NEW YORK (CelebrityAccess) – ASCAP announced this week that it has joined forces with Mary J. Blige to convene a roster of top female songwriters, producers, artists and engineers for its first ever ‘She Is The Music’ Song Camp.
She Is The Music is an industrywide initiative to progress inclusivity and equality for women in music, with the goal of empowering female music creators and transforming the landscape of the business.
The effort was co-founded by esteemed industry figures including global superstar Alicia Keys, Universal Music Publishing Group Chairman and CEO Jody Gerson, Grammy Award-winning engineer Ann Mincieli and WME partner and head of East Coast Music Samantha Kirby.
Confirmed participants for the camp include top songwriting talent from the pop, hip-hop, R&B and country worlds including writers Stacey Barthe (“Cheers (Drink to That),” Rihanna), Ingrid Burley, (“Love Drought,” Beyonce), singer, songwriter and pianist Anna Graceman, Big Loud Records songwriter-artist Jillian Jacqueline, ASCAP Foundation Sammy Cahn prize winner/ UMPG writer Caylee Hammack, Audra Mae (“Little Red Wagon,” Miranda Lambert), PJ (Wiz Khalifa, Usher, Chris Brown, Charlie Puth, Fantasia), Priscilla Renea (“Timber,” Pitbull, “California King,” Rihanna), Sony Music Nashville duo The Sisterhood, Emily Weisband (Grammy-winning “Thy Will,” Hillary Scott), superstar engineers Kesha Lee (Childish Gambino’s “This Is America” and Migos’ “Bad and Boujee”) and Maria Elisa Ayerbe ( Ricky Martin, Marc Anthony, JLo), as well as female producers Ali Stone, Femke Weidema, and The Wildcardz.
Commenting on the initiative, Mary J. Blige said: “I’m looking forward to collaborating with these amazing women and to contribute to the goals of She Is The Music. We all have the power to create change. As we continue to lift each other up, we will be unstoppable.”
Cuts from ASCAP song camps have been recorded by artists including: Kelly Clarkson, Selena Gomez, Ellie Goulding, Mika, Plain White Ts, Icona Pop and Latin artist Maria Parrado among others.