BMI Bulletin Board: August 2014

Workshops, conference and contest opportunities for songwriters and composers

Posted in MusicWorld on August 26, 2014


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: September 9, October 14, December, 16, 2014 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 role that BMI plays in the music industry, basics of performing rights, and becoming a BMI affiliate.
When: September 18, October 23, November 20, 2014, 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:


Songwriters Hall of Fame Extends Deadline for Inaugural Song Competition

The deadline to enter the Songwriters Hall of Fame’s first-ever “Song Competition” has been extended to October 31, 2014! With valuable prizes that could immediately change the trajectory of your career, the competition is open to all amateur and professional songwriters and to Songwriters Hall of Fame members and non-members. Judged on melody, composition, originality and lyrics, entries will be screened by a Blue Ribbon Panel of industry professionals including legendary songwriters, producers and publishers. Hall of Fame inductees Mac Davis, Charles Fox and Lamont Dozier will then select the final winners.

For more information and to enter the contest, go to

International Songwriting Competition

    Now in its 13th year, ISC is one of the largest and most respected annual international songwriting competitions in the world, providing the opportunity for songwriters to gain recognition and exposure in all genres in the field of songwriting. This year, ISC’s judging panel is comprised of high-profile recording artists and influential music industry professionals: Tom Waits; American Authors; Sara Evans; John Hiatt; Bastille; Monte Lipman (Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Republic Records); Dan McCarroll (President, Warner Bros. Records); Craig Kallman (Chairman and CEO, Atlantic Records); and many more.
When: Deadline to enter is September 18, 2014
Fee: $30 per entry
Who: Anyone of any age can enter ISC
Prize: Prizes include more than $150,000 in cash and merchandise, including a $25,000 cash Grand Prize and a scholarship to Berklee College of Music’s Summer Performance Program for the winner of the Teen category.

To enter the competition visit

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


The Weekly

Each week, Learn, Listen, Watch, Discover and Share with BMI! From must-see videos, to creative inspiration and dynamic playlists we’re excited about, BMI’s The Weekly is dedicated to delivering specially curated content designed for music creators and music fans alike!

Join BMI Live

BMI Live
Back to Top