May 29, 2013

BMI Brings Nashville Songwriters to Maine to Benefit Charity ‘Share Our Strength’

First Annual Maine Songwriter Series Slated for June 13-15

Press Release

NEW YORK, NY—MAY 29, 2013 – Broadcast Music, Inc.® (BMI®), a global leader in music rights management, announces the sponsorship of the first annual Maine Songwriter Series presented in partnership with the Maine Restaurant Association (MRA), and the Maine Innkeepers Association (MIA). Portions of the proceeds will benefit the charity, Share Our Strength (Maine), a nonprofit group dedicated to ending childhood hunger. The concert series features BMI songwriters Dylan Altman and Jeff Cohen who have written hit songs for Jake Owen, Jason Aldean, Tim McGraw, The Band Perry, Big & Rich and others. The first show is scheduled to take place at the Hilton Garden Inn in Auburn Riverwatch on Thursday, June 13. The next performance will be on Friday, June 14, at the Nonantum Resort in Kennebunkport, and the third and final performance will take place at the Ri Ra Irish Pub in Portland on Saturday, June 15. All shows begin at 7:30p.m. and tickets will be available on-site at the venues. Interviews with songwriters, Dylan Altman and Jeff Cohen will be featured on the television series, ‘Private Stage’ of WPXT-TV (The CW). 

Dan Spears, Vice President of Industry Relations, Licensing at BMI commented, “BMI is proud to sponsor this event with the Maine Restaurant Association and the Maine Innkeepers Association as it truly showcases the power of the live performance.” Spears stated, “BMI encourages collaboration among songwriters and businesses to help support community spirit and to benefit positive causes like the Share Our Strength group. This will be a terrific concert series in the great state of Maine.”

Greg Dugal of the Maine Innkeepers Association commented, “The Maine Innkeepers Association looks forward to working with BMI on the first annual Maine Songwriters Series. It is critical to shed light on the very important role that songwriters play in the process of entertaining our guests and the general public.” Dugal continued, “We are very pleased that BMI has been gracious enough to include Maine in its programming and encourage everyone to come out and enjoy these fantastic entertainers.”

Dick Grotton, President & CEO, Maine Restaurant Association commented, “This Songwriters Series represents a phenomenal opportunity for Mainers to experience the incredible talent that resides in Nashville. Our relationship with BMI continues to grow and to benefit Maine restaurateurs.” Grotton added, “Music truly enhances the dining experience, and we’re proud to partner with BMI to bring these award-winning country songwriters to our fine state, especially to benefit a great cause.”

Broadcast Music, Inc.® (BMI®) is a global leader in music rights management, serving as an advocate for the value of music. BMI represents the public performance rights in more than 7.5 million musical works created and owned by more than 600,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers. The Company negotiates music license agreements and distributes the fees it generates as royalties to its affiliated writers and publishers when their songs are performed in public. In 1939, BMI created a groundbreaking open-door policy becoming the only performing rights organization to welcome and represent the creators of blues, jazz, country and American roots music. Today, the musical compositions in BMI’s repertoire, from chart toppers to perennial favorites, span all genres of music and are consistently among the most-performed hits of the year. For additional information and the latest BMI news, visit, follow us on Twitter @BMI or stay connected through BMI’s Facebook page.

The Maine Innkeepers Association, a leading provider of tourism information to both Maine’s lodging industry and its visitors, represents nearly 700 B&Bs, camps, cottages, hotels, inns, motels and resorts across Maine, and their suppliers. Through communication, education, promotion and government affairs, the Association helps its members achieve prosperity and deliver a quality product to the consumer. Maine Innkeepers Association is located in Freeport, ME, and can also be found at

The Maine Restaurant Association is a membership-based organization dedicated to representing, promoting and educating the food service industry in Maine and has offices located in Augusta.

Private Stage is Maine’s only weekly music performance series, spotlighting local artists in Southern Maine, airing Saturdays at 11p.m. and Sundays at 7:30p.m. on WPXTV. Each episode includes live performances and interviews with one featured artist.

Media Contacts:
Leah Luddine, Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI)                                                             
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Greg Dugal, Maine Innkeepers Association
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Rebecca Dill, Maine Restaurant Association
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