ASKM Publishing is an independent music publishing company started and founded in June 2009. It’s an ASCAP affiliated publishing company owned and operated by independent music publisher A’Ishah Karriem aka A’Ishah Songstress. ASKM Publishing specializes in artist ownership and creative control. The primary genres ASKM focuses on are R&B, Hip Hop and Soul. However, ASKM is open to representing and working with all songwriters, composers and artists of any genre.
I, A’Ishah Songstress am more than just a music publisher. I’m a songwriter, composer, pianist, vocalist, author, music historian and artist myself. I’ve been singing since 9 years old. I’ve been writing songs since I was 13 years old. I’m also a classically trained vocalist, although R&B music is my 1st love. I’ve been classically trained since 16 years old. The same age I learned music theory and started to compose music.
One of the main reasons I decided to get into music publishing and start my own company was due to the constant “no’s” I was receiving from established industry producers and managers when I would shop my demos. I noticed as long as I was viewed as an unknown songwriter and singer I would never make any progress. So I soon decided to join ASCAP, learn the business side of the industry and start a brand and company where my music would speak for itself, and also inspire others.
My vision at ASKM is to enable other songwriters, composers and artists the proper tools and resources to prosper behind and in front of the scenes within the music industry whether independently or mainstream.