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BMI Celebrates Jazz Appreciation Month

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From News, posted 4.01.21. During the month of April each year, BMI is proud to honor Jazz Appreciation Month by recognizing the exceptional heritage, history and future of jazz. Over the decades, so many of our talented composers have been making their mark as they drive forward the evolving genre - mixing styles, improvising… 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 Mourns the Loss of Legendary Jazz Pianist Chick Corea

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From News, posted 2.12.21. BMI is saddened by the passing of one of the true jazz giants, Chick Corea, who died this week at the age of 79. Corea, who continued to astound audiences for more than half a century with his unique jazz-rock fusion, was one of the most renowned keyboardists in music… Read more...


BMI Celebrates Black History Month

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From News, posted 2.01.21. BMI is proud to celebrate Black History Month, the annual recognition of Black achievements and their importance in American history and culture. Since its founding in 1939, BMI’s repertoire has been distinguished by Black songwriters and composers across every genre, and we have been truly honored to represent innovators like… Read more...


BMI Congratulates its 2020 Ivors Composer Award Winners

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From News, posted 12.09.20. BMI proudly congratulates several of our PRS affiliates who license their music through BMI in the United States on their prestigious Ivors Composer Award wins. This distinction celebrates the best new works by UK composers writing for classical, jazz and sound art. Here are this year’s winners. Congratulations to all!… 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...


BMI Congratulates 2020 Latin Grammy Winners

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From News, posted 11.20.20. BMI is hugely proud of its many songwriters who were celebrated at last night’s Latin GRAMMY Awards. Because of safety concerns, the annual event was produced out of multiple locations, but still featured some unforgettable performances, as well as several poignant moments with artists whose music made a lasting impact… Read more...


BMI Congratulates New NEA Jazz Masters Terri Lyne Carrington and “Tootie” Heath

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From News, posted 10.23.20. The National Endowment for the Arts will bestow its highest honor on BMI composers Terri Lyne Carrington and Albert “Tootie” Heath, who will be named Jazz Masters on April 22, 2021. The NEA celebration, presented in conjunction with SFJAZZ, will include an online tribute concert showcasing their indelible contributions to… Read more...


BMI Mourns the Loss of Gaynel Hodge

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From News, posted 6.08.20. BMI is saddened to learn that longtime affiliate Gaynel Hodge passed away in Amsterdam on June 2 at the age of 83. An accomplished singer, songwriter, pianist and musical director, Hodge is invariably most renowned for co-writing the multi-platinum hit and doo-wop classic “Earth Angel,” released by The Penguins in… Read more...


BMI Mourns the Loss of Renowned Sax Player and Composer Lennie Niehaus

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From News, posted 6.03.20. BMI is saddened by the passing of renowned composer and orchestrator, Lennie Niehaus. Niehaus is responsible for the scores to two dozen Clint Eastwood films, including the Oscar-winning Western Unforgiven, the Charlie Parker biopic Bird and the searing Bridges of Madison County. Having started out by playing alto sax and… Read more...