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BMI Writers Take Major GRAMMY Nominations

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From News, posted 12.27.16 After another prolific year of incredible music, BMI songwriters made a strong showing in the nominations for the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards, slated to be presented Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Earning multiple nods across the prestigious Recording Academy accolade’s 84 separate categories, the… Read more...


BMI Composers Top Jazz Journalists Awards

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From News, posted 6.21.12 BMI jazz legend Sonny Rollins won three top awards June 20 at the annual awards voted by the nation’s jazz journalists, delivered at a gala ceremony at the legendary Blue Note jazz club in New York’s Greenwich Village. Rollins, who won Record and Musician of the Year honors, was joined… Read more...


Aretha Franklin, Kris Bowers, Bobby Avey Honored by Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz

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From News, posted 9.13.11 As the Thelonious Monk Institute staged its 25th Anniversary International Jazz Piano Competition and All-Star Gala Concert, one thing became brilliantly clear: Jazz music is thriving in virtuosic hands. BMI composer-pianist Kris Bowers was named the first-place winner of the Jazz Piano Competition. Held Sunday, September 11 and Monday, September… Read more...


BMI Songwriters Dominate First Six Months of 2011 Awards Season

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From News, posted 7.18.11 Half of 2011 is already history, complete with a suite of awards ceremonies celebrating music’s best. From the Grammys to the Tonys, the cultural supremacy of BMI’s deep repertoire has been on full display. January The year launched with a high bar, as Atticus Ross’s music for The Social… Read more...


BMI Composers Make Up Majority of DownBeat Critics Poll Winners

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From News, posted 7.14.11 BMI’s family of jazz songwriters and composers garnered the majority of 59th Annual DownBeat Critics Poll nods, revealed in the magazine’s August issue. The honorees underscore the muscle of BMI’s jazz repertoire, which is the home of the genre’s legends and contemporary torchbearers. Critics opted to… Read more...


2010 Award Season Belongs to BMI Songwriters & Composers

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From News, posted 1.27.11 BMI songwriters dominated the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards, winning almost two-thirds of the awards that were handed out across all genres and categories. The Grammy wins cap an incredible year in which BMI songwriters and composers were the most celebrated creative voices in awards presentations and on the… Read more...


Joe Lovano Leads BMI Charge at JJA Jazz Awards

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From News, posted 6.17.10 BMI jazz greats took home trophy after trophy during the annual Jazz Journalists Association Jazz Awards, held Monday, June 14 in New York City. Legendary saxophonist and composer Joe Lovano enjoyed a trio of wins, scoring Record of the Year for his album Folk Art, Tenor Saxophonist of the Year,… Read more...


Taylor Swift Wins Album of Year at 2010 Grammys

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From News, posted 2.01.10 Taylor Swift capped off her past year of pop culture domination with four career-defining wins, including the coveted Album of the Year for Fearless, during the 52nd annual Grammy Awards, held Sunday, January 31 in Los Angeles. She and her producer, fellow BMI songwriter Nathan Chapman, took the stage, as… Read more...


Kurt Elling on History, Vocalese, and the Opportunities of a New Art Form

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From MusicWorld, posted 1.27.10 Blues guitarist John Hammond once said the blues was largely about borrowing and lending. Kurt Elling feels the same way about jazz. “You definitely want the sound of the history of your instrument to be present in what you play,” Elling says. “That’s how we transmit to the future the… Read more...


Joe Johnson Wins 2009 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Composer’s Competition

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From News, posted 10.12.09 Bassist Joe Johnson was honored as the 2009 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Composer’s Competition grand prize winner on Sunday, October 11 during the 22nd annual Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition and all-star Gala Concert at the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater in Washington, D.C. The Blue Note Records 70th Anniversary Gala… Read more...


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