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Thursday, April 19
 

11:30am PDT

Someone Like You: Master Session with Dan Wilson

Dan Wilson has transitioned from his early success with the rock bands Trip Shakespeare and Semisonic (“Closing Time”) to being one of the most in-demand songwriter/producers in the world. Among his most recent achievements, Wilson was responsible for co-writing and co-producing Adele’s Grammy-winning 21 (including the international hit “Someone Like You”) as well as Dierks Bentley’s number one country single “Home.” In this candid master session, Wilson discusses his history as a writer by sharing the stories and creative processes behind some of his most beloved songs.


Panelists
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Dan Wilson

Dan Wilson is a Grammy Award-winning multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, songwriter and producer. Wilson has recorded as a solo artist and as leader of the alternative rock band Semisonic, for which he wrote the hits 'Secret Smile,' 'Closing Time' and 'Chemistry.' He was also a member... Read More →


Thursday April 19, 2012 11:30am - 12:45pm PDT
Hollywood Ballroom #2 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)

3:30pm PDT

Inside the Composer’s Studio with Trevor Morris

You’ll get a glimpse into the composer’s studio as one of today’s most prominent film and television composers walks you through his creative process, from the initial spotting sessions to the final cut and every step in between. The audience will get a live, on-screen demonstration of the mock up recording process, and see how to use scoring templates to turn their musical vision into a fully realized movie or TV score.


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Trevor Morris

 The past year has been an incredible one for Trevor Morris. He received two Emmy Award nominations and three Gemini Award nominations, earning his second wins in each. Trevor’s cinematic and thrilling score was also heard in the highly anticipated action-packed film, Immortals... Read More →


Thursday April 19, 2012 3:30pm - 4:45pm PDT
Mt. Olympus 3rd Floor

3:30pm PDT

Master Session with Peter Frampton

Grammy-winning guitarist Peter Frampton first came to fame through a mid-60's stint in British psych-rock group The Herd. Frampton then co-founded Humble Pie, all the while building a reputation as a first-call session guitarist for George Harrison, Harry Nilsson and others. In 1971, Frampton launched a solo career that would spawn the classic live set Frampton Comes Alive! The album spawned the hits "Baby, I Love Your Way," "Show Me the Way" and "Do You Feel Like We Do," stayed on the Billboard charts for nearly two years, and instantly became one of the most beloved live albums of all time. His 2007 album Fingerprints won a Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental Album. Frampton’s most recent album was 2010’s Thank You Mr Churchill. He just completed celebrating the 35th Anniversary of Frampton Comes Alive! by performing the best-selling live album around the world in its entirety along with other highlights from his career. Frampton will share stories and wisdom gleaned from his 45-plus year long career.


Panelists
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Peter Frampton

 Grammy-winner Peter Frampton remains one of the most celebrated artists and guitarists in rock history. At 16, he was lead singer and guitarist for British band the Herd. At 18, he co-founded one of the first super groups, seminal rock act Humble Pie. His session work includes... Read More →
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Nic Harcourt

Regarded as the ultimate 'tastemaker' in music, Nic Harcourt is the former host of KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic and the syndicated show Sounds Eclectic. After 10 years as KCRW Music Director, Nic stepped down in 2008 to pursue other opportunities. Still a DJ at KCRW, Nic currently... Read More →

Moderator
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Nic Harcourt

Regarded as the ultimate 'tastemaker' in music, Nic Harcourt is the former host of KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic and the syndicated show Sounds Eclectic. After 10 years as KCRW Music Director, Nic stepped down in 2008 to pursue other opportunities. Still a DJ at KCRW, Nic currently... Read More →

Thursday April 19, 2012 3:30pm - 4:45pm PDT
Grand Ballroom 5th Floor

5:30pm PDT

No Secrets: Master Session with Carly Simon

The storied music career of 2012 ASCAP Founders Award honoree Carly Simon began in earnest with her solo debut in 1971, which yielded the top-ten hit “That’s the Way I’ve Always Heard It Should Be” and earned her the Best New Artist Grammy. Over the next few years her star would rise on the strength of huge singles like “Anticipation,” “Legend in Your Own Time” and especially “You’re So Vain,” which hit #1 on the U.S. pop charts and catapulted Simon to superstardom. Simon’s unflinching, sophisticated songs continued to connect with listeners throughout the 70's – her singles "The Right Thing to Do" and “You Belong to Me” became huge critical and commercial successes. In the 80’s, Simon began a string of contributions to film and TV soundtracks. Her song “Let the River Run” from Working Girl earned her a Grammy, Oscar and Golden Globe. And while Simon has never stopped recording new albums and contributing songs to visual media, she’s also branched out into opera (Romulus Hunt), acted in film and TV and written a series of children’s books. In this unique session, Carly Simon will open a window into her songwriting process. In addition to an in-depth conversation on her creative journey, some early demos of her songs will be played and discussed, offering a rare glimpse of the creative evolution of one of the most inspired songwriters of our time.


Panelists
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Carly Simon

 Carly Simon has an unparalleled career that spans four decades of openhearted storytelling both in song and print. Joining the ranks of the singer-songwriters of the early 1970’s, Simon changed the public’s conception of pop music from teeny-bop to honest, sensitive and intelligent... Read More →

Moderator
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Randy Grimmett (ASCAP)

EVP, Membership - ASCAP

Thursday April 19, 2012 5:30pm - 6:45pm PDT
Hollywood Ballroom #2 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)
 
Friday, April 20
 

9:45am PDT

The Songs That Built Me: Master Session with Allen Shamblin

In 1989, a former real estate appraiser named Allen Shamblin became an overnight songwriting sensation when Randy Travis took his song “He Walked on Water” to the top of the charts. In the two-plus decades since, superstars like Bonnie Raitt, Mark Wills, Keith Urban, Rascal Flatts and Miranda Lambert have connected with country fans over and over again with songs written by Shamblin’s golden pen – most notably Lambert’s recording of “The House That Built Me,” which won Song of the Year at the CMA, ACM and ASCAP Country Music Awards, and was nominated for a Grammy for Best Country Song. Shamblin hit it big through innate talent, hard work and incredible perseverance. It’s an amazing story, and he’ll tell it in detail during this intimate master session.


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Allen Shamblin

 Allen Shamblin was born in Tennessee and grew up in Huffman, Texas, about 30 miles outside of Houston. In August of 1987, Allen moved to Nashville, with 14 completed songs.  His vivid detail and honest, earthy lyrics quickly caught the ear of the Nashville music establishment... Read More →


Friday April 20, 2012 9:45am - 11:00am PDT
Hollywood Ballroom #2 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)

11:45am PDT

The One and Only: Master Session with Greg Wells

From Kid Cudi to Katy Perry, Timbaland to Taylor Swift, the Deftones to the Count Basie Orchestra, there are few points on the music spectrum that haven’t been investigated by Grammy-nominated writer/producer Greg Wells. The one thing that informs all of Wells’s work, no matter the genre, is his musical imagination. Listen to his colorful production on Mika’s Life in Cartoon Motion, or the authentic soul ballad “One and Only” he and Adele co-wrote for her Grammy-winning 21, and you’ll hear the stamp of a studio wizard, as well-trained as he is creative. In addition to performing some of his best-known songs and fielding questions from the audience, Wells will talk about how he has been able to successfully balance artistry with commercialism throughout his diverse career.


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Greg Wells

 Greg Wells is a multiple Grammy nominated musician, record producer and songwriter based in Los Angeles. Wells has produced and written with Adele, The All American Rejects, Katy Perry, Weezer, Pink, Theophilus London, Rufus Wainwright, OneRepublic, Mika, Otep, Deftones, Aerosmith... Read More →


Friday April 20, 2012 11:45am - 1:00pm PDT
Hollywood Ballroom #2 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)

2:30pm PDT

Don’t Stop the Music: Master Session with Stargate

Through ingenious combinations of pop, hip-hop and R&B, the Grammy-winning songwriting/production team Stargate, composed of Norwegians Mikkel Eriksen and Tor Hermansen, has crafted massive hits for some of today's biggest artists. Stargate is a constant fixture on the charts, responsible for a wide range of unstoppable songs including Katy Perry's "Firework,” Wiz Khalifa’s “Black and Yellow” and Rihanna's "Only Girl (in the World)," “S&M” and “What’s My Name,” as well as songs for Beyoncé, Whitney Houston, Ne-Yo, Lionel Richie and Shakira. The duo has also teamed up with Jay-Z to launch the record label StarRoc, proving that these musical impresarios know their way around the business of music as well. Both Tor and Mikkel are experienced instrumentalists, and the solid musical core they bring to every production is the key to the durability of their music. Adding to that killer beats and great melodies, Stargate works with each artist to create the perfect showcase for the artist's talents and strengths. In this special Master Session, Tor and Mikkel will share the inspiration and craft behind their biggest hits, breaking down how they take a song from a concept to the studio to the top of the charts.


Panelists
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Mikkel Eriksen (Stargate)

Through ingenious combinations of pop, hip-hop and R&B, the Grammy-winning songwriting/production team Stargate, composed of Norwegians Mikkel Eriksen and Tor Hermansen, has crafted massive hits for some of today's biggest artists. Stargate is a constant fixture on the charts, responsible... Read More →
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Tor Hermansen (Stargate)

Through ingenious combinations of pop, hip-hop and R&B, the Grammy-winning songwriting/production team Stargate, composed of Norwegians Mikkel Eriksen and Tor Hermansen, has crafted massive hits for some of today's biggest artists. Stargate is a constant fixture on the charts, responsible... Read More →

Moderator
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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 →

Friday April 20, 2012 2:30pm - 3:45pm PDT
Grand Ballroom 5th Floor

2:30pm PDT

Poster Child: A Town Hall Meeting with Desmond Child (Presented by the Songwriters Hall of Fame)

Grammy-winning songwriter/producer Desmond Child has written massive, worldwide hits for Bon Jovi, Katy Perry, Aerosmith, Bonnie Tyler, KISS, Ricky Martin, Cher, Meat Loaf and countless others. More than 30 years after landing his first major cut, Child is as in-demand as ever – and he’s only grown more versatile. But as anyone that attended one of his master classes at last year’s EXPO can attest, there is much more to what Child does than simply writing great songs. In this provocative master session, Child and his longtime friend and collaborator Darrell Brown – himself a veteran songwriter with numerous #1 pop and country hits under his belt – will discuss the personal, emotional and spiritual dimensions of songwriting in a town hall-style setting.


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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 →
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Desmond Child

 For nearly three decades, songwriter/producer Desmond Child has reigned as one of music's most successful creative forces. His accolades include Grammy awards, over 70 Top 40 singles, and songs that have sold more than 300 million albums worldwide. Child's career has been highlighted... Read More →


Friday April 20, 2012 2:30pm - 4:30pm PDT
Hollywood Ballroom #2 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.


Panelists
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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
 

11:45am PDT

Murphy’s Laws of Songwriting

ASCAP Nashville’s Ralph Murphy is both a great advocate for songwriters, composers and publishers and a successful songwriter who quite literally wrote the book (Murphy’s Laws of Songwriting: The Book) on the art of the hit. Murphy’s workshops are renowned for their insight, honesty and humor. Join Ralph to discover what makes the songs on the chart tick – and how to write one yourself.


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Ralph Murphy (ASCAP)

VP, Membership/International - ASCAPSongwriter – "He Got You," "Half the Way"Author - Murphy’s Laws of Songwriting: The Book   Ralph Murphy has been a successful songwriter for five decades. Consistently charting songs in an ever-changing musical environment makes him a member... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2012 11:45am - 1:00pm PDT
Hollywood Ballroom #2 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)

11:45am PDT

Once Upon a Time: Master Session with Mark Isham (Presented by Variety)

Versatile composer/musician Mark Isham’s career has traversed from Grammy award-winning performer/songwriter to award-winning composer of scores for film and television. An evocative trumpeter and master of the synthesizer, Isham became a pioneer of electronic music early on in his career; this led the composer/musician, with an intimate understanding of how sound and emotion interact, to garner a reputation as a leading film and TV composer. Isham has written critically acclaimed scores to over 100 films including Warrior, Dolphin Tale, The Black Dahlia, A River Runs Through It (Oscar nominated), Nell (Golden Globe nominated), Fly Away Home, October Sky and Bobby. He scored the Oscar-winning Crash, the celebrated miniseries From the Earth to the Moon, and received an Emmy for his score to EZ Streets. In addition to scoring the hit ABC series Once Upon A Time, he has just completed the films The Lucky One starring Zac Efron and Stolen starring Nicolas Cage. Isham is also creating a series of public sound installations using the spatial elements of music. Noted film music writer Jon Burlingame will interview Mark Isham in this thought-provoking and wide-ranging master session.


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Jon Burlingame

 Jon Burlingame is the nation’s leading writer on the subject of music for films and television. He writes regularly for Daily Variety and has written for such other publications as The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, New York Daily News, Premiere, Emmy and... Read More →
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Mark Isham

Composer, Trumpeter – Film: A River Runs Through It, Crash, The Black Dahlia TV: Once Upon a Time   From his days as a pioneering icon of electronic music, to his current status as a world-renowned legendary film composer, Mark Isham continues to be one of the most prolific and... Read More →

Moderator
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Jon Burlingame

 Jon Burlingame is the nation’s leading writer on the subject of music for films and television. He writes regularly for Daily Variety and has written for such other publications as The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, New York Daily News, Premiere, Emmy and... Read More →

Saturday April 21, 2012 11:45am - 1:00pm PDT
Hollywood Ballroom 1 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)
  Master Session

2:15pm PDT

Beyond the Heights: Master Session with Lin-Manuel Miranda

ASCAP writer/composer Lin-Manuel Miranda burst into the spotlight with his Tony and Grammy-winning, Pulitzer Prize-nominated musical, In the Heights. But anyone who has heard the authentic salsa and hip hop-flavored music for that Broadway smash knows that Miranda’s talents extend far beyond the realm of musical theatre. Miranda will explain how he was able to fuse his love of urban and Latin music with an appreciation for theatre and film to become the versatile writer/composer/rapper/actor that he is today. This will be an inspiring panel for anyone seeking a music career without boundaries.


Panelists
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Lin-Manuel Miranda

 Lin-Manuel Miranda is the Tony-winning composer-lyricist of Broadway's In the Heights. In the Heights received four 2008 Tony Awards (including Best Orchestrations, Best Choreography and Best Musical), with Lin-Manuel receiving a Tony Award for Best Score, as well as a nomination... Read More →

Moderator

Saturday April 21, 2012 2:15pm - 3:30pm PDT
Mt. Olympus 3rd Floor

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
 
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