February 14, 2014
Announcing the Lineup for the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association’s 19th Annual Key West Songwriters Festival
Presented by BMI, Benefitting The Shepherd Center SHARE Military Initiative
in association with Visit Florida, Comcast, Jagermeister and the Key West & Florida Keys Tourist Development Council
NASHVILLE, February 14, 2014 – Broadcast Music, Inc.®, (BMI®), global leader in music rights management, announces the lineup for the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association’s 19th Annual Key West Songwriters Festival presented by BMI, benefitting the Shepherd Center SHARE Military Initiative, set for May 7-11, 2014. The Key West Songwriters Festival will again feature many of music’s most beloved songwriters heading to the southernmost point for five days of one-of-a-kind showcases and concert events dotting venues across the island.
“Our involvement with the Key West Songwriters Festival is just another way we at BMI demonstrate our full commitment to our songwriters, getting their music exposure in meaningful, unique settings,” said BMI’s Executive Director of Writer/Publisher Relations Mark Mason. “We are honored to have the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association on board to make next year’s festival the biggest and best yet.”
The impressive 2014 list of performers includes headliners Sara Evans, Anders Osborne, 2014 GRAMMY Award winner Kacey Musgraves, Robert Earl Keen, Kree Harrison, DJ DU, Matraca Berg, Tony Joe White, and 2013 BMI Country Icon Dean Dillon.
Additional performers include The World Famous Headliners, Natalie Hemby, Wendell Mobley, Chuck Cannon, Colin Lake, Jeff Hanna, Even Stevens, Hugh Prestwood, James Slater, Steve Bogard, Doug Johnson, Love and Theft, Gary Chapman, Pete Abbot, Dean Alexander, Seth Alley, Dylan Altman, Marshall Altman, Al Anderson, Kelly Archer, Misa Arriaga, Sammy Arriaga, Sherrie Austin, Matt Backer, Phil Barton, Ty Bates, Jabe Beyer, Brinn Black, Blackwater Bride, Callaghan, Shawn Camp, Jessica Campbell, Mark Case, Tommy Cecil, Wiley Chandler, Jeff Cohen, Adam Craig, Rob Crosby, Jalan Crossland, Colby Dee, Josh Door, Mason Douglas, Erik Dylan, Brooke Eden, Amanda Flynn, Marti Frederiksen, Ashley Gearing, Lacy Green, Sam Grow, Haley & Michaels, Michael Hardy, Sara Haze, Kat Higgins, Elisha Hoffman, Rebecca Lynn Howard, Courtney Jaye, Paul Jenkins, Bryson Jennings, Kimberly June, Kristen Kelly, Kingston, Shannon Labrie, Jesse Lee, Lindsey Lee, Marjory Lee, Sonia Leigh, Toby Lightman, Megan Linville, Little Feather, Misty Loggins, Loving Mary, Cheryl LuQuire, Phil Madeira, Josh Matheny, Erin McCarley, Clay McClinton, Pat McLaughlin, Suzie McNeil, Phoenix Mendoza, Mike Mentz, Jake Mitchell, Heather Morgan, Liz Moriondo, Maren Morris, Greg Morrow, Danny Myrick, Kallie North, Shane Piasecki, Patrice Pike, Danika Portz, Jacob Powell, Michael Ray, Tyler Reeve, Michael Rhodes, Jesse Rice, Jon Roniger, Ben Rue, Kylie Sackley, Emily Shackelton, Lucie Silvas, Haley Steele, Adley Stump, Sundy Best, Bridgette Tatum, The Massacoustics, Michael Tolcher, Guthrie Trapp, Brianna Tyson, Walker McGuire, Bruce Wallace, Taylor Watson, Jason White, Channing Wilson, Jessy Wilson, Billy Yates, and Kate York.
“The Key West Songwriters Festival blends the best in the music business with a lively city that encompasses the Florida experience, and we are thrilled to sponsor the event,” said Carol Dover, President and CEO of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association. “This year, we feel the diverse talent lineup will encourage people to take a trip to the state’s southernmost point to hear the stories behind the big hits and go on an adventure to a unique destination.”
After 2013’s record-breaking year, the 2014 edition of the festival promises to deliver even more finely-crafted music and stories behind the hits. Anders Osborne is set to headline the festival’s kickoff concert on Wednesday, May 7 on the Sunset Pier at the Ocean Key Resort. Over the course of five days, more than 50 free shows and in-the-round showcases featuring some of the nation’s finest songwriters will follow, including a free concert on Duval Street with Sara Evans. Last year’s Duval St. concert saw a record audience of over 5,000 people.
Six ticketed shows will pack the historic San Carlos Theatre, Tropic Cinema, and The Studios of Key West. 2014 GRAMMY Award winner Kacey Musgraves will close out the festival with a must-see performance at the San Carlos Theatre. Tickets will go on sale mid-March and can be purchased at keywestsongwritersfestival.com. Specific lineups and venue information will be announced soon.
For updates, follow @BMI on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook, and use hashtag #BMIKeyWest.
Proceeds from the Key West Songwriters Festival will benefit SHARE Military Initiative at Shepherd Center, a comprehensive rehabilitation program that focuses on assessment and treatment for service men and women who have sustained a mild to moderate traumatic brain injury and PTSD from the Afghanistan and Iraqi conflicts.
For a complete listing of sponsoring hotels, local businesses, participating songwriters and more, visit www.keywestsongwritersfestival.com.
About the Key West Songwriters Festival
The Key West Songwriters Festival is the largest festival of its kind in the world. The event’s 1995 debut was small but memorable, featuring Mickey Newbury and Shel Silverstein. BMI stepped in as a partner and sponsor in 1996 and has helped it grow into both a tourist attraction and favorite of island locals. The festival revolves around five days and nights of more than 30 free shows, staged at an array of the island’s most popular drinking holes and hot spots, where live music introduces crowds to the faces, voices and stories behind the songs. Diverse lineups featuring more than 100 top songwriters deliver rare, “Key West-only” moments. More info available at http://www.keywestsongwritersfestival.com.
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 8.5 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 bmi.com, follow us on Twitter @BMI or stay connected through Broadcast Music Inc.‘s Facebook page.
Drew Maynard, BMI