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Indie Spotlight Lolla Rewind: Chance the Rapper

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From News, posted 7.30.20. Chicago native, Chance the Rapper, made his first appearance on the BMI stage at Lollapalooza in 2013. Having just released his first two projects at the time, 10 Day and Acid Rap, he wowed his hometown crowd with performances of songs like “Cocoa Butter Kisses” and “Juice.” His career skyrocketed from… Read more...


BMI Continues its Support of Sundance Institute Film Music and Sound Design Lab

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From News, posted 7.29.20. BMI proudly continues its support of the Sundance Institute Film Music and Sound Design Lab in collaboration with Skywalker Sound. The prestigious program returns this year with a new reimagined digital format on Sundance Co//ab from July 27–August 14, 2020. BMI composers Aaron Parks, Ariel Marx and Jeff “Gitty”… Read more...


BMI Congratulates Its Winning Songwriters at the 2020 BET Awards

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From News, posted 6.29.20. BMI songwriters made a strong showing, Sunday night, at the 2020 BET Awards, with several of our affiliates claiming major awards for their tremendous contributions over the last year. While BET made the celebration virtual in light of the pandemic, this year’s event — celebrating not only twenty years of the… Read more...


BMI Congratulates its 2020 BET Nominees

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From News, posted 6.16.20. Nominations for this year’s BET awards were announced yesterday with many BMI songwriters taking center stage in the music categories. The 20th anniversary of the event will air live on CBS and other Viacom networks, Sunday, June 28 at 8PM EST. Congratulations to all the nominees! Here’s the list of BMI… Read more...


BMI Indie Spotlight: Bren Joy

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From News, posted 3.30.20. Nashville’s Bren Joy is leading the new wave of R&B. The 23-year-old singer, songwriter, lyricist, and pianist incorporates unique chord structures and progressions into songs that fuse jazz, hip-hop, pop, gospel, and experimental soul. Those sounds, along with inspiration from artists like John Legend, Kirk Franklin, and The 1975, can be… Read more...


Zigzagging Through Genres, BMI Composer Aaron Zigman’s Music Transcends Boundaries

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From News, posted 2.27.20. As a classically trained pianist, conductor and composer, Aaron Zigman brings to his work a degree of versatility that’s rarely seen. His deep classical roots, combined with his background in writing and producing songs for many of music’s greatest performers, has given him the ability to traverse all genres of music.… Read more...


BMI Congratulates its 2020 GRAMMY Winners

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From News, posted 1.27.20. During a star-studded celebration of the most popular and impactful music from the past year, many BMI affiliates were singled out for their achievements at the Recording Academy’s 62nd GRAMMY Awards, held last night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Among the multiple-award winners came Lizzo, who, after opening the… Read more...


Songland Star Entertains Retail Association Execs

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From News, posted 9.19.19. BMI added some sizzle to the 2019 Council of State Retail Associations’ annual conference in Whitefish, Montana recently (9/17) by sponsoring a performance from BMI singer-songwriter Sam James. The Worcester, Massachusetts native was not only a contestant on Season 3 of The Voice, but recently appeared on NBC’s Songland, where he… Read more...


Indie Spotlight: Zsela

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From News, posted 9.12.19. Brooklyn-raised Zsela has talent in her blood. With a famous musician father (Marc Anthony Thompson, also known as Chocolate Genius) and an actress sister (Tessa Thompson of Creed, Avengers: Endgame, and Dear White People), it’s fitting that Zsela is making a name for herself, too. Her first single, “Noise,” dropped earlier… Read more...


Indie Spotlight: Cobi

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From News, posted 9.25.18. “Music has always been a vehicle for protest and this three-song EP touches on my feelings of loneliness in America, violence, and everlasting love,” says Cobi of his latest release, Songs from the Ashes (PT 2), which was a project with GRAMMY-Award–winning producer Anthony Kilhoffer (John Legend, Kanye West). Born Jacob… Read more...


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