By Diana Hereld of Pathways in Music.
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO will take place starting this Thursday April 24th thru the 26th at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles. The event for for songwriters, composers and producers covers all genres of music and includes one-on-one sessions, networking events, creative and interactive panels, business, legal and legislative discussions, round-table workshops, product displays, state-of-the-art technology demonstrations, and performances.
This year’s EXPO programming features keynote by Dr. Luke, "We Create Music": Gustavo Santaolalla and Paul Williams in Conversation, Heart In Motion: Master Session with Amy Grant, and live performances by Desmond Child, Shane McAnally, Beth Orton, Ray Parker, Jr., and Richie Sambora.
In addition to signature keynote presentations, master classes, hitmaker panels and artist performances, ASCAP will once again bring together a diverse and gifted group of music creators and industry professionals to participate in a extensive range of panels designed to support music creators at every stage of their career. The EXPO will also provide attendees with several opportunities to get their music heard - and receive honest feedback and advice - through a variety of panels and songwriter showcases.
To kick off the EXPO, on Wednesday, April 23rd, Loews Hollywood Hotel will host the 31th annual ASCAP Pop Awards, honoring Tom Petty with the prestigious ASCAP Founders Award for his exceptional contribution to music as a pioneering songwriter.