ASCAP Expo “I Create Music” hosted in Hollywood continues to bring music makers, promoters, products, and industry professionals to a three-day event. The annual event attracts people from all over the world with artists such as Ne-Yo, Akon, and Katy Perry who inspired the “standing room only” sharing the ups and downs of her journey in the music industry. Networking with aspiring hit-makers, publishers, attorneys, and production companies continued the music mania for participants. Hometown singer-songwriter, Dr. Bob, prescribes music to “make you feel good.”
“There’s so much going on here, it’s hard to decide which workshop to attend,” states Dr. Bob. “I’m really here to have a one-on-one session with a producer and later to have my website demolished at the Website Demolition Derby,” he laughs. Bandzoogle offered artists a review of their websites noting that the number one mistake artists make is to have their songs on auto play when a viewer visits.
According to ASCAP director Mike Todd, the expo drew about 2,500 attendees from such places as Switzerland, New York, Boston, Detroit, and Barbados. One session offered artists the opportunity to send a videotaped message to Congress about their life as a music creator. Other sessions during the three-day event hosted a music creator buffet from “Securing Fair Compensation Online” to”Murphy’s Law of Songwriting.” Hip-hop artists received song feedback in front of an audience during one session while another session offered a contract to the artist who could write, compose and sing the best-of-the-battle in one hour.
“You walk into a situation and they’re like ‘write a song in an hour.’ You don’t know what the song is or what it’s about, but it could change my life you know. We could be on the radio in a year,” battle winner Ashley Jade said.