ASCAP held its second annual ASCAP Presents . . . Women Behind the Music series in Atlanta on Oct. 12, New York on Oct. 14 and Los Angeles on Oct. 27. The series, designed to encourage and recognize women in the music community, highlighted not only female songwriters and artists, but those working in all facets across the business. PHOTOS: FRANK MICELOTTA IMAGES


Rashan Ali, moderator of the honorees’ panel discussion and co-host of “The Ryan Cameron Show” on WVEE (V-103) Atlanta, challenged honorees to reflect on their time in the industry and connect those experiences with the Atlanta audience. From left: Ali, entertainment attorney Sandra Brown, Nicole George, ASCAP’s VP of membership for rhythm & soul; Kelly Rowland, Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter; and Hanna Kang, Hustle Records GM. Brown, Rowland and Kang were the night’s honorees.

Kelly Rowland signs the ASCAP Presents . . . Women Behind the Music poster after stepping off the stage at the Atlanta event.

During the event, author Shanti Das signed copies of her book, “The Hip Hop Professional: A Woman's Guide to Climbing The Ladder Of Success In The Entertainment Business.”

DJ Traci Steele provided the evening's music.


Honorees during the New York event included (from left) Carolyn Williams, RCA Music Group/Sony Music Entertainment’s senior VP of marketing; entertainment attorney Motisola Zulu and SRC-Motown Universal Records artist Melanie Fiona, and pose here before their panel discussion with ASCAP’s George and Jennifer Drake, director of membership for rhythm & soul.

Melanie Fiona performs “Ay Yo” from her debut album, “The Bridge,” at the New York gathering.


The Los Angeles honorees’ panel, moderated by Billboard senior correspondent , Gail Mitchell, continued the theme of “Her Story” with emotional and thought-provoking tales from women who’ve made an impact on the music industry. Shown before the panel are (from left) Mitchell, musician/singer , Sheila E. , George, attorney Tabetha Plummer and Kirdis Postelle, Aftermath Entertainment’s GM. Sheila E., Plummer and Postelle were the event’s honorees.

Plummer (left) and Sheila E. (center), discuss their experiences in the music industry with Mitchell (right).

Enjoying the LA event are Jay Sloan, Senior Director, Membership of Rhythm & Soul at ASCAP; producer Rob Knox; George; and producer/songwriter Chuck Harmony.

From left: ASCAP's Rhythm & Soul team, Jennifer Drake Director, Membership; Sloan and George; celebrated the final installment of their Women Behind The Music Event.

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