SOURCE: ASCAP

October 10, 2006 08:00 ET

ASCAP Announces Second Annual National Conference Dedicated to Songwriting and Composing

2007 ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO Set for April 19-21 in Los Angeles

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- October 10, 2006 -- Building on the extraordinary, sold-out success of this spring's ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO -- the first and only national conference dedicated to songwriting and composing -- ASCAP announces plans to stage an even larger, more comprehensive event for music creators, April 19-21, 2007 at the Hollywood Renaissance Hotel in Los Angeles, CA.

The only conference of its kind, the ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO covers every music genre and offers all participants in the music creation process an opportunity to join together to advance their profession.

Attendance at the 2007 ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO is expected to top the 2006 gathering, which attracted over 1,800 songwriters, composers, lyricists, producers, publishers and other music industry professionals to a wide-ranging program of panels, workshops and networking opportunities.

"The 2007 ASCAP 'I Create Music' EXPO will again present an unmatched opportunity for the community of music creators to come together to share their experiences, know-how and passion for their life's work," said ASCAP President and Chairman and noted songwriter Marilyn Bergman, who delivered an inspiring opening address at the 2006 EXPO and will kick off the 2007 gathering.

According to a detailed survey conducted by ASCAP of both members and non-members who attended the 2006 "I Create Music" EXPO, 86 percent of members said they plan to come back again and 81 percent of non-members stated that they are likely to do the same. Most favored elements included panels/programs with accomplished songwriters, composers and producers; workshops on understanding the music business; and the array of networking opportunities.

"The music landscape is rapidly changing as new technologies provide enhanced tools to both create and distribute music," said ASCAP CEO John A. LoFrumento. "At the 2007 ASCAP 'I Create Music' EXPO, we will take a close look at the exciting future of this industry and how it benefits music creators."

The 2007 ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO is expected to draw some of the biggest names in music. The inaugural 2006 EXPO included distinguished songwriter and composer panelists:

Alan and Marilyn Bergman   Ed Harsh                     Linda Perry
Johntà Austin              Lalah Hathaway               Tom Petty
Glen Ballard               Marcy Heisler                Glen Phillips
Eric Bazilian              Wayland Hoyfield             Monty Powell
Michael Bearden            Jimmy Jam                    John Powell
Obie Bermúdez              Dean Kay                     John Rich
Philip Blackburn           Tom Kelly                    Frank Rogers
Stephen Bray               John King(Dust Brothers)     Jeff Rona
Bruce Broughton            Holly Knight                 Stephen Schwartz
Darrell Brown              Henry Krieger                Garry Schyman
Gary Burr                  Ty Lacey                     Jill Scott
Sean Callery               Russ Landau                  Alex Shapiro
Deana Carter               Ledisi                       Glenn Slater
Gordon Chambers            Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller  Jill Sobule
Desmond Child              Hillary Lindsey              Billy Steinberg
John Clayton               Johnny Mandel                Nisan Stewart
John Debney                Gerard K. Marino             Andy Stochansky
Tony Dixon                 Andy Marvel                  Morton Subotnick
Chuck Doud                 Harvey Mason, Jr. and        Stephen Trask
George Duke                Damon Thomas                 Jaci Velasquez
Barry Eastmond              (The Underdogs)             Jack Wall
Mike Elizondo              MC Lyte                      Don Was
Dan Foliart                Lori McKenna                 Jimmy Webb
David Frazier              Marcus Miller                Eric Whitacre
Phil Galdston              Ralph Murphy                 Yolanda "Yo-Yo"
Michael Giacchino          James Newton                 Whitaker
Zina Goldrich              Rick Nowels                  Paul Williams
Roger Greenaway            Marty O'Donnell              Heart's Ann &
Jonathan Grossman          Frank J. Oteri               Nancy Wilson
Denis Hannigan             Rudy Perez                   Doug Wood
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All songwriters, composers, lyricists, producers, publishers and other music industry professionals, regardless of affiliation, are invited to register and attend the 2007 ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO, which will include panels, workshops, master classes, keynotes, one-on-one sessions, song critiquing, product displays, technology demonstrations, performances and more. Information about the EXPO, including early bird pricing and registration, is available at www.ascap.com/expo.

About ASCAP

Established in 1914, ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) is the first and leading U.S. Performing Rights Organization representing the world's largest repertory totaling over 8 million copyrighted musical works of every style and genre from more than 250,000 composer, lyricist and music publisher members. ASCAP also represents the repertories created by the international affiliates of 70 foreign performing rights organizations. ASCAP protects the rights of its members and foreign affiliates by licensing the public performances of their copyrighted works and distributing royalties based upon surveyed performances. ASCAP is the only American Performing Rights Organization owned and governed by its writer and publisher members. www.ascap.com