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March 03, 2010 09:59 ET

Ludacris Slated to Interview Quincy Jones at ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO in April

Jason Mraz, Toby Gad, Linda Perry, Chuck Harmony, Kuk Harrell, Andreas Carlsson and Loudon Wainwright III Join Stellar Lineup of John Mayer, Bill Withers and Others at 5th Annual Music Creator Conference

LOS ANGELES, CA and NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - March 3, 2010) -  Multi-talented rapper and actor Ludacris will interview music legend Quincy Jones about his prolific career during the ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO, it was announced today by ASCAP (the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers). The three-day EXPO will take place at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel, April 22-24, 2010 in Los Angeles, CA.

Ludacris is the highest-selling Southern hip-hop solo artist of all time, with over 24 million records sold worldwide, as well as an award-winning actor who has forged a successful career spanning the studio, the stage and the screen. He will interview one of music's greatest living legends, Quincy Jones, about his prolific career as a musician, composer, producer, arranger and conductor and his work with such entertainment giants as Count Basie, Miles Davis, Frank Sinatra, Michael Jackson, Ray Charles, Paul Simon, Aretha Franklin and many others. Ludacris will also explore Jones's pioneering fusions of pop, soul, hip-hop, jazz, classical and other forms of music across all mediums that have left his indelible mark on American popular music and culture.

Ludacris's interview with Jones is part of a series of key features at this year's EXPO, which includes an interview with John Mayer and a conversation with Bill Withers. Also confirmed to participate are Jessi Alexander, Billy Austin, Aureo Baqueiro, Dave Bassett, Derek Bermel, Ken Burgomaster, Andreas Carlsson, Ramin Djawadi, Avner Dorman, Dot Da Genius, Mike Elizondo, Toby Gad, Chuck Harmony, Thaddis "Kuk" Harrell, Chris "Deep" Henderson, Wayland Holyfield, Jason Mraz, Jean-Baptiste, Rob Knox, Jon Lind, Mateo Messina, Gary Nicholson, Linda Perry, Jane't A. Sewell, Skillz, Alex Shapiro, Kubilay Uner, Loudon Wainwright III, Nate Walka, Doug Wood and Yo Gabba Gabba's Christian Jacobs and Scott Schultz. They will join a stellar lineup of songwriters and composers already confirmed for the 5th annual music creator conference, including ASCAP President and Chairman Paul Williams, Louis Biancaniello, Kenny Burrell, Desmond Child, Dre & Vidal, Steve Diamond, John Forté, Ashley Gorley, Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald, Ron Jones, Just Blaze, Bear McCreary, Robert Ellis Orrall, Don Schlitz, Brian Tyler, Sam Watters, Greg Wells, Wendy & Lisa, and Phil Vassar.

For a regularly updated list of panelists, please visit www.ascap.com/expo.

The ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO is the premier conference for songwriters, composers and producers. It covers all genres of music and includes panels, workshops, master classes, keynotes, One-on-One sessions, song critiquing, networking events, product displays, state-of-the-art technology demonstrations, performances, and more. All music creators, producers, publishers and executives -- regardless of their performing rights organization affiliation -- will benefit from this unique creative event, which is designed around personal interaction, education and networking. For more information, and to register, please visit www.ascap.com/expo.

Members of the press may apply for credentials at www.ascap.com/press/pressroom/expo/.

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