July 26, 2005

BMI Stage to Focus on Music’s Top Singer/Songwriters at Austin City Limits Music Festival

Press Release

NASHVILLE – July 18, 2005 - For the third consecutive year, BMI will host a concert stage for writer/artists at the Austin City Limits (ACL) Music Festival. The Austin City Limits Festival is held in Austin, TX, and features over 130 bands performing in a three-day period. 
Artists slated to appear on the BMI Stage on Friday, Sept. 23, include the Austin Collins Band, Kate York, Monte Warden, Patrick Davis, and The Massacoustics; Saturday’s performers include Kacy Crowley, the South Austin Jug Band, Free Sol, The Lost Trailers, and The Real Heroes.  On Sunday, the BMI Stage features Naturally 7, Kelley Hunt, Austin Hartley-Leonard, Donna the Buffalo, and Inara George.  The full three-day concert schedule and additional information can be viewed on the web at
“The BMI Stage at the ACL Festival will present 15 hot artists this year, all of whom are not only great performers, but also exceptional composers of original music,” said Phil Graham, Senior Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations.  “As an organization representing songwriters, BMI strives to expose new talent to the public.  It doesn’t get any better than this!”
The 2005 event will be held on Sept. 23-25 in the 45-acre Zilker Park in Austin, TX.  With a sell-out total audience of more than 210,000 last year, the ACL Festival has in just three years become one of the nation’s premiere live music extravaganzas.  The event showcased more than 120 artists last year, from rock to gospel, and country to reggae.
“BMI has made a major contribution in bringing great talent to the Festival for the last three years,” said Charlie Jones, executive producer and principal at Capital Sports & Entertainment, which organizes the Festival (and co-produces the television series with KLRU-TV).  “Nobody knows writer/entertainers better than BMI, and their support has been an important part of the festival’s success.”
Last year, more than 300 members of the news media attended the Festival, including at least 15 radio stations and six local television stations.  Two national cable networks, VH-1 and E! Entertainment originated programming from the event.  Attendees wishing to relive the Festival can purchase CD and DVD compilations of the performances.
The Festival reflects the spirit of its namesake television program, “Austin City Limits.”  Now in its 31st season, this award-winning series created by KLRU-TV in Austin is the longest-running popular music program in television history.
Now marking its 65th year in business, BMI is an American performing rights organization that represents more than 300,000 songwriters, composers and publishers in all genres of music. With a repertoire of more than 6.5 million musical works from around the world, the non-profit-making corporation collects license fees from businesses that use music, which it then distributes as royalties to the musical creators and copyright owners it represents.

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