March 13, 2007 08:00 ET

ASCAP's "I Create Music Week" to Celebrate the Voice of the Music Creator

Melissa Etheridge and Marc Shaiman to Be Honored for Career Achievement, Randy Newman to Give Exclusive Interview, Music Education Program to Teach Students About Music & Copyright, Top Songwriters & Composers to Convene

LOS ANGELES, CA and NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 13, 2007 -- ASCAP is hosting an entire week of events in Los Angeles this April to celebrate the voice of the music creator. ASCAP's "I Create Music Week" will bring together some of the industry's top songwriters, composers, lyricists and music publishers representing a broad array of genres, mediums and musical perspectives.

The week's packed schedule includes two major awards shows at the Kodak Theatre -- the 24th annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards honoring Melissa Etheridge and the 22nd annual ASCAP Film & Television Music Awards honoring Marc Shaiman -- and the 2nd annual ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO, a three-day national conference dedicated to songwriting and composing, which is being held at the Hollywood Renaissance Hotel.

In addition, through a partnership with i-SAFE Inc., the worldwide leader in Internet safety education, ASCAP has developed an interactive school assembly program titled "The Donny the Downloader Experience." This special program is aimed at educating middle school students on what it means to be a music creator -- and the real cost of music piracy. A special "Donny the Downloader" assembly is being planned with a local Los Angeles school to round out the exciting activities surrounding ASCAP's "I Create Music Week."

"Everywhere we go there is music," said ASCAP President and Chairman Marilyn Bergman. "It is one of the most pervasive and beloved aspects of our culture. And yet most music creators work behind the scenes. By presenting this important and unique slate of activities, ASCAP hopes to educate, showcase, connect and ultimately celebrate the people who create the music that enriches our lives."

Schedule at a Glance

Below is an overview of events planned for ASCAP's "I Create Music Week" in Los Angeles:

Tuesday, April 17, 2007:

22nd Annual ASCAP Film & Television Music Awards -- Kodak Theatre

--  Composer Marc Shaiman will be honored with the prestigious ASCAP Henry
    Mancini Award for Career Achievement.
--  The event will also honor the composers of the top box office film
    music and the most performed television music of 2006.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007:

24th Annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards -- Kodak Theatre

--  Singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge will be honored with the
    prestigious ASCAP Founders Award for her pioneering contributions to music.
--  The event will also honor the songwriters and publishers of ASCAP's
    most performed pop songs of 2006.  Top awards will be given to "Songwriter
    of the Year," "Song of the Year" and "Publisher of the Year," in addition
    to the presentation of the "ASCAP Vanguard Award," which recognizes the
    impact of musical genres that help shape the future of American music.
--  Live performances by some of today's top songwriter-performers.

Thursday to Saturday, April 19 - 21, 2007:

2nd Annual ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO -- Hollywood Renaissance Hotel

--  A three-day event, dedicated to songwriting and composing, featuring a
    comprehensive array of panels, workshops, keynotes, master classes, song
    critiques, product displays, state-of-the-art technology demonstrations,
    performances, and much more.
--  Special Welcome by Marilyn Bergman.
--  Exclusive interview with composer and songwriter Randy Newman.
--  Panelists include top music creators from every musical genre,
    including Mitch Allan, Glen Ballard, Alan & Marilyn Bergman, Regina Carter,
    Desmond Child, Alf Clausen, Timothy "Attitude" Clayton, Keyshia Cole, John
    Corigliano, Hal David, Dre & Vidal, Jermaine Dupri, Mike Elizondo, Lukasz
    "Dr. Luke" Gottwald, James Newton Howard, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Brett
    James, Holly Knight, Johnny Mandel, Marcy Marxer & Cathy Fink, MC Lyte,
    Seth MacFarlane, Rhett Miller, Rick Nowels, Rudy Peréz, John Rich, Stephen
    Schwartz, Matt Serletic, John Shanks, The Underdogs (Damon Thomas and
    Harvey Mason, Jr.), Jimmy Webb, Paul Williams, Dan Wilson, Bill Withers and
    Dan Zanes, to name a few.

For more information on ASCAP's "I Create Music Week", please visit:

Members of the press interested in attending one or more of these events, please download the Credential Application Form at -- or contact: Bobbi Marcus at or Meredith Topalanchik at


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 8.5 million copyrighted musical works of every style and genre from more than 275,000 composer, lyricist and music publisher members. ASCAP also represents the repertories created by the international affiliates of 90 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.