ASKM Publishing is an independent music publishing company, started and founded in June 2009. It’s an ASCAP affiliated music 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 we focus on are R&B, Hip Hop, Soul and Urban Pop. However, ASKM is open to representing and working with all songwriters, composers and artists of all genres.
I, A’Ishah Songstress am more than just a music publisher. I’m a singer, songwriter, composer, pianist, author, music teacher, music historian and artist myself. I’ve been singing since 9 years old. I’ve been writing songs since I was 13 years old, which is the same year I decided to start studying the business side of music. 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 started learn piano and music theory.
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, while also inspiring others.
My vision at ASKM Publishing is to enable other songwriters, composers and artists with the proper tools and resources to prosper. This includes behind and in front of the scenes within the music industry. Although I advocate for being an independent music artist and controlling your own career, this also includes mainstream success.
While being a music publisher, I’m currently a singer, songwriter, pianist, music teacher and author. I’m also still a student of music myself as I’m a student of legendary vocal coach Sherry Wilson Butler.