By JOHN DALY
Portugal. The Man is set to perform at the 2019 ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO, which takes place May 2-4 at the Loews Hollywood Hotel, it was announced.
Also appearing at the annual event will be Questlove, Wyclef Jean, Lee Ann Womack, Victoria Monét, “Shallow” co-writer Anthony Rossomando and Matthew Koma.
The songwriters are among dozens of music creators who appear each year to participate in panel discussions, hear new ideas and convene in support of the art.
Portugal. The Man has had No. 1 hits with “Live In The Moment” and the quadruple-Platinum “Feel It Still,” and won the 2018 ASCAP Vanguard Award. The group will perform at this year’s ASCAP Annual Membership Meeting, which takes place during the morning of May 2.
The Annual Membership Meeting serves as a “state of the union” from ASCAP to its 700,000+ creators, delivered by ASCAP Chairman of the Board and President Paul Williams, ASCAP Chief Executive Officer Beth Matthews and EVP of Membership John Titta.
Other newly-added panelists include Grammy-winning hip-hop producer Nineteen85, who joins the We Create Music panel. Nineteen85 is best known for producing records for Drake, notably his most successful singles, “One Dance”, “Hotline Bling” and “Hold On, We’re Going Home.”
He has been nominated for three Grammys, including for “Producer of the Year (Non-Classical)” and holds two ASCAP Music Awards. Previously-announced We Create Music panelists include A Star Is Born songwriter Anthony Rossomando, Grammy/CMA/ACM winner Lee Ann Womack and Pinar Toprak, the first woman to score a big-budget Marvel superhero film (Captain Marvel).
Another addition as panelist is rising Malaysian singer-songwriter Yuna, who will participate in a conversation on the future of electronic music with her friend and collaborator, Grammy-nominated artist-producer TOKiMONSTA.