BMI Bulletin Board: November 2013

Workshops, conference and contest opportunities for songwriters and composers.

Posted in MusicWorld on November 25, 2013
Pictured: Chris Young performs at the 2013 Crested Butte Songwriters Festival
Pictured: Chris Young performs at the 2013 Crested Butte Songwriters Festival Photo: Alex Fenlon


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 10, 2013, January 7, 2014 (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: 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: January 30, 2014, February 27, 2014, 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


Combustion Music Hope Town Music Festival: Abaco Islands, Bahamas

BMI, along with Hope Town Harbour Lodge, presents the 1st annual Combustion Music Hope Town Music Festival, December 5-9, 2013 on the Abaco Islands, Bahamas.

Hosted by GAC’s Storme Warren, this festival will feature three days of great free performances from top songwriters and artists, including Jon Pardi, Dallas Davidson, Blair Daly, Kree Harrison, Native Runn, Chris Farren, Ashley Gorley, Johnnie & Joe, Chris DeStefano, Rodney Clawson and Nicolle Galyon, at different venues across the island.

Crested Butte Songwriters Festival: Colorado

The 3rd annual Crested Butte Songwriters Festival will feature the best performing songwriters in the world. Slated for January 15-19, 2014, crowds will experience the faces, voices and stories behind some of today’s biggest hit songs.


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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