BMI Hosts Panel at DIY Convention

Posted in News on February 17, 2005

BMI hosted a panel featuring some of BMI's leading pop, urban and country songwriters at the DIY Convention on February 11 in Los Angeles. The panel, moderated by music journalist Dan Kimpel, featured 2005 Grammy-nominated songwriter Sean Garrett ("Yeah!" by Usher); Lauren Christy of production trio The Matrix ("Complicated" "Sk8er Boi" by Avril Lavigne; "So Yesterday" by Hilary Duff); songwriter Randy Sharp ("Home" by the Dixie Chicks, "Why Does It Have To Be Wrong or Right" by Restless Heart, "Then What" by Clay Walker) and songwriter/producer Chad Hugo of The Neptunes. is a website and user community focused on the business side of songwriting that is specifically geared toward the young songwriter looking to launch a professional career. offers a wealth of information, education, and the collective knowledge and experience of some of the music industry's top experts who serve as members of the faculty. The site also features in depth articles about the business side of composing music, video interviews with artists and songwriters from every genre of music, answers to the most frequently asked questions about the business, a guide to the best books about songwriting, links to other helpful industry websites, and the latest music news from around the web. is sponsored by Performing Songwriter magazine, performing right organization BMI,, Gibson Guitars and Baldwin Pianos.

Shown before the panel are BMI's Phil Graham, Senior Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations; BMI songwriters Randy Sharp, Sean Garrett, Lauren Christy and Chad Hugo; journalist/moderator Dan Kimpel; and BMI's Barbara Cane, Vice President and General Manager, Writer/Publisher Relations, Los Angeles. Photo by Lester Cohen


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