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BMI Mourns the Loss of Folk Music Legend Oscar Brand

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From News, posted 10.04.16. BMI is saddened by the passing of BMI songwriter, and folk music legend Oscar Brand, who passed away Friday at the age of 96. Brand is most famously remembered for his New York public radio show Folk Festival, which set the Guinness World Record in 2006 as the longest-running radio series… Read more...


BMI Congratulates its 2015 Americana Music Honors and Awards Winners

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From News, posted 9.17.15. BMI writers dominated the Americana Music Honors and Awards show at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville last night with notable wins in nearly every category. Sturgill Simpson had an especially good night with wins for both Song of the Year for “Turtles All the Way Down” and Artist of the Year.… Read more...


BMI Mourns the Loss of Blues Great B.B. King

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From News, posted 5.15.15. Broadcast Music, Inc. mourns the loss of one of music’s most brilliant pioneers – the King of Blues, B.B. King, died last night at the age of 89. Famous for his undeniably blazing guitar he named Lucille, and vocals that demanded to be heard, the 15-time GRAMMY winner recorded more than… Read more...


BMI Writers Dominate 35th Annual Blues Music Awards

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From News, posted 5.22.14. The Blues Foundation presented the 35th Annual Blues Music Awards Thursday night, May 8, in Memphis. The event brought together Blues performers, industry representatives and fans from all over the world to celebrate the best in Blues recordings and performances from the previous year. Three awards went to BMI songwriters Susan… Read more...


Jazz Great Ron Carter on ‘Finding the Right Notes’

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From News, posted 3.05.14. As the most recorded bass player in the history of jazz, Broadcast Music, Inc. composer Ron Carter is celebrating the release of his biography, Finding the Right Notes. Carter’s life is literally a tour through the greatest jazz ever produced. With more than 2,000 albums to his credit, he has recorded with… Read more...


BMI Announces GRAMMY Museum’s ‘REEL TO REEL: AKA DOC POMUS’

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From News, posted 1.29.14. Broadcast Music, Inc., in association with the Songwriters Hall of Fame, is proud to announce the GRAMMY Museum’s special screening of REEL TO REEL: AKA DOC POMUS on February 11, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. Following the captivating film about this gifted and prolific BMI writer will be a panel discussion featuring… Read more...


Must-See Film on Early Rock Mega-Hit Writer Doc Pomus Playing Now

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From News, posted 10.11.13. The life story of Broadcast Music, Inc. legendary songwriter Doc Pomus has been made into the must-see film, A.K.A DOC POMUS. Doc is responsible for having penned some of the most-recorded songs in the history of popular music, including “Save the Last Dance for Me,” “This Magic Moment,” “A Teenager in… Read more...


10 Questions: The Scissormen’s Ted Drozdowski

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From MusicWorld, posted 3.28.12. To see Ted Drozdowski play slide guitar so easily like he does, one might think he was a tad bored, like a kid who really ought to have skipped a grade or a dog too long chained to a doghouse. In the dusky bars and blues clubs he frequents with his… Read more...


From the Archives

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From MusicWorld, posted 3.12.12. BMI’s songwriting history, in pictures. Jimmie Vaughan, former BMI executive Roger Sovine, B.B. King, former BMI President & CEO Frances Preston and Al Schlesinger, former National Chairman of the Board for NARAS, celebrate King’s Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1987. Read more...


SXSW Picks: 12 Bands to Catch in Austin

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From News, posted 3.08.12. In the promotional flurry of booze, BBQ, and celebrity attractions that fuel the South By Southwest Music Festival (March 13-18), it’s far too easy to lose track of the hometown talent that helps make Austin the so-called “Live Music Capital of the World” the other 51 weeks of the year—especially with… Read more...


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