I was so incredibly excited to have been a panelist at this year’s ASCAP Expo at Loews Hotel Hollywood on April 14th. The lovely Jon Burlingame moderated the event. If that wasn’t enough of a reason to come to the expo, Stevie Wonder was a keynote speaker!
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is one of only a few performance-rights organizations (PRO) in the United States. ASCAP along with the other PRO’s monitor the public performances of its members and compensates them accordingly.
The ASCAP “I Create Music” Expo I was apart of was something a feel very passionate about. The topic of the event was “Women in Film Music.” My fellow panelists included composers Lesley Barber (Manchester by the Sea), Stephanie Economou (The Zookeeper’s Wife), Carly Paradis (Line of Duty) and myself. The other speakers of the night were ASCAP’s Rachel Perkins, the Alliance for Women Film Composers’ Lolita Ritmanis and Women in Film’s Tracy McKnight. We discussed many topics touching upon the expansion of female composers in film, TV and video games as well as what it takes to “make it” in the business.
Whether you are a male or female, I have this advice to ALL composers. Be someone people love to work with. If people don’t want to be around you, it doesn’t matter if you’re a man or woman. Thank you again ASCAP for having me be apart of the panel. Good luck and happy writing!