ASCAP President and Chairman Marilyn Bergman today announced the ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO the first and only national conference dedicated to songwriting and composing that is designed to bring together music creators with music industry professionals who want to work together to achieve greater success.  The Expo will take place April 20-22, 2006 at The Hollywood Renaissance Hotel in Los Angeles, California.

Marilyn Bergman ("The Way We Were," "The Windmills of Your Mind") will be among some of the most accomplished songwriters, composers and producers in the world participating in the conference, along with Glen Ballard ("Man in the Mirror", "The Space Between"), Stephen Bray ("Express Yourself," "Into the Groove"),

Bruce Broughton (Silverado, Warm Springs), Desmond Child ("Dude (Looks Like A Lady)," "Livin' La Vida Loca"), Hal David ("Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head," "Close to You"), Mike Elizondo ("In Da Club," "Let Me Blow Ya Mind"), Michael Giacchino (Lost, The Incredibles), James Newton Howard (Batman Begins, The Sixth Sense), Jimmy Jam ("No More Drama," "That’s the Way Love Goes"), The Dust Brothers' John King (Fight Club, "Where It’s At"), Johnny Mandel ("The Shadow of Your Smile," "A Time For Love"), Rick Nowels ("The Game of Love," "White Flag"), Rudy Perez ("Pero Me Acuerdo De Ti," "Vivir Lo Nuestro"), Linda Perry ("Beautiful," "Get the Party Started"), Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell), John Shanks ("Pieces of Me," "Somebody Like You"), Jimmy Webb ("Galveston," "Wichita Lineman"), Matthew Wilder ("Beautiful Disaster," "Break My Stride"), and Paul Williams ("Rainy Days And Mondays," "We've Only Just Begun"), with many more participants to be announced. 

All songwriters, composers, producers, publishers and music industry professionals, regardless of affiliation, will benefit from this unique creative event, which will be presented in a stimulating format designed to facilitate personal interaction, education and networking.  Programs will include, panels, workshops, master classes, keynotes, mentoring, song critiquing, product displays, state-of-the-art technology demonstrations, performances, and more.  Detailed information, including early bird pricing and registration, can be found at

"This is a must attend event for all serious music creators working to achieve greater success," said Marilyn Bergman.  "In keeping with the long tradition of ASCAP's top songwriters and composers helping to nurture those starting out in the business, attendees will have the opportunity to hear music legends talk about their craft and the chance to interact with them in a variety of settings.  They’ll walk away with the knowledge, tools and contacts to maximize their success and inspire their work."

"ASCAP is the only U.S. performing rights organization owned and governed by its music creator members, and the most trusted organization among songwriters and composers," said Jimmy Jam.  "I’m thrilled to be a part of the first conference focused exclusively on songwriting and composing."