ASCAP Experience Goes Virtual For 2020

ASCAP’s annual ASCAP Experience conference has transitioned this year to a free, weekly virtual event set to launch May 28. The event was to take place April 1-3 in Los Angeles.

Now dubbed ASCAP Experience: Home Edition, the virtual series will kick off with a conversation between Grammy-winning artist Shaggy, along with his manager and Cherrytree Records founder Martin Kierszenbaum. as well as a panel with “Stuck With You” songwriters Whitney Phillips and Glan Stone, and a creative session with songwriter Priscilla Renea (Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood’s “Somethin’ Bad,” Rhianna’s “California King Bed”).

The new long-term initiative from ASCAP, dubbed ASCAP Experience: Home Edition, will take place weekly on Thursdays between 3:00 p.m. ET/12:00 p.m. PT and 6:00 p.m. ET/3:00 p.m. PT. It will initially extend through the end of July, bringing ASCAP Experience original live programming into the homes of ASCAP members, aspiring songwriters and others for the first time.

The ASCAP Experience: Home Edition Thursday, May 28 kick-off schedule is:

3:00pm – 3:05pm: ASCAP Experience: Home Edition Welcome with ASCAP Chairman and President Paul Williams
3:05pm – 4:00pm: Featured Conversation with Shaggy and manager Martin Kierszenbaum
4:10pm – 4:40pm: Anatomy of a Song: “Stuck with U” with songwriters Whitney Phillips and Gian Stone
4:50pm – 5:20pm: ASCAP Sound Advice: I Just Wrote a Song. Now What?
4:50pm – 5:20pm: Sponsor Session: Qobuz: Who cares about audio quality? HD music streaming has answers
5:30pm – 6:30pm: Creative Session: Finding the “Aha!” Moment with hit songwriter Priscilla Renea

“Music brings us comfort, joy and community. It unites us by resonating with our shared humanity. The world needs to feel that sense of connection today,” said ASCAP Chairman of the Board and President Paul Williams. “To keep the craft and creation of music flowing, ASCAP is thrilled to offer ASCAP Experience: Home Edition, an innovative series of virtual educational programming presented at no cost, featuring top writers, producers, publishers and music experts who want to share their knowledge and advice for the greater good of music. If music creators have to stay home, then ASCAP wants to give them a way to stay informed, inspired and engaged so they can stay creative. I hope everyone joins us.”

Every week, ASCAP Experience: Home Edition will be hosted by top songwriters, music producers, music publishers, composers, thought-leaders and the ASCAP team, featuring real-time topics and deep dives on issues that matter most to the future of music creators. Attendees can learn how to make money from their music, connect with music publishers, preserve their mental and physical wellness and more. Each program block will also include ASCAP “Sound Advice,” condensed how-to panels on PRO basics, works registration and more essential topics for music creators.

Registration will be free, and open to anyone. Following each session, most programming will be available on-demand for anyone who may have missed the live webcast.

Previous 2020 ASCAP Experience registrants and new attendees can register at ASCAP Experience: Home Edition is open to all music creators, aspiring songwriters and music industry professionals, regardless of which performing rights organization they belong to.


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