Nashville Songwriters Take Part in 8th Annual ASCAP “I Create Music” Expo

The 8th annual ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO, held April 18-20 in Los Angeles at the Loews Hollywood Hotel, once again featured several Nashville-based ASCAP members and music industry leaders.

On the EXPO’s closing day, ASCAP member Brett James represented the songwriter’s perspective on the legislative panel “Securing Fair Compensation Online: How You and the U.S. Congress Can Make a Difference.” The panel, which also included ASCAP President and Chairman of the Board Paul Williams, U.S. Representative Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), U.S. Representative Judy Chu (D-CA) and ASCAP CEO John LoFrumento, discussed the ways in which the ability of songwriters, composers and music publishers to be compensated fairly for their work is being challenged on more than one front.Later that afternoon, James performed alongside ASCAP Nashville songwriter Brandy Clark (“Better Dig Two,” “Mama’s Broken Heart”) as well as ASCAP members Tom Higgenson of the Plain White T’s (“Hey Delilah,” “1,2,3,4”) and Stacey Barthe (“Cheers (Drink to That),” “Hummingbird Heartbeat”) to close out the EXPO with “The Writers Jam.”

Additional Nashville-based participants in this year’s ASCAP EXPO included Darrell Brown, Wrensong’s Ree Guyer Buchanan, Randy Goodrum, Ralph Murphy, Infinity Cat’s Robert Ellis Orrall, Warner/Chappell’s Ben Vaughn and more.

Pictured (L-R): Paul Williams, Marsha Blackburn, Judy Chu, Brett James and John LoFrumento participate in the "Securing Fair Compensation Online: How You and the U.S. Congress Can Make A Difference" panel. Photo: by Brian Dowling/Invision for ASCAP/AP Images)

Pictured (L-R): Paul Williams, Marsha Blackburn, Judy Chu, Brett James and John LoFrumento participate in the “Securing Fair Compensation Online: How You and the U.S. Congress Can Make A Difference” panel. Photo: by Brian Dowling/Invision for ASCAP/AP Images)

Pictured (L-R): ASCAP songwriters Tom Higgenson (Plain White T's), Brandy Clark, Stacey Barthe (with guest guitarist) and Brett James participate in "The Writers Jam" closing panel at the 8th annual ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO.  (Photo by Brian Dowling/Invision for ASCAP/AP Images)

Pictured (L-R): ASCAP songwriters Tom Higgenson (Plain White T’s), Brandy Clark, Stacey Barthe (with guest guitarist) and Brett James participate in “The Writers Jam” closing panel at the 8th annual ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO. (Photo by Brian Dowling/Invision for ASCAP/AP Images)

 

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