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Wednesday, April 27
 

6:00pm

8:00pm

Pre-EXPO Attendee Meetup
Come meet your fellow ASCAP EXPO attendees at this casual networking event the night before the ASCAP EXPO begins. Before 9pm, you can pick up your EXPO badge at the registration desk on the 2nd Floor (Mezzanine Level) of the Loews Hollywood Hotel.

Wednesday April 27, 2016 8:00pm - 11:55pm
Lobby Bar 1st Floor
 
Thursday, April 28
 

8:00am

The ASCAP Room
Learn about ASCAP Member Access and speak to an ASCAP Writer & Publisher Services representative about your membership. This is also where you can pick up your registration bag and enter to win prizes from our sponsors during the EXPO.


Thursday April 28, 2016 8:00am - 5:30pm
Elysian Park 3rd Floor

8:00am

9:30am

9:30am

ASCAP EXPO Creator Tent Open
Join us on the Dolby Ballroom Terrace in the ASCAP EXPO Creator Tent to connect with fellow music creators, recharge your mobile device, sign the Why I Create Music wall, take pictures at the #ASCAPEXPO photo booth or find a new collaborator! You can share your photo booth picture on your own social media.

All photos will be available online at bit.ly/16ascappics as well as on the ASCAP EXPO Facebook page, tag yourself!

Thursday April 28, 2016 9:30am - 8:00pm
ASCAP EXPO Creator Tent Dolby Ballroom Terrace (5th Floor)

9:45am

ASCAP Annual Membership Meeting and ASCAP EXPO Kickoff
ASCAP is home to today’s leading professional songwriters, composers and music publishers. Why? Because ASCAP offers music creators more than just the most innovative and efficient performing rights tracking and royalty distribution on the planet. We offer the strongest advocacy for music rights, a community that provides education, support and guidance to members throughout their careers, and a collective licensing model that delivers the greatest value to both businesses and music lovers around the world. At this opening session ASCAP’s President Paul Williams, CEO Beth Matthews and EVP of Membership John Titta will be joined by some very special guests in showing how “Our ASCAP” is blazing a path to a stronger future for music.

Panelists
avatar for OMI

OMI

"Cheerleader," "Hula Hoop," Me 4 U, Songwriter, Artist
Songwriter, Artist - "Cheerleader," "Hula Hoop," Me 4 U | | Insightful Jamaican artist Omi (Omar Samuel Pasley) is bringing his breakthrough story to the U.S., with the compelling sheen of “Cheerleader,” leading the way. The smash dance song has notched more than 90 million Spotify streams, topping iTunes in 14 territories, including Germany, Australia, Sweden and others (Top 10 in nearly 30 other markets). Released in 2012, a... Read More →
avatar for Chris DeStefano

Chris DeStefano

"Something in the Water," "That's My Kind of Night," "Good Girl," "Don't Ya", Songwriter, Producer
Songwriter, Producer - "Something in the Water," "That's My Kind of Night," "Good Girl," "Don't Ya" Chris DeStefano is a Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter, record producer and multi-instrumentalist, raised in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey and currently residing in Nashville, TN. As a songwriter, he has earned multiple #1 songs with artists including Carrie Underwood (“Good Girl,” "Little Toy Guns," “Smoke Break”), Billy Currington... Read More →
avatar for Melissa Etheridge

Melissa Etheridge

"I'm the Only One," "Come to My Window," "Bring Me Some Water," “I Need to Wake Up” (from An Inconvenient Truth), Songwriter, Artist
Songwriter, Artist - "I'm the Only One," "Come to My Window," "Bring Me Some Water," “I Need to Wake Up” (from An Inconvenient Truth) Melissa Etheridge stormed onto the American rock scene in 1988 with the release of her critically acclaimed self-titled debut album, which led to an appearance on the 1989 Grammy Awards show. For several years, her popularity grew around such memorable originals as "Bring Me Some Water," "No Souvenirs... Read More →
avatar for Brett James

Brett James

"Something in the Water," "Jesus, Take the Wheel," "When the Sun Goes Down," "The Truth", Songwriter, Producer
Songwriter, Producer - "Something in the Water," "Jesus, Take the Wheel," "When the Sun Goes Down," "The Truth" | | From Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood, Jason Aldean, Taylor Swift, Keith Urban and Rascal Flatts . . . to Bon Jovi, Backstreet Boys, Will I Am, Daughtry, Kelly Clarkson, and Leona Lewis, Brett James has had more than 350 of his songs recorded by some of the biggest artists in the world. His songs have appeared on albums with... Read More →
avatar for Beth Matthews

Beth Matthews

CEO, ASCAP
CEO - ASCAP | Elizabeth Matthews is Chief Executive Officer of ASCAP, the American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers (ASCAP), a membership association of more than 565,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers of every kind of music. Beth joined ASCAP in 2013 as Executive Vice President and General Counsel, overseeing the ASCAP Business & Legal Affairs department. In that role, she oversaw business... Read More →
avatar for Priscilla Renea

Priscilla Renea

"Timber," "Worth It," "Somethin' Bad," "California King Bed", Songwriter, Artist
Songwriter, Artist - "Timber," "Worth It," "Somethin' Bad," "California King Bed" For the past eight years, artist and songwriter Priscilla Renea has carefully journeyed across every genre of music and touched people from various walks of life with her infectious melodies and real life lyrics. With a discography that reveals an overall love for great music no matter who the artist or the audience, there is no doubt that Priscilla will continue... Read More →
avatar for John Titta

John Titta

EVP, Membership, ASCAP
EVP, Membership - ASCAP
avatar for Paul Williams

Paul Williams

“Evergreen,” “Rainy Days and Mondays,” “We’ve Only Just Begun,” “The Rainbow Connection", Songwriter, Actor, Author / President & Chairman – ASCAP
Songwriter, Actor – “Evergreen,” “Rainy Days and Mondays,” “We’ve Only Just Begun,” “The Rainbow Connection" | President & Chairman of the Board – ASCAP Paul Williams is one of the most beloved and respected music creators in the world today. A lyricist and composer who has won an Oscar Award, three Grammy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, an Ivor Novello International Award, and... Read More →


Thursday April 28, 2016 9:45am - 10:45am
Dolby Ballroom 5th Floor

10:45am

ASCAP EXPO Boutique
Get some official ASCAP merch to show your ASCAP pride after the EXPO is over! You can also pick up a book written by one of our EXPO panelists.

Thursday April 28, 2016 10:45am - 5:30pm
2nd Floor (Mezzanine) 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)

10:55am

ASCAP Advocacy: Make Your Voice Heard!
As copyright reform moves forward, we need to make sure that our elected officials hear the voice of the music creator loud and clear. By actively engaging with Congress, we increase the likelihood that our outdated music licensing system will be fixed in the years to come. Stop by our advocacy booth to participate in our ongoing political efforts and sign up for future updates. Find out about the ASCAP Legislative Fund for the Arts (bit.ly/ASCAP-PAC), our political action committee (PAC), and how it helps to further our work in Washington.

You can also get your free ASCAP EXPO pins to display on your badge lanyard to show everyone what type of music creator you are. Stop by and visit us near on the 2nd floor (Mezzanine) near the Registration Desk.


Thursday April 28, 2016 10:55am - 11:25am
2nd Floor (Mezzanine) 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)

10:55am

ASCAP EXPO Creator Tent: Connect and Recharge
Join us on the Dolby Ballroom Terrace in the ASCAP EXPO Creator Tent to connect with fellow music creators, recharge your mobile device, sign the Why I Create Music wall, take pictures at the #ASCAPEXPO photo booth or find a new collaborator! You can share your photo booth picture on your own social media.

All photos will be available online at bit.ly/16ascappics as well as on the ASCAP EXPO Facebook page, tag yourself!

Thursday April 28, 2016 10:55am - 11:25am
ASCAP EXPO Creator Tent Dolby Ballroom Terrace (5th Floor)

10:55am

Berklee Online: End Writer’s Block with 20 Tools to Unite Artistry with Commercial Viability
Anyone striving to write better songs faces familiar challenges. Inspiration only goes so far, and though tools for the craft are abundant in books and master classes, understanding how and when to apply that knowledge can be overwhelming. In this workshop, songwriter Andrea Stolpe will summarize the dominant tools that supersede genre, broken down into lyric, melodic and harmonic tendencies.


Thursday April 28, 2016 10:55am - 11:25am
Runyon 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)

10:55am

10:55am

Kaotica Lounge: Laz-e Session
Creating your ideal recording space is as easy as placing the Kaotica Eyeball over your favorite microphone. We’ve got you acoustically treated right out of the box. Come join us at our lounge to kick back, relax, check out the Eyeball and enjoy some delicious, natural Hint water.


Thursday April 28, 2016 10:55am - 11:25am
Laurel 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)

10:55am

Sam Ash Presents Apogee: Learn To Make Studio Quality Recordings On Your iPad & Mac

Join Cody Cloe from Apogee as he walks through a common musician's workflow, while introducing simple steps that will dramatically improve the quality of your recordings. It all begins with a random idea that we’ve all quickly recorded in voice memos, and ends with the final mix on the Mac.



Thursday April 28, 2016 10:55am - 11:25am
Solano 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)

10:55am

Sennheiser: Capturing and Delivering the Sound You Want
The audio quality of today’s home studio can rival that of a professional studio. Usually, the biggest difference is the quality of the microphones being used. What is the perfect mic for your home studio? Well, that depends on a number of factors. Join Brian Walker, Applications Engineer from Sennheiser | Neumann as he discusses the difference between dynamic and condenser microphones, shares tips and tricks on microphone technique and then takes you through the process of picking the right mic for your voice.  


Thursday April 28, 2016 10:55am - 11:25am
Nichols 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)

10:55am

SoundExchange: Your Recording = Your Royalties

SoundExchange's Wade Metzler will explain what it is, why it pays and how to get your share. Registering (free!) with SoundExchange can earn you royalties on satellite radio, Internet radio, cable TV music channels and other services that stream sound recordings. Becoming a member allows you to further maximize your royalties for streams around the world. SoundExchange is a non-profit, and an important source of revenue for all artists (big and small) and labels (indie and major): they've distributed over $3.5 billion to artists and labels so far. But thousands of artists and labels don't know they need to register, and millions in royalties haven't yet been claimed. Interactive and question-driven, this workshop will also cover need-to-know info on copyright, licensing, metadata and legislation that will affect your career.


Panelists
avatar for Wade Metzler

Wade Metzler

Director, Artist & Industry Relations, SoundExchange
Director, Artist & Industry Relations - SoundExchange As Director of Industry Relations for SoundExchange, Wade Metzler oversees the company’s Artist & Industry Relations efforts on the West Coast. Wade possess over 20 years of creative and business development experience in many facets of the Music and Entertainment Industry, ranging from major music publishers, independent record labels, performance royalties and... Read More →



Thursday April 28, 2016 10:55am - 11:25am
Los Feliz 3rd Floor

11:30am

From the Other Side: Master Session with Greg Kurstin
Songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist Greg Kurstin has helped craft some of the biggest hits and most beloved songs of our time. His work with Adele, Kelly Clarkson, P!nk, Katy Perry, Ellie Goulding, Beck, Sia and many more artists has set the gold standard for modern pop rock songwriting and production. In this session, Kurstin will answer questions about what skills you need if you want to rise up the charts, how he collaborates with a wide range of artists, and his techniques for achieving creative success in the studio.

Moderators
avatar for Ed Reyes

Ed Reyes

Associate Director, Pop/Rock, Membership, ASCAP
Associate Director, Pop/Rock, Membership - ASCAP

Panelists
avatar for Greg Kurstin

Greg Kurstin

"Hello," “Chandelier,” “Burn,” “What Doesn’t Kill You (Stronger)”, Songwriter, Producer
Songwriter, Producer -  "Hello," “Chandelier,”  “Burn,” “What Doesn’t Kill You (Stronger)” Greg Kurstin is a songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist who has had his hand in many hits over the last decade, including Adele's "Hello," Kelly Clarkson’s “What Doesn’t Kill You (Stronger),” P!nk’s “Blow Me (One Last Kiss),” Ellie... Read More →


Thursday April 28, 2016 11:30am - 12:45pm
Dolby Ballroom 5th Floor

11:30am

iWrite: Master Session with Warryn & Erica Campbell
The Grammy Award-winning producer-songwriter-musician couple will provide you with tools and tips on how to be an effective songwriter, and navigate the ever-changing landscape of the music industry. It will be an interactive session with the Campbells. They will answer your questions in real time and candidly discuss their successes and failures. Come ready to learn, share and take away some great information that you can instantly apply to your journey, regardless of your experience level.

Panelists
avatar for Erica Campbell

Erica Campbell

"I Luh God," "A Little More Jesus," "Go Get It," "God in Me", Songwriter, Artist
Songwriter, Artist - "I Luh God," "A Little More Jesus," "Go Get It," "God in Me" Erica Campbell has released 2 solo albums as well as 7 albums with her sister as part of the dynamic duo Mary Mary. Campbell has received numerous awards and accolades. Most recently her album Help won a 2015 Grammy Award for Best Gospel Album as well as 8 Stellar Awards. She is currently on her solo tour, Erica Campbell & Friends... Read More →
avatar for Warryn Campbell

Warryn Campbell

"I Luh God," "A Little More Jesus," "Go Get It," "God in Me", Producer, Songwriter, Record Executive
Producer, Songwriter - "I Luh God," "A Little More Jesus," "Go Get It," "God in Me" | | Campbell is a music visionary, executive and leading producer of R&B, gospel and hip-hop music. Campbell's mastery to create chart-topping hits across a multitude of genres has made him critically acclaimed as one of the most prolific record producers of our time. Campbell's GRAMMY award-winning body of work includes projects with global icons... Read More →


Thursday April 28, 2016 11:30am - 12:45pm
Mt. Olympus 3rd Floor

11:30am

Songwriting Pizza and Copyright Slices: Publishing and Admin Recipes Explained (Presented by Lommen Abdo)
Which is the best recipe for success in today’s industry: a music publishing deal or a music administration deal? They both offer opportunities for aspiring songwriters. This Q&A session will explore the pros and cons of each deal, their major differences and principle deal terms. Any way you slice it, today’s songwriters have options and the better informed you are, the better chance you’ll choose what’s best for you.

Moderators
avatar for Alex Grout

Alex Grout

Counsel, Business & Legal Affairs, ASCAP
Counsel, Business & Legal Affairs - ASCAP

Panelists
avatar for Ken Abdo, Esq.

Ken Abdo, Esq.

Attorney, Partner, Lommen Abdo Law Firm
Attorney, Partner - Lommen Abdo Law Firm  Ken Abdo is Chair of Lommen Abdo Law Firm’s Entertainment Law Department and has served as legal counsel to music and entertainment media artists for over 30 years.  Clients include multiple Grammy® award recipients, gold and platinum recording artist’s motion picture and Emmy® award winning TV talent and productions, regional and Broadway theater talent and productions... Read More →
avatar for Linda Newmark, Esq.

Linda Newmark, Esq.

EVP, Head of Acquisitions and Strategic Projects, Universal Music Publishing Group
EVP, Head of Acquisitions and Strategic Projects - Universal Music Publishing Group Linda A. Newmark is Executive Vice President – Head of Acquisitions and Strategic Projects for Universal Music Publishing Group.  Linda obtains opportunities for Universal Music Publishing Group to acquire rights to musical compositions and music publishing catalogues, evaluates and negotiates acquisition, administration and subpublishing agreements... Read More →



Thursday April 28, 2016 11:30am - 12:45pm
Hollywood Ballroom D 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)

11:30am

There's a Placement for Us: Straight Talk from Music Supervisors
You know they’re out there. Those films, TV shows, ads and other audio-visual media that need great music to enhance a scene or sell a product. You’ve got the music, you just need the means. This panel of leading music supervisors will give it to you straight, from how to approach music supervisors with your music to how the process of nabbing a placement actually works and what you can expect to achieve if your music gets placed, both financially and professionally.

Moderators
avatar for Jeff Jernigan

Jeff Jernigan

Director, Film & TV, Membership, ASCAP
Director, Film & TV, Membership - ASCAP

Panelists
avatar for Angela Leus

Angela Leus

VP, Film Music, Universal Pictures
VP, Film Music - Universal Pictures | | A classically trained pianist and violinist who graduated from USC’s Thornton School of Music, Angela Leus spent a majority of her career in the music department at Miramax/Dimension Films and later, The Weinstein Company, where she was involved in film and trailer music licensing, soundtrack marketing, publicity/awards campaigns and score production, working on such projects as Frida, Chicago, Gangs... Read More →
avatar for Raphaella Lima

Raphaella Lima

Global Music Partnerships & Marketing, Music Supervisor, Electronic Arts
Global Music Partnerships & Marketing, Music Supervisor - Electronic Arts Raphaella Lima has been with Electronic Arts (EA) for nine years. In her position as Music Supervisor, she oversees the selection of licensed music and the creation of custom songs for several EA franchises. Raphaella also heads the production of EA Recordings, a division in charge of digital releases of all EA-owned music assets. She is the liaison with musical talent for... Read More →
avatar for Jojo Villanueva

Jojo Villanueva

Music Supervisor & Partner, Format Entertainment
Music Supervisor & Partner - Format Entertainment Jojo Villanueva is a partner at Format Entertainment, home to the top music supervisors, songwriters, and music producers who excel at establishing and implementing music solutions for the most popular motion pictures, television shows, and global brands in the world. Jojo is the music supervisor on the highest grossing music biopic of alltime Straight Outta Compton. With Format founder... Read More →


Thursday April 28, 2016 11:30am - 12:45pm
Hollywood Ballroom B-C 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)

12:55pm

ASCAP Advocacy: Make Your Voice Heard!
As copyright reform moves forward, we need to make sure that our elected officials hear the voice of the music creator loud and clear. By actively engaging with Congress, we increase the likelihood that our outdated music licensing system will be fixed in the years to come. Stop by our advocacy booth to participate in our ongoing political efforts and sign up for future updates. Find out about the ASCAP Legislative Fund for the Arts (bit.ly/ASCAP-PAC), our political action committee (PAC), and how it helps to further our work in Washington.

You can also get your free ASCAP EXPO pins to display on your badge lanyard to show everyone what type of music creator you are. Stop by and visit us near on the 2nd floor (Mezzanine) near the Registration Desk.


Thursday April 28, 2016 12:55pm - 1:55pm
2nd Floor (Mezzanine) 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)

12:55pm

ASCAP EXPO Creator Tent: Connect and Recharge
Join us on the Dolby Ballroom Terrace in the ASCAP EXPO Creator Tent to connect with fellow music creators, recharge your mobile device, sign the Why I Create Music wall, take pictures at the #ASCAPEXPO photo booth or find a new collaborator! You can share your photo booth picture on your own social media.

All photos will be available online at bit.ly/16ascappics as well as on the ASCAP EXPO Facebook page, tag yourself!

Thursday April 28, 2016 12:55pm - 1:55pm
ASCAP EXPO Creator Tent Dolby Ballroom Terrace (5th Floor)

12:55pm

Maximizing Your ASCAP Membership
ASCAP was hugely successful in 2015, another phenomenal year of revenues and royalty distributions to you - our members. Our success is driven by your professional achievements. That’s why we offer so many tools, programs and services to help you out at every stage of your career, from workshops and showcases to online and mobile tools and a host of member benefits. This panel of ASCAP staff and members will offer insider info on how ASCAP works, and important tips for getting everything you can out of your ASCAP membership. Not a member yet? Come find out why ASCAP is the right choice for you.

Moderators
avatar for Etan Rosenbloom

Etan Rosenbloom

Director, Marketing & Communications, ASCAP
Director, Marketing & Communications - ASCAP

Panelists
avatar for Maura Duval

Maura Duval

Associate Director, Pop/Rock, Membership, ASCAP
Associate Director, Pop/Rock, Membership - ASCAP
avatar for Nicholas Jacobson-Larson

Nicholas Jacobson-Larson

Fantasia for Four Harps and Orchestra Film: Rwanda and Juliet, Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine, Composer, Conductor, Orchestrator
Composer, Conductor, Orchestrator - Fantasia for Four Harps and Orchestra Film: Rwanda and Juliet, Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine Nicholas Jacobson-Larson is a Los Angeles-based composer, conductor, songwriter and orchestrator who writes music for feature films, television, theater and the concert hall. Nicholas recently composed the score for the Amazon Studios pilot, Everstar. He also composed, orchestrated and conducted his score for the... Read More →
avatar for Yvette Martinez

Yvette Martinez

Coordinator, Film & TV, Membership, ASCAP
Coordinator, Film & TV, Membership - ASCAP
avatar for Ryan O'Grady

Ryan O'Grady

Associate Director, Global Writer and Publisher Services, ASCAP
Associate Director, Global Writer and Publisher Services - ASCAP


Thursday April 28, 2016 12:55pm - 1:55pm
Hollywood Ballroom D 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)

12:55pm

Bandzoogle: How to Build a Professional Website in Minutes with No Web Design Skills
This session will show how you can use Bandzoogle to easily build a professional, mobile-­friendly website where you can sell music, merch and tickets (commission-­free), sync with your social networks and manage your mailing list. No coding or web design skills needed! Dave Cool (Director of Artist & Industry Outreach, Bandzoogle) will build a website from scratch and show off Bandzoogle’s many easy­-to-­use tools for artists.

Panelists
avatar for Dave Cool

Dave Cool

Director, Artist Relations, Bandzoogle
Director, Artist Relations – Bandzoogle  Dave Cool (yes, that’s his real name) is the Director of Artist & Industry Outreach at Bandzoogle. Built for musicians by musicians, Bandzoogle makes it easy to build a beautiful mobile-friendly website, and sell music, merch & tickets commission-free. Dave is a recovering punk rock drummer, comedy nerd, wine snob, and loves to connect on Twitter. Follow him at @dave_cool



Thursday April 28, 2016 12:55pm - 1:55pm
Los Feliz 3rd Floor

12:55pm

Berklee Online: Creating Hooks
In an intense and interactive session, Berklee Online instructor Neil Diercks will lead you in an engaging experience where you will get “hands on" experience creating different types and layers of hooks that will make your songs memorable and impactful in the industry. The session will involve creating both instrumental and vocal hooks through the use of rhythmic, harmonic, melodic and lyric tools to capture your audience.


Thursday April 28, 2016 12:55pm - 1:55pm
Runyon 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)

12:55pm

iZotope: Finish that Song - Tips & Tricks for Mastering Your Own Work
Mastering is often thought of as a mysterious art form. However, it’s also the final creative step before your music gets distributed, so it’s important to get it right. Join iZotope for a look into the mastering workflow and the thought process behind selecting the appropriate tools for the project at hand.


Thursday April 28, 2016 12:55pm - 1:55pm
Hollywood Ballroom B-C 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)

12:55pm

Kaotica Lounge: Laz-e Session
Creating your ideal recording space is as easy as placing the Kaotica Eyeball over your favorite microphone. We’ve got you acoustically treated right out of the box. Come join us at our lounge to kick back, relax, check out the Eyeball and enjoy some delicious, natural Hint water.


Thursday April 28, 2016 12:55pm - 1:55pm
Laurel 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)

12:55pm

12:55pm

Sam Ash Presents Etymotic: The Worldwide Debut of the New Etymotic ER4 In-Ear Earphones
For engineers, performers, live sound professionals and the most discerning listeners, Etymotic’s ER4 in-ears have been the gold standard for over 20 years. In terms of accuracy, no product gets higher scores – and more love from owners! Now, for the first time, Etymotic has actually upgraded the ER4, and on June 1st will offer two new models: an even more accurate ER4 and, by popular demand, an ER4 with enhanced bass response. Here’s a chance to learn about these products, hear them for yourself, and even put in a pre-order.


Thursday April 28, 2016 12:55pm - 1:55pm
Solano 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)

12:55pm

Sennheiser: Capturing and Delivering the Sound You Want
The audio quality of today’s home studio can rival that of a professional studio. Usually, the biggest difference is the quality of the microphones being used. What is the perfect mic for your home studio? Well, that depends on a number of factors. Join Brian Walker, Applications Engineer from Sennheiser | Neumann as he discusses the difference between dynamic and condenser microphones, shares tips and tricks on microphone technique and then takes you through the process of picking the right mic for your voice.  


Thursday April 28, 2016 12:55pm - 1:55pm
Nichols 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)

2:00pm

"We Create Music" (Presented by Billboard)
This incredible panel of some of today’s most accomplished and respected songwriters and composers will explore the common ground over which all creative souls must travel to reach their desired destination. These experienced professionals will share some universal truths about creators that separate the good from the very great, from paying dues, making sacrifices and overcoming obstacles to achieving breakthroughs, setting career goals and building upon past successes. You’ll gain valuable insight and inspiration from each of these artists, and learn what it takes to build an enduring career in music.

Moderators
avatar for Shirley Halperin

Shirley Halperin

News Director / Music Editor, Billboard / The Hollywood Reporter
News Director - Billboard | Music Editor - The Hollywood Reporter Shirley Halperin is the news editor of Billboard in addition to being the music editor of The Hollywood Reporter. She is a long-time music journalist who got her start as a writer on the New York City zine scene of the early 1990s. A decade later, she graduated to national publications such as Entertainment Weekly, where she was a senior writer, Teen People, for whom she helmed... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for OMI

OMI

"Cheerleader," "Hula Hoop," Me 4 U, Songwriter, Artist
Songwriter, Artist - "Cheerleader," "Hula Hoop," Me 4 U | | Insightful Jamaican artist Omi (Omar Samuel Pasley) is bringing his breakthrough story to the U.S., with the compelling sheen of “Cheerleader,” leading the way. The smash dance song has notched more than 90 million Spotify streams, topping iTunes in 14 territories, including Germany, Australia, Sweden and others (Top 10 in nearly 30 other markets). Released in 2012, a... Read More →
avatar for Charles Kelley (Lady Antebellum)

Charles Kelley (Lady Antebellum)

"Need You Now," "The Driver," "Bartender," "Just a Kiss", Songwriter, Artist
Songwriter, Artist - "Need You Now," "The Driver," "Bartender," "Just a Kiss" Stepping outside of one of the world’s most popular groups, Charles Kelley explores new territory with a raw sound that pushes his vocals into a grittier key than what listeners have been hearing from him in Lady Antebellum. "The Driver" serves as the lead single from his upcoming first-ever solo release, and was born in a ratty studio in the back of producer... Read More →
avatar for Rob Thomas

Rob Thomas

"Push," "3AM,""Smooth," “Lonely No More”, Songwriter, Artist
Songwriter, Artist - "Push," "3AM,""Smooth," “Lonely No More” Rob Thomas is one of modern music’s most compelling and commercially successful artists. For 20 years, he has been the frontman and primary composer for Matchbox Twenty, leading the quintet to multi-platinum success over the course of four albums and a string of No. 1 hits that include “Push,” “3AM,” “Bent,” “If... Read More →
avatar for David Vanacore

David Vanacore

TV: Survivor, The Apprentice, Big Brother, Hell's Kitchen, Vanacore Music
Composer - TV: Survivor, The Apprentice, Big Brother, Hell's Kitchen | Founder - Vanacore Music  Over 100 million people hear his music every week as they watch their favorite programs. Dubbed by television music industry insiders as 'The King of Reality', David Vanacore is the composer behind such acclaimed series as Survivor, The Ultimate Fighter, Fast N' Loud, Ink Master, Wipeout, Catfish, Whale Wars, Somebody's Gotta Do It, and hundreds... Read More →
avatar for Dan Wilson

Dan Wilson

"Someone Like You," "Closing Time," "Not Ready to Make Nice," "Secret Smile", Songwriter, Artist
Songwriter, Artist - "Someone Like You," "Closing Time," "Not Ready to Make Nice," "Secret Smile" | | Dan Wilson is a Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, musician, producer, and visual artist. He is best known both as the lead singer of the band Semisonic and as a highly sought-after songwriting collaborator for critically acclaimed artists across a diverse range of styles.  With Semisonic he wrote the Grammy-nominated smash... Read More →



Thursday April 28, 2016 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Dolby Ballroom 5th Floor

3:15pm

One-on-One Sessions (Presented by Berklee Online) - Sold Out
One-on-One Sessions offer EXPO attendees the opportunity to meet in person with a songwriter/composer, music publisher, online marketing executive, record company executive, film/TV music executive, music attorney or ASCAP executive. The 15-minute session will be a mix of career advice and song critiques.

Our 500 One-on-One sessions sold out in January like they do each year. There are no openings or waiting list spots available. 

Panelists
avatar for Bonnie Baker

Bonnie Baker

"Invisible," "Lone Ranger," "East Of Eden," "My Sister", Songwriter
Songwriter - "Invisible," "Lone Ranger," "East Of Eden," "My Sister" Bonnie Baker moved to Nashville in 1992 and joined ASCAP in 1993. She signed first publishing deal in 1997 and has been at BMG, Universal, Warner Chappell and recently has moved to Big Deal Music based in LA. She has three ASCAP awards, has been nominated for a Grammy Award in the Country Solo Performance category and has five platinum album awards. She has had cuts by a... Read More →
avatar for Miles Beard

Miles Beard

Sr. Director, A&R; Songwriter Manager, Artist Publishing Group
Sr. Director, A&R - Artist Publishing Group | Songwriter Manager Miles Beard began his career in music at 13 as a DJ. He went on to become a nightclub DJ, holding several nationwide residencies, which led him to become a regular on the radio for 102.7 KiisFM in Los Angeles until 2012. After hanging up his DJ hat, Beard has creatively contributed to records for several artists across the industry, including Wiz Khalifa (“See... Read More →
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Jon Chen

Manager, A&R Manager, Warner Bros. Records
Manager, A&R Manager - Warner Bros. Records Jon Chen started his career in the music industry as an intern at Complete Control Management, Tiesto’s management company at the time. After a year, he took up a position as an assistant with SVP of A&R, Jeff Fenster at Jive Records and continued working with him when Jeff left to become EVP of A&R at Warner Bros Records. In that capacity, he coordinated numerous projects including Jason Derulo... Read More →
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Ian Cripps

Sr. Director, A&R, Atlantic Records
Sr. Director, A&R - Atlantic Records  Ian Cripps is Sr. Director of A&R at Atlantic Records works with artists in all genres ranging from country to rock to hip hop and r&b.  
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Jeff Gray

Music Supervisor, Music Clearance
Music Supervisor, Music Clearance (Pesci) Jeff Gray has been called: Composer, Performer, Music Supervisor, Music Licensor/Licensee, Consultant, and more. Jeff’s first foray in to the music business at 18 years old was getting paid $20 cash and a Neil Young concert VHS tape as compensation to play guitar on someone's demo tape. This is still some of the most money he's ever been paid for playing music. Jeff has worked for MTV, Bug Music... Read More →
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Nick Haussling

A&R, Razor & Tie
A&R - Razor & Tie Nick has over 16 years of experience in music industry making records, working closely with a vast network of artists, producers, engineers, songwriters, publishers, agents, managers, attorneys, mixers, recording studios and tastemakers in the industry. He has worked with bands like Avenged Sevenfold, Disturbed, Echosmith, Gary Clark Jr., Mastodon. He signed: Art of Dying, Device (Disturbed side project), Disturbed... Read More →
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Thomas Krottinger

A&R, Prescription Songs/Kemosabe Records
A&R - Prescription Songs/Kemosabe Records  A graduate of the University of Southern California, Thomas started working in the business by assisting Tyler Perry's music supervisor. He has previously worked at Sony Music, Universal Music Enterprises and spent two years at Creative Artists Agency. Currently, Thomas does A&R for Kemosabe Records and Prescription Songs. 
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Ed Machuca

A&R, Atlantic Records
A&R - Atlantic Records Ed Machuca was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. In 2012, he moved to Los Angeles, CA to attend the University of Southern California, which is where he began his journey in the music industry. While still in college, he got his first opportunity in the industry as an assistant for Kenny Hamilton, who happened to be Justin Bieber's  tour manager at the time. He then served a similar role for Jamil Davis, who... Read More →
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Samantha Maloney

VP, A&R, Warner Bros. Records
VP, A&R - Warner Bros. Records | | Samantha Maloney is known as one of the most respected female drummers in the music business. Since studying at the High School of Music and Art and Performing Arts in NYC (aka FAME) as a classically trained percussionist, Samantha has played drums with Hole, MötleyCrüe, Eagles Of Death Metal, Peaches, Billy Ray Cyrus, and The Crystal Method to name a few. But her musical talent expands way... Read More →
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Victor Portillo

A&R, Warner/Chappell Music Publishing
A&R - Warner/Chappell Music Publishing Have been working at Warner Chappell in A&R for the past 6 years. Instrumental in the signing of Kendrick Lamar and producer Young Chop. Currently working with various upcoming Pop writers and producers for the US, UK and Asia markets. Worked as a Club and Mixtape DJ prior to joining WC. 
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Delmar Powell

Director, Urban A&R, Universal Republic
Director, Urban A&R - Universal Republic Delmar Powell is Director of Urban A&R at Universal Republic. Based in the Los Angeles office, Powell will focus on signing, developing, building, and breaking acts within the urban space ranging from hip-hop and R&B to pop. He previously held the position of Manager, Physical Sales, but began working in A&R after proving instrumental to the creation of Marcel's breakout hit "2AM... Read More →
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Brandra Ringo

A&R, Universal Music Publishing Group
A&R - Universal Music Publishing Group
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Andrew Robbins

Sr. Director, Film/TV Music, Manhattan Production Music/Chesky Records
Sr. Director, Film/TV Music - Manhattan Production Music/Chesky Records Andrew Robbins is MPM’s Senior Director of Film/TV Music at Manhattan Production Music/Chesky Records. Based in the company’s new Los Angeles office, Robbins will be responsible for utilizing his long-standing relationships within the entertainment, broadcasting, and media industries to present and place MPM Music's extensive music and song catalogs within... Read More →
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Celina Rollon

Artist Manager, Rollon Entertainment
Artist Manager - Rollon Entertainment A former Marketing Manager for Sony Music with 20 years music industry experience, Celina Rollon has coordinated & managed the release campaigns of multi-platinum albums from international super stars such as Beyonce, Destiny’s Child, John Legend, Taio Cruz and many more. Rollon Entertainment is a dynamic, new age, entertainment company providing Artist Management, Marketing & Record Label... Read More →
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Jackie Winkler

Manager, A&R, Island Records
Manager, A&R - Island Records | | Currently a Los Angeles-based A&R at Island Records. Previous A&R at Warner Bros Records and worked on projects including Nico & Vinz, NONONO, Andra Day, and Sabina Ddumba. 
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Jen Wolczyk

Music Licensing & Artist Management, Whizbang, Inc.
Music Licensing & Artist Management - Whizbang, Inc.  Jen Wolczyk is in her 8th year at Whizbang, Inc, a Nashville based music licensing, publishing and management company. She pitches for sync opportunities, scouts new music and performs an array of responsibilities for management clients. Whizbang Music Licensing has secured hundreds of placements in film, TV, video game, and advertising projects. The company represents a diverse... Read More →
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Jenny Owen Youngs

Songwriter, Artist
Songwriter, Artist Singer, songwriter, and natural history enthusiast Jenny Owen Youngs grew up in the forests of northern New Jersey and has recently moved from Brooklyn to the mountains outside of LA. After self-releasing her first album Batten the Hatches in 2005, she went on to put out two albums and three EPs through the Canadian indie label Nettwerk Records. Her most recent album, An Unwavering Band Of Light, was funded via a successful... Read More →



Thursday April 28, 2016 3:15pm - 5:30pm
Doheny/Beachwood 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)

3:30pm

Nuts & Bolts of the Music Business with Eric Beall
Veteran music industry insider Beall understands the business like few do. As an A&R exec, author, educator, songwriter and publisher, he’s experienced what it takes to make it today from all sides. In this session he’ll explain some of the most important music biz concepts such as record and publishing deals, copyright, performing rights, digital revenue streams and more. Need a crash course? This is it.

Panelists
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Eric Beall

VP, A&R; Author; Songwriter, Producer, Shapiro Bernstein & Co.
VP, A&R - Shapiro Bernstein & Co.  | Author - The Billboard Guide To Writing and Producing Songs That Sell, The Billboard Guide To Writing and Producing Songs That Sell, Making Music Make Money | Songwriter, Producer Eric is the Vice President of A&R at Shapiro Bernstein & Co., Inc., one of the industry’s most respected independent music publishers, as well as the author of The Billboard Guide To Writing... Read More →


Thursday April 28, 2016 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Hollywood Ballroom B-C 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)

3:30pm

Scoring the Gig: Master Session with Bear McCreary
Building a reputation and relationships is key to every composer's success. Nobody knows this better than award-winning composer Bear McCreary (10 Cloverfield LaneThe Walking DeadOutlander). In this session, McCreary offers tips for devising and actuating a game plan to gain access into the media music industry. He'll explain how to expand your network and earn the trust of the people that matter most to your career.

Panelists
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Bear McCreary

Film: 10 Cloverfield Lane TV: Outlander, The Walking Dead, Battlestar Galactica, Composer
Composer - Film: 10 Cloverfield Lane TV: Outlander, The Walking Dead, Battlestar Galactica Emmy Award winning composer Bear McCreary was first launched into pop culture with his groundbreaking score to the hit series Battlestar Galactica, that was lauded by Variety as “the most innovative music on TV today.” It “fits the action so perfectly, it’s almost devastating: a sci-fi score like no other” (NPR). Io9.com... Read More →


Thursday April 28, 2016 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Hollywood Ballroom D 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)

3:30pm

Keeping The Score: One Band's Journey to a Record Deal and Beyond
Getting signed to a label is a career goal for many an artist. But as any music creator who has signed a record deal knows well, getting the deal is just the beginning. In this panel, you’ll hear from The Score, a vibrant pop/rock duo in the middle of a major label journey. The pair will discuss their big break with a UK ad placement and how they evaluated the offers that came their way as a result. You’ll learn what it’s like to balance your own goals with the expectations of a label, and get a deeper understanding of all the hard work, networking, collaborating, politics, joys and sacrifices that go into being a signed artist.

Moderators
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Erik Philbrook

VP, Creative, Marketing & Communications, ASCAP
VP, Creative, Marketing & Communications - ASCAP

Panelists
avatar for Eddie Anthony & Edan Dover (The Score)

Eddie Anthony & Edan Dover (The Score)

"Oh My Love," "On and On", Songwriters, Artists
Songwriters, Artists - "Oh My Love," "On and On" | It reads a little bit like a dream, doesn't it? The tale of L.A. based indie pop duo The Score releasing “Oh My Love” straight to SoundCloud and like magic - it becomes an explosive runaway hit in the UK, nearly six-thousand miles away. Quickly accumulating over 1.8 million SoundCloud spins, the song won over loads of fans worldwide by sheer word of mouth before landing a... Read More →


Thursday April 28, 2016 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Mt. Olympus 3rd Floor

3:30pm

When the Hit Hits the Fans
What does it take to reach a wide audience and the top of the charts today? The successful songwriters on this panel know the deal and will share what you need to know and what needs to happen beyond writing a great song. Today it often means collaborating with other writers, artists and producers, knowing your market and getting your music to the right people. Learn from some of today’s masters what you should be doing if you want to be the best in the business.

Moderators
avatar for Hrishikesh Hirway

Hrishikesh Hirway

Host / The One AM Radio, Song Exploder / Composer, Songwriter
Host - Song Exploder | Composer, Songwriter - The One AM Radio Film: Our Nixon, Save the Date Hrishikesh Hirway is the creator and host of the podcast Song Exploder, where musicians take apart their songs, and piece by piece, tell the story of how they were made. Vulture called it "probably the best use of the podcast format ever" and Entertainment Weekly said "You’ll never listen to their music the same way again." The... Read More →

Panelists
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Dave Bassett

"Fight Song," "Ex's & Oh's," "If You Only Knew," "Second Chance", Songwriter, Producer
Songwriter, Producer - "Fight Song," "Ex's & Oh's," "If You Only Knew," "Second Chance" They say that luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity. This could not have been truer for multi-platinum, award-winning songwriter and producer Dave Bassett, who has more than a dozen #1 hits to his name and is currently on top of the charts with Rachel Platten’s “Fight Song” & Elle King’s “Ex’s... Read More →
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Poo Bear

“Where Are Ü Now,” "What Do You Mean?," "Peaches and Cream," "Caught Up", Songwriter, Producer
Songwriter, Producer - “Where Are Ü Now,” "What Do You Mean?," "Peaches and Cream," "Caught Up" | | If you thought you’ve never heard of 4x Grammy award winning singer/songwriter Poo Bear, you actually have! He is the lethal pen behind hits like 112′s ‘Peaches & Cream’ and ‘Anywhere’, Usher’s ‘Caught Up’ and ‘Superstar’, as well as Chris Brown’s... Read More →
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Sam Hook

"Pot of Gold," "4 Years Old," "Hustler," "Drive", Songwriter
Songwriter - "Pot of Gold," "4 Years Old," "Hustler," "Drive" | Singer-songwriter Sam Hook (born Samuel Jean in Brooklyn, NY) is popular for creating heartfelt music dealing with love, heartbreak, life, and family. As the middle son of five children, his raw talent was recognized at the tender age of 9 by his older brother - who was determined to mold the original choir-kid’s blessings into a budding music career.   By Sam's senior... Read More →
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Brett James

"Something in the Water," "Jesus, Take the Wheel," "When the Sun Goes Down," "The Truth", Songwriter, Producer
Songwriter, Producer - "Something in the Water," "Jesus, Take the Wheel," "When the Sun Goes Down," "The Truth" | | From Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood, Jason Aldean, Taylor Swift, Keith Urban and Rascal Flatts . . . to Bon Jovi, Backstreet Boys, Will I Am, Daughtry, Kelly Clarkson, and Leona Lewis, Brett James has had more than 350 of his songs recorded by some of the biggest artists in the world. His songs have appeared on albums with... Read More →
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Jacob "JKash" Kasher

"Sugar," "I Don't Mind," "We R Who We R," "Good Girls Go Bad", Songwriter
Songwriter - "Sugar," "I Don't Mind," "We R Who We R," "Good Girls Go Bad" Jkash is an American songwriter from Virginia Beach, Virginia. He is signed to Dr. Luke's publishing company, Prescription Songs. JKash has written songs for Maroon 5, One Direction, Usher, Selena Gomez, Nicki Minaj, Trey Songz, Lil Wayne, Juicy J, Britney Spears, Jason Derulo, Ke$ha, and lots more fun stuff.


Thursday April 28, 2016 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Dolby Ballroom 5th Floor

4:55pm

ASCAP Advocacy: Make Your Voice Heard!
As copyright reform moves forward, we need to make sure that our elected officials hear the voice of the music creator loud and clear. By actively engaging with Congress, we increase the likelihood that our outdated music licensing system will be fixed in the years to come. Stop by our advocacy booth to participate in our ongoing political efforts and sign up for future updates. Find out about the ASCAP Legislative Fund for the Arts (bit.ly/ASCAP-PAC), our political action committee (PAC), and how it helps to further our work in Washington.

You can also get your free ASCAP EXPO pins to display on your badge lanyard to show everyone what type of music creator you are. Stop by and visit us near on the 2nd floor (Mezzanine) near the Registration Desk.


Thursday April 28, 2016 4:55pm - 5:25pm
2nd Floor (Mezzanine) 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)

4:55pm

ASCAP EXPO Creator Tent: Connect and Recharge
Join us on the Dolby Ballroom Terrace in the ASCAP EXPO Creator Tent to connect with fellow music creators, recharge your mobile device, sign the Why I Create Music wall, take pictures at the #ASCAPEXPO photo booth or find a new collaborator! You can share your photo booth picture on your own social media.

All photos will be available online at bit.ly/16ascappics as well as on the ASCAP EXPO Facebook page, tag yourself!

Thursday April 28, 2016 4:55pm - 5:25pm
ASCAP EXPO Creator Tent Dolby Ballroom Terrace (5th Floor)

4:55pm

Berklee Online: Competitively Placing Music in Television via Music Libraries
Composing music for libraries is both fun and rewarding, however, it has evolved into a competitive business. Now more than ever it is important to develop a quick and efficient workflow along with a keen sense of communication with the library. Getting the initial call sheet to create music for the library is cool, but it would be naïve not to recognize that the e-mail most likely also went to dozens of other composers within the network. Composer Mark Cross will address these points while exploring ways to maximize your creativity.


Thursday April 28, 2016 4:55pm - 5:25pm
Runyon 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)

4:55pm

4:55pm

Kaotica Lounge: Laz-e Session
Creating your ideal recording space is as easy as placing the Kaotica Eyeball over your favorite microphone. We’ve got you acoustically treated right out of the box. Come join us at our lounge to kick back, relax, check out the Eyeball and enjoy some delicious, natural Hint water.


Thursday April 28, 2016 4:55pm - 5:25pm
Laurel 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)

4:55pm

Sam Ash Presents KAT Percussion: Digital Percussion That Delivers Everything You Need
Come see the latest KAT Digital Percussion electronic drum kit and drum sound systems on the market. The KT4 E-Drum offers 780 expertly sampled DW/Gretsch/LP/Sabian/Zildjian sounds as well as DJ FX. It’s great for home studio tracking directly into your DAW, and offers USB 3.0 compatibility for all PCs, MacBooks and laptops. It’s got ultra clean tracking sensitivity and response, plus MIDI in/out ports for ultimate flexibility. Experience the HD400 state of the art, hi-definition sound system that reproduces all the frequencies of electronic instruments with onboard controls to fully tailor the sound to any room. No matter what you're using them for, KAT Digital Percussion has everything you need.


Thursday April 28, 2016 4:55pm - 5:25pm
Solano 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)

4:55pm

Section 101: Website Survival Guide - Top Secrets for Keeping Up in Today's Digital Jungle
Today's digital landscape is constantly changing - and at lightning speed! Now more than ever, it has become a full-time job just to keep up with the latest online trends and best practices. In this session, presented by Section 101's Rebecca Calejo, we will cover the best-kept secrets for how to be successful online and stay on top of your digital game. Specifically how to do the least amount of work to get the biggest impact. Topics covered include: creating an effective online strategy, simple ways to keep your website fresh, optimizing your website content for mobile, using your socials to increase your website's activity and how to take action based on your stats.

Panelists
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Rebecca Calejo

Sr. Director, Client Services, Section 101
Sr. Director, Client Services - Section 101 Rebecca Calejo is the Senior Director of Client Services at Section 101. Over the last six years, she has been working on a day-to-day basis with established acts such as Pentatonix, Duran Duran, Aimee Mann, Robert DeLong, Eagles of Death Metal, BUSH, Jonatha Brooke, Marc Cohn, Sam Phillips, along with many others to ensure that each artist’s online needs are met in the most effective ways... Read More →



Thursday April 28, 2016 4:55pm - 5:25pm
Los Feliz 3rd Floor

4:55pm

Sennheiser: Capturing and Delivering the Sound You Want
The audio quality of today’s home studio can rival that of a professional studio. Usually, the biggest difference is the quality of the microphones being used. What is the perfect mic for your home studio? Well, that depends on a number of factors. Join Brian Walker, Applications Engineer from Sennheiser | Neumann as he discusses the difference between dynamic and condenser microphones, shares tips and tricks on microphone technique and then takes you through the process of picking the right mic for your voice.  


Thursday April 28, 2016 4:55pm - 5:25pm
Nichols 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)

5:30pm

When We Were Young: Master Session with Ariel Rechtshaid
Music creators don’t get more versatile than Ariel Rechtshaid. This former punk rocker has crafted defining indie rock records with Vampire Weekend and HAIM, helped R&B & hip-hop stars to break new musical ground (Usher’s “Climax;” Snoop Dogg’s Reincarnated) and produced singles for icons like Adele, Beyoncé and Madonna. So what does it take to earn the trust of the world’s biggest stars and super-hip indie acts? And how do you push collaborators to achieve something they never thought possible? Rechtshaid will tackle these questions and many more in this interview with one of the most creative writer-producers working today.

Moderators
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Josh Kessler

Partner, President, Heavy Duty Music Publishing
Partner, President - Heavy Duty Music Publishing | | Josh Kessler is a music producer and industry executive with more than 15 years experience in production and music publishing. A career that started in film and TV music, Josh, along with Grammy-winning producer Ariel Rechtshaid established Heavy Duty Music Publishing 6 years ago. Heavy Duty is home to songwriters, artists and a catalog of contemporary songs from Charli XCX, Carly Rae... Read More →

Panelists
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Ariel Rechtshaid

"When We Were Young," "Climax," "Hey There Delilah," Modern Vampires of the City, Producer, Songwriter
Producer, Songwriter - "When We Were Young," "Climax," "Hey There Delilah," Modern Vampires of the City | | Ariel Rechtshaid is a Grammy Award-winning producer, engineer, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter. He is known and praised for his work with a diverse list of artists, including Haim, Sky Ferreira, Vampire Weekend, Charli XCX, Brandon Flowers, Madonna, Tobias Jesso Jr., Usher, Carly Rae Jepson, Cass McCombs and... Read More →


Thursday April 28, 2016 5:30pm - 6:45pm
Hollywood Ballroom B-C 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)

5:30pm

Building Your Team
You could be bursting with talent, but the truth is that succeeding in music is a team sport. To advance, you need some expert guidance and skills that only professionals can provide. From an attorney, manager and publicist to a co-writer and business manager, who do you need most? And at what stage? Our panelists will break down the invaluable roles of each member of your team, and teach you how to build your own perfect circle.

Moderators
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Jennifer Goicoechea

Associate Director, Rhythm & Soul, Membership, ASCAP
Associate Director, Rhythm & Soul, Membership - ASCAP

Panelists
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Jintae Ko and Augie Ray (TRiON)

“Love Opus,” “P.O.G.,” “China McNeal" (Descendants Soundtrack), Songwriters
Songwriters –  “Love Opus,” “P.O.G.,” “China McNeal" (Descendants Soundtrack) Do opposites attract? If you’re talking about TRiON, they sure do, and on top of that they make awesome music. Augie Ray and Jintae Ko are the masterminds behind the L.A.-based songwriting team. One is African-American, a soul and hip-hop master from the San Fernando Valley; the other, a Korean-American who grew up in... Read More →
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Mari Arionne Davies

Agent, ICM Partners
Agent - ICM Partners | | Los Angeles born and bred, Mari Arionne's career in music began after moving to New York City in 2004 as a student at St. John's University where she studied Sports Management. Shortly after graduating in 2007, she was hired as Def Jam recording artist, Fabolous's assistant. In less than a year, she was promoted to day-to-day manager where she oversaw all of Fab's businesses - from recording, radio and label relations... Read More →
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Gary Greenberg, Esq.

Attorney, Law Offices of Gary Greenberg
Attorney - Law Offices of Gary Greenberg Gary Greenberg is an attorney with over 25 years of experience in the music industry, representing such clients as Jimmy Cliff, Sergio Mendes, Fantasia, Dave Koz and the producers of Kendrick Lamar. He co-wrote the popular music industry book, Everything You'd Better Know About the Record Industry and the American Bar Association handbook How to Build and Manage an Entertainment Law Practice. Mr... Read More →
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Jennifer Horton

President, Matrix Artists
President - Matrix Artists Jennifer Horton is a seasoned music executive with over 10 years of experience in the entertainment business as a successful manager, A&R, and business owner. Most recently as an A&R consultant for Artist Publishing Group (APG), Horton helped to place the Billboard hit single “Zero” off Chris Brown’s #1 album Royalty as well as 4 other records on the album together with CBE A&R... Read More →
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Brandon Kitchen

Director, A&R, Disney Music Group
Director, A&R – Disney Music Group Brandon Kitchen started his career as an intern for Mike Caren (Warner Music Group - President of Worldwide A&R), there he found his calling in the A&R and publishing departments. He has since won a Grammy as a contributing songwriter to Madonna’s hit “Revolver.” Since then he moved onto ASCAP where he was responsible for signing Drake and working with such rising talents... Read More →


Thursday April 28, 2016 5:30pm - 6:45pm
Hollywood Ballroom D 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)

5:30pm

Publishing 101: From Signing to Succeeding
Learn the fundamentals of music publishing from this panel of experienced execs. They’ll explain the role they play in the development of your songwriting career, from connecting you with collaborators to placing your music with recording artists to pursuing alternative revenue streams for your work. Learn what music publishers today are looking for in signing new writers, how the publisher-songwriter relationship works and how they can help you achieve chart success.

Moderators
avatar for Marc Emert-Hutner

Marc Emert-Hutner

VP,, Pop/Rock, Membership, ASCAP
VP, Pop/Rock, Membership - ASCAP

Panelists
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Amanda Berman-Hill

SVP and Head of West Coast Writer Relations, Sony/ATV Music Publishing
SVP and Head of West Coast Writer Relations - Sony/ATV Music Publishing
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David Gray

SVP, A&R, Universal Music Publishing Group
SVP, A&R - Universal Music Publishing Group  Currently Senior Vice President of A&R at Universal Publishing. Recent signings include Shawn Mendes, Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas and Joe Jonas (DNCE).  David also signed Halsey with Jody Gerson. Previous to working at UMPG David was Senior Vice President of A&R at Syco Music.
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Zach Katz

President, Music Publishing, BMG
President, Music Publishing - BMG | | Zach started off as a music attorney nineteen years ago, and three years later began managing producers, writers and artists, many of who worked closely with Dr. Dre. In 2005 Zach founded Beluga Heights with producer extraordinaire JR Rotem and went on to sign artists such as Sean Kingston and Jason Derulo. During that time, Beluga Heights was partners with Sony Music, Warner Bros, and Island... Read More →
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Ben Maddahi

President, Unrestricted
President - Unrestricted Ben Maddahi began his career in the music industry as an intern at Atlantic Records in 2006. Throughout his rise from intern to President of Artist Publishing Group, Maddahi played a key role in constructing hits like "Wild Ones" by Flo Rida feat. Sia, "See You Again” by Wiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth, “Titanium” by David Guetta feat. Sia, and many others that went on to sell a combined total of over... Read More →
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Ryan Press

Co-Head, A&R, US, Warner/Chappell Music
Co-Head, A&R, US - Warner/Chappell Music


Thursday April 28, 2016 5:30pm - 6:45pm
Dolby Ballroom 5th Floor

5:30pm

This Is Country Music: Writing for the Country Market (Plus Song Feedback)
What do country music experts listen for in a new song, and how do they work with songwriters to get it? Find out in this informative session, where our panel of publishers and pro songwriters will discuss what’s unique about writing and pitching songs in the country music market, and share some tips about how to break into it. Our panelists will also evaluate a limited number of songs, pre-submitted by EXPO registrants, in front of a live audience.

Moderators
avatar for Whitney Daane

Whitney Daane

Founder, DAANEgerous Entertainment
Founder - DAANEgerous Entertainment Whitney Daane began her music publishing career in 1996 at Maverick Music working for legendary music publisher Lionel Conway. With over one hundred cuts and ten #1 singles under her belt, she has pitched songs recorded by the Back Street Boys, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Kenny Chesney, Martina McBride, Jake Owen, LeAnn Rimes, Jodee Messina, Phil Vassar, Wynonna, Garth Brooks, Lee Ann Womack, Lonestar, Shawn... Read More →

Panelists
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Bonnie Baker

"Invisible," "Lone Ranger," "East Of Eden," "My Sister", Songwriter
Songwriter - "Invisible," "Lone Ranger," "East Of Eden," "My Sister" Bonnie Baker moved to Nashville in 1992 and joined ASCAP in 1993. She signed first publishing deal in 1997 and has been at BMG, Universal, Warner Chappell and recently has moved to Big Deal Music based in LA. She has three ASCAP awards, has been nominated for a Grammy Award in the Country Solo Performance category and has five platinum album awards. She has had cuts by a... Read More →
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Nate Lowery

GM & VP, Creative, Cornman Music
GM & VP, Creative - Cornman Music Nate Lowery grew up in Florence, AL watching the songwriting business firsthand as his father, songwriter Donny Lowery, scored big with songs like “Old Flames” (Alabama) and “Why Does It Have To Be Wrong or Right” (Restless Heart). After moving to Nashville he began his career at Windswept Publishing, in the time honored tradition of working in the Tape Copy Room. From there he was... Read More →
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Dave Pacula

Creative Director, Black River Entertainment
Creative Director - Black River Entertainment | | Originally from Long Island, Dave Pacula moved to Nashville in 1997 to attend Vanderbilt University. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies, he accepted a position at a Nashville law firm specializing in entertainment and copyright law. Going back to school in 2004, Dave earned an Audio Technology Diploma with Honors from SAE Institute of Technology... Read More →
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Forest Glen Whitehead

"Love Me Like You Mean It," "Peter Pan," "Lights Of My Hometown", Songwriter, Producer
Songwriter, Producer - "Love Me Like You Mean It," "Peter Pan," "Lights Of My Hometown" At 25 years of age, songwriter, record producer and multi-instrumentalist are a few of the accolades found on the resume of Black River Publishing’s Forest Glen Whitehead. | | Forest was influenced by a wide variety of music growing up in Blanchard, Louisiana enjoying Garth Brooks country to Eminem hip-hop, Alison Krauss bluegrass to Aerosmith... Read More →


Thursday April 28, 2016 5:30pm - 6:45pm
Mt. Olympus 3rd Floor

6:45pm

Opening Networking Reception (Presented by The Recording Academy)
Meet your fellow music creators and panelists at this special networking reception on the terrace outside of the Dolby Ballroom. Enjoy complimentary beverages and snacks while you make new friends, swap stories and reflect on the first day’s panels.

Take pictures at the special #ASCAPEXPO photo booth outside of the Dolby Ballroom throughout the EXPO. All of the photos will be posted to ASCAP EXPO's Facebook page. Find and tag yourself, then share your EXPO Experience with your friends!


Thursday April 28, 2016 6:45pm - 7:45pm
Dolby Ballroom Terrace Dolby Ballroom Terrace (5th Floor)

8:00pm

“I Create Music” Center Stage
Cap off the first day of the EXPO with some great live music. Our featured performers hail from across the genre spectrum, with one thing in common: they’re all brilliant songwriters. They’re here to perform songs that they wrote and you love in an intimate, “in-the-round” setting. There’s nothing like hearing a song you love from the person who wrote it!

Moderators
avatar for Desmond Child

Desmond Child

“Dude (Looks Like A Lady),” “Livin’ on a Prayer,” “Livin’ La Vida Loca,” “Waking Up in Vegas”, Songwriter, Producer
Songwriter, Producer – “Dude (Looks Like A Lady),” “Livin’ on a Prayer,” “Livin’ La Vida Loca,” “Waking Up in Vegas”  | | For nearly three decades, songwriter-producer and ASCAP Board Member Desmond Child has reigned as one of music's most successful creative forces. His accolades include Grammy awards, over 70 Top 40 singles and songs that have sold more than 300 million... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for Brett James

Brett James

"Something in the Water," "Jesus, Take the Wheel," "When the Sun Goes Down," "The Truth", Songwriter, Producer
Songwriter, Producer - "Something in the Water," "Jesus, Take the Wheel," "When the Sun Goes Down," "The Truth" | | From Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood, Jason Aldean, Taylor Swift, Keith Urban and Rascal Flatts . . . to Bon Jovi, Backstreet Boys, Will I Am, Daughtry, Kelly Clarkson, and Leona Lewis, Brett James has had more than 350 of his songs recorded by some of the biggest artists in the world. His songs have appeared on albums with... Read More →
avatar for Kevin Kadish

Kevin Kadish

"All About That Bass," "Lips Are Movin," "(There's Gotta Be) More to Life," "Wordplay", Songwriter, Producer
Songwriter, Producer - "All About That Bass," "Lips Are Movin," "(There's Gotta Be) More to Life," "Wordplay" Kevin Kadish is an American Grammy Award-nominated songwriter, producer, sound engineer, and instrumentalist who has participated in the production of many commercially successful American recordings. He co-wrote, produced, and mixed the 2014 multi-platinum single "All About That Bass" for Meghan Trainor, which spent eight weeks at No. 1... Read More →
avatar for Brian McKnight

Brian McKnight

"Back at One," "Love of My Life," "One Last Cry," "You Should Be Mine (Don't Waste Your Time)", Songwriter, Artist, Producer
Songwriter, Artist, Producer - "Back at One," "Love of My Life," "One Last Cry," "You Should Be Mine (Don't Waste Your Time)" As an artist who needs no introduction, Brian McKnight has earned himself a spot in contemporary music history. He has released 15 albums to date, with several going 2 and 3x platinum, and he has sold over 20 million albums worldwide. In addition to being a singer, songwriter and producer, McKnight is also a... Read More →
avatar for Rob Thomas

Rob Thomas

"Push," "3AM,""Smooth," “Lonely No More”, Songwriter, Artist
Songwriter, Artist - "Push," "3AM,""Smooth," “Lonely No More” Rob Thomas is one of modern music’s most compelling and commercially successful artists. For 20 years, he has been the frontman and primary composer for Matchbox Twenty, leading the quintet to multi-platinum success over the course of four albums and a string of No. 1 hits that include “Push,” “3AM,” “Bent,” “If... Read More →
avatar for Suzanne Vega

Suzanne Vega

"Luka," "Tom's Diner," Solitude Standing Theatre: Carson McCullers Talks About Love, Songwriter, Artist
Songwriter, Artist - "Luka," "Tom's Diner," Solitude Standing Theatre: Carson McCullers Talks About Love Widely regarded as one of the most brilliant songwriters of her generation, Suzanne Vega emerged as a leading figure of the folk-music revival of the early 1980s when, accompanying herself on acoustic guitar, she sang what has been labeled contemporary folk or neo-folk songs of her own creation in Greenwich Village clubs.  Since the... Read More →


Thursday April 28, 2016 8:00pm - 10:30pm
Ohm Nightclub Hollywood & Highland Center (4th Floor)

10:30pm

ASCAP EXPO Networking in the Lobby Bar
Didn’t get in enough networking during the day? Mix, mingle and grab a drink at the bar with your fellow EXPO attendees. Head to the Lobby Bar to end your first day at the ASCAP EXPO.

Thursday April 28, 2016 10:30pm - 11:59pm
Lobby Bar 1st Floor

10:30pm

ASCAP EXPO iStandard Producer and Rapper Showcase
For the eighth year running, ASCAP and iStandard have partnered up to present a unique showcase, specifically for producers and rappers. Eight EXPO attendees, whose tracks were pre-selected by iStandard, will have their music played before a panel of prominent industry tastemakers, who will then provide constructive criticism in front of a live - and lively! - audience. Two rappers have been selected, via submissions from EXPO attendees, to perform as well. Get in the groove at this beat-tastic event!

Panelists
avatar for Deputy

Deputy

“Bitch Better Have My Money”, Producer
Producer - “Bitch Better Have My Money” | | One of the newest talents to break into the realm of pop, R&B and hip-hop music production, Deputy constantly seeks to create fresh, innovative music for all genres. Deputy has already had the pleasure of working with A-list writers and artists in his young career, such as Rihanna, Wale, J Cole, NeYo, Rick Ross, French Montana, Flo Rida, The Dream, Sean Garrett to list a... Read More →
avatar for Gizzle

Gizzle

"Real Friends," "Main Chick," "You Could Be My Lover," "Big Daddy", Rapper, Songwriter
Rapper, Songwriter - "Real Friends," "Main Chick," "You Could Be My Lover," "Big Daddy"    Grammy-nominated and multi-platinum songwriter and artist, Gizzle, is from Los Angeles, CA. She has co-written with the best producers, writers, and artists in the game including Pharrell, Timbaland, Puff Daddy, Teddy Riley, Hit-Boy, Baby Face, Toby Gad, T.I., Nicki Minaj, Ty$, Snoop Dogg, Nelly, Trey Songz, Chris Brown, and many... Read More →
avatar for Problem

Problem

Rapper
Rapper | | Jason Martin, better known by his stage name, Problem is arapper. He has released nine mixtapes in his career. His debut retail project, an EP named Understand Me, was released in late 2013. He is best known for his single "Like Whaaat" and for featuring on E-40's "Function."
avatar for Rahki

Rahki

"i," "Institutionalized," "Black Boy Fly," "Won't Back Down", Producer
Producer - "i," "Institutionalized," "Black Boy Fly," "Won't Back Down" Rahki counts working on Eminem’s 2010 album Recovery as his first official foray into the music business. From there, he has gone on to work with DJ Khalil - whom he counts as a mentor, Curren$y, R. Kelly, and many more. Rahki garnered a Grammy nomination for his work as a producer on Lamar’s 2012 album Good Kid, M.A.A.D City, which was nominated for Album of the... Read More →
avatar for Swiff D

Swiff D

"Studio," "Bring My Bottles," "Animal Ambition", Producer, Songwriter
Producer, Songwriter - "Studio," "Bring My Bottles," "Animal Ambition" Hailing from Ontario, California, the Grammy-nominated producer Steve “Swiff D” Thornton began his career as the musical mastermind behind the hip hop group Pac Div. Placing as a finalist in the 2007 Red Bull Big Tune competition enabled him to develop a worldwide fan-base and led him to work with highly revered artists such as Snoop Dogg, Lil Wayne, Busta... Read More →



Thursday April 28, 2016 10:30pm - Friday April 29, 2016 12:30am
Ohm Nightclub Hollywood & Highland Center (4th Floor)
 
Friday, April 29
 

8:00am

9:30am

The ASCAP Room
Learn about ASCAP Member Access and speak to an ASCAP Writer & Publisher Services representative about your membership. This is also where you can pick up your registration bag and enter to win prizes from our sponsors during the EXPO.


Friday April 29, 2016 9:30am - 4:30pm
Elysian Park 3rd Floor

9:30am

9:30am

ASCAP EXPO Creator Tent Open
Join us on the Dolby Ballroom Terrace in the ASCAP EXPO Creator Tent to connect with fellow music creators, recharge your mobile device, sign the Why I Create Music wall, take pictures at the #ASCAPEXPO photo booth or find a new collaborator! You can share your photo booth picture on your own social media.

All photos will be available online at bit.ly/16ascappics as well as on the ASCAP EXPO Facebook page, tag yourself!

Friday April 29, 2016 9:30am - 7:00pm
ASCAP EXPO Creator Tent Dolby Ballroom Terrace (5th Floor)

9:45am

Just Gettin’ Started: Master Session with Ashley Gorley
Twenty-five #1 singles. A three-time ASCAP Country Songwriter of the Year winner. Major cuts for country superstars Luke Bryan, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Florida Georgia Line, Brad Paisley, Tim McGraw, George Strait, Rascal Flatts, Darius Rucker, Trace Adkins and many more. Though Ashley Gorley’s songwriting achievements are staggering, the numbers tell only half the story. He’s also one of the most consistently inspired musical storytellers in the business, and he’s parlayed his success into a flourishing publishing company, Tape Room Music. In this revealing session, Gorley will delve deep into his history as a music creator, and tell the stories behind some of his most beloved songs. You’ll learn how this master songsmith developed his craft, and hear his expert advice on how to sustain a songwriting career in the long-term.

Moderators
avatar for Beth Brinker

Beth Brinker

Creative Manager, Nashville, Membership, ASCAP
Creative Manager, Nashville, Membership - ASCAP

Panelists
avatar for Ashley Gorley

Ashley Gorley

"Crash My Party," "Runnin' Outta Moonlight," "Good Girl," "You're Gonna Miss This", Songwriter, Publisher
Songwriter - "Crash My Party," "Runnin' Outta Moonlight," "Good Girl," "You're Gonna Miss This" Ashley Gorley is an award-winning songwriter and publisher based in Nashville. He has earned the ASCAP Country Songwriter of the Year Award three times, in 2015, 2014 and 2009, and was also named the 2014 NSAI Songwriter of the Year and 2013 Billboard Country Songwriter of the Year. Gorley also earned Song of the Year honors at the 2009... Read More →


Friday April 29, 2016 9:45am - 11:00am
Hollywood Ballroom D 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)

9:45am

Hit Producers Get Technical (Presented by LANDR)
Music producers today are big stars in their own right. That’s because great production is as essential to a song’s success as a great performer, lyric and melody. These top producers are the creative masterminds behind some of modern music’s biggest hits. Their inventive work in the studio has boosted careers and helped transcend genres in incredible ways. Get a behind the board look at how they crafted some of their biggest hits, from their go-to recording gear and software programs to their recording techniques and guiding principles in the studio. They’ll also explain what skills you need to be a professional producer today.

Moderators
avatar for Daniel Rowland

Daniel Rowland

Sr. Audio Engineer, Producer, LANDR
Sr. Audio Engineer - LANDR  | Engineer, Producer Daniel Rowland is a Nashville-based recording engineer, producer, and music technologist. He has taught studio production at colleges in Nashville for the past decade, calling Middle TN State University home for the past 5 years. He founded TheOnlineAudioSchool in 2006, providing live, online instruction for DAWs and production techniques to clients around the world.  He... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for Andrew Cedar

Andrew Cedar

"See You Again," "Globalization," “GDFR”, Producer
Producer - "See You Again," "Globalization," “GDFR” Andrew Cedar was born and raised in Orange County, California. With a family full of musicians, he realized his passion for music at a young age. As an up and coming jazz pianist, Andrew attended Orange County High School of the Arts and received numerous accolades. After receiving a scholarship to continue his musical studies at UCLA, Andrew pursued a music degree and graduated... Read More →
avatar for Chris DeStefano

Chris DeStefano

"Something in the Water," "That's My Kind of Night," "Good Girl," "Don't Ya", Songwriter, Producer
Songwriter, Producer - "Something in the Water," "That's My Kind of Night," "Good Girl," "Don't Ya" Chris DeStefano is a Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter, record producer and multi-instrumentalist, raised in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey and currently residing in Nashville, TN. As a songwriter, he has earned multiple #1 songs with artists including Carrie Underwood (“Good Girl,” "Little Toy Guns," “Smoke Break”), Billy Currington... Read More →
avatar for Harmony Samuels

Harmony Samuels

"I Bet," "Over and Over Again," "The Way," "I'm in Love with a Monster", Producer, Songwriter
Producer, Songwriter - "I Bet," "Over and Over Again," "The Way," "I'm in Love with a Monster" Grammy-nominated producer Harmony Samuels has the talent of bringing out the greatness out of an artist each time he steps into a studio. From working with Ariana Grande, Chris Brown, Fantasia, Ciara, Fifth Harmony, JoJo to countless of other superstar artists; his creativity and production has made an undeniable impact in the music... Read More →



Friday April 29, 2016 9:45am - 11:00am
Dolby Ballroom 5th Floor

9:45am

Navigating the Landscape of YouTube and Beyond: Maximizing Revenue from Key Streaming Platforms (Presented by AdRev)
The digital music landscape can be intimidating and confusing. This panel will demystify how revenue is generated on various platforms, giving you direct access to key business leaders with expertise in the space. From streaming and protecting your music on YouTube to being properly set up to receive royalties from Spotify, SoundCloud and beyond, this panel will discuss and provide actionable knowledge for the key platforms and revenue streams available to today's songwriters and artists.

Moderators
avatar for Noah Becker

Noah Becker

President, AdRev
President - AdRev | | Noah serves as President at AdRev - a global leader in YouTube monetization, administration, and proprietary software development. AdRev administers over 6 million copyrights and paid out over $14.8M to its client base in YouTube royalties in 2015. Noah has a diverse background as both a longtime composer / producer, and industry insider. For the past 5 years, he has assisted AdRev’s client base with YouTube... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for Edwin Cox

Edwin Cox

Managing & Creative Director / President, West One Music Group
Managing & Creative Director / President - West One Music Group     Over the past decade I have built our group of music companies into one of the leading independent production, broadcast and film music houses in the world. I combine creative vision with an eye for global industry trends and licensing practices. I have a pop music studio background, including working as a sound engineer on numerous Top Ten UK chart hits. Since I... Read More →
avatar for Abby North

Abby North

Owner, Music Publisher & Music Supervisor, North Music Group
Owner, Music Publisher & Music Supervisor - North Music Group | | Abby North is the principal of North Music Group, an independent music publishing and rights administration company based in Los Angeles. Abby received a BA from UCLA and later completed UCLA Extension’s Film Scoring program led by renowned composer/conductor Don Ray. Although her current focus is rights management, Abby has 20 years of experience working as a... Read More →
avatar for Ben Patterson

Ben Patterson

Founder & CEO, DashGo
Founder & CEO - DashGo Ben Patterson founded and operates DashGo, a digital content distribution and services platform for independent artists, labels and content owners. DashGo provides online distribution, campaign execution and strategic marketing services. Since 2004, DashGo has focused on creating new revenue streams and promotional opportunities for artists and securing deals with Apple, YouTube, Emusic, Spotify, Hulu and most major... Read More →
avatar for Jeff Ponchick

Jeff Ponchick

Founder & CEO, Repost Network
Founder & CEO - Repost Network | Jeff Ponchick is the founder of the Repost Network, which is the largest independent aggregator of artists and labels across SoundCloud. Prior to Repost, Jeff oversaw EDM, hip-hop, and record label partnerships at the multi-channel YouTube network Fullscreen, as well as developed a video processor that could crowdsource, synchronize, and auto-edit fan shot concert footage into a new video turning the... Read More →



Friday April 29, 2016 9:45am - 11:00am
Mt. Olympus 3rd Floor

9:45am

Live Multi-Genre Song Feedback Session with Darrell Brown - Part I
Note: This is an extended-length two-hour session. 
Join #1 pop and country songwriter-producer Darrell Brown for a panel unlike anything you’ve ever experienced. At his ever-popular ASCAP EXPO sessions, master “song whisperer” Brown gives more than simple song critiques. He offers concrete suggestions to improve songs in real time, and invites the audience to jump in and help, too. Come prepared for a chance to perform your original song live - you might end up unlocking your inner hitmaker!

Panelists
avatar for Darrell Brown

Darrell Brown

"You'll Think of Me,” “Why Don't We Just Dance,” “Crazy Women,” “Simple Things”, Songwriter, Producer, Arranger
Songwriter, Producer, Arranger - "You'll Think of Me,” “Why Don't We Just Dance,” “Crazy Women,” “Simple Things” Darrell Brown is a songwriter, producer and arranger. Brown has written hit songs for recording artists of almost every genre of popular music as well as music for film and television. He has written songs for Keith Urban (including the Grammy Award-winning song, “You’ll Think of Me”) Bon Jovi, Faith Hill, The... Read More →


Friday April 29, 2016 9:45am - 11:45am
Hollywood Ballroom B-C 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)

10:30am

One-on-One Sessions (Presented by Berklee Online) - Sold Out
One-on-One Sessions offer EXPO attendees the opportunity to meet in person with a songwriter/composer, music publisher, online marketing executive, record company executive, film/TV music executive, music attorney or ASCAP executive. The 15-minute session will be a mix of career advice and song critiques.

Our 500 One-on-One sessions sold out in January like they do each year. There are no openings or waiting list spots available. 

Panelists
avatar for Stevie Aiello

Stevie Aiello

Touring Member of 30 Seconds To Mars, Songwriter, Producer
Songwriter, Producer As an artist, Stevie Aiello fronted the Island/Def Jam rock band Monty Are I. During that time, Stevie had the opportunity to work with producers and writers Mitch Allan (Jason Derulo, Demi Lovato, Kelly Clarkson), Don Gilmore (Linkin Park, Avril Lavigne), Matt Squire (One Direction, Demi Lovato), & Elvis Baskette (Incubus) on an artist level. He's now able to channel those experiences as a songwriter, producer and... Read More →
avatar for Michael Akiko

Michael Akiko

Manager, A&R
Manager Michael Akiko is a 10 year music veteran who has worked with the likes of DJ Mustard, Nick Jonas and Yung Thug. As a publisher/A&R, he has contributed to hits for Trey Songz, Nicki Minaj, and 2 Chainz, among many others.
avatar for Theo Aronson

Theo Aronson

GM, US Record Label, Communion Music
GM, US Record Label - Communion Music Theo Aronson is the Label Manager of Communion Records North America. Based in New York, Aronson has 10 years of experience in promotion, A&R, and management as founder of Ooh La La Records and a successful producer and composer in his own right. Communion was born in the Summer of 2006 as a monthly live music night at London’s Notting Hill Arts Club, and quickly grew into an active and... Read More →
avatar for Daryl Berg

Daryl Berg

Principal, Music Supervisor, Sound Canyon
Principal, Music Supervisor – Sound Canyon | | Principal, Music Supervisor – Sound Canyon Daryl Berg re-launched Sound Canyon in Fall of 2015 after serving as Vice President, Head of Music for FremantleMedia North America, where he handled music supervision and licensing, oversaw and grew their publishing assets, and worked with both television and digital departments on the developmental sides. Prior to that he served as Vice... Read More →
avatar for James Burnett

James Burnett

Burnett Music Group, Songwriter, Composer / Owner
Owner - Burnett Music Group | Songwriter, Composer Burnett Music Group is dedicated to representing the best music. Our mission is to be an outlet for talented musicians to share their music with the world through powerful media and artist records.  Founded in 2013 at Berklee College of Music, James Burnett formed a small team with his classmates to sell music in a major way. Within the first six months Burnett Music Group secured the theme... Read More →
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Connor Echausse

A&R, Pulse Music Publishing
A&R - Pulse Music Publishing | | After graduating from Northeastern University, Connor Echausse began his career at Songs Music Publishing in New York, before moving out to Los Angeles to work for Republic Records. Working under Tom Mackay and Maureen Kenny, Connor worked with artists such as Of Monsters & Men, Florida Georgia Line, Weezer, The Voice, and soundtrack projects including The Walking Dead and The Hunger Games. Now a... Read More →
avatar for Shea Fowler

Shea Fowler

Creative Director, Cornman Music
Creative Director - Cornman Music Shea Fowler, a native Texan, is a graduate of Belmont University with a B.S. in Entertainment Industry Studies. Beginning her professional career as a performer, Shea has worked in entertainment since the age of two. She moved into the business side of the music industry working for Big Machine Label Group in A&R, with artists such as Taylor Swift, Rascal Flatts, Reba and The Band Perry. Shea currently... Read More →
avatar for Buffy Hubelbank

Buffy Hubelbank

Creative Director, Publishing, Red Bull Records
Creative Director, Publishing - Red Bull Records After graduating from Berklee College of Music in Boston, Buffy headed west to jump start her career in the music industry and quickly landed a job as Client Service Manager at The Record Plant Studios in Hollywood. At The Record Plant,  she met Ron Fair,  then Chairman of Geffen Records and transitioned to a position under his wing. Buffy coordinated projects for marquee acts such as... Read More →
avatar for Charles

Charles "Chizzy" Stephens III

"Sing No More," "Playtime," "I Can't Win", Songwriter, Producer
Songwriter, Producer - "Sing No More," "Playtime," "I Can't Win" 2015 saw Chizzy cuts recorded by Chris Brown ("The Breakup"), Sony Finland's Isac Elliot ("No On Else"), Sony Spain's Abraham Mateo ("Todo Termino"), Warner Spain's Sweet California ("Love On The Run) & K-pop sensation Got7 ("Just Right"). Chizzy has produced and co-written on a variety of pop, R&B, and hip-hop records, including, Khalil and Justin Bieber's "Playtime... Read More →
avatar for Mike King

Mike King

Chief Marketing Officer, Berklee Online (Berklee College of Music)
Chief Marketing Officer - Berklee Online (Berklee College of Music) Mike King is an educator who has authored and teaches three courses at Berklee Online, Berklee College of Music’s online school: Online Music Marketing, Music Business Trends and Strategies, and Music Marketing 101. Mike authored Music Marketing: Press, Promotion, Distribution, and Retail for Berklee Press in 2009, and was recognized as the Best Music... Read More →
avatar for Angie Maggini

Angie Maggini

VP, Film & TV Music, Global Entertainment
VP, Film & TV Music - Global Entertainment | | Angie Maggini is the VP of Film & TV Music Licensing for Global Entertainment, a 360 music company. Based in Los Angeles, Angie oversees all aspects of Global’s synch licensing, including creative and administrative functions. Global’s current roster includes writer-artists such as Ellie Goulding, The Script, Jungle, and Corinne Bailey Rae, among others. Angie has extensive... Read More →
avatar for J. Rhodes

J. Rhodes

"Welcome to America," "Blood Diamonds," "Tabernacle," "Congregation", Producer
Producer - "Welcome to America," "Blood Diamonds," "Tabernacle," "Congregation" J. Rhodes is a Billboard, Stellar & Dove Award winning music producer from Dallas, Texas. Lecrae, The Game, Talib Kweli, Black Thought of the Roots, Royce Da 5'9, Waka Flocka Flame, Ab-Soul, Slim Thug, Rhymefest & many more talented artist have been backed by a J.Rhodes production. The Vintage Rhodes brand is made up of much more than music though. His... Read More →
avatar for Jonathan Rosner

Jonathan Rosner

President, Waterslide Music & Clear This!
President -  Waterslide Music & Clear This!   Having spent twenty plus years as a music publisher, Jonathan Rosner is president of Waterslide Music and Clear This! music clearance.  At Waterslide, he's signed up and coming band Fever The Ghost and singer/songwriter Dylan LeBlanc in addition to managing the estate of jazz great Maynard Ferguson and looking after the Margo Guryan catalog, among others. Formerly, Jon was... Read More →
avatar for DJ Speedy

DJ Speedy

"Irreplaceable (Remix),” "Are You Lonely,” “Night Night”, Producer
Producer - "Irreplaceable (Remix),” "Are You Lonely,” “Night Night” | | Harvey Miller, also known by stage name DJ Speedy is an American producer, DJ, and performing artist who has worked alongside artists such as Beyoncé, Nelly, Kelly Rowland, Rich Boy, Bun B, Murphy Lee, Gucci Mane, Young Jeezy, OutKast and Flo Rida. Originally from Orangeburg, South Carolina, DJ Speedy has produced work resulting in over... Read More →
avatar for Rachel Stilwell, Esq.

Rachel Stilwell, Esq.

Attorney, Law Offices of Rachel Stilwell
Attorney - Law Offices of Rachel Stilwell Rachel's law practice focuses on entertainment, intellectual property, licensing, and commercial transactions. Rachel represents artists, creators and producers of music, film and television in transactions with content providers and distributors. She advises and negotiates on behalf of businesses and artists on complex intellectual property matters and business transactions. Prior... Read More →
avatar for James Tanner

James Tanner

Producer, Composer / Music Licensing, Burnett Music Group
Music Licensing - Burnett Music Group | Producer, Composer   After several years of touring the country as a member of the rock band Signal to Noise (Eyeball Records), James eventually moved to Los Angeles where he was hired by David Vanacore in 2009 as a producer/composer and began providing music to various television productions. On parting ways with Vanacore Music, James was recruited by Jingle Punks to be the head of Creative... Read More →
avatar for Marc Wilson

Marc Wilson

Director, A&R, Pop/Rock, Warner/Chappell Music
Director, A&R, Pop/Rock - Warner/Chappell Music Marc Wilson is the Director of A&R, Pop/Rock at Warner/Chappell Music in Los Angeles, CA. Marc has been in music publishing for over 12 years and got his start at BMG Music Publishing. Since at Warner/Chappell Music, Marc has grown his roster by signing new artists and developing hit songwriters. Currently his roster includes: World-renowned DJ Steve Aoki; Songwriters, Ian Kirkpatrick... Read More →
avatar for Barrett Yeretsian

Barrett Yeretsian

"Jar of Hearts," “Jealous of the Angels,” “Not Yet,” "Slow", Songwriter, Producer / IronHeart Records
Songwriter, Producer - "Jar of Hearts," “Jealous of the Angels,” “Not Yet,” "Slow" | Owner - IronHeart Records “To me, every song is a hero’s journey,” says songwriter/producer Barrett Yeretsian. The journeys undertaken by the highly sought-after tunesmith and producer have sold over 8 million copies worldwide, demonstrating that his intuitive, story-driven approach and radar for authenticity are a... Read More →



Friday April 29, 2016 10:30am - 12:45pm
Doheny/Beachwood 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)

11:00am

ASCAP EXPO Boutique
Get some official ASCAP merch to show your ASCAP pride after the EXPO is over! You can also pick up a book written by one of our EXPO panelists.

Friday April 29, 2016 11:00am - 4:30pm
2nd Floor (Mezzanine) 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)

11:10am

ASCAP Advocacy: Make Your Voice Heard!
As copyright reform moves forward, we need to make sure that our elected officials hear the voice of the music creator loud and clear. By actively engaging with Congress, we increase the likelihood that our outdated music licensing system will be fixed in the years to come. Stop by our advocacy booth to participate in our ongoing political efforts and sign up for future updates. Find out about the ASCAP Legislative Fund for the Arts (bit.ly/ASCAP-PAC), our political action committee (PAC), and how it helps to further our work in Washington.

You can also get your free ASCAP EXPO pins to display on your badge lanyard to show everyone what type of music creator you are. Stop by and visit us near on the 2nd floor (Mezzanine) near the Registration Desk.


Friday April 29, 2016 11:10am - 11:40am
2nd Floor (Mezzanine) 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)

11:10am

ASCAP EXPO Creator Tent: Connect and Recharge
Join us on the Dolby Ballroom Terrace in the ASCAP EXPO Creator Tent to connect with fellow music creators, recharge your mobile device, sign the Why I Create Music wall, take pictures at the #ASCAPEXPO photo booth or find a new collaborator! You can share your photo booth picture on your own social media.

All photos will be available online at bit.ly/16ascappics as well as on the ASCAP EXPO Facebook page, tag yourself!

Friday April 29, 2016 11:10am - 11:40am
ASCAP EXPO Creator Tent Dolby Ballroom Terrace (5th Floor)

11:10am

CD Baby: How to Legally Distribute a Cover Song
Cover songs are some of the most effective ways to grow your audience. But if you distribute a cover song without securing the proper license, you could find yourself in a world of legal hurt. In this workshop, the CD Baby team will walk you through the cover song licensing process so you can legally offer your music in places like iTunes, Spotify, your website, Soundcloud and YouTube, and make sure the songwriters and publishers get paid.


Friday April 29, 2016 11:10am - 11:40am
Runyon 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)

11:10am

11:10am

Kaotica Lounge: Laz-e Session
Creating your ideal recording space is as easy as placing the Kaotica Eyeball over your favorite microphone. We’ve got you acoustically treated right out of the box. Come join us at our lounge to kick back, relax, check out the Eyeball and enjoy some delicious, natural Hint water.


Friday April 29, 2016 11:10am - 11:40am
Laurel 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)

11:10am

Sam Ash Presents Ovation Guitars: 50th Anniversary Models - The Ultimate Songwriter Guitars
Ovation Guitars proudly marks a half-century of innovative guitar-making with the release of three, distinctly different, limited edition guitar models handcrafted exclusively in Ovation’s newly reopened USA Custom Shop, located in New Hartford, CT. The 50th Anniversary Custom Elite, 50th Anniversary Custom Legend and 40th Anniversary Adamas models retain many of the brand’s classic features, including the distinctive parabolic shape and innovative onboard electronics that allow the artist to move freely around the stage. Both 50th and 40th Anniversary models feature intricate mother of pearl and brass phoenix inlays, signifying Ovation’s proud return to USA production. Comprising 14 individual pieces, each phoenix is expertly inlaid by Ovation Guitars’ world-class luthiers and will only be available on the limited edition, 50th Anniversary models.


Friday April 29, 2016 11:10am - 11:40am
Solano 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)

11:10am

Shutterstock Music: Calling all Music Producers - Earn Money on Every Track
Shutterstock powers one of the world's largest marketplaces for production music. Our tracks are licensed every day for videos, films, apps, games and television by the world’s largest companies, including Apple, Facebook, Google and Samsung. During this in-depth session, members of our music team will explain how we work with our music producers and provide pro tips on producing high-quality music for licensing.


Friday April 29, 2016 11:10am - 11:40am
Los Feliz 3rd Floor

11:45am

Voice of Reason: Master Session with Eric Whitacre
Eric Whitacre is truly a composer for our time. His music is grounded in classical tradition, but he embraces technology as a means of uniting musicians and audiences, and as part of the creative process itself (his 2015 piece Deep Field is scored for chorus, orchestra and mobile app!). While he has earned a Grammy, impressive sales and global renown for his choral music, Whitacre knows the value of diversification. He’s constantly expanding his horizons, collaborating with Hollywood film composers and pop icons, and traveling the world as a speaker and educator. One month after his appointment as the LA Master Chorale's first Artist-in-Residence, Whitacre will lead this multimedia seminar about process, inspiration, and why concert music is still so valuable to music makers and listeners alike in the 21st century.

Panelists
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Eric Whitacre

Light and Gold, Water Night, Virtual Choir series, Composer, Conductor
Composer, Conductor - Light and Gold, Water Night, Virtual Choir series Grammy-winning composer and conductor Eric Whitacre is one of the most popular musicians of his generation. His concert music has been performed throughout the world by millions of amateur and professional musicians alike, while his ground-breaking Virtual Choirs have united singers from over 110 different countries. As conductor of the Eric Whitacre Singers he has... Read More →


Friday April 29, 2016 11:45am - 1:00pm
Mt. Olympus 3rd Floor

11:45am

We Are Young: A Conversation Between Nate Ruess & Paul Williams
After over a decade of paying his dues and developing his craft in various music projects, in 2011 singer-songwriter Nate Ruess and his mates in the band fun. released their single “We Are Young” into the world. The song, featuring guest vocals by Janelle Monae, became a #1 hit, earning Ruess two Grammys and a new position as one of the world’s reigning pop stars. Ruess became an in-demand collaborator, and with P!nk, with whom he dueted on “Just Give Me a Reason,” he earned his second #1 hit. In 2015, he released his first solo album, Grand Romantic, and its powerful single, “Nothing Without Love,” taking his career to new heights. In this special session, Grammy, Oscar and Golden Globe-winning Hall of Fame songwriter Paul Williams will join Reuss in an honest conversation about their respective musical paths. They will explore the joys, and pains, of pursuing a creative life, how to be truly committed to your craft and how to stay open and productive as a songwriter, no matter what stage you are at in your career. 

Moderators
avatar for Jason Silberman

Jason Silberman

Sr. Director, Pop/Rock, Membership, ASCAP
Sr. Director, Pop/Rock, Membership - ASCAP

Panelists
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Nate Ruess (fun.)

"We Are Young," "Just Give Me A Reason," "Nothing Without Love", Songwriter, Artist
Songwriter, Artist - "We Are Young," "Just Give Me A Reason," "Nothing Without Love" Nate Ruess knew he wanted to call his album Grand Romantic long before he finished writing its songs. The singer-songwriter says he’s always been a romantic, even if he’s also always been the cynical kind. Last summer, as he began writing and demoing tracks for his solo debut, his awareness of these dueling qualities was especially pronounced... Read More →
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Paul Williams

“Evergreen,” “Rainy Days and Mondays,” “We’ve Only Just Begun,” “The Rainbow Connection", Songwriter, Actor, Author / President & Chairman – ASCAP
Songwriter, Actor – “Evergreen,” “Rainy Days and Mondays,” “We’ve Only Just Begun,” “The Rainbow Connection" | President & Chairman of the Board – ASCAP Paul Williams is one of the most beloved and respected music creators in the world today. A lyricist and composer who has won an Oscar Award, three Grammy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, an Ivor Novello International Award, and... Read More →


Friday April 29, 2016 11:45am - 1:00pm
Dolby Ballroom 5th Floor

11:45am

Women Behind the Music
From the top of the charts to the silver screen, from successful music publishers to boutique branding companies, women are everywhere in music. And while there is more opportunity than ever for talented women to succeed in the music biz, they still face unique challenges. This panel of gifted women will share how they carved out their unique careers. They’ll discuss the work they put in, the sacrifices they made, and the valuable lessons they learned on the way to making their mark - and making a difference.

Moderators
avatar for Joncier Rienecker

Joncier Rienecker

Associate Director, Rhythm & Soul, Membership, ASCAP
Associate Director, Rhythm & Soul, Membership - ASCAP

Panelists
avatar for Gizzle

Gizzle

"Real Friends," "Main Chick," "You Could Be My Lover," "Big Daddy", Rapper, Songwriter
Rapper, Songwriter - "Real Friends," "Main Chick," "You Could Be My Lover," "Big Daddy"    Grammy-nominated and multi-platinum songwriter and artist, Gizzle, is from Los Angeles, CA. She has co-written with the best producers, writers, and artists in the game including Pharrell, Timbaland, Puff Daddy, Teddy Riley, Hit-Boy, Baby Face, Toby Gad, T.I., Nicki Minaj, Ty$, Snoop Dogg, Nelly, Trey Songz, Chris Brown, and many... Read More →
avatar for Kirby

Kirby

“Die With You,” “Only One,” “FourFiveSeconds,” “Break Your Heart Right Back”, Songwriter
Songwriter - “Die With You,” “Only One,” “FourFiveSeconds,” “Break Your Heart Right Back” | | Kirby is an artist and singer-songwriter from Southaven, Mississippi. An alumni of Berklee College of Music, Kirby sparked a career in songwriting by writing A Song A Day on YouTube for 275 days. She was signed to Roc Nation on Day 302. Kirby is the pen behind hits like, “Die With You&rdquo... Read More →
avatar for Marta Cyhan

Marta Cyhan

Chief Marketing Officer, MAC Presents
Chief Marketing Officer - MAC Presents Marta Cyhan grew up singing into her wooden spoon at family parties with the hopes of someday becoming a back-up singer. Her dreams were crushed when her family explained she was better off planning the party versus performing at it. Marta became enamored with brand jingles and messaging from commercials. She parlayed this love into a personal goal, which was to be affiliated with brands and companies... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer Drake

Jennifer Drake

Sr. Director, A&R, Sony/ATV Music Publishing
Sr. Director, A&R - Sony/ATV Music Publishing Jennifer Drake recently joined Sony/ATV Music Publishing as Senior Director, A&R, based in Los Angeles. She was previously at Universal Music Publishing Group where she worked for the past two years in the role of creative director. Before Drake joined UMPG at the beginning of 2014, she spent three years at ASCAP, initially as director of membership in its rhythm and soul department in New... Read More →
avatar for Kay Hanley

Kay Hanley

"Awake," "Here and Now" TV: Doc McStuffins, Songwriter, Artist (Letters to Cleo)
Songwriter, Artist (Letters to Cleo) - "Awake," "Here and Now" TV: Doc McStuffins Kay Hanley is best known as the lead singer of Boston-based 90's alternative rock band Letters to Cleo, spawning such hits as "Awake" and "Here and Now," which was featured on Fox's hit series Melrose Place. After 3 albums and a decade together, Letters To Cleo called it quits.  Ms. Hanley continued her work as a singer and songwriter, providing... Read More →
avatar for Angie Pagano

Angie Pagano

General Manager, Artist Publishing Group
General Manager - Artist Publishing Group Angie Pagano is the General Manager of APG, a position she has held since June, 2014. Due to her 10+ years of experience in the music business, she guides and assists APG in all aspects including management, operations, business affairs, finance, synchronization, and creative, as well as APG’s compounding growth. “Angie’s combination of experience, energy, and leadership is among the... Read More →


Friday April 29, 2016 11:45am - 1:00pm
Hollywood Ballroom D 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)

11:45am

Live Multi-Genre Song Feedback Session with Darrell Brown - Part II
Note: This is an extended-length two-hour session. 
Join #1 pop and country songwriter-producer Darrell Brown for a panel unlike anything you’ve ever experienced. At his ever-popular ASCAP EXPO sessions, master “song whisperer” Brown gives more than simple song critiques. He offers concrete suggestions to improve songs in real time, and invites the audience to jump in and help, too. Come prepared for a chance to perform your original song live - you might end up unlocking your inner hitmaker!

Panelists
avatar for Darrell Brown

Darrell Brown

"You'll Think of Me,” “Why Don't We Just Dance,” “Crazy Women,” “Simple Things”, Songwriter, Producer, Arranger
Songwriter, Producer, Arranger - "You'll Think of Me,” “Why Don't We Just Dance,” “Crazy Women,” “Simple Things” Darrell Brown is a songwriter, producer and arranger. Brown has written hit songs for recording artists of almost every genre of popular music as well as music for film and television. He has written songs for Keith Urban (including the Grammy Award-winning song, “You’ll Think of Me”) Bon Jovi, Faith Hill, The... Read More →


Friday April 29, 2016 11:45am - 1:45pm
Hollywood Ballroom B-C 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)

1:00pm

Lunch Roundtables - Sold Out
The 175 attendees who signed up for our Lunch Roundtables will meet with four different panelists in small group settings. This event sold out in November!
There are no openings or wait list spots available.

Panelists
avatar for Sermstyle

Sermstyle

"Timber," “Ride Out," "I Don't Like It, I Love It", "Timber," “Ride Out," "I Don't Like It, I Love It"
Producer - "Timber," “Ride Out," "I Don't Like It, I Love It" Coming from a small town in Northern England, Sermstyle gained music industry attention through social media. By using Twitter, he achieved his first placement with Young Buck in 2010. Sermstyle continued to land more records with artists including Wiz Khalifa, Kendrick Lamar, Flo Rida, Kid Ink and many more. Building on his urban background, Sermstyle began to shift... Read More →
avatar for Sophie Beem

Sophie Beem

Songwriter, Artist
Songwriter, Artist It all starts with that voice: An affectively powerful instrument that has you moving with the music from first listen. As for the songs: Riveting teen rallying cries like “Skyline” and “I Got It” and “Girls Will Be Girls” are prompted by scorching rhythmic tracks and a songwriting depth that contradict her age. More than just your average New York City Alpha girl, 16 year old Sophie Beem... Read More →
avatar for Paul Brill

Paul Brill

TV: Full Battle Rattle, The Trials of Darryl Hunt, The Devil Came on Horseback, Composer
Composer - TV: Full Battle Rattle, The Trials of Darryl Hunt, The Devil Came on Horseback Paul Brill’s compositions for numerous award-winning films, TV series and commercials, NPR program themes, and several acclaimed CDs of original and innovative songwriting show that youthful adventures as an herbal smokes salesman, street performer, valet, corporate errand boy, and a marine biology instructor can serve the creative spirit... Read More →
avatar for Brent Canter, Esq.

Brent Canter, Esq.

Attorney, King, Holmes, Paterno & Soriano, LLP
Attorney - King, Holmes, Paterno & Soriano, LLP Brent Canter is an associate in the firm’s entertainment department where his practice covers a wide range of transactional entertainment, media and intellectual property matters with an emphasis on the music industry. Mr. Canter earned his law degree from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, where he was an editor of the Journal of Law & Technology. While in law... Read More →
avatar for Dave Cool

Dave Cool

Director, Artist Relations, Bandzoogle
Director, Artist Relations – Bandzoogle  Dave Cool (yes, that’s his real name) is the Director of Artist & Industry Outreach at Bandzoogle. Built for musicians by musicians, Bandzoogle makes it easy to build a beautiful mobile-friendly website, and sell music, merch & tickets commission-free. Dave is a recovering punk rock drummer, comedy nerd, wine snob, and loves to connect on Twitter. Follow him at @dave_cool
avatar for Jeffery David

Jeffery David

"Cool Kids," "Bright," "Half A Heart", Songwriter, Producer / Artist Manager (Echosmith)
Artist Manager, Echosmith - Cranberry Road Management | Songwriter, Producer - "Cool Kids," "Bright," "Half A Heart" Jeffery David has written songs for major artists such as Seal, Cher Lloyd, and Echosmith, including Echosmith’s pop hit and platinum-selling single, “Cool Kids”, which has sold over 1.4 million singles in the US and was #1 on Danish Radio and Top 20 in the UK for 9 weeks.  David has had over 350 synchs... Read More →
avatar for Melissa Emert-Hutner

Melissa Emert-Hutner

Sr. Director, Publishing, US Operations, Nettwerk Music Group
Sr. Director, Publishing, US Operations - Nettwerk Music Group Melissa Emert-Hutner is an industry veteran of 18 years, and is currently Senior Director of Publishing at Nettwerk Music Group in New York City. Her role entails working with Nettwerk One Music's publishing roster of writers and artists by setting up co-writes, pitching songs for cuts, and seeking out new writers and artists to add to the roster. Prior to this, Melissa ran her own... Read More →
avatar for Phil Galdston

Phil Galdston

"Save the Best for Last," "The Sweetest Days," "Fly," "One Voice", Songwriter, Producer
Songwriter, Producer - "Save the Best for Last," "The Sweetest Days," "Fly," "One Voice" | Phil Galdston is a songwriter/producer who is one of the few in the field to score hits on virtually every major chart. His songs and productions have appeared on nearly 80 million records by artists ranging from Celine Dion to Sheryl Crow, from Aaron Neville to Beyoncé, from Brandy to Kurt Elling. | | "Save the Best For Last," recorded by... Read More →
avatar for Ashley Gorley

Ashley Gorley

"Crash My Party," "Runnin' Outta Moonlight," "Good Girl," "You're Gonna Miss This", Songwriter, Publisher
Songwriter - "Crash My Party," "Runnin' Outta Moonlight," "Good Girl," "You're Gonna Miss This" Ashley Gorley is an award-winning songwriter and publisher based in Nashville. He has earned the ASCAP Country Songwriter of the Year Award three times, in 2015, 2014 and 2009, and was also named the 2014 NSAI Songwriter of the Year and 2013 Billboard Country Songwriter of the Year. Gorley also earned Song of the Year honors at the 2009... Read More →
avatar for Kevon

Kevon "KJ" Jaundoo

A&R / Producer Manager, Atlantic Records
A&R - Atlantic Records | Producer Manager | | Kevon "KJ" Jaundoo is recognized today as one of Atlanta’s renowned movers and shakers.  Humble beginnings in his small South American home formed the foundation for his love of music.  A single station played every genre of music throughout Jaundoo’s childhood.  He recalls listening to Outkast, The Backstreet Boys, Brittany Spears, Tony Braxton, and a host of other... Read More →
avatar for Katie Jelen

Katie Jelen

Head of Artist Relations; Creative, Music Publishing, Secret Road Music
Head of Artist Relations; Creative, Music Publishing - Secret Road Music Katie Jelen is head of artist relations for Secret Road Music Services and one half of the creative team for Secret Road Music Publishing, handling the Nashville operations for the company. A "recovering singer-songwriter," she is a classically trained vocalist with a degree in Music Industry as well as a law degree from Drexel University with a concentration... Read More →
avatar for Evita Kaigler, Esq.

Evita Kaigler, Esq.

Attorney, Law Offices of Evita G. Kaigler, LLC
Attorney - Law Offices of Evita G. Kaigler, LLC | | Evita G. Kaigler is an attorney, public speaker, author, philanthropist and champion for musical integrity. As founder of the Law Offices of Evita G. Kaigler, LLC, established in 2006, she leads the firm through her proficiency as a music lawyer and consultant, in the major recording, music publishing and the independent music market. The firm serves as legal counsel for some of Hip Hop's... Read More →
avatar for Nate Lowery

Nate Lowery

GM & VP, Creative, Cornman Music
GM & VP, Creative - Cornman Music Nate Lowery grew up in Florence, AL watching the songwriting business firsthand as his father, songwriter Donny Lowery, scored big with songs like “Old Flames” (Alabama) and “Why Does It Have To Be Wrong or Right” (Restless Heart). After moving to Nashville he began his career at Windswept Publishing, in the time honored tradition of working in the Tape Copy Room. From there he was... Read More →
avatar for Wade Metzler

Wade Metzler

Director, Artist & Industry Relations, SoundExchange
Director, Artist & Industry Relations - SoundExchange As Director of Industry Relations for SoundExchange, Wade Metzler oversees the company’s Artist & Industry Relations efforts on the West Coast. Wade possess over 20 years of creative and business development experience in many facets of the Music and Entertainment Industry, ranging from major music publishers, independent record labels, performance royalties and... Read More →
avatar for Andrew Robbins

Andrew Robbins

Sr. Director, Film/TV Music, Manhattan Production Music/Chesky Records
Sr. Director, Film/TV Music - Manhattan Production Music/Chesky Records Andrew Robbins is MPM’s Senior Director of Film/TV Music at Manhattan Production Music/Chesky Records. Based in the company’s new Los Angeles office, Robbins will be responsible for utilizing his long-standing relationships within the entertainment, broadcasting, and media industries to present and place MPM Music's extensive music and song catalogs within... Read More →
avatar for Danny Rukasin

Danny Rukasin

Artist Manager & Director of Touring, Working Group Artist Management
Artist Manager & Director of Touring - Working Group Artist Management | | Southern California native with 19 years in the music industry, Danny began his career as a member of a band signed to prominent indie and major labels, recorded 3 albums, and toured extensively throughout the US, Canada, and Australia.  With a B.A. in Psychology from USC then joining AEG LIVE as a ticketing manager for major Arena and Stadium tours, he went on... Read More →
avatar for Antea Shelton

Antea Shelton

Songwriter, Vocal Coach
Songwriter, Vocal Coach If you’ve ever listened to Justin Bieber, Jennifer Lopez, Mary J. Blige, Ciara, Mary Mary, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Beyoncé, or Candice Glover, then you’ve heard an artist who’s sung a song written and licensed by Antea Shelton. After attending Wayne State University (Detroit) on a full scholarship, where she focused on vocal training and opera, she has become an established songwriter and... Read More →
avatar for Joe Solo

Joe Solo

Producer, Songwriter, Composer, Music Success Workshop
Producer, Songwriter, Composer | Founder - Joe Solo's Music Success Workshop  Joe Solo’s credits include songs for Fergie, Macy Gray, Atlantic, MTV, Epic, HBO, Paramount, NBC, Universal, Sony, Apple, Famous Music Publishing, CBS, Killer Tracks, Fox Sports Music, BMG and Hasbro Games. Solo is a seasoned Film/TV composer and songwriter. His songs have been heard on One Tree Hill, The OC, Major League... Read More →
avatar for Luney Tunez

Luney Tunez

"Loveeeeeee Song," "Don't Shoot," "Go Harder", Producer
Producer - "Loveeeeeee Song," "Don't Shoot," "Go Harder" From the bustling streets of Atlanta, Georgia to the sunny skies of Los Angeles, California, ATL super-producer Luney Tunez has taken his musical talents around the nation- and the globe! Operating out of Peer Music headquarters in Burbank, CA, Luney has collaborated with music industry elite while also spreading his passion for production everywhere he travels. In 2012, Luney... Read More →
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Forest Glen Whitehead

"Love Me Like You Mean It," "Peter Pan," "Lights Of My Hometown", Songwriter, Producer
Songwriter, Producer - "Love Me Like You Mean It," "Peter Pan," "Lights Of My Hometown" At 25 years of age, songwriter, record producer and multi-instrumentalist are a few of the accolades found on the resume of Black River Publishing’s Forest Glen Whitehead. | | Forest was influenced by a wide variety of music growing up in Blanchard, Louisiana enjoying Garth Brooks country to Eminem hip-hop, Alison Krauss bluegrass to Aerosmith... Read More →


Friday April 29, 2016 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Preston's Restaurant 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)

1:10pm

ASCAP Advocacy: Make Your Voice Heard!
As copyright reform moves forward, we need to make sure that our elected officials hear the voice of the music creator loud and clear. By actively engaging with Congress, we increase the likelihood that our outdated music licensing system will be fixed in the years to come. Stop by our advocacy booth to participate in our ongoing political efforts and sign up for future updates. Find out about the ASCAP Legislative Fund for the Arts (bit.ly/ASCAP-PAC), our political action committee (PAC), and how it helps to further our work in Washington.

You can also get your free ASCAP EXPO pins to display on your badge lanyard to show everyone what type of music creator you are. Stop by and visit us near on the 2nd floor (Mezzanine) near the Registration Desk.


Friday April 29, 2016 1:10pm - 2:25pm
2nd Floor (Mezzanine) 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)

1:10pm

ASCAP EXPO Creator Tent: Connect and Recharge
Join us on the Dolby Ballroom Terrace in the ASCAP EXPO Creator Tent to connect with fellow music creators, recharge your mobile device, sign the Why I Create Music wall, take pictures at the #ASCAPEXPO photo booth or find a new collaborator! You can share your photo booth picture on your own social media.

All photos will be available online at bit.ly/16ascappics as well as on the ASCAP EXPO Facebook page, tag yourself!

Friday April 29, 2016 1:10pm - 2:25pm
ASCAP EXPO Creator Tent Dolby Ballroom Terrace (5th Floor)

1:10pm

Book Signing with Ralph Murphy: Murphy's Laws of Songwriting
Stop by the ASCAP EXPO Boutique for a book signing with Ralph Murphy, the author of Murphy’s Laws of Songwriting. Ralph Murphy will be conducting his annual "Murphy's Laws of Songwriting panel" on Saturday, April 30th at 2:30pm in Hollywood Ballroom D. In his book and his panel session, he'll explain what all #1 songs have in common - and teach you how to apply those traits to your own songwriting. 

Panelists
avatar for Ralph Murphy

Ralph Murphy

Consultant / Murphy’s Laws of Songwriting: The Book, ASCAP / Songwriter, Author
Consultant & Former VP, International & Domestic Membership - ASCAP | Songwriter – "He Got You," "Half the Way" | Author - Murphy’s Laws of Songwriting: The Book |   | Ralph Murphy, songwriter, has been successful for five decades. Consistently charting songs in an ever-changing musical environment makes him a member of that very small group of professionals who make a living doing what they love to do. Add to that the... Read More →


Friday April 29, 2016 1:10pm - 2:25pm
2nd Floor (Mezzanine) 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)

1:10pm

Auddly: How to Take Charge of Your Music Rights and Get Paid All the Royalties You're Owed
Auddly is a music rights management hub used and co-owned by hitmakers Max Martin, Björn Ulvaeus of Abba and Avicii manager Ash Pournouri. Find out how it helps them keep track of all their music projects, including versions, lyrics, stems and split sheets from inception to release – and how using Auddly can help make sure you get paid and credited correctly by streaming services such as Spotify.


Friday April 29, 2016 1:10pm - 2:25pm
Nichols 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)

1:10pm

CD Baby: Your Publishing Money, Unlocked
If you’re an independent songwriter, then you’re probably a music publisher. When your compositions are performed live, streamed or purchased for download, they’re earning publishing money, but you may not know how to get it. Interactive streaming, international sales and other revenue may be waiting for you, if you know where to look.


Friday April 29, 2016 1:10pm - 2:25pm
Runyon 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)

1:10pm

Kaotica Lounge: Laz-e Session
Creating your ideal recording space is as easy as placing the Kaotica Eyeball over your favorite microphone. We’ve got you acoustically treated right out of the box. Come join us at our lounge to kick back, relax, check out the Eyeball and enjoy some delicious, natural Hint water.


Friday April 29, 2016 1:10pm - 2:25pm
Laurel 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)

1:10pm

1:10pm

Prism Sound: Getting Quality Sound
Prism Sound are makers of some of the finest audio analog/digital interfaces, and armed with one of their products you can get better quality recording to make your music more competitive. Prism Sound’s Jody Thorne will help guide you to get the best out of your digital equipment and make the most of it, even if it’s from another manufacturer! Showing techniques and proper practices, this presentation is perfect for beginners and pros.


Friday April 29, 2016 1:10pm - 2:25pm
Hollywood Ballroom D 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)

1:10pm

Sam Ash Presents Apogee: Learn To Make Studio Quality Recordings On Your iPad & Mac
Join Cody Cloe from Apogee as he walks through a common musician's workflow, while introducing simple steps that will dramatically improve the quality of your recordings. It all begins with a random idea that we’ve all quickly recorded in voice memos, and ends with the final mix on the Mac.


Friday April 29, 2016 1:10pm - 2:25pm
Solano 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)

1:10pm

Section 101: Website Survival Guide - Top Secrets for Keeping Up in Today's Digital Jungle
Today's digital landscape is constantly changing - and at lightning speed! Now more than ever, it has become a full-time job just to keep up with the latest online trends and best practices. In this session, presented by Section 101's Rebecca Calejo, we will cover the best-kept secrets for how to be successful online and stay on top of your digital game. Specifically how to do the least amount of work to get the biggest impact. Topics covered include: creating an effective online strategy, simple ways to keep your website fresh, optimizing your website content for mobile, using your socials to increase your website's activity and how to take action based on your stats.

Panelists
avatar for Rebecca Calejo

Rebecca Calejo

Sr. Director, Client Services, Section 101
Sr. Director, Client Services - Section 101 Rebecca Calejo is the Senior Director of Client Services at Section 101. Over the last six years, she has been working on a day-to-day basis with established acts such as Pentatonix, Duran Duran, Aimee Mann, Robert DeLong, Eagles of Death Metal, BUSH, Jonatha Brooke, Marc Cohn, Sam Phillips, along with many others to ensure that each artist’s online needs are met in the most effective ways... Read More →



Friday April 29, 2016 1:10pm - 2:25pm
Los Feliz 3rd Floor

2:30pm

Live Multi-Genre Song Feedback Session with Darrell Brown - Part III
Join #1 pop and country songwriter-producer Darrell Brown for a panel unlike anything you’ve ever experienced. At his ever-popular ASCAP EXPO sessions, master “song whisperer” Brown gives more than simple song critiques. He offers concrete suggestions to improve songs in real time, and invites the audience to jump in and help, too. Come prepared for a chance to perform your original song live - you might end up unlocking your inner hitmaker!

Friday April 29, 2016 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Hollywood Ballroom B-C 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)

2:30pm

WorkShow: Master Session with James Fauntleroy
Grammy-winning writer-producer James Fauntleroy (Rihanna, Beyoncé, Kendrick Lamar, Justin Timberlake) has developed a unique workshop + show to give you a window into the creation of a hit record. Fauntleroy and his 1500 or Nothin’ crew will teach you how to make the most of everyone in the room during a writing session, and how to avoid common songwriting pitfalls. As the centerpiece of the WorkShow, Fauntleroy and Co. will build a song from the ground up, right in front of your eyes and ears. 

Panelists
avatar for James Fauntleroy

James Fauntleroy

“Mirrors,” “Suit & Tie,” “No Air,” "How Much a Dollar Cost", Songwriter, Producer
Songwriter, Producer – “Mirrors,” “Suit & Tie,” “No Air,” "How Much a Dollar Cost" James Edward Fauntleroy II is a Grammy Award winning singer (of No ID-helmed band Cocaine80s), songwriter and member of band/production group 1500 or Nothin’ from Inglewood, California. We could tell you he co-wrote half of Chris Brown’s 2nd album Exclusive, half of Rihanna's 4th album Rated R, four on... Read More →


Friday April 29, 2016 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Dolby Ballroom 5th Floor

2:30pm

Sync or Swim: Music Publishing, Licensing and Syncing
Music licensing is one of the most lucrative and fastest-growing revenue streams in music today. This panel will cover what it means for your music to be “syncable” for film, TV, trailers, ads and more. They will explore what the expectations are for creating music for these various media platforms and explain the pathway from placement to paycheck.

Moderators
avatar for Michael Eames

Michael Eames

President & Co-Founder, PEN Music Group
President & Co-Founder - PEN Music Group Michael Eames is a trained composer, songwriter and pianist with experience in film scoring who studied at Cornell University and UCLA Extension; Michael also held a minor in Business Management from Cornell. As President of PEN, Michael oversees all aspects of the operation as well as focuses on pitching the catalogue to all media and business development. Prior to starting PEN, Michael oversaw the... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for Maria Alonte-McCoy

Maria Alonte-McCoy

SVP, Film & TV, Kemosabe Records & Prescription Songs
SVP, Film & TV - Kemosabe Records & Prescription Songs Maria Alonte-McCoy works at Kemosabe Records and Prescription Songs as Senior Vice President of Film & TV. Kemosabe Records is headed by producer/songwriter Dr. Luke and is a joint venture deal with Sony Music. Maria Alonte-McCoy began her career in 1995 working in the Film/TV licensing department at Arista Records. She then joined Nettwerk Music Group where she stayed for almost... Read More →
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Marni Condro

VP, Film and TV Music, Sony/ATV Music Publishing
VP,  Film and TV Music - Sony/ATV Music Publishing | | Marni Condro is a 20 year veteran in the film and television music industry. As a UCLA graduate, she landed her first job assisting a prominent film music supervisor working on various movie soundtracks including Twister, Heat and I Know What You Did Last Summer. After a brief stint at Polygram Film & TV Music, she went onto Fox Music where she licensed-in music for all the... Read More →
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Millie Hsyu

Sr. Director, Film & TV, Warner/Chappell Music
Sr. Director, Film & TV - Warner/Chappell Music | | Millie Hsyu is the  Senior Director of Film & TV at Warner/ Chappell Music Publishing. She began her career at Zomba Music Group during a time of tremendous growth, with acts such as Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys and Nsync on the label side and Linkin Park, Limp Bizkit and Macy Gray on the publishing side. After going through the BMG and Sony BMG mergers she ultimately found... Read More →
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Rachel Jacobson

Director, Creative Licensing, SONGS Music Publishing
Director, Creative Licensing - SONGS Music Publishing      Rachel came to SONGS in 2014 after three years in creative licensing at Atlantic Records. Prior to that she worked with an indie publishing/licensing company and interned in the music department at E! Entertainment. Wanting to go into music supervision/licensing since high school, Rachel created a self-designed degree in Ethnomusicology and Film Studies at Whittier... Read More →
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Gary Miller

VP, Film & TV Music, Creative, Universal Music Publishing Group
VP, Film & TV Music, Creative - Universal Music Publishing Group 


Friday April 29, 2016 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Hollywood Ballroom D 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)

2:30pm

The Composer’s Ultimate Survival Kit (Plus Film/TV Feedback)
This seminar will delve headfirst into creative, compositional and legal best practices to bring you peace of mind when faced with deadlines, difficult clients and challenging projects. We’ve assembled a panel of composers and experts from the front lines of film & TV music. They’ll help you assemble the right tools and knowledge to stay calm and creative in any storm. Our panelists will also offer live feedback on a limited number of cues, pre-submitted by EXPO registrants.

Moderators
avatar for Joel Douek

Joel Douek

Film: The Wildest Dream, Kingdom of Plants 3D, Flying Monsters 3D, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Composer
Composer – Film: The Wildest Dream, Kingdom of Plants 3D, Flying Monsters 3D, Yu-Gi-Oh! Joel Douek is an award winning composer and instrumentalist whose music has underscored many films and television productions, including some of the most prestigious documentaries of the last few years – those of naturalist Sir David Attenborough. Born in London, England, Douek’s peripatetic life has led him... Read More →

Panelists
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Jeremy Borum

Film: The Need For Speed, American Gangster, The Day The Earth Stood Still, Composer
Composer - Film: The Need For Speed, American Gangster, The Day The Earth Stood Still Jeremy Borum is a film composer first, but he is also a producer, performer, and orchestrator. His film credits include The Need For Speed, Smurfs 2, American Gangster, The Day The Earth Stood Still, and Disney's Enchanted. He has contributed to 35 albums as a performer, producer, or music copyist and has collaborated with artists like Alan Menken, Stewart... Read More →
avatar for Joey Newman

Joey Newman

TV: The Middle, The Mysteries Of Laura, Little People, Big World Film: Any Day Now, Composer
Composer - TV: The Middle, The Mysteries Of Laura, Little People, Big World Film: Any Day Now   Joey Newman is a third generation film composer of the famed Hollywood musical Newman dynasty. A drummer, conductor, and orchestrator, he earned his degree from the Berklee College of Music. He got his start working in television, co-composing with Emmy®-winning composer W.G. “Snuffy” Walden. For five years, Joey composed... Read More →
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Didier Lean Rachou

TV: Deadliest Catch, Gold Rush, Storm Chasers Film: Powder Blue, Composer
Composer - TV: Deadliest Catch, Gold Rush, Storm Chasers Film: Powder Blue Didier Lean Rachou is behind the score to the 16-time Emmy winning series, Deadliest Catch, amongst many others. Raised in Europe and New York City, Didier relocated his studio to a historical and inspiring Hollywood Hills compound. Within months, he was scoring key scenes for the Golden Globe and Emmy winning series, Sex and the City and has been remarkably busy ever... Read More →
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Brad Shenfeld

President, Attorney, Shenfeld Law
President, Attorney - Shenfeld Law Prior to establishing his own law firm in 2011, Brad practiced law for over 7 years in the entertainment department at Loeb & Loeb, LLP. Prior to joining Loeb, Brad was an in-house Business Affairs executive at Universal Music from 1999 to 2004. Brad began his legal career in 1997 in the business affairs department at PolyGram. Brad’s current practice focuses on the representation of creative... Read More →


Friday April 29, 2016 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Mt. Olympus 3rd Floor

2:30pm

One-on-One Sessions (Presented by Berklee Online) - Sold Out
One-on-One Sessions offer EXPO attendees the opportunity to meet in person with a songwriter/composer, music publisher, online marketing executive, record company executive, film/TV music executive, music attorney or ASCAP executive. The 15-minute session will be a mix of career advice and song critiques.

Our 500 One-on-One sessions sold out in January like they do each year. There are no openings or waiting list spots available. 

Panelists
avatar for Michael Akiko

Michael Akiko

Manager, A&R
Manager Michael Akiko is a 10 year music veteran who has worked with the likes of DJ Mustard, Nick Jonas and Yung Thug. As a publisher/A&R, he has contributed to hits for Trey Songz, Nicki Minaj, and 2 Chainz, among many others.
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Charlie Amter

Manager, A&R, Warner/Chappell Music
Manager, A&R - Warner/Chappell Music Charlie Amter is a Los Angeles-based A&R representative on staff at Warner/Chappell specializing in electronic dance music and international pop. He works out of the Warner Music Group-owned publisher’s West Los Angeles office. He’s also a writer, a content producer and was an A&R consultant on retainer for New York’s Ultra Records in 2011, which led to his full time hire at... Read More →
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Bret Bassi

Owner & Manager, Gold Firebird
Owner & Manager - Gold Firebird Early in his career, as an employee of the nationally renowned radio promotion firm Jeff McClusky and Associates, Mr. Bassi was involved in breaking such artists as Interpol, Kasabian, The Donnas, Dashboard Confessional, and Coheed and Cambria, as well as the promoting of platinum artists like Madonna, U2, Nickleback and others. As a manager for KMA Management and now as the owner of Gold Firebird, he has... Read More →
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Allison Wright Clark

Music Supervisor, Tweak Multimedia, Inc.
Music Supervisor - Tweak Multimedia, Inc. | Concert promoter. Radio station program director.  Score supervisor. Music supervisor. Those are a few of the many hats Allison Wright Clark has worn throughout the years. Tweak Multimedia, Inc.
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Mike Clemenza

Owner & Record Label Executive, Blah Blah Blah Science / B3SCI Records
Owner & Record Label Executive - Blah Blah Blah Science / B3SCI Records Mike Clemenza is the Co-Founder/Creator of blahblahblahscience.com. Established in April of 2009, blahblahblahscience (also known as B3SCI for short) is an established California based music blog with a reputation for featuring the best new music and talent worldwide. Additional divisions of B3SCI include: B3SCI Presents, a Los Angeles concert promoter and... Read More →
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Kenny Consor

Director, Creative Administration, Pulse Music Group
Director, Creative Administration - Pulse Music Group | | Kenny Consor is Director of Creative Administration at Pulse Music Group in Los Angeles. Kenny heads up A&R administration for the company's publishing arm and works with a small roster of writers, producers, and artists. Kenny started his career in New York City at Songtrust, Downtown Music Publishing's admin technology division. At Songtrust, he helped build the publishing... Read More →
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Melissa Emert-Hutner

Sr. Director, Publishing, US Operations, Nettwerk Music Group
Sr. Director, Publishing, US Operations - Nettwerk Music Group Melissa Emert-Hutner is an industry veteran of 18 years, and is currently Senior Director of Publishing at Nettwerk Music Group in New York City. Her role entails working with Nettwerk One Music's publishing roster of writers and artists by setting up co-writes, pitching songs for cuts, and seeking out new writers and artists to add to the roster. Prior to this, Melissa ran her own... Read More →
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Jennifer Essiembre

Sr. Manager, Creative, ole
Sr. Manager, Creative - ole As Senior Creative Manager, Jennifer Essiembre is responsible for overseeing all Catalog Management, as well as working cooperatively with the ole Creative team to maximize opportunities for ole properties across all media, genres, and borders. A graduate of Metalworks Institute of Sound & Music Productions, Jennifer initially entered the music business with U.S. based artist management company Jamm... Read More →
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Jonnie Forster

Founder / Record Label, 4 Sound
Founder - 4 Sound Jonnie Forster emerged as a music entrepreneur after graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from San Diego State University. He soon joined A&M/Tuff Break Records to help implement marketing plans for their hip-hop roster. Jonnie moved next to Capitol Records’ catalog department, as a marketing executive, and was instrumental in vastly successful campaigns for the Beatles, Frank Sinatra, Jimi Hendrix... Read More →
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Germaine Franco

Film: Dope, Margarita Video Game: Book Of Life: Sugar Smash, Composer
Composer - Film: Dope, Margarita Video Game: Book Of Life: Sugar Smash Germaine Franco is one of the few women working full-time in Hollywood as a composer and music producer for film, television, and interactive media. Her score to Shovel Buddies for Awesomeness TV recently premiered at the 2016 SXSW Film Festival.  Germaine was nominated for a Black Reel Award for her score to DOPE, which was distributed by Open Road... Read More →
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Heather Holley

"Soar," "Obvious," "Here to Stay", Producer, Songwriter
Producer, Songwriter - "Soar," "Obvious,"  "Here to Stay" | | Heather Holley is an American music producer, songwriter, vocalist, vocal producer, composer, pianist and pro tools engineer whose credits have yielded combined sales of over 29 million albums. She specializes in artist development and is known for her role in launching Christina Aguilera's career. She and Elicit Productions partner Rob Hoffman, who has worked with Michael... Read More →
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Lundon Knighten

“Lemme See,” "I Choose You, " "Legendary," "Can't Breathe", Songwriter
Songwriter – “Lemme See,” "I Choose You, " "Legendary," "Can't Breathe" Lundon "Da Bridge" Knighten is an American singer-songwriter from Landover, Maryland. In 2010, Knighten signed a publishing deal to L.A. Reid Music Publishing. At the time, L.A. Reid Music Publishing had an exclusive partnership deal with EMI Music Publishing. Shortly before landing the deal, she would receive her first placement, "Can't Breathe", on... Read More →
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Peter Lloyd

Disney Music Publishing/Hollywood Records, Disney Music Publishing/Hollywood Records
Director, Publishing and A&R - Disney Music Publishing/Hollywood Records       Peter Lloyd currently serves as publisher and A&R at Disney Music Publishing/Hollywood Records. The San Diego native began his career more than 15 years ago as an intern and, later, creative assistant at the Universal Music Group in Los Angeles. He went on to serve in various music publishing posts at Razor & Tie, AAM, Deston Songs and Pulse... Read More →
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Rob Lowry

Music Supervisor, Sweater Weather Music
Music Supervisor - Sweater Weather Music Rob Lowry is a Los Angeles based Music Supervisor for Film, TV, and Advertising. Ever since the 8th grade, when Rob skipped school to catch an opening day screening of Almost Famous, he knew that he wanted to be a music supervisor. To date, Rob has music-supervised 20+ films, including recent festival favorites (Band of Robbers, It’s Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong), indie darlings (About Alex... Read More →
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Dave Pacula

Creative Director, Black River Entertainment
Creative Director - Black River Entertainment | | Originally from Long Island, Dave Pacula moved to Nashville in 1997 to attend Vanderbilt University. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies, he accepted a position at a Nashville law firm specializing in entertainment and copyright law. Going back to school in 2004, Dave earned an Audio Technology Diploma with Honors from SAE Institute of Technology... Read More →
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David Phung

A&R, Artist Publishing Group
A&R - Artist Publishing Group | | David Phung was born and raised in Holland, but moved to the United States in 2008 to attend the University of Washington. In Fall 2013, David began interning at APG under then-president Ben Maddahi. David was later hired as Mr. Maddahi’s full-time assistant and became officially part of the APG A&R team in 2016 under CEO Mike Caren and General Manager Angie Pagano. He has creatively contributed to... Read More →
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Lindsay Rush

America's Got Talent, Songwriter, Talent Producer, Consultant
Songwriter - "Right Now," "Bad Cat," "Kinda Special," "You Wish" | Talent Producer - America's Got Talent | Consultant & Private Music Business Coach   Lindsay Rush is a multi-faceted songwriter, music industry professional, and entrepreneur.  Writing songs since the age of seven, Lindsay began her professional career as an artist. During that time toured extensively with iconic artists including Lisa... Read More →
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Cia Toscanini

VP, Concert Music, Membership, ASCAP
VP, Concert Music, Membership - ASCAP
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Jonathan Weiss

Keeping Up With The Kardashians, The Challenge, Kourtney & Kim Take Miami, Music Supervisor
Music Supervisor - Keeping Up With The Kardashians, The Challenge, Kourtney & Kim Take Miami  Jonathan Weiss is a Los Angeles-based music supervisor and music content provider for film, TV and advertising. Music Supervisor for over 130 episodes of  the MTV series The Real World Road Rules Challenge, the E! Entertainment series’ I Am Cait and over 60 episodes of Keeping Up With The Kardashians. Music supervisor for The... Read More →



Friday April 29, 2016 2:30pm - 4:45pm
Doheny/Beachwood 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)

3:55pm

ASCAP Advocacy: Make Your Voice Heard!
As copyright reform moves forward, we need to make sure that our elected officials hear the voice of the music creator loud and clear. By actively engaging with Congress, we increase the likelihood that our outdated music licensing system will be fixed in the years to come. Stop by our advocacy booth to participate in our ongoing political efforts and sign up for future updates. Find out about the ASCAP Legislative Fund for the Arts (bit.ly/ASCAP-PAC), our political action committee (PAC), and how it helps to further our work in Washington.

You can also get your free ASCAP EXPO pins to display on your badge lanyard to show everyone what type of music creator you are. Stop by and visit us near on the 2nd floor (Mezzanine) near the Registration Desk.


Friday April 29, 2016 3:55pm - 4:25pm
2nd Floor (Mezzanine) 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)

3:55pm

ASCAP EXPO Creator Tent: Connect and Recharge
Join us on the Dolby Ballroom Terrace in the ASCAP EXPO Creator Tent to connect with fellow music creators, recharge your mobile device, sign the Why I Create Music wall, take pictures at the #ASCAPEXPO photo booth or find a new collaborator! You can share your photo booth picture on your own social media.

All photos will be available online at bit.ly/16ascappics as well as on the ASCAP EXPO Facebook page, tag yourself!

Friday April 29, 2016 3:55pm - 4:25pm
ASCAP EXPO Creator Tent Dolby Ballroom Terrace (5th Floor)

3:55pm

AFM & SAG-AFTRA Intellectual Property Rights Distribution Fund
Navigating the complex minefield of intellectual property rights is getting harder, not easier. The AFM & SAG-AFTRA IPRD Fund exists to ensure that performers receive royalties for their intellectual property. But what are performers rights and performance rights, how are they different, and how do they overlap? Who gets money from the AFM and SAG-AFTRA Fund and why? What type of royalties does the Fund distribute? Is it possible to receive money from more than one Collective Management Society (e.g. SoundExchange, AARC) or Performance Rights Organization (e.g. ASCAP), and if so, how? What are the sources of all of these different royalties, and how do performers get their fair share? What is the future of royalties from intellectual property rights and what does that mean to a performer? Representatives and fellow performers from the AFM & SAG-AFTRA IPRD Fund will be on hand to answer these questions and more.


Friday April 29, 2016 3:55pm - 4:25pm
Los Feliz 3rd Floor

3:55pm

CD Baby: Boost Your YouTube Income
YouTube is the biggest music discovery platform in the world, so it makes sense that YouTube money has become an increasingly important revenue stream for artists. In this session, you’ll learn about the different ways your music can generate money on YouTube, how to collect it all, and a few strategies to boost your YouTube earnings.


Friday April 29, 2016 3:55pm - 4:25pm
Runyon 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)

3:55pm

3:55pm

Kaotica Lounge: Laz-e Session
Creating your ideal recording space is as easy as placing the Kaotica Eyeball over your favorite microphone. We’ve got you acoustically treated right out of the box. Come join us at our lounge to kick back, relax, check out the Eyeball and enjoy some delicious, natural Hint water.


Friday April 29, 2016 3:55pm - 4:25pm
Laurel 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)

3:55pm

Sam Ash Presents Yamaha: Experience Music in Motion with Montage Synthesizer
Welcome to the new era from Yamaha, the company that brought you the DX and the Motif. Montage Synthesizer sets the next milestone with sophisticated dynamic control, massive sound creation and streamlined workflow.


Friday April 29, 2016 3:55pm - 4:25pm
Solano 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)

4:30pm

The Emperor of Sound: A Keynote Interview with Timbaland (Presented by ole)
What would pop and urban music sound like without Timbaland? This sonic guru has been expanding our ears and minds for two decades with his innovative production work. Timbaland’s collaborations with Ginuwine, Aaliyah and Missy Elliott helped to turn these incredible talents into superstars. He obliterated genre lines in his work with Nelly Furtado, Chris Cornell and Björk; icons like Beyoncé, Jay Z and Justin Timberlake turn to him over and over again for his unerring ear for strange and unforgettable sounds. In 2015, Timbaland created a new musical language for the small screen, as the executive music producer and co-songwriter of Empire - the biggest show on television. 20 years into his reign, Timbaland could easily rest on his laurels. But he just keeps moving and growing. In this keynote interview, Timbaland will look back at the moments that have defined his career, discuss his new book The Emperor of Sound, and then look ahead: to his forthcoming solo album Opera Noir, the future of Empire, and beyond. Don’t miss this chance to get unprecedented insight into the mind and creative spirit of one of the great writer-producers of our era.

Moderators
avatar for Nicole George-Middleton

Nicole George-Middleton

SVP, Membership, ASCAP
SVP, Membership - ASCAP

Panelists
avatar for Timbaland

Timbaland

"Drunk in Love," "Cry Me a River," "Apologize (Remix)," TV: Empire, Producer, Songwriter, Artist
Producer, Songwriter, Artist - "Drunk in Love," "Cry Me a River," "Apologize (Remix)," "Give It to Me" | Executive Music Producer - TV: Empire  Timbaland is the super-producer who was ASCAP’s 2015 Rhythm & Soul Songwriter of the Year and is currently Executive Music Producer for the hit FOX TV series Empire. Timbaland has three Grammy Awards to his credit, including Best R&B Song two years running for Beyoncé's... Read More →



Friday April 29, 2016 4:30pm - 5:45pm
Dolby Ballroom 5th Floor

7:00pm

ASCAP EXPO Attendee Showcase (Presented by GigTown)
Now it’s your turn to shine! Hear some great music and network with your fellow EXPOnauts at our annual attendee showcase. The show is presented by GigTown, a mobile app connecting local musicians, venues and fans. ASCAP selected an eclectic group of EXPO registrants to perform their original music, live in front of the EXPO audience. This is the same showcase where Aloe Blacc performed six years ago, before he co-wrote “Wake Me Up” and “The Man” and earned a Grammy nomination, so who knows - the next big thing could be standing right next to you!


Friday April 29, 2016 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Hollywood Ballroom B-C 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)

9:00pm

She Rocks Showcase (Presented by The Women’s International Music Network and Tinhorn Flats)
The She Rocks Showcase returns to the ASCAP EXPO for the third year, featuring acclaimed bass player Divinity Roxx (Victor Wooten, Beyoncé), plus vocalist Anjali Ray, singer-songwriter Maddy Vance and sister duo Facing West. Taking place right across the street from the Loews Hollywood Hotel at the Tinhorn Flats Saloon & Grill, the Showcase will feature drink specials, gear giveaways, and – of course – some very talented women in music. The 2016 She Rocks Showcase is presented by the Women’s International Music Network, uniting women in the music and audio industries. Admission is free. So stop on by for a fun night filled with talented ladies!


Friday April 29, 2016 9:00pm - 11:30pm
Tinhorn Flats 1724 Highland Ave (Across from Loews Hotel)

9:00pm

ASCAP EXPO Networking in the Lobby Bar
Didn’t get in enough networking during the day? Mix, mingle and grab a drink at the bar with your fellow EXPO attendees. Head to the Lobby Bar to end your second day at the ASCAP EXPO.

Friday April 29, 2016 9:00pm - 11:59pm
Lobby Bar 1st Floor
 
Saturday, April 30
 

8:30am

9:30am

The ASCAP Room
Learn about ASCAP Member Access and speak to an ASCAP Writer & Publisher Services representative about your membership. This is also where you can pick up your registration bag and enter to win prizes from our sponsors during the EXPO.


Saturday April 30, 2016 9:30am - 4:15pm
Elysian Park 3rd Floor

9:30am

9:30am

ASCAP EXPO Creator Tent Open
Join us on the Dolby Ballroom Terrace in the ASCAP EXPO Creator Tent to connect with fellow music creators, recharge your mobile device, sign the Why I Create Music wall, take pictures at the #ASCAPEXPO photo booth or find a new collaborator! You can share your photo booth picture on your own social media.

All photos will be available online at bit.ly/16ascappics as well as on the ASCAP EXPO Facebook page, tag yourself!

Saturday April 30, 2016 9:30am - 6:30pm
ASCAP EXPO Creator Tent Dolby Ballroom Terrace (5th Floor)

9:45am

Changing Your Tune & Finding the Key to Your Success: Master Session with Priscilla Renea
Music is your life. But to make it your livelihood, you need more than just passion. In this inspiring session, singer, hit songwriter and artist advocate Priscilla Renea will explain the skill sets you need to achieve your potential as a music creator. She’ll help you tackle the tough questions that every artist faces: What is confidence? Who is responsible for my success? What do I do when I don't know what to do? This class is a crash course in how to move out of "wanting & wishing," past "asking & aspiring" and into "having & doing."

Panelists
avatar for Priscilla Renea

Priscilla Renea

"Timber," "Worth It," "Somethin' Bad," "California King Bed", Songwriter, Artist
Songwriter, Artist - "Timber," "Worth It," "Somethin' Bad," "California King Bed" For the past eight years, artist and songwriter Priscilla Renea has carefully journeyed across every genre of music and touched people from various walks of life with her infectious melodies and real life lyrics. With a discography that reveals an overall love for great music no matter who the artist or the audience, there is no doubt that Priscilla will continue... Read More →


Saturday April 30, 2016 9:45am - 11:00am
Dolby Ballroom 5th Floor

9:45am

Seeing Music: Multimedia Concerts for a Visual World

In our YouTube-dominated society, music is devoured as much by the eyes as by the ears, through the screens of phones, computers, televisions and movie theaters. Audiences have become accustomed to seeing something when they hear something - not only in media, but when watching instrumentalists during live concerts. At this panel, you’ll discover genuinely innovative approaches to conceiving and producing a piece of music as a multimedia collaboration. You’ll walk away with some great ideas about how to engage musicians and listeners alike with art that’s a feast for the eyes, as well as the ears.


Moderators
avatar for Cia Toscanini

Cia Toscanini

VP, Concert Music, Membership, ASCAP
VP, Concert Music, Membership - ASCAP

Panelists
avatar for Veronika Krausas

Veronika Krausas

The Mortal Thoughts of Lady Macbeth, The Player Piano Project, midaregami, analemma, Composer
Composer - The Mortal Thoughts of Lady Macbeth, The Player Piano Project, midaregami, analemma Composer Veronika Krausas has had her works performed internationally. The Globe & Mail (Toronto) writes that "her works, whose organic, lyrical sense of storytelling are supported by a rigid formal elegance, give her audiences a sense that nature's frozen objects are springing to life." Mark Swed of the Los Angeles Times said of her chamber... Read More →
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Michael Patterson

Visual Director, Designer, Animator
Visual Director, Designer, Animator | | Michael Patterson is a director, designer and animator working in visual music. He studied at Calarts and began his career in music videos in 1985 by animating the epic MTV hit, Take on Me for A-Ha. He teamed up with his wife Candace Reckinger to direct a string of MTV hits that include, Suzanne Vega’s Luka, Sting’s Be Still My Beating Heart and Opposite’s... Read More →
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Candace Reckinger

Visual Director, Designer, Animator
Visual Director, Designer, Animator | | Candace Reckinger is an artist-director creating blended media and visual music using animation and photography. Her work ventures beyond the boundaries of conventional narrative exploring the border between the figurative and abstract, the mythic and experiential, and the tension between movement and stillness. In the mid 80s-90s, she co-directed music videos that pioneered a mixed media approach often... Read More →
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Alex Shapiro

Paper Cut, Immersion, Tight Squeeze, Deep, Composer
Composer - Paper Cut, Immersion, Tight Squeeze, Deep Alex Shapiro (b. New York City, 1962) composes genre-defying acoustic and electroacoustic pieces known for their lyricism and drama. Published by Activist Music, her works are heard daily in concerts and broadcasts across the U.S. and internationally, and can be found on over twenty commercially released recordings from around the world. Shapiro’s extensive catalog includes not... Read More →


Saturday April 30, 2016 9:45am - 11:00am
Mt. Olympus 3rd Floor

9:45am

The Art of Collaboration
Working with other music creators is essential to honing your music and expanding your circle. But not everyone is a born collaborator. Sit in on this panel to learn about the finer points of collaboration from Wax Ltd. and The Futuristics, two of the most successful writer-producer teams in the biz. With resumes that include The Rolling Stones, Chris Brown, New Order, Wiz Khalifa, Muse, Halsey, Zella Day, Best Coast and many more, these folks know a thing or two about working well with others! They’ll explain the joys and challenges of working with new artists and co-writers, and what it takes to build an enduring creative partnership.

Moderators
avatar for Ed Reyes

Ed Reyes

Associate Director, Pop/Rock, Membership, ASCAP
Associate Director, Pop/Rock, Membership - ASCAP

Panelists
avatar for WAX LTD (Xandy Barry and Wally Gagel)

WAX LTD (Xandy Barry and Wally Gagel)

"Hero" (from Boyhood), California Nights, Producers, Songwriters
Producers, Songwriters - "Hero" (from Boyhood), California Nights | | Wax Ltd. is the multi-platinum production and songwriting team of Wally Gagel and Xandy Barry. Collectively and individually they have worked with a wide variety of artists including Zella Day, Blondfire, Family of the Year, Miley Cyrus, Best Coast, Redlight King, Rihanna, Britney Spears, as well as Muse, The Rolling Stones, New Order, The Folk Implosion, Eels, and many... Read More →
avatar for The Futuristics (Joe Khajadourian and Alex Schwartz)

The Futuristics (Joe Khajadourian and Alex Schwartz)

"Somebody," "We Own It" (from Fast & Furious), "3-Way (The Golden Rule)" from Saturday Night Live, Producers, Songwriters
Producers, Songwriters - "Somebody," "We Own It" (from Fast & Furious), "3-Way (The Golden Rule)" from Saturday Night Live The Futuristics is an American songwriting and music production duo consisting of Alex Schwartz and Joe Khajadourian. The duo formed when the two met while interning at Atlantic Records during the summer of 2005 and are currently based out of Los Angeles. Since their formation, The Futuristics have worked with many... Read More →


Saturday April 30, 2016 9:45am - 11:00am
Hollywood Ballroom B-C 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)

9:45am

Pop/Rock Feedback with Desmond Child & Antonina Armato
Note: This is an extended-length two-hour session. 
What do the greatest creators in pop music hear when they listen to a new song? Find out at this live feedback session. Songwriting legend (and ASCAP Board member) Desmond Child joins forces with Antonina Armato, half of the hit writer-producer duo Rock Mafia, to evaluate a limited number of songs, pre-submitted by EXPO registrants, in front of a live audience. They’ll bring decades of experience to the table as they respond to EXPO attendees’ songs in real time - and offer expert advice on how to make them better.

Panelists
avatar for Antonina Armato

Antonina Armato

"Love You Like a Love Song," "The Heart Wants What It Wants," "Naturally", Songwriter, Producer / Rock Mafia
Songwriter, Producer - "Love You Like a Love Song," "The Heart Wants What It Wants," "Naturally" | Co-Owner - Rock Mafia Antonina Armato is an American songwriter, record producer, music producer and businesswoman. She is the co-founder and member of Rock Mafia, a record production/songwriting team, who write and produce for pop and rock artists. She has written or produced over 25 Top Ten singles. Antonina Armato's songs are represented by... Read More →
avatar for Desmond Child

Desmond Child

“Dude (Looks Like A Lady),” “Livin’ on a Prayer,” “Livin’ La Vida Loca,” “Waking Up in Vegas”, Songwriter, Producer
Songwriter, Producer – “Dude (Looks Like A Lady),” “Livin’ on a Prayer,” “Livin’ La Vida Loca,” “Waking Up in Vegas”  | | For nearly three decades, songwriter-producer and ASCAP Board Member Desmond Child has reigned as one of music's most successful creative forces. His accolades include Grammy awards, over 70 Top 40 singles and songs that have sold more than 300 million... Read More →


Saturday April 30, 2016 9:45am - 11:45am
Hollywood Ballroom D 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)

10:45am

One-on-One Sessions (Presented by Berklee Online) - Sold Out
One-on-One Sessions offer EXPO attendees the opportunity to meet in person with a songwriter/composer, music publisher, online marketing executive, record company executive, film/TV music executive, music attorney or ASCAP executive. The 15-minute session will be a mix of career advice and song critiques.

Our 500 One-on-One sessions sold out in January like they do each year. There are no openings or waiting list spots available. 

Panelists
avatar for Ryan Abraham

Ryan Abraham

Artist Manager, My World Management
Artist Manager - My World Management | | Ryan Abraham is part of My World MGMT, a boutique yet global management company based in Los Angeles and dedicated to developing artists in all aspects of their careers, with a heavy focus on publishing. My World MGMT currently represents such artists as Greg Holden (Warner Bros), Rosi Golan, David Ryan Harris and Gabe Dixon. Successes include #1 songs in the US (“Home” 5x platinum), Holland... Read More →
avatar for Yvonne Drazan

Yvonne Drazan

VP, A&R, Latin Division, West Coast, peermusic
VP, A&R, Latin Division, West Coast - peermusic Born and raised in Los Angeles, Yvonne Drazan has been an active participant in the music industry for over 25 years.  Yvonne joined peermusic in 2003 and is currently the Vice President Latin Division, West Coast where she discovers, mentors, and signs talented songwriters, artists and producers at every stage of their careers, as well as oversees catalog acquisitions, and maintains a... Read More →
avatar for Maura Duval

Maura Duval

Associate Director, Pop/Rock, Membership, ASCAP
Associate Director, Pop/Rock, Membership - ASCAP
avatar for Jessica Gramuglia

Jessica Gramuglia

Music Coordinator, Freeform (ABC Family), The Walt Disney Company
Music Coordinator, Freeform (ABC Family) - The Walt Disney Company Previously working on in-house shows at Warner Bros. Television (Big Bang Theory, Fuller House, The Middle, etc.), she has now transitioned to an all-encompassing music role at Freeform. The music team handles any and all music relations in regards to the network. Freeform has the #1 social media presence of television networks and she works heavily with their team to... Read More →
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Michelle Johnson

Music Coordinator, SuperMusicVision
Music Coordinator - SuperMusicVision Michelle Johnson was born and raised in Southeast Texas. Descendent of farmers, she was the black sheep of the family and moved to New York City in 1987. She has a strong background as a musician and performed in various alt-country bands throughout the ‘90s; touring the vast NYC circuit as a guitarist and a vocalist. In the late 90’s she started DJ-ing. She describes her set as “very... Read More →
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Justin Kamps

Music Coordinator, Chop Shop Music Supervision
Music Coordinator - Chop Shop Music Supervision | | Justin Kamps has been with Chop Shop since 2009 where he’s worked on various shows including Grey’s Anatomy, 11/22/63, Supernatural, and How To Get Away With Murder, among many others. Justin also works with Brian McPherson at Pacific Electric Music Publishing where he handles synch licensing for that catalogue which includes X, The Mountain Goats, The Apples in Stereo, and many... Read More →
avatar for Michael Kerker

Michael Kerker

VP, Musical Theatre & Cabaret, Membership, ASCAP
VP, Musical Theatre & Cabaret, Membership - ASCAP
avatar for Jess Martin

Jess Martin

Creative Manager, Advertising + International, Secret Road
Creative Manager, Advertising + International - Secret Road  Jess Martin is the Creative Manager for Advertising & International Business at Hollywood boutique Secret Road. Prior to Secret Road, Jess was in the Advertising division of Peer Music, and has worked on music for campaigns such as Coke, Garnier, Samsung, McDonalds and the like. 
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Garrett McElver

Music Coordinator, SuperMusicVision
Music Coordinator - SuperMusicVision Garrett McElver works with music supervisor Thomas Golubić and the team at SuperMusicVision as a music coordinator working on television shows such as AMC's Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul, The Walking Dead, Halt and Catch Fire. Additionally, he's worked on the upcoming Cinemax series Outcast, Netflix's second season of Grace and Frankie, WGN's Manhattan, and the Rob Reiner film Being Charlie. Previously... Read More →
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Yvette Meteoyer

Music Coordinator, SuperMusicVision
Music Coordinator - SuperMusicVision Yvette Metoyer grew up in sunny Southern California and enjoyed spending her time outdoors. As the sun would set, she often spent hours in her brother’s room watching him spin UTFO and Run DMC on his Technics turntables. It was around this time that her love for music was born. Throughout high school and college, she would make mix tapes for all of her friends and still does to this... Read More →
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Burundi Partlow

Artist Manager, Music Consultant
Artist Manager, Music Consultant Burundi Partlow is a success story from the inner city, a product of scholarships and generous, yet hard-won open doors. For the past ten years he has coordinated grassroots, media, and marketing campaigns for the Hip Hop Caucus’ community engagement and mobilization campaigns, with an initial focus in his hometown of Chicago, IL, and now nationally. Burundi is an accomplished music industry executive. He... Read More →
avatar for Rachel Perkins

Rachel Perkins

Associate Director, Film & TV, Membership, ASCAP
Associate Director, Film & TV, Membership - ASCAP
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Malik Yusef

"Bound 2," "My City," "Black Skinhead," Yeezus, Songwriter, Producer, Artist
Songwriter, Producer, Artist - "Bound 2," "My City," "Black Skinhead," Yeezus | | Malik Yusef the Wordsmyth is a 12 Time Grammy Award Nominee, 5 Time Grammy Award Winner, 6 Time ASCAP Award Winner (both POP and R&B categories), as well as an Emmy, Peabody, and Tony Winner. After intense and competitive bidding for his services by a host of international publishers, Malik finally agreed to sign with the world’s largest Music... Read More →



Saturday April 30, 2016 10:45am - 1:00pm
Doheny/Beachwood 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)

11:00am

ASCAP EXPO Boutique
Get some official ASCAP merch to show your ASCAP pride after the EXPO is over! You can also pick up a book written by one of our EXPO panelists.

Saturday April 30, 2016 11:00am - 4:15pm
2nd Floor (Mezzanine) 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)

11:10am

ASCAP Advocacy: Make Your Voice Heard!
As copyright reform moves forward, we need to make sure that our elected officials hear the voice of the music creator loud and clear. By actively engaging with Congress, we increase the likelihood that our outdated music licensing system will be fixed in the years to come. Stop by our advocacy booth to participate in our ongoing political efforts and sign up for future updates. Find out about the ASCAP Legislative Fund for the Arts (bit.ly/ASCAP-PAC), our political action committee (PAC), and how it helps to further our work in Washington.

You can also get your free ASCAP EXPO pins to display on your badge lanyard to show everyone what type of music creator you are. Stop by and visit us near on the 2nd floor (Mezzanine) near the Registration Desk.


Saturday April 30, 2016 11:10am - 11:40am
2nd Floor (Mezzanine) 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)

11:10am

ASCAP EXPO Creator Tent: Connect and Recharge
Join us on the Dolby Ballroom Terrace in the ASCAP EXPO Creator Tent to connect with fellow music creators, recharge your mobile device, sign the Why I Create Music wall, take pictures at the #ASCAPEXPO photo booth or find a new collaborator! You can share your photo booth picture on your own social media.

All photos will be available online at bit.ly/16ascappics as well as on the ASCAP EXPO Facebook page, tag yourself!

Saturday April 30, 2016 11:10am - 11:40am
ASCAP EXPO Creator Tent Dolby Ballroom Terrace (5th Floor)

11:10am

Crē•8 Music Academy: Professional Vocal Production Techniques
Doug Fenske will show producers, artists and songwriters how to produce polished, professional vocals that separate your songs from the competition. Fenske is a GRAMMY-nominated, multi-platinum engineer, producer and mixer for artists such as Frank Ocean, LL Cool J, The Wanted, Chris Brown, Jamie Foxx and Jordin Sparks. He also serves as Director of Education for Crē•8 Music Academy, which provides four expansive music production courses (Init•8, Activ•8, Stimul•8 and Liber•8) through a unique partnership with Westlake Recording Studios.


Saturday April 30, 2016 11:10am - 11:40am
Los Feliz 3rd Floor

11:10am

11:10am

Kaotica Lounge: Laz-e Session
Creating your ideal recording space is as easy as placing the Kaotica Eyeball over your favorite microphone. We’ve got you acoustically treated right out of the box. Come join us at our lounge to kick back, relax, check out the Eyeball and enjoy some delicious, natural Hint water.


Saturday April 30, 2016 11:10am - 11:40am
Laurel 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)

11:10am

Sam Ash Presents Yamaha: The Revstar Electric Guitar - Meet Your Other Half
Drawing inspiration from London and Tokyo’s vintage street racing motorbikes, Japan’s heritage of engineering excellence and the 50-year legacy of Yamaha guitar craftsmanship, every detail of each Revstar model has been carefully engineered to bring out the unique personality of each guitar in the lineup. From the curves and contours of the ground-up body design to the distinctive colors and finishes and custom-wound pickups that perfectly match the guitar’s character, the Revstar collection comprises a diverse lineup of instruments as unique as the guitarists who play them. This is Revstar — meet your other half.


Saturday April 30, 2016 11:10am - 11:40am
Solano 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)

11:40am

Win Gear and Prizes from Our EXPO Sponsors!
We’re raffling off gear, products and services from our generous EXPO sponsors! To enter the drawing, drop your card at a sponsor table and your registration bag ticket at the ASCAP Room, then show up at the Dolby Ballroom on Saturday at 11:40am to find out if you’ve won. You don’t have to be in the room to win - but why miss out on the chance to claim your prize in person?

Saturday April 30, 2016 11:40am - 11:45am
Dolby Ballroom 5th Floor

11:45am

Your Music, Your Rights: Building a Sustainable Future for Music (Presented by City National Bank)
Though fans have unprecedented access to music, and more companies enter the digital music marketplace each year, many music creators are finding it tougher than ever to make a living. In this shifting music business landscape, understanding the regulations that govern how you make money from your art is essential to building a sustainable future for music. This panel brings together songwriters and lawmakers to discuss critical reforms underway in the courts, in Congress and in the Department of Justice. You’ll learn why overhauling our music licensing system is so critical - and how you can help.

Moderators
avatar for Paul Williams

Paul Williams

“Evergreen,” “Rainy Days and Mondays,” “We’ve Only Just Begun,” “The Rainbow Connection", Songwriter, Actor, Author / President & Chairman – ASCAP
Songwriter, Actor – “Evergreen,” “Rainy Days and Mondays,” “We’ve Only Just Begun,” “The Rainbow Connection" | President & Chairman of the Board – ASCAP Paul Williams is one of the most beloved and respected music creators in the world today. A lyricist and composer who has won an Oscar Award, three Grammy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, an Ivor Novello International Award, and... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for Kevin Kadish

Kevin Kadish

"All About That Bass," "Lips Are Movin," "(There's Gotta Be) More to Life," "Wordplay", Songwriter, Producer
Songwriter, Producer - "All About That Bass," "Lips Are Movin," "(There's Gotta Be) More to Life," "Wordplay" Kevin Kadish is an American Grammy Award-nominated songwriter, producer, sound engineer, and instrumentalist who has participated in the production of many commercially successful American recordings. He co-wrote, produced, and mixed the 2014 multi-platinum single "All About That Bass" for Meghan Trainor, which spent eight weeks at No. 1... Read More →
avatar for Clara Kim

Clara Kim

EVP & General Counsel, Business and Legal Affairs, ASCAP
EVP & General Counsel, Business and Legal Affairs - ASCAP
avatar for Congressman Ted Lieu

Congressman Ted Lieu

Representing the 33rd District of California
Representing the 33rd District of California | | In 2014, Ted W. Lieu was elected to California’s 33rd Congressional District, succeeding retiring 40-year incumbent Henry Waxman.  Ted was elected president of the Democratic Freshman class by his colleagues and serves on the House Budget Committee and the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Ted is a former active duty officer in the US Air Force and currently... Read More →



Saturday April 30, 2016 11:45am - 1:00pm
Dolby Ballroom 5th Floor

1:10pm

ASCAP Advocacy: Make Your Voice Heard!
As copyright reform moves forward, we need to make sure that our elected officials hear the voice of the music creator loud and clear. By actively engaging with Congress, we increase the likelihood that our outdated music licensing system will be fixed in the years to come. Stop by our advocacy booth to participate in our ongoing political efforts and sign up for future updates. Find out about the ASCAP Legislative Fund for the Arts (bit.ly/ASCAP-PAC), our political action committee (PAC), and how it helps to further our work in Washington.

You can also get your free ASCAP EXPO pins to display on your badge lanyard to show everyone what type of music creator you are. Stop by and visit us near on the 2nd floor (Mezzanine) near the Registration Desk.


Saturday April 30, 2016 1:10pm - 2:10pm
2nd Floor (Mezzanine) 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)

1:10pm

ASCAP EXPO Creator Tent: Connect and Recharge
Join us on the Dolby Ballroom Terrace in the ASCAP EXPO Creator Tent to connect with fellow music creators, recharge your mobile device, sign the Why I Create Music wall, take pictures at the #ASCAPEXPO photo booth or find a new collaborator! You can share your photo booth picture on your own social media.

All photos will be available online at bit.ly/16ascappics as well as on the ASCAP EXPO Facebook page, tag yourself!

Saturday April 30, 2016 1:10pm - 2:10pm
ASCAP EXPO Creator Tent Dolby Ballroom Terrace (5th Floor)

1:10pm

Bandzoogle: Website Demolition Derby - Live Website Reviews
This eternally awesome panel will offer live, no­-holds-­barred critiques of real websites. Our panelists will assess design, organization, content and functionality. How does the website fit with the artist's overall online strategy, and how successfully does it achieve the artist’s goals? Our experts have worked with hundreds of songwriters and musicians (including themselves), from major label superstars to secluded basement composers. They know all about website best practices, and they’re deeply allergic to bad design, music that auto­starts, Flash widgets and unreadable fonts. We’ve instructed each of our panelists to leave all diplomacy aside, so if you’re courageous enough to submit your website for their scrutiny, send a note to Bandzoogle’s Dave Cool: dcool@bandzoogle.com.

Moderators
avatar for Dave Cool

Dave Cool

Director, Artist Relations, Bandzoogle
Director, Artist Relations – Bandzoogle  Dave Cool (yes, that’s his real name) is the Director of Artist & Industry Outreach at Bandzoogle. Built for musicians by musicians, Bandzoogle makes it easy to build a beautiful mobile-friendly website, and sell music, merch & tickets commission-free. Dave is a recovering punk rock drummer, comedy nerd, wine snob, and loves to connect on Twitter. Follow him at @dave_cool

Panelists
avatar for Rebecca Calejo

Rebecca Calejo

Sr. Director, Client Services, Section 101
Sr. Director, Client Services - Section 101 Rebecca Calejo is the Senior Director of Client Services at Section 101. Over the last six years, she has been working on a day-to-day basis with established acts such as Pentatonix, Duran Duran, Aimee Mann, Robert DeLong, Eagles of Death Metal, BUSH, Jonatha Brooke, Marc Cohn, Sam Phillips, along with many others to ensure that each artist’s online needs are met in the most effective ways... Read More →
avatar for Cheryl B. Engelhardt

Cheryl B. Engelhardt

Composer, Songwriter; Consultant, CBE Music
Composer, Songwriter – “Inevitably,” “Keep" Commercial: “Grumpy Cat” (Honey Nut Cheerios) Film: Delusions of Guinevere | Founder, Composer, & Consultant - CBE Music & In the Key of Success  Cheryl got her start in music working at a New York City hip-hop recording studio before transitioning to the advertising industry as a commercial composer. During this time, she developed her own songwriting... Read More →
avatar for Delaney Gibson

Delaney Gibson

Founder, Artist, Songwriter / CCXA
Artist, Songwriter | Founder - CCXA | | CCXA Founder, Delaney Gibson, has a passion for helping other artists develop an original brand to take their music career to the next level. “She has a rare gift of an artistic mind and whip-smart business sense.” | Delaney owns a wealth of lessons learned from an impressive career in music as a performer and singer-songwriter. Currently, she is signed to ILA Records with her duo, SIGNY... Read More →
avatar for Ari Herstand

Ari Herstand

Ari’s Take, Songwriter, Artist, Actor, Journalist
Songwriter, Artist, Actor | Writer – Digital Music News; Ari’s Take Most musicians now know Ari Herstand (pronounced Ar*ee Her*stand) as the guy who has helped them fly with their instruments, book national tours, get songs placed on TV and make more money with their music career - without the help of a label. Herstand’s music business advice blog, Ari’s Take, has been nominated by the LA Weekly as the best music blog... Read More →



Saturday April 30, 2016 1:10pm - 2:10pm
Hollywood Ballroom B-C 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)

1:10pm

Joe Solo Productions: Before & After - From Demo to Master
Writer-producer Joe Solo will reveal the latest thinking on achieving music success through the quality of the presentation of your music. Experience “before” demos that artists brought in and the professionally-seasoned, broadcast-quality masters they walked out with. Heavy on audience participation, this session will include a discussion on the huge differences that masters vs. demos make in how songs and artists are perceived. Joe is looking for new talent, so bring your music live or on a drive, and one brave act will get an instant evaluation! Check out joesolo.com for Joe’s free Music Success Video Nuggets.

Panelists
avatar for Joe Solo

Joe Solo

Producer, Songwriter, Composer, Music Success Workshop
Producer, Songwriter, Composer | Founder - Joe Solo's Music Success Workshop  Joe Solo’s credits include songs for Fergie, Macy Gray, Atlantic, MTV, Epic, HBO, Paramount, NBC, Universal, Sony, Apple, Famous Music Publishing, CBS, Killer Tracks, Fox Sports Music, BMG and Hasbro Games. Solo is a seasoned Film/TV composer and songwriter. His songs have been heard on One Tree Hill, The OC, Major League... Read More →



Saturday April 30, 2016 1:10pm - 2:10pm
Hollywood Ballroom D 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)

1:10pm

Kaotica Lounge: Laz-e Session
Creating your ideal recording space is as easy as placing the Kaotica Eyeball over your favorite microphone. We’ve got you acoustically treated right out of the box. Come join us at our lounge to kick back, relax, check out the Eyeball and enjoy some delicious, natural Hint water.


Saturday April 30, 2016 1:10pm - 2:10pm
Laurel 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)

1:10pm

1:10pm

Sam Ash Presents Cubase: Cubase 8.5 Digital Audio Workstation's Latest Innovations
Hear about the latest amazing innovations from the experts on the Cubase digital audio workstation. Cubase Pro 8.5 and Cubase Artist 8.5 not only offer a sleeker workflow and added creative tools but also an innovative, cloud-based collaboration system embedded in Cubase: VST Transit.


Saturday April 30, 2016 1:10pm - 2:10pm
Solano 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)

1:10pm

Shutterstock Music: Calling all Music Producers - Earn Money on Every Track
Shutterstock powers one of the world's largest marketplaces for production music. Our tracks are licensed every day for videos, films, apps, games and television by the world’s largest companies, including Apple, Facebook, Google and Samsung. During this in-depth session, members of our music team will explain how we work with our music producers and provide pro tips on producing high-quality music for licensing.


Saturday April 30, 2016 1:10pm - 2:10pm
Los Feliz 3rd Floor

2:15pm

Murphy’s Laws of Songwriting
Every song is unique, but you might be surprised at how much musical DNA is shared by major hits. In this session, author, songwriter and publisher Ralph Murphy will explain what all #1 songs have in common - and teach you how to apply those traits to your own songwriting. Ralph’s book Murphy’s Laws of Songwriting has helped successful writers around the world. Now it’s your turn!

Panelists
avatar for Ralph Murphy

Ralph Murphy

Consultant / Murphy’s Laws of Songwriting: The Book, ASCAP / Songwriter, Author
Consultant & Former VP, International & Domestic Membership - ASCAP | Songwriter – "He Got You," "Half the Way" | Author - Murphy’s Laws of Songwriting: The Book |   | Ralph Murphy, songwriter, has been successful for five decades. Consistently charting songs in an ever-changing musical environment makes him a member of that very small group of professionals who make a living doing what they love to do. Add to that the... Read More →


Saturday April 30, 2016 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Hollywood Ballroom D 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)

2:15pm

We Live for Love: Master Session with Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo
Within a few months of meeting in 1979, rock singer Pat Benatar and musical jack-of-all-trades Neil Giraldo had recorded Benatar’s debut album In the Heat of the Night. By 1982, they were married, and had a second Grammy on their hands for the #1 album Precious Time, co-produced and co-written by Giraldo. And while their chemistry was obvious from the get-go, neither of them could have predicted that they’d still be partners in life and music 37 years later. In this illuminating panel, you’ll find out how Benatar and Giraldo have evolved as individuals and as a musical power couple. They’ll talk about how their relationship has been shaped by fame, family and the rigors of the road - and all the unexpected things that happen when life, love and rock ‘n’ roll intertwine.

Moderators
avatar for Melinda Newman

Melinda Newman

Journalist
Journalist | | Melinda Newman is the former West Coast Bureau Chief/Deputy Editor for Billboard magazine. Since leaving Billboard, she has broadened her scope to include lifestyle and cultural reporting from around the world, including Mali, Peru, and Lebanon. Among the outlets she has contributed to are Billboard, Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone, Forbes, Parade, Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, Variety, Entrepreneur and others... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for Pat Benatar

Pat Benatar

"Hit Me with Your Best Shot," "Love Is a Battlefield," "We Belong," "Invincible", Artist, Songwriter
Artist, Songwriter - "Hit Me with Your Best Shot," "Love Is a Battlefield," "We Belong," "Invincible" Pat Benatar: she’s always been a rule-breaker and a trail-blazer, she remains a bold and distinctive artist both on stage and on record, and now, after more than three decades in rock ‘n’ roll, she’s a bonafide living legend. A four-time Grammy winner, Benatar is a classically trained mezzo-soprano. During the 1980s... Read More →
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Neil Giraldo

Producer, Songwriter, Guitarist
Producer, Songwriter, Guitarist - "Love is a Battlefield," “I’ve Done Everything For You,” "We Belong" Neil "Spyder“ James Giraldo, has been a professional musician, producer, arranger and songwriter for over four decades now, changing the face of the pop charts throughout the 1980s with his collaborator, muse and wife, Pat Benatar. More than just an explosive steel bending guitar player, Giraldo’s innovative vision... Read More →


Saturday April 30, 2016 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Dolby Ballroom 5th Floor

2:15pm

Feeling Kinda Naughty: The Music of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
When Rachel Bloom won a Golden Globe for Best Actress for the irreverent CW series Crazy Ex-Girlfriend this January, it was the culmination of years of hard work and development. Since the very beginning, Rachel and her collaborators have kept music at the center of the show - and the same goes for her own comedy career, all the way back to her 2010 viral video “F**k Me, Ray Bradbury.” But how do you craft elaborate musical numbers that work as songs, as part of the narrative, and as comedy - all the while keeping in mind your budgets, you audience and the TV format? Bloom and her fellow ASCAP collaborators, Jack Dolgen (an alum of the ASCAP Lester Sill Workshop) and Adam Schlesinger (Grammy/Emmy-winning member of Fountains of Wayne and Ivy), will pull back the curtain on the music of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, in what promises to be a hilarious and perhaps slightly inappropriate panel.

Moderators
avatar for Mikael Wood

Mikael Wood

Journalist, Los Angeles Times
Journalist - Los Angeles Times Mikael Wood writes about pop music for the Los Angeles Times. Prior to joining The Times in 2012, he was a freelance contributor to Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, Spin and the Village Voice. He grew up in Little Rock, Ark., and graduated from Northwestern University.

Panelists
avatar for Rachel Bloom

Rachel Bloom

TV: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Actor, Songwriter, Writer
Actor, Songwriter, Writer - TV: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend | Rachel Bloom currently stars in the network musical comedy Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, which she co-created and executive produces alongside Aline Brosh McKenna. Bloom stars as Rebecca Bunch, a successful, driven, and arguably crazy young woman who impulsively gives up everything – partnership at a prestigious law firm, an upscale apartment in Manhattan – in a desperate attempt to find... Read More →
avatar for Jack Dolgen

Jack Dolgen

TV: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Songwriter, Producer
Songwriter, Producer - TV: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Jack Dolgen is a songwriter and producer living in Los Angeles. His original and commissioned work can be heard in numerous films, TV shows, web series and commercials. In addition to making records of his own, Jack works as a producer - working with musicians and comedians alike, including Rachel Bloom, Gavin Turek, Harvard Sailing Team, Kimmy Gatweood, Brad Raisin, Billy and Adam (SNAKES), Bridgid... Read More →
avatar for Adam Schlesinger

Adam Schlesinger

Fountains of Wayne, Ivy / Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Songwriter, Composer, Producer, Artist
Songwriter, Composer, Producer – "Stacy's Mom" TV: "Elmo the Musical," Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All! Film: That Thing You Do | Artist – Fountains of Wayne, Ivy, Tinted Windows Adam Schlesinger is a songwriter and music producer. He is an EGOT nominee (having received nominations for Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Awards) and has won two Emmys and a Grammy. He scored one of the... Read More →


Saturday April 30, 2016 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Hollywood Ballroom B-C 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)

2:15pm

R&B/Hip-Hop Feedback Panel
What do music experts listen for when they’re searching for new songs? Find out at this live feedback session. Our panel of A&R execs and pro songwriters will evaluate a limited number of songs, pre-submitted by EXPO registrants, in front of a live audience.

Moderators
avatar for Jonathan Jones

Jonathan Jones

Director, Rhythm & Soul, Membership, ASCAP
Director, Rhythm & Soul, Membership - ASCAP

Panelists
avatar for Eesean Bolden

Eesean Bolden

VP, A&R, Epic Records
VP, A&R - Epic Records | | As an A&R Executive, Eesean is responsible for identifying, developing and bringing in new talent. A native of Sacramento, CA, Eesean’s passion for music began at an early age as the son of a member of an R&B group who went on to have regional success in the early 90s. His journey in the music business began as an intern at Interscope records in the A&R department. Always exercising his... Read More →
avatar for Ashley Calhoun

Ashley Calhoun

Creative Director, Pulse Music Publishing
Creative Director - Pulse Music Publishing Ashley Calhoun was born and raised in Virginia Beach, Virginia. She moved to Los Angeles in the fall of 2009 to study audio engineering at The Los Angeles Recording School. While in school, she began managing producers and interned for Vagrant Records, music manager Lex Borrero, and DJ Skee. After graduating, Calhoun landed a job as Assistant for Cash Money Records Head of A&R, Joshua Berkman... Read More →
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Prince Charlez

"Needed Me," “Ring Off,” “Beautiful,” “More”, Songwriter
Songwriter - "Needed Me," “Ring Off,” “Beautiful,” “More”  Prince Charlez, born February 14, 1989, is a songwriter from Compton, CA. His most recent writing credits include Rihanna "Needed Me" (on ANTI), Beyonce’s “Ring Off,” Jessica Mauboy’s “Beautiful” and Usher’s “More.” He is currently working with the likes of Kehlani and Mary J... Read More →
avatar for Nick Jarjour

Nick Jarjour

Manager, Music Publisher
Manager, Music Publisher Nick Jarjour is a music publisher, manager, A&R and entrepreneur. His passion for music has catapulted him into the heart of the pop music industry. At the age of eight, his first song was published on a children’s album and in his late teens he went to Music Business School. At the age of 18, he started a record label and signed deals with Warner Chappell, Mercury Records and UMG France. He quickly became... Read More →


Saturday April 30, 2016 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Mt. Olympus 3rd Floor

3:40pm

ASCAP Advocacy: Make Your Voice Heard!
As copyright reform moves forward, we need to make sure that our elected officials hear the voice of the music creator loud and clear. By actively engaging with Congress, we increase the likelihood that our outdated music licensing system will be fixed in the years to come. Stop by our advocacy booth to participate in our ongoing political efforts and sign up for future updates. Find out about the ASCAP Legislative Fund for the Arts (bit.ly/ASCAP-PAC), our political action committee (PAC), and how it helps to further our work in Washington.

You can also get your free ASCAP EXPO pins to display on your badge lanyard to show everyone what type of music creator you are. Stop by and visit us near on the 2nd floor (Mezzanine) near the Registration Desk.


Saturday April 30, 2016 3:40pm - 4:10pm
2nd Floor (Mezzanine) 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)

3:40pm

ASCAP EXPO Creator Tent: Connect and Recharge
Join us on the Dolby Ballroom Terrace in the ASCAP EXPO Creator Tent to connect with fellow music creators, recharge your mobile device, sign the Why I Create Music wall, take pictures at the #ASCAPEXPO photo booth or find a new collaborator! You can share your photo booth picture on your own social media.

All photos will be available online at bit.ly/16ascappics as well as on the ASCAP EXPO Facebook page, tag yourself!

Saturday April 30, 2016 3:40pm - 4:10pm
ASCAP EXPO Creator Tent Dolby Ballroom Terrace (5th Floor)

3:40pm

Book Signing with Ralph Murphy: Murphy's Laws of Songwriting
Following Ralph Murphy's annual "Murphy's Laws of Songwriting panel" on Saturday, April 30th at 2:30pm in Hollywood Ballroom D, stop by the ASCAP EXPO Boutique for a book signing with Ralph Murphy, the author of Murphy’s Laws of Songwriting. In his book and his panel session, he'll explain what all #1 songs have in common - and teach you how to apply those traits to your own songwriting. 

Panelists
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Ralph Murphy

Consultant / Murphy’s Laws of Songwriting: The Book, ASCAP / Songwriter, Author
Consultant & Former VP, International & Domestic Membership - ASCAP | Songwriter – "He Got You," "Half the Way" | Author - Murphy’s Laws of Songwriting: The Book |   | Ralph Murphy, songwriter, has been successful for five decades. Consistently charting songs in an ever-changing musical environment makes him a member of that very small group of professionals who make a living doing what they love to do. Add to that the... Read More →


Saturday April 30, 2016 3:40pm - 4:10pm
2nd Floor (Mezzanine) 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)

3:40pm

3:40pm

Kaotica Lounge: Laz-e Session
Creating your ideal recording space is as easy as placing the Kaotica Eyeball over your favorite microphone. We’ve got you acoustically treated right out of the box. Come join us at our lounge to kick back, relax, check out the Eyeball and enjoy some delicious, natural Hint water.


Saturday April 30, 2016 3:40pm - 4:10pm
Laurel 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)

3:40pm

Sam Ash Presents Apogee: Learn To Make Studio Quality Recordings On Your iPad & Mac
Join Cody Cloe from Apogee as he walks through a common musician's workflow, while introducing simple steps that will dramatically improve the quality of your recordings. It all begins with a random idea that we’ve all quickly recorded in voice memos, and ends with the final mix on the Mac.


Saturday April 30, 2016 3:40pm - 4:10pm
Solano 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)

3:40pm

Section 101: Website Survival Guide - Top Secrets for Keeping Up in Today's Digital Jungle
Today's digital landscape is constantly changing - and at lightning speed! Now more than ever, it has become a full-time job just to keep up with the latest online trends and best practices. In this session, presented by Section 101's Rebecca Calejo, we will cover the best-kept secrets for how to be successful online and stay on top of your digital game. Specifically how to do the least amount of work to get the biggest impact. Topics covered include: creating an effective online strategy, simple ways to keep your website fresh, optimizing your website content for mobile, using your socials to increase your website's activity and how to take action based on your stats.

Panelists
avatar for Rebecca Calejo

Rebecca Calejo

Sr. Director, Client Services, Section 101
Sr. Director, Client Services - Section 101 Rebecca Calejo is the Senior Director of Client Services at Section 101. Over the last six years, she has been working on a day-to-day basis with established acts such as Pentatonix, Duran Duran, Aimee Mann, Robert DeLong, Eagles of Death Metal, BUSH, Jonatha Brooke, Marc Cohn, Sam Phillips, along with many others to ensure that each artist’s online needs are met in the most effective ways... Read More →



Saturday April 30, 2016 3:40pm - 4:10pm
Los Feliz 3rd Floor

4:15pm

The Writers Jam
End the EXPO on a high note with some of the finest hitmakers currently blowing up the airwaves, playing their best-known songs. We’ve assembled another diverse lineup of top ASCAP songwriters, who will share the stories behind their biggest hits, then play them in an intimate, stripped-down setting. You know these songs - but you’ve never heard them like this before!

Moderators
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Marc Emert-Hutner

VP,, Pop/Rock, Membership, ASCAP
VP, Pop/Rock, Membership - ASCAP

Panelists
avatar for LaShawn Daniels

LaShawn Daniels

"It's Not Right (But It's Okay)," "You Rock My World," "Telephone,” "Say My Name", Songwriter, Producer
Songwriter, Producer - "It's Not Right (But It's Okay)," "You Rock My World," "Telephone,” "Say My Name" LaShawn Daniels has a catalogue that includes multi-platinum award winning songs like “It's Not Right (But It's Okay)" by Whitney Houston, “The Boy Is Mine” by Monica and Brandy, “You Rock My World” by Michael Jackson & “Telephone” by Lady Gaga, "Say My Name" by Destinys Child. Daniels has... Read More →
avatar for Chris DeStefano

Chris DeStefano

"Something in the Water," "That's My Kind of Night," "Good Girl," "Don't Ya", Songwriter, Producer
Songwriter, Producer - "Something in the Water," "That's My Kind of Night," "Good Girl," "Don't Ya" Chris DeStefano is a Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter, record producer and multi-instrumentalist, raised in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey and currently residing in Nashville, TN. As a songwriter, he has earned multiple #1 songs with artists including Carrie Underwood (“Good Girl,” "Little Toy Guns," “Smoke Break”), Billy Currington... Read More →
avatar for Audra Mae

Audra Mae

"Little Red Wagon," "Heartbeat Song", Songwriter, Artist
Songwriter, Artist - "Little Red Wagon," "Heartbeat Song" Audra Mae is an American singer and songwriter. Audra also wrote a song for Britain's Got Talent runner-up Susan Boyle's début album. "Who I Was Born to Be" was the only original track on Susan Boyle's chart-topping, 9 million- selling I Dreamed a Dream album. Her album The Happiest Lamb was released in 2010. Audra Mae and the Almighty Sound was released in 2012. In 2012, her cover... Read More →
avatar for Priscilla Renea

Priscilla Renea

"Timber," "Worth It," "Somethin' Bad," "California King Bed", Songwriter, Artist
Songwriter, Artist - "Timber," "Worth It," "Somethin' Bad," "California King Bed" For the past eight years, artist and songwriter Priscilla Renea has carefully journeyed across every genre of music and touched people from various walks of life with her infectious melodies and real life lyrics. With a discography that reveals an overall love for great music no matter who the artist or the audience, there is no doubt that Priscilla will continue... Read More →


Saturday April 30, 2016 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Dolby Ballroom 5th Floor