A staggering number of people dream about a career as a musician. Just look at the sheer number of people who sign up to the “American Idol”Every year, there are tryouts to discover the excitement and enthusiasm of the public for the music industry. Music is part of American culture. How often do we stop and think about the people behind the music?

Today’s most well-known musicians write and perform many of their own songs. There are many other music artists who rarely get on stage. The person who sings a hit song is the most popular, while the composer/lyricist or musician who wrote it or the lyrics are often left behind. Clay Aiken comes to mind most often, “Invisible”Although the song is well-known, many people don’t know that Desmond Child is the song’s songwriter. He is one the most prolific and creative musicians in the industry.

Music creators, both established and budding, have the opportunity to learn from the best and most successful in the industry how to build a career in today’s market. Desmond Child and other hit composers, producers, and songwriters have been a part of this program for the past two-years. “Dude, Looks Like a Lady”; Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis “No More Drama”; Linda Perry, “Beautiful”; John Rich, “Redneck Woman”; and Michael Giacchino “Ratatouille”Participated in the ASCAP “I Create Music”EXPO, where they shared valuable insights about the music-making process.

ASCAP, America’s leading performing rights organization, will hold its third annual conference in 2008. “I Create Music”EXPO. This conference is the only one in the country dedicated to songwriting/composing. It will bring together some of the most respected songwriters, composers and publishers around the globe with emerging music creators for educational and networking opportunities.

The three-day event, which will begin at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel, Los Angeles on April 10, will cover all music genres. There will be panels, master classes and keynotes, as well as one-on-1 sessions, song critiques, product demonstrations, technology demonstrations, and performances for attendees.

The EXPO will host some of the top music artists and allow them to connect with one another to help their careers grow. Visit www.exPO.com for more information. www.ascap.com/expo.