Year two at the ASCAP Expo for me – back to sunny Hollywood! Just two weeks before my impending drive across the country to make the move to Los Angeles I was on a plane there for three long days panel discussions and networking.
While the days were most definitely long they were filled with interesting topic discussions and meeting wonderful music creators from around the world. The event was hosted again at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel, where I performed in February! It’s a great location for a conference. The majority of the panels were held in the same building but to get to some of the bigger talks you had to go outside and upstairs to the Grand Ballroom which was always a nice break from being inside, taking notes and exchanging business cards.
Some of the highlights were keynote speaker Lindsey Buckingham (of Fleetwood Mac fame), Sara Barreiles, John Rzeznik (Goo Goo Dolls), Dr. Luke (producer – Ke$ha, Katy Perry, Britney Spears, B.o.B), Dan Ward (Semisonic), Ingrid Michaelson and the amazing Chris Stapleton (writer – “My Bad, Come Back Song,” “Whiskey and You”). My FAVORITE moments though were in the “Women Behind the Music” panel (Andrea Martin, Melanie Fiona, Cri$tyle “The Ink” Johnson, Kelly Price, Nicole George) and the master session with Antonina Armato (Rock Mafia). Their words were insightful, helpful and truthful.
Delicious dinnertime with new friends 🙂 Check out music from Melinda Ortner, Club Guilt, Natalie Gelman and Evan Wise
I’m currently at LAX waiting to fly home – see you in two weeks Cali!