BMI Bulletin Board: October

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

Posted in MusicWorld on October 17, 2018
Flor rocks out on the BMI stage at ACL 2018.
Flor rocks out on the BMI stage at ACL 2018. Photo: Erika Goldring for BMI


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: October 25, November 29, 2018, 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

BMI 101 Workshop: Los Angeles

BMI 101 is a one-hour introductory workshop for writers and publishers, covering the history of performing rights, the origins of BMI, and the current role that BMI plays in the music business.
When: October 18, November 15, 2018, 4:00 - 5:00 PM
Where: BMI’s Los Angeles office - 8730 Sunset Blvd., 3rd Floor West
Who: Songwriters and Publishers
SPACE IS LIMITED. Please RSVP by email for each session to:


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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