September 03, 2009 11:48 ET

ASCAP's Women Behind the Music Series Struts Its Stuff in Los Angeles and New York

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - September 3, 2009) - Following the successful launch of ASCAP Presents... Women Behind the Music in Atlanta last week, ASCAP (the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) is pleased to announce details of its upcoming events in Los Angeles and New York.

ASCAP Presents... Women Behind the Music is a new series of events produced exclusively by the women of ASCAP's Rhythm & Soul Team. The program is designed to encourage and recognize women in the music creator community, and features showcases and educational panels in Atlanta, Los Angeles and New York.

The series kicked off in Atlanta on August 25th with a high-profile showcase featuring dazzling performances by Grammy Award-winning songwriter and the newest addition to Bravo's hit reality show, "The Real Housewives of Atlanta," Kandi Burruss; Alja Jackson aka Jesse Jane (Leftfield/Interscope Records); Krave (Upfront Megatainment); Mika Means (Universal/Motown Records); and Brittany Street (Good ComPENy). The event was co-hosted by DJ Traci Steele of 95.5 The Beat and Musiq Soulchild's official DJ.

Details for the Los Angeles and New York events are as follows:

Tuesday, September 8
The Highlands, 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028
8:00pm - 11:30pm (doors open 7:30pm)
Age 21 and Over / Free and open to the public with RSVP to

Women Behind the Music: The Lipstick Lounge

A showcase featuring live performances by soul and R&B singer-songwriter Goapele (Skyblaze Recordings), R&B girl group Electrik Red (Def Jam Recordings/Radio Killa Records), singer/songwriter/pianist Rachel Assil (KonLive/Bu Vision), and "American Idol 7" contestant Asia'h (SodaPop Music). The event will be co-hosted by DJ Kill Him aka Kim Hill (One Brave Indian Records).

Wednesday, September 9
New World Stages, 340 West 50th Street, New York, NY 10019
7:30pm (doors open 7:00pm)
Cocktail Party immediately following
RSVP required for entry:

Women Behind the Music: Stilettos and Soul - Live Song Collaboration
Cri$tyle "The Ink" Johnson (Mariah Carey's "Touch My Body," Natasha
Bedingfield's "Angel")
Pen Up Girls (Karina's "See You Later," Bobby Valentino's "Butterfly
Kristal "Tytewriter" Oliver (Raheem Devaughn's "Customer," Danity Kane's
"Show Stopper")

Experience what makes for a successful collaboration in this live songwriting session hosted by 107.5 WBLS on-air personality Jasmine Sanders ("Middays with Jasmine"). This panel of hit songwriters will show how it's done by creating an original song to music performed at the piano by a special guest.

Donations will be accepted at these events for Susan G. Komen for the Cure.


Established in 1914, ASCAP is the first and leading U.S. Performing Rights Organization (PRO) representing the world's largest repertory totaling over 8.5 million copyrighted musical works of every style and genre from more than 350,000 songwriter, composer and music publisher members. ASCAP has representation arrangements with similar foreign organizations so that the ASCAP repertory is represented in nearly every country around the world where copyright law exists. 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 PRO owned and governed by its writer and publisher members.