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BMI’s Mike O’Neill Testifies at 2014 Congressional Hearing on Music Licensing

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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...


Music Modernization Act Unanimously Passes House of Representatives

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From News, posted 9.25.18. BMI’s President and CEO, Mike O’Neill, responds to the Music Modernization Act unanimously passing the House of Representatives this evening: “Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the final version of the Music Modernization Act, now known as the Orrin G. Hatch-Bob Goodlatte Music Modernization Act. We are now one step… Read more...


BMI Congratulates Sara Evans on Receiving Service to America Leadership Award

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From News, posted 6.13.18. Last night the National Association of Broadcasters presented BMI singer/songwriter Sara Evans with its prestigious 2018 Service to America Leadership Award at the NAB Education Foundation’s Celebration of Service to America Awards, held at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C. As the NABEF’s highest individual honor, the Service to… Read more...


Sara Sithi-Amnuai Receives BMI Future Jazz Master Scholarship

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From News, posted 4.19.18. In addition to honoring renowned jazz pianist Joanne Brackeen and guitar legend Pat Metheny as BMI’s newest Jazz Masters, the BMI Foundation proudly awarded Sara Sithi-Amnuai this year’s BMI Future Jazz Master Scholarship. The $5,000 award was presented to Sithi-Amnuai at the BMI-sponsored annual dinner… Read more...


BMI Supports Introduction of the Music Modernization Act of 2017

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From News, posted 12.21.17. Today, Congressmen Doug Collins (R-GA) and Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) introduced the Music Modernization Act of 2017. This bill represents months of collaboration between BMI, and other organizations representing songwriters, composers, and publishers such as NMPA, ASCAP, NSAI, and SONA, and the music user community. The bill is designed to benefit American… Read more...


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Recent D.C. Washington events

Sep 27 2015 BMI Stage @ Landmark Music Festival: Washington, DC
Sep 27 2015 Landmark Music Festival: Washington, DC
Sep 26 2015 BMI Stage @ Landmark Music Festival: Washington, DC
Sep 26 2015 Landmark Music Festival: Washington, DC
Jun 14 2014 The Recording Academy presents…Business, Beats & Inspiration: The Art of Commerce - Making Money with Your Music: Arlington, VA
Jun 5 2013 CISAC World Creators Summit: Washington, DC
Jun 4 2013 CISAC World Creators Summit: Washington, DC
Feb 17 2013 Wammie Awards
Jun 14 2012 National Museum of American History Showcase: Washington, DC
May 17 2012 Copyright Alliance Expo: Washington, DC