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BMI Luminaries Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff Honored With Multiple BMI Million-Air Awards

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From News, posted 5.27.16. Iconic songwriting/producing team Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff were featured in a special “On the Mic” event, held at Warner/Chappell Music in Nashville on May 5. During the gathering, the legendary duo shared stories of their partnership as the architects of the Philly Soul sound and the creators of more…Read more...


BMI’s Stage at Hangout Music Fest Promises to Shine in Gulf Shores

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From News, posted 5.11.16. Now in its fourth year, the BMI stage at Hangout Music Fest in Gulf Shores, Alabama, is back and better than ever! Featuring 12 acts across three days, the ocean-front stage will kick off at 11:30 a.m. (Sun. 11:45) and showcase the best up-and-comers in rock, hip-hop, electronic, and every…Read more...


Atlanta’s Rising Stars of R&B/Hip-Hop Bring the House Down at BMI’s Urban Showcase

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From News, posted 4.07.16. BMI hosted its Urban Showcase Tuesday, April 5, at Terminal West, featuring a mix of the recording industry’s eminent stars and most-promising talent. Hosted by recording artist Bre-Z from FOX’s hit-show Empire, the evening was filled with high-energy performances from rap duo EarthGang, R&B crooner Jacquees, and rapper/singer/producer Elhae. The…Read more...


Storied BMI Songwriter Lamont Dozier Enthralls USC at Songwriters Hall of Fame Master Session

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From News, posted 3.25.16. Motown legend Lamont Dozier returned to USC on Friday, February 26, to partake in a Master Session for the Songwriters Hall of Fame. No stranger to the campus, as Dozier previously acted as an Artist in Residence Professor at USC Thornton, playing a role in the creation of the Popular…Read more...


The Rapping Dead: Meet the Flatbush ZOMBiES

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From News, posted 3.22.16. True to the culturally diverse mix of their home turf of Brooklyn, incendiary hip-hop trio Flatbush ZOMBiES are willfully difficult to categorize. Weaned on a steady diet of skewed pop culture, cult cinema and boundary-pushing hip-hop, the trio formed in 2010 and immediately set about injecting a surreal, hallucinogenic sensibility…Read more...


BMI Urban Showcase in Atlanta Brings the Beats

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From News, posted 2.26.16. BMI is excited to present the BMI Urban Showcase in Atlanta, GA, featuring a combination of the industry’s rising stars and most-promising talent. Hosted by recording artist Bre-Z, known to her fans as Freda Gatz from Fox’s hit-show Empire, the evening will provide a unique opportunity for BMI affiliates to…Read more...


Get to Know Chris Brown Hitmakers Barry ‘Mijo’ Bradford and Bobby Turner

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From News, posted 2.26.16. Barry “Mijo” Bradford is a busy man. Beyond being one of the key creative figures behind Chris Brown’s production company CBE (Chris Brown Entertainment – or, alternately, Culture Beyond Your Experience – for whom Bradford writes songs and handles A&R), the ambitious millennial is a creative director for Brown’s retail…Read more...


BMI’s 2016 ‘How I Wrote That Song’ Brings Together the Heavyweights Behind the Hits

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From News, posted 2.16.16. On Saturday, February 13, BMI presented its annual “How I Wrote That Song” event, sponsored by DTS, at The Roxy in West Hollywood, CA. Gathering a panel of esteemed names from across multiple genres, including GRAMMY-winning songwriter Liz Rose (Taylor Swift, Little Big Town, Hunter Hayes), GRAMMY-winning songwriter and producer…Read more...


BMI Salutes its 2016 GRAMMY Winners

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From News, posted 2.16.16. BMI songwriters had an amazing night at the 58th GRAMMYs at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA, on Monday, taking home top awards across the board. Taylor Swift continued her ascendance by winning Best Pop Vocal Album and Album of The Year for 1989, Mark Ronson snagged Record of…Read more...


BMI to Present Annual ‘How I Wrote That Song’ Panel Featuring Top Hitmakers

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From News, posted 2.02.16. BMI is pleased to announce its GRAMMY-infused “How I Wrote That Song”® event slated for February 13 at The Roxy in West Hollywood. Moderated by BMI Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations, Catherine Brewton, the panel features some GRAMMY Award-winning and nominated heavyweights including Liz Rose, Stevie J, Jerry ‘Wonda’…Read more...