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Library of Congress Inducts 10 BMI Musical Works into National Recording Registry

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From News, posted 3.24.21. Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress, today named 25 recordings worthy of preservation for all time in the National Recording Registry based on their cultural, historical or aesthetic importance in the country’s recorded sound heritage. Of the 25, BMI is very proud to announce that ten are BMI registered works. “The National… Read more...


Congress Approves New COVID Relief Package: What it Means for Music Creators

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From News, posted 12.22.20. Update: On Sunday, December 27, President Trump signed into law this new pandemic relief package. On Monday evening, Congress voted to approve a $900 billion relief package designed to aid small businesses, unemployed Americans, health care workers, and many others impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. This bipartisan legislation also includes several… Read more...


BMI Congratulates its 2020 Jazz Masters Bobby McFerrin and Reggie Workman

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From News, posted 2.06.20. The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded two of BMI’s most gifted jazz artists with its highest honor bestowed upon the genre: Bobby McFerrin and Reggie Workman will be named Jazz Masters during the NEA’s April 1-3, 2020, celebration. Renowned for his vocal improvisation using his mystifying four-octave range, McFerrin… Read more...


BMI Responds to DOJ’s Review of BMI and ASCAP Consent Decrees

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From News, posted 6.05.19. Today, the DOJ announced its long-anticipated review of the BMI and ASCAP consent decrees. Below is BMI’s comment in response. “The DOJ’s long-anticipated review of the BMI and ASCAP consent decrees and call for public comment represent an opportunity to do what BMI has been advocating for years – modernize… Read more...


BMI Sponsors NEA Jazz Masters Annual Dinner, Presents Future Jazz Master Scholarship

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From News, posted 4.15.19. Pictured (L-R) at BMI’s NEA Jazz Master’s annual dinner are: BMI Director of Jazz and Musical Theater Patrick Cook, BMI Foundation President Deirdre Chadwick, 2019 NEA Jazz Master Abdullah Ibrahim, 2019 NEA Jazz Master Maria Schneider, 2019 BMI Future Jazz Master Scholarship winner August Arnold, John F. Kennedy Center for the… Read more...


BMI Salutes its Songwriters and Composers Included in National Recording Registry

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From News, posted 3.21.19. “The National Recording Registry honors the music that enriches our souls, the voices that tell our stories and the sounds that mirror our lives,” said Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden as she named the 25 new recordings to be added to the National Recording Registry for 2018. The recordings, eight of… Read more...


BMI President & CEO Mike O’Neill and ASCAP CEO Elizabeth Matthews Issue Open Letter to the Industry on Consent Decree Reform

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From News, posted 2.28.19. With the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) evaluating the future of the BMI and ASCAP consent decrees, there has been much discussion and concern throughout the industry about the potential long-term impact. This is not surprising, since modifying or sunsetting the decrees would have far-reaching implications for the entire music business.… Read more...


BMI Explains What the Music Modernization Act Means for Songwriters and Composers

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From News, posted 11.01.18. Music history was made on October 11, 2018, when the Orrin G. Hatch-Bob Goodlatte Music Modernization Act (MMA) was signed into law. This important legislation updates U.S. copyright law for the digital age and aims to help songwriters and composers receive improved royalty payments for their work when it is streamed.… Read more...


Michael Collins Joins BMI as Vice President, Government Relations

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From News, posted 11.01.18. BMI announced today that longtime political strategist Michael Collins is joining the company as Vice President, Government Relations, effective November 5. Collins will be based in Washington, DC and report to BMI President & CEO Mike O’Neill. Collins will be responsible for leading BMI’s efforts to protect the rights of its… Read more...


Music Modernization Act Signed Into Law

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From News, posted 10.11.18. Today, the Orrin G. Hatch-Bob Goodlatte Music Modernization Act was signed into law by President Trump, marking a historic moment for the music industry. Notably, this legislation recognizes the essential contributions of the songwriters and composers at its core, who will see significant and deserved benefit, while streamlining the use of… Read more...


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