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Katy Perry Added to Panelists at ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO, Featuring Lionel Richie, Ne-Yo, Diplo and Big Sean

NEW YORK, NY and LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwired - Apr 5, 2013) - The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is pleased to announce the complete schedule and lineup of panelists and programming for the 8th annual ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO, taking place April 18th-20th, 2013 at the Loews Hollywood Hotel (formerly known as the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel) in Los Angeles, CA.

In addition to signature keynote 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.

Just added is an "I Create Music" Interview with chart-topping pop sensation Katy Perry, who will speak with ASCAP EVP of Membership Randy Grimmett. The world fell in love with Katy Perry in 2008, the year she released the multi-platinum One of the Boys, and topped the charts with its first single "I Kissed a Girl." She has since set sales and chart records with her album, Teenage Dream, earning dozens of industry accolades including Billboard's Woman of the Year. While Katy has blossomed into one of today's biggest and boldest pop stars, her success has been hard-won. In the ten years leading up to her major label debut on Capitol, Katy was signed to three record labels, yet remained true to her artistic vision throughout the process. Katy Perry is no manufactured pop princess -- she wrote or co-wrote her songs every step of the way, including the record-breaking six #1 singles from Teenage Dream. Katy's story is one of both talent and perseverance, and she'll share the ups and downs of the journey in this keynote interview.

EXPO panelists and programming will include:

Keynotes and Conversations

  • Wide Awake: "I Create Music" Interview with Katy Perry
  • Say You, Say Me: A Conversation Between Lionel Richie & Ne-Yo
  • Decent Work for Decent Pay: Diplo and Big Sean in Conversation
  • Beyond the Beats: Ken Jordan of The Crystal Method & RJD2 in Conversation

Master Sessions

  • Producing Magic: Master Session with Steve Lillywhite
  • The Art of Publishing: Master Session with Cameron Strang
  • Oh, the Horror: Master Session with James S. Levine
  • A Good Understanding: Master Session with Nico Muhly
  • Let the Story Begin: Master Session with No I.D.
  • I Wanna Go: Master Session with Savan Kotecha

Interactive Workshops

  • Darrell Brown's Song Kitchen Master Session: How to Stand the Heat (Presented by The Recording Academy)
  • Whose Line Is it Anyway? An Interactive Master Session with Priscilla Renea


  • The Writers Jam, featuring Brandy Clark, Brett James, Tom Higgenson (Plain White T's) and Rock City (Theron and Timothy Thomas)
  • "I Create Music" Center Stage, featuring Judy Collins, Randy Goodrum, Jon Lind and Gretchen Peters
  • ASCAP EXPO iStandard Producer and Rapper Showcase
  • ASCAP EXPO Attendee Showcase

Creative Panels

  • "We Create Music," featuring Akon, Antonia Armato, Michael Brook and Mike Posner
  • Urban Hitmakers: Maestros of Modern Music, featuring Boi-1da, DJ Camper, DJ Mustard and Harmony Samuels
  • Soundtracking the Future: The Music of Oblivion, featuring Anthony Gonzalez (M83), Joseph Kosinki and Joseph Trapanese
  • Murphy's Laws of Songwriting
  • The Musical Conquests of Don Jon (with composer Nathan Johnson and film director Joseph Gordon-Levitt)
  • Confessions of a Hit Producer, featuring Brendan Benson, Christopher "Drumma Boy" Goulson, Emanuel "Eman" Kiriakou and Dan "ROBOPOP" Omelio

Diverse Topics

  • West Meets East: Opportunities in the Asian Pop Market
  • Production Music, the DIY Way
  • Music Supervision in the Digital Age (Presented by the Guild of Music Supervisors)
  • Women Behind the Music: Playing for Keeps, featuring Ledisi, Tina Davis, Ethiopia Habtemariam and Jill Scott
  • New Horizons for Indie Publishers
  • Website Demolition Derby (Presented by Bandzoogle)
  • Making the Most of Your ASCAP Membership

Business, Legal and Legislative Discussions

  • The New Era of Record Companies and Artist Services
  • Using YouTube to Jump Start Your Music Career
  • "Making It" in Today's Music Business (Presented by CD Baby and Disc Makers)
  • How to Earn Revenue & Fund Your Project (Presented by Berkleemusic.com)
  • Laying Down the Law: A Legal Q&A for Music Creators
  • An Interactive Tour of Music Law and Business (Presented by Ballard Spahr)
  • Think Global, Act Local: PROs and Digital Rights Licensing
  • Songwriters and Music Publishers Workshop: Optimizing YouTube and Maximizing Your Impact (Presented by YouTube)
  • Music Biz Q&A: A User's Guide
  • Building Your Team for Success
  • Securing Fair Compensation Online: How You and the U.S. Congress Can Make a Difference


  • Music Feedback sessions for Pop/Rock, Country, Film/TV Scoring and R&B/Hip-Hop
  • Dozens of Sponsor Sessions consisting of workshops and product demos
  • One-on-One and Lunch Roundtable Mentor Sessions
  • Music equipment, resources and technology exhibits
  • Networking opportunities
  • And much more!

To see a complete schedule of all EXPO events, visit www.ascap.com/eventsawards/events/expo/2013/schedule.aspx.

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 -- not just ASCAP members -- 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.

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a professional membership organization of songwriters, composers and music publishers of every kind of music. ASCAP's mission is to license and promote the music of its members and foreign affiliates, obtain fair compensation for the public performance of their works and to distribute the royalties that it collects based upon those performances. ASCAP members write the world's best-loved music and ASCAP has pioneered the efficient licensing of that music to hundreds of thousands of enterprises who use it to add value to their business -- from bars, restaurants and retail, to radio, TV and cable, to Internet, mobile services and more. The ASCAP license offers an efficient solution for businesses to legally perform ASCAP music while respecting the right of songwriters and composers to be paid fairly. With 450,000 members representing more than 8.5 million copyrighted works, ASCAP is the worldwide leader in performance royalties, service and advocacy for songwriters and composers, and the only American performing rights organization (PRO) owned and governed by its writer and publisher members. www.ascap.com