ASCAP Announces 2007 “I Create Music” Expo Speakers

By • February 9, 2007

ASCAP has announced that more than 130 panelists are scheduled to participate in this year’s “I Create Music” Expo, which will be held April 19-21, 2007 at the Hollywood Renaissance Hotel in Los Angeles, CA.

Top industry professionals representing a broad array of genres, mediums and musical perspectives will share their expert advice and inspiring success stories with the more than 1,500 music creators expected to attend.

“As the voice of the music creator, ASCAP is thrilled to again host an event that brings together people from aspiring composers and songwriters to many of its most celebrated and respected voices,” said Marilyn Bergman, ASCAP president and chairman. “While songwriting and composing can be solitary endeavors, collaboration is a critical part of the experience. By allowing our attendees to meet, listen to and in many cases receive direct feedback from some of the top professionals in the business, the Expo will give attendees the skills, contacts and tools they need to help realize their own career aspirations.“

The 2007 I Create Music Expo agenda includes panels, workshops, keynotes, master classes, song critiques, product displays, state-of-the-art technology demonstrations, performances, and much more. Adding to the broad range of musical topics, new panels will cover music for children, comedy, opera & musical theatre and video games, among others. All music creators, producers, publishers and executives, regardless of their performing rights organization affiliation, are welcome at the event which ASCAP says is designed around personal interaction, education and networking.

Some of the panelists announced include: Mitch Allan (songwriter, producer: “1985”), Clarence Avant (recording industry executive), Glen Ballard (songwriter, producer: Jagged Little Pill), Alan & Marilyn Bergman (lyricists: “The Windmills of Your Mind”), Desmond Child (songwriter: “Dude (Looks Like a Lady)”), Alf Clausen (composer: The Simpsons), Timothy “Attitude” Clayton (songwriter: “Promiscuous”), John Corigliano (composer: The Ghosts of Versailles), Hal David (songwriter: “Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head”), Dre & Vidal (songwriters, producers: “Yo (Excuse Me Miss)”), Mike Elizondo (songwriter, producer: “In Da Club”), Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald (songwriter, producer: “Since U Been Gone”), James Newton Howard (composer: King Kong), Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis (songwriters, producers: “No More Drama”), Brett James (songwriter: “Jesus, Take the Wheel”), Holly Knight (songwriter, producer: “Love is a Battlefield”), Johnny Mandel (composer, arranger, producer: “The Shadow of Your Smile”), MC Lyte (songwriter: “Ruff Neck”), Seth MacFarlane (songwriter, creator/executive producer: Family Guy), Rhett Miller (Old 97s – songwriter: “Question”), Rick Nowels (songwriter, producer: White Flag), John Rich (songwriter: “Redneck Woman”), Stephen Schwartz (composer: Wicked), Matt Serletic (songwriter, producer: “Smooth”), John Shanks (songwriter, producer: “Everything to Me”), Jimmy Webb (songwriter: “Galveston”), Paul Williams (songwriter: “Evergreen”) and Dan Wilson (Semisonic – songwriter: “Closing Time”).

ASCAP is currently inviting Expo attendees to submit their original songs online, to be judged by their peers and potentially to be selected for one of the Expo Song Listening Panels. Songs selected for these innovative sessions will receive honest and constructive feedback from experts and peers.

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