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BMI Writers Take More Than 54% of 2015 BETs

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From News, posted 7.01.15. The 15th annual BET Awards, which celebrate stars from music, television, radio, film and sports, was held at the Microsoft Theater in downtown LA on Sunday, June 28, with BMI superstars taking home more than 54% of the music category awards. In addition, BMI songwriter Janet Jackson was presented with…Read more...


BMI Congratulates its 2015 Songwriters Hall of Fame Inductees and Honorees

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From News, posted 6.30.15. Broadcast Music, Inc. is proud to congratulate its Songwriters Hall of Fame inductees, Bobby Braddock, Willie Dixon, Toby Keith, Cyndi Lauper and Linda Perry, who together made up the majority of this year’s class of inductions into the Songwriters Hall of Fame on June 18, 2015. Congratulations also go to…Read more...


Nile Rodgers to be Named BMI Icon at the 2015 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards

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From News, posted 6.17.15. Broadcast Music, Inc. has announced that GRAMMY-winning composer, producer, arranger and guitarist Nile Rodgers will receive the BMI Icon Award at the Company’s 2015 R&B/Hip-Hop Awards, to be held Friday, August 28, at the Saban Theatre in Los Angeles. Rodgers, a musical architect of the influential band CHIC and perennial…Read more...


Royalty Network Launches #WriteForRoyalty Competition

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From News, posted 6.01.15. The Royalty Network, an independent publishing company and BMI affiliate, has launched a viral competition called #WriteForRoyalty that gives entrants the opportunity to win an exclusive writing contract. They have tweeted song pitches in four styles: Pop, hip-hop, electronic, and R&B, through the handle @RoynetMusic and…Read more...


Beat Summit Set to Reach New Heights as a Battle Between Catalogs Rages at SXSW

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From News, posted 3.06.15. On Friday, March 20, at SXSW, BMI, in conjunction with Flight School, will present “The Beat Summit Showcase,” a battle between music catalogs, featuring some of the recording industry’s most eminent producers who have created some of the most influential hip-hop records. Slated to do battle are Read more...


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...