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Kara DioGuardi: A Born Mentor

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From MusicWorld, posted 7.23.21. While most of the world met Kara DioGuardi during her stint as a guest judge on “American Idol,” she’s been working in the industry for decades as a songwriter, producer, and performer, collaborating with artists like Miley Cyrus, P!nk, Carrie Underwood, and Jason Derulo. Drawing from her seemingly endless well… 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 Mourns the Loss of Legendary Songwriter Dewayne Blackwell

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From News, posted 5.27.21. BMI is saddened by the passing of Dewayne Blackwell, co-writer of one of the most popular songs in modern music history, “Friends in Low Places,” recorded by country star Garth Brooks in 1990. The legendary recording took Single of the Year at both the CMA and ACM Awards, and it… Read more...


Decorated BMI Songwriter Helps Radio Association Celebrate 60 Years

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From News, posted 5.27.21. BMI country songwriter Terry McBride helped the International Broadcasters Idea Bank celebrate their 60th anniversary with a spirited and entertaining performance at their Spring Conference held in person recently at the Choctaw Casino in Durant, Oklahoma. The event, hosted by Payne Media Group President Will Payne, attracted independent radio station… Read more...


Powerhouse BMI Songwriters Chris Janson and Rachel Platten Highlight NAB State Leadership Conference

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From News, posted 5.12.21. The National Association of Broadcasters’ State Leadership Conference, held virtually for the first time in NAB’S history, featured performances from two award-winning BMI songwriters. Platinum selling country artist Chris Janson and pop superstar Rachel Platten performed for more than 500 broadcasters from across the country who tuned into the annual… 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 Mourns the Loss of Legendary Recording Engineer Al Schmitt

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From News, posted 4.28.21. BMI is saddened by the loss of one of our most talented recording engineers, Al Schmitt, who passed away Monday at the age of 91. During his long and continuously impressive career, Schmitt, who joined BMI in 1971, won a record-breaking 20 GRAMMYS for his creative recording talents on more… 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 Country Superstar Helps Pay Tribute to Hospitality Industry with Virtual Concert

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From News, posted 4.21.21. BMI partnered recently (4/19) with five state restaurant & lodging associations to present a special tribute to the hospitality industry that featured a live streamed performance from Nashville by BMI country superstar Josh Turner. The concert, which was a collaboration between BMI, the South Dakota Retailers Association, the Idaho Lodging… Read more...


BMI Congratulates its 2021 ACM Award Winners

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From News, posted 4.19.21. The votes are in and BMI’s talented songwriters once again took the majority of wins at last night’s Academy of Country Music Awards, which was streamed from three iconic Nashville venues, the Grand Ole Opry House, Ryman Auditorium and Bluebird Café. Although the event adhered to social distancing practices with… Read more...