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BMI Mourns the Loss of David Bowie

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From News, posted 1.11.16. Two days after the release of his last album, Blackstar, the legendary David Bowie, who gave the world, among so many iconic songs, “Changes,” “Space Oddity,” “Let’s Dance” and “Fame,” passed away at the age of 69. His music was an influence on too many rockers, punks, hip-hoppers, pop stars,… Read more...


BMI Mourns the Loss of Composer Elizabeth Swados

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From News, posted 1.06.16. Elizabeth Swados, the writer, director and BMI composer behind several highly successful musical theater projects including “Runaways,” for which she garnered four Tony nominations, passed away on January 5 at the age of 64. A socially conscious contributor to many diverse projects, Swados also collaborated with renowned cartoonist Garry Trudeau… Read more...


10 Questions With Duncan Sheik

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From News, posted 12.15.15. Duncan Sheik had the kind of overnight success in the ‘90s that crystallized him as a pop star, and even though he admits to having been slightly uncomfortable in the context of Top 40 radio, he’ll also tell you that he remains forever grateful for the experience. The song responsible… Read more...


BMI Foundation Presents 2015 Musical Theatre Awards

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From News, posted 6.24.15. The BMI Foundation has announced nine members of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop as the winners of its annual Musical Theatre Awards, encompassing the Jerry Harrington Awards for Outstanding Creative Achievement in Musical Theatre, the Jean Banks Award and the newly established Ellen Schwartz Award for Outstanding… Read more...


BMI Affiliate Michael Cerveris Wins a Tony for ‘Fun Home’

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From News, posted 6.08.15. Last night, Broadcast Music, Inc. affiliate Michael Cerveris was honored with the 2015 Tony for Best Actor in a Musical for his work in the hit Broadway musical Fun Home. The play, adapted from a graphic memoir of the same name by Alison Bechdel, tells the emotional coming-of-age story of… Read more...


BMI Writers Capture Major Drama Desk Award Nods for Hit Musicals

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From News, posted 5.04.15. Several BMI songwriters and composers received impressive nods for the 2015 Drama Desk Awards, which are presented to honor outstanding achievement in professional theater and are voted on by industry critics, journalists, editors and publishers. Multiple nominations went to Karey Kirkpatrick who earned a nod for Outstanding Book of a… Read more...


Composer Bobby Lopez and Lyricist Kristen Anderson-Lopez ‘Let it Go’

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From News, posted 4.30.15. The married couple and mega-talented songwriting team, who met at the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop in 1998, discuss the making of their Oscar- and GRAMMY-winning blockbuster song “Let It Go” from the hit film Frozen in this exclusive video. They also offer their expert advice on writing and… Read more...


BMI Congratulates its 2015 Tony Nominees

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From News, posted 4.28.15. Broadcast Music, Inc. songwriters and composers were honored with an astounding three of the four 2015 Tony nominations for Best Original Score Written for Theatre. Sting’s The Last Ship, Wayne and Karey Kirkpatrick’s Something Rotten! and Kander & Ebb’s The Visit are all up for the prestigious award. BMI writers… Read more...


BMI Writers Receive Major Nods for Outer Critics Circle Awards

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From News, posted 4.22.15. Broadcast Music, Inc. composers received an impressive four out of the five nominations for the Outer Critics Circle Outstanding New Score award. The Broadway musicals,The Last Ship with score by Sting, Something Rotten! featuring music by Wayne and Karey Kirkpatrick, The Visit, scored by John Kander & Fred Ebb and… Read more...


BMI Theatre Workshop to Present Winter ‘Smoker’

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From News, posted 3.02.15. The Drama League, Drama Desk and Tony® honored BMI/Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop will present its winter “Smoker,” an evening of songs written and performed by recent members of the renowned workshop. The event, which is free and open to the public with RSVP, will take place at 5PM on… Read more...