Aloe Blacc to Interview Bill Withers at ASCAP 'I Create Music EXPO,' Full Schedule Announced

Aloe Blacc photographed at The Hollywood Reporter portrait studio at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah on Jan. 24, 2015.

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An interview between Aloe Blacc and Bill Withers is the top ticket item at this year's ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO, as well as panel discussions featuring Toby Gad, No I.D., Santigold, Sum 41's Deryck Whibley and others. 

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The three day conference runs April 30 through May 2 at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles and will include nearly 200 participating panelists and performers. The annual event's focus is on the craft and business of songwriting, composing and producing. 

Blacc's interview with Withers -- the man behind beloved hits including like "Ain't No Sunshine," "Lean on Me" and "Lovely Day -- will come two weeks after his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Their conversation is supposed to focus on the importance of staying authentic to oneself, artistically and personally. It is also said to mark a full-circle moment for Blacc who attended  EXPO in 2010 specifically to hear Withers speak. 

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A summary of EXPO programming is below. See the complete "I Create Music" EXPO schedule here


Keynotes and Conversations
Who Is He (and What Is He to You)?: "I Create Music" Interview with Bill Withers; Interviewed by Aloe Blacc
"We Create Music" with Tody Gad, Deborah Lurie, Richard Marx and No I.D.
Washington D: How New Laws and Copyright Changes Will Impact Music Creators with Songwriter/Artist Aloe Blacc, Congressman Doug Collins, Congressman Hakeem Jeffries and ASCAP President Paul Williams

Master Sessions
Richard Bellis: Creativity on a Deadline
Claudia Brant: Creo en Mi
Douglas Cuomo: Musician's Survival Toolkit
Da Internz: Write Ya Life: An Interactive Session
Savan Kotecha: The Economics of a Hit Songwriter
Ingrid Michaelson: The Way I Am
Mike Reid: From the Gridiron to the GRAMMYs

Creative Panels
Hit Songwriters: In It to Win It with Kevin Kadish, Greg Kurstin, William Larsen, Jesse Shatkin and Sevyn Streeter
Live Multi-Genre Song Feedback Workshop Series with Darrell Brown
Rock Songwriters on the Move with John Feldmann, Chris Lorde-Alge and Deryck Whibley (Sum 41)
Murphy's Laws of Songwriting
Trading Places: Composers Working As Songwriters (and Vice-Versa) with Jared Gutstadt, Daniel Heath, Shawn Patterson and Nick Thorburn
Pop/Rock Feedback
Jack of All Scores: Versatility in TV Composing and Feedback with Craig Marks, Roger Neill, Joey Newman, Photek and Elvin Ross
Straight Talk and Feedback from Country Music Pros
R&B/Hip-Hop Feedback

Diverse Topics
Women Behind the Music with Goapele, Erica Grayson, Faith Newman, Santigold and Sevyn Streeter
The Music Supervisor's Mission
Higher Calling: Growing a Career in Gospel Music with Maurette Brown Clark, LaShawn Daniels, Janice Gaines, William McDowell and Jonathan McReynolds
Desmond Child Presents Fair Trade Music: Preserving the Music Ecosystemwith Desmond Child, Eddie Schwartz and Doug Wood
On the Come Up: Mama We Made It with Kirby Lauryen, Mali Music, Victoria Monet and Vinylz
Know Your Placement: Music Publishing in Film, TV and Beyond
Making the Most of Your ASCAP Membership
Managing Your Online Presence (Presented by Squarespace)
Strike Up the Brand: How to Boost Your Music Career with Partners and Sponsors (Presented by Billboard)
Website Demolition Derby (Presented by Bandzoogle)
Mastering Workshop: Simple Steps to Radio Ready (Presented by iZotope)
Shaping Ideas and Producing (Presented by Native Instruments)
The Instrumentalist-Producer's Guide to Finishing Music (Presented by Ableton)

Business Discussions
Nuts & Bolts of the Music Business with Donald Passman, Esq.
The Visual Streams: Making Money with Your Music on YouTube and Beyond (Presented by AdRev & Killer Tracks)
Show Me the Money: Creating Your DIY Monetization Strategy (Presented by CD Baby)
Creative Cohorts: How a Writer-Publisher Team Works Together
Adoption vs. Babysitting: How to Choose Between a Music Publishing and Admin Deal (Presented by Lommen Abdo)
Building Your Team

The Writers Jam with Andrew Bird, Aloe Blacc, Ashley Gorley and Andrea Martin
"I Create Music" Center Stage with Kevin Cronin (REO Speedwagon), Hanson, Richard Marx, Mike Reid and Valerie Simpson
ASCAP EXPO iStandard Producer and Rapper Showcase
ASCAP EXPO Attendee Showcase (Presented by Eventbrite)