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Songland Star Entertains Retail Association Execs

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From News, posted 9.19.19 BMI added some sizzle to the 2019 Council of State Retail Associations’ annual conference in Whitefish, Montana recently (9/17) by sponsoring a performance from BMI singer-songwriter Sam James. The Worcester, Massachusetts native was not only a contestant on Season 3 of The Voice, but recently appeared on NBC’s Songland, where… Read more...


Indie Spotlight: Zsela

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From News, posted 9.12.19 Brooklyn-raised Zsela has talent in her blood. With a famous musician father (Marc Anthony Thompson, also known as Chocolate Genius) and an actress sister (Tessa Thompson of Creed, Avengers: Endgame, and Dear White People), it’s fitting that Zsela is making a name for herself, too. Her first single, “Noise,” dropped… Read more...


Indie Spotlight: Cobi

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From News, posted 9.25.18 “Music has always been a vehicle for protest and this three-song EP touches on my feelings of loneliness in America, violence, and everlasting love,” says Cobi of his latest release, Songs from the Ashes (PT 2), which was a project with GRAMMY-Award–winning producer Anthony Kilhoffer (John Legend, Kanye West). Born… Read more...


Indie Spotlight: TOXIC GARDN

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From News, posted 9.25.18 TOXIC GARDN is an urban grunge rock band that’s the project of Kameron “Grae” Alexander, a singer, songwriter and producer originally from Pasadena, California. Alexander, who co-wrote “Drivin’ Around,” on Little Big Town’s 2017 album The Breaker, originally trained as an audio engineer at the esteemed Larrabee Studios in Los… Read more...


Superstar Janet Jackson Named BMI Icon at The 2018 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards

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From News, posted 8.31.18 Last night, BMI celebrated the songwriters, producers and publishers of the year’s most-performed R&B/Hip-Hop songs during the 2018 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards held at The Woodruff Arts Center’s Symphony Hall in Atlanta. Multiple award-winning superstar Janet Jackson took home the night’s highest honor of BMI Icon in recognition of her groundbreaking… Read more...


GRAMMY-Nominated Oak Felder Gets and Gives Advice

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From MusicWorld, posted 7.19.18 When he moved to the U.S. from Istanbul, Turkey, in 2001, writer-producer Warren “Oak” Felder had a degree in network technologies and artificial intelligence from Istanbul Technical University, and zero music expertise save for his abiding love for rock bands including Rage Against the Machine and Modest Mouse. Felder hadn’t… Read more...


BMI Congratulates its 2018 Drama Desk Award Winners

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From News, posted 6.04.18 BMI applauds its affiliates Yolanda Adams, Jonathan Coulton, Cyndi Lauper, John Legend and They Might Be Giants for their work on SpongeBob SquarePants, which took home the prestigious Drama Desk award for Outstanding Musical last night at Town Hall in Manhattan. This year’s Drama Desk awards considered shows that opened… Read more...


BMI Brings the “Know Them Now Experience” to Atlanta

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From News, posted 5.23.18 BMI is proud to be presenting the Know Them Now Experience on Thursday, May 31, at Buckhead Theater (3110 Roswell Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30305). Hosted by Atlanta’s own 11Alive newscaster Neima Abdulahi and multi-faceted entertainer DC Young Fly, the concert is a platform for some of today’s hottest emerging… Read more...


BMI Congratulates its 2018 Tony Nominees

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From News, posted 5.01.18 The 2018 Tony nods are out and several BMI affiliates are poised to win big. The prestigious awards will be presented Sunday, June 10, at New York’s Radio City Music Hall. Catch it live at 8:00 Eastern/7:00 Central on CBS. Here are the BMI nominees. Congratulations and good luck to… Read more...


Indie Spotlight: Mia Gladstone

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From News, posted 2.26.18 Mia Gladstone has come a long way since she wrote her first song for her second-grade talent show. Today, she’s a singer, songwriter and producer living in New York City. Gladstone, who draws on eclectic influences such as Madlib and Amy Winehouse, describes her lively, distinctive sound as having “strong… Read more...


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