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Kenny Chesney to be Honored With BMI President’s Award at the 2016 BMI Country Awards

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From News, posted 9.26.16. BMI will celebrate the extraordinary career of Kenny Chesney by presenting him with the BMI President’s Award at the Company’s 64th annual BMI Country Awards, to be held at BMI’s Nashville office on November 1, 2016. BMI President and CEO Mike O’Neill will host the ceremony with Jody Williams, BMI… Read more...


Nashville Celebrates Cole Swindell and Writers With Triple #1 Party

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From News, posted 9.13.16. Nashville industry, family and friends gathered for a Monday afternoon pub crawl down Demonbreun Street in celebration of three #1 hits from BMI artist Cole Swindell. The first track, “Hope You Get Lonely Tonight,” was celebrated at South and was cowritten with BMI writers Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard, along… Read more...


Get Ready to Line Up for the BMI Stage at ACL 2016

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From News, posted 9.13.16. BMI has lined up a stellar group of 24 bands who will head to Austin, TX, to hit the BMI-sponsored stage at the 2016 Austin City Limits Music Festival. Held across two weekends, September 30 to October 3 and October 7 to 9, the festival will take place in the… Read more...


The Art of Quitting: Bonnie Bishop’s Story

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From MusicWorld, posted 9.13.16. For nearly 13 years, Bonnie Bishop had been waiting for her big break. After graduating from the University of Texas in Austin in 2001, she immediately started making a living as an artist, never even holding a day job. She played regularly in fairs and festivals around Texas, steadily building… Read more...


Get to Know Hit Country Songwriter Lori McKenna

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From MusicWorld, posted 9.13.16. We know you’re wondering, and the answer is yes. Yes, Lori McKenna is humble and kind, even with that GRAMMY to her name. And yes, if you didn’t have one already, you will have a girl crush on her. Not only is she one hell of a songwriter (a song… Read more...


BMI Signs Songwriter Ben Haggard

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From News, posted 9.01.16. Songwriter Ben Haggard, the 23-year-old son of the late icon Merle Haggard, dropped by the BMI Nashville office August 31 to officially sign as a BMI writer. Ben has been on the road with his brother Noel, continuing their father’s legacy and finishing out Merle’s scheduled tour. The pair have… Read more...


BMI Congratulates its 2016 CMA Nominees

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From News, posted 9.01.16. BMI is proud to congratulate all of our affiliates who were nominated for this year’s prestigious CMA Awards. Leading the pack for BMI are Eric Church, who is again this year up for five awards, and Maren Morris, who also received five nods. Other multiple artist nominees include Carrie Underwood… Read more...


Toby Keith Awarded Seven BMI Million-Air Awards

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From News, posted 8.31.16. BMI headed to Tootsie’s on Broadway Tuesday afternoon to present BMI singer-songwriter Toby Keith with seven Million-Air awards, designated for songs that have hit million radio spin milestones. The songs awarded totaled 23 million radio plays: “God Love Her” with 2 million, “American Soldier” with 3 million, “Courtesy of the… Read more...


BMI Celebrates Country Star Dustin Lynch and The Writers of ‘Mind Reader’

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From News, posted 8.25.16. Friends, family and music industry executives gathered yesterday at South to celebrate BMI artist Dustin Lynch and the writers of his #1 hit “Mind Reader.” Penned by BMI songwriter Rhett Akins and writer Ben Hayslip, with production by Mickey Jack Cones, the track is the third single from his second… Read more...


BMI and YEP Excite at Exit/In

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From News, posted 8.17.16. The quarterly BMI and YEP showcase took place last night at the 45-year-old Exit/In venue, a staple of Nashville up-and-comers. The country showcase featured rising stars and BMI songwriters Chris Bandi, former The Voice contestant Mary Sarah and Joey Hyde. BMI regularly partners with YEP, an organization for young people… Read more...