This is where being a musician AND a writer comes in handy! Got my press pass to cover ! Stay tuned, and read on for more information about the upcoming conference!



Aloe Blacc to Interview Legendary Bill Withers!

Chart-topping Songwriters and Composers Added to 3-Day Lineup Include Grizzy Bear’s Chris Taylor, Toby Gad, William Larsen, Deborah Lurie, Audra Mae, Andrea Martin, Richard Marx, No I.D., Shawn Patterson, Santigold,
Eddie Schwartz and Valerie Simpson

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.

Sevyn Streeter (“Yeah 3x” – Chris Brown) will explore in-depth what it takes to reach the top of the charts.

NEW YORK, April 20, 2015 — ASCAP, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, the world leader in performing rights and advocacy for music creators, today announced the panel and performance schedule for the 2015 ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO, to be held April 30th through May 2nd at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles. Nearly 200 panelists and performers will participate in the conference, which is dedicated to the craft and business of songwriting, composing and producing. For the complete “I Create Music” EXPO schedule, visit

Other highlights of the program include “Hit Songwriters: In It to Win It” which takes place on Thursday, April 30th at 5:30 PM. This heavyweight panel brings together some of the biggest names in pop songwriting today. Kevin Kadish (“All About That Bass” – Meghan Trainor), Greg Kurstin (“Heartbeat Song” – Kelly Clarkson), William Larsen (“Am I Wrong” – Nico & Vinz), Jesse Shatkin (“Chandelier” – Sia) and n Friday, May 1st at 4:30 PM, “Who Is He (and What Is He to You?): “I Create Music” Interview with Bill Withers” will take place, conducted by Aloe Blacc. Withers, the writer of beloved songs like “Ain’t No Sunshine,” “Lean on Me” and “Lovely Day,” will appear just two weeks after his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and share wisdom about the importance of staying authentic to yourself, in music and in life. The interview will be a full-circle moment for Aloe Blacc, who attended the 2010 ASCAP EXPO specifically to hear Withers speak.

For the 10th year in a row,

will offer emerging songwriters the chance to hear directly from some of the most successful music creators today. This year features Master Sessions from songwriter/artist Richard Marx, Emmy-winning composer Richard Bellis, top Latin songwriter Claudia Brant, film/TV/concert composer Douglas Cuomo, rap production duo Da Internz, pop songwriter Savan Kotecha, indie pop singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson and country music writer and former professional football player Mike Reid. These candid sessions will offer insider insight on everything from being creative on a deadline (Bellis) to the journey from professional sports to songwriting (Reid).


The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a professional membership organization of songwriters, composers and music publishers of every kind of music. ASCAP’s mission is to license and promote the music of its members and foreign affiliates, obtain fair compensation for the public performance of their works and to distribute the royalties that it collects based upon those performances. ASCAP members write the world’s best-loved music and ASCAP has pioneered the efficient licensing of that music to hundreds of thousands of enterprises who use it to add value to their business – from bars, restaurants and retail, to radio, TV and cable, to Internet, mobile services and more. The ASCAP license offers an efficient solution for businesses to legally perform ASCAP music while respecting the right of songwriters and composers to be paid fairly. With 525,000 members representing more than 10 million copyrighted works, ASCAP is the worldwide leader in performance royalties, service and advocacy for songwriters and composers, and the only American performing rights organization (PRO) owned and governed by its writer and publisher members.