News: 2007

2007 SESAC Nashville Music Awards

Liz Rose Named “Songwriter of the Year”; “Watching You” Written by Brian White Captures Song of the Year Hillsboro Valley, Sony/ATV Timber Publishers of the Year

(Nashville, TN): Multi-faceted songwriter Liz Rose was named SESAC’s Country Songwriter of the Year during ceremonies held today at the company’s…

Dec 17

SESAC Launches New Office In Miami

SESAC has announced the opening of a new office in Miami. This is in response to the impressive growth in the songwriting community in that marketplace. “The timing is perfect for us to expand our operations to Miami,” said Pat Collins, President/COO, SESAC.  “The level of talent in Miami is…

Dec 11

NEO Soul Cafe Announces The 2008 I Got Soul Conference

An innovative gathering for soul industry professionals will focus on “WHERE
SOUL MEETS THE BIZ”

Neo Soul Café LLC announces plans for the 2008 I Got Soul
Conference and Tribute (IGSC)
. The conference dates are June 13-15 and will
be held in…

Dec 10

SongHall Spotlight On: Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater

By Jim Bessman

The Songwriters Hall of Fame is thrilled that Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater will inaugurate its new Words About Music series on February 20th, 2008, focusing on important songs and songwriters that span the rich history of the popular song.
Sheik and Sater,…

Dec 10

Holiday Magic

Ever wonder, at this time of year, who wrote all of those great holiday standards you find yourself spontaneously humming? Well, we at SHOF did a little research to find out which of our esteemed Inductees wrote some of those classics that make us feel all warm and fuzzy, and…

Dec 10

First Wave of New Winter Workshops Announced!

Early Registration Available Now!

SIGN UP FOR 2008 WINTER WORKSHOPS BEFORE SPECIAL EARLY REGISTRATION PRICING ENDS!

For a limited time, the Songwriters Hall of Fame is offering early registration special pricing on some of our workshops and events…..don’t miss out!

Marcy Drexler’s extremely popular…

Dec 4

2008 ASCAP “I Create Music” Expo Set For April 10-12 In Los Angeles

Songwriters Hall of Fame Members Offered Registration Discount

ASCAP has announced its 2008 “I Create Music” EXPO, a major national conference dedicated to songwriting and composing. The 2008 EXPO is an essential experience for any music creator, providing three days of education, innovation and inspiration, set for April…

Dec 3

61st New Writers Showcase!

The 61st New Writers Showcase took place at the Bitter End on Thursday, November 29th to a packed house. Eight singer/songwriters performed two songs each to an appreciative crowd who were very respectful of the talent in the room. Here is a sampling of photos from that special night, and…

Dec 3

Songhall’s 61st New Writers Showcase!

Songhall presents the latest in it’s award winning showcases. You’re invited!

61st NEW WRITERS SHOWCASE

Live Performances of Original Songs by

Karen Lloyd * Stellar Moss * Shelly Bhushan
Jason Yudoff * Jerzy Jung * Watt White
Malcolm Singleton *…

Nov 29

New “Spotlight” Series On Schedule For 2008!

It is with great excitement that we announce the premiere of the Songwriters Hall of Fame Spotlight Series, the first one taking place on Wednesday, February 20th, 2008. The SongHall will shine its light on Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik – the 2007 Tony Award winners for Best Musical Spring…

Nov 27

New Writers Showcase November 29th!

Our 61st showcase will take place Thursday, November 29th at 8pm, and will feature Live Performances of Original Songs by:
Karen Lloyd * Stellar Moss * Shelly Bhushan * Jason Yudoff * Jerzy Jung * Watt White * Malcolm Singleton * Francesca Kray

Where: THE BITTER…

Nov 27

SESAC Renews Contract With TEOSTO

SESAC, Inc. has renewed its reciprocal agreement with TEOSTO covering Finland.  The renewed license agreement continues a long and mutually beneficial relationship.  SESAC has reciprocal agreements in place with over 80 Foreign Societies.

“SESAC has maintained a very impressive track record for increasing foreign royalty collections commiserate with…

Nov 21

2008 Nominees Announced!

Over the past four decades, the SHOF has come to represent the legacy of the great popular song in all of its richness and variety. The honor roll of inductees spans distinctions of gender, race, and musical genre, and includes music creators as diverse as Dorothy Fields, Hank Williams, Henry…

Nov 20

Fourth “Meet The Songwriters” Speaker Andy Marvel Was….Marvelous!

Andy Marvel’s appearance in the Songhall’s fourth “Meet The Songwriters” event for 2007 was an inspiration to all who attended. He talked about working with established artists like Jessica Simpson and Celine Dion along with “up and coming” artists. Andy stressed the importance of writing many songs to allow for…

Nov 16

Andy Marvel Featured Speaker For “Meet The Songwriters”

This is an all new series of four sessions with a different established songwriter guest at each one. We will hear their perspective on the industry, the craft of songwriting and how they contributed to the vital force that is contemporary song today!  There is a story behind every song…

Nov 15

Peter Gabriel Receives Top Honor at BMI London Awards

BMI saluted Europe’s premier songwriters, composers and music publishers at its 2007 London Awards, held October 16 in the Grand Ballroom of London’s Dorchester Hotel. Hosted by BMI President & CEO Del Bryant, along with Executive Director, Writer/Publisher Relations Europe & Asia, Brandon Bakshi, the awards honored the past year’s…

Nov 13

Third “Meet the Songwriters” Guest Speaker Makeba Riddick Wows

At the third in Songhall’s new “Meet the Songwriters” series, multi-platinum hit songwriter Makeba Riddick shared her passion and joy of music with a crowd of eager songwriters. A very short list of Makeba’s hits include her favorite songs, Jennifer Lopez’ “All I Have,” Beyonce’s “Deja Vu” and Rihanna’s “Push…

Nov 9

Makeba Riddick Featured Speaker for “Meet The Songwriters”

This is an all new series of four sessions with a different established songwriter guest at each one. We will hear their perspective on the industry, the craft of songwriting and how they contributed to the vital force that is contemporary song today!  There is a story behind every song…

Nov 8

Songhall’s 61st New Writers Showcase!

Songhall presents the latest in it’s award winning showcases. You’re invited!

61st NEW WRITERS SHOWCASE

Live Performances of Original Songs by

Karen Lloyd * Stellar Moss * Shelly Bhushan
Jason Yudoff * Jerzy Jung * Watt White
Malcolm Singleton *…

Nov 6

Songhall Introduces The Songwriter in the Recording Studio

It was a cold, rainy day in NYC on Saturday, November 3rd - a perfect time for songwriters to get behind the recording console at a professional studio and learn some of the techniques and technical processes that add up to great sounding recordings. The event was hosted by David…

Nov 5

40th Annual ASCAP Deems Taylor Awards Announced

ASCAP has announced the winners of the 40th Annual ASCAP Deems Taylor Awards for outstanding print, broadcast and new media coverage of music. The winners will be honored at a special reception on Thursday, December 13, 2007 at The Allen Room, Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln…

Nov 5

The Songwriter In The Recording Studio

This 1 day intensive workshop held in a recording studio will focus on many aspects of the recording process as it directly relates to the songwriter.  The goal of this workshop is to provide a better understanding of this process and will ultimately save studio hours and demo budget dollars…

Nov 3

ReverbNation Launches New Profile Pages

After months of anticipation, ReverbNation.com has launched the beta version of Record Label and Manager
profile pages, complete with a suite of powerful free tools designed to meet
the needs of Labels and Band Managers of all sizes. The offering includes
many of the…

Nov 1

Second “Meet The Songwriters” With Peter Zizzo Hits A High Note

During the second in the series of “Meet the Songwriters” seminars on October 25th, guest speaker Peter Zizzo provided tremendous songwriting insight for the eager audience. They listened intently to his experiences with artists Vanessa Carlton, Avril Lavigne and Celine Dion, among many others. He spoke of his creative process…

Oct 31

2008 ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO

Last Chance for Songwriters Hall of Fame members to Receive Lowest Pricing!

Prices are about to increase for the 2008 ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO, the
only major national conference dedicated to songwriting and composing, set
for April 10-12, 2008 at the Renaissance Hollywood…

Oct 29

Peter Zizzo Is Featured Speaker For “Meet The Songwriters”

This is an all new series of four sessions with a different established songwriter guest at each one. We will hear their perspective on the industry, the craft of songwriting and how they contributed to the vital force that is contemporary song today!  There is a story behind every song…

Oct 25

Webcasters And SoundExchange Shake Hands

It looks like Webcasters got exactly what they asked for. On Aug. 23, music industry rep SoundExchange and the Digital Media Association (DiMA), representing Web radio stations, shook hands over an agreement that will establish a $50,000 cap on royalty payments any given radio service has to make for spinning…

Oct 22

First “Meet The Songwriters” Featuring Julie Gold Captivates!

The first in the series of Songwriters Hall of Fame “Meet The Songwriters” seminars took place Thursday, October 18th in front of an audience captivated by Julie Gold. She shared the story of her continuing career, from it’s humble beginnings, to her walk down the red carpet to accept her…

Oct 19

Julie Gold Is First Featured Speaker For “Meet The Songwriters”

This is an all new series of four sessions with a different established songwriter guest at each one. We will hear their perspective on the industry, the craft of songwriting and how they contributed to the vital force that is contemporary song today!  There is a story behind every song…

Oct 18

2008 ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO Announced

Following the second successful year of the ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO — the first and only national conference dedicated to songwriting and composing — ASCAP (the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) announced today that its third annual ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO will be held April 10-12,…

Oct 18

Hal David To Receive Five Towns Honors

SHOF Chairman/CEO Hal David will be the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate degree given by the Entertainment Industry Gallery of Honor at Five Towns College on Wednesday, October 17th at 12 noon. Mr. David, the lyrical half of one of the best-known and productive songwriting teams of our time had…

Oct 9

20th Annual Pete Carpenter Film Composer Fellowship Set

The BMI Foundation has announced the opening of the 20th annual Pete Carpenter Fellowship for aspiring film composers under the age of 35. The Fellowship was established by the BMI Foundation and Carpenter’s family, colleagues, and friends to honor the late co-composer of television themes and scores, including The A-Team,…

Oct 3

Fall Workshops In Progress!!

Right now, the fabulous fall schedule of workshops is already in progress, along with these featured below that are coming your way:

The Songwriter In The Recording Studio will be taught by David Greenberg. This one day intensive workshop on Saturday, November 3rd, will be held in…

Oct 3

ASCAP Foundation Partners To Develop New Musicals

First workshop to be held in October

Pittsburgh, PA and New York, NY (October 1, 2007): Pittsburgh CLO and Carnegie Mellon School of Drama are proud to announce a new partnership with The ASCAP Foundation and composer/lyricist and Carnegie Mellon alumnus Stephen Schwartz to develop new musicals as…

Oct 2

T.I., Ne-Yo, Mr. Collipark, Pharrell Williams Take Top BMI Urban Honors

BMI saluted the world’s premier r&b, rap and hip-hop songwriters, producers and publishers at its 2007 Urban Awards, held September 7 at the Zumanity Theatre at New York-New York Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Hosted by BMI President & CEO (and SHOF Board Member) Del Bryant and Vice President,…

Oct 2

Jack Sander Named Chairman of BMI Board

Jack Sander, former Vice Chairman of Belo Corporation in Dallas, Texas, has been elected Chairman of the BMI Board of Directors. Sander succeeds Board Chairman Cecil L. Walker, who will become Presiding Director and continue his service on the BMI board. The announcement came following the annual shareholders meeting in…

Oct 1

Musicnation.com And SESAC

SESAC has partnered with musicnation.com for you to get your name out there and win cash, a record deal and other prizes! Go to musicnation.com to create a profile (it’s FREE), upload your music videos, MP3s and pictures. Post blogs, leave comments and promote your shows.
Get the…

Oct 1

Mastering The Music Business Maze

This workshop will cover the “song” (melody, structure, lyrics) from the viewpoints of a music publisher, a music supervisor for film and television, and a record company A&R rep. Topics covered will include publishing and performing rights organizations (ASCAP, BMI, SESAC); packaging and marketing (bios, photos, press kits), copyrighting and…

Sep 26

I Want To Write Songs

Popular songs of all genres will be analyzed and decoded to see how and why they work as hit songs.  Melody, harmony and lyric will be discussed as individual elements and how they equal more than the sum of their parts in a well-written song. Songs by workshop attendees will…

Sep 25

SESAC Renews Contracts With KODA

Performing Rights Organization In Reciprocal Agreements With Over 80 Foreign Societies

SESAC, Inc. has announced a renewal licensing agreement with KODA covering Denmark. SESAC’s renewed licensing agreement with KODA continues a long and mutually beneficial relationship between the two performing rights organizations.
Full story here:…

Sep 21

BMI Teams with Starbucks for NEMO Songwriting Competition

BMI is partnering with Starbucks New England to sponsor the NEMO Music Festival Songwriting Competition, which offers musicians in the New England area the opportunity to showcase their talent in any musical genre. Regional competitions will be held in August and September in select Starbucks stores throughout the New England…

Sep 17

WIPO Copyright Conference in Nashville Invites ASCAP Members

ASCAP members are invited to attend a premier copyright conference taking place from October 17-19 in Nashville. The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), in cooperation with Vanderbilt University and the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC), has organized a conference on issues devoted to collective management of…

Sep 12

SESAC Renews Contracts With KODA

Performing Rights Organization In Reciprocal Agreements With Over 80 Foreign Societies

SESAC, Inc. has announced a renewal licensing agreement with KODA covering Denmark. SESAC’s renewed licensing agreement with KODA continues a long and mutually beneficial relationship between the two performing rights organizations.

“SESAC has experienced…

Sep 5

ASCAP and BMI Announce Launch of Online Music Cue Sheet Technology RapidCue

ASCAP and BMI have announced RapidCue, a state-of-the-art cue sheet technology for the use of music in the film, TV and cable industries. RapidCue is a secured website that allows users to enter, manage and electronically submit music cue sheet data for television, cable and film productions to BMI and…

Sep 5

ASCAP and BMI Announce Launch of Online Music Cue Sheet Technology RapidCue

ASCAP and BMI, the leading U.S. performing rights organizations (PROs), have announced RapidCue, a state-of-the-art cue sheet technology for the use of music in the film, TV and cable industries. RapidCue is a secured website that allows users to enter, manage and electronically submit music cue sheet data for television,…

Sep 5

New York Songwriters Circle now accepting Songwriting Contest submissions

For Over 17 years, The New York Songwriters Circle has been the premiere spot in NYC featuring an eclectic mix of up and coming as well as many legendary Songwriters in an intimate and cozy atmosphere. Produced by acclaimed Singer-Songwriter Tina Shafer, our events are held at The Legendary Bitter…

Aug 23

Willie Nelson To Be Honored as Icon at 55th Annual BMI Country Awards

American legend Willie Nelson will be honored as an Icon at BMI’s 55th annual Country Awards, the oldest awards saluting country’s top music makers. The black-tie, invitation-only gala will recognize the past year’s most-performed BMI country songs and is set for Nov. 6 at the company’s Music Row offices.

Aug 14

All New!!!  Fall 2007 / Workshop & Events Schedule

Early Registration Countdown....Don’t Miss Out! Register Early And Get A Special Workshop Rate!!
Check out the Fall line-up of events:

MASTERING THE MUSIC BUSINESS MAZE, with Marcy Drexler
This workshop will cover the “song” (melody, structure, lyrics) from the viewpoints of a music…

Aug 3

2007 International Songwriting Competition

Deadline: October 15
The 2007 International Songwriting Competition (ISC) is now accepting entries. ISC gives away over $150,000 in cash and prizes, including an overall Grand Prize package of $25,000 (US) in cash and $20,000 in merchandise (the largest cash Grand Prize in any songwriting competition). ISC winners…

Aug 1

SESAC Hosts Towne Hall Meeting & Brunch

A gathering of music industry executives and songwriters converged at SESAC’s Nashville headquarters for the annual Towne Hall Meeting And Brunch to hear Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) discuss the latest updates on legislation and the impact on intellectual property and protecting copyrights.  Blackburn assured the the Towne Hall attendees that…

Jul 27

SESAC AdVantage Tracking System Announced

SESAC, Inc. announced the launch of the SESAC AdVantage Tracking System, a cutting-edge new methodology for tracking and paying royalties for performances of its musical repertory in commercial advertisements and promotional announcements (ads and promos) on network, cable and local television.
The SESAC AdVantage Tracking System combines data…

Jul 25

Writers on the Storm showcase set for July 24th

An intimate showcase featuring the best of SESAC’s upcoming talent!
Tuesday, July 24th 7 – 9 PM.  Rockwood Music Hall, 196 Allen Street , New York City 10002, 212.477.4155.  Free admission!!

7:00 Rebecca Hart
7:30 Earl Pickens
8:00 Michael Lynche

Jul 24

SESAC NY Music Awards!

Songwriter/producer extraordinaires Bryan-Michael Cox and Nate “Danja” Hills shared top honors when both were named Songwriter of the Year at SESAC’s 11th annual New York Music Awards held May 10th at Manhattan’s gorgeous Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers. The shared Songwriter of the Year distinction marks a first for the awards…

Jul 23

BMI Jazz Composers Sweep 2007 Jazz Journalists Association Awards

BMI jazz composers took home the lion’s share of the awards at the 11th annual Jazz Journalists Association Jazz Awards, held June 28 at the Jazz Standard Club in New York City.
The event’s top honoree was pianist Andrew Hill, who passed away on April 20 of this…

Jul 20

BMI London Goes North for Music Convention

BMI London’s Nick Robinson was caught taking time out from attending the seminars and panels at the goNORTH music convention in Inverness, Scotland, where he was treated to a boat trip across the legendary Loch Ness.

goNORTH was launched by GoEvents in 2001 so acts from Northern Scotland…

Jul 11

ASCAP Music Business 101!

Music Supervision 202: Music, Media, Licensing & New Business Models

July 17
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Cutting Room
19 West 24th St (Between Broadway & 6th Ave)
New York, NY

Get informed, expand your network, and find…

Jul 3

Newly Launched Copyright Alliance To Promote Creativity, Jobs And Growth Through Copyright

Leading members of Congress have offered bipartisan encouragement to the newly launched Copyright Alliance, a non-profit, non-partisan educational organization dedicated to promoting the value of copyright as an agent for creativity, jobs and growth. The Alliance comprises 29 member organizations from the worlds of entertainment, arts, technology and sports, and…

Jul 2

Sesac Holds 11th Annual Music Awards

Songwriter/producer Bryan-Michael Cox and Nate “Danja” Hills shared top honors when both were named Songwriter of the Year at SESAC’s 11th annual New York Music Awards held May 10th. Cox also took home another of the evening’s big accolades, along with Jason Perry, earning the Song of the Year award…

Jun 22

Celebrating the 60th SHOF Showcase!

The Cutting Room on Tuesday, June 12th was the scene of the 60th Songwriters Hall of Fame showcase, where the audience was mesmerized by songs from eight up-and-coming songwriters. The night was made even more special by a performance and mini workshop hosted by Grammy Award winning songwriter Julie Gold…

Jun 18

BMI Honors The Bee Gees As Icons At 55th Annual Pop Awards

BMI staged its 55th Annual Pop Awards on May 15, honoring the Bee Gees as Pop Icons; Kara DioGuardi and Sean Garrett as Songwriters of the Year; “Because of You” as Song of the Year; and Warner/Chappell Music as Publisher of the Year. Hosted by BMI President & CEO and…

Jun 15

Rock Hall’s Biggest Snub, Awarded

By Roger Friedman, Foxnews.com

Don Kirshner is back.
The man who invented the Brill Building and published all the hits written by Carole King and Gerry Goffin, Neil Diamond, Neil Sedaka, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, helped invent Phil Spector and the Monkees and even created…

Jun 12

2007 Songwriters Hall Of Fame Awards Ceremony A Huge Success

THE STARS AND SONGWRITING COMMUNITY CAME OUT TO HONOR THIS YEAR’S INDUCTEES – DON BLACK, JACKSON BROWNE, IRVING BURGIE, MICHAEL MASSER, BOBBY WEINSTEIN AND TEDDY RANDAZZO* - AND HONOREES DOLLY PARTON, JOHN LEGEND AND DON KIRSHNER


Jun 8

SHOF Inductee Jimmy Webb Holds Ultimate Master Class!

There was nothing less than magic at the Cutting Room in NY on June 5th.

Legendary songwriter Jimmy Webb held court in front of a packed house, entertaining with colorful anecdotes and stories mixed with facts and information. Everyone took away something, and there was an atmosphere of…

Jun 7

Songwriting Is Dolly Parton’s True Love

By Jim Bessman

Dolly PartonShe understands that she’s best known for her extraordinary voice, bubbly personality and voluptuous looks--but Dolly Parton, this year’s recipient of the Songwriters Hall of Fame’s Johnny Mercer Award, is proudest of her songwriting achievements.

“That’s my…

May 31

SHOF New Writers Showcase June 12th!!

SHOF will present an exciting New Writers Showcase, featuring 8 talented songwriters/performers and a special guest star on Tuesday, June 12th!

Join us as we welcome Kelly Flint, Watt White, Ward White, Markeisha Ensley, Raymond Todd, Jill Stevenson, 28N and Reni Lane to the Cutting Room stage. The…

May 29

First Songwriters Hall Of Fame Online Auction!

The Songwriters Hall of Fame, celebrating 38 years of recognizing the work and lives of some of the greatest icons composing popular music today, has gathered diverse artifacts, hard to get tickets and one of a kind memorabilia to launch its first internet auction on May 31. The auction will…

May 25

George S. Clinton Receives Top BMI Film/TV Honor

Classic Contribution Award Goes to Conductor/Composer Lucas Richman

BMI honored the composers and songwriters of the music from the past year’s top-grossing films, top-rated prime-time network television series and highest-ranking cable network programs at its annual Film & Television Awards. Held May 16 at the Regent Beverly Wilshire…

May 23

BMI Honors The Bee Gees as Icons at 55th Annual Pop Awards

Kara DioGuardi, Sean Garrett Share Songwriter of The Year Honors; “Because of You” Named Song of The Year; Warner/Chappell Music Takes Publisher of The Year Accolades

BMI staged its 55th Annual Pop Awards on May 15, honoring the Bee Gees as Pop Icons; Kara DioGuardi and Sean Garrett…

May 21

SHOF Master Class With Jimmy Webb Scheduled For June 5th!

New York’s creative music community will come together at a special event to celebrate the second in a series of Master Classes, featuring legendary songwriter Jimmy Webb, who will share his experiences as one of Americas most respected and successful songwriters, and answer some questions.

In addition, there…

May 7

BMI and Radio Music License Committee Agree To Extend Radio Agreement 3 Years

BMI and the Radio Music License Committee (RMLC) have announced a three-year term extension to the previous ten-year performing right agreement for commercial radio stations. The three-year period covered by the agreement is retroactive to January 1, 2007.

The agreement has been submitted to Judge Louis J. Stanton…

May 3

ASCAP Presents…Music Fest @ The Silver Lake Film Festival

ASCAP invites you to attend the 7th annual Silver Lake Film Festival in Los Angeles, CA. The SLFF is the leading independent-alternative film and arts festival in L.A., and ASCAP is helping to expand the SLFF Music Fest programming with live musical performances by the Circle Jerks, Dengue Fever, Alice…

May 1

2007 TRIBECA/ASCAP MUSIC LOUNGE

Part of the Tribeca Film Festival in New York, the Tribeca/ASCAP Music Lounge presents four days of intimate and engaging live performances by emerging and established artists, creating a place for filmmakers, composers and songwriters to mingle and collaborate on future projects.

The ASCAP Music Lounge will be…

May 1

SHOF Master Class With Jimmy Webb Scheduled For June 5th!

New York’s creative music community will come together at a special event to celebrate the second in a series of Master Classes, featuring legendary songwriter Jimmy Webb, who will share his experiences as one of Americas most respected and successful songwriters, and answer some questions.

In addition, there…

May 1

Over 2,300 participants convene at the 2007 ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO

More than 2,300 music creators convened in Los Angeles from April 19th through the 21st for the 2007 ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO. ASCAP President and Chairman Marilyn Bergman launched this year’s EXPO with an inspiring keynote address. More than 300 panelists participated. Academy Award-winning songwriter/composer Randy Newman discussed his…

Apr 30

Digsound and SESAC Announce Formal Service Agreement at NAB in Las Vegas

SESAC, the nation’s second oldest and fastest growing performing rights organization (PRO) representing songwriters, composers, and publishers, today announced at the National Association of Broadcasters Convention in Las Vegas, that it has entered into a license agreement with DigSound, Inc., a verification and reporting services company for the television production…

Apr 30

Dolly Parton To Receive The Prestigious Johnny Mercer Award At SHOF Event

PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED INDUCTEES INCLUDE DON BLACK, JACKSON BROWNE, IRVING BURGIE, MICHAEL MASSER, BOBBY WEINSTEIN AND TEDDY RANDAZZO

NEW YORK, N.Y. – APRIL 3, 2007 - Hal David, Chairman/CEO of The Songwriters Hall of Fame, today announced that Dolly Parton will be this year’s recipient of the prestigious Johnny…

Apr 30

Tribeca/ASCAP Music Lounge To Feature Four Days Of Live Performances

Jon Auer, Donovan, Mary Gauthier, Glen Hansard, Kenna, Cass McCombs, Rhett Miller, Adam Schlesinger and Mike Viola, Alice Smith, The Slip, Martha Wainwright, Jimmy Webb, Matt White and Yerba Buena are slated to perform as part of the 2007 Tribeca/ASCAP Music Lounge from Tuesday, May 1 through Friday, May 4…

Apr 30

Don Kirshner: A Golden Ear Reaps A Golden Career

By Jim Bessman

It would be hard to find a more worthy recipient of the first Abe Olman Publisher Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Music Industry than Don Kirshner, who Time Magazine called “The Man with the Golden Ear.”

You can start…

Apr 25

Finalists Selected for Unsigned Urban Showcase

Six20, Nikkiya, Young ACE Scrilla and Dain Harris have been selected as finalists for the BMI Unsigned Urban Showcase, to be held Thursday, April 19 at ESSO, located at 1599 Memorial Drive in Atlanta.
Hosted by Jazze Pha & Hot 107.9’s Rashan Ali, the show will feature headliners…

Apr 19

Keynote Speaker, Panelists Set For Digital Summit

Terry McBride, CEO and Co-Founder/Owner of Nettwerk Music Group, has been tapped as keynote speaker for the third annual Leadership Music Digital Summit on Tuesday, April 24 at Belmont University. Under the Nettwerk umbrella are Canada’s largest independent record label, as well as management, publishing, and graphic/fashion design arms. The…

Apr 16

SESAC Film Festival, April 19 - 26

SESAC is a proud sponsor of the Nashville Film Fest. Among the many great films scheduled, there are also several interesting panels and workshops. A few of those are listed below. For more information visit nashvillefilmfestival.org.
Music Supervision: How and Why Songs Are Chosen

Apr 12

Buck Jones remembered

Buck Jones’ heroes had begun to catch on to him.

Texas singer-songwriter Ray Wylie Hubbard, whose “Up Against The Wall, Redneck Mother” was the first thing Jones ever sang in public, heard Jones’ music and liked it enough to play it on his radio show down in Texas.…

Apr 11

Los Tigres Del Norte Honored as Icons at 14th Annual BMI Latin Music Awards

BMI held its 14th annual Latin Music Awards tonight, with top honors going to BMI Icons Los Tigres del Norte; Songwriters of the Year Juan Luis Morera Luna and Llandel Veguilla Malavé of duo Wisin & Yandel, songwriter/producer Francisco Saldaña “Luny” of producing duo Luny Tunes and corrido master Manuel…

Apr 9

Publisher Ann Wilson Scores First No. 1 With ‘She’s Everything’

Brad Paisley and BMI songwriter Will Nance attracted quite a crowd to Owen Bradley Park Tuesday afternoon. Music Row staffers took advantage of the blue skies and walked over to the park to join BMI in toasting the No. 1 success of “She’s Everything.” Co-written by Will Nance and Brad…

Apr 4

ASCAP’s “I Create Music Week” to Celebrate the Voice of the Music Creator

ASCAP is hosting an entire week of events in Los Angeles this April to celebrate the voice of the music creator. ASCAP’s “I Create Music Week” will bring together some of the industry’s top songwriters, composers, lyricists and music publishers representing a broad array of genres, mediums and musical perspectives.…

Apr 3

George S. Clinton to Receive Richard Kirk Award at BMI Film & Television Awards

Composer George S. Clinton will receive the prestigious Richard Kirk Award for outstanding career achievement at the BMI Film & Television Awards, to be held Wednesday, May 16 at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills. The black-tie, invitation-only dinner will also honor the composers of the past year’s…

Apr 2

Songwriter’s Pitch-A-Thon of New York Premiers

SPONY provides an opportunity for songwriters to get a song heard by someone who is in a position to do something with it! But that’s only the beginning.
Get to know other members of the New York songwriting community, find collaborators and find out what your colleagues are…

Mar 26

BMI Atlanta Accepting Demos for Producer Power Workshop

BMI Atlanta is now accepting producer demos for its first installment of The BMI Producer Power Workshop, to be held March 31.
Ten producers will be selected to participate in the first BMI Producer Power Workshop, sponsored by Remy Martin and featuring Grammy-nominated producer DJ Toomp. The workshop…

Mar 23

2007 Songwriters Hall Of Fame Inductees Announced!

Writers of Born Free, Day-O, Running on Empty, Greatest Love of All and Goin’ Out of My Head to be Inducted by Songwriters Hall of Fame

NEW YORK, N.Y. – MARCH 19, 2007Don Black, Jackson Browne, Irving Burgie, Michael Masser, Bobby Weinstein and the late Teddy…

Mar 19

SHOF Inductee Paul Simon Honored by Library of Congress

Paul Simon will receive the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song from the Library of Congress. Named in honor of the songwriters George and Ira Gershwin, the new prize will be given annually to “a composer or performer whose lifetime contributions exemplify the standard of excellence associated with the Gershwins.”

Mar 19

ASCAP Honors SHOF Inductee Stevie Wonder At All-Star Musical Tribute

ASCAP honored Stevie Wonder with the inaugural ASCAP American Troubadour Award during its annual “Songwriter Night” held on Capitol Hill on March 13th. The prestigious award was presented to Mr. Wonder in recognition of his music, activism and leadership, which have been a force for positive change.
With…

Mar 19

USA Songwriting Competition Gets Underway

In their 12th year, USA Songwriting Competition®, one of the world’s leading international songwriting event honors songwriters, composers, bands, recording artists everywhere. Winners will be selected by a Blue Ribbon committee of music industry judges including record label publishers, producers from Sony Music, Universal Music, Warner, etc. Also, winning songs…

Mar 19

BMI Songwriting Workshop Now Accepting Applications

BMI New York is now accepting applications for the 2007 Contemporary Professional Songwriting Workshop. The eight-week workshop, which begins April 18, is taught by renowned BMI songwriter Billy Sideman and is designed to help writers hone their skills by focusing on lyric writing, music theory and arranging/production techniques in contemporary…

Mar 9

How One Year’s Digital Output Would Fill 161BN iPods

Last year enough digital information - from emails and blogs to mobile phone calls, photos and TV signals - was generated to fill a dozen stacks of hardback books stretching from the earth to the sun, according to research published today.
The proliferation of digital cameras and mobile…

Mar 8

Dove Awards nominations announced

SESAC Christian writers and artists had a great year!  We are proud of our writers that were recently nominated for the upcoming Dove Awards.
The 38th Annual GMA Dove Awards will be presented on Wednesday, April 25, 2007 (8:00-10:00 p.m. CST) at the Grand Ole Opry House…

Mar 5

Video Game Composer Receives Dream Award

Hollywood Arts, which provides arts and educational services for homeless and at-risk teenagers and young adults, hosted its first annual Dream Awards honoring top BMI video game composer Tommy Tallarico. The first charitable event of its kind to honor a member of the video game industry, proceeds went directly to…

Mar 1

Apply Now for BMI/RAB Radio Sales Scholarship Program

BMI and the Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB) are continuing the FastStart to Radio Sales Success program this year to provide scholarships to minorities in radio advertising sales. Twenty-five minority students will be selected to attend the Gary Fries Radio Advertising Bureau Radio Training Academy in Dallas, Texas, or the Academy…

Mar 1

SESAC Signs Rush

SESAC has signed legendary rock group RUSH for U.S. representation. One of the music world’s most successful and revered rock bands, RUSH has been a mainstay on rock stations for more than three decades accumulating multiple platinum and an astonishing 24 gold albums. The band has also dominated the radio…

Feb 26

Chicks Flock to Grammy Stage with 5 Wins

Comeback queens the Dixie Chicks led the charge of BMI songwriters and artists who made the winners list for the 49th Annual Grammy Awards, presented Feb. 11 in Los Angeles.
With five wins out of five nominations, the country trio shook off the anti-Bush backlash and took the…

Feb 26

BMI Shows ‘Who’s Next’ at ‘Writers on the Rise’ Event in N.Y.

BMI’s New York Writer/Publisher Relations department hosted its first “Who’s Next: Writers on the Rise” event on Tuesday, Feb. 20 at the Redeye Grill in Manhattan. The packed media reception featured Josiah Bell, Dave Katz, Claude Kelly, Lady GaGa, Lanz, Matthew Mayfield, Curtis Richardson, Steven Sater, Duncan Sheik, Brent Smith…

Feb 26

Exciting New ASCAP EXPO Developments Just Announced!

• Exclusive Invite: EXPO Registrants Invited To ASCAP Pop Music Awards on
April 18

• Randy Newman, Bill Withers Join Stellar Cast of Over 130 Confirmed
Panelists, Panel Topics Announced

• Registration Prices Increase March 1; Upcoming Deadlines for Song

Feb 18

Music Vets Prep Next-Gen Player

Three digital music veterans have launched a stealth startup and are close to unveiling both a new portable media player and what they’re calling an “internet radio ecosystem,” Wired News has learned.

San Diego-based Broadband Instruments’ co-founders Jim Cady, Dennis Mudd and Jonathan Sasse have all led digital…

Feb 16

1996 Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Awardee Frankie Laine Dies

The crooner who used his voice “like a horn” died at the age of 93 in San Diego this month. Frankie Laine was the 1996 recipient of the Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement award, this honor coming well after his heyday which spanned more than 50 years.

Born Francesco…

Feb 14

Dixie Chicks Make Nice With Five GRAMMYs

Sounds from legendary artists as well as new faces made the 49th Annual GRAMMY Awards an event that was full of surprises. Former “American Idol” winner Carrie Underwood took home the Best New Artist GRAMMY while the Dixie Chicks received the Album Of The Year, Record Of The Year, Song…

Feb 12

Tech Tips For Tunesmiths

Believe it or not, the world is still crawling with curmudgeons who’ll have you believe that everything out there that’s digital is inherently bad, that things like modeling, sampling, cutting-and-pasting and all the other modern-day enablers discourage musicianship, and so forth. I’ll admit that there are certain aspects of digital…

Feb 7

John Legend Joins ‘How I Wrote That Song’ Panel Line-Up

Grammy-winning neo-soul artist John Legend has been added to the “How I Wrote That Song” panel discussion to be presented by BMI and the Los Angeles Times during Grammy Week. The panel, which will be held on Saturday, Feb. 10 at 2 p.m. at L.A.’s Key Club (9039 Sunset Blvd.),…

Feb 5

BMI Bows ‘Industry Insider’ Series

BMI is debuting a new, bi-monthly music industry workshop and panel series
for 2007, produced in conjunction with Gibson Guitar and Billboard magazine.
The first installment in the “Industry Insider” series, entitled “Music
in Film: Soundtracks in 2007,” will be held on Tuesday, Feb.…

Feb 5

SESAC Honors Music Greats at 2007 Jazz Awards Luncheon

SESAC honored its affiliated composers in the jazz genre with the third Jazz Awards Luncheon. The year’s event, held at New York’s legendary Tavern on the Green, honored jazz writers whose works achieved Top 5 status on the jazz charts from January 1, 2006 through December 31, 2006.

Feb 1

‘How I Wrote That Song’ Panel to Feature Top BMI Songwriters

BMI and the Los Angeles Times will present “How I Wrote That Song,” a panel discussion with some of music’s most successful songwriters. The panel will be held Saturday, Feb. 10 at 2 p.m. at the Key Club (9039 Sunset Blvd.) in Los Angeles in celebration of Grammy Week.

Feb 1

Not Just Another Love Song

From the sublime, to the downright cheesy, there is one time a year in which the love song is both revered and reviled in almost equal parts. Valentine’s Day, with its hearts and flowers, represents as many conflicted emotions as there are different types of relationships. That said, regardless of…

Jan 31

Joni Mitchell: All Sides Now

Long before she was a music icon, she was a Canadian Prairie girl who loved to paint. But art school wasn’t for Joni Mitchell, so she dropped out and joined the folk music circuit. By the late 1960s, her star was starting to soar. Mitchell’s musical style evolved significantly over…

Jan 26

79th Annual Academy Award ASCAP Nominees

On January 23rd, 2007, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the nominees for the 79th annual Academy Awards®. ASCAP members received seven out of ten nominations in the film music field, including a clean sweep of the nominations in the “Original Song” category.
Get the…

Jan 25

Composer Alexandre Desplat Scores First Golden Globe

Acclaimed BMI composer Alexandre Desplat (SACEM), the genius behind the music to such films as The Queen, Syriana and Girl With a Pearl Earring, has just added Golden Globe winner to his resume, taking home the trophy for Best Original Score for the music to The Painted Veil. The French-born…

Jan 19

12TH USA Songwriting Competition Begins

Entries are currently being accepted for the 12th Annual USA Songwriting Competition. Winning songs of the 12th Annual USA Songwriting Competition will receive airplay on a nationally syndicated radio program - Acoustic Café, as well as XM Satellite Radio. This is the first Songwriting Competition that gives airplay to the…

Jan 18

Jazz At Lincoln Center And ASCAP’s “Month Of Mondays”

ASCAP announced the second season of Jazz at Lincoln Center and ASCAP’s “Month of Mondays” - a program showcasing talented young jazz creators at a major jazz venue.

Beginning every Monday, at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., from February 5 through March 12, 2007 at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola…

Jan 18

SESAC’s Andy Paley applauded for SpongeBob album

Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? And who has released the catchiest, bounciest, happiest pure-pop album of 2006?

No, really. If you’re a fan of the rhythm-driven melodies, soaring harmonies, and air-quote-free optimism of ‘60s rock ‘n’ roll, and if you’re a fan of the B…

Jan 15

Share With Us!

In an effort to determine the needs of our membership as we are restructuring our workshop and showcase programs, we’d like to get your input.

In a few words (so we have time to read everything!), please describe the subjects that would be of interest to you in…

Jan 10

First BMI Women’s Music Commission Awarded

Ralph N. Jackson, President of the BMI Foundation, Inc., has announced that Asha Srinivasan is the recipient of the first Women’s Music Commission. The award, which is given in cooperation with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s (OSL), includes a $5,000 commission to create a new chamber music work to be…

Jan 10

SHOF Mourns The Loss Of Inductee James Brown

He was an innovator and an instigator, starting new trends in music dating back 40 years. Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2000, James Brown was a legend in his own time and had the moves to back it up. Crossing borders between genres and race, his appeal…

Jan 9

ASCAP “Adventurous Programming” Awards To Be Presented

ASCAP will honor 10 chamber music and jazz ensembles, festivals and presenters for their adventurous programming during the 2005-06 concert season at the annual Chamber Music America Conference, held January 11 - 14, 2007 at the Westin Hotel in New York City.
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Jan 8

WiFi Radio Stations To Join Battle For Air Supremacy

For many people, satellite radio is the latest thing in audio. Instead of listening to regular old FM, you can buy a player from Sirius or its main competitor, XM, and listen to crystal-clear radio at home or in your car, after paying about $400 or so for the player…

Jan 5

Congress Makes Permanent “Songwriters Capital Gains Equity Act”

Congress made a temporary tax change for American songwriters permanent as part of a tax package they adopted prior to adjourning for the year.  The “Songwriters Capital Gains Tax Equity Act” was originally adopted by Congress in May, but the important tax correction was only authorized for a five-year period,…

Jan 5

ASCAP Announces Artist Line-up For 2007 Sundance

For the ninth consecutive year, ASCAP will present an exciting and dynamic mix of emerging and established artists from across the musical spectrum and around the world. This year’s featured performers include A Fine Frenzy, Sarah Bareilles, Marc Black, Michael Brook, Donovan, Gran Bel Fisher, Emerson Hart, Greg Laswell, Eric…

Jan 2

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