The Troo Music Tent at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival June 11-14 featured a stage stacked with fresh sounds, including Nashville bands The Features, The Protomen, and Heypenny, who all delivered stand-out performances. In addition to sharing Nashville roots, the three groups also won festival slots through “The Road to Bonnaroo” competition, co-sponsored by BMI, Bud Select, and venue partner, Mercy Lounge. The competition took place over the course of three 8 off 8th shows at Nashville hot-spot The Mercy Lounge.
BMI’s involvement underscores the organization’s vital role as an early career counselor and support system for aspiring songwriters and bands. As an initial point of contact for green artists, BMI serves as a fundamental bridge, connecting promising talent with industry decision-makers, as well as invaluable opportunities, including performance slots on stages at SXSW, the Austin City Limits Music Festival, Lollapalooza, and of course, Bonnaroo.