Industry Ink: ASCAP, Robert Earl Keen, Clio Music Awards

ASCAP’s I Create Music EXPO In The Round Coming To Bluebird Cafe

ASCAP’s I Create Music EXPO In The Round will be held at Nashville’s Bluebird Cafe on Feb. 13. The songwriters round will include top ASCAP writers playing hit songs and sharing stories from their experiences at the annual ASCAP I Create Music Expo in Los Angeles. The Bluebird round will include Ashley Gorley, Cassadee Pope, Matt Jenkins, and Jon Nite.

Ticket sales begin Feb. 6 at 8 a.m. CT. For more, visit

This year’s ASCAP I Create Music EXPO will be held in Hollywood, from May 2-4.


Robert Earl Keen Inducted Into Texas Cowboy Hall Of Fame

Robert Earl Keen.

Robert Earl Keen was inducted into the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame, on Jan. 17, 2019, during a festive ceremony which included dinner and drinks at the World’s Largest Honky-Tonk, Billy Bob’s Texas.

The Hall of Fame honored Keen at the sold-out event for his prolific music career and charitable acts, presenting him with the Rick Smith “Spirit of Texas Award.” Celebrating the achievements and uniqueness of Texans, the award is dedicated to the memory of Rick Smith, a Texas visionary that left an unforgettable legacy through his concerts, music and the “Live at Billy Bob’s” recordings. Fellow Hall of Fame members include Willie Nelson, George Strait, Lyle Lovett, Tommy Lee Jones, and Red Steagall.


Submissions Now Open For 2019 Clio Music Awards

The Clio Awards have opened a call for entries for the 2019 Clio Music Awards, a program dedicated to work spanning artist promotion, music marketing, brand collaborations, and the use of music in advertising. This year, the Clio Music honors will be awarded as part of the 60th Annual Clio Awards ceremony in New York City.

The awards highlight the top creative work globally in Branded Entertainment & Content, Design, Digital/Mobile, Experiential/Events, Film/Video, Innovation, Integrated Campaigns, Partnerships & Collaborations, Social Good, Social Media, and the Use of Music (Licensed, Original, Adapted). This year marks the addition of a Film and Video Technique medium as well as an option to submit physical entries within the Design medium (Event, Packaging, Printed Materials).

The early deadline for entries is April 19, 2019. For the entry kit, additional key dates, fees, and the full outline of mediums and categories, visit


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