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Michelle Edgar

Michelle Edgar

Posted: November 15, 2010 04:59 PM

Music Unites is joining with ASCAP tomorrow night to present "ASCAP's Night School: Publishing 101" the first in a series of four workshop panels developed to educate songwriters, labels and others involved in the music industry. The evening will culminate with a special performance by Cantora Records artist Savoir Adore.

ASCAP has a long history of nurturing and developing songwriters and composers across all genres and at different levels of experience, and they offer a broad range of career development programs, tools and services to its members. One of the most popular opportunities for its members is the annual three-day ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO in Los Angeles, which provides education and professional development to songwriters, composers and producers - and those that support them -- at all stages of their careers.

"The goal of ASCAP's Night School is simple... pass knowledge on to artists who need it, from the very people they need it from," says Marc Emert-Hutner, ASCAP's Director Pop/Rock and Film & TV Music. "We're pleased to partner with Music Unites in helping to nurture the next
generation of songwriters."

"As a charity that supports both emerging and established musicians across all genres of music, Music Unites felt that this partnership with ASCAP would help educate and empower the next generation of artists and industry executives by giving them the tools and resources to help get them to that next level which is even more important now than ever," says Michelle
Edgar, Founder and Executive Director of Music Unites. "We're also very excited to be holding this special kick off event at Norwood, which feels like home to Music Unites since it is where it all first began with our launch event for the charity back in April 2009 with Universal Motown's Blue October and Tamarama."

ASCAP (the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) is the U.S. Performing Rights Organization (PRO) owned and run by songwriters, composers and music publishers. PROs represent songwriters, composers and music publishers, and license and distribute royalties for the public performances of their members' musical works. ASCAP represents the top names in music - from Neil Young to Jay-Z, from Beyonce to The Killers, from U2 to Kings of Leon - as well as emerging writers serious about their careers. ASCAP has representation arrangements with similar foreign organizations so that the ASCAP repertory is represented in nearly every country around the world where copyright law exists.

The topic of the first workshop in ASCAP's Night School series will focus on music publishing and will feature a panel of executives led by Jake Ottmann (VP of Creative at EMI), Jeremy Yohai (Director of Writer Relations Downtown Music Publishing) and David Hoffman (Creative Director at Shapiro Bernstein), who will discuss:
-Why publishing companies are crucial to the life of the songwriter as a
source of income.
-What are publishing companies and what do they do?
-What is their day to day role for songwriters?
-How does someone get a publishing deal?
-What are the differences between the major and indie publishers?
-What are the different kinds of publishing deals out there?

The event will be held from 7:00pm - 10pm at Norwood Club, 241 West 14th St., New York, NY. Admission for each class is $20 and proceeds will benefit Music Unites.

ASCAP's Night School: Publishing 101 is the first in a series of planned events designed to give artists face time with experts in a casual, intimate environment. Future workshops will focus on ways to raise money and empowering the independent musician on a number of aspects. The next class "DIY 101: Critical Insights on independent artists' options for creating successful careers" will take place on November 30th at NYC's Skyline Studios and will include panelists from Pledgemusic, Songtrust and Gigmaven.

The 6th annual ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO will held April 28-30, 2011 at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles, CA. Visit www.ascap.com/expo for more information.

 

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