ASCAP preps I Create Music Week


ASCAP has announced a week of events next month in Hollywood to celebrate the voice of the music creator. I Create Music Week will bring together some of the industry's top songwriters, composers, lyricists and music publishers representing a broad array of genres, mediums and musical perspectives.

The schedule includes two major awards shows at the Kodak Theatre -- the 24th annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards, honoring Melissa Etheridge, on April 17, and the 22nd annual ASCAP Film & Television Music Awards, honoring Marc Shaiman, on April 18 -- as well as the second annual ASCAP I Create Music Expo, a three-day national conference at the Hollywood Renaissance Hotel dedicated to songwriting and composing. The expo, set for April 19-21, will feature panels including top music creators from every musical genre.

In addition -- through a partnership with i-Safe Inc., a worldwide leader in Internet safety education -- the performing rights group has developed an interactive school assembly program called "The Donny the Downloader Experience." This program is aimed at educating middle school children about what it means to be a music creator and the real cost of music piracy. A special "Donny the Downloader" assembly is being planned at a Los Angeles school to round out I Create Music Week.

"Everywhere we go, there is music," ASCAP president and chairman Marilyn Bergman said. "It is one of the most pervasive and beloved aspects of our culture. And yet most music creators work behind the scenes. By presenting this important and unique slate of activities, ASCAP hopes to educate, showcase, connect and ultimately celebrate the people who create the music that enriches our lives."