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Thursday, April 30
 

9:30am PDT

9:45am PDT

ASCAP General Annual Membership Meeting and EXPO Kickoff
As sweeping changes affect the music industry, ASCAP is blazing a new path forward while it advocates for music creators’ rights, innovates new ways to grow payments to its members and enhances value as a rights organization for everyone from songwriters, composers and publishers to licensees and consumers. Don’t miss this opening session, in which ASCAP’s President and Chairman Paul Williams, CEO Beth Matthews and EVP of Membership John Titta will provide an update on ASCAP’s “state of the union” and vision for the future. Get a deeper understanding of how ASCAP’s role fits into the wider music industry, and how to make the most of your EXPO experience.
The session will include an inspiring spoken word performance by poet and songwriter In-Q.

Speakers
avatar for Beth Matthews

Beth Matthews

Chief Executive Officer, ASCAP
Chief Executive Officer - ASCAPElizabeth Matthews is Chief Executive Officer of ASCAP, the American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers (ASCAP), a membership association of more than 525,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers of every kind of music. Beth... Read More →
avatar for John Titta

John Titta

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 ConnectionAuthor - Gratitude and Trust: Recovery is Not Just For Addicts President & Chairman of the Board – ASCAP Paul Williams is one of the most beloved and respected... Read More →


Thursday April 30, 2015 9:45am - 10:45am PDT
Dolby Ballroom 5th Floor

10:55am PDT

ASCAP Advocacy
Stop by the ASCAP advocacy booth and join hundreds of fellow music creators who have already sent letters to Congress in support of the newly reintroduced Songwriter Equity Act (‪bit.ly/Support_SEA). While you're there, sign up for the latest legislative news and learn how you can join ASCAP’s ongoing advocacy efforts including support of our political action committee, The ASCAP Legislative Fund for the Arts. We’ll be waiting for you right next to the photo booth on the 2nd floor (Mezzanine) near the Registration Desk.


Thursday April 30, 2015 10:55am - 11:25am PDT
2nd Floor (Mezzanine) 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)

10:55am PDT

11:30am PDT

Adoption vs. Babysitting: How to Choose Between a Music Publishing and Admin Deal (Presented by Lommen Abdo)
Music publishing deals once served as the holy grail for songwriters seeking success in the industry. Today music publishers are not the only game in town. To some writers, a music administration deal is more attractive. What are the major differences between a traditional publishing deal and an administration deal? What are the pros and cons of each? What are the principal deal terms? This Q&A session will answer these and more questions to help songwriters understand...and choose wisely.

Moderators
avatar for Alex Grout

Alex Grout

Senior Director & Counsel, Business & Legal Affairs, ASCAP

Speakers
avatar for Jeff Brabec

Jeff Brabec

VP, Business Affairs, BMG Chrysalis
Jeff Brabec is Vice President of Business Affairs for BMG Chrysalis  (representing, among others, the catalogues of will.i.am, Bruno Mars, ZZ Top, OutKast, Cee Lo Green, ZZ Top, David Bowie, My Morning Jacket, Kurt Cobain, Devo, Gnarls Barkley, John Denver, Blondie, David Bowie... Read More →
avatar for Ken Abdo, Esq.

Ken Abdo, Esq.

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... Read More →



Thursday April 30, 2015 11:30am - 12:45pm PDT
Mt. Olympus 3rd Floor

12:55pm PDT

ASCAP Advocacy
Stop by the ASCAP advocacy booth and join hundreds of fellow music creators who have already sent letters to Congress in support of the newly reintroduced Songwriter Equity Act (‪bit.ly/Support_SEA). While you're there, sign up for the latest legislative news and learn how you can join ASCAP’s ongoing advocacy efforts including support of our political action committee, The ASCAP Legislative Fund for the Arts. We’ll be waiting for you right next to the photo booth on the 2nd floor (Mezzanine) near the Registration Desk.


Thursday April 30, 2015 12:55pm - 1:55pm PDT
2nd Floor (Mezzanine) 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)

12:55pm PDT

3:15pm PDT

One-on-One Sessions (Presented by Sennheiser) - 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/or song critiques.
Our One-on-One sessions sold out in January, like they do each year. There are no openings or waiting list spots available.

Speakers
avatar for Marc Beeson

Marc Beeson

"When She Cries," “We Are Tonight," "Lie With Me," "Send 'Em On Down (The Road)", Songwriter
Songwriter - "When She Cries," “We Are Tonight," "Lie With Me," "Send 'Em On Down (The Road)" This Illinois native and 20 year Nashville veteran has had over 100 cuts including songs recorded by Reba McEntire, Jason Aldean, Kenny Rogers, Martina McBride, Peter Cetera, Diamond Rio... Read More →
avatar for Claudia Brant

Claudia Brant

Songwriter
Songwriter - "Me Cuesta Tanto Olvidarte," "Why Not Tonight," "Creo En Mi," "Corazon En La Maleta" Claudia Brant was born in Argentina and started writing songs at age seven. At 22, she got signed to Warner Music and released two very successful albums. She won both the OTI contest... Read More →
avatar for Scotty Coats

Scotty Coats

Head of Sales & Marketing, Innovative Leisure
Previously discovered The Stepkids and Chrome Canyon, who signed to Stones Throw​.​
avatar for Debby Dill

Debby Dill

Music Publishing Consultant
Music Publishing Consultant Currently consulting for David Foster's publishing company through Universal along with Be Music in Nashville, DeAngelis Entertainment UK, Ron Shapiro Mgmt. and The Cherry Party Record label. Previously Sr. VP of Creative Affairs, Domestic/International... Read More →
avatar for Chris Foitle

Chris Foitle

President, Fearless Records
A Southern California native, Chris Foitle brings more than 10 years of industry experience to his role as President of Fearless Records. Chris was previously Head of A&R at Fearless, signing San Diego's Pierce The Veil, whose 2012 release Collide With The Sky which debuted at #12... Read More →
avatar for Justin Gray

Justin Gray

“Diez Mil Maneras,” "Wake Up Beautiful," "8", Songwriter, Producer
Songwriter, Producer -  “Diez Mil Maneras,” "Wake Up Beautiful," "8" Justin Gray is a Canadian born, Los Angeles based Songwriter, Record Producer, Music Executive and Tech Entrepreneur. Over the past 12 years, Justin’s projects have sold in excess of 25 million copies world-wide... Read More →
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Darin Harmon

Artist Manager, Bill Silva Management
Darin moved into artist and producer management after several years working in the A&R department at various record labels (Capitol Records, Reprise Records, Grand Royal Records). While heading up the A&R department at Nettwerk Records for North America, Darin began managing artists... Read More →
avatar for Buffy Hubelbank

Buffy Hubelbank

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 Services Manager at Hollywood’s Record Plant Studios, working directly under President Rose Mann-Cherny, before joining Ron... Read More →
avatar for Latoya Lee

Latoya Lee

Director, Worldwide Urban A&R, Warner Music Group
At only twenty-six years old, Latoya Lee has made quite a name for herself in the music industry. She started off at Top Notch Records, her stepfather’s studio/record label, when she was ten years old. Immersing herself in singing, songwriting, and being creative she was able... Read More →
avatar for Steve Markland

Steve Markland

VP, A&R, Downtown Music Publishing
A 25 year veteran of the music publishing industry, Markland has discovered and nurtured some of the most talented songwriters in Nashville including Brett James twice the ASCAP "Songwriter of the Year” and Jeffrey Steele, who won multiple BMI and NSAI “Songwriter of the Year... Read More →
avatar for Steve Nalbert

Steve Nalbert

Director, Creative Licensing, Round Hill Music
Steve heads up Round Hill’s Synchronization Licensing department and handles pitching for a wide range of Film, TV, Video Game, and Advertising clients.  While at Round Hill, he has successfully landed synchs for a variety of artists, writers, and catalog copyrights, including... Read More →
avatar for S1 (Symbolyc One)

S1 (Symbolyc One)

“Power,” “Best Thing I Ever Had," "Murder to Excellence,” "My Life", Producer
Producer – “Power,” “Best Thing I Ever Had," "Murder to Excellence,” "My Life" Symbolyc One (S1), born in 1976 as Larry D. Griffin Jr., was born and raised in Waco, TX. As a child, S1 grew up infatuated with old tunes that played on his parents’ turntable. This led him... Read More →
avatar for Julia Riva

Julia Riva

President, Harry Warren Entertainment/Red Queen Music
Julia Jo Riva is President of Harry Warren Entertainment and Red Queen Music. Julia is a veteran in Music Publishing with over 20+ years experience establishing Harry Warren Entertainment in 1991. Julia's background previous to the music industry as a set and costume designer for... Read More →
avatar for Andrew Robbins

Andrew Robbins

Director, Film/TV Music, ole-MusicBox, LLC
Andrew Robbins is the Director of Film/TV Music at ole-MusicBox, LLC, with offices in Toronto, Nashville and W. Hollywood, CA. Andrew, based in the W. Hollywood office is responsible for utilizing his relationships with producers, editors, and music supervisors to present MusicBox's... Read More →
avatar for Beth Amy Rosenblatt

Beth Amy Rosenblatt

Music Supervisor
Prior to going independent, Beth was Vice President, Motion Pictures, Music & Soundtracks at Miramax Films & Dimension Films. During her tenure, they received the OSCAR for Best Picture and Best Score for Il Postino, The English Patient, Shakespeare In Love and Emma. Her start... Read More →
avatar for Chris Saranec

Chris Saranec

Film Music Consultant; Vocalist
Film Music Consultant Vocalist Both a writer and music department executive, Chris Saranec has scored films and has concert material placed with Boosey & Hawkes. Chris worked at NBC and Universal (Comcast) for over 20 years, combined, for the top film music executives in the industry... Read More →
avatar for Marc Wilson

Marc Wilson

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 10 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... Read More →
avatar for Jackie Winkler

Jackie Winkler

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.



Thursday April 30, 2015 3:15pm - 5:30pm PDT
Doheny/Beachwood 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)

3:30pm PDT

The Visual Streams: Making Money with Your Music on YouTube and Beyond (Presented by AdRev & Killer Tracks)
The digital revolution has brought with it amazing new ways to distribute and monetize your music. Financial success in the new music industry goes beyond just selling your music. It's about popularizing, monetizing and inviting people to engage with your music. From streaming on YouTube to micro-sync licensing, this panel will discuss all of the new revenue streams available to enable today's songwriters and artists to earn a living from their music. Learn about all of these opportunities to maximize your distribution and your income!

Moderators
avatar for Ryan Born

Ryan Born

CEO, AdRev
Ryan Born is the CEO of AdRev, a YouTube asset administration service, micro sync licensing platform and multi-channel network that currently represents 4 million music copyrights and monetizes over 27.5 million YouTube videos. Based on its 3 year revenue growth, the company was named... Read More →

Speakers
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Chuck Ansel

VP, Operations, Universal Publishing Production Music
avatar for Geoffrey Grotz

Geoffrey Grotz

Co-Founder & CEO, SourceAudio
Co-Founder & CEO - SourceAudio Geoffrey Grotz is the CEO and co-founder of SourceAudio and SourceMedia LLC.  A proven entrepreneur in 2002, Geoff created, funded, and co-founded GameTrailers.com, later sold and acquired by MTV Networks in 2005.  With expertise in business strategy... Read More →
avatar for Tina Guo

Tina Guo

Composer, Cellist
Composer, Cellist Tina Guo has developed an international multi-faceted performance and recording career as a cellist, electric cellist, erhuist, and composer known for her distinctive sound, mastery in a wide range of genres, and improvisatory style in major motion picture, television... Read More →
avatar for Ben Patterson

Ben Patterson

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... Read More →


Thursday April 30, 2015 3:30pm - 4:45pm PDT
Mt. Olympus 3rd Floor

4:55pm PDT

ASCAP Advocacy
Stop by the ASCAP advocacy booth and join hundreds of fellow music creators who have already sent letters to Congress in support of the newly reintroduced Songwriter Equity Act (‪bit.ly/Support_SEA). While you're there, sign up for the latest legislative news and learn how you can join ASCAP’s ongoing advocacy efforts including support of our political action committee, The ASCAP Legislative Fund for the Arts. We’ll be waiting for you right next to the photo booth on the 2nd floor (Mezzanine) near the Registration Desk.


Thursday April 30, 2015 4:55pm - 5:25pm PDT
2nd Floor (Mezzanine) 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)

4:55pm PDT

5:30pm PDT

Making the Most of Your ASCAP Membership
ASCAP paid out a record-high $883 million to our members in 2014, but we offer a whole lot more than monthly royalty checks. From workshops and showcases to our ASCAP OnStage program and roster of member benefits, we’ve got ways of helping you out at every stage of your career. This panel of ASCAP staff and experienced members will offer insider info on how ASCAP works, and practical tips for getting everything you can out of your membership. Not a member yet? Come find out why ASCAP is the right choice for you.

Moderators
avatar for Etan Rosenbloom

Etan Rosenbloom

Associate Director, Marketing & Communications;, ASCAP
Associate Director, Marketing & Communications - ASCAPDeputy Editor - ASCAP's Playback Magazine

Speakers
avatar for Dede Burns

Dede Burns

VP, Membership & Strategic Services, ASCAP
avatar for Ryan Levine

Ryan Levine

Songwriter, Artist
Songwriter, Artist Ryan Levine has been writing songs and playing in bands from the age of 10. From 2006-2009 he was signed to RCA/Sony BMG with his band Test Your Reflex. The group released The Burning Hour in 2007, and toured the U.S. and Canada for two years, opening for bands... Read More →
avatar for Rachel Perkins

Rachel Perkins

Associate Director, Film & TV, Creative Services, ASCAP
avatar for Ed Reyes

Ed Reyes

Associate Director, Pop/Rock, Creative Services, ASCAP


Thursday April 30, 2015 5:30pm - 6:45pm PDT
Mt. Olympus 3rd Floor

5:30pm PDT

Strike Up the Brand: How to Boost Your Music Career with Partners and Sponsors (Presented by Billboard)
Time was when artists would steer clear of corporate sponsorships for fear of harming their creative image. Those days are long gone. Today “selling out” is in. Partnering with a company - or a brand - is now one of the best ways to raise your profile and get your music heard by a wide audience. By using examples of great brand/artist synergies, this panel will explore how writer-artists can attract and pitch brands, what brands are looking for in an artist, how you can be a good brand partner, working strategically so that you both achieve your goals, and, ultimately, how a brand partnership can pay off!

Moderators
avatar for Andrew Hampp

Andrew Hampp

Senior Correspondent, Billboard
Andrew Hampp is Billboard's senior correspondent, focusing on the intersections of music, branding, advertising and business. Since 2011, he's helped unearth trends and report cover stories on the dueling music strategies of Coke and Pepsi; notable personalities from Guy Oseary, Troy... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Marcie Allen

Marcie Allen

President, MAC Presents
Marcie Allen is President of New York City-based music experiential agency MAC Presents.  She leverages her twenty years of music industry experience to negotiate high profile sponsorships between the world’s leading brands and artists.  Allen has executed partnerships on behalf... Read More →
avatar for Steve Berman

Steve Berman

Vice Chairman, Interscope Geffen A&M
Just six months after the inception of Interscope Records in 1991, co-founder Jimmy Iovine enlisted Steve Berman to head the innovative label’s marketing and sales effort.  Since then, the Interscope brand has grown from one of the most successful independent record companies... Read More →
avatar for Jessica Kausen

Jessica Kausen

Events & Music Manager, Squarespace
Jessica Kausen is the Events & Music Relations Manager for Squarespace, which is headquartered in New York City. With over 10 years of event management experience, Jessica has produced a variety of live events, ranging from non-profit fundraising galas to multi-million dollar concert... Read More →
avatar for Daniel Miller

Daniel Miller

Artist Manager (Lady Antebellum), Red Light Management/Fusion Music
Artist Manager (Lady Antebellum) - Red Light Management Managing Partner - Fusion Music A 15 year Nashville veteran, Daniel Miller began his career as a tour publicist for Schatzi Hageman’s Hot Schatz PR & Wes Vause’s Media Shop in 1998. From there he joined Simon Renshaw’s... Read More →



Thursday April 30, 2015 5:30pm - 6:45pm PDT
Hollywood Ballroom B-C 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)
 
Friday, May 1
 

9:30am PDT

9:45am PDT

Creative Cohorts: How a Writer-Publisher Team Works Together
The role of a music publisher in a songwriter’s career is evolving. Today, they do much more than collect your money. They play a vital role in your development, connecting you with collaborators, placing your music with recording artists and pursuing alternative ways to maximize your music. This panel will explore the fundamentals of the publisher-songwriter relationship and how they work together, from signing to achieving chart success. 

Moderators
avatar for Tom DeSavia

Tom DeSavia

Head of Creative Services, SONGS Music Publishing
Prior to joining Songs, DeSavia was a partner/VP of Creative for the Los Angeles-based independent publishing company Notable Music. He came to Notable from a long career at ASCAP, where he served as SVP of Membership, heading up the PRO’s pop/rock staff, managing offices in LA... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Ashley Gorley

Ashley Gorley

"Crash My Party," "Runnin' Outta Moonlight," "Good Girl", Songwriter
Songwriter - "Crash My Party," "Runnin' Outta Moonlight," "Good Girl," "You're Gonna Miss This" Ashley Gorley is an award-winning songwriter and publisher in Nashville, Tennessee. Recently, Gorley was named 2014 ASCAP Songwriter of the Year, 2014 NSAI Songwriter of the Year, and... Read More →
avatar for Ian James

Ian James

Managing Director, Mushroom Music Publishing
Ian James has been the Managing Director of Mushroom Music Publishing for the past 28 years. Mushroom Music Publishing is the most successful independent music publisher in Australia and represents many of the most prominent songwriters in Australia and New Zealand. He is also the... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer Knoepfle

Jennifer Knoepfle

SVP, A&R, Sony/ATV Music Publishing
Jennifer Knoepfle is a SVP of A&R at Sony/ATV Music Publishing. Her artists include Jack Antonoff and Andrew Dost from Fun., Clams Casino, Foster The People, The Preatures, Rome, Smallpools, Bleachers, Band of Skulls, Kelela, Broods, and Lord Huron. She also plays a pivotal role... Read More →
avatar for Monti Olson

Monti Olson

EVP & Managing Director, Worldwide Music Publishing, Global Entertainment
Monti Olson, formerly executive vice president/head of A&R, Global Publishing at Universal Publishing, has joined Global Entertainment as Executive VP and Managing Director of Worldwide Music Publishing. He leads Global Publishing across both the LA and London offices. Olson's... Read More →


Friday May 1, 2015 9:45am - 11:00am PDT
Dolby Ballroom 5th Floor

9:45am PDT

Trading Places: Composers Working As Songwriters (and Vice-Versa)
The line between composing and songwriting is slowly dissolving. These days, trained composers are helping major pop acts class up their sounds, and integrating new sounds into their scores. At the same time, songwriters from the rock and pop worlds are finding work in film, TV and beyond. At this panel, you’ll meet music creators working in the fertile ground between pop/rock and traditional film/TV composing. You’ll discover a wide variety of pathways you may not have considered, including arranging, production music, video games, podcasts, commercials and more.

Moderators
avatar for Jared Gutstadt

Jared Gutstadt

CEO; TV: Pawn Stars, The Voice, The Taste, Fashion Stars, Jingle Punks; Composer
Composer - TV: Pawn Stars, The Voice, The Taste, Fashion Stars CEO - Jingle Punks  Jared Gutstadt is a Canadian-born entrepreneur and musician best known for founding the creative music agency Jingle Punks. Gutstadt also produces music under the moniker "Captain Hooks. Gutstadt... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Nick Thorburn (Islands)

Nick Thorburn (Islands)

"I Was Born (A Unicorn)," "Don't Call Me Whitney, Bobby" Podcast: Serial, Songwriter, Composer, Artist
Songwriter, Composer, Artist - "I Was Born (A Unicorn)," "Don't Call Me Whitney, Bobby," "Hallways" Podcast: Serial Nick Thorburn is a Canadian musician, composer, and producer best known for starting and co-fronting the cult indie rock band The Unicorns when he was still a teenager... Read More →
avatar for Daniel Heath

Daniel Heath

TV Shows: Top Chef, Real Housewives (Orange County and NYC); Songwriter -, Composer, Songwriter
Composer - TV Shows: Top Chef, Real Housewives (Orange County and NYC) Songwriter - "Blue Jeans" Dan Heath is an accomplished songwriter, producer and film composer. He is also one of Lana Del Rey’s main collaborators having co-written and produced many of her singles including... Read More →
avatar for Brandon Jay

Brandon Jay

TV: Orange is the New Black, Weeds, Composer
Composer - TV: Orange is the New Black, Weeds
avatar for Shawn Patterson

Shawn Patterson

TV: Robot Chicken Film: “Everything Is Awesome” (The Lego Movie), Composer, Songwriter
Composer, Songwriter - TV: Robot Chicken, El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera Film: “Everything Is Awesome” (The Lego Movie) Shawn Patterson is an Academy Award and Grammy nominated composer, songwriter and music producer, having penned eclectic songs and striking underscore... Read More →


Friday May 1, 2015 9:45am - 11:00am PDT
Hollywood Ballroom D 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)

10:30am PDT

One-on-One Sessions (Presented by Sennheiser) - 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/or song critiques.
Our One-on-One sessions sold out in January as they do each year. There are no openings or waiting list spots available.

Speakers
avatar for Alexia Baum

Alexia Baum

Director, Music Publishing, Universal Pictures
Alexia Baum has enjoyed more than 20 years of success in the music publishing arena, specifically mining music catalogues to market and license all kinds of music to all types of media. Cutting her teeth at the late great indie publisher Windswept Pacific, where she went on to head... Read More →
avatar for Debby Dill

Debby Dill

Music Publishing Consultant
Music Publishing Consultant Currently consulting for David Foster's publishing company through Universal along with Be Music in Nashville, DeAngelis Entertainment UK, Ron Shapiro Mgmt. and The Cherry Party Record label. Previously Sr. VP of Creative Affairs, Domestic/International... Read More →
avatar for Cathy Heller

Cathy Heller

President & Owner, Catch the Moon Music; Songwriter, Artist
President & Owner - Catch the Moon MusicSongwriter, Artist  Catch the Moon Music provides quality one-stop music to Film, Television and Advertising firms. We represent a selective group of talented songwriters/bands who lead with humility and deliver beautiful music that works... Read More →
avatar for Brandon Kitchen

Brandon Kitchen

Director, A&R, Disney Music Group
Brandon Kitchen started his career as an intern for Mike Caren, the Atlantic Executive VP of A&R/Elektra President. 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... Read More →
avatar for Jeff Levin

Jeff Levin

Sr. Director, A&R, Atlantic Records
Jeff Levin is the senior director of A&R for Atlantic Records. Working on singles with Cash Cash, Simple Plan and Icona Pop (among others), he has also developed successful careers with new comers Skizzy Mars, Melanie Martinez and Jaymes Young. Alongside his roster at Atlantic, Levin... Read More →
avatar for Dani Markman

Dani Markman

Director, A&R, Disney Music Group
Dani Markman has worked for the Walt Disney Company and specifically, the Disney Music Group for the last 18 years. Over the last decade, she has performed in the role of Director of A&R working on projects for both Walt Disney Records and Hollywood Records. Prior to her Disney employment... Read More →
avatar for Steve Nalbert

Steve Nalbert

Director, Creative Licensing, Round Hill Music
Steve heads up Round Hill’s Synchronization Licensing department and handles pitching for a wide range of Film, TV, Video Game, and Advertising clients.  While at Round Hill, he has successfully landed synchs for a variety of artists, writers, and catalog copyrights, including... Read More →
avatar for Victor Portillo

Victor Portillo

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... Read More →
avatar for Ted Rawlins

Ted Rawlins

Theatre Producer, Relevant Theatricals LLC
Ted considers himself to be genuinely fortunate to have worked with Gigi Pritzker for over a decade of rewarding and profitable years, running one of Los Angeles' landmark institutions, the Coronet Theatre.  During that time Relevant Theatricals was created to develop new work for... Read More →
avatar for Mara Schwartz

Mara Schwartz

President & Founder, Superior Music Publishing
Mara Schwartz is a specialist in synch licensing and A&R. She is President and Founder of Superior Music, a full service music publishing company and joint venture with Modern Works Music Publishing. Before this, she was Sr. Vice President, Licensing 10th Street Entertainment / Eleven... Read More →
avatar for Jay Sloan

Jay Sloan

Sr. Director, A&R, Angry Mob Music
As Senior Director of A&R, Jay is simultaneously overseeing and growing the A&R department, expanding the Angry Mob brand, and doing what he loves most: discovering and nurturing amazing talent. It was an internship at Motown Records that stirred Jay’s initial passion for the... Read More →
avatar for Ryan Svendsen

Ryan Svendsen

Senior Coordinator, Film Music, Lionsgate
Ryan Svendsen, Senior Coordinator at Lionsgate, began his music career as a trumpet player with the dream of playing with the Dave Matthews Band.  His goal came to fruition in 2009 and he can be seen doing so in their music video “You and Me."  After previous positions at United... Read More →
avatar for Barrett Yeretsian

Barrett Yeretsian

"Jar of Hearts," “Jealous of the Angels,” “Not Yet”, Songwriter, Producer
Songwriter, Producer - "Jar of Hearts," “Jealous of the Angels,” “Not Yet” “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... Read More →



Friday May 1, 2015 10:30am - 12:45pm PDT
Doheny/Beachwood 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)

11:10am PDT

ASCAP Advocacy
Stop by the ASCAP advocacy booth and join hundreds of fellow music creators who have already sent letters to Congress in support of the newly reintroduced Songwriter Equity Act (‪bit.ly/Support_SEA). While you're there, sign up for the latest legislative news and learn how you can join ASCAP’s ongoing advocacy efforts including support of our political action committee, The ASCAP Legislative Fund for the Arts. We’ll be waiting for you right next to the photo booth on the 2nd floor (Mezzanine) near the Registration Desk.


Friday May 1, 2015 11:10am - 11:40am PDT
2nd Floor (Mezzanine) 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)

11:10am PDT

11:45am PDT

Desmond Child Presents Fair Trade Music: Re-Visioning the Music Ecosystem

Music is more than a source of entertainment. It’s an entire ecosystem, made up of songwriters and performers, producers, musicians, fans and businesses, each with an essential role to play. The time has come for Fair Trade Music - a revolutionary movement promoting a fair and sustainable music ecosystem from creator to consumer and everyone in between. Desmond Child hosts this panel discussion with notable songwriters and composers, each one a master musical craftsman and an outspoken champion for music creators’ rights. They’ll outline what we all need to do to preserve and strengthen our rights and keep music, along with the vital businesses that support our creativity, thriving for decades to come.


Moderators
avatar for Desmond Child

Desmond Child

“Dude (Looks Like A Lady),” “Livin’ on a Prayer,” “Livin’ La Vida Loca”, 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... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Eddie Schwartz

Eddie Schwartz

"Does a Fool Ever Learn," "All Our Tomorrows," "The Doctor," "Hit Me with Your Best Shot", Songwriter, Producer, Artist
Songwriter, Producer, Artist - "Does a Fool Ever Learn," "All Our Tomorrows," "The Doctor," "Hit Me with Your Best Shot" Eddie Schwartz is best known for writing such classic hit songs as "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" recorded by Pat Benetar, "Don't Shed A Tear" by Paul Carrack, and... Read More →
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Doug Wood

Omni Music, Composer, Producer
President - Omni Music Composer - Omni Music Library Composer and producer Doug Wood has written and produced music for hundreds of television programs and commercials, including Saturday Night Live,Dateline NBC, Conan O'Brien, promos for ABC, CBS, ESPN and NBC, national spots... Read More →


Friday May 1, 2015 11:45am - 1:00pm PDT
Hollywood Ballroom D 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)

1:00pm PDT

Lunch Roundtables (Presented by The Recording Academy)
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.

Speakers
avatar for Nick Thorburn (Islands)

Nick Thorburn (Islands)

"I Was Born (A Unicorn)," "Don't Call Me Whitney, Bobby" Podcast: Serial, Songwriter, Composer, Artist
Songwriter, Composer, Artist - "I Was Born (A Unicorn)," "Don't Call Me Whitney, Bobby," "Hallways" Podcast: Serial Nick Thorburn is a Canadian musician, composer, and producer best known for starting and co-fronting the cult indie rock band The Unicorns when he was still a teenager... Read More →
avatar for Rachel Assil

Rachel Assil

"Whoever We Are," "Disappear," "Just A Little More", Songwriter, Producer
Songwriter, Producer - "Whoever We Are," "Disappear," "Just A Little More" Rachel Assil may be one of the industry's best kept secrets, but she is no stranger to the spotlight. A powerhouse vocalist, songwriter, producer and self-taught pianist, her musical accolades have led her... Read More →
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Bleu

"In Real Life," "I Won't Apologize," “That’s Just the Way We Roll”, Songwriter, Producer
Songwriter, Producer - "In Real Life," "I Won't Apologize," “That’s Just the Way We Roll” Bleu, a graduate of Berklee College Of Music, is a songwriter/producer, singer and performer currently living in Los Angeles, California and has been making music for over a decade. He's... Read More →
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Joe Cuello

Chief Creative Officer, TuneCore
Joe joined TuneCore as CCO in 2014. Joe directs the operations of TuneCore Music Publishing Administration, which helps songwriters collect 13 different composition royalties from over 60 countries. He directs a team who are experts in registering, licensing and pitching compositions... Read More →
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Cheryl B. Engelhardt

Composer, Songwriter, Branding Strategist
Composer, Songwriter – “Steaming Hearts,” “16 Walls" Commercial: “Grumpy Cat” (Honey Nut Cheerios) Film: Delusions of GuinevereFounder, Branding Strategist - CBE Music & In the Key of Success  Cheryl got her start in music working at a New York City hip-hop recording... Read More →
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Robert Celestin, Esq.

Attorney, The Law Offices of Robert A. Celestin
Mr. Robert A. Celestin, Esq. has practiced entertainment law in New York for over 25 years. A graduate of Yale University and Columbia Law School; Mr. Celestin started his legal career as an Associate at Kaye, Scholer, Fierman, Hays & Handler. He then went on to work in the legal... Read More →
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Ann Frank

Sr. Manager, National Membership, The Recording Academy (The GRAMMY Awards)
Born and raised a Los Angeles native and more commonly known by her pen name, Annika (uh-nee-kuh), Ann Frank pursued dreams of becoming an artist/songwriter in the early stages  of her music career. Blind ambition landed her an internship at Sony/ATV Music Publishing while studying... Read More →
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Gizzle

"Main Chick," "Fumble," "Murder Bizness," "Big Daddy", Rapper, Songwriter
Rapper, Songwriter - "Main Chick," "Fumble," "Murder Bizness," "Big Daddy" Los Angeles born artist and songwriter, Gizzle, got her start under the tutelage of Teddy Riley. Gizzle has gone on to work with many multi-platinum producers, artists, and writers including but not limited... Read More →
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Ashley Gorley

"Crash My Party," "Runnin' Outta Moonlight," "Good Girl", Songwriter
Songwriter - "Crash My Party," "Runnin' Outta Moonlight," "Good Girl," "You're Gonna Miss This" Ashley Gorley is an award-winning songwriter and publisher in Nashville, Tennessee. Recently, Gorley was named 2014 ASCAP Songwriter of the Year, 2014 NSAI Songwriter of the Year, and... Read More →
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Hanson (Isaac, Taylor and Zac Hanson)

"MMMBop," "Where's the Love," "I Will Come to You," Middle of Nowhere, Songwriters, Artists
Songwriters, Artists - "MMMBop," "Where's the Love," "I Will Come to You," Middle of Nowhere With arching melodies, epic guitar riffs and rhythms inciting you to put your hands in the air, anthems give us a soundtrack to life’s defining moments. And for Hanson, their sixth studio... Read More →
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Matthew Kajcienski

TV: Good Morning America, 20/20, This Week with George Stephanopoulos, Composer
Composer - TV: Good Morning America, 20/20, This Week with George Stephanopoulos  Having composed the theme music for ABC’s Good Morning America at age 26, Matthew Kajcienski is currently one of today’s most aired network theme composers including ABC’s 20/20, This Week... Read More →
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Kevin Lyman

President, 4Fini, Inc./Warped Tour
A constant innovator, Kevin Lyman is best known as the producer and creator of the extremely successful Vans Warped Tour, the longest running traveling music festival in the world today. Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, the tour has played to over 9 million fans.  Kevin... Read More →
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Audra Mae

"Little Red Wagon," "Good News," "Who I Was Born to Be", Songwriter, Artist
Songwriter, Artist - "Little Red Wagon," "Good News," "Who I Was Born to Be" Audra Mae is a natural. Once the Oklahoma native opens her mouth and lets loose with that voice, pure and strong, with a hint of country twang and a twinkle of good humor, you are transfixed and transported... Read More →
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Rachel Noelle

Founder, Hits & History Entertainment
Founder - Hits & History Entertainment A woman on a mission to help musical talents create a long-term career in the Entertainment business….. Rachel Noelle. Studying the art of the business and music publishing at Berklee Music Institute, set the stage for Rachel to push forward... Read More →
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Brendan Okrent

Owner, Music Publisher/Consultant, New Au Courant Music
Brendan Okrent was an executive at ASCAP’s west coast membership department for over two decades. Some of her signature achievements at ASCAP include starting the nationally known Quiet On The Set showcase series which featured over 500 acts including John Mayer, Jonatha Brooke... Read More →
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Matthew Puckett

TV: “Skyline” (Theme to NY Med), Songwriter, Composer, Artist
Songwriter, Composer, Artist - “So Much to Say,” All Our Hands In The Air TV: “Skyline” (Theme to NY Med) Matthew Puckett is a songwriter, multi­instrumentalist and film composer. As a songwriter­producer, his work with such artists as Elizabeth Gillies, September Mourning... Read More →
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Shari Shanker

Director, A&R, Imagem Music
Shari Shanker (formerly Shari Reich) is the director of A&R at Imagem Music Publishing. Shari’s career began as an assistant at Atlantic records and Jive Records/Sony, New York. While at Jive, she quickly ascended the ranks to Manager of A&R and worked with artists such as Jordin... Read More →
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Peter Shurkin

VP, Creative & Business Development, Selectracks/BMG Chrysalis
Peter Shurkin began his career in artist management at Gold Mountain Entertainment working with artists such as Los Lobos, Bonnie Raitt and Rufus Wainwright, among many others. Peter is currently Vice President of Creative and Business Development at Selectracks / BMG Chrysalis producing... Read More →
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Debbie White

Attorney, Partner, Loeb & Loeb LLP
Debbie White, partner at Loeb & Loeb LLP, has decades of music industry experience representing established and developing recording artists, songwriters, producers, managers, record companies, and publishing companies. Her clients include Carly Simon, Duran Duran, Regina Spektor... Read More →
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Steve Winogradsky

Co-Founder & Partner; Attorney, Winogradsky/Sobel
Co-Founder & Partner; Attorney - Winogradsky/Sobel With over thirty years experience as an attorney in the music industry, Steven Winogradsky is a partner in Winogradsky/Sobel in Studio City, California, providing global media and music business affairs & legal support for composers... Read More →



Friday May 1, 2015 1:00pm - 2:30pm PDT
Preston's Restaurant 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)

1:10pm PDT

ASCAP Advocacy
Stop by the ASCAP advocacy booth and join hundreds of fellow music creators who have already sent letters to Congress in support of the newly reintroduced Songwriter Equity Act (‪bit.ly/Support_SEA). While you're there, sign up for the latest legislative news and learn how you can join ASCAP’s ongoing advocacy efforts including support of our political action committee, The ASCAP Legislative Fund for the Arts. We’ll be waiting for you right next to the photo booth on the 2nd floor (Mezzanine) near the Registration Desk.


Friday May 1, 2015 1:10pm - 2:25pm PDT
2nd Floor (Mezzanine) 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)

1:10pm PDT

HFA: Licensing for Cover Songs
Are you releasing a cover song? Wondering if you need a license? Confused as to how to get one? Getting a license means supporting your fellow artists and the music community at large! Join HFA’s Per Ohrstrom as he explains the how, what and why of obtaining a license for a cover song and shows how easy (and economical) it is to get one using Songfile, HFA’s online licensing tool.


Friday May 1, 2015 1:10pm - 2:25pm PDT
Laurel 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)

1:10pm PDT

2:30pm PDT

Show Me the Money: Creating your DIY Monetization Strategy (Presented by CD Baby)

For independent artists and songwriters, understanding all the revenue-generating opportunities for your music is more important than ever. Not only is it essential to understand where the money comes from, but it’s also necessary to build a proper strategy to tap into all the various revenue streams. Learn how you can diversify your music and money to push your career forward in 2015 and beyond.


Moderators
avatar for Kevin Breuner

Kevin Breuner

VP, Marketing, CD Baby
CD Baby’s Director of Marketing, Kevin Breuner, has spent over 15 years working in the music business, both as an artist and an industry professional. A San Diego native, Kevin went East to attended Belmont University in Nashville, TN where he studied Music and Music Business... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Lauren Danzy

Lauren Danzy

Marketing Manager, Communications & Marketing, SoundExchange
Lauren Danzy manages the artist/label outreach marketing strategy for SoundExchange, the non-profit performance rights organization that collects statutory royalties from satellite radio, Internet radio, cable TV music channels, and similar platforms for streaming sound recordings... Read More →
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Rob Filomena

Director, Music Publishing, CD Baby
A 15 year veteran of the music industry, Rob is a recognized industry expert in the fields of music for advertising, music publishing and independent music from the Spanish Speaking world. He’s composed, produced and licensed music for global brands and media outlets such as NBC... Read More →
avatar for Ben Kihnel

Ben Kihnel

Director, Business Development, Rumblefish
A 15-year veteran of the music industry, Ben Kihnel is a former performing musician, record label owner, and digital music strategist. Previously the Director of Partner and Label Relations at independent music distributor CD Baby, Kihnel is currently the Director of Business... Read More →


Friday May 1, 2015 2:30pm - 3:45pm PDT
Mt. Olympus 3rd Floor

2:30pm PDT

One-on-One Sessions (Presented by Sennheiser) - 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/or song critiques.
Our One-on-One sessions sold out in January, like they do each year. There are no openings or waiting list spots available.

Speakers
avatar for Dave Bassett

Dave Bassett

“Love Bites (So Do I),” “Second Chance,” Amaryllis, Songwriter, Producer
Songwriter, Producer - “Love Bites (So Do I),” “Second Chance,” Amaryllis  What Dave Bassett brings to the studio is an enviable combination of raw talent and diverse experience as both a multi-platinum songwriter and producer. In 2013, Dave cowrote the Grammy winning song... Read More →
avatar for Josh Berman

Josh Berman

Label Manager, Loma Vista Recordings
avatar for Allison Wright Clark

Allison Wright Clark

Music Supervisor
Music Supervisor 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.  
avatar for Mandi Davis

Mandi Davis

Artist Manager, Moir Borman Entertainment / MDM
With influences that span from her Rockabilly Hall of Fame inductee grandparents, Larry & Dixie Davis, to the classic rock that her parents surrounded her and her siblings with growing up, Mandi Davis was destined to find her career in the crazy world of music.   In 1999, Mandi... Read More →
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Daniel Walvick, Esq.

Associate, Attorney, Counsel LLP
Danny Walvick is an Associate Attorney at Counsel LLP. His primary practice includes drafting, reviewing, and negotiating entertainment contracts between content creators and licensees, advising digital media companies on copyright compliance, and coordinating business and legal affairs... Read More →
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Daniel Gill

Founder, Publicist, Force Field PR
Daniel Gill founded Force Field PR in Los Angeles in 2006 and officially launched the company at SXSW that year. Force Field PR is a boutique indie publicity firm focused on breaking new bands. Gill has played an important role in establishing the careers of Sufjan Stevens, St. Vincent... Read More →
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Jeff Gray

Music Supervisor, Music Clearance
(Pesci) Jeff Gray is a jackass of many trades in the music business. He's been called: Composer, Performer, Music Supervisor, Music Licensor/Licensee, Consultant, and more. Pesci's first foray in to the music business at 18 years old was getting paid $20 cash and a Neil Young concert... Read More →
avatar for Derrick Hardy

Derrick Hardy

A&R Scout, Motown Records
Hailing from the South Side of Chicago, Derrick "Lottery" Hardy is an A&R Scout at Motown Records. He has worked in the Universal Music Group system for the past 3 years, starting with Universal Music Publishing and now in his current role at Motown Records. He has worked on projects... Read More →
avatar for Mark Kasprzyk (Redlight King)

Mark Kasprzyk (Redlight King)

"Bullet In My Hand," "Redemption," "Comeback," "Born To Rise", Songwriter, Artist
Songwriter, Artist - "Bullet In My Hand," "Redemption," "Comeback," "Born To Rise" Mark Kasprzyk also known as Kaz hails from Hamilton, Ontario and currently resides in Los Angeles.  He began recording music at age 16 and writing songs some years before that.  Kaz struck his first... 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... Read More →
avatar for Michael Martin

Michael Martin

Senior Creative Director, Nashville, Creative Services, ASCAP
avatar for Moya Nkruma

Moya Nkruma

Associate Director, Rhythm & Soul, Creative Services, ASCAP
avatar for Brandra Ringo

Brandra Ringo

A&R, Universal Music Publishing Group
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Rebecca Sahim

Director, A&R, Pulse Music Publishing
Rebecca Sahim is Director of A&R at Pulse Music Publishing. Her roster of artists/songwriters include Bonnie McKee, Bloodshy, Raja Kumari, Pell, Gallant, Matt Rad and many more. In addition to her A&R role, Rebecca is part of the Pulse management team for JR Rotem and Ruth Anne Cunningham... Read More →
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Nigel Sparkes

Artist Manager, Sparkes Entertainment Group
Music manager with vast knowledge of business and branding. My partners include Compound Entertainment, John Legend's HomeSchool Productions/Publishing, DJ Clue's Dessert Storm, BMG Rights Management. Clients include Grammy Nominated Producers The Phatboiz (John Legend, Ne-yo, Miguel... Read More →
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Luney Tunez

"Loveeeeeee Song" "Don't Shoot," "Go Harder", Producer
Producer - "Loveeeeeee Song" "Don't Shoot," "Go Harder" After collaborating and crafting sounds with some of the biggest names in the game like Rihanna, Future, Game, Florence +The Machine, and countless others, ATL superstar Luney Tunez brings his unique brand of artistry to the... Read More →
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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 for film and television. He is currently music supervising the Bunim-Murray Production, The Challenge: Battle of the Exes II, airing... Read More →
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Katy Wolaver

A&R, SONGS Music Publishing
Katy joined the SONGS A&R team in 2012, after working at Arthouse Entertainment as Director of Creative and Warner Bros Records as A&R Director under Kara DioGuardi. With experience in both the label and publishing world, Katy is experienced in connecting artists and songwriters... Read More →



Friday May 1, 2015 2:30pm - 4:45pm PDT
Doheny/Beachwood 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)

3:55pm PDT

ASCAP Advocacy
Stop by the ASCAP advocacy booth and join hundreds of fellow music creators who have already sent letters to Congress in support of the newly reintroduced Songwriter Equity Act (‪bit.ly/Support_SEA). While you're there, sign up for the latest legislative news and learn how you can join ASCAP’s ongoing advocacy efforts including support of our political action committee, The ASCAP Legislative Fund for the Arts. We’ll be waiting for you right next to the photo booth on the 2nd floor (Mezzanine) near the Registration Desk.


Friday May 1, 2015 3:55pm - 4:25pm PDT
2nd Floor (Mezzanine) 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)

3:55pm PDT

 
Saturday, May 2
 

9:30am PDT

9:45am PDT

Nuts & Bolts of the Music Business with Donald Passman, Esq.
Even the greatest musical minds need a solid understanding of the business of music to sustain a career. Who better to explain it all than the guy who literally wrote the book on the subject? Entertainment lawyer Donald S. Passman’s book All You Need to Know About the Music Business is the go-to text for music industry classes all over the country. Passman once again brings his unparalleled know-how to the EXPO, where he’ll explain some of the most important music biz concepts in layman’s terms. He’ll break down record deals, digital revenue streams and everything in between, helping you navigate the biz with ease.

Speakers
avatar for Donald Passman, Esq.

Donald Passman, Esq.

Author – All You Need to Know About the Music Business, Gang, Tyre, Ramer, and Brown, Inc.
Attorney & Partner - Gang, Tyre, Ramer, and Brown, Inc. Author – All You Need to Know About the Music Business One of America's top entertainment attorneys, Don Passman practices law with the Los-Angeles-based firm of Gang, Tyre, Ramer, and Brown, Inc. Having specialized in the... Read More →


Saturday May 2, 2015 9:45am - 11:00am PDT
Silver Lake 3rd Floor

9:45am PDT

Building Your Team
No music creator is truly alone. From managers, publicists and booking agents to promoters, collaborators and bloggers, true professionals work with a network of people to help make their musical dreams come true. But how do you find each part of your team, and when should you bring each one aboard? This panel will break down the invaluable roles of each member of your team, and show you how to build your own perfect circle.

Moderators
avatar for Moya Nkruma

Moya Nkruma

Associate Director, Rhythm & Soul, Creative Services, ASCAP

Speakers
avatar for Shawn Barron

Shawn Barron

VP, Urban A&R, Atlantic Records
avatar for Adam Zia, Esq.

Adam Zia, Esq.

Attorney, The Zia Firm, PLLC
avatar for JR Lindsey

JR Lindsey

Sr. Director, A&R, Columbia Records/Sony Music Entertainment
avatar for Ty McKery

Ty McKery

Head of Urban A&R, Spirit Music Group
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PJ

“I Don’t Know," “True Colors,” “Not For Long,” "Ride Out", Songwriter, Artist
Songwriter, Artist - “I Don’t Know," “True Colors,” “Not For Long,” "Ride Out" “Never settle for anything less than you want,” sings PJ on her life-affirming Atlantic Records debut. It’s a simple philosophy, but one often abandoned as dreams get discarded and visions... Read More →
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Sean Welch

Business Manager & Founding Partner, The IM Group
As partner of The IM Group, Sean Welch is responsible for oversight of the business management services for the Companies entertainment and media clients.  Over his tenure working within the entertainment and media space, experiences include entities such as; ESPN, BMG, Sony Music... Read More →


Saturday May 2, 2015 9:45am - 11:00am PDT
Mt. Olympus 3rd Floor

10:45am PDT

One-on-One Sessions (Presented by Sennheiser) - 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/or song critiques.
Our One-on-One sessions sold out in January, like they do each year. There are no openings or waiting list spots available.

Speakers
avatar for Rebecca Calejo

Rebecca Calejo

Sr. Director, Client Services, Section 101
  Rebecca Calejo is the Senior Director of Client Services at Section 101. After graduating from The Moore School of Business at The University of South Carolina (where she hosted her own radio show on WUSC FM), she moved to NYC, immersing herself into the music industry working... Read More →
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Melissa Emert-Hutner

Director, Publishing, US Operations, Nettwerk Music Group
Melissa Emert-Hutner is an industry veteran of over 16 years, and is currently Director of Publishing, US Operations 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... Read More →
avatar for William Berrol, Esq.

William Berrol, Esq.

Attorney, William Berrol Attorney At Law
Attorney - William Berrol Attorney At Law William Berrol, Esq. is an attorney who has practiced transactional music law in Los Angeles since 1980. His clients include: Artists The Flaming Lips, The Estate of Stevie Ray Vaughan, Gnarls Barkley, The Shins, Broken Bells and Three Days... Read More →
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Zach Gurka

Artist Manager, Ground Up Management
Zach Gurka is no stranger to working with some of the brightest up and coming songwriter talents in music.  Deserving of his reputation as a manager with a prowess for developing talent, his clients have flourished from their humble roots, to being some of the most sought after writers... Read More →
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Fransisca Hall

"Only The Lonely," “Ooh La La” (for The Smurfs 2), "Until It Hurts" (for Pretty Little Liars), Songwriter
Songwriter - "Only The Lonely," “Ooh La La” (for The Smurfs 2), "Until It Hurts" (for Pretty Little Liars) Fransisca Hall is a Sony Music Publishing songwriter whose single and album credits include: Kelly Clarkson, Britney Spears, , Ellie Goulding, Major Lazer, Selena Gomez... Read More →
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Tim Maginnis

Associate Director, Pop/Rock, Creative Services, ASCAP
avatar for Garrett McElver

Garrett McElver

Assistant Music Coordinator, SuperMusicVision
Garrett McElver has worked in music licensing and publishing for over three years running the Creative Department at Winogradsky/Sobel. He's now the latest member to join the SuperMusicVision team. SuperMusicVision is the vehicle for the creative and professional work of Los Angeles... Read More →
avatar for Yvette Metoyer

Yvette Metoyer

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... Read More →
avatar for Rachel Noelle

Rachel Noelle

Founder, Hits & History Entertainment
Founder - Hits & History Entertainment A woman on a mission to help musical talents create a long-term career in the Entertainment business….. Rachel Noelle. Studying the art of the business and music publishing at Berklee Music Institute, set the stage for Rachel to push forward... Read More →
avatar for Rachel Perkins

Rachel Perkins

Associate Director, Film & TV, Creative Services, ASCAP
avatar for Lindsay Rush

Lindsay Rush

Creative Director, The Judy Stakee Company; Songwriter
Songwriter - "Right Now," "Bad Cat," "Kinda Special," "You Wish"Creative Director - The Judy Stakee Company Lindsay Rush is a Top 40 Songwriter and Music Executive who has worked in several areas of the Music Industry including Songwriting, A&R (Epic/Sony), Publishing, Artist Development... Read More →
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Russell Spurlock

TV: Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution, King of the Nerds, Bet On Your Baby, The Hero, Composer
Composer - TV: Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution, King of the Nerds, Bet On Your Baby, The Hero Russell Spurlock scored the Emmy winning series Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution (ABC). Soon after, he began building his music library company, Whatnot Industries, which has provided music... Read More →
avatar for Cia Toscanini

Cia Toscanini

VP, Concert Music, Creative Services, ASCAP



Saturday May 2, 2015 10:45am - 1:00pm PDT
Doheny/Beachwood 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)

11:10am PDT

ASCAP Advocacy
Stop by the ASCAP advocacy booth and join hundreds of fellow music creators who have already sent letters to Congress in support of the newly reintroduced Songwriter Equity Act (‪bit.ly/Support_SEA). While you're there, sign up for the latest legislative news and learn how you can join ASCAP’s ongoing advocacy efforts including support of our political action committee, The ASCAP Legislative Fund for the Arts. We’ll be waiting for you right next to the photo booth on the 2nd floor (Mezzanine) near the Registration Desk.


Saturday May 2, 2015 11:10am - 11:40am PDT
2nd Floor (Mezzanine) 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)

11:10am PDT

11:10am PDT

SoundExchange: What It Is, Why It Pays and How to Get Your Share
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 sevices 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 $2 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.


Saturday May 2, 2015 11:10am - 11:40am PDT
Laurel 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)

11:45am PDT

Washington D©: How New Laws and Copyright Changes Will Impact Music Creators
2015 is shaping up to be a watershed year in the history of music creators’ rights. The US Copyright Office has suggested a major overhaul of the music licensing system, and bipartisan Congressional support is growing for new laws that would help songwriters, composers and publishers get paid fairly in the digital age. Hear from key lawmakers about how changes in Washington will affect you, and find out how you can help shape the future of the music business.

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 ConnectionAuthor - Gratitude and Trust: Recovery is Not Just For Addicts President & Chairman of the Board – ASCAP Paul Williams is one of the most beloved and respected... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Aloe Blacc

Aloe Blacc

"Wake Me Up," "The Man," "I Need A Dollar", Songwriter, Artist
Songwriter, Artist - "Wake Me Up," "The Man," "I Need A Dollar," "Can You Do This" With "Wake Me Up" – the 2013 mega-hit he sang and co-wrote for Swedish DJ Avicii and saw climb to #1 in 102 countries across the globe – Aloe Blacc proved himself a singer/songwriter with an... Read More →
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Congressman Doug Collins

Representing the 9th District of Georgia
Representing the 9th District of Georgia Congressman Doug Collins grew up in Hall County, Georgia, where he learned about service to others from his dad, a Georgia State Trooper, and his mom, who provided care services to local senior citizens. Doug graduated from North Hall High... Read More →
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Congressman Hakeem Jeffries

Representing the 8th Congressional District of New York
Representing the 8th Congressional District of New York On November 6, 2012, Hakeem overwhelmingly won a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in the newly redrawn Eighth Congressional District of New York. He succeeded a thirty-year incumbent in a district largely anchored in... Read More →


Saturday May 2, 2015 11:45am - 1:00pm PDT
Dolby Ballroom 5th Floor

1:10pm PDT

ASCAP Advocacy
Stop by the ASCAP advocacy booth and join hundreds of fellow music creators who have already sent letters to Congress in support of the newly reintroduced Songwriter Equity Act (‪bit.ly/Support_SEA). While you're there, sign up for the latest legislative news and learn how you can join ASCAP’s ongoing advocacy efforts including support of our political action committee, The ASCAP Legislative Fund for the Arts. We’ll be waiting for you right next to the photo booth on the 2nd floor (Mezzanine) near the Registration Desk.


Saturday May 2, 2015 1:10pm - 2:10pm PDT
2nd Floor (Mezzanine) 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)

1:10pm PDT

3:40pm PDT

ASCAP Advocacy
Stop by the ASCAP advocacy booth and join hundreds of fellow music creators who have already sent letters to Congress in support of the newly reintroduced Songwriter Equity Act (‪bit.ly/Support_SEA). While you're there, sign up for the latest legislative news and learn how you can join ASCAP’s ongoing advocacy efforts including support of our political action committee, The ASCAP Legislative Fund for the Arts. We’ll be waiting for you right next to the photo booth on the 2nd floor (Mezzanine) near the Registration Desk.


Saturday May 2, 2015 3:40pm - 4:10pm PDT
2nd Floor (Mezzanine) 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)

3:40pm PDT