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ASCAP Experience 2020 Names First Round Of All-Star Panelists

ASCAP has named its first round of panelists and special guests for its 2020 ASCAP Experience April 1 – 3 in Los Angeles.

Formerly ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO, ASCAP Chairman and President Paul Williams leads a lineup of more than 40 panels stacked with industry leaders, 89% of which are working songwriters and composers. 

“Words & Music in Six Seconds”

Grammy-winning artist, songwriter and producer Dan Wilson (“Closing Time,” Semisonic; “Someone Like You,” Adele) is teaming up with singer-songwriter Jason Mraz (“I’m Yours,” “I Won’t Give Up”), producer-songwriter Stefan Johnson (“Memories,” Maroon 5; “The Middle,” Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey) and singer-songwriter Steph Jones (“People You Know,” Selena Gomez, “Nightfall,” Little Big Town) to bring his popular “Words & Music in Six Seconds” Instagram series to life.

The panel will expand on Wilson’s format to provide unique insights on songwriting, life, the creative process, working relationships and more.

Sonic Architects: Hit Producers & Engineers Defining the Sounds of Tomorrow

In partnership with She Is The Music, “Sonic Architects: Hit Producers & Engineers Defining the Sounds of Tomorrow” spotlights an all female lineup: Colombian producer, multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter and DJ Ali Stone, Grammy-winning engineer Ann Mincieli and songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer Wendy Wang.

Horror Scorers

“Horror Scorers” will give attendees the opportunity to hear from horror film composers including Marco Beltrami (A Quiet PlaceScream) and Joe Bishara (The ConjuringInsidious). 

Desmond Child Master Masterclass

Grammy-winning songwriter-producer Desmond Child (“Livin’ on a Prayer,” Bon Jovi; “Dude (Looks Like a Lady),” Aerosmith) will host an intimate, submission-based master class with a set of handpicked aspiring Experience songwriters.

The winners will work one-on-one with the Songwriters Hall of Fame member and his elite team of genre-spanning hitmakers Claudia Brant (“A Partir de Hoy,” David Bisbal; “Quédate con Ella,” Natalia Jiménez), Sam Hollander (“High Hopes,” Panic! at the Disco; “Handclap,” Fitz and the Tantrums) and Brett James (“Jesus, Take the Wheel,” Carrie Underwood; “Summer Nights,” Rascal Flatts).

“I am so excited to introduce our 15th annual music creators conference as we debut our very first ASCAP Experience,” said ASCAP Chairman Paul Williams. “It is my favorite time of the year and I personally can’t wait to be there with our attendees, who can look forward to an unforgettable three days of information and inspiration from some of the best in the industry.” 


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