ASCAP Honors Stevie Wonder

On the final day of the 2017 EXPO, ASCAP will honor legendary musician Stevie Wonder with its inaugural “Key of Life” Award.

By Samantha Ofole-Prince

ASCAP has announced the full line-up of programming for the 12th annual ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO.

The  American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers event will be held April 13-15 at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles, Calif., and will include panels and performances which aim to provide songwriters, producers and composers with an inside look at the opportunities in the industry.

Panelists will include hitmakers across the music business, including legendary musician Stevie Wonder, who will appear in a keynote “I Create Music” session and accept the inaugural “Key of Life” Award.

ASCAP will also bring together the team behind Justin Bieber’s “Purpose” to dissect the making of the critical and commercial smash. Songwriters, producers and A&R reps who worked closely with Bieber will detail the pop icon’s well-received shift in musical direction.

Other panelists include platinum-selling recording artist Aloe Blacc, Songwriters Hall of Fame member Desmond Child, four-time ASCAP Country Music Songwriter of the Year Ashley Gorley, writer/producer Greg Wells (Katy Perry, Keith Urban, Adele, Twenty One Pilots) andGet Out film composer Michael Abels; Grammy winners Darrell Brown(Keith Urban, LeAnn Rimes), Brian Kennedy (Rihanna) and Malik Yusef (Kanye West, Beyoncé); and the next generation of hit songwriters, including Dave Bassett (Elle King’s “Ex’s and Oh’s”), Bibi Bourelly (Rihanna’s “B***h Better Have My Money”), Deputy (J. Cole’s 4 Your Eyez Only), Captain Cuts (Walk the Moon’s “Shut Up and Dance”), Sam Hollander (Fitz and the Tantrums’ “HandClap”),Matt Jenkins (Kenny Chesney ft. Pink’s “Setting the World on Fire”) and Priscilla Renea (Miranda Lambert ft. Carrie Underwood, “Somethin’ Bad”).

Now in its 12th year, ASCAP’s “I Create Music” EXPO is the United States’ largest conference for songwriters, composers, artists and producers in all music genres. Last year’s conference was the most well attended in EXPO history, attracting 3,000 participants from up-and-comers to GRAMMY winners.

The complete schedule can be found on the ASCAP EXPO website: