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Steve Cropper: BMI Exclusive: Steve Cropper on the Distinctive Sound of Booker T. & the MG’s

Captured at A Conversation with Legendary Guitarist & Songwriter Steve Cropper

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Brandy Honored with the BMI President’s Award at the 2019 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards


From News, posted 8.30.19. BMI celebrated the songwriters, producers and publishers of the past year’s most-performed R&B/hip-hop songs during the 2019 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards held at the Sandy Springs Arts Center in Atlanta. Multiple-award-winning singer/songwriter and actress Brandy received the BMI President’s Award in recognition of her powerful impact on the entertainment industry and her… Read more...

BMI Mourns the Loss of Art Neville


From News, posted 7.23.19. BMI is saddened by the news of the passing on Monday of Art Neville. Neville (a.k.a “Poppa Funk”) was renowned for his work as a singer, keyboardist and co-founder of The Meters, as well as the Neville Brothers, which he founded with three of his brothers, Aaron, Cyril and Charles. Both… Read more...

BMI Congratulates Zuberi “@uD!o” Mackson for Winning The Curtis Mayfield Scholarship Award


From News, posted 6.18.19. BMI is proud to congratulate versatile singer/songwriter/producer Zuberi “@uD!o” Mackson for earning the 2019 Curtis Mayfield Scholarship Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Originally from Lakewood, New Jersey, this up-and-coming music creator first started defining his vocation at Five Towns Music College in Dix Hills, New York, delving deeply into… Read more...

Living & Learning: BMI Singer/Songwriter DAVIE Looks Ahead


From The Weekly, posted 6.18.19. Having musically cut his teeth singing for his family’s traveling gospel ensemble, it wasn’t until New Jersey native James Treadwell was in high school that he was encouraged to pursue a full-time solo career. Relocating to Los Angeles after college, the aspiring singer/songwriter started singing backup vocals for artists like Chris… Read more...

BMI Congratulates Its 2019 GRAMMY Winners


From News, posted 2.11.19. Music’s biggest night returned to Los Angeles’ Staple Center, last night, for the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards, and true to form, a robust showing of BMI affiliates went home with the gold.  Childish Gambino’s incendiary single “This is America” made history by being the first rap song to win both the… Read more...

BMI Congratulates its 2019 GRAMMY Nominees


From News, posted 12.13.18. BMI is exceptionally proud to congratulate its many affiliates nominated for awards by the Recording Academy at the 61st GRAMMY Awards, scheduled to be held on February 10, 2019 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Nominations for the music industry’s most prestigious accolades were announced on December 7. In the… Read more...

BMI Mourns the Loss of Soul Legend Aretha Franklin


From News, posted 8.16.18. BMI is deeply saddened to learn of the death of trailblazing music legend, Aretha Franklin, who passed away today at the age of 76. A BMI affiliate for five decades, Franklin was hailed as the Queen of Soul, in the 1960s, for her unquantifiable contributions to the canon of contemporary music.… Read more...

Curtis Mayfield’s Family Turning a New Page on His 60-Year Music Legacy


From News, posted 7.23.18. As part of African American Music Appreciation Month in June, the Apollo Theater took the opportunity to highlight musician and BMI songwriter Curtis Mayfield with a special Apollo Theater Study Guide. Get on Board! pays tribute to Mayfield’s life and music and highlights songs that he wrote during the… Read more...

BMI Celebrates Its Songwriters at the 2018 Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony


From News, posted 6.20.18. Several legendary BMI affiliates were honored at the Songwriters Hall of Fame 49th Annual Induction & Awards Gala, held June 14 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City. This year saw the prestigious induction of BMI songwriters Bill Anderson, Steve Dorff, Allee Willis and Robert “Kool” Bell, George Brown… Read more...

BMI Honors R&B Legend Otis Redding at The Otis Music Camp


From News, posted 6.13.18. BMI was proud to participate, last week, in The Otis Redding Foundation’s philanthropic initiative, The Otis Music Camp, an annual, two-week program in Macon, GA, that hosts high level music forums conducted by key leaders in the music industry. BMI’s David Claassen was on hand not only as a guest speaker,… Read more...

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