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BMI Congratulates its 2018 Songwriters Hall of Fame Inductees

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From News, posted 2.06.18. The Songwriters Hall of Fame announced its latest class of inductees for 2018, and BMI is very proud to count six of these remarkably talented songwriters as longtime affiliates. We happily join our friends at the Hall in celebrating their amazing music. Dedicated to honoring the contributions of the composers… Read more...


BMI Composer Kathryn Bostic’s ‘The August Wilson Symphony’ Heralded by PSO

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From News, posted 1.30.18. On January 20, 2018, the GRAMMY-winning Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of also GRAMMY-winning BMI composer/conductor Lucas Richman, triumphantly premiered BMI composer Kathryn Bostic’s magnificent work, The August Wilson Symphony. The symphony, which consists of five movements, was inspired by poems and the ten plays of renowned playwright, August… Read more...


BMI Congratulates its 2018 GRAMMY Winners

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From News, posted 1.29.18. The 60th GRAMMY Awards returned to New York City, last night, for the first time since 2003, for a special anniversary celebration on the hallowed stage of Madison Square Garden. BMI songwriters from across the genre spectrum were on hand to claim their well-earned accolades for some of the year’s… Read more...


BMI Mourns the Loss of Jazz Legend Hugh Masekela

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From News, posted 1.23.18. BMI is saddened by the news that trumpeter, composer, flugelhorn player, bandleader, singer and political activist Hugh Masekela has passed away at the age of 78. The legendary South African jazz musician recorded more than 40 solo albums in his storied career, while also collaborating with countless diverse musical icons… Read more...


BMI Congratulates its 2018 GRAMMY Nominees

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From News, posted 11.28.17. BMI is very proud to congratulate our many talented affiliates on their prestigious GRAMMY nominations, which were announced this morning by the Recording Academy. The 60th GRAMMY Awards, to be held in Madison Square Garden in New York City on Sunday, January 28, 2018, will salute a wide array of… Read more...


BMI Mourns the Loss of NEA Jazz Master Muhal Richard Abrams

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From News, posted 11.06.17. BMI is saddened by the loss of uniquely inventive pianist, composer and educator, Muhal Richard Abrams. Abrams, who in addition to being the first recipient of the prestigious Danish JAZZPAR Award proving his global success, was also celebrated many, many times in the U.S.: in 2010, by both the National… Read more...


A Conversation With GRAMMY-Nominated Jazz Composer Migiwa Miyajima

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From MusicWorld, posted 10.18.17. Colorful. That’s the most accurate description for award-winning BMI jazz composer Migiwa “Miggy” Miyajima. From her music to her personality to the title of her new album, the word “colorful” says it all. The two-time GRAMMY nominee and BMI Jazz Composers Workshop alumna is quickly rising to fame in the… Read more...


BMI Affiliates Rhiannon Giddens & Tyshawn Sorey Named MacArthur Fellows

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From News, posted 10.14.17. BMI is proud to share the news that singer, instrumentalist, and songwriter Rhiannon Giddens and instrumentalist, improviser, composer, ensemble leader and conductor Tyshawn Sorey have been selected to receive fellowships from the prestigious MacArthur Foundation. Fellowships award $625,000 to each individual recipient as an investment in their potential. Giddens and… Read more...


BMI Foundation Now Accepting Applications for 2018 Scholarships

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From News, posted 10.04.17. The BMI Foundation has announced that it is now accepting online applications for its 2018 scholarship season. Open to young musicians and songwriters attending colleges and universities nationwide, the Foundation will administer seven distinct scholarship competitions aided by panelists of international musical acclaim. These annual programs include the BMI Future… Read more...


Applications Now Open for BMI’s Jazz Composers Workshop

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From News, posted 7.25.17. BMI is now accepting applications for the 30th annual BMI Jazz Composers Workshop! This prestigious workshop runs from September 2017 through May 2018 and meets weekly at BMI’s New York office. The application deadline is Tuesday, August 15. Founded in 1988, the workshop helps aspiring jazz composers hone their craft… Read more...