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BMI to Present Insights into ‘Building the Beat’ at SXSW

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From News, posted 2.23.15. On Thursday, March 19, 2015, during the incomparable SXSW Music Festival, Broadcast Music, Inc., in collaboration with The Beat Summit, will present Building the Beat: A Conversation with Some of Music’s Most Influential Producers. The panel, which will be moderated by Hot 97’s Peter Rosenberg, will…Read more...


Rainy Milo Delights Audience During ‘Pick of the Month’ Series

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From News, posted 2.23.15. BMI held the February installment of its “Pick of the Month” series on February 20, 2015, at Hotel Café in Los Angeles. This month’s event featured a performance by London’s own Rainy Milo, who performed a variety of sultry selections that delighted the audience. BMI’s “Pick of the Month” is…Read more...


D’Mile Produces Tracks for GRAMMY-nominated Album

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From News, posted 2.10.15. Singer-songwriter-producer Dernst Emile II, aka D’Mile, expressed his musical talents early. At the age of six, he ably performed pieces from the book, Hanon: The Virtuoso Pianist in Sixty Exercises. From there, he mastered the acoustic, bass and electric guitars and drums. His classical training (instilled by his father, Dernst…Read more...


BMI Songwriters Win More Than Half of 2015 GRAMMYs

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From News, posted 2.09.15. Broadcast Music, Inc. congratulates all of its GRAMMY-winning songwriters and composers, announced during a star-studded event full of performances by top artists Sunday night in Los Angeles. Sam Smith, the winner of the coveted Best New Artist trophy, was also the winner of the Best Pop Vocal Album for In…Read more...


BMI’s ‘How I Wrote That Song’ Features GRAMMY Winners, Nominees and Multiplatinum Talent

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From News, posted 2.07.15. Broadcast Music, Inc. held its annual pre-GRAMMY event, “How I Wrote That Song,” on February 7, 2015, at 1Oak in West Hollywood. The list of illustrious panelists included GRAMMY-nominated hip-hop magnate Rick Ross, GRAMMY-nominated scribe Ester Dean, GRAMMY-winning songwriter-producer David Hodges, multiplatinum GRAMMY-nominated producer Mannie Fresh and country music’s number-one-hit…Read more...


How I Wrote That Song Spotlight: Panelist Natalie Hemby

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From News, posted 1.29.15. Natalie Hemby (@nataliehemby) is a driving force among songwriters, revered as one of the top female scribes in the industry. Hemby signed her first publishing deal in 1997 and has since written songs recorded by artists Sheryl Crow, Miranda Lambert, Eli Young Band, Lady Antebellum, Rosi Golan, Toby Keith, Little…Read more...


How I Wrote That Song Spotlight: Panelist Mannie Fresh

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From News, posted 1.29.15. Mannie Fresh (@manniefresh) is known to fans and throughout the music industry as an artist, entertainer and former in-house producer for Cash Money Records, but he started out as one of the best DJs in New Orleans and is now returning to his musical roots. The multiplatinum, GRAMMY-nominated producer responsible…Read more...


How I Wrote That Song Spotlight: Panelist David Hodges

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From News, posted 1.29.15. David Hodges (@hodgesmusic) is a multiplatinum songwriter-producer, multi-instrumentalist, BMI award recipient, GRAMMY winner and Golden Globe nominee. Hodges cut his teeth as one of the founding members of 18 million-selling Little Rock, Ark.-based legendary rock act, Evanescence. At the height of the band’s success, he left for Los Angeles to…Read more...


How I Wrote That Song Spotlight: Panelist Ester Dean

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From News, posted 1.29.15. Ester Dean (@EsterDean) is a singer-songwriter and actress, proclaimed “The song machine, with a Betty Boop voice,” by The New Yorker. She’s a multidimensional, charismatic young woman, who has worked with the top artists and producers of our time. Dean has created some of the most infectious songs in the…Read more...


How I Wrote That Song Spotlight: Panelist Rick Ross

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From News, posted 1.29.15. Rick Ross (@rickyrozay) is a GRAMMY-nominated rapper and founder of the record label Maybach Music Group. His latest album, Hood Billionaire, was released on November 24, 2014 on Maybach Music/Def Jam Recordings. Hood Billionaire is the follow-up to Mastermind, which was released March 2014 and became his fifth career album…Read more...