BMI Bulletin Board: August 2013

Posted in MusicWorld on August 16, 2013
Pictured: American Authors perform on the BMI stage at Lollapalooza on August 2, 2013 in Chicago.
Pictured: American Authors perform on the BMI stage at Lollapalooza on August 2, 2013 in Chicago. Photo: Erika Goldring


BMI Songwriting Workshop: New York

The eight-week workshop is taught by renowned BMI songwriter Billy Seidman and is designed to help writers hone their skills by focusing on music composition, lyric writing, music theory and production/arrangement techniques. The class will feature constructive feedback, stimulating assignments and content developed specifically for this workshop.

When: Starting September 25th and ending on November 20th (no class November 13th), from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.
Where: BMI’s New York office (7 World Trade Center/250 Greenwich Street, 30th Floor).
Fee: Free
Application deadline: September 6, 2013 Class size is limited and acceptance into the workshop is at the sole discretion of the instructor and BMI representatives. For more information, contact Lisa Turner:

Jason Blume Songwriting Workshop: Nashville

BMI’s popular Songwriters’ Workshop Series in Nashville is held monthly under the tutelage of hit songwriter and best-selling author Jason Blume.

When: August 27, September 10, October 1, 2013, November 19 (and more!) 12:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Where: BMI’s Nashville offices (10 Music Square East, Nashville, TN) Who: Aspiring songwriters
Application deadline: No application necessary, but registration is required.
Fee: Free to all participants

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: August 22, 2013, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
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 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: August 29, September 26, October 31, 2013, from 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 Partners With Silverstein Properties for 7@7 Summer Concert Series in NYC

Broadcast Music, Inc. is proudly partnering with New York real estate company Silverstein Properties, Inc. to host 7@7, the third annual concert series of free summer music performances in downtown Manhattan. The music festival will take place on seven Fridays from July 12 through August 23 at 12:00 p.m., with an eclectic lineup of talented performers taking to the BMI stage in the park in front of Silverstein Properties’ headquarters at 7 World Trade Center (250 Greenwich St.).


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.

Know of an opportunity for songwriters and want to pass it along? E-mail

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