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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...


Recording Academy to Honor BMI Affiliates With 2016 GRAMMY Special Merit Awards

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From News, posted 1.14.16. BMI is very proud to share the news that several of our affiliates have been slated to receive 2016 GRAMMY Special Merit Awards. As accolades tailored specifically to music creators who have elevated the music industry and enriched our collective cultural heritage with their work and their art, the Recording…Read more...


BMI Members Get 10% Discount at Durango Songwriters Expo

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From News, posted 1.08.16. BMI is proud to be sponsoring the 11th Annual Durango Songwriters Expo/Santa Barbara Wine County, scheduled for February 25-27 at The Santa Ynez Valley Marriott near Solvang, CA. An unparalleled opportunity for networking and relationship building, this premier event will bring together songwriters, composers and music publishers with more than…Read more...


2015 Rewind: BMI Songs of the Year That Dominated the Airwaves

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From News, posted 12.29.15. BMI’s Song of the Year award, given out at the Company’s annual awards shows, celebrates the track that received the most performances on U.S. radio and TV within that genre in the previous year. Here’s a look back and a chance to listen again to the songs that…Read more...


Watch: BMI Chats With Social Star Winner SoMo

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From News, posted 12.18.15. After BMI songwriter SoMo was presented with the Social Star award at our 2015 R&B/Hip-Hop Awards ceremony, he hit the road for The Fallin’ Up tour, which visited 36 cities and sold 40,000 tickets. Near the end of the tour, SoMo stopped by the BMI offices in New York City…Read more...


BMI Writers Receive Multiple GRAMMY Nominations

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From News, posted 12.15.15. 2015 proved to be another explosive year for BMI songwriters. In advance of the 58th Annual GRAMMY awards, BMI is very proud to congratulate all of our many affiliates who have earned impressive nominations for their musical contributions across a wide range of genres, including Taylor Swift and Maroon 5…Read more...


A Conversation With Ian Kirkpatrick

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From News, posted 11.18.15. BMI songwriter and producer Ian Kirkpatrick is the kind of guy that knows what he wants and then gets it done – a trait that comes shining through in his trajectory, and his work. “Among my peers, I have a reputation for being OCD about my approach,” he says. “I…Read more...


Rap, Rap, Rapping on Fame’s Door – A Conversation With Hip-Hop Artist Pell

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From News, posted 10.27.15. If rapper Pell has to be known for any one thing, it’s pushing boundaries. Both his lush 2014 debut, Floating While Dreaming, and his newest album, Limbo, explore existential themes of consciousness and emotion — his lyrics reflecting a deliberate intention to spread positivity and good. That’s all…Read more...


A Conversation With ‘Talk Dirty’ Hit Writer Sean Douglas

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From MusicWorld, posted 10.27.15. Up until the 2015 Golden Globes, when actor Michael Keaton surprised the world by introducing his son via his acceptance speech, Sean Douglas had been pretty much flying under the radar. That is, as under the radar as one can be while writing and producing for some of the industry’s…Read more...


BMI to Sponsor Stage at Inaugural Landmark Music Festival in D.C.

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From News, posted 9.09.15. BMI has proudly signed on as a sponsor of the inaugural Landmark Music Festival, which will take place in West Potomac Park in Washington, D.C., September 26 and 27. With more than 40 artists performing, the festival features top BMI acts across genres on multiple stages, including folk…Read more...