On Wednesday, February 29, 2012 ASCAP (the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) has announced the initial lineup of panelists and programming for the 7th annual ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO, taking place April 19-21, 2012 at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles, CA.
In addition to signature “I Create Music” interviews, master classes, hitmaker panels and top-notch performances, ASCAP will once again bring together a diverse group of music creators and industry professionals to participate in a broad range of panels designed to support music creators at every stage of their career.
The EXPO will also provide attendees with several opportunities to get their music heard – and receive honest feedback and advice – through a variety of panels and showcases.
Some of the panelists and programming will include:
- A series of writer and composer-focused Master Sessions with some of the most successful names in music, including legendary songwriter Carly Simon, iconic guitarist Peter Frampton, world-renowned hitmaker Desmond Child with songwriter, producer and arranger Darrell Brown, Grammy-winning songwriter/producer Dan Wilson, ASCAP Country Song of the Year writer Allen Shamblin, prominent film composer Mark Isham, and more to be announced.
- Featured interviews with some of today’s most successful songwriters and producers, including Bruno Mars, Philip Lawrence and Ari Levine of The Smeezingtons, who will share their unique insights into what it takes to reach the top of the charts.
- Intimate “in the round” performances from a variety of incredibly talented songwriters such as Don Felder (Formerly of The Eagles), Brett James and Jonny Lang.
- A broad range of panels covering important topics related to a successful career in music, including craft, engineering and recording, legal issues, marketing, publishing and more. Many successful songwriters and producers will be on hand to provide insight and advice, such as ASCAP President and Chairman Paul Williams, Deana Carter, DJ White Shadow, George Duke, Toby Gad, Siedah Garrett, Sam Hollander, Ryan Leslie, Hillary Lindsey, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Trevor Morris, Heitor Pereira, Greg Wells, Malik Yusef and others, alongside well-known producers and veteran music industry executives.
Other creative and business panels will feature Chris Anokute (Universal Motown), Shawn Barron(Atlantic Records), Michelle Bell, Derek Bermel, Gordon Chambers, Ernest “Tuo” Clark andMarcos Palacios (Da Internz), Allison Wright Clark (Angry Mob Music), John Dickson, Gabriela Lena Frank, Julie Frost, Grant Gershon, Thomas Golubić, Bonnie Hayes, Gabriel Kahane, Liz Leahy(Section 101), Taylor Lindsey (BMG Chrysalis), Dallas Martin (Warner Bros. Records), Shane McAnally,Ralph Murphy, Don Passman, Esq., Steve Porcaro, Dave Porter, Lisa Ramsey-Perkins (Sony Music Nashville), S1 (Symbolyc One), Steve Seskin, Greg Sill, Soundz, D.A. Wallach (Spotify), andBrian Warfield (Fisticuffs).
Additional panelists and performers will be announced in the coming weeks.
The ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO is the premier conference for songwriters, composers and producers. The three-day event covers all genres of music and includes panels, workshops, master classes, keynotes, One-on-One sessions, song critiquing, networking events, round-table workshops, 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.
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 427,000 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. www.ascap.com
Sources: http://www.ascap.com, Diversity News Publications
Photos credit to: Bruno Mars and Desmond Child Facebook Fan pages
On April 1, 2011 The Eerie Digest Magazine owned by publisher and writer Mr. Joseph O’Donnell and our media partner interviewed our mutual friend Actress, Singer and Songwriter FAWN.
Fawn was asked about her music career, film, tv credits, nominations, awards and charity involvement.
ED- The Eerie Digest is really proud to introduce someone that has been a major part of many of the favorite television shows and films today. Singer / Songwriter / Recording Artist and Composer Fawn has created, written and sung many of the songs heard on popular television shows that we watch daily. She also is a well noted singer and has won some of the most prestigious awards. Fawn, please tell our readers about your early days in music and your greatest influence towards this profession.
FAWN-The earliest connection I had to music was when I was still in diapers, and not yet walking. My parents have video footage of me pulling myself up in the crib, bouncing up and down to music, until my diapers fall down around my ankles! My earliest recollection however, was when I was 7, singing in the famed Children’s Chorale directed by Duane Wolfe. Surely, that was a huge influence on me as well as other recording artists towards this profession. I would sit for hours with my heard phones on, listening to records, over and over, each time listening to a different instrumental line in the song and memorizing it. At the time, I didn’t realize that by listening to incredible songwriters, I was being taught prosody, commercial melody, lyrics, structure. Writers such as Gershwin, Sly Stone, John Denver, John Bettis, Queen, Pink Floyd, Sting, Michael Jackson, Paul Williams, Eminem, Marty Panzer, Stevie Wonder, Johnny Mercer, Dolly Parton, Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil, Madonna, Barry Manilow, Diane Warren, The Carpenters, James Taylor, Dan Foelberg, India Arie, Cat Stevens, Billy Joel, Carole King, The Beatles – were influencing and shaping my composing and lyrical skills. It felt like music was seeping out of my pores, so it had to go somewhere – into my piano, into my voice, into writing songs, into doing commercials. I started singing radio jingles at age 10 and I think that the catchy jingle melodies also had an influence on making me a very commercial writer.
ED- In 2010 your work appeared in ‘The Click List: Top 10 Videos’. Tell us about this and how it compared with your earlier work.
FAWN- It’s difficult to compare this because it had nothing to do with composing or writing songs for Film and Television, this was for mainstream dance/pop music. The Click list aired my music video for my hit dance song ‘Wish U Love’, produced by Chad Jack and Tim Letteer, and the music video was Directed by Stephen Wozniak. The song ultimately made it to #6 on the Billboard Dance Charts and the music video stayed in the top 10 for 5 months on MTV’s LOGO Channel, The Click List. It was a wonderful surprise.
ED- During this same period (2008-2011) you also worked with the popular television show ‘The Young and the Restless’. Please describe your work on this production.
FAWN- The songs I’ve written for Young and The Restless have ranged from Pop songs, ala Katy Perry in French to Dance songs, to piano based compositions, to Standard Christmas songs, to Jazz songs, to Halloween songs, to acoustic songs, to rap songs, to hip hop, to broadway, to children’s songs. As a songwriter and vocalist, I have an expansive range of styles I’ve written and performed in. I also sing in almost every language. There is one specific memory I have where there was an ‘emergency’- the deadline was just one hour. I had to write, sing and record the song in French…luckily I had a brilliant arranger and producer to work with to make that deadline happen, Danny James. He sent me a 10 second loop, which I looped into 1 minute and while I was recording my vocals, he was working on the arrangement and production end, I sang the song in one take, flew the vocals over to him, he mixed it and viola’! There was the song! You can hear this song on youtube/FawnTv, it’s called ‘French Kiss.’ I think I thrive under this kind of pressure. Some writers don’t do so well with that, but I tend to blossom and revel in it, because I am extremely competitive, even with myself and it challenges me on every level.
ED-You have also won many coveted awards. Please tell our readers about these and the sense of accomplishment that you felt in receiving them.
FAWN- The fist award I ever won was for saving a Junior High School from a fire when I was 13 and another award at that age for philanthropic work, but as far as my music goes, the first award I ever won was when I was 16 for The Elovox Jazz Festival for my A Cappella, 12 voiced vocal rendition of ‘Here, There and Everywhere’ by the Beatles. Shortly after that I won the top songwriting awards 3 years in a row at Berklee College Of Music for my songs ‘Livin’ With Out Your Love,’ ‘Just Look At Us Now,’ and ‘Playin’ The Fool.’ Those will always be precious and dear memories to me, being noticed in the infantry of my music career. I have won a few songwriting awards over the years, one of which was the VH-1 song of the year for my song “Into The Light” with music co-written and produced by Lasswell. In 2009 I won the JPF Music Awards for Best Dance Song for of the Year – ‘Wish u Love,’ the JPF Music Award for Best Dance Album of the year – ‘Body, Soul and Mind,’ and was nominated for the Hollywood Music In Media Award in 2010 – ‘Wish U Love’ and the Wake Up Award for 2010, which is for people who make a difference in this world. This is all I can think of, off the top of my head. I am always completely surprised just being recognized with any kind of nomination, and winning…well forget about it! I’m a mushy mess of gratitude! I do my music because it chose me, I didn’t chose it, so it is always a blessing to be recognized that you are touching people in some way and making a difference in the world through the gift of music.
ED- In 2009 you won the JPF music awards for ‘Wish U Love’ – ‘Best Dance Song’ and ‘Body Soul and Mind’ – ‘Best Dance Album’ for your album. You were also second only to Madonna in sales for the Masterbeat exclusive releases for ‘Wish U Love’ for 2 months running and you have produced several albums and singles and are working on some new material as well. Please tell us about these accomplishments and new developments.
FAWN-The JPF Music awards were held in Nashville, TN. and it was my first time ever being there, so just traveling and seeing the city was exciting enough! I remember when my name was called at the awards show – I couldn’t believe it! I think that the laughter and clapping in the audience was due to the funny, shocked look on my face when my jaw dropped down to the floor in surprise. As I was leaving the stage with my award, they were announcing the other category. The photographer was taking photos of me with my award when some one came running over to the red carpet where we were and yelled, “Fawn! You won again!” So I went back out there onstage, still a ball of nerves and excitement with tears streaming down my face from the first win. It was surreal. As for the success of “Wish U Love” it has been a dream come true. To be second to Madonna in sales was mind blowing. It was also another pleasant surprise to be just underneath Lady Ga Ga on the Billboard Charts. I was overwhelmed by the incredible talent surrounding my music and was also in awe of it. As for new developments, I am currently writing and recording some Christmas songs for a Movie Of The Week, after that I will start recording a Dance Remake of an old song for Hades Records and will be finishing up my 2 new albums – An Electro Dance Album and a Piano Compositions Album. Both will be available this year.
ED- Your work has also raised over five million dollars for people with HIV/ AIDS. This was a most worthy cause, and we know that you are a star in every right for all the fine work that you have created. We have been honored to be able to have this interview with you and want to thank you for your time with us. Please promise that you keep us updated with your career so that The Eerie Digest can share this news with our legions of readers.
FAWN – Well thank you. I think that we are all stars in our own right. I used to have this saying on my wall growing up, and I memorized it: “To be a star, you must shine your own light and do not be afraid of the darkness, for that is when stars shine their brightest.” We each need to be who we are born to be and be a LIGHT in the world. The song for HIV/AIDS was my first “real” song for the masses. Everything was donated on that song, and that was long before I knew any one with HIV/AIDS. I was a teenager when I wrote, sang and then recorded it with BT. The reason I wanted to do this song, was to give back to the world. I think we are only as good as what we give away. Thank you so much for asking me to be part of your magazine. I am honored and yes, I promise to keep you posted on my life, just for the Fawn of it! Ha Ha. For more information about FAWN visit http://www.fawnmusic.com
You can read the complete interview on The Eerie Digest Magazine
ASCAP (The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) Expo 2010 gives the opportunity for songwriters, composers and producers to learn and network.
Hundred of thousands of music creators from all genres of music are able to listen to panels, check workshops, visit master classes, and meet keynote speakers. It also provides one-on-one sessions with well-known singers and songwriters. The attendees also get critiqued by entertainment industry professionals, and have the opportunity to network with people from different parts of the nation. By attending the Expo they can see current products and state of the art technology demonstrations by vendors, which can help them with their music careers. Also, they are able to see live performances by their favorite singers.
The Expo opened on Thursday, April 22, 2010 from 8:00 am to 12:00 am, then continued on Friday, April 23, 2010 from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm, and concluded on Saturday, April 24, 2010 from 9:45 am to 6:45 pm
There was a lot to cover from the Expo event, so we selected to cover the following on Thursday, April 22, 2010 from 1:45 to 3:00 pm. “We Create Music” panelists included: Jason Mraz, songwriter, performer (I’m Yours, Make It Mine, Lucky, The Remedy), C.Tricky Stewart, producer, songwriter (Single Ladies; put a ring on it, Umbrella, Touch My Body, Just fine), Brian Tyler, composer (Film Eagle Eye, Rambo, Fast and Furious, The Expendables), and Phil Vassar, songwriter, performer (Just Another Day In Paradise, Bye Bye, Six Pack Summer, In a Real Love). The panelist moderator was Paul Williams, songwriter and actor (Evergreen, Rainy Days and Mondays, We’ve Only Just Begun, The Rainbow Connection, President and Chairman of the Board ASCAP).
From 5:15 to 6:30 pm they held an “I Create Music” Interview with John Mayer (singer, songwriter and guitarist) conducted by Erik Philbrook from ASCAP.
On Friday, April 23, 2010 from 5:15 to 6:30 pm they held an “I Create Music” interview with Quincy Jones (musician, composer, producer, arranger and conductor) interviewed by Ludacris (artist) (We missed this interview.). Also, they presented I Create Music Center Stage at the Highlands from 8:00 to 10:00 pm where Chantal Kreviazuk, Allison Iraheta, Raul Midon and Gordie Sampson sang for their fans and members. The event was hosted by Loretta Munoz of ASCAP.
On Saturday, April 24, 2010 ASCAP presented “Just the Two of Us: A conversation between Justin Timberlake (songwriter, performer, producer and actor) and Bill Withers (multi-Grammy Award winner singer, songwriter)” from 3:45 to 5:00 pm.
ASCAP has offices in New York, London, Miami, Puerto Rico, Los Angeles, Nashville and Atlanta.
ASCAP is a membership association of more than 380,000 U.S. composers, songwriters, lyricists, and music publishers of every kind of music. Through agreements with affiliated international societies, ASCAP also represents hundreds of thousands of music creators worldwide. ASCAP is the only U.S. performing rights organization created and controlled by composers, songwriters and music publishers, with a Board of Directors elected by and from the membership.
ASCAP protects the rights of its members by licensing and distributing royalties for the non-dramatic public performances of their copyrighted works. ASCAP’s licensees encompass all who want to perform copyrighted music publicly. ASCAP makes giving and obtaining permission to perform music simple for both creators and users of music. For more information visit http://www.ascap.com
Editor’s note: Quotes, photos and videos from the panelist artists will be added soon because we are still editing them. By the way, we want to thank ASCAP’s publicity firm for allowing us to cover this event, but we are sad to share with you that ASCAP employees did not allow the press/media outlets to take photos, go backstage to take photos. or ask the artists questions, so there are no direct quotes or questions from them. The only people allowed to record and take photographs were their employees.
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