorees, will be available on October 28. The event will conclude on October 30 with an @ASCAPUrban Instagram Live DJ set from special guest DJ C. DeVone to honor the women.


Presented every year by the ASCAP Rhythm & Soul department, ASCAP Women Behind the Music recognizes and encourages women in the music community. The celebration not only honors songwriters and artists but also female executives across the industry including managers, attorneys, label executives and music publishers.


Nova Wav is an American Grammy Award–winning producing and songwriting duo, composed of Denisia “Blu June” Andrews and Brittany “Chi” Coney. Over the course of their career, Nova Wav have written and produced tracks and albums for artists including Beyoncé, Rihanna, DJ Khaled, Ariana Grande, Jay-Z, Saweetie, Nicki Minaj, Teyana Taylor, Kehlani and more. Signed to Warner Chappell Music by Ryan Press and Jon Platt, the duo was named one of Billboard’s 2018 R&B/Hip-Hop 100 Power Players and listed on Revolt's Top 9 producers of 2019.


Malita Rice is an entertainment entrepreneur with a background in talent management, content production and brand development. She is the Founder of Mogul Mentality, an entertainment management and marketing firm. Originally from Baltimore, Rice is a key figure in hip-hop and R&B music and is recognized globally as an accomplished, high-energy entertainment maven with 8+ years of industry experience. In 2019, she worked as a consultant for Interscope Records, serving as lead A&R for hit artist 5AM. Her current client roster includes hitmaking producers OG Parker, Yung Lan, Romano, Nonstop da Hitman, $k, Xeryus and more. In addition to Interscope, she's also worked with Quality Control, Sony, RCA, Warner Music Group and Universal. Rice is a member of the esteemed Recording Academy (Atlanta) and is a results-driven manager lauded by both clients and colleagues for her unparalleled tenacity, drive and vision.


Ari Gelaw is currently an A&R manager at Universal Music Publishing. She notably signed mega rap star DaBaby to a publishing deal—his record “ROCKSTAR” is steadily charting as one of the biggest songs in the US right now. Gelaw has also inked deals for platinum producers Earl on the Beat (City Girls’ “Act Up”) and Speaker Bangerz (Rod Wave’s “Heart on Ice”). Gelaw is a firm believer in paving the way for future creatives.


Previous ASCAP Women Behind the Music honorees include: artist-songwriter Victoria Monét,Roc Nation Co-President Shari Byrant, Capitol Records Vice President of Artist Relations Britney Davis, hip-hop legends Salt-N-Pepa, musician-singer Sheila E., Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Jazmine Sullivan, songwriter-artist Priscilla Renea, actress and Sister Circle co-host Rashan Ali, singer-songwriter Sevyn Streeter, prominent music executive and author Shanti Das, The (André “3000”) Benjamin Company EVP New Business Development  Eufaula Garrett, Roc Nation VP Publishing Dominique Dunn, singer-songwriter K. MichelleBillboard Senior Editor Gail Mitchell, Motown Records’ Vice President of Creative Relations Myisha Brooks, General Manager of Tree Sound Studios Mali Hunter and CEO of Mizay Entertainment Debra Antney.


ASCAP’s Women Behind the Music interviews `can be viewed on @ASCAP and @ASCAPUrban on Instagram and YouTube.


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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