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Secrets From The Shaman: An Exclusive Conversation with BMI Icon Donovan

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From News, posted 7.19.21. Donovan is a songwriter for the ages. Releasing his first single, “Catch the Wind,” in 1965, the aspiring, 18-year-old Scottish folk troubadour swiftly defined himself as a prolific writer, welding elements of traditional acoustic folk music with groundbreaking elements of pop, rock, jazz, classical and the burgeoning psychedelia of the… Read more...


BMI Celebrates Black Music Month

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From News, posted 6.01.21. Throughout the month of June, BMI will proudly honor Black Music Month, a time to recognize the immeasurable influence and incredible impact of Black music on genres across the spectrum. Black songwriters, artists and musicians have created, inspired and nurtured styles such as Gospel, folk, blues, jazz, R&B, rock, country,… Read more...


BMI Congratulates its 2021 Americana Honors and Awards Nominees

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From News, posted 5.27.21. The nominations are out and the final winners of this year’s Americana Honors & Awards will be announced on September 22 in a celebration at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. Congratulations to all! Here are the BMI nominees: Album of the Year: Cuttin’ Grass - Vol. 1 (Butcher… Read more...


BMI Supports New Song Arts Four-Week Songwriters Workshop Starting June 7

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From News, posted 5.07.21. BMI is proud to support Song Arts Academy’s new four-week Songwriting workshop. This is an established workshop with proven results to write your best song and network with new co-writers, while learning the “Advanced Song Craft” tools used by chart-topping songwriters. Each weekly two-hour session teaches up to four major… Read more...


BMI Songwriters Tell Their Stories in “My #1 Moment” Video Series

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From News, posted 4.28.21. With music connecting us now more than ever, BMI, Taylor Guitars and Shure continue to partner on the popular social media video series, “My #1 Moment,” which captures intimate versions of BMI songwriters performing their No. 1 songs from their homes and sharing the stories behind the hits that took… Read more...


BMI Congratulates its 2021 GRAMMY Award Winners

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From News, posted 3.15.21. BMI is once again exceptionally proud of its many affiliates who received music’s highest honors, yesterday, during the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards. Held at the Los Angeles Convention Center, this year’s ceremony was unlike any other, given precautions over the pandemic, with no large audience in attendance. With awards presented… Read more...


BMI Congratulates its Americana UK Award Winners

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From News, posted 1.29.21. Last night the AMA-UK, a professional trade association representing and advocating for the voice of American Roots music in the UK, announced the winners of this year’s prestigious Americana UK awards. BMI is proud that several of our songwriters, as well as international writers who choose BMI for U.S. representation,… Read more...


BMI Supports Song Arts Academy’s New Songwriting, Production & Collaboration Workshops

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From News, posted 1.14.21. BMI is proud to support Song Arts Workshops, which offer a proven, live/online, in-person learning experience to network and gain new skill sets to compete in the contemporary music market. Learn SAA’s “Advanced Song Craft Method™” that’s been adopted by educational institutions such as Berklee Valencia to train their writer/producers,… Read more...


BMI Congratulates its 2020 Americana Honors & Awards Winners

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From News, posted 12.15.20. The Americana Music Association has revealed the winners of their 19th annual Americana Honors & Awards celebration with BMI songwriters taking the lion’s share of prestigious accolades. Here are the BMI winners. Many congratulations to all! Album of the Year: The Highwomen, The Highwomen, produced by Dave Cobb Artist… Read more...


BMI Congratulates its 2021 GRAMMY Nominees

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From News, posted 11.24.20. In a year like no other, BMI is once again very excited to congratulate its many talented affiliates who received GRAMMY nominations in recognition of their contributions to the year’s most impactful music. As the industry’s highest accolade, the prestigious GRAMMY Awards celebrate the very best in the fields of… Read more...