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Merle Kilgore Dies At 70

From News, posted 2.07.05 Merle Kilgore, award-winning BMI songwriter and longtime manager of Hank Williams Jr., died Sunday, February 6, of congestive heart failure in Mexico, where he had been undergoing cancer treatments. He was 70. … Read more...


Theodora Zavin Announces Retirement From BMI

From News, posted 10.21.01 Theodora Zavin, Senior Vice President and Special Counsel to the President of BMI, has announced her retirement from the performing rights organization after nearly 50 years with BMI. She will leave her position, as well as her post as the President of the… Read more...


Jamie Begian Named Winner of Charlie Parker Jazz Composition Prize

From News, posted 7.30.01 Big band leader and composer Jamie Begian has been named the winner of the second annual BMI Foundation/Charlie Parker Jazz Composition Prize for his piece, “Fuzzy Math.” The $3000 award, given to the writer of the best new work composed in the BMI… Read more...


BMI Foundation’s Lennon Scholarship Winners

From News, posted 5.14.01   Winners of the 4th annual John Lennon Scholarship are congratulated by scholarship benefactor Yoko Ono after the presentation. Shown from left are Honorable Mention winners Frank Dillon and Thomas… Read more...


Bob Israel Living ‘An American Dream’ In Studio

From News, posted 4.17.01 BMI award-winning composer Bob Israel recently supervised the premiere recording of his orchestral suite "An American Dream" at Nashville's Ocean Way Studios. Creator of some of the most-performed music in all the world through his ABC Television themes to "World News Tonight… Read more...


AIMP to Honor BMI’s Thea Zavin

From News, posted 12.05.00 BMI Senior Vice President and Special Counsel Thea Zavin will receive this year's Indie Award, presented by the New York chapter of the Association of Independent Music Publishers (AIMP). Zavin has been a… Read more...


Inaugurates Charlie Parker Jazz Composition Prize

From News, posted 7.06.00 The BMI Foundation announced today that it will inaugurate a Charlie Parker Jazz Composition Prize, to be given annually to the writer of the best new jazz work composed each year in the BMI Jazz Composers Workshop. The first $3000 award will be presented during the Workshop's annual showcase concert… Read more...


Lennon Scholarship Winners Feted

From News, posted 1.06.00 Photo: Dana Rodriguez The BMI Foundation held a luncheon today in honor of the winners of the 2nd Annual John Lennon Scholarship. Established by Yoko Ono in conjunction with the Foundation and Gibson Musical Instruments, the first and second place winners… Read more...