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Thursday, April 19
 

8:00am PDT

The ASCAP Room

Learn about ASCAP Member Access and speak to an ASCAP Member Services representative. This is also where you can pick up your registration bag and drop your business card to be eligible for the sponsor giveaways during the EXPO.


Thursday April 19, 2012 8:00am - 5:30pm PDT
Trousdale Estates 3rd Floor

9:45am PDT

ASCAP's General Annual Membership Meeting and EXPO Kick-Off

As the world's leading performing rights organization and strongest advocate for music creators, ASCAP is at the center of the sweeping changes affecting the music industry. You don't want to miss this opening session, in which ASCAP's President and Chairman Paul Williams, ASCAP CEO John LoFrumento and ASCAP Executive Vice President of Membership Randy Grimmett will provide an update on the "state of the union" of ASCAP, the choices you have for future career success and making the most of your EXPO experience. You’ll get a deeper understanding of what ASCAP is doing on your behalf, and how ASCAP’s role fits into the wider music industry climate.


Panelists
avatar for John LoFrumento (ASCAP)

John LoFrumento (ASCAP)

Chief Executive Officer - ASCAP
avatar for Randy Grimmett (ASCAP)

Randy Grimmett (ASCAP)

EVP, Membership - ASCAP
avatar for Paul Williams

Paul Williams

 Paul Williams is an Oscar, Grammy and Golden Globe winning Hall of Fame songwriter and President & Chairman of the Board of ASCAP. Williams' career in music really began in 1967 when his acting career stalled, proof once again that 'No' is often a gift. He began writing for his... Read More →


Thursday April 19, 2012 9:45am - 10:45am PDT
Grand Ballroom 5th Floor

10:55am PDT

Harry Fox Agency: Licensing for Cover Songs

Are you releasing a cover song? Wondering if you need a license? Confused as to how to get one? Getting a license means supporting your fellow artists and the music community at large! Join Harry Fox Agency's John Raso as he explains the how, what and why of obtaining a license for a cover song and shows how easy (and economical) it is to get one using Songfile, HFA's online licensing tool.



Thursday April 19, 2012 10:55am - 11:25am PDT
Runyon 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)

11:30am PDT

Getting Your Music Licensed in Film, TV and Beyond (Presented by the Guild of Music Supervisors)

The last decade has seen an explosion of independent music used in film, TV and new media projects. Syncing your music to picture is undoubtedly a lucrative income stream and a great promotional tool, but for many music creators, the paths to licensing success are unclear. How do you get your music from point A to point B? Who are the creative gatekeepers?  What are they looking for? What new licensing opportunities are there in internet programming, and how do you make money in that arena? Our distinguished panel of music supervisors and licensing experts will answer these questions and many more.


Panelists
avatar for Andrea von Foerster

Andrea von Foerster

Andrea von Foerster was born in the West Midlands in England and grew up in various parts of the U.K., Indiana and Southern California.  She got her start in the music business while attending the University of Southern California.  Andrea started working at Buena Vista Motion Pictures... Read More →
avatar for Anna Granucci

Anna Granucci

 Anna Granucci began her journey with live theatre. She is professionally trained in both acting and directing in England and the US where she graduated from the MFA program at the Yale School of Drama. Anna’s potent theatrical background informs her music tastes and decisions... Read More →
avatar for Jonathan McHugh

Jonathan McHugh

 Jonathan McHugh has spent more than 25 years in the music, film & TV business as a producer and music supervisor. As founder of Song Stew Entertainment – an independent film/TV production, music supervision and marketing company – he is currently co-producing the upcoming film... Read More →
avatar for Janine Scalise

Janine Scalise

 Janine Scalise has taken a lifetime’s passion for music, coupled with a strong affinity for business, then applied it to creating a music department within the business and legal affairs unit of Starz Entertainment, one of the fastest growing entertainment companies. In her nearly... Read More →
avatar for Jojo Villanueva

Jojo Villanueva

Jojo Villanueva is known to be one of the most active and productive music supervisors in the Film & TV Music community. As a music supervisor for Format Entertainment, he has been fundamental in the growth of this distinguished full-service music firm. Working with a broad range... Read More →

Moderator
avatar for Jonathan McHugh

Jonathan McHugh

 Jonathan McHugh has spent more than 25 years in the music, film & TV business as a producer and music supervisor. As founder of Song Stew Entertainment – an independent film/TV production, music supervision and marketing company – he is currently co-producing the upcoming film... Read More →

Thursday April 19, 2012 11:30am - 12:45pm PDT
Grand Ballroom 5th Floor
 
Friday, April 20
 

TBA

One-on-One Sessions - Sold Out

One-on-One Sessions, which have sold out early each year, provide attendees an opportunity to meet with a songwriter/composer, music publisher, online marketing executive, record company executive, Film/TV music executive, music attorney or ASCAP executive. The 15-minute session will be a mix of career advice and/or song critiques.
There are no openings or waiting list spots available.


Panelists
avatar for Jeff Gray (Pesci)

Jeff Gray (Pesci)

Test
Music Administration & Creative - Fox Sports Music
avatar for Walter Afanasieff

Walter Afanasieff

Producer, Songwriter - “My Heart Will Go On,” “Hero,” “A Whole New World,” "All I Want For Christmas is You"
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Betsy Anthony

Sr. Director, Creative and Writer Services - BMG Chrysalis
avatar for Michelle Bell

Michelle Bell

 Michelle Bell is a singer, songwriter and producer from Ohio. Bell's song collaborations have contributed to the sale of over 40 million albums worldwide. She's written songs for Britney Spears, Mary J. Blige, Paulina Rubio, Nas, Kelis, Jennifer Lopez, Girls Aloud, Sugababes, and... Read More →
avatar for Eric Bellinger

Eric Bellinger

 Los Angeles born and bred singer-songwriter Eric Bellinger’s destiny preceded him. Grandson of Jackson 5 hit making songwriter Bobby Day (“Rockin’ Robin,” “Little Bitty Pretty One”), Bellinger has been singing since he could speak. Captain of his high school football... Read More →
avatar for First Born

First Born

Roahn Hylton, known as 'First Born,' is an up and coming music producer and one of the industry's rising stars. Hailing from Houston, TX., Hylton illustrates his diverse creativity of music through his production for Hip-Hop, R&B, and pop artists. While attending Oral Roberts University... Read More →
avatar for Marcy Bulkeley

Marcy Bulkeley

 Marcy Bulkeley graduated Emerson College with a degree in Audio/Radio Production and directed her studies towards film and television music. Her education continued in Los Angeles at UCLA with extended studies in music supervision, publishing, and music copyright & law. Currently... Read More →
avatar for DJ Camper

DJ Camper

 21 year old American music producer Darhyl 'DJ' Camper Jr. was born and raised in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Camper started playing piano at the tender age of six, and it was then that his parents knew he had a special gift. He began producing at the age of fifteen. At sixteen... Read More →
avatar for Kathleen Carey

Kathleen Carey

 Kathleen Carey’s career highlights include: song-plugging for Bacharach and David’s catalogue; song-plugging at Screen Gems Music; creating a publishing company for Richard Perry when he launched Planet Records; A&R for Geffen Publishing; creating Unicity Music, a boutique publishing... Read More →
avatar for Cato

Cato

 LA-based film & television composer, recording artist and remixer Cato got started by tweaking modular synthesizers and writing as well as performing experimental electronic/industrial music to receptive, if sometime frightened, audiences.  Subsequently he wrote music for feature... Read More →
avatar for Steve Celi

Steve Celi

 Steve Celi has been at Fox for over 12 years. As Manager of Music for On-Air Promotion including TV, Radio and New Media, Celi oversees all aspects of music production, clearances and library music for all of the Fox primetime lineup, including: American Idol, X Factor, Glee, House... Read More →
avatar for James Cheney

James Cheney

 James Cheney is the West Coast A&R for Songs Music Publishing in Los Angeles. At Songs Music Publishing, James works with a talented roster of songwriters, producers and artists such as JD Walker, Brian Lee, Jess Jackson Q-Tip & Dev.  In 2011 James signed the hot producer DJ Mustard... Read More →
avatar for Allison Wright Clark

Allison Wright Clark

Concert promoter. Radio station program director.  Score supervisor. Music supervisor. Those are a few of the many hats Allison Wright Clark has worn throughout the years.  Among her many duties as Head of Development for Angry Mob, Wright Clark actively develops new relationships... Read More →
avatar for Patrick Clifford

Patrick Clifford

 Patrick Clifford began his career in the record business after graduating from the University of Dayton with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. His first position was working for music impresario Nat Weiss, who owned and operated Nemperor Records and Nemperor... Read More →
avatar for Dave Cool

Dave Cool

Dave Cool (yes, that’s his real name) has been working with independent artists his entire career. He’s currently the Director of Artist Relations for Bandzoogle, a website and marketing platform for musicians. Through blogging, social media, and traveling to conferences, he... Read More →
avatar for Stephen Culbertson

Stephen Culbertson

Stephen Culbertson has been an advocate of American music as both a publisher and a conductor for more than 25 years. In 1993, he co-founded Subito Music Publishing and became its President in 1997. During that time, Subito has become one of the most active concert music publishers... Read More →
avatar for Whitney Daane

Whitney Daane

 Whitney Daane began her music publishing career in 1996 at Maverick Music.  In 2000 she launched her own company, Mighty Isis Music, representing writers in Nashville, Los Angeles and New York and began consulting for London-based Kobalt Music Publishing in 2001. With over one... Read More →
avatar for Mike Daly

Mike Daly

Director, A&R - Disney Music Group / Walt Disney RecordsSongwriter, Producer, Performer (Whiskeytown)
avatar for Dominique Dunn

Dominique Dunn

 Dominique 'Domo' Dunn got her start in music long before she stepped foot in the door at a record label. Born and raised in a family of musicians, understanding the dynamics of a song came natural like a second language. In 2006, Dominique began interning in the A&R department at... Read More →
avatar for Hillel Frankel, Esq.

Hillel Frankel, Esq.

CEO, Attorney - The Entertainment Law Office, P.C.President - NoVo Arts Inc.   Hillel Frankel is a music attorney and artist manager based in Chicago. Through theEntertainment Law Office (http://www.ent-law.net) he represents music relatedbusinesses and artists including IDJ recording... Read More →
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Guy Blake, Esq.

Attorney - Davis Shapiro Lewit & Hayes, LLP
avatar for Danny Exum

Danny Exum

Music Supervisor - mOceanGuild of Music SupervisorsDanny Exum is an avid music lover since raiding his parents’ records as a kid. He lives in Glendale, CA with his beautiful wife. He loves fly-fishing, great wine and playing the ukulele. Danny got his start in the music industry... Read More →
avatar for Michael Frick

Michael Frick

 Our West Coast Executive Producer is the founding partner of Mophonics, opening the doors of our Venice CA studios in 2002 after 15 years in film, visual fx, radio, music journalism and supervision. Michael set up the team that still forms the operational backbone of Mophonics... Read More →
avatar for Julie Frost

Julie Frost

Julie Frost is a singer, songwriter, guitar player and music producer. She has worked with today’s leading artists and has collaborated with some of the industry’s top songwriters and producers. She recently won a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song for “Masterpiece... Read More →
avatar for Ron Goldberg

Ron Goldberg

Ron Goldberg, Vice President of Manhattan Production Music, has 22 years of experience licensing library and label music for films, TV, trailers, promos, news, videogames and sports.  Some recent placements include The Descendants, HBO’s Game Change, Dexter, Real Steel, trailers... Read More →
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Holly Greene

 Holly Greene has held senior positions at EMI, Jobete, Peer, PolyGram and Universal Music Publishing, where as Senior VP/GM East Coast Operations, her signings included writers and artists such as Desmond Child, Fuel, Adam Schlesinger, Ivy, Tracy Bonham, Bloodhound Gang, James Yancey... Read More →
avatar for Michael Howe

Michael Howe

 Michael Howe is VP of A&R at Capitol and Virgin Records. He is tasked with finding and nurturing new musical talent, as well as working with talent already signed to the Capitol and Virgin labels. Prior to his appointment, Howe helped to establish Downtown Music, signing artists... Read More →
avatar for Bennett Kaufman

Bennett Kaufman

 Bennett Kaufman is the owner of The BK Entertainment Group, managing the careers of producers, songwriters, mixers, artists and engineers in addition to consulting services. His clients are involved with all facets of music and include Dave Bassett, Don Gilmore, Neal Avron, Mike... Read More →
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Maureen Kenny

 Maureen Kenny is currently Vice President of A&R at Universal Republic in Los Angeles.  Previously, she was at Columbia Record as Senior Director of A&R where she worked with such artists as MGMT, Chairlift, Metro Station, Motion City Soundtrack, John Mayer and Pete Yorn. 
avatar for Suzan Koc

Suzan Koc

 Suzan Koc started her career at Warner Chappell France as director of Creative International, and moved to the US in 1996 to work for Hit and Run Music publishing company with Phil Collins and Genesis among others. Having specialized in working closely with songwriters, Koc was... Read More →
avatar for Rachel Komar

Rachel Komar

Music Coordinator, Film/TV - Secret Road Music Services
avatar for Jason Kramer

Jason Kramer

Jason Kramer is currently the music supervisor for Elias Arts, a prestigious music production company based in Santa Monica and New York. Elias Arts specializes in original music composition, sound design, music supervision, and audio branding for television, film, and commercials... Read More →
avatar for Amanda Krieg

Amanda Krieg

 Amanda Krieg began her career in the music department at Lionsgate, first in Business and Legal Affairs, followed by Film Music and Television Music. There she worked on films such as The Winning Season and Warrior, and television projects that included Blue Mountain State (Spike... Read More →
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Fabienne Leys

 Fabienne began her broad-based career in the music industry in 2002 working in the publicity departments of the famed Arista Records and Def Jam Recordings. A transition to A&R at Def Jam under the mentorship of Jay Brown resulted in her integral involvement in the following albums... Read More →
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Taylor Lindsey

 Taylor Lindsey is a Senior Creative Director for BMG Chrysalis where she currently pitches songs for 36 writers. Prior to joining BMG Chrysalis in January 2011, Taylor pitched songs for Grammy Award winning Raylene Music Publishing (Hillary Lindsey) for two years. Before moving... Read More →
avatar for Steve Lindsey

Steve Lindsey

 Steve started his career as an in demand Los Angeles session keyboard player in the 1980s. Later Steve became a multi platinum record producer with credits such as Leonard Cohen, Aaron Neville, Elton John, Celine Dion, Billy Joel, Chris Botti and many others. In the early 90s, he... Read More →
avatar for Ben Maddahi

Ben Maddahi

 Benjamin Maddahi, 28, is a triple-threat. His publishing placements include 'Tonight (I'm Loving You)' by Enrique Iglesias, featuring Ludacris and DJ Frank E; 'Yeah 3x' by Chris Brown; and tracks by the Black Eyed Peas, Kanye West and others. At Atlantic, he serves as co-A&R for... Read More →
avatar for Josh Marcy

Josh Marcy

As a creative producer at bi-coastal music house Mophonics, Josh has worked with composers and artists to create songs for clients including Mercedes, Adidas, Visa, Fuel TV and ESPN with Geddy Lee.  Since placing New Young Pony Club's breakout hit 'Ice Cream' in a worldwide Intel... Read More →
avatar for Craig Marks

Craig Marks

 Feature films, network and cable television, commercials, trailers and beyond: as the creator of sonic imprints for an expansive range of high profile projects, Craig Marks’ comprehensive musical expertise is reflected in his extraordinary eclecticism. Ethnic music, orchestral... Read More →
avatar for Sherry Orson

Sherry Orson

Sherry Orson began her career in the music industry with Virgin Music Publishing. From there she moved to Universal Music Group and gained extensive experience in the fields of music publishing and licensing. She most recently worked with Steven Van Zandt (Bruce Springsteen, The Sopranos... Read More →
avatar for Andrew Robbins

Andrew Robbins

 Andrew Robbins is the Director of Film/TV Music at MusicBox, a part of ole, with offices in Toronto, Nashville and W. Hollywood, CA. Andrew based in the W. Hollywood office is responsible for utilizing his relationships with producers, editors, and music supervisors to present MusicBox's... Read More →
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Steven Rosen

 Steven Rosen is the Owner/President of Rosen Music Corp., a management and publishing company for artists, songwriters and producers, which Rosen has run for over 15 years. His current roster includes Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter Melissa Manchester; writer/director Randy... Read More →
avatar for Melissa Sabo

Melissa Sabo

 Melissa Sabo's career began when she became head of her college radio station. From there she built relationships that would lead to her first job at MCA Records working with Something Corporate, Midtown, The Starting Line, DJ Encore, and more.  Melissa quickly moved into artist... Read More →
avatar for Jordan Silverberg

Jordan Silverberg

 Having spent over a decade supervising for trailers, Jordan Silverberg has worked on hundreds of campaigns for all types of projects, in the process winning numerous Key Art and Golden Trailer awards (like the Oscars and Golden Globes for trailers). Most recently, Jordan won the... Read More →
avatar for Joey Singer

Joey Singer

Music Clearance Manager - SyncroniCityGuild of Music Supervisors
avatar for Jerome Spence

Jerome Spence

 Jerome Spence started his music career in 1998 with an internship at RCA Records in the A&R department. While at RCA, he worked on albums for Tyrese, SWV and Kevon Edmunds. Within eight months Jerome was offered a position at Arista Records as a coordinator in the Soundtracks department... Read More →
avatar for Brett Swain

Brett Swain

 Beginning Record One studios, Brett Swain trained under legendary recording engineer Val Garay, cutting his teeth on projects with the likes of Neil Diamond, Dolly Parton, Warren Zevon, Lita Ford and Don Henley. Segueing to The Complex recording studios, he then collaborated with... Read More →
avatar for Andrea Torchia

Andrea Torchia

Andrea Torchia-Alford has been named Vice President Creative for Razor & Tie Music Publishing. Andrea joins the label with an extensive background in publishing, artist & repertoire and creative services. Andrea Torchia-Alford joins Razor & Tie from Taxi Music, where she was the Vice... Read More →
avatar for Dapo Torimiro

Dapo Torimiro

 Dapo Torimiro is a platinum-selling songwriter, producer, composer, accomplished pianist, multi-instrumentalist, Yamaha-endorsed artist, and singer. Dapo was born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria and currently resides in Los Angeles, CA. Whether Dapo is writing & producing sleek R&B... Read More →
avatar for Trygge Toven

Trygge Toven

Producer & Music Supervisor - VidsynGuild of Music SupervisorsTrygge is a multi-talented music supervisor who has worked with television and film, and has produced up-and-coming musicians. He has gained a reputation for keeping his finger on the pulse of new artists, undiscovered... Read More →
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Ken Umezaki

COO - Section 101   Ken Umerzaki is the COO of Section 101. As such, he is in charge of product development and enhancements and helps oversee client operations. Over the past 12 months, Ken has worked with over two dozen clients (songwriters, producers, musicians, bands) to test... Read More →
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Jeff Vaughn

 Jeff Vaughn is in A&R at Atlantic Records and Artist Publishing Group, where he focuses on urban music. Before working at Atlantic, Jeff worked in the music department at United Talent Agency. He is based in Los Angeles.
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Larry Wade

EVP - The Writing Camp Larry Wade is responsible for the expanding multi-media enterprises of The Writing Camp (TWC), founded by Evan “Kidd” Bogart, David “DQ” Quiñones, and Erika Nuri. Comprised of songwriters and producers, the group’s credits include hits for superstars... Read More →
avatar for Wendy Waldman

Wendy Waldman

 Wendy Waldman is a recording artist, a platinum songwriter and a record producer. Her late father, Fred Steiner, wrote the Perry Mason theme, music for Twilight Zone, Star Trek, Rocky and Bullwinkle,Gunsmoke and was a noted film music scholar. Wendy started the band Bryndle... Read More →
avatar for Nate Walka

Nate Walka

The makings of a superstar can be comprised of many elements – talent, innovation, looks, ingenuity and swagger. Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Nate Walka encompasses them all. A native of Memphis who now resides in Atlanta, Nate fuses retro 80’s hip pop with the current... Read More →
avatar for Nikki Walsh

Nikki Walsh

Film Music - Universal Pictures
avatar for Jonathan Weiss

Jonathan Weiss

 Jonathan Weiss is a Los Angeles based music supervisor for film and television. He is currently music supervising the Bunim-Murray Production The Challenge: Battle of the Exes on MTV. Jonathan also recently music supervised Keeping Up With The Kardashians on the E! Entertainment... Read More →
avatar for Jake Wisely

Jake Wisely

 Jake Wisely is a partner and co-president of The Bicycle Music Company - an independent music publisher and rights holder based in Beverly Hills and New York City. Wisely was instrumental in the acquisition and funding of Bicycle in 2005, which had been a family business established... Read More →


Friday April 20, 2012 TBA
Doheny/Beachwood 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)

9:30am PDT

The ASCAP Room

Learn about ASCAP Member Access and speak to an ASCAP Member Services representative. This is also where you can pick up your registration bag and drop your business card to be eligible for the sponsor giveaways during the EXPO.


Friday April 20, 2012 9:30am - 4:30pm PDT
Trousdale Estates 3rd Floor

9:45am PDT

The Evolution of the Major Publisher

Though there are now more paths than ever to publishing success, major music publishers still play a huge role in developing songwriters into hitmakers and propelling their songs to the charts. This panel of executives, representing the heavy hitters of the music publishing world, will discuss how they find new talent and the role of the major music publisher in this rapidly changing music environment. You’ll emerge with a deeper understanding of how publishers operate day-to-day and what they look for in a prospective songwriter.


Panelists
avatar for Lionel Conway

Lionel Conway

BMG Chrysalis
EVP, Creative West Coast - BMG Chrysalis   Lionel Conway has played a key role in a remarkable number of significant events during the course of a fruitful career that began at Dick James Music in his native London.  He had the enviable task of placing Beatles songs with other British... Read More →
avatar for Monti Olson

Monti Olson

 Monti Olson is Executive Vice President/Head of Pop & Rock Music, Creative for Universal Music Publishing Group, the world’s largest music publishing company. In this role, Mr. Olson jointly leads the company’s U.S. creative teams (Los Angeles and New York), along with Ethiopia... Read More →
avatar for Greg Sowders

Greg Sowders

 Greg Sowders is Senior Vice President, Head of A&R, U.S. for Warner/Chappell Music. Sowders oversees the company's A&R department in Los Angeles and New York with the exception of Urban. During his 20 years at Warner/Chappell, he has played a key role in identifying and developing... Read More →
avatar for Danny Strick

Danny Strick

Danny Strick came to Sony/ATV in 2004 in the role of U.S. President.  Upon the arrival of Martin Bandier in 2007, Strick became Co-President U.S. with responsibility for East Coast A&R, as well as the Nashville, U.S. Latin, and Latin American Divisions. Strick has been a key player... Read More →

Moderator
avatar for Randy Grimmett (ASCAP)

Randy Grimmett (ASCAP)

EVP, Membership - ASCAP

Friday April 20, 2012 9:45am - 11:00am PDT
Grand Ballroom 5th Floor

9:45am PDT

The “Song” Arm of the Law: Legal Q&A for Music Creators (Presented by Lommen Abdo)

Whether you just co-wrote your first song or you’re a veteran hitmaker in a long term publishing deal, being aware of your legal rights and responsibilities is an important part of a successful career in music. Our panel of music law experts are devoting their entire session to answering your questions about publishing deals, co-writes, clearing samples and anything else you might want to know about putting your “legal” house in order. Come prepared with questions – our panelists will have the answers!


Panelists
avatar for James M. Kendrick, Esq.

James M. Kendrick, Esq.

President - Schott Music Corporation/European American Music Corporation Trained as an oboist at the Manhattan School of Music and The Juilliard School, Jim Kendrick began his publishing career in 1977, helping to found European American Music before studying law. Following graduation... Read More →
avatar for Ken Abdo, Esq.

Ken Abdo, Esq.

Ken Abdo is Chair of Lommen Abdo Law Firm’s Entertainment Law Department which has served as legal counsel to music, film, TV, theatre, literary publishing and media artists for over 27 years. Firm clients include multiple GRAMMY award recipients, gold and platinum recording artists... Read More →
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Guy Blake, Esq.

Attorney - Davis Shapiro Lewit & Hayes, LLP

Moderator

Friday April 20, 2012 9:45am - 11:00am PDT
Mt. Olympus 3rd Floor

11:45am PDT

The Art of Collaboration

Writing with other music creators can yield artistic and financial fruits. In this panel, hit country writers discuss the process of collaboration. They’ll talk about how to balance writing alone versus writing with others, and delve into the psychology and people skills involved. Our panelists will also weigh in on working with recording artists, and what it takes to transition from writing for yourself to writing with - and for - others.


Panelists
avatar for Dave Berg

Dave Berg

Songwriter - “Stupid Boy,” "If You’re Goin’ Through Hell (Before The Devil Even Knows)," "10,” "Somebody” Originally from Portland, OR, Dave Berg has found success in Nashville as a diverse, multi-genre hit songwriter. Berg’s many honors include being named ASCAP's... Read More →
avatar for Darrell Brown

Darrell Brown

 Darrell Brown is a songwriter, arranger and producer who has written hit songs for dozens of recording artists, as well as music for film and television. He has recently co-written songs for country music stars LeAnn Rimes (“Crazy Women”) and Keith Urban (including the Grammy... Read More →
avatar for Deana Carter

Deana Carter

 Deana Carter defied conventional expectations and shot to the top of the country charts upon the release of her 1996 debut, Did I Shave My Legs For This?, melding the popular appeal of country music with folk and a retro-rock edge. The daughter of famed studio guitarist/producer... Read More →
avatar for Chris DeStefano

Chris DeStefano

 Chris DeStefano is a singer/songwriter and record producer working in Los Angeles and Nashville. Published by EMI, his recent writing and/or production credits include Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Scotty McCreery, Jana Kramer, and Eli Young Band among many others.  He's recently... Read More →
avatar for JT Harding

JT Harding

 Born an orphan, JT Harding gravitated towards music for as long as he can remember. Endless hours of singing along to the radio and watching MTV convinced him to put together a band and start writing songs. After grinding through the regular rock band regimen of rehearsals and high... Read More →

Moderator
avatar for Darrell Brown

Darrell Brown

Songwriter, Producer - "You'll Think of Me,” "Why Don't We Just Dance," "Crazy Women," "Simple Things"     Darrell Brown is a songwriter, arranger and producer who has written hit songs for dozens of recording artists, as well as music for film and television. Recently, he has... Read More →

Friday April 20, 2012 11:45am - 1:00pm PDT
Mt. Olympus 3rd Floor

1:00pm PDT

Lunch Roundtables - Sold Out

175 attendees who signed up for the Lunch Roundtables will meet with four different panelists in small group settings. This event sold out five months in advance!
There are no openings or waiting list spots available.


Panelists
avatar for Steph Altman

Steph Altman

 As a young man, Londoner Steph Altman aborted his childhood dream of becoming a recording artist heard by millions. Faced with an intimidating, seemingly impenetrable record industry, he moved to California... and became a recording artist heard by hundreds of millions. Admittedly... Read More →
avatar for Cindy Badell-Slaughter

Cindy Badell-Slaughter

President - Heavy Hitters Music Group   Cindy Badell-Slaughter is the President of Heavy Hitters Music Group, and a 25 year music industry veteran. Prior to taking the reins at Heavy Hitters Music she was the West Coast Director of Music Operations at CBS Broadcasting.  For 10 years... Read More →
avatar for Eric Bazilian

Eric Bazilian

 Eric Bazilian, along with Rob Hyman, co-founded the Hooters in 1980. With a total of six albums, the Hooters achieved worldwide superstar status throughout the ‘80s and ‘90s. Securing his status as a songwriting architect of the highest degree, Eric composed, produced and performed... Read More →
avatar for Dave Berg

Dave Berg

Songwriter - “Stupid Boy,” "If You’re Goin’ Through Hell (Before The Devil Even Knows)," "10,” "Somebody” Originally from Portland, OR, Dave Berg has found success in Nashville as a diverse, multi-genre hit songwriter. Berg’s many honors include being named ASCAP's... Read More →
avatar for Gordon Chambers

Gordon Chambers

 After amassing an impressive collection of prestigious awards and penning hit songs for some of R&B’s most iconic legends, esteemed Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter Gordon Chambers had another exciting milestone in his career as a recording artist with the release of his... Read More →
avatar for Patrick Clifford

Patrick Clifford

 Patrick Clifford began his career in the record business after graduating from the University of Dayton with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. His first position was working for music impresario Nat Weiss, who owned and operated Nemperor Records and Nemperor... Read More →
avatar for Roy Elkins

Roy Elkins

Roy Elkins is a well-known music technology entrepreneur who has been leading industry innovations for over twenty years. Elkins is the Founder and CEO of Broadjam, Inc. Broadjam.com, the music social network, provides the most comprehensive search tools for finding, buying and s... Read More →
avatar for Jesse Ervin

Jesse Ervin

 As Senior Director of Online Marketing for EMI Music North America’s Catalog division, Jesse Ervin oversees the company’s online marketing strategy and execution for catalog artists and new catalog releases, as well as core recorded catalogs managed by EMI Music labels... Read More →
avatar for Ken Abdo, Esq.

Ken Abdo, Esq.

Ken Abdo is Chair of Lommen Abdo Law Firm’s Entertainment Law Department which has served as legal counsel to music, film, TV, theatre, literary publishing and media artists for over 27 years. Firm clients include multiple GRAMMY award recipients, gold and platinum recording artists... Read More →
avatar for Theron

Theron "Neff U" Feemster

Producer, Songwriter - "Business," "Stay," "Hollywood Tonight"
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Marc Ferrari

 MasterSource Music Library was started in 1992 by Marc Ferrari, a former major label recording artist with the bands Keel and Cold Sweat, both signed to MCA Records. He realized early on that there was a void to be filled in providing master-quality vocal tracks to the film and... Read More →
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Anna Granucci

 Anna Granucci began her journey with live theatre. She is professionally trained in both acting and directing in England and the US where she graduated from the MFA program at the Yale School of Drama. Anna’s potent theatrical background informs her music tastes and decisions... Read More →
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Kevin Held

Kevin is currently managing two artists/songwriters, Matt Morris and Priscilla Ahn, while working to develop a few up and coming artists, songwriters and producers. Matt Morris is currently one of the most in demand pop songwriters in the world. Matt’s songs have been featured... Read More →
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Carl Jacobson

VP, Marketing - Nimbit, Inc.   Carl Jacobson is the VP of Marketing at Nimbit, Inc., provider of the premier platform for promoting and selling your music on Facebook. He was previously VP of Marketing for Cakewalk by Roland, and in the past worked for major and independent record... Read More →
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Kool Kojak

 Kool Kojak is a multi platinum selling songwriter/producer based in Cubatao, Brasil, and Los Angeles, CA. He is a key part of the illustrious Prescription Songs team. Kool Kojak has written hits with the likes of Nicki Minaj, Ke$ha, Flo Rida, Dr. Luke, Matisyahu, Travis Barker... Read More →
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Jon Lind

SVP, A&R – Hollywood RecordsSongwriter – “Boogie Wonderland,” “Crazy for You,” “Save the Best for Last”   Jon Lind is a veteran music man who has tasted success in the music business from almost every angle – songwriter, musician, artist, producer and A&R executive... Read More →
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Patty Macmillan

 Patty Macmillan is the owner and president of Allegro Talent Group, an LA based talent agency representing film and television composers. Originally from New Jersey, Macmillan moved to Southern California in the early 80’s to attend UCLA’s film and television program. She free-lanced... Read More →
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Anjali Malhotra

 Anjali Malhotra joined Google in May 2010 and currently handles some of YouTube’s top music partners, including both major labels and publishers. She is the lead on YouTube’s most recent music publishing initiatives. Prior to YouTube, Anjali spent five years at EMI Music Publishing... Read More →
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Gayl Murphy

 Can you clearly and concisely explain “who your are and what you do” in 10 seconds or less? If not, you need Gayl Murphy, The Celebritizer! Gayl is THE go-to media expert for how to “tell it to sell it” in any interview, meeting, meet-up, concert, or press situation. She... Read More →
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Katie Welle

 Katie Welle, VP of Creative, at Sony/ATV Music Publishing works closely with the rosters’ stable of artists and writers and is responsible for A&R signings. In her 4 years at the company, Welle’s signings include songwriter/producer Jeff Bhasker – who most recently produced... Read More →


Friday April 20, 2012 1:00pm - 2:30pm PDT
Twist Restaurant 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)

4:30pm PDT

Just the Way They Are: Master Session with The Smeezingtons

If you’ve listened to the radio in the last three years, you’re already well-acquainted with the music of songwriting/production team The Smeezingtons. Beginning with Flo Rida’s worldwide smash “Right Round,” the trio of Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine and Bruno Mars have written and/or produced an unrelenting stream of gigantic songs, culminating in the phenomenal success of Mars’s Doo-Wops and Hooligans album and its three Top 10 singles, one of which – the #1 hit “Just the Way You Are” – won Mars a Grammy and was the 2012 ASCAP Pop Song of the Year. But the Smeezingtons aren’t your garden-variety hitmaking squad. Their production style embraces vintage pop, reggae and soul along with cutting-edge urban and dance music, and they face the unique challenge of balancing their busy docket of projects with Mars’s burgeoning solo career. In this can’t-miss keynote panel, this Grammy-nominated production trio will reveal how they’ve found themselves at the top of the music industry with all their grace, humor and creative sensibilities intact.


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Bruno Mars (The Smeezingtons)

 It might seem that Bruno Mars appeared out of nowhere, co-writing, producing and performing on B.o.B's #1 'Nothin' On You,' followed by Travie McCoy's chart-climbing 'Billionaire,' but the multitalented musician is not an overnight success. Born to a musical family in Honolulu... Read More →
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Philip Lawrence (The Smeezingtons)

 Philip Lawrence is a singer, songwriter and performer who is quickly becoming one of the music industry's most sought after songwriters and producers. Born in a small town in Indiana, Philip moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in the recording industry. After years of hard work... Read More →
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Ari Levine (The Smeezingtons)

 Ari Levine is a producer and songwriter, and one-third of the production team The Smeezingtons. The team’s hits include 'Just The Way You Are”(Bruno Mars), 'Nothin' On You' (B.o.B), 'F**k You (Forget You)' (Cee Lo Green), 'Billionaire' (Travie McCoy), and more recently “It... Read More →

Moderator
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Randy Grimmett (ASCAP)

EVP, Membership - ASCAP

Friday April 20, 2012 4:30pm - 5:45pm PDT
Grand Ballroom 5th Floor
 
Saturday, April 21
 

9:30am PDT

The ASCAP Room

Learn about ASCAP Member Access and speak to an ASCAP Member Services representative. This is also where you can pick up your registration bag and drop your business card to be eligible for the sponsor giveaways during the EXPO.


Saturday April 21, 2012 9:30am - 4:15pm PDT
Trousdale Estates 3rd Floor

11:45am PDT

The New Publishers: Writers Signing Writers

In recent years, we’ve seen an influx of successful songwriters becoming successful publishers by developing their own stables of up-and-coming songwriters. Why has this new phenomenon developed, how is it different from a traditional publishing arrangement, and why might it be attractive from a financial and creative perspective? Three hit ASCAP writers-turned-publishers will answer these questions and more in this provocative discussion.


Panelists
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Toby Gad

 In his home country of Germany, Toby Gad’s parents were established figures in the Munich music scene. Gad and his brother, Jens, formed an original rock band called the Gad Rollers and toured throughout Germany. Although their first album, Q, scored them a friendship and a concert... Read More →
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Sam Hollander

 A Rolling Stone “Hot List Producer of the Year,” songwriter/producer Sam Hollander is one of the most in demand craftsmen today, with 18 U.S. Top 40 hits to date. His most recent successes include Top 10 smashes with Train ('Marry Me' and 'Save Me San Francisco'), Hollywood... Read More →
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Brian Kennedy

 Musical phenomenon Brian Kennedy developed an appreciation for piano music at an early age. With formal lessons at six years, he established the foundation for the composer he became at eight. Gifted with the ability to hear and memorize scales and melodies, he would take songs... Read More →

Moderator

Saturday April 21, 2012 11:45am - 1:00pm PDT
Grand Ballroom 5th Floor

1:10pm PDT

SoundExchange: What It Is, Why It Pays, and How to Get Your Share

SoundExchange will explain how registering (for free!) with them can earn you royalties for plays on satellite radio, Internet radio, cable TV music channels and other services that stream sound recordings. SoundExchange is a non-profit, and an important source of revenue for all artists (big and small) and labels (indie and major): they've distributed over $900 million to artists and labels so far. But thousands of artist and labels don't know they need to register, and millions in royalties haven't yet been claimed. Interactive and question-driven, this workshop will also cover need-to-know info on copyright, licensing, metadata, and legislation that will affect your career.


Saturday April 21, 2012 1:10pm - 2:10pm PDT
Runyon 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)

2:15pm PDT

Nuts and Bolts of the Music Business

Talent is only half the equation in a successful music career. You also need a solid grounding in the “business” part of the music business. Noted attorney Donald S. Passman has helped his clients navigate the industry’s choppy waters for over 30 years, and his book All You Need to Know About the Music Business remains an essential guide to understanding the biz. Passman will offer an accessible overview of how the music industry operates like only he can, from record deals to the digital sphere and everything in between. Whether you’re a total music biz newbie or just need a refresher course, this panel is for you.


Panelists
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Don Passman, Esq.

 One of America's top entertainment attorneys, Don Passman practices law with the Los Angeles-based firm of Gang, Tyre, Ramer, and Brown, Inc. Having specialized in the music business intensively for over 20 years, his clients include major entertainers, publishers, record companies... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2012 2:15pm - 3:30pm PDT
Grand Ballroom 5th Floor

2:15pm PDT

Anatomy of a Project

Successful albums are the product of a whole team of people, not just the artist on the cover. This panel will offer an overview of how albums are put together. You’ll come out of it with a solid understanding of the role of the songwriter, publisher, A&R executive, artist and everyone else who has a hand in bringing a project from the idea stage to release day.


Panelists
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Chris Anokute

 Mr. Anokute was still a teenager in 2001 when he began his career in music with an internship in the A&R Administration Department at Def Jam Recordings. Soon he was managing songwriter Alisha ‘Mjestie’ Brooks, where he brokered a co-publishing deal for her with Grammy Award... Read More →
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Maria Egan

 A UK native, Maria Egan has had a versatile 17 year career in music primarily in management and A&R. Currently Vice President of A&R at Columbia, where she signed the award winning Avett Brothers, performed A&R duties for Brandi Carlile's acclaimed album The Story and on the pop... Read More →
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Jimmy Harry

 Highlights of Jimmy Harry’s career include co-producing and co-writing the title track from Pink’s 2008 platinum Funhouse (LaFace), and co-producing the album’s gold single “Sober” (which was in the Top 10 in ten countries). He wrote “Touch Of My Hand” from Britney... Read More →
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Peter Lloyd

 Peter Lloyd has been working in music publishing for 14 years.  He's worked with some of the biggest songwriters in the world including Dr. Luke, Desmond Child, Andreas Carlsson, Bonnie McKee, Oligee, etc.  He's currently running Pulse Music Publishing.

Moderator

Saturday April 21, 2012 2:15pm - 3:30pm PDT
Hollywood Ballroom #2 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)

2:15pm PDT

Producing a Professional Jazz Recording on a DIY Budget

Just like jazz itself, producing your own jazz recordings involves both know-how and a willingness to improvise. But you don’t have to have deep pockets or decades of training to get professional quality results. ASCAP Board member George Duke and Lee Ritenour are both master jazz musicians, and they also have extensive experience as producers for their own projects and for others. These two impresarios of improv will discuss tips and techniques for producing a professional jazz recording, all by yourself.


Panelists
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George Duke

 Keyboardist-composer-producer George Duke’s imprint on jazz and pop music is almost impossible to calculate, with more than 30 solo recordings and a resume that spans over 40 years. Born in San Rafael, CA, in 1946, Duke began his formal piano training at age seven and attended... Read More →
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Andrew Papastephanou

Studio Design, Composer, Producer
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Lee Ritenour

Growing up in L.A. in the 60's, Grammy award-winning guitarist Lee Ritenour received a rich cross section of exposure to jazz, rock and Brazilian music. From one of his first sessions at 16 with the Mamas and Papas to accompanying Lena Horne and Tony Bennett at 18, his 40 year eclectic... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2012 2:15pm - 3:30pm PDT
Silver Lake 3rd Floor
 
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