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BMI in the Spotlight at Atlantis Music Conference

Posted in News on July 31, 2005

BMI is proud to once again sponsor the Atlantis Music Conference & Festival being held August 10-13 at the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel in downtown Atlanta, GA. BMI will present a broad array of events during the three-day conference, including an artist showcase, a private VIP cocktail reception, and several informative panels featuring BMI executives.

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Catherine Brewton
Vice President of Writer/Publisher Relations
Diane J. Almodovar
Assistant Vice President, Latin Music

The "BMI Presents..." showcase will be held Friday, August 12 at the Hard Rock Café (215 Peachtree Street NE) featuring some of the South East's most captivating and unique songwriters in the urban genre. The line-up includes BMI artists Female at 8pm, Britany at 8:15pm, Ignysh'n at 8:30pm, Kalena at 8:45pm, Pricilla Jones at 9pm, Caleb at 9:15pm, ProBono Records recording artist and Atlanta-based soul singer/songwriter Nessa Morgan at 9:40pm, Free Sol at 10:10pm and Kedar Entertainment Group recording artist Algebra at 10:40pm.

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J.W. Johnson
Senior Director, Writer/Publisher Relations
Erica Tompkins
Associate Director, Writer/Publisher Relations

Also being held on Friday, August 12 is the "See A Penny, Pick it Up: How Performing Rights Societies Collect and Distribute YOUR Money" panel featuring BMI's Erica Tompkins, Associate Director, Writer/Publisher Relations, New York. The panel will take place in Salon D at the Sheraton from 4:00pm to 5:30pm.

BMI will also co-sponsor an invitation-only VIP reception on Friday night at Smith's Old Bar (1578 Piedmont Avenue) for conference attendees.

On Saturday, August 13 from 12:00pm to 1:30pm in Salon D&E, BMI will present the "How I Wrote That Song" panel moderated by BMI's J.W. Johnson, Senior Director, Writer/Publisher Relations, New York. Other panelists include Octone recording artist Michael Tolcher, Motown recording artist Kem, and Kedar Entertainment Group recording artist Algebra.

Also on Saturday, BMI's Diane J. Almodovar, Assistant Vice President, Latin Music, will speak on the "Introduction to the Latino Music Industry, Latin Sol at Underground" panel from 2:00pm to 3:30pm in Salon E. In addition to Almodovar, the panel will include moderator Leila Cobo, Latin Music Editor, Billboard Magazine; Jose Till�n, VP of Music and Talent, MTV Latin America; John Echevarr�a, President, Universal Music Latino; Gerardo Vergara, Director of Marketing, Univisi�n Music Group; and Gustavo Arenas, CEO, Arena Fina Music Productions.

Rounding out BMI's speaking slots is Catherine Brewton, BMI's Vice President of Writer/Publisher Relations, Atlanta, who will participate on the "Women's Panel: Crazy, Sexy, Cool! Female Artists of the New Millennium" from 4:00pm to 5:30pm. Brewton will be joined by Jive recording artist Rasheeda, T-Boz from multi-platinum recording group TLC, and Miss B.

Of the 300 acts chosen to perform at this year's conference, 95% are unsigned, making Atlantis Music Conference & Festival one of the only events in the nation still dedicated to showcasing new artists almost exclusively. AMC+F also provides an outlet for up-and-coming acts to display their talents in front of some of today's most influential industry executives. Past showcasing artists at AMC+F include Maroon 5, John Mayer, Bone Crusher, Los Lonely Boys, Josh Joplin, The Hiss, Sugarland, Kottonmouth Kings and Trust Company, to name a few.

AMC+F, now in its eighth year, also brings music industry insiders and professionals together for 96 continuous hours of panels, parties, keynote address and more, giving every music lover -- from the novice to the seasoned professional -- a chance to network and discuss some of the issues facing the industry today.