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Songwriters Gather in Kauai for 2005 Music Fest

Posted in News on June 17, 2005
BMI hit songwriters and key industry executives gathered at the 2005 Kauai Music Festival, held May 26-29 at the Hyatt Regency on the beautiful island of Kauai, Hawaii. The four-day celebration of the art of songwriting was once again sponsored by BMI and featured some of BMI's top songwriters who served as the teaching and performing staff, including Stephan Jenkins of Third Eye Blind, Jeffrey Steele, Vanessa Carlton, Harold Lilly, Jr., Sean Garrett, Hugh Prestwood, Jake Shimabukuro, Jeff Cohen, and others.

BMI songwriters Jake Shimabukuro and Jeff Cohen perform at the Kauai Music Festival. photo by Jillian Nelson

Now in its third year, the Kauai Music Festival provides a unique opportunity for aspiring songwriters to learn and improve their craft under the tutelage of some of the best songwriters in the world. This multi-faceted event featured seminar-style instruction for small groups in a variety of settings to promote the creative spirit, as well as lectures and panel discussions by music publishers, music attorneys, producers, and other industry professionals, including Grammy Award-winning producer Russ Titelman, Warner/Chappell Senior VP John Titta, music attorney Bill Meyer and Performing Songwriter Magazine Editor/Publisher Lydia Hutchinson.

This year, BMI also teamed up with Performing Songwriter and Songwriter101.com to present the "Be Heard" Scholarships to the festival. Each scholarship was valued at over $2,000 and covered airfare, hotel costs, a per diem and registration fees. The winners were Clayton Colwell from Lenox, MA ("Tongue Tied"), Devon Copley from Brooklyn, NY ("Late Night Show" co-written by Alex of the Animators) and Steve Boynton from Steamboat Springs, CO ("The Photograph").

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