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BMI Mourns the Loss of Legendary Songwriter John Prine

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From News, posted 4.08.20. BMI is deeply saddened by the passing of legendary singer/songwriter John Prine, yesterday in Nashville, due to complications from COVID-19. Though primarily considered to have strong folk and Americana roots, Prine’s vivid storytelling was revered by songwriters, artists and listeners in all genres, with songs like “Sam Stone, “Speed of… Read more...


BMI Supports New ONLINE Song Arts Academy Workshop Intensive Starting March 23

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From News, posted 3.02.20. BMI is proud to support Song Arts Academy’s new special online workshop intensive starting Monday, March 23. This intensive is a proven and unique learning destination taught by NYU Steinhardt, New School Songwriting faculty member and Berklee NYC consultant Billy Seidman. Past writers trained in the workshop’s “Advanced Song Craft… Read more...


A Christmas Gift From Keb’ Mo’

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From News, posted 12.05.19. Keb’ Mo’ has had a busy year and he’s showing no signs of slowing down. In June, he released his fourteenth studio album, Oklahoma, featuring contributions from Taj Mahal, Robert Randolph, Rosanne Cash (who joined him on lead single “Put a Woman in Charge”), and his wife, Robbie Brooks Moore.… Read more...


BMI Congratulates its 2020 GRAMMY Award Nominees

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From News, posted 11.21.19. BMI is once again very proud to congratulate its many affiliates nominated for recognition by the Recording Academy at the 62nd GRAMMY Awards, scheduled to be held on January 26 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA. Nominations for the music industry’s most prestigious accolades were announced on Wednesday,… Read more...


BMI Hosts Official AmericanaFest Kick Off Party

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From News, posted 9.19.19. AmericanaFest kicked off its festival festivities for the third year in a row on BMI’s rooftop in Nashville on Tuesday, September 10. BMI’s Rooftop on the Row show of the summer featured up-and-coming bluegrass prodigy Billy Strings and country rocker Brent Cobb. The event was presented in partnership with sponsors… Read more...


BMI Congratulates its Americana Award Winners and Honorees

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From News, posted 9.12.19. BMI songwriters took center stage many times last night at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, where the Americana Honors & Awards were presented to the best and brightest in Americana music. BMI congratulates all of them. Below is the list of BMI winners. Album of the Year The Tree… Read more...


BMI Honors John Hiatt With Troubadour Award

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From News, posted 9.10.19. Last night, BMI honored legendary singer-songwriter John Hiatt with its Troubadour Award at the company’s Nashville office. The private dinner celebrated the career of Hiatt, with additional musical homage paid by a group of heavy hitters that included Elvis Costello, Lyle Lovett, The World Famous Headliners, Delbert McClinton, War and… Read more...


BMI Supports Song Arts Academy’s Fall 2019 Workshop Starting September 9

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From News, posted 8.15.19. BMI is proud to support Song Arts Academy’s Fall Workshop Intensive starting on Monday, September 9. The workshop is a proven and unique learning destination taught by NYU Steinhardt, New School Songwriting faculty member and Berklee NYC consultant Billy Seidman. Past writers trained in the workshop’s “Advanced Song Craft Method”™… Read more...


BMI to Honor John Hiatt With Troubadour Award

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From News, posted 8.06.19. BMI is pleased to announce that it will honor revered singer/songwriter, John Hiatt, with the Troubadour Award at a private dinner held at BMI’s Nashville office on Monday, September 9. The Troubadour Award, given only twice previously, celebrates writers who craft for the sake of the song and set the… Read more...


BMI Supports New Song Arts/BerkleeNYC “Making Awesome Tracks III” Seminar on September 7 & 8

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From News, posted 8.02.19. BMI is proud to support its affiliates participating at Song Arts Academy’s & BerkleeNYC’s new two-day pop music production seminar, Making Awesome Tracks III, led by producers Jon Buscema, Pablo San Martin, and Billy Seidman. Learn contemporary studio production techniques (including Logic, Pro Tools, Ableton, Massive, Omnisphere, Battery, Serum and… Read more...