ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO kicks off with the hits

  • Photo: The Recording Academy
    Songwriters perform at ASCAP's "I Create Music" Center Stage Showcase
  • Photo: The Recording Academy
    The Recording Academy hosts the 2017 ASCAP EXPO Opening Networking Reception
  • Photo: The Recording Academy
    The Recording Academy hosts the 2017 ASCAP EXPO Opening Networking Reception
  • Photo: The Recording Academy
    Butch Walker and Dave Pirner perform at the 2017 ASCAP "I Create Music" Center Stage Showcase
  • Photo: The Recording Academy
    Eric Bazilian and Rob Hyman of The Hooters perform at the 2017 ASCAP "I Create Music" Center Stage Showcase
  • Photo: The Recording Academy
    Desmond Child, Sarah Hudon and Mark Hudson on stage at the 2017 ASCAP "I Create Music" Center Stage Showcase

What do you get when you fill a club in Hollywood with hundreds of songwriters? Answer: the kickoff to the 12th annual ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO, which features three days of songwriting panels, interactive workshops, industry networking, and more. If the opening night soiree is any indication, there is much to be learned —  and enjoyed — at this year's conference.

To cap day one, The Recording Academy and Pandora sponsored the official Opening Networking Reception last night at Hollywood's OHM Club. Already a longtime partner of ASCAP and consistent supporter of "I Create Music," The Academy has an elevated presence this year through hosting The Recording Academy Lounge on the second floor next to Preston's at the Lowes Hotel.

After last night's swanky reception in Hollywood's OHM Club, six songwriters took the stage for the "I Create Music" Center Stage Showcase, a special songwriters in the round during which they traded stories and performed songs in front of a packed house. The two-hour presentation was full of highlights, including magnetic songwriter/producer Mark Hudson playing "Livin' On The Edge," the GRAMMY-winning hit he penned for Aerosmith, just after his daughter, Sarah Hudson, performed "Dark Horse," the GRAMMY-nominated  smash she co-wrote with Katy Perry. Accomplished songwriters in their own right, GRAMMY nominee Butch Walker and GRAMMY-winning Soul Asylum frontman Dave Pirner delivered passionate versions of their own songs. Meanwhile, Philly songwriting and production duo and original member of the Hooters, Rob Hyman and Eric Bazilian, treated the craft-savvy to their Cyndi Lauper hit, "Time After Time," which was nominated for a GRAMMY for Song Of The Year for 1984.

The surprise of the evening came when Mark Hudson invited GRAMMY nominee Desmond Child to the stage to perform a verse and chorus of his iconic hit, Bon Jovi's "Livin' On A Prayer." Even the heavily industry-based crowd found themselves caught up in a full-blown sing-along.

Of course, this represented just a taste of the ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO. There are many panels and events to look forward to this weekend. At the top of our list is Saturday afternoon's "Higher Ground: A Keynote Interview and Award Presentation with Stevie Wonder," especially given ASCAP has announced Janelle Monáe as the interviewer.

Stay tuned for more coverage from the ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO. And if you are attending the event, be sure to stop by The Recording Academy Lounge on the second floor and say hello.

Benefits of Membership

The Recording Academy is the preeminent organization for musicians, producers, engineers and other music professionals. Our mission is to advance artistic and technical excellence, work to ensure a vital and free creative environment, and act as an advocate on behalf of music and its makers.

Our members have access to live events all around the country, as well as 24/7 access to the GRAMMY Pro library of video and editorial content, which explores the industry and craft of music.

Learn More