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‘Encanto’ Composer Germaine Franco Set for ASCAP Experience Panel

The celebrated panelists will explore what it takes to make music that crosses borders and cultural boundaries.

ASCAP Experience kicks off its 2022 program next week with a special panel featuring three of the industry’s leading composers and songwriters, part of the PRO’s celebration of Women’s History Month.

Confirmed for the March 8 panel “Worldly Women in Music” are Encanto composer Germaine Franco; Pulitzer Prize winner Tania León; and 2016 ASCAP London Songwriter of the Year Amy Wadge (Ed Sheeran, James Blunt, Kacey Musgraves).

The celebrated panelists will explore what it takes to make music that crosses borders and cultural boundaries, with Billboard Executive Editor, West Coast and Nashville, Melinda Newman on moderator duties.

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The session coincides with International Women’s Day, and kicks of ASCAP’s monthly virtual sessions, which are created to “inspire, educate and connect aspiring songwriters and composers everywhere.”

“We are so excited to launch ASCAP Experience with three phenomenal composers as part of our ‘Women Create Music’ campaign,” comments ASCAP CEO Elizabeth Matthews. “We believe that celebrating the achievements of our members through our “Women Create Music” campaign can help create change and ultimately, more opportunity for women in the music industry.”

Details of more ASCAP Experience sessions will be announced shortly, including sessions covering NFTs, exclusive conversations with chart-topping music creators, and more.

Due to the health crisis, ASCAP’s flagship event flipped for the first time to a virtual event in 2020, and again in 2021. Last year, ASCAP Experience’s virtual panels reached over 41,000 views across real-time and on-demand streaming. Those figures equate to a 39% increase in attendance and 53% increase in RSVPs vs. the previous year, reps say.

For more visit ascapexperience.com.