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BMI Bulletin Board: November

Workshops, conference and contest opportunities for songwriters and composers

Posted in MusicWorld on November 13, 2015
The first-ever BMI Maui Songwriters Festival, set for December 8-13, 2015, on the spectacular Hawaiian island, will combine local vibes with international acclaim in a one-of-a-kind celebration of sand, surf and music. The all-star lineup includes GRAMMY-winning songwriter and artist Kacey Musgraves; Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame giants Bob DiPiero (Reba McEntire’s “Little Rock,” George Strait’s “Blue Clear Sky”) and Jeffrey Steele (Rascal Flatts’ “What Hurts the Most,” Tim McGraw’s “The Cowboy in Me”); BMI Country Songwriters of the Year Rhett Akins (Blake Shelton’s “Honey Bee,” Jason Aldean’s “When She Says Baby”) and Rodney Clawson (Kenny Chesney’s “American Kids,” George Strait’s “I Saw God Today”); chart-topping writers Nicolle Galyon (Miranda Lambert’s “Automatic,” Keith Urban’s “We Were Us”) and Brandon Kinney (Randy Houser’s “Boots On,” Lonestar’s “You’re Like Coming Home”); revered ukulele player Jake Shimabukuro; Emmy-winning singer, songwriter, and producer Maggie Rose; songwriting supergroup Loving Mary; acclaimed multi-instrumentalist Mark Johnstone; buzz-worthy newcomers Kimberly June and Greylan James; and Maui-based favorite Lily Meola. Don’t miss it!
The first-ever BMI Maui Songwriters Festival, set for December 8-13, 2015, on the spectacular Hawaiian island, will combine local vibes with international acclaim in a one-of-a-kind celebration of sand, surf and music. The all-star lineup includes GRAMMY-winning songwriter and artist Kacey Musgraves; Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame giants Bob DiPiero (Reba McEntire’s “Little Rock,” George Strait’s “Blue Clear Sky”) and Jeffrey Steele (Rascal Flatts’ “What Hurts the Most,” Tim McGraw’s “The Cowboy in Me”); BMI Country Songwriters of the Year Rhett Akins (Blake Shelton’s “Honey Bee,” Jason Aldean’s “When She Says Baby”) and Rodney Clawson (Kenny Chesney’s “American Kids,” George Strait’s “I Saw God Today”); chart-topping writers Nicolle Galyon (Miranda Lambert’s “Automatic,” Keith Urban’s “We Were Us”) and Brandon Kinney (Randy Houser’s “Boots On,” Lonestar’s “You’re Like Coming Home”); revered ukulele player Jake Shimabukuro; Emmy-winning singer, songwriter, and producer Maggie Rose; songwriting supergroup Loving Mary; acclaimed multi-instrumentalist Mark Johnstone; buzz-worthy newcomers Kimberly June and Greylan James; and Maui-based favorite Lily Meola. Don’t miss it!

WORKSHOPS

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: December 8, 2015, January 12, March 15, April 12, 2016, 12:30 - 4:30 PM.
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: 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: November 18, 2015, 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 BMI101NY@bmi.com.

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: November 19, 2015, 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: BMI101@bmi.com.

CONTESTS

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: www.americansongwriter.com/lyric-contest/enter

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.