Being under a Performing Rights Organization is very important if you want to be protected and win. Just last week I attended the ASCAP EXPO and I must say it definitely put me in a new mind frame. I missed the events on Thursday 4/13 because of a plane delay so if anyone has Ryan Leslie contact let him know I have a song I wrote called “True Love” that he needs to hear. I also want to give s/o to artist/author Kyle Ellen for helping me around, showing me where to go to get my badge and gift bag, you are appreciated. The Istandard Producer/Rapper Showcase at Ohm Nightclub was a smash. To see all the upcoming producers showcase their beats gave me much needed inspiration and motivation special thanks to host Jason “J Hatch” Hadshian and make sure you get his book entitled “How I Left My Job And Made It In The Music Industry.”
Friday morning 4/14 ASCAP President Paul Williams talked about the importance knowing your rights as a songwriter and how all PRO members should be fighting for their rights to protect their music. also if you are ASCAP member text 52886 and join the fight for congress to take a stand with songwriters. Special thank you to California Democrat Representative Karen Bass, Georgia Republican Representative Doug Collins and Executive Vice President & General Counsel Of ASCAP Business & Legal Affairs Clara Kim. Saturday 4/15 was surreal. Senior Vice President of A&R at Def Jam Ernesto “Tou” Clark spoke on building your team and knowing when its the right time to hire a lawyer, manager, publicist etc. Special thank you to CEO Of GRID Financial Management Bryan Franklin, Creative Of BMG Music Publishing Jennifer Goicoechea, Manager Gary Leon and Attornet at Nixon Peabody Carron Mitchell.
Stevie Wonder was awarded the ASCAP Key Of Life Award and was interviewed by the lovely Janelle Monae. He talked about growing up in Detroit and being signed to Motown at 12 years old. He really has a sense of humor. One thing he said that is still stuck in my head is “If you really love music there are no days off.” Attending this event really was a wake up call for me because there are so many songwriters, musicians, producers, DJ’s in the music industry and the only way you can stand out or be heard is not to network, but to build relationships. Networking is just talking about your accolades, building relationships is talking about your weaknesses know the difference and get out there be great.