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Songs for Change: BMI Songwriters Call For Action

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From News, posted 10.14.20. With the movement for racial justice and equality sweeping the country, BMI songwriters are picking up their pens and calling for much-needed change through their music. Issues of social justice, racial equity, tolerance and beyond are being highlighted in powerful songs that are shining a light on what’s happening and…Read more...


BMI Celebrates the 20th Anniversary of its R&B/Hip-Hop Awards Honoring the Genre’s Best Songwriters, Producers and Music Publishers

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From News, posted 9.14.20. BMI is proud to celebrate the 20th anniversary of its R&B/Hip-Hop Awards, recognizing the genre’s top songwriters, producers and publishers of the previous year. BMI’s Song of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, Producer of the Year, Publisher of the Year and 2020’s Social Star were announced across BMI’s digital…Read more...


“P-Valley” Composer Matthew Head on What Wouldn’t Have Happened if He Didn’t Speak Up

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From News, posted 7.31.20. When most people think of hip-hop producers or film and television composers, they’re likely thinking of two very different types of professionals on two different spectrums: a beatmaker banging out bops for a rapper, or someone crafting a serious-sounding orchestral arrangement. Matthew Head, the GRAMMY-nominated musician who’s won Emmy, NAACP…Read more...


BMI Congratulates its 2020 BET Nominees

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From News, posted 6.16.20. Nominations for this year’s BET awards were announced yesterday with many BMI songwriters taking center stage in the music categories. The 20th anniversary of the event will air live on CBS and other Viacom networks, Sunday, June 28 at 8PM EST. Congratulations to all the nominees! Here’s the list of…Read more...


GRAMMY-Winner H.E.R. Signs With BMI

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From News, posted 4.06.20. BMI is exceptionally pleased to announce that GRAMMY-winning R&B singer/songwriter and MBK/RCA recording artist H.E.R. has joined BMI. First emerging in 2016, H.E.R. (an acronym for “Having Everything Revealed”) swiftly established herself as a seismic talent by way of a campaign of EPs that showcased her versatility and distinctive style…Read more...


Passion With a Purpose: MAJOR. Opens Up About “Even More”

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From The Weekly, posted 2.18.20. When Texas-born singer/songwriter MAJOR. dropped his debut album, I Am MAJOR. in 2016, his signature blend of joyful, technicolor R&B made an immediate impression. Via lushly produced, romantic singles like “Why I Love You” and “Honest,” MAJOR. captivated listeners with his blend of contemporary stylings and classic melodicism, and earned…Read more...


BMI Mourns the Loss of 5th Ward Weebie

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From News, posted 1.10.20. BMI was saddened to learn of the death of 5th Ward Weebie, who passed away Thursday at the age of 42. A pivotal pioneer of the bounce music scene in his native New Orleans, Weebie, whose real name was Jerome Cosey, helped put Louisiana on the hip-hop map via singles…Read more...


A Decade of Celebrating Music Creators at BMI’s Award Shows

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From News, posted 12.26.19. Every year, BMI, our creative community and industry notables gather at BMI’s Award shows across genres to honor titans of music and celebrate the incredible songwriters, composers and publishers of the most-performed songs of the year. Special accolades like BMI’s Icon Award, President’s Award, Champion Award and more are presented,…Read more...


BMI Rings In the Holidays With Atlanta’s Best and Brightest

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From News, posted 12.20.19. Last week, Atlanta’s best and brightest turned out in full force for the annual BMI Atlanta holiday party. The festitivites were sponsored by Hennessy, who provided signature cocktails for the private dinner, held at culinary gem Cape Deutch, featuring a selection of the restaurant’s most popular dishes.…Read more...


Billboard Honors BMI’s Alison Smith, Taylor Swift, Brandi Carlile & Others at 2019 Women in Music

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From News, posted 12.17.19. BMI was very proud to watch Taylor Swift take the stage at Billboard’s annual Women in Music celebration on Thursday, December 12, at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles, to accept the evening’s highest honor, Woman of the Decade Award. Delivering a powerful speech, Swift expressed admiration for women who…Read more...


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