ASCAP will welcome several top-shelf songwriters during its 2015 ASCAP “I Create Music” Expo, slated for April 30-May 2 at Los Angeles’ Loews Hollywood Hotel.
The expo is now in its 10th year, and offers three days of panels and discussions centering around the art and business aspects of songwriting, producing and composing, as well as an array of performances from artists and songwriters.
Among the writers scheduled to take part in the expo this year are Ashley Gorley (Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley), Darrell Brown (LeAnn Rimes, Keith Urban), Desmond Child, Bill Withers, Kevin Cronin (REO Speedwagon), Lou Gramm (Foreigner), Savan Kotecha (Ariana Grande, Jessie J, One Direction), Greg Kurstin (Kelly Clarkson, Ellie Goulding), and more. Gorley will take part in The Writers Jam with Andrew Bird, Aloe Blacc, and others. Brown will participate in a live multi-genre song feedback workshop series.
“The ASCAP ‘I Create Music’ EXPO has become one of our signature events and for good reason,” said ASCAP President Paul Williams. “The chance to meet and learn from others who share the enthusiasm for our craft is immensely valuable, especially when you’re in the early stages of your career. This is something ASCAP excels at, and with EXPO we’re gratified that we can provide the opportunity for music creators of all levels and genres to come together for this incredibly rewarding experience.”
Williams will participate in a conference panel on Saturday, May 2, that will focus on legislative issues affecting songwriters. Joining Williams will be songwriter/artist Aloe Blacc, ASCAP CEO Beth Matthews, and co-sponsors of the Songwriter Equity Act, Congressmen Doug Collins and Hakeem Jeffries.
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