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Thursday, April 30
 

9:30am PDT

10:55am PDT

11:30am PDT

The Way I Am: Master Session with Ingrid Michaelson in Story and Song
In the past year, singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson has evolved from overachieving indie-pop sweetheart to bona-fide pop star.  Since 2007, when her song “The Way I Am” burrowed its way into hearts around the world (and sent ukulele sales soaring), the label she founded, Cabin 24 Records, has sold over one million albums and over 7 million singles. Her fifth studio album, Lights Out, was her highest charting debut yet, bowing at No. 4, and its debut single “Girls Chase Boys” spent 20 weeks on Billboard’s Hot 100, becoming her first Top 40 hit and introducing her to a whole new audience. Ingrid is a master at crafting indelible pop lyrics and melodies and her songs can veer from poignantly vulnerable ballads to confident, self-resilient anthems. In person, she is witty, charming and outrageously inappropriate. In short, she’s unforgettable. Don’t miss this sure-to-be lively session where Ingrid will share her experiences as one of the most successful independent artists of our time and perform some of her best-loved songs.

Moderators
avatar for Erik Philbrook

Erik Philbrook

Marketing & Communications, ASCAP
AVP, Marketing & Communications - ASCAPEditor-in-Chief - ASCAP's Playback Magazine

Speakers
avatar for Ingrid Michaelson

Ingrid Michaelson

"Girls Chase Boys," "The Way I Am," "Parachute", Songwriter, Artist
Songwriter, Artist - "Girls Chase Boys," "The Way I Am," "Parachute, " "Afterlife" Born in New York City and raised by her mother, a sculptor, and her father, a classical composer, Ingrid Michaelson has artistry in her DNA. At four she began taking piano lessons but it wasn’t... Read More →


Thursday April 30, 2015 11:30am - 12:45pm PDT
Hollywood Ballroom B-C 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)

11:30am PDT

Pop/Rock Feedback Panel
Get valuable advice and engage in honest talk with pop/rock music industry experts in this live feedback session. A limited number of songs, pre-submitted by EXPO registrants, will receive feedback in front of a live audience. Find out what real publishers and industry execs are listening for when they hear a new song!

Moderators
avatar for Tim Maginnis

Tim Maginnis

Associate Director, Pop/Rock, Creative Services, ASCAP

Speakers
avatar for Mike Daly

Mike Daly

Whiskeytown, Songwriter, Producer, Artist / Hollywood Records
Executive Director, A&R and Music Publishing - Hollywood RecordsSongwriter, Producer, Artist (Whiskeytown) - "93 Million Miles," "Lie a Little Better," "12 Fingers" Mike Daly is an American producer / songwriter / multi-instrumentalist who grew up in Roselle Park, New Jersey, United... Read More →
avatar for Melissa Emert-Hutner

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 →
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Tavi Shabestari

Sr. Director, A&R, Pulse Music Publishing
Senior Director, A&R at Pulse, Tavi Shabestari who previously held the title of Director, A&R, and since her hiring in March 2014, Tavi’s efforts in the discovery and pursuit of new talent have led the company to signing publishing deals with artists RY X and Jez Dior  as well... Read More →
avatar for Teresa LaBarbera Whites

Teresa LaBarbera Whites

Longstanding Music Fan & Artist Advocate
An over 20-year veteran of the music industry, Teresa LaBarbera Whites is one of the top record label executives in the world. She is directly responsible for the discovery and development of Beyoncé, Destiny’s Child and Jessica Simpson and is consistently brought in to work closely... Read More →


Thursday April 30, 2015 11:30am - 12:45pm PDT
Hollywood Ballroom D 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)

11:30am PDT

Straight Talk and Feedback from Country Music Pros
It’s often said that Nashville is a songwriter’s town. But what distinguishes a good country song from a great one? We’ve brought together a panel of successful Nashville industry execs and songwriters to give insight into what they listen for. They’ll offer live feedback on a limited number of songs, pre-submitted by EXPO registrants, and offer up advice on how to make it in Music City.

Moderators
avatar for Mike Sistad

Mike Sistad

Senior Creative Director, Nashville, Creative Services, ASCAP

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 Michael Martin

Michael Martin

Senior Creative Director, Nashville, Creative Services, ASCAP
avatar for Carla Wallace

Carla Wallace

Co-Owner & GM, Big Yellow Dog Music
Carla Wallace is the co-owner of Nashville based, indie publishing company, Big Yellow Dog Music. A Nashville native and Belmont University graduate, she has worked in the publishing industry for over 17 years. Carla got her start by pitching songs for two major independent publishing... Read More →


Thursday April 30, 2015 11:30am - 12:45pm PDT
Silver Lake 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

12:55pm PDT

Section 101: Perception Is Reality! Easily Perfect Your Image on the Web
Perception is still reality in the music industry, but the digital world is constantly changing. It's now become a full-time job to keep up with the latest online trends. Hear the tips and tricks to stay on top of your digital game and learn how to do the least amount of work to get the biggest impact. In this session presented by Section 101's Rebecca Calejo, we will cover: how to create a simple, but effective online strategy; quick and easy ways to keep your website fresh and updated; ideas for optimizing your website content for mobile; how to get your social media and website working together; and measuring results and taking action.


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

2:00pm PDT

"We Create Music"
There are many pathways to success in today’s music industry. But while these leading songwriters and composers made their mark on different points of the musical spectrum - whether writing international hit songs, scoring a major box office hit, building a fanbase outside the mainstream or producing music that defines the sound of our times - they have all faced challenges, overcome obstacles, made sacrifices, experienced breakthroughs and reaped rewards as they built real lives in music. Discover the common threads that connect you with some of the most successful music creators in the business, gain valuable insights from experienced professionals and learn how to harness some universal truths about creators in order to achieve your own music career goals.

Moderators
avatar for Amrit Singh

Amrit Singh

Host / Music & Culture Editor, Revolt TV
Amrit Singh is a television host, and the Music & Culture Editor of REVOLT TV, where he anchors REVOLT News in addition appearing as a host and interviewer on REVOLT Live. Before moving into television, Amrit served as Executive Editor of Stereogum, a leading voice in online music... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Toby Gad

Toby Gad

"If I Were A Boy," "Big Girls Don't Cry," "All Of Me," "Living for Love", Songwriter, Producer
Toby Gad is a Danish-born music producer and songwriter. Since the age of 7 Toby was writing and performing music, and at just 20 years old had his first platinum success with Milli Vanilli. After great success in Europe Toby moved to the US, where he penned #1 hits for Beyonce ("If... Read More →
avatar for No I.D.

No I.D.

EVP, A&R; "Holy Grail," "Heartless," "My Last," "Run This Town", Def Jam Recordings; Producer
Producer - "Holy Grail," "Heartless," "My Last," "Run This Town" EVP, A&R - Def Jam Recordings Ernest Dion Wilson, professionally known as No I.D., is an American hip hop and R&B music producer from Chicago, Illinois. He is perhaps best known for his early work with Chicago-based... Read More →
avatar for Deborah Lurie

Deborah Lurie

Film: Footloose (2011), Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, Dear John, 9, Composer, Arranger
Composer, Arranger - Film: Footloose (2011), Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, Dear John, 9 Music has always been a visual experience for Deborah. Born with a rare condition called synesthesia, she experiences every musical note with a corresponding color in her mind’s eye. Deborah’s... Read More →
avatar for Richard Marx

Richard Marx

“Hold on to the Nights,” “Right Here Waiting,” “Dance with My Father,” “Long Hot Summer”, Songwriter, Artist
Songwriter, Artist - “Hold on to the Nights,” “Right Here Waiting,” “Dance with My Father,” “Long Hot Summer” As a performer, songwriter and producer, Richard Marx’s nearly three-decade-long career has had innumerable of highlights. The Chicago native has sold... Read More →


Thursday April 30, 2015 2:00pm - 3:15pm PDT
Dolby Ballroom 5th Floor

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

From the Gridiron to the GRAMMYs: Master Session with Mike Reid
Nobody has a career trajectory quite like ASCAP country songwriter Mike Reid. In 1970, he was drafted to the Cincinnati Bengals, where he became one of the NFL’s best pass rushers and twice made the Pro Bowl. 10 years after retiring from football Reid found himself on the Grammy Awards stage, winning Best Country Song for his Ronnie Milsap hit “Stranger in My House.” It was just one of many highlights of a varied music career that also encompasses hit solo records, seven musicals, co-writing the Bonnie Raitt classic “I Can’t Make You Love Me” and an induction to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. In this Master Session, Reid explains how he was able to successfully change directions so many times. He’ll also treat the EXPO to a selection of some of his best loved songs.

Speakers
avatar for Mike Reid

Mike Reid

“I Can’t Make You Love Me,” “Stranger in My House,” "To Be Loved By You", Songwriter
Songwriter - “Everywhere,” “I Can’t Make You Love Me,” “Stranger in My House,” "To Be Loved By You" Mike Reid was a footbal All-American Outland Trophy winner at Penn State and an All-Pro defensive tackle with the Cincinnati Bengals. Since moving to Nashville in 1980... Read More →


Thursday April 30, 2015 3:30pm - 4:45pm PDT
Hollywood Ballroom D 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)

3:30pm PDT

Write Ya Life: An Interactive Master Session with Da Internz
Despite their name, Da Internz are seasoned professionals. The production duo of Marcos “Kosine” Palacios and Ernest “Tuo” Clark have applied their wide-ranging sonic approach to songs for Big Sean, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Justin Bieber, Tamar Braxton and dozens more. In this unique interactive panel, you’ll get to know Kosine and Tuo through music, video and live performance. They’re bringing along some guest artists to help them out, and one of them might be you: to close out the panel, Da Internz will create beats on the fly and invite a few lucky audience members to collaborate with them in real time. As always, you can expect the unexpected from Da Internz. Just don’t expect them to get you coffee.

Speakers
avatar for Da Internz (Ernest &quotTuo" Clark and Marcos &quotKosine" Palacios)

Da Internz (Ernest "Tuo" Clark and Marcos "Kosine" Palacios)

“Dance (A$$),” “Anaconda,” “Birthday Cake”, Producers
Producers – “Dance (A$$),” “Waiting Outside The Lines,” “Anaconda,” “Birthday Cake” While Chicago is celebrated for delicious hot dogs, incredible pizza, Michael Jordan and music superstars Kanyé West, R. Kelly and Common, it's also home to one of the music industry's... Read More →


Thursday April 30, 2015 3:30pm - 4:45pm PDT
Hollywood Ballroom B-C 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)

3:30pm PDT

Hit Songwriters: In It to Win It
This panel of successful songwriters representing different genres will explore in-depth what it takes to reach the top of the charts today. It starts with writing a great song, yes, but as you’ll discover, it often means collaborating with other writers, performers and producers, developing a taste for the market and knowing how to get your material heard by the right people. Learn from these masters what you should be doing if you want to be the best in the business.

Moderators
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Amanda Berman

VP, A&R, Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Speakers
avatar for Kevin Kadish

Kevin Kadish

"All About That Bass," "Lips Are Movin," "Wordplay", Songwriter, Producer
Songwriter, Producer - "All About That Bass," "Lips Are Movin," "(There's Gotta Be) More to Life," "Wordplay" Kevin Kadish is an American Grammy Award-nominated songwriter, producer, sound engineer, and instrumentalist who has participated in the production of many commercially successful... Read More →
avatar for Greg Kurstin

Greg Kurstin

“What Doesn’t Kill You (Stronger),” “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)," “Burn,” “Chandelier”, Songwriter, Producer
Songwriter, Producer -  “What Doesn’t Kill You (Stronger),” “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)," “Burn,” “Chandelier” Greg Kurstin is a songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist who has had his hand in many hits over the last decade, including Kelly Clarkson’s “What... Read More →
avatar for William Larsen

William Larsen

"Am I Wrong," "City Lights," "One Song", Songwriter, Producer
Songwriter, Producer - "Am I Wrong," "City Lights," "One Song" William Larsen is an award winning multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer from Norway. Prior to co-writing and producing the world-wide smash hit  "Am I Wrong," he already had over 20 sales certifications in... Read More →
avatar for Jesse Shatkin

Jesse Shatkin

“Chandelier,” "Take You High," "Invincible", Songwriter, Producer
Songwriter, Producer - “Chandelier,” "Take You High,"  "Invincible," “Get It” Producer and songwriter Jesse Shatkin, has had an incredible year.  Jesse was nominated for two Grammy awards including “Song Of The Year” and “Record Of The Year” for co-writing and co-producing... Read More →
avatar for Sevyn Streeter

Sevyn Streeter

"It Won't Stop," "Yeah 3X," "New Day," "The Way", Songwriter, Artist
Songwriter, Artist - "It Won't Stop," "Yeah 3X," "New Day," "The Way" "Music is emotional. Your job is to make people feel something. The best way to do that is to sing and speak from something they've personally been through. That's where I write from," Amber ‘Sevyn' Streeter... Read More →


Thursday April 30, 2015 3:30pm - 4:45pm PDT
Dolby Ballroom 5th 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

Right Here Waiting: Master Session and Performance with Richard Marx
Singer-songwriter-producer Richard Marx has been an internationally successful artist for more than 30 years. In addition to selling over 30 million records as a recording artist, Richard has written and produced mega-hits for other artists as diverse as Barbra Streisand, Josh Groban, NSYNC, Natalie Cole, Kenny Rogers and Keith Urban. His 2004 collaboration with the late Luther Vandross resulted in a Grammy Award for Song Of The Year for their hit, "Dance With My Father." A pop radio superstar from the late 80's through the 90's, Richard has written 37 top 30 chart hits, including an astounding 13 #1's. Among those were his own hits as an artist, "Hold On To The Nights," "Satisfied" and the classic "Right Here Waiting." In this Q&A session that will feature him performing some of his songs as a basis for discussion, Marx will discuss how to build long-term success, explain the rewards and challenges of writing for a variety of artists across multiple genres and will shed light on his creative process.

Moderators
avatar for Loretta Munoz

Loretta Munoz

AVP, Pop/Rock Creative and Special Projects, ASCAP

Speakers
avatar for Richard Marx

Richard Marx

“Hold on to the Nights,” “Right Here Waiting,” “Dance with My Father,” “Long Hot Summer”, Songwriter, Artist
Songwriter, Artist - “Hold on to the Nights,” “Right Here Waiting,” “Dance with My Father,” “Long Hot Summer” As a performer, songwriter and producer, Richard Marx’s nearly three-decade-long career has had innumerable of highlights. The Chicago native has sold... Read More →


Thursday April 30, 2015 5:30pm - 6:45pm PDT
Dolby Ballroom 5th Floor

5:30pm PDT

Higher Calling: Growing a Career in Gospel Music
Gospel music enhances the lives of million of listeners, and writers, publishers and performers of successful gospel music enjoy long and robust careers. This panel of writers and experts will share their insights into the creative, financial and spiritual aspects of gospel music, and how fusing faith, craft and vision can elevate your career.

Moderators
avatar for Joncier Rienecker

Joncier Rienecker

Associate Director, Rhythm & Soul, Creative Services, ASCAP

Speakers
avatar for Maurette Brown Clark

Maurette Brown Clark

Gospel, Songwriter, Artist
Songwriter, Artist - "Breaking of Day," "I Hear the Sound (of Victory)," "It Ain't Over," "Just Want to Praise You" Multiple Stellar Award Winner, Maurette Brown Clark, is one of Gospel music's sweethearts. Originally from Long Island, New York, Maurette began her singing career... Read More →
avatar for LaShawn Daniels

LaShawn Daniels

Gospel, Songwriter
Gospel Songwriter - "I Believe," "Say My Name," "Telephone," "Why Me?" Few lyricists have been more responsible for changing the very landscape of contemporary urban and pop music than LaShawn Daniels. With a catalogue that includes multi-platinum award winning songs like "It's... Read More →
avatar for Janice Gaines

Janice Gaines

Gospel, Songwriter, Artist
Gospel Songwriter, Artist - "One Day" Now arises a fresh new voice in music-- Janice Gaines. Her debut release, Greatest Life Ever, is a collection of irresistible songs featuring world-class songwriting and production from multiple GRAMMY Award-winner Lashawn Daniels (Michael... Read More →
avatar for William McDowell

William McDowell

Gospel, Songwriter, Artist
Songwriter, Artist "The best you can do is to prepare your heart and be obedient... you have to be willing to become invisible. It’s never about you. Nothing in the service is about you. People aren’t coming to see you. They are coming to experience God." It's a sentiment that... Read More →
avatar for Jonathan McReynolds

Jonathan McReynolds

Gospel, Songwriter, Artist
Gospel Songwriter, Artist - "I Love You," "Lovin' Me," "Mary, Did You Know," "No Gray" It’s rare these days to find a young artist who puts everything on the table. Who puts his whole heart into his music and passionately sings of his love for Jesus Christ. McReynolds is that rare... Read More →


Thursday April 30, 2015 5:30pm - 6:45pm PDT
Hollywood Ballroom D 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)

8:00pm PDT

“I Create Music” Center Stage
Now enjoy some great live music! A diverse group of successful ASCAP members representing different genres and generations will be featured in an intimate, “in-the-round” setting, performing some of their best-loved and classic songs. There’s nothing like hearing a song you love from the person who wrote it.

Moderators
avatar for John Titta

John Titta

EVP, Membership, ASCAP

Speakers
avatar for Hanson (Isaac, Taylor and Zac Hanson)

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 →
avatar for Mike Reid

Mike Reid

“I Can’t Make You Love Me,” “Stranger in My House,” "To Be Loved By You", Songwriter
Songwriter - “Everywhere,” “I Can’t Make You Love Me,” “Stranger in My House,” "To Be Loved By You" Mike Reid was a footbal All-American Outland Trophy winner at Penn State and an All-Pro defensive tackle with the Cincinnati Bengals. Since moving to Nashville in 1980... Read More →
avatar for Valerie Simpson

Valerie Simpson

"Ain't No Mountain High Enough," "I'm Every Woman," "Solid", Songwriter, Producer, Artist
Songwriter, Producer, Artist - "Ain't No Mountain High Enough," "I'm Every Woman," "Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing," "Solid" Valerie Simpson is one half of the Dynamic Duo Ashford & Simpson. She is an accomplished songwriter and producer as well as recording artist whose chart... Read More →
avatar for Kevin Cronin (REO Speedwagon)

Kevin Cronin (REO Speedwagon)

"Keep on Loving You," "Can't Fight This Feeling," "Roll With the Changes", Songwriter, Artist
Songwriter, Artist - "Keep on Loving You," "Can't Fight This Feeling," "Roll With the Changes," "Keep Pushin'" Iconic vocalist Kevin Cronin has fronted REO Speedwagon since 1972. With Cronin at the mic, the band’s unrelenting drive, as well as non-stop touring and recording, jump-started... Read More →


Thursday April 30, 2015 8:00pm - 10:00pm PDT
Ohm Nightclub Hollywood & Highland Center (4th Floor)

10:00pm PDT

ASCAP EXPO iStandard Producer and Rapper Showcase
For the seventh year, ASCAP and iStandard are thrilled to partner up to present this unique showcase opportunity specifically for producers and rappers. Eight EXPO attendees, whose tracks were pre-selected by iStandard, will have their music played before a panel of prominent music industry tastemakers, who will then provide constructive criticism in front of a lively audience. Two rappers have been selected, via submissions from EXPO attendees, to perform as well. Get in the groove at this beat-tastic event!

Speakers
avatar for Swiff D

Swiff D

"Studio," "Bring My Bottles," "Animal Ambition", Producer, Songwriter
Producer, Songwriter - "Studio," "Bring My Bottles," "Animal Ambition" Hailing from Ontario, California, Steve “Swiff D” Thornton is a world renown producer and the musical mastermind behind Pac Div. He’s widely known for his energetic “neck breaking” beats that wowed... Read More →
avatar for Mir Harris

Mir Harris

Associate Director, Rhythm & Soul, Creative Services, ASCAP
avatar for MICK

MICK

DJ, Remixer
Brooklyn-based MICK (real name: Mick Batyske) is one of the most in-demand DJ talents, performing regularly at global events in Cannes, London, Davos, Miami, Berlin, Mumbai, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Dubai, and of course, NYC, where he regularly graces the turntables at Up and Down, 1OAK... Read More →
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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 →
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Harmony Samuels

"Enough of No Love," "Say It with Me,” “Oh My Love,” "The Way", Producer, Songwriter
Producer, Songwriter - "Enough of No Love," "Say It with Me,” “Oh My Love,” "The Way" “Music realizes my fullest potential as a human being,” are the profound words of British Producer and musical “phenom”, Harmony Samuels. Understanding artistically and spiritually... Read More →



Thursday April 30, 2015 10:00pm - 11:59pm PDT
Ohm Nightclub Hollywood & Highland Center (4th Floor)
 
Friday, May 1
 

9:30am PDT

9:45am PDT

R&B/Hip-Hop Feedback
Get valuable advice and talk honestly with urban music experts in this live feedback session. A limited number of songs, pre-submitted by EXPO registrants, will receive feedback in front of a live audience. Find out what real industry execs are listening for when they hear a new track!

Moderators
avatar for Jennifer Goicoechea

Jennifer Goicoechea

Associate Director, Rhythm & Soul, Creative Services, ASCAP

Speakers
SG

Shani Gonzales

VP, Creative, BMG Music Publishing
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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 →
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Delmar Powell

Director, Urban A&R, Universal Republic
Director, Urban A&R - Universal Republic Delmar Powell is Director of Urban A&R at Universal Republic. Based in the Los Angeles office, Powell will focus on signing, developing, building, and breaking acts within the urban space ranging from hip-hop and R&B to pop. He will also... Read More →
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Jeff Vaughn

Sr. Director, A&R, Artist Publishing Group / Artist Partners (WMG)
Jeff Vaughn is Director of A&R at Artist Publishing Group (APG) and Artist Partners, Mike Caren's WMG artist accelerator and white label venture. In addition to his A&R responsibilities, Jeff serves as manager to producer Cook Classics and APG writers Geoffro and JHart.


Friday May 1, 2015 9:45am - 11:00am PDT
Mt. Olympus 3rd 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
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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
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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 →
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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 →
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Brandon Jay

TV: Orange is the New Black, Weeds, Composer
Composer - TV: Orange is the New Black, Weeds
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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)

9:45am PDT

Live Multi-Genre Song Feedback Panel with Darrell Brown - Part I
Note: This is an extended-length two-hour session. 
In this intensive two-hour feedback panel, you will engage in honest talk and get valuable advice from hit songwriter-producer Darrell Brown, the creative guru behind numerous #1 pop and country hits. Come prepared for a chance to perform live and get constructive song critiques from Brown and your EXPO peers.

Speakers
avatar for Darrell Brown

Darrell Brown

Songwriter, Producer, Arranger
Songwriter, Producer, Arranger - "You'll Think of Me,” “Why Don't We Just Dance,” “Crazy Women,” “Simple Things” Darrell Brown is a songwriter, producer and arranger. Brown has written hit songs for recording artists of almost every genre of popular music as well as... Read More →


Friday May 1, 2015 9:45am - 11:45am PDT
Hollywood Ballroom B-C 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
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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 →
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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 →
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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 →
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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 →
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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 →
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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 →
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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 →
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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 →
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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 →
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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 →
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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 →
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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 →
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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

Murphy's Laws of Songwriting
You are a performing songwriter, a writer-producer or perhaps just a songwriter looking for a cut. Do you have what it takes to write the next hit? In this session, you’ll discover what all hits have in common. And what sets them apart. By looking at what recent  #1 records have in common, you can see the threads that guide every “hit” writer, producer or artist. Author, songwriter and publisher Ralph Murphy demystifies the process and arms you for success. His popular “Murphy’s Laws of Songwriting” are used by successful writers worldwide and give you the tools to take your songs from good to great.

Speakers
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Ralph Murphy

Songwriter, Author, ASCAP Consultant
Consultant & Former VP, International & Domestic Membership - ASCAP Songwriter – "He Got You," "Half the Way" Author - Murphy’s Laws of Songwriting: The Book   Ralph Murphy, songwriter, has been successful for five decades. Consistently charting songs in an ever-changing musical... Read More →


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

11:45am PDT

On the Come Up: Mama We Made It
Every music creator strives for success for a different reason, and every one takes his or her own journey to get there. We invited a few songwriters and producers on the cusp of greatness to tell their stories. They’ll explain their unique approaches to achieving their musical dreams - including all the difficulties they’ve faced along the way, and how they overcame them. Our panelists speak from the perspective of incredible talents who are finally getting the attention they deserve, but remember all the hard work it took to get where they are. Their stories will inspire you to keep working toward your own goals, whatever they may be.

Moderators
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Jonathan Jones

Director, Rhythm & Soul, Creative Services, ASCAP

Speakers
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Kirby Lauryen

"FourFiveSeconds," "Only One," "Crazy", Songwriter
Songwriter - "FourFiveSeconds," "Only One," "Crazy" From the first soulful note, you know there is something special about Kirby Lauryen. Born in Memphis, TN and bred upon Mississippi soil, Kirby found herself influenced by the rich vocal sounds of musical legends Otis Redding, Ella... Read More →
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Victoria Monet

"We the People," "Made in China," "For the Thrill", Songwriter, Artist
Songwriter, Artist - "We the People," "Made in China," "For the Thrill" Victoria Monet was born on May 1, 1989 in Georgia and later moved to Sacramento, California as a child. As a young girl growing up in Sacramento, California Victoria Monet was fascinated with performing arts... Read More →
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Mali Music

"Beautiful," "I Believe," Mali Is..., Songwriter, Artist
Songwriter, Artist - "Beautiful," "I Believe," Mali Is... Kortney Jamaal Pollard, who performs under the stage name Mali Music, is an American recording artist, singer-songwriter and producer. His two independently released albums, The Coming (2008) and The 2econd Coming (2009... Read More →


Friday May 1, 2015 11:45am - 1:00pm PDT
Mt. Olympus 3rd Floor

11:45am PDT

Live Multi-Genre Song Feedback Panel with Darrell Brown - Part II
Note: This is an extended-length two-hour session. 
In this intensive two-hour feedback panel, you will engage in honest talk and get valuable advice from hit songwriter-producer Darrell Brown, the creative guru behind numerous #1 pop and country hits. Come prepared for a chance to perform live and get constructive song critiques from Brown and your EXPO peers.

Speakers
avatar for Darrell Brown

Darrell Brown

Songwriter, Producer, Arranger
Songwriter, Producer, Arranger - "You'll Think of Me,” “Why Don't We Just Dance,” “Crazy Women,” “Simple Things” Darrell Brown is a songwriter, producer and arranger. Brown has written hit songs for recording artists of almost every genre of popular music as well as... Read More →


Friday May 1, 2015 11:45am - 1:45pm PDT
Hollywood Ballroom B-C 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

2:30pm PDT

Live Multi-Genre Song Feedback Panel with Darrell Brown - Part III
Note: This is an extended-length two-hour session. 
In this special two hour feedback panel, you can engage in honest talk and get valuable advice from Darrell Brown, a songwriting/producing guru behind numerous #1 pop and country hits. Come prepared for a chance to perform live and receive constructive song critiques from Brown and your EXPO peers!





Speakers
avatar for Darrell Brown

Darrell Brown

Songwriter, Producer, Arranger
Songwriter, Producer, Arranger - "You'll Think of Me,” “Why Don't We Just Dance,” “Crazy Women,” “Simple Things” Darrell Brown is a songwriter, producer and arranger. Brown has written hit songs for recording artists of almost every genre of popular music as well as... Read More →


Friday May 1, 2015 2:30pm - 4:30pm PDT
Hollywood Ballroom B-C 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)

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 →
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Josh Berman

Label Manager, Loma Vista Recordings
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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.  
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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 →
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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 →
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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 →
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Michael Martin

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

Associate Director, Rhythm & Soul, Creative Services, ASCAP
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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

7:00pm PDT

ASCAP EXPO Attendee Showcase (Presented by Eventbrite)
It’s your turn to shine! We collaborated with our good friends at Eventbrite to select a diverse group of EXPO registrants to perform their original music for an audience of your peers and music industry execs. Don’t miss out on listening to some great music while you network with your fellow music creators. This is the same showcase where Aloe Blacc performed five years ago, before he co-wrote “Wake Me Up” and earned a Grammy nomination, so who knows - the next big hitmaker could be a part of this year’s lineup!


Friday May 1, 2015 7:00pm - 9:00pm PDT
Hollywood Ballroom B-C 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)

9:00pm PDT

She Rocks Showcase (Presented by The Women’s International Music Network and Tinhorn Flats)
Now in its second year, the Women’s International Music Network’s She Rocks Showcase presents a unique opportunity for female artists of all styles and ages to perform in front of industry and EXPO attendees. The performers were handpicked by WIMN from a pool of applications submitted before the EXPO. There will be giveaways of music gear too.


Friday May 1, 2015 9:00pm - 11:59pm PDT
Tinhorn Flats 1724 Highland Ave (Across from Loews Hotel)
 
Saturday, May 2
 

9:30am PDT

9:45am PDT

Creo En Mi: Master Session with Claudia Brant
Though she trained as an architect, Claudia Brant is best known as one of Latin music’s great architects of song, capable of making art out of a song’s four walls of melody, harmony, rhythm and words. Claudia has written hits for superstars in every conceivable genre - including Barbra Streisand, Ricky Martin, John Legend, Michael Bublé, Marc Anthony, Fantasia, Josh Groban, Fifth Harmony, Jennifer López, Luis Fonsi, Natalia Jimenez and Kenny G, to name but a small sampling. This eternally gifted craftswoman will share the story of her incredible musical journey, and reveal how she has been able to sustain a successful, prolific and fulfilling songwriting career for nearly three decades.

Speakers
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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 →


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

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 →
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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
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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 →
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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 →
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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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Rachel Perkins

Associate Director, Film & TV, Creative Services, ASCAP
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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 →
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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

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

1:10pm PDT

The Judy Stakee Company: The Songwriting Survival Guide
The Songwriting Survival Guide, a book by Judy Stakee, walks you through everything from how to begin the songwriting process, preparing for essential industry meetings and how to take your career to the next level. As SVP of Creative at Warner/Chappell Music for 20 years, she signed and worked closely with artists such as Sheryl Crow and Katy Perry among others. Join Judy as she teaches you to navigate the next steps of your career.


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

2:15pm PDT

The Economics of a Hit Songwriter: Master Session with Savan Kotecha
Becoming a hit songwriter takes more than innate talent. It also takes time, money and hustle to hone your craft and build a network of collaborators and supporters. Few songwriters know this better than Savan Kotecha. Years before he was writing #1 hits for Ariana Grande, One Direction and Maroon 5, Kotecha sent out demo tapes to anyone who would listen, and traveled to Sweden to learn from pop’s greatest minds. His tenacity has brought him incredible success. In this Master Session, Kotecha will discuss the unseen costs of building a career, and outline how the economics of being a songwriter are changing as we speak. It’s sure to be an inspiring panel, one that offers hope and a call to action for songwriters struggling to support themselves while they achieve their dreams.

Speakers
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Savan Kotecha

"Problem," "Bang Bang," “Beauty and a Beat,” “Live While We're Young”, Songwriter, Producer
Songwriter, Producer – "Problem," "Bang Bang," “Beauty and a Beat,” “Live While We're Young” Vocal Producer - The X Factor Renowned songwriter, producer and talent coach, Savan Kotecha has worked with the biggest names in music, penning such hits as as Britney Spears... Read More →


Saturday May 2, 2015 2:15pm - 3:30pm PDT
Dolby Ballroom 5th Floor

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

4:15pm PDT

The Writers Jam
We’ve put together a group of magnificent songwriters to close out the EXPO in grand style. These four master musicians hail from across the genre spectrum, and they’re responsible for songs that have moved millions around the world. They’ll share the stories behind their best-loved songs, and perform them live in a stripped-down, in-the-round setting. The Writers Jam will cap off your EXPO experience with a fresh dose of inspiration to create your own music magic.

Moderators
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Marc Emert-Hutner

VP, Pop/Rock, Creative Services, ASCAP

Speakers
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Andrew Bird

Songwriter, Composer, Artist
Songwriter, Composer, Artist - "Fake Palindromes," "Pulaski At Night," "Fitz & the Dizzyspells," "Plasticities" Chicago-based film score composer, multi-instrumentalist and lyricist Andrew Bird picked up his first violin at the age of four and spent his formative years soaking up... Read More →
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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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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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Andrea Martin

“It Kills Me,” “I Love Me Some Him,” "Better in Time," "Don't Let Go (Love)", Songwriter, Producer
Songwriter, Producer - “It Kills Me,” “I Love Me Some Him,” "Better in Time," "Don't Let Go (Love)" Andrea Martin is an American R&B singer, songwriter and producer. She is primarily known for writing hit songs (often with longtime partner Ivan Matias) for artists like Toni... Read More →


Saturday May 2, 2015 4:15pm - 5:30pm PDT
Dolby Ballroom 5th Floor