November 07, 2011 09:00 ET

Monica, Janelle Monae and Siedah Garrett Headline 3rd Annual ASCAP Presents... Women Behind the Music Series

Three Part Series in NYC, ATL and LA Reveals the Journey of Incredible Women Across All Facets of the Music Industry; Top Executives Include: Phillana Williams, SVP Marketing & Artist Development at Motown; Uwonda Carter, Entertainment Attorney; Donna Caseine, Universal Music Publishing; and Mona Scott-Young, Monami Entertainment

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Nov 7, 2011) - ASCAP (the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) kicks off its 3rd annual ASCAP Presents... Women Behind the Music Series November 9th in New York City with Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Monica, music industry executive Phillana Williams and music industry powerbroker, manager and executive, Mona Scott-Young. The series is designed to encourage and recognize women in the music community, highlighting not only women songwriters and artists, but women working in all facets of the business, including managers, attorneys, label executives and music publishers. This year's series is sponsored by Qream created by Pharrell Williams. Following New York City, the series then takes to Los Angeles (Nov. 10) with Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter and performer Siedah Garrett and Atlanta (Nov. 18) with Grammy nominated singer/songwriter artist Janelle Monae.

Each event features three honorees and a moderator who will share 'Her Story' about navigating the music business. The honorees will be presented with a special memento in recognition of their contributions to music. Last year's series included Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Kelly Rowland of Destiny's Child, singer/songwriter Melanie Fiona and Sheila E amongst other entertainers and industry executives.

"After two successful years with phenomenal feedback, we are proud to host the 3rd Annual ASCAP Women Behind the Music Series to recognize the immense contributions that women make across all areas of the music business," said Nicole George, ASCAP Vice President of Membership-Rhythm & Soul. "We want to continue to celebrate the achievements of impressive women in the music industry as well as continue to inspire and excite women aspiring to work in the music industry to create their own stories."

The event details are:

Wednesday, November 9
7:00 - 10:00 PM
Tenjune, 26 Little W 12th Street, New York, NY
Age 21 and over / Space is limited. RSVP is required to

Honorees in NYC are Monica, Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter, Phillana Williams, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Artist Development for Motown Records and Mona Scott-Young, Monami Entertainment. The evening will be moderated by Nicole George, ASCAP R&S VP Membership and will feature a performance by Roc Nation recording artist Bridget Kelly.

Thursday, November 10
Venue: Beso, 6350 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA
7:00 - 10:00 PM
Age 21 and over / Space is limited. RSVP is required to

Honorees in Los Angeles are Grammy and Academy award winning singer, songwriter and performer Siedah Garrett; Donna Caseine, SVP Creative of Universal Music Publishing; and Erica Grayson, MADE Management and Consulting.

Friday, November 18
7:00 - 10:00 PM
Venue: Straits Restaurant, 793 Juniper Street Northeast, Atlanta, GA
Age 21 and over / Space is limited. RSVP is required to

Honorees in Atlanta include Grammy nominated singer/songwriter Janelle Monae;
Uwonda Carter, entertainment attorney; and Jan Smith, vocal coach.

The events are sponsored by QREAM.

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 420,000 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.