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February 9, 2009

Grammy-Nominated Songwriters Take Stage at ‘How I Wrote That Song’ Panel in Los Angeles

Press Release

LOS ANGELES, February 9, 2009 – BMI presented the third annual “How I Wrote That Song” panel discussion in Los Angeles Saturday, February 7 at the Key Club. Sponsored by MySpace, the event featured current and previous Grammy-nominated songwriters and producers, who spoke about the process behind writing such hit songs including “Let’s Get It Started,” “Déjà Vu,” “All I Have,” “Love In This Club, Part II,” “Gimme More,” “Lollipop,” “Good Life,” “Kiss Kiss” and more. Panelists included Grammy Award-winning singer, rapper, songwriter, and producer will.i.am (Black Eyed Peas); Grammy Award-winning rapper, songwriter, and producer T-Pain; Grammy-nominated songwriter Makeba Riddick (Beyonce); singer-songwriter Keri Hilson (Usher, Chris Brown, Britney Spears) and special guests BMI producer/songwriter Jim Jonsin (Lil Wayne, Pretty Ricky, Mario) and BMI songwriter and hip-hop recording artist Twista.

The panel discussion was led by BMI Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations Catherine Brewton and music correspondent for Access Hollywood and A&R Consultant, MySpace Records, Quddus Philippe. Each panelist also performed one of their award-winning songs.

Broadcast Music, Inc.® (BMI) is an American performing right organization that represents more than 375,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers in all genres of music and more than 6.5 million works. BMI’s latest financial results, $901 million for its 2008 fiscal year, are the highest performing right collections for any copyright organization in the world. BMI has represented the most popular and beloved music from around the world for over 65 years. The U.S. 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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Pictured are (l-r): BMI Senior Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations Phil Graham; BMI Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations & General Manager Los Angeles Barbara Cane; BMI Senior Vice President, Performing Rights Alison Smith; BMI songwriter and panelist Makeba Riddick; co-moderator and Access Hollywood Music Correspondent and A&R Consultant, MySpace Records, Quddus Philippe; BMI songwriter and panelist T-Pain; BMI Associate Director, Writer/Publisher Relations, Los Angeles Nicole Plantin; Senior Director, Writer/Publisher Relations, New York Wardell Malloy; songwriter and panelist Keri Hilson; BMI Associate Director, Writer/Publisher Relations, Atlanta Byron Wright; BMI Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations, Atlanta,  and panel moderator Catherine Brewton; and BMI songwriter and panelist will.i.am.

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Pictured are (l-r): co-moderator and Access Hollywood Music Correspondent and A&R Consultant, MySpace Records, Quddus Philippe; BMI songwriter and panelist Makeba Riddick; BMI songwriter and panelist T-Pain; songwriter and panelist Keri Hilson; BMI songwriter and panelist will.i.am; and BMI Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations, Atlanta and panel moderator Catherine Brewton.

Photo by Arnold Turner

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