BMI Bulletin Board: December

Workshops, conference, contest and festival opportunities for songwriters and composers.

Posted in MusicWorld on November 28, 2018
Fans were surprised by a performance from Kris Kristofferson during Eric Church’s set at the final show of the Maui Songwriters Festival in 2017.
Fans were surprised by a performance from Kris Kristofferson during Eric Church’s set at the final show of the Maui Songwriters Festival in 2017. Photo: Amorphia Photography


BMI 101 Workshop: New York

BMI 101 is a one-hour introductory workshop for writers and publishers, covering the role that BMI plays in the music industry, basics of performing rights, and becoming a BMI affiliate.
When: January 31, February 28, March 28, 2019, 12:00 - 1:00 PM
Where: BMI’s New York office (7 World Trade Center, 250 Greenwich Street, 30th floor)
Who: Songwriters and Publishers
Admission is FREE! RSVP IS MANDATORY, AS SPACE IS LIMITED. If you do not RSVP, you WILL NOT be granted access.
Please RSVP with the total number of guests by email to

Cliff Goldmacher/BMI Workshop: Making Your Rough Recordings Anything But “Rough”

A rough recording can do so much more than just capture the melody and lyric of your latest song. Caring about all facets of the songwriting and recording process, not only helps you present your songs in the best light but marks you as the kind of professional songwriter that people take seriously. In this workshop, Cliff will discuss the what, why and how of rough recordings, as well as some concrete practical approaches to making your rough recordings as polished as possible.

Some of the topics covered will be…

    The value of rough recordings
  • Why sound quality matters in your rough recordings
  • How to make “polished” rough recordings
  • Why ALL songwriters should care about audio

Shure will be on hand with giveaways from their MOTIV line of iOS and USB recording solutions, as well as a free gift for all attendees.

When: Mon, December 17, 2018, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM EST
Where: BMI, 250 Greenwich St., 7 Work Trade Center, New York, NY 10007

To register, click here!


BMI Members Receive Free Song Submission to the Independent Music Awards

BMI affiliates who release their music independently, and who are signed to independent labels, can get a free bonus song entry after their first paid submission in the 17th annual Independent Music Awards (IMAs). Click here to enter in any Album, EP, Song, Producer, Video or Design category and you’ll receive a free song coupon with your receipt. Then use it to submit another favorite track at no additional fee.

Projects are reviewed by iconic artists, programmers, music supervisors and talent buyers throughout the Americas, Europe and the Pacific Rim. This year’s judges include Tom Waits, Robert Smith (The Cure), Lee Ann Womack, Paquito D’Rivera, Martha Wash, Ben Lovett (Mumford & Sons), Nicole Atkins, the members of Boyce Avenue, Todd Rundgren and many more. Previous IMA  winners and nominees include Jackson Browne, .fun., Killer Mike, Passenger, Masta Ace, Pokey LaFarge, All Hail The Yeti, Flying Lotus, JD McPherson, John McEuen, Nik West and Macy Gray.

Winners will be announced on June 22, 2019, in New York City during the annual award ceremony.

American Songwriter Lyric Contest

The American Songwriter Amateur Lyric Contest takes place six (6) times per year in conjunction with each issue of American Songwriter published.
Fee: $15 per lyric
Who: Contest is open to entrants in all countries.
Prize: First place winner receives a first class Gibson Guitar and a Shure SM58 Microphone.

To enter the contest online, visit:

John Lennon Songwriting Contest

The John Lennon Songwriting Contest is an international songwriting contest launched in 1997.
Fee: $30 per song
Who: Contest is open to amateur and professional songwriters in any one of 12 categories.
Prize: Prizes are awarded for different levels of achievement, such as Finalist, Grand Prize, Lennon Award and Song of the Year.

The BMI Bulletin Board is a short list of educational and promotional opportunities for BMI songwriters and composers. Each listing is different: Please do your homework before deciding to vie for a performance slot, register for a workshop or enter a contest.


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