Superstar Songwriter Greg Kurstin to Kick Off 2021 ASCAP Experience in Conversation with Dave Grohl; ASCAP Chairman & President Paul Williams and Beck to Present Kurstin with ASCAP Golden Note Award

May 6, 2021

ASCAP’s Signature Event Returns to Virtual Stage on a Twice-Monthly Basis


NEW YORK, May 6, 2021 -- Greg Kurstin, one of today’s foremost hitmakers, will open the 2021 ASCAP Experience on Wednesday, May 12 at 3:00 p.m. ET/ 12 p.m. PT in a virtual conversation with friend and collaborator Dave Grohl about songwriting, inspiration, how he got his “big break” and more.


The conversation will follow the presentation of the ASCAP Golden Note Award to Kurstin by Beck (Kurstin produced and co-wrote 2017’s Colors) and ASCAP Chairman of the Board and President Paul Williams, with video congratulations to Kurstin from P!nk, Sia, Stevie Nicks, Halsey, Nick Jonas, Maren Morris, Maggie Rogers, Greta Van Fleet, Mozella, Inara George and Sony Music Publishing CEO Jon Platt. The ASCAP Golden Note Award is given to songwriters, composers and artists who have achieved extraordinary career milestones. Previous recipients include Blondie, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Trent Reznor, Alicia Keys, Tom Petty and more.


Greg Kurstin is a superstar songwriter and producer who has won eight Grammy awards (including back-to-back Producer of the Year honors) and produced or written many of the biggest pop and rock songs of the last two decades. Releases he has worked on have sold more than 85 million copies worldwide. Some of Kurstin’s credits include: Adele’s "Hello” and “Water Under the Bridge;” Sia’s "Cheap Thrills" and “Chandelier;” Kelly Clarkson’s "Stronger;" P!nk’s “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)” and “Try;” and Halsey’s “You Should Be Sad.” Other collaborators run the gamut from Paul McCartney and Tegan and Sara to Kendrick Lamar. In addition to his writing/producing credits, Kurstin is also an accomplished multi-instrumentalist who plays guitar, bass, keyboards and drums on many of the tracks he produces. Kurstin’s relationship with Grohl was forged when he was tapped to produce Foo Fighters’ albums Concrete and Gold (2017); he also produced their latest chart-topping album Medicine at Midnight (2021).


After the May 12 kickoff, the 2021 ASCAP Experience, ASCAP’s signature event created to inspire, educate and connect aspiring songwriters and composers everywhere, will continue twice a month on Wednesdays through the end of 2021. Songwriters, composers and music business professionals can join the ASCAP Experience community for access to singular conversations with A-list songwriters and producers from pop, hip-hop, R&B, country and across the musical spectrum, plus panels with top industry executives, song feedback, networking opportunities and more.


Sessions will include “Roadmap to a Release,” “Deconstruction of a Song” and “What They Don’t Teach You in Music School.” Other ASCAP Sound Advice sessions will offer practical tips for songwriters and composers on topics such as “Sync 101,” wellness and how to be at your creative best, finding your voice as a non-binary music creator and emerging trends in film and TV composing. Sponsored sessions will introduce new tools and software for music creators. 


The virtual sessions are free to attend and will take place on a variety of platforms, including YouTube, Instagram and on the ASCAP Experience website.


The 2021 ASCAP Experience follows the success of last year's first-ever virtual version of the event, which reached 10,000 registrants from 120 countries and included over 38 panels, featuring the likes of Finneas O’Connell, Hans Zimmer, T.I., Brandy Clark, Priscilla Renea, mxmtoon, Shaggy, Claudia Brant, Rep. Adam Schiff and more.


To join the 2021 ASCAP Experience Community for the Greg Kurstin and Dave Grohl conversation on May 12 and other upcoming events, participants can RSVP at Additional programming will be announced in the coming weeks for the following dates:


●      May 26

●      June 16

●      June 30

●      July 14

●      July 28

●      August 11

●      August 25

●      September 15

●      September 29

●      October 6

●      October 20

●      November 3

●      November 17

●      December 1

●      December 15


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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Mark Satlof
Hannah Schwartz