The ASCAP Experience will feature Ashanti, TV and film composers, wellness talks, and more.

ASCAP has announced its June 2022 schedule for the ASCAP Experience – a series of special guests, panels and more that have been created to inspire, educate and connect aspiring songwriters and composers. This year’s event will focus on showcasing the many diverse voices of the music community.

Capping off the event is a session with singer-songwriter Ashanti, where she’ll chat with VIBE Editor-in-Chief Dawton Thomas to celebrate the 20-year legacy of her debut album. During the chat, she’ll dive into creating some of her greatest hits of all time.

In addition to her acclaimed singing career, Ashanti is the CEO of her own record label, Written Entertainment, and recently became the first black artist to co-found a web3 company, EQ Exchange. The event will be broadcast live from ASCAP Youtube channel.

Also featured is TV and film composer Raashi Kulkarni (super girlDC Legends of tomorrow) and Costa Rican composer and producer Daniel Rojas (Marvel’s Hit-Monkey, MODOK). The two will join Universal Pictures executive Jeff Cafuir for a talk on finding diverse voices for film and television music production. Panelists will explain why diversity, equity and inclusion efforts are so crucial for composers, film companies and fans.

Kulkarni and Rojas will also discuss their own personal experiences with NBCUniversal’s Universal Composting Initiative, an effort to close the gap for women, people of color and other underrepresented communities in the composting world. . The conversation will be broadcast live from ASCAP Instagram June 8.

ASCAP’s Wellness Program will present “The Art of Listening: A Live Musical Meditation with the Beginner’s Ear” as a lead up to World Wellness Day. Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim, founder of Beginner’s Ear, will lead an immersive group meditation that explores the ways in which sound, stillness and mindfulness are interconnected. ASCAP composer Todd Reynolds will present a program of contemporary classical works for violin and electronics. The meditation will also take place on ASCAP’s Instagram on June 10 at 12 p.m. ET.

“Express Yourself: A Roundtable on Identity in the Music Industry” featuring Lazaro Hernandez, Ryan Cassata and Jamie Moore will host a panel discussion on how each participant’s identity shapes their music career. They will also cover the challenges they have faced during their careers as well as how to create a more welcoming, accessible and stimulating industry for everyone. The discussion will be streamed live on June 15 at 3 p.m. ET on ASCAP’s YouTube channel.

These previous ASCAP sessions this year have already garnered nearly 30,000 views. Sessions so far have included music creators from Latin superstar Camilo, Oscar-nominated composer Germaine Franco, K-Pop stars Justin Liu and Amber Park, Ariana Grande hitmaker Tommy Brown and of the Bieber Poo Bear collaborator. Throughout the sessions, each artist tackles a wide range of topics related to the music industry. For more information on the ASCAP experience, as well as on-demand sessions, visit their website, HERE.

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