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Thursday, April 30
 

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)

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)

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
 
Friday, May 1
 

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)

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
avatar for Ralph Murphy

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

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)

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)

4:30pm PDT

Who Is He (and What Is He to You?): 'I Create Music' Interview with Bill Withers
You know a Bill Withers song when you hear it. Songs like “Ain’t No Sunshine,” “Lean on Me,” “Lovely Day” and “Grandma’s Hands” share a sense of laid-back, effortless groove. Their lyrics document simple truths, straight-forward and profound. Bill’s songs are for everyone, but they sound like they could come from no other songwriter. While he’s achieved commercial success and earned the industry’s highest honors, Bill Withers has never once sacrificed his creative ideals - one of the many reasons he is an inspiration to songwriters and fans the world over. Just two weeks after his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Bill Withers will dispense wisdom about the importance of staying authentic to yourself, in music and in life. This candid interview will be a full-circle moment for interviewer Aloe Blacc, who attended the 2010 ASCAP EXPO specifically to hear Bill speak.

Moderators
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 →

Speakers
avatar for Bill Withers

Bill Withers

"Lean On Me," "Ain't No Sunshine," "Just the Two of Us," "Lovely Day", Songwriter, Artist
Songwriter, Artist - "Lean On Me," "Ain't No Sunshine," "Just the Two of Us," "Lovely Day" In a recording career that lasted only 15 years, Bill Withers mastered the vocabularies of the acoustic singer-songwriter, R&B, disco and even mainstream jazz, while maintaining a distinctive... Read More →


Friday May 1, 2015 4:30pm - 5:45pm PDT
Dolby Ballroom 5th Floor
 
Saturday, May 2
 

9:45am PDT

Creativity on a Deadline: Master Session with Richard Bellis
Whether you’re a composer or a songwriter on a deadline, it’s hard to be creative when the meter’s running. Emmy-winning composer and ASCAP Board member Richard Bellis will explain techniques which allow you to not only nurture creativity, but schedule it right into your project calendar.

Speakers
avatar for Richard Bellis

Richard Bellis

TV: IT, Doublecrossed, Composer, Songwriter, Author
Composer, Songwriter - TV: IT, Doublecrossed, Double, Double, Toil and Trouble Author - The Emerging Film Composer: An Introduction to the People, Problems and Psychology of the Film Music Business A writer member of ASCAP for over 30 years, Richard Bellis has scored more than 45... Read More →


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

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

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
avatar for Savan Kotecha

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

2:15pm PDT

The Musician's Survival Toolkit: Master Session with Douglas Cuomo
Douglas J. Cuomo’s compositions range from the Sex and the City theme to evening-length works for theater, including the operas Doubt and Arjuna's Dilemma. He’s an acclaimed, versatile composer, and uniquely qualified for explaining how to turn your art into a living. During this session Cuomo will open up his “Musician's Survival Toolkit," offering up tips about collaboration, finding work, building a professional team and sustaining a career. Come hear his practical and emotional strategies for making a life as a creative artist.

Speakers
avatar for Douglas Cuomo

Douglas Cuomo

Opera: Doubt TV: Sex & The City, Homicide: Life On The Street, Composer
Composer - Opera: Doubt TV: Sex & The City, Homicide: Life On The Street Composer Douglas J. Cuomo’s career spans the music business, from film and television (including the theme and underscore for HBO’s Sex & The City) to opera (including Doubt, with libretto by John Patrick... Read More →


Saturday May 2, 2015 2:15pm - 3:30pm PDT
Mt. Olympus 3rd Floor