Casio Supports Women in Music at the 12th Annual ASCAP ‘I Create Music’ Expo


Casio to Showcase Leading Electronic Musical Instruments for Artists and Attendees

LOS ANGELES, CA, April 13, 2017 - Casio America, Inc.,, a leading innovator of electronic music instruments, is thrilled to announce that it will be taking part in the 12th annual ASCAP ‘I Create Music’ EXPO, the premier national conference for songwriters, composers, artists, producers and music business leaders. As part of its participation, Casio will sponsor the special “She Rocks Showcase" and have a wide selection of electronic musical instruments, including its CGP-700, GP-500 and MZ-X500, on display at the EXPO from April 13-15, 2017, at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles, CA.

The 2017 “She Rocks Showcase", hosted by the Women’s International Music Network (WiMN) and sponsored by Casio, is part of WiMN’s ongoing efforts to provide women in the industry with a platform to showcase their music. The event is a unique opportunity for female artists to perform in front of industry experts, media representatives, artists, publishers and more. This year’s performers include singer-songwriter Candace Wakefield, alternative rock band High Love, singers CROWN and Kate Mills, and soul/indie duo Trackless.

“As we return to ASCAP for another year, we are so excited to sponsor the ‘She Rocks Showcase’ and once again help WiMN put a spotlight on women in music," said Stephen Schmidt, Vice President of Casio’s Electronic Musical Instrument Division. “It’s always been our mission to support musicians which is why we develop products specifically with their needs in mind. We are very proud to be part of such an incredible event and showcase our electronic musical instruments for so many talented artists."

The following Casio electronic musical instruments will be on display during the ASCAP EXPO for attendees and musicians to play:

CGP-700 Compact Digital Piano – Featuring Casio’s latest technological achievement, the Color Touch Interface™ featured on the CGP-700 makes it ideal for composers and performers. This bright, clear and easy-to-use interface is a premium icon-based 5.3" touchscreen that enables musicians to choose tones, select rhythms, and combine sounds in splits or layers. The piano also features Casio’s world-class Tri-Sensor 88-note scaled hammer action keyboard with simulated ebony and ivory textured keys as well as a unique six-speaker sound system with 40 watts of total. For on-stage performances, the CGP-700 can be removed from the stand, becoming a lightweight (26 lbs.) and versatile stage piano.

MZ-X500 Music Arranger Keyboard – With an inspiring set of over 1,000 instrument tones, hundreds of rhythms and a 17-track song sequencer, the MZ-X500 allows songwriters to compose with ease. Sixteen backlit, touch-sensitive pads enable artists to trigger musical phrases, chord progressions and audio samples while the keyboard is free to play other instrument tones. To capture moments of pure inspiration, the MZ-X500 also provides USB audio recording, which can record vocals and other instruments utilizing the mic and line inputs. The MZ-X500 also has built-in speakers driven by dual 20-watt amplifiers that deliver a big, powerful sound.

CELVIANO Grand Hybrid GP-500 – Casio’s CELVIANO Grand Hybrids are a revolutionary line of digital pianos that recreate the piano experience through the convergence of acoustic and digital technologies to reproduce the subtleties of the world’s finest grand pianos. The Natural Grand Hammer Action Keyboard technology includes full-length piano keys that use the same materials and processes as in C. Bechstein grand pianos and conveys delicate finger nuances more accurately, and enables dynamic touch, allowing the pianist to play in a completely natural way. The AiR Grand Sound Source faithfully recreates the same sound and reverberation like that of a grand piano, and a Grand Acoustic System generates a space of three-dimensional sound to represent the sound of a grand piano as it emanates from above and below the soundboard. The GP-500 features a black polished finish and also offers USB Audio Recording, a Hall Simulator, and 3 world-class piano tones.

To learn more about the instruments that will be on display at the ASCAP EXPO, or to get information on Casio’s full portfolio of electronic musical instruments, please visit

About Casio America, Inc.
Casio America, Inc., Dover, N.J., is the U.S. subsidiary of Casio Computer Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of consumer electronics and business equipment solutions. Established in 1957, Casio America, Inc. markets calculators, keyboards, mobile presentation devices, disc title and label printers, watches, cash registers and other consumer electronic products. Casio has strived to realize its corporate creed of “creativity and contribution" through the introduction of innovative and imaginative products. For more information, visit