Performing rights organization BMI and independent musician network GigAmerica.com have teamed up to provide an extensive online resource for artists and songwriters.
BMI's Charlie Feldman (center) confirms partnership with GigAmerica's Skip Borghese and Scott Egbert.
Photo: Dana Rodriguez
BMI songwriters will receive a 20% discount on GigAmerica’s annual membership fee when they sign up through BMI’s secure eNet, reducing the cost to $39.95. Membership includes access to “GigSwap,” an online tool for bands to preview each other’s music and calendars in order to trade shows and book tour dates; access to Gig’s database of bands, venues, records labels and other industry resources; tour support; a bi-weekly GigAmerica newsletter; special discounts and promotions on hotels, car rentals, CD duplication, instrument insurance and more; and most importantly, exposure.
“We are excited to be working together with GigAmerica,” said Charlie Feldman, Vice President of Writer/Publisher Relations, BMI New York. “This partnership gives BMI songwriters an opportunity to take advantage of Gig’s unique services.”
“GigAmerica and BMI’s partnership is the perfect match for up-and-coming artists of all styles,” added GigAmerica Founder Scott Egbert. “Not only will we be able to provide tremendous benefits to a large group of quality songwriters but we will be able to reach out to BMI’s community of independent artists and provide specialized attention and support.”
BMI will also feature up-and-coming GigAmerica.com bands in its print and online magazine, MusicWorld, and will co-sponsor showcases, seminars and other songwriter/artist events nationwide. In addition, the GigAmerica home page will feature the "BMI Artist Lounge,” a forum for new songwriters, performing rights information and general music industry news.
BMI, founded in 1939, is an American performing rights organization that represents more than 300,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers in all genres of music. Through its music performance and reciprocal agreements with sister organizations around the world, it grants businesses and media access to its repertoire of approximately 4.5 million songs and compositions.
About GigAmerica, Inc.
GigAmerica is staffed by musicians dedicated to providing independent artists with necessary support including online tools like “GigSwap,” home pages for every artist featuring their music and contact information, databases of media and venues, automatic tour support, and music news. GigAmerica also provides members special discounts on hotels, car rentals, CD duplication, health and instrument insurance, and a nationwide street team. In less than a year, GigAmerica has become the premier organization for independent music resources.