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Mark Batson, Faith Evans, Tory Lanez & RedOne Discuss Their Hits at BMI’S ‘HOW I WROTE THAT SONG’®

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From News, posted 1.29.18 On Saturday, January 27, BMI presented its annual pre-GRAMMY event How I Wrote That Song® (HIWTS), in partnership with the Apollo Theater, at the legendary performance hall. The audience was treated to an enlightening panel discussion that featured multi-platinum and GRAMMY award-winning music producer Mark Batson, GRAMMY award-winning R&B royalty… 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 Visited by ‘Songwriter to Watch’ Rob. A

From News, posted 10.06.08 BMI’s Los Angeles office received a visit Thursday, October 2 from BMI songwriter Robert “Rob. A” Allen, recently named one of the “Urban Songwriters to Watch” in the October 4 issue of Billboard. Rob. A is part of the Los Angeles songwriting and production collective Graffiti, a creative hive similar… Read more...


BMI & Los Angeles Times Announce 2nd Annual ‘How I Wrote The Song’ Panel

From News, posted 2.04.08 Marquee Lineup Includes Rodney Jerkins, Chris Daughtry, Mos Def, Ben Moody, Polow Da Don, Anthony Hamilton and Brian Howes BMI will pair with the Los Angeles Times to present the second annual “How I Wrote the Song” panel Saturday, February 9, from 1p.m. until 3p.m., at the Key Club in… Read more...


Kauai Music Festival Extends “Early-Bird” Registration Deadline

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From News, posted 5.16.07 The Kauai Music Festival, a four-day celebration of the art of songwriting held on the island of Kauai, Hawaii is set for August 1-4, 2007. The festival offers an opportunity to learn songwriting from some of the best songwriters in America. Attendees can consult, one-on-one, with award-winning songwriters, Grammy-winning producers,… Read more...


BMI Offers Backstage Pass to the Rock Star Life with Free Seminar

From News, posted 8.08.06 BMI is your backstage pass to the rock star life, offering a free seminar entitled "The Star In You" on Tuesday, Aug. 29 in New York City. Designed to help songwriters, artists and the general public learn how to live like a rock star, the seminar will be held at… Read more...


For Kanye West, Music Is Medicine

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From MusicWorld, posted 3.09.06 Declaring on national television that “George Bush doesn’t care about black people” might be a career-killer for most artists — but most artists aren’t Kanye West. The 28-year-old hip-hop superstar’s ubiquitous single “Gold Digger” (featuring some Ray Charles-ish backing vocals from friend Read more...


BMI Celebrates Grammy Week

From News, posted 2.14.06 BMI executives flocked to Los Angeles during Grammy week to honor BMI's 2006 Grammy nominees and celebrate many past nominees and winners at an all-star VIP party at Boa in West Hollywood. The pre-show soiree took place two days before the 48th Annual Grammy Awards, held February 8… Read more...


Harold Lilly

From MusicWorld, posted 6.13.05 Six years ago, Harold Lilly Jr. was working at a warehouse near the airport in Richmond, Virginia. Harold, now 27, would pass time by making up songs. He would sing about his steel-toe boots. He’d sing about his work goggles. He’d sing about… Read more...


Kurt Farquhar

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From MusicWorld, posted 1.06.04 What do the hit television shows "The King of Queens," "The Parkers," "Moesha," "Girlfriends" and "Soul Food" have in common? Multi-faceted composer Kurt Farquhar. This talented Los Angeles-based composer/songwriter has quickly become a staple in the world of television music. A Chicago native, he composed his first… Read more...


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