ascap mast logoThe American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) announce their 2015 Rhythm and Soul Expo line-up taking place Thursday April 29th through Friday May 1st at the Lowes Hollywood Hotel in Hollywood, California. The two day Rhythm & Soul specific expo will boast three music focused informational panels titled “ Women Behind the Music”, “ Write Ya Life” and “On The Come Up: Mama We Made It”. These panels will offer attendees direct insight into working hands on and behind the scenes in the music business. Tickets and registration are available here:

The “Women Behind the Music” panel will consist of gifted women in the music business who will share their experiences in navigating the modern music industry – the savvy choices they made, the tough challenges they encountered, the valuable lessons they learned and the greatest rewards they earned on their way to building career success. “Women Behind the Music” will feature guest speakers Goapele (Songwriter, Artist), Santigold (Songwriter, Artist, Creator), Sevyn Streeter (Songwriter, Artist), Whitney Gayle-Benta (SVP, Music & Talent, REVOLT) and Faith Newman (SVP, Creative & Business Development, Reservoir Media Management). The “Women Behind the Music” panel will be moderated by Erica Grayson (President, COO, MADE).

The “Write Ya Life: An Interactive Master Session with Da Internz” panel will feature an intimate discussion with super producers Marcos “Kosine” Palacios and Ernest “Tuo” Clark ― a dynamic production duo with a wide range of clientele that includes Big Sean, Rihanna, Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj and many more. In this unique interactive panel, you’ll get to know Kosine and Tuo through music, video and live performance. They’re bringing along some guest artists to help them out, and one of them might be you― to close out the panel, Da Internz will create beats on the fly and invite a few lucky audience members to collaborate with them in real time.

The “On The Come Up: Mama We Made It” panel will feature conversations based around achieving musical dreams with Kirby Lauren (Songwriter), Victoria Monet (Songwriter, Artist) and Mali Music (Songwriter, Artist). Moderated by Jonathan Jones (Director, Rhythm & Soul, Creative Services, ASCAP), these songwriters will be explaining their unique approaches to achieving their musical dreams – including all the difficulties they’ve faced along the way, and how they overcame them. The panelists speak from the perspective of incredible talents who are finally getting the attention they deserve, but remember all the hard work it took to get where they are.