LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - March 20, 2008) - The American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) announced today that the Los Angeles City Council will issue a proclamation to declare the week of April 6-12, 2008 as "ASCAP I Create Music Week" in Los Angeles, California. This special honor recognizes a full week of activities planned by ASCAP to educate, showcase, connect and ultimately celebrate the voice of the music creator.

"ASCAP I Create Music Week" will bring together some of the top songwriters, composers, music publishers and industry leaders representing a broad array of genres, mediums and musical perspectives. The week's packed schedule includes the 13th Annual ASCAP Foundation/Disney Musical Theatre Workshop; Stephen Schwartz Hollywood Walk of Fame Ceremony & Reception; 25th Annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards honoring Steve Miller and Lionel Richie; ASCAP's General Annual Membership Meeting; and the 3rd Annual ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO, a three-day national conference dedicated to songwriting and composing, that will feature special interviews with Jackson Browne and Steve Miller.

"Los Angeles is an important global cultural center. Its deep musical heritage is respected by all of our ASCAP members," said Marilyn Bergman, ASCAP President and Chairman. "We're honored to receive this recognition from the City of Los Angeles and are proud to present a week filled with inspiring, entertaining and educational events."

"The Los Angeles City Council is proud to declare April 6-12, 2008 'ASCAP I Create Music Week,'" said Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles City Council President. "We are pleased that ASCAP has once again chosen Los Angeles as the backdrop for its events because our city has been and continues to be a beacon of opportunity for aspiring music creators and a thriving cultural center for many of the most legendary names in music."

For the complete schedule of events planned for "ASCAP I Create Music Week" in Los Angeles, please go to http://www.ascap.com/press/2008/0320_icmweek.aspx

Members of the press who are interested in covering one or more of these events may apply for credentials by contacting Kathleen Reynolds kreynolds@cooperkatz.com or Pavlina Krepelcova pavlina@bobbimarcuspr.


Established in 1914, ASCAP is the first and leading U.S. Performing Rights Organization representing the world's largest repertory totaling over 8.5 million copyrighted musical works of every style and genre from more than 315,000 songwriter, composer and music publisher members. ASCAP has representation arrangements with over 90 music rights organizations such that the ASCAP repertory is represented in nearly every country around the world. ASCAP protects the rights of its members and foreign affiliates by licensing the public performances of their copyrighted works and distributing royalties based upon surveyed performances. ASCAP is the only American Performing Rights Organization owned and governed by its writer and publisher members. www.ascap.com