ASHANTI, Chart-topping SINGER & SONGWRITER, DIVERSE HIT FILM/TV COMPOSERS, LGBTQ+ MUSIC CREATORS LEAD ASCAP EXPERIENCE IN JUNE LINEUP

June 8, 3 p.m. ET: The Sound of Diversity: Championing Unique Voices in Film/TV Music – @ASCAP Instagram Live

June 10, 12 p.m. ET: The art of listening: a live musical meditation with the beginner’s ear – @ASCAP Instagram Live

June 15, 3 p.m. ET: Speak Out: A Roundtable on Identity in the Music Industry – YouTube Premiere @ASCAP

June 24, 3 p.m. ET: – Deconstructed: Ashanti Breaks Down Her Hits – YouTube Premiere @ASCAP

NEW YORK, June 6, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — ASCAP experience, ASCAP’s signature event created to inspire, educate and connect aspiring songwriters and composers around the world, announces its June 2022 program. Ended with a session with the Grammy-winning singer-songwriter and actress Ashanti, the month includes a series of events dedicated to showcasing the many diverse voices and experiences within ASCAP and the music-making communities, as well as a live ASCAP Wellness musical meditation.

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On June 24 at 3 p.m. ETchart-topping singer and songwriter Ashanti will speak with VIBE Editor Dawton Thomas on the 20-year legacy of his historic debut album, Ashanti, and dive into creating some of his greatest hits of all time. In addition to the Grammy, Ashanti has won numerous Billboard and American Music Awards and is a Guinness World Record holder. She is CEO of her record label Written Entertainment, recently became the first black artist to co-found a Web3 company, EQ Exchange, and will release her first children’s book, My name is a story, on July 12 with HarperCollins Publishing. The event will be broadcast on the ASCAP YouTube channel and will end ASCAP Rhythm and Soul Music Awardss, which take place on the social networks @ASCAP and @ASCAPURBAN June 21st – 24.

Earlier in the month, the June 8 at 3 p.m. ETIndian-American composer for television and film Raashi Kulkarni (Supergirl, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow) and Costa Rican composer-producer Daniel Rojas (Marvel’s Hit-Monkey, MODOK.) will meet with the executive of Universal Pictures Jeff Cafuir for “The sound of diversity: championing unique voices in film/television music.” Panelists will explain why diversity, equity and inclusion efforts are so crucial for songwriters, businesses and fans. Kulkarni and Rojas will also discuss their experiences with NBCUniversal’s Universal Composers initiative, an effort to close the gap for women, people of color and other underrepresented communities in the world of composition. The conversation will take place live on Instagram @ASCAP.

On June 10 at 12 p.m. ETAhead of World Wellness Day on Saturday, the ASCAP Wellness Program joins Experience in presenting “The Art of Listening: A Live Musical Meditation with the Beginner’s Ear.” Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim, founder of Beginner’s Ear, will guide an immersive group meditation that explores the ways sound, stillness and mindfulness are interconnected and features an acclaimed musician and ASCAP composer Todd Reynolds, performing a program of contemporary classical works for violin and electronics. The meditation will take place live on Instagram @ASCAP.

On June 15 at 3 p.m. ETthe hosts of the ASCAP experience”Speak Out: A Roundtable on Identity in the Music Industry.” With Lazaro Hernández (VP, A&R at Warner Chappell Music for US Latin and Latin America), Ryan Cassata (award winning singer-songwriter, LGBTQ+ activist) and Jamie Moore (three-time Grammy-nominated songwriter-producer), this panel discussion will cover how each participant’s identity shapes their musical career, how they overcame the challenges they encountered along the way, and how to create an environment more welcoming and accessible and nurturing the music industry for all. The conversation will take place on the ASCAP YouTube channel.

In the first few months of 2022 alone, this year’s ASCAP Experience sessions have been viewed nearly 30,000 times. Sessions so far have included music creators from the Latin superstar Camille Oscar nominee Encanto composer Germaine Franco; K-pop stars justin liu and Amber Park to producers such as Ariana Grande hitmaker Tommy Brown and Bieber collaborator Bear poo for discussions on a wide variety of music-related topics. Last year, ASCAP Experience saw a 39% increase in attendance and a 53% increase in RSVPs over the previous year, and 2022 is on track to break attendance records again.

For more information and to see the full schedule as well as on-demand sessions, go to https://www.ascapexperience.com.

About ASCAP

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a professional organization made up of songwriters, composers and music publishers of all types of music. ASCAP’s mission is to license and promote the music of its members and foreign affiliates, to obtain equitable remuneration for the public performance of their works, and to distribute the royalties it collects on the basis of these executions. ASCAP members write the world’s most loved music, and ASCAP has pioneered the efficient licensing of this music to hundreds of thousands of companies who use it to add value to their business – from bars, restaurants and retail to radio, television and cable, internet, mobile services and more. The ASCAP license provides an effective solution for companies to legally perform ASCAP music while respecting the right of songwriters and composers to be paid fairly. With more than 850,000 members representing more than 16 million copyrighted works, ASCAP is the global leader in performance royalties, songwriter services and advocacy and the only organization American Performing Rights (PRO) owned and governed by its member authors and publishers. Learn more and stay in touch at www.ascap.com, on Twitter and Instagram @ASCAP and on Facebook.

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