ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) celebrates the 15th anniversary of its music creator conference with a new name, location and enhanced programming that is designed to meet the needs of 21st-century music creators. The ASCAP Experience (formerly ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO) is now set for the InterContinental Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, April 1 - 3.
“Over the last 15 years, as our attendees and the music industry have evolved, so has ASCAP EXPO,” said ASCAP Executive Vice President/Chief Marketing Officer Lauren Iossa. “We have renamed it the ‘ASCAP Experience’ to encompass programming that meets the holistic needs of music creators today, with even more opportunities for participants to make music together. And we are excited to welcome all of our Experience attendees to join us in this next phase at a new venue in downtown LA.”
Based on attendee feedback, ASCAP redesigned the ASCAP Experience to offer an immersive event exploring what it takes to be a professional music creator today. Within a community of music creators, attendees can expect new ways to get their music heard and opportunities to connect and collaborate. Programming will offer deep insights from industry experts, iconic songwriters, essential tools to boost creativity and technology demonstrations. There will be a strong focus on wellness workshops to nourish the body and soul, and—of course—a ton of live music.
Previous speakers and performers at the conference have included Justin Timberlake, Tom Petty, Stevie Wonder, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Katy Perry, Meghan Trainor, Billie Eilish, FINNEAS, Questlove, St. Vincent, Lee Ann Womack, Wyclef Jean, Jermaine Dupri, Pinar Toprak, Marco Beltrami, Quincy Jones, Timbaland, Carly Simon, Sara Bareilles, Jackson Browne, and Ann and Nancy Wilson (Heart).
Songwriters and composers who attended the ASCAP Experience early in their careers include FINNEAS (“Bad Guy,” “When the Party’s Over,” Billie Eilish), Vincent Berry II ("Sandcastles," Beyoncé), Aloe Blacc (“I Need a Dollar,” “Wake Me Up,” Avicii), LELAND ("Youth," Troye Sivan), Meghan Trainor (“All About That Bass”) and Joseph Trapanese (composer, The Greatest Showman, Straight Outta Compton)
Attendees can register at ascapexperience.com. Registration is open to ASCAP members through Oct. 1; the general public can register beginning Oct. 2.