News: 2008

Final SongHall Writers Workshop

Classes will meet on December 3, 10, 17
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM / Wednesdays
LOCATION: Penthouse at SHETLER STUDIOS, 244 West 54th St., 12th Floor (Bdwy & 8th Ave)
Workshop Goal: To strengthen the songwriting skill set and bring the emerging writer closer…

Dec 17

Casey Beathard, Taylor Swift, Hank Williams Jr. Top BMI Country Awards

The 56th Annual BMI Country Awards celebrated the genre’s elite on Tuesday, November 11 at BMI’s Music Row offices in Nashville, where Casey Beathard earned his second BMI Country Songwriter of the Year crown, while Taylor Swift’s smash “Teardrops on My Guitar” garnered Robert J. Burton Song of the Year…

Dec 15

The Songwriter In The Recording Studio

LOCATION: PLANET STUDIOS, 244 West 54th St., Suite 800A (Bdwy & 8th Ave)
Session A: Saturday, October 18th, 2008 10 AM – 5:00 PM /1 Day Intensive Workshop
Session B: Saturday, December 13th, 2008 10 AM – 5:00 PM /1 Day Intensive Workshop

Dec 13

SongHall Writers Workshop With Guest: Jeff Franzel

Classes will meet on December 3, 10, 17
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM / Wednesdays
LOCATION: Penthouse at SHETLER STUDIOS, 244 West 54th St., 12th Floor (Bdwy & 8th Ave)
Workshop Goal: To strengthen the songwriting skill set and bring the emerging writer closer…

Dec 10

Sesac Rocks CMJ 2008

SESAC was front and center during the 2008 CMJ Music Festival in New York City. With two packed SESAC-sponsored showcases, “The Deli’s Parties” on Oct. 21 at Hiro Ballroom featured Chairlift and Princeton.  The Oct. 23 showcase at The Delancey featured riveting performances from the likes of Autovaughn, Dri, Crocodiles,…

Dec 8

BMI Symposium Focuses on Copyright Collections in the Digital Age

Songwriters’ and composers’ interests took center stage at the Library of Congress on October 27 to inform Capitol Hill staff and the policy community why strong champions of creators’ rights are needed in the Digital Age. A panel of academics, government officials, composers, and music industry representatives gathered for a…

Nov 26

Pre-Registration Open For First Winter Writers Workshop

SONGHALL WRITERS WORKSHOP/WINTER 2009 Session A
8 Sessions / 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM / Wednesdays
Classes meet on February 4, 11, 18, 25, and March 4, 11, 18, 25
Guest Speakers TBA Shortly
The goal is to strengthen the songwriting skill-set…

Nov 21

SESAC Hosts Benefit For American Heart Association

(Nashville, TN): SESAC hosted a extraordinary night of music at a recent benefit for the American Heart Association at the Bluebird Café in Nashville.  Entitled “SESAC Presents CCM Hitmakers @ Bluebird: A Benefit For the American Heart Association” the event showcased some Contemporary Christian music’s most exciting artists in-the-round such…

Nov 21

SongHall Showcase Packs The House!

The 63rd Songwriters Hall of Fame New Writers Showcase took place Thursday, November 13th in front of an enthralled audience at the Bitter End in New York City. Original songs were performed by Cherry Lane songwriters Madi Diaz and The Seventeens, along with our own talented SongHall members: Amanda Droste,…

Nov 18

BMI Sponsors Concert Series for a Good Cause

BMI teamed up with the Songwriters Association of Washington and the Baltimore Songwriter Association on October 10 to present the first in a series of four Courtyard Concerts to help raise awareness for the Institute of Human Virology ‘s Jacques Initiative. Attendees at the event, held at the University of…

Nov 18

New Writers Showcase

THE BITTER END - Thursday, November 13th, beginning at 8PM
147 Bleecker Street (between Thompson and LaGuardia)
New York City, NY 10012 (212) 673-7030
THE SONGHALL IS STILL LOOKING FOR NEW TALENT FOR OUR SHOWCASES. MAYBE IT’S YOU! WE WANT TO HEAR YOUR SONGS…

Nov 13

ASCAP Bill of Rights for Songwriters and Composers

Just as citizens of a nation must be educated about their rights to ensure that they are protected and upheld, so too must those who compose words and music know the rights that support their own acts of creation. Without these rights, which directly emanate from the U.S. Constitution, many…

Nov 10

ASCAP EXPO Discount Registration For SongHall Members

Registration is now open for the 2009 ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO, the only major national conference dedicated to songwriting and composing, set for April 23-25, 2009 at the Hollywood Renaissance Hotel in Los Angeles, CA.  SongHall Members can register for the conference at the low price of $250 –…

Nov 6

Cherry Lane’s Madi Diaz To Perform At SongHall New Writers Showcase

Produced by the likes of Gary Paczosa (Dixie Chicks/Alison Krause), Jay Joyce (John Hiatt/Patty Griffin) and Marshall Altman (Kate Voegele/Matt Nathanson), and co-writing with fellow Cherry Lane songwriter Kyle Ryan, Madi Diaz is known as “that girl with the voice.” She burst upon the scene after being prominently featured in…

Oct 31

This Songwriting Business

Session A: 4 Sessions / 6:30 PM–8:30 PM / Tuesdays October 21, 28 & November 4, 11
or
Session B: 1 Day Intensive / 10AM-5PM / Saturday, December 6th

LOCATION: Penthouse at SHETLER STUDIOS, 244 West 54th St.,12th Floor (Bdwy & 8th Ave)…

Oct 28

SongHall Announces the 2009 Nominees for Induction

Get Out The Vote!

The nominees in both the non-performer and performer songwriter categories for induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame at our 40th Anniversary Gala in 2009 have been announced today!

If you are an eligible voting member, watch for your paper…

Oct 27

SongHall Writers Workshop

8 Sessions / 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM / Wednesdays
Classes meet on October 22, 29, November 5, 12, 19 & December 3,10,17

LOCATION: Penthouse at SHETLER STUDIOS, 244 West 54th St., 12th Floor (Bdwy & 8th Ave)
Workshop Goal: To strengthen the…

Oct 22

The Songwriter In The Recording Studio

LOCATION: PLANET STUDIOS, 244 West 54th St., Suite 800A (Bdwy & 8th Ave)
Session A: Saturday, October 18th, 2008 10 AM – 5:00 PM /1 Day Intensive Workshop
Session B: Saturday, December 13th, 2008 10 AM – 5:00 PM /1 Day Intensive Workshop

Oct 18

SESAC Writers on the Storm Showcase, Tuesday, October 14th!

An intimate showcase featuring the best of SESAC’s upcoming writing talent.

(Tuesday, October 14th)
Rockwood Music Hall
196 Allen Street
New York City 10002
212.477.4155
(Between E Houston & Stanton. Take the F and V subway…

Oct 14

SongHall Networking Group Meeting

Monday, October 6th 6 - 8:30 PM Open to all! A free event!
Make new connections and grow your network to expand your music’s reach! Bring your iPods w/headphones with your songs and /or tracks to share. Demo producers; bring CD demos and business cards to hand out.…

Oct 6

Congrats to SESAC nominees for the International Bluegrass Music Awards

The nominees for the 19th Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards were announced August 14th in Nashville. SESAC Affiliates, The Grascals were nominated for Entertainer Of The Year and Vocal Group Of The Year. The SteelDrivers were nominated for Album Of The Year and Emerging Artist Of The Year. SESAC affiliate…

Sep 25

BMI Honors The Jacksons, T-Pain and Many More at Urban Awards in Los Angeles

BMI saluted the world’s premier r&b, rap and hip-hop songwriters, producers and publishers September 4 at its Urban Awards. BMI President & CEO Del Bryant and Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations, Atlanta Catherine Brewton hosted the annual ceremony at the Wilshire Theatre in Beverly Hills.
See the story here:…

Sep 16

BMI Sponsors 3rd Next Big Nashville Sept. 10-14

BMI will continue its support of indie pop/rock musical bender Next BIG Nashville by sponsoring the 2008 installment of the anticipated festival September 10-14 in Music City. Slated for Saturday, September 13, BMI’s showcase at Mercy Lounge will feature dynamic siren Cary Ann Hearst, quixotic honky tonker Courtney Jaye, charismatic…

Sep 5

ASCAP Celebrates the Music of Rodgers & Hammerstein with Julie Andrews

Julie Andrews recently joined the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra to host a night of classic Rodgers & Hammerstein songs from The Sound of Music, The King & I, Cinderella and more. Following the intermission, Andrews became the storyteller for a newly created musical adaptation of her best-selling children’s book, Simeon’s Gift,…

Sep 1

BMI Composers Lead NEA ’09 Jazz Masters

BMI composers George Benson (guitarist), Jimmy Cobb (drummer), Lee Konitz (saxophonist) and Toots Thielemans (multi-instrumentalist) have been named recipients of the 2009 NEA Jazz Masters Award by the National Endowment for the Arts. The honorees will each receive a $25,000 grant award and will be honored in an awards ceremony…

Aug 27

SESAC Hosts Songwriter’s Bootcamp

SESAC’s recently hosted their Songwriter’s Bootcamp, a no-cost symposium for artists and songwriters to be educated and enlightened with lectures and discussions by award-winning writers, producers and music supervisors. The event featured such high caliber speakers and panelists as songwriter/producer extraordinaire Greg Curtis (Yolanda Adams, Keyshia Cole), Music Supervisor Jerry…

Aug 6

SESAC signs Carolina Rain’s Rhean Boyer

SESAC has announced the signing of Carolina Rain’s lead singer/songwriter Rhean Boyer for representation.  Boyer, who is currently in the studio with bandmates Jeremy Baxter and Marvin Evatt working on a new Carolina Rain CD for Equity Music, recently stopped by the SESAC Nashville headquarters to celebrate the new affiliation.…

Jul 28

ASCAP Foundation 2008 Lester Sill Songwriters Workshop Now Accepting Submissions

The ASCAP Foundation 2008 Lester Sill Songwriters Workshop is now accepting submissions. Geared toward advanced songwriters, the workshop will take place at ASCAP’s Los Angeles office beginning in October for a series of eight sessions.

Re-named in 1995 to honor ASCAP’s late Board member and industry pioneer Lester…

Jul 22

BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop Application Deadline Approaches

The BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop is now accepting applications for its first year composer/lyricist class. The August 1, 2008 deadline is quickly approaching and applicants are asked to send in the requested materials as soon as possible. The Workshop begins September 15, 2008 and runs through June 2009.…

Jul 14

BMI Workshop Students Honored with Harrington Awards

The 9th BMI Foundation Jerry Harrington Awards for Creative Excellence were given at a ceremony held on June 9 at the BMI New York offices. These awards, funded by BMI Assistant Vice President and BMI Foundation board member Evelyn Buckstein in honor of her colleague, the late Jerry Harrington, who…

Jul 9

ASCAP’S 21st Annual Rhythm & Soul Music Awards

Over 600 songwriters, recording artists and music industry leaders gathered at the 21st Annual ASCAP Rhythm and Soul Music Awards, held June 23 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, CA, to salute the top songwriters and publishers behind the most popular music of 2007. Grammy Award-winning songwriter Johntá…

Jul 4

Tim Rice’s ‘Memory’ of Lloyd Weber, By Roger Friedman

Famed lyricist Tim Rice nearly caused several heart attacks at the annual Songwriters Hall of Fame dinner Thursday night in the Marriott Marquis ballroom.
Rice seemed to be telling the star-studded audience his heartfelt feelings about working with his longtime collaborator Andrew Lloyd Weber.
“Would you…

Jun 27

CMT News Raves About SongHall Induction

Written by Jim Allen
NEW YORK—Once a year, New York City hosts a grand celebration of the art of songwriting. Each time around, the Songwriters Hall of Fame—founded in 1969 by songwriter Johnny Mercer and currently chaired by Burt Bacharach’s famed writing partner, lyricist Hal David -- leaves…

Jun 27

Abe Olman Scholarships A Winner!

The Songwriters Hall of Fame Abe Olman Scholarships for Excellence in Songwriting, were given out last night before an enthusiastic crowd at the Bitter End. The Scholarships were then celebrated by a showcase concert performed by the recipients, whose songs are also featured on the annual compilation CD; The Best…

Jun 24

Abe Olman Scholarships And New SongHall CD Release Event!

The Abe Olman scholarship awards and Best of the Songwriters Hall of Fame New Writers Showcase and CD release will take place Monday, June 23 at the Bitter End. The Abe Olman scholarships, named after one of our esteemed founders, have been given out each year, one recipient each chosen…

Jun 23

SESAC Hosts New York Music Awards

Songwriter/producer Nate “Danja” Hills took home top honors when he was named Songwriter of the Year at SESAC’s 12th annual New York Music Awards held May 8 at Manhattan’s gorgeous Chelsea Piers.  The award was in recognition of his astonishing array of hits in the last year including smashes by…

Jun 12

SongHall Silent Auction Goes Live Today!

Channel your passion for all things musical, and at the same time, take advantage of the opportunity to make some long-held (or brand new) dreams come true. The SongHall, in conjunction with Charity Buzz, is bringing you one of the most significant and accessible online auctions in recent history. Iconic…

Jun 10

A Bill of Rights for Songwriters and Composers By ASCAP

Just as citizens of a nation must be educated about their rights to ensure that they are protected and upheld, so too must those who compose words and music know the rights that support their own acts of creation. Without these rights, which directly emanate from the U.S. Constitution, many…

May 20

The Songwriter In The Recording Studio Workshop!

THE SONGWRITER IN THE RECORDING STUDIO will be taught by David Greenberg. This one day intensive workshop on Saturday, May 17th, will be held in a recording studio and will focus on many aspects of the recording process as it directly relates to the songwriter.  The goal of this workshop…

May 17

I Want To Write Songs Begins!

Our own Project Coordinator, Peter Bliss will head up the not-to-be-missed I WANT TO WRITE SONGS. This workshop begins May 14th and welcomes the beginning songwriter, along with the more experienced writer looking to take their craft to the next level.  Popular songs of all genres will be analyzed and…

May 14

Mastering The Music Business Maze Begins!

Marcy Drexler’s extremely popular MASTERING THE MUSIC BUSINESS MAZE will be offered beginning May 6th. 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 representative. Topics will include publishing and performing…

May 13

BMI Christian Music Awards Honor the Genre’s Most Played Songs

BMI saluted the writers and publishers of the past year’s most performed songs on Christian radio and television during the annual Christian Music Awards at the company’s Music Row offices in Nashville. BMI named versatile hit-maker Ed Cash the 2008 Christian Songwriter of the Year, while his composition “Made to…

May 12

BMI Honors Bedingfield With Song of the Year Award

Natasha Bedingfield (PRS) made her way across the pond to Los Angeles, where she was met by BMI Senior Executive Writer/Publisher Relations, Europe Nick Robinson and BMI Vice President and General Manager, Writer/Publisher Relations, Los Angeles Barbara Cane. The gathering was to present Bedingfield with one of BMI’s highest accolades,…

May 6

Meet The SongHall Networking Group

WEDNESDAY APRIL 23rd, 2008 6-8PM

Make new connections and grow your network to expand your music’s reach! Bring your iPods w/headphones with your songs and /or tracks to share. Demo producers; bring CD demos and business cards to hand out. Workshop Alumni; use this as an excuse…

Apr 23

Gustavo Santaolalla To Be Honored As BMI Icon

Grammy and Oscar award-winning composer and producer Gustavo Santaolalla will become an Icon Thursday, June 12, at BMI’s 15th annual Latin Awards. Staged at the Beverly Wilshire in Los Angeles, the black-tie, invitation-only gala will also recognize the songwriters and publishers of the past year’s top BMI Latin songs played…

Apr 16

SESAC Honors Christian Songwriters And Publishers

SESAC named Christian songwriter/producer Jason Ingram as SESAC’s 2007 Christian Songwriter of the Year at ceremonies held at Nashville’s Sambuca Restaurant. Windsor Way, Grange Hill Music and peertunes, Ltd. were named SESAC’s 2007 Christian Publishers of the Year. Other SESAC award winners included such Christian chart-toppers as Adam Agee and…

Apr 11

ASCAP “I Create Music” Expo Update

The ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO is set to take place April 10-12, 2008 at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles.  Jon Bon Jovi & Richie Sambora , Jackson Browne, and Steve Miller are confirmed to appear at the 2008 EXPO along with top names in music and the…

Apr 7

SongHall New Writers Showcase March 27th!

Our 62nd SongHall New Writers Showcase will take place Thursday, March 27th at 8pm, and will feature live performances of original songs by several of our talented members, to be announced.
Where: THE BITTER END
147 Bleecker Street (between Thompson and LaGuardia)
New York…

Mar 27

John Rzeznik To Receive Hal David Starlight Award At SongHall Gala

New York, N.Y. March 24, 2008 – Hal David, Chairman/CEO of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, today announced that John Rzeznik of the Goo Goo Dolls will be the recipient of the Hal David Starlight Award at the 2008 Awards dinner, slated for Thursday, June 19th, at the Marriott Marquis…

Mar 24

SESAC Honors Christian Songwriters And Publishers

SESAC named Christian songwriter/producer Jason Ingram as SESAC’s 2007 Christian Songwriter of the Year at ceremonies held today at Nashville’s Sambuca Restaurant. Windsor Way, Grange Hill Music and peertunes, Ltd. were named SESAC’s 2007 Christian Publishers of the Year.

Other SESAC award winners included such Christian chart-toppers as…

Mar 19

Javier Zacharias Named BMI Film Scoring Scholarship Recipient

Composer Javier Zacharias was named the 2008 BMI Film Scoring Scholarship recipient at a presentation during the 10th annual BMI Day at Berklee College of Music. BMI composer Mark Mancina, in whose name this year’s scholarship is given; Chris Montan, Walt Disney Music president; Doreen Ringer Ross, BMI Vice President,…

Mar 11

SongHall Inductee Jackson Browne To Give Exclusive Interview at ASCAP EXPO

Jackson Browne will be interviewed and will answer questions from the audience of songwriters and composers on April 10th at the third annual “I Create Music” EXPO.
Singer-songwriter and ASCAP Founders Award honoree Jackson Browne, who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004…

Mar 6

SESAC’s Writers On The Storm Showcase

TUESDAY, MARCH 4TH
7 – 9 PM
ROCKWOOD MUSIC HALL
196 Allen Street
Between East Houston and Stanton
New York City 10002
212.477.4155
Directions:  Take the F or V train to 2nd Ave
Free…

Mar 4

BMI’s 8 off 8th Showcase: Nashville

BMI proudly presents “8 off 8th,” the free weekly showcase held 9 p.m. every Monday at Nashville music venue Mercy Lounge (1 Cannery Row off 8th Avenue South). Hosted by a rotating lineup of music community impresarios, each night features eight local (and sometimes nationally touring) artists and serves as…

Mar 3

One Day Intensive: The Songwriter In The Recording Studio

THE SONGWRITER IN THE RECORDING STUDIO will be taught by David Greenberg. This 1 day intensive workshop on Saturday, February 23rd, will be held in a recording studio and will focus on many aspects of the recording process as it directly relates to the songwriter.  The goal of this workshop…

Feb 23

Words About Music: A Magical Evening!

The premier of SongHall’s newest series, Words About Music took place to a sold out, enthusiastic crowd. SongHall Board Member Maury Yeston, Tony Award winner for the Broadway musicals Nine, Titanic (Best Score and Best Musical) and Grand Hotel (Tony nomination, Olivier Award), kicked the night off with a heartfelt…

Feb 21

SongHall presents: Words About Music

Songwriters Hall of Fame (SongHall) is excited to announce the premiere of Words About Music, a new series of conversations and music providing a unique look at some of America’s most admired songwriters, lyricists and composers. The first Words About Music event will shine the spotlight on Steven Sater and…

Feb 20

ASCAP Pop Music Awards RSVP

ASCAP is delighted to invite all registered attendees of the ASCAP EXPO to attend the Pop Music Awards on the eve of the “I Create Music” EXPO at no extra charge. The ASCAP Pop Music Awards will be held at the legendary Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Wednesday, April…

Feb 4

SESAC Honors Greats At Jazz Awards Luncheon

SESAC honored its affiliated composers in the jazz genre today with the
Fourth Annual Jazz Awards Luncheon on January 25.  The event, held at
New York’s legendary Tavern on the Green, honors the Top 10 jazz albums
of 2007. The audience, which included SESAC-affiliated…

Feb 1

SongHall Workshop: Mastering The Music Business Maze!

MASTERING THE MUSIC BUSINESS MAZE will be offered beginning January 30th. 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 representative. Topics will include publishing and performing rights organizations (ASCAP,…

Jan 30

I Want To Write Songs!

Our own Project Coordinator, Peter Bliss will head up the not-to-be-missed I WANT TO WRITE SONGS. This workshop begins January 29th and welcomes the beginning songwriter, along with the more experienced writer looking to take their craft to the next level. Popular songs of all genres will be analyzed and…

Jan 29

Urgent Message from NMPA Regarding Your Rights

On Monday, January 28, the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) begins the hearing that will determine mechanical rates for every songwriter and music publisher in America.  It will be the most important rate hearing in the history of the music industry because in addition to setting rates for physical products, rates…

Jan 28

SongHall New Writers Showcase March 27th!

Our 62ND showcase will take place Thursday, March 27th at 8pm, and will feature live performances of original songs by several of our talented members, to be announced.
Where: THE BITTER END
147 Bleecker Street (between Thompson and LaGuardia)
New York City, NY 10012…

Jan 28

2007 SESAC Nashville Music Awards

Multi-faceted songwriter Liz Rose was named SESAC’s Country Songwriter of the Year during ceremonies held today at the company’s Music Row Headquarters. On the strength of her hits for Taylor Swift ( “Tim McGraw”, “Teardrops On My Guitar”) as well as her contributions to projects by Lori McKenna (Unglamorous) and…

Jan 21

BMI Sessions to Launch in January 2008

BMI is revamping their monthly showcase with a new venue. Formerly at The Borderline, the event will now be held at 229 on Great Portland Street. In addition, the event will now be named ‘The BMI Sessions’, reflecting BMI’s dedication to finding and nurturing unsigned acts. The new venue and…

Jan 17

Dave Grusin Named SCL Ambassador

BMI Composer Dave Grusin was honored as a Society of Composers & Lyricist (SCL) Ambassador at the organizations holiday party in Los Angeles on Dec. 13. Burt Bachrach was also named a 2007 ambassador. The SCL Ambassador Program was created to recognize and acknowledge a select group of composers and…

Jan 10

SongHall Mourns Passing of Cy Leslie

Cy Leslie PhotoCy Leslie, who served as a Songwriters Hall of Fame Board Member since the 1980’s and its Vice Chair since 1999, passed away at his home in Long Island on Sunday, January 6th. Leslie also contributed to plans for the Songhall museum,…

Jan 9

John Mellencamp Honored With The ASCAP Foundation Champion Award

The ASCAP Foundation honored superstar singer-songwriter-recording artist John Mellencamp with its Champion Award during the twelfth annual Awards Reception, held Wednesday, December 12, 2007 at The Allen Room, Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City. The prestigious award was presented to Mr. Mellencamp…

Jan 7

Spotlight on the ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO

April 2008’s ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO: Affordable Conference Empowers Songwriters and Composers

By Dan Kimpel

The ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO elevates the conference experience to an unparalleled magnitude. Since its inaugural year, the EXPO (open to all regardless of performing rights affiliation) has…

Jan 2

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