News: 2009

SongHall Workshop News

The latest in our SongHall workshop series finished on a high note, with more to come in February:

The Song Skills workshop series welcomed hit songwriter Arnie Roman whose songwriting career has included top ten hits for Taylor Dayne, Trisha Yearwood, Celine Dion and many more. The workshop…

Dec 29

2010 BMI Student Composer Awards Competition Opens

The opening of the 58th annual BMI Student Composer Awards competition has been announced by BMI President and CEO Del Bryant and BMI Foundation President Ralph N. Jackson. The competition, which is co-sponsored by BMI and the BMI Foundation, will award $20,000 in prizes. Student composers under the age of…

Dec 22

New! Special Songbook Discount For SongHall Members

10% off and free shipping (normally an additional $5.95), for the first in a series of songbooks: Songwriters Hall of Fame: 38 Songs by Inductees from 2003 to 2009 (for piano, vocal and guitar); retail price $17.99.

Songbook CoverSongHall has forged…

Dec 15

ASCAP Coverage of the Hollywood Reporter/Billboard Film and TV Music Conference

The 2009 Hollywood Reporter/Billboard Film and TV Music Conference was held on October 29th and 30th at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA. This year’s edition of the annual confab brought together music creators and industry insiders from across the spectrum of the Film, TV and video game music…

Dec 14

SongHall Inductee Kris Kristofferson and More Honored at 2009 BMI Country Awards

The 57th Annual BMI Country Awards celebrated the genre’s top hit-makers in Nashville. In addition to toasting the writers and publishers of the past year’s 50 most-performed country songs from the BMI repertoire, the ceremony honoredSongHall inductee Kris Kristofferson as a BMI Icon; named Taylor Swift’s “Love Story” Song of…

Dec 8

The Songwriter In The Recording Studio

LOCATION: PLANET STUDIOS, 244 West 54th St., Suite 800A (Bdwy & 8th Ave)
Saturday, December 5, 2009 10 AM – 4:00 PM /1 Day Intensive Workshop

This 1 day intensive workshop held in a recording studio will focus on many aspects of the recording process as…

Dec 5

Song Skills Workshop w/ Arnie Roman

1 Day Intensive / 10AM-4PM / Saturday, November 28, 2009
LOCATION: Penthouse at SHETLER STUDIOS, 244 West 54th St.,12th Floor (Bdwy & 8th Ave)


Instructor: ARNIE ROMAN is an ASCAP awarded songwriter who has written in many diverse genres, including Pop,…

Nov 28

Indie Sounds Ignite BMI-CMJ Showcase

The 2009 BMI-sponsored CMJ Music Marathon Festival showcase, held October 21 at Crash Mansion, showcased seven-deep lineup featuring an explosive variety of sounds from pop/rap amalgamators Crush Club; valiant imports Die Die Die; southern wordsmith Rob Roy; jazz-funk scholars Space Capone; rock hounds Modern Skirts; musical brethren The Enemy Lovers;…

Nov 17

SongHall November New Writers Showcase

On Thursday, November 12th, the SongHall presented the latest in our New Writers Showcase, featuring eight talented member-writers. The evening was full of wonderful music, performed by the writers themselves to a packed house at the Bitter End.

This showcase also featured Abby Bernstein, a new SongHall member…

Nov 16

SongHall New Writers Showcase


Please come and join us for a night of great music featuring:

John Munnelly * Annie Calder * Falu * Sellers Wray * Lisa Bianco * Bri Arden * Abby Bernstein * Nicki Richards * Gabriella Caspi

Thursday – November…

Nov 12

SongHall Workshops Are In Session!

SongHall workshops are in full swing, and students are loving what they are learning from our guests:

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(l-r) Robert Briggs, Betsy Milcarek, Gabriella Caspi, Abby Bernstein, Shelly Gartner, Darren Ockert, JC Cassis, Special Guest Jennifer Blakeman, Raquel Rodriquez…

Nov 3

This Songwriting Business Workshop

1 Day Intensive / 10AM-4PM / Saturday, October 31, 2009
Instructor: Marcy Drexler

To provide the “must know” information every songwriter needs to manage, negotiate, make informed decisions, and succeed in this BUSINESS called MUSIC!
Curriculum: This workshop will cover the importance and procedure…

Oct 31

2010 ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO Announced

Los Angeles / New York, October 28, 2009:  ASCAP (the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) will stage its fifth annual ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO in Los Angeles next spring where top songwriters, composers, producers and industry professionals will come together to share their knowledge and expertise on…

Oct 29

Turner Classic Movies to Celebrate Legendary SongHall Founder Johnny Mercer

As Clint Eastwood Presents JOHNNY MERCER: THE DREAM’S ON ME

In-Depth, Music-Filled Portrait of Mercer to Premiere in November, commemorating 100th Anniversary of His Birth.

“Hooray for Hollywood”; “Jeepers Creepers”; “That Old Black Magic”; “On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa…

Oct 26

SongHall Announces Nominees For 2010

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 41st Annual Awards Gala in 2010 have been announced today!

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

Oct 15

SongHall Writers Workshop “A”

8 Sessions / 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM / Wednesdays
Classes meet on October 14, 21, 28 & November 4, 11, 18 & December 2, 9
Penthouse at SHETLER STUDIOS, 244 West 54th St., 12th Floor (Bdwy & 8th Ave)

Workshop Goal: To…

Oct 14

Packed House Presentation By ArtistShare

It was standing room only at the SongHall-hosted ArtistShare for Songwriters presentation at Shetler Studio last night. Brian Camelio, the founder and CEO of ArtistShare & ArtistShare For Songwriters, spoke of the process and opportunities afforded to songwriters in general, and SongHall members in particular, through their program. He was…

Sep 24

ArtistShare For Songwriters: A Special Presentation

Wednesday - September 23rd, 2009, 6:30 – 9:30 PM

Brian Camelio, the founder and CEO of ArtistShare & ArtistShare For Songwriters, will tell you about some important tools for the songwriter/artist, followed by a Q & A session.…

Sep 23

First Annual Martha’s Vineyard Songwriters Festival Scheduled for Sept. 18 & 19

The inaugural Martha’s Vineyard Songwriters Festival will inhabit the famous East Coast playground September 18 and 19. Staged at hotspots in Vineyard Haven and Oak Bluffs, MA, the festival will combine pop and country BMI hit makers in exclusive live music lineups and intimate settings, adopting the overwhelmingly successful approach…

Sep 18

SongHall Mourns Mary Travers

The Songwriters Hall of Fame is saddened by the loss of singer/songwriter/advocate and 2006 Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Awardee Mary Allin Travers, one-third of one of history’s most successful folk-singing groups; Peter, Paul and Mary. 

She was born in Louisville, Kentucky, to Robert Travers and Virginia Coigney, both…

Sep 17

SongHall Launches New PayPal Option For Online Join

SongHall has today announced the launch of online pay for memberships via the secure server PayPal, one of the most well-known methods used world-wide. PayPal is designed from the ground up to be a safer way to send money online, and if you have been putting off joining the SongHall…

Sep 10

Save The Date: The ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO

Succeeding in today’s music business depends on connections - with the right people, information, advice, tools, services and technology that are available to music creators. But discovering what is truly important can be challenging. ASCAP’s annual three-day “I Create Music” EXPO makes it easy and worthwhile.

Launched in…

Sep 8

New Workshops And Initiatives Rolling Out For Fall!

The air will soon start getting cool, and SongHall is warming up our exciting roster of programs....check out what we have in store:

ArtistShare For Songwriters: A Special Presentation
Wednesday - September 23rd, 2009, 6:30 – 9:30 PM

Aug 31

SongHall Mourns Inductee Ellie Greenwich

The world of songwriting suffered a major loss on August 25, 2009 with the passing of Ellie Greenwich. Greenwich, together with Jeff Barry (her former co-writer and ex-husband), was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1991.  The Barry-Greenwich team was among the most successful and prolific of the…

Aug 27

ASCAP’S Rhythm & Soul Team Presents… Women Behind the Music

New York, NY, August 17, 2009: ASCAP (the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) has revealed plans for “ASCAP Presents… Women Behind the Music,” a new series of events produced exclusively by the women of ASCAP’s Rhythm & Soul Team. The program is designed to encourage and recognize women…

Aug 25

BMI Foundation Presents Jerry Bock Award To A Talented Musical Trifecta

The BMI Foundation, Inc., a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to encouraging musical development, presented the 2009 Jerry Bock Award for Excellence in Musical Theatre to lyricist Jack Lechner, composer Andy Monroe and librettist Michael Zam at a luncheon held at the BMI offices. Lechner, Monroe, and Zam received cash awards as…

Aug 19

BMI Sets Stage for ACL Music Festival 2009

The sounds scheduled to pour off of BMI’s shady stage at the 2009 Austin City Limits Music Festival slated for October 2-4 in Austin, Texas, promise grade-A sonic gumbo. Mirroring the acclaimed diversity of the festival itself, BMI has stacked a stage with rock-n-roll, soulsters, neo-folkies, and musical melting pots…

Aug 13

The ASCAP Foundation Lester Sill Songwriters Workshop

Geared toward advanced songwriters, the ASCAP Foundation Lester Sill Songwriters 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 Sill, the Workshop will feature prominent guests…

Aug 10

Billboard Touring Conference and Awards Registration

With never-ending headlines of mergers, acquisitions, rollups and divestures, the touring industry is undergoing changes that will impact everything from club shows to stadium megatours.  The basic principles remain in place but staying updated on this revolution is crucial, building contacts and networking has never been more critical.

Aug 3

ASCAP Joins in Supporting President Obama’s National United We Serve Initiative

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama have just launched a new national service initiative, United We Serve (, that calls on all Americans to find ways to serve in their communities. Citing unprecedented challenges facing America’s economy, the program seeks to help bolster renewal and recovery by making…

Jul 29

BMI & Christian Copyright Solutions Announce New Church Performance License

Broadcast Music, Inc.® (BMI) and Christian Copyright Solutions (CCS) recently announced the launch of a new church performance license for non-exempt music performances. Representing more than 375,000 composers, songwriters and music publishers in all genres of music and more than 6.5 million works, BMI has entered into a music licensing…

Jul 20

SongHall Announces Partnership With Hal Leonard

First In New Songbook Series And Online Sheet Music Downloads Available Now

New York, N.Y. – July 16, 2009 – The Songwriters Hall of Fame (SongHall) has announced a partnership with Hal Leonard Publishing, a world leader in the music print industry. The partnership with the legendary music…

Jul 16

It’s Now or Never! Billboard Op-ED By ASCAP’s John LoFrumento

It’s Now or Never!

As our nation embraces digital communications, we have reached a ‘now or never’ moment. Our society cannot allow businesses to take a dismissive view of copyright protections in the digital space when the rights of those who create books, music, movies and other kinds…

Jul 14

SESAC Supports North Park Music Thing

San Diego Music & Media Conference and Festival is a three day music event, which is scheduled to take place August 7-9, 2009 at the Lafayette Hotel. All conference registrants will learn about the music business during panel discussions, workshops and demo review sessions. NPMT will feature speakers who have…

Jul 8

New York Songwriters Circle Now Accepting Submissions For 2009 Songwriting Contest

The New York Songwriters Circle is now accepting submissions for the 2009 songwriting contest in all musical genres, from songwriters worldwide. With over $25,000 in cash and prizes, including a top prize of $10,000 cash, a top of the line Gibson guitar, performance opportunities with Grammy award winning rock legend…

Jul 3

SongHall Mourns Inductee Michael Jackson

The Songwriters Hall of Fame is mourning the passing of one of our esteemed inductees; Michael Jackson.

Chairman/CEO Hal David commented, “In his brilliant career, which includes his work as the songwriter behind one of the most celebrated catalogs of all time, Michael changed the face of the…

Jun 26

2009 SongHall Awards Gala!

This year, the Songwriters Hall of Fame (SHOF) celebrates 40 years of recognizing the work and lives of enduring composers and lyricists who create popular music around the world. The 2009 Songwriters Hall of Fame Awards inductees will be Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora; Felix Cavaliere and Eddie Brigati…

Jun 18

Master Class With Lamont Dozier and Nelson George A Major Success

It was an incredible evening at the Merkin Hall at the Kaufman Center last night when the SongHall presented the latest in our series of Master Classes.

Songwriters Hall of Fame Chairman/CEO and renowned lyricist Hal David began by relating some of the remarkable history surrounding SongHall Inductee and guest…

Jun 17

2009 Master Class With Lamont Dozier

Don’t miss the Master Class with Lamont Dozier, as interviewed by Nelson George on Tuesday, June 16th at the Merkin Hall at the Kaufman Center.

Jun 16

SESAC An Official Sponsor For The Upcoming “New Music Seminar

SESAC is an official sponsor for the upcoming “New Music Seminar” which will be held on June 16, at New York University. The event will be touching on many urgent issues facing the entertainment industry including changing legal issues, new technology updates and social networking strategies among many other issues. …

Jun 12

Smokey Robinson Honored At 22nd Annual ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards

ASCAP (the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) honored music legend and SongHall inductee Smokey Robinson with the prestigious ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Heritage Award during its 22nd Annual Rhythm & Soul Music Awards, it was announced by President and Chairman Paul Williams. The invitation-only event will take place…

Jun 8

BMI Plans High-Level Presence at CISAC Copyright Summit

BMI will send a high-level delegation to the 2009 CISAC (International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers) World Copyright Summit June 8-10, including President & CEO Del Bryant; Vice President, Landmark Digital Services David DeBusk; and legendary songwriter Lamont Dozier. The trio will join more than 500 delegates and…

Jun 5

SongHall CD Release: A Wonderful Night!

The Bitter End was packed last night, everyone there to support and applaud the songwriters featured in The Best of the Songwriters Hall of Fame New Writers Showcase: Volume 7 CD.

Each writer was given the opportunity to perform two of their original songs, and this group included…

Jun 3

Andrea Marcovicci’s 60th Birthday Concert

Tickets Now Available!

Although the chill of winter is upon us, spring will be here sooner than you think, and now is the time to make sure that your heart goes dancing.
Join us for this one-of-a-kind concert at Town Hall for ONE NIGHT ONLY!

May 16

Julie Gold Receives BMI Award at 2009 Bistro Ceremony

The 24th annual Bistro Awards saluted the world’s finest cabaret performers Thursday, April 28 at the Gotham Comedy Club in New York. As part of the ceremony, BMI recognized Grammy-winning songwriter Julie Gold with the BMI Award for Outstanding Songwriter/Entertainer. Co-sponsored by BMI, the celebratory evening also featured performances from…

May 11

Best of the SongHall New Writers CD Release & Showcase Event!

The Best of the Songwriters Hall of Fame New Writers Showcase and CD release will take place on Tuesday, June 2nd at the Bitter End. The featured writers on this CD have been chosen from the best of the previous years showcases, and includes a song by each of the…

May 11

Independent Music Awards Presents: Story Songs

“The Independent Music Awards Presents: Story Songs” will highlight 3 remarkably talented singer-songwriters who’ve won acclaim as recording and touring artists and recognition as winners of the Independent Music Awards.  Richard Julian, Kristy Kruger, and Amy Speace will perform a selection of songs that either tell a story or were…

May 7

ASCAP Foundation ‘We Write The Songs’ Event To Celebrate ASCAP Collection

Washington, D.C., May 5, 2009: ASCAP (the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) is pleased to announce “We Write the Songs,” an event celebrating the gift by The ASCAP Foundation to the Library of Congress of the original manuscripts, lead sheets, lyrics sheets, photos and letters of some of…

May 5

Maxyne Lang To Receive Abe Olman Publisher Award

New York, N.Y. – May 5, 2009 –Hal David, Chairman/CEO of the Songwriters Hall of Fame (SHOF), today announced that Maxyne Lang will receive the Abe Olman Publisher Award to be presented at the 2009 Songwriters Hall of Fame Awards 40th Anniversary gala, slated for Thursday, June 18th, at the…

May 5

Sir Tom Jones To Receive Howie Richmond Hitmaker Award

NEW YORK, N.Y. – APRIL 22, 2009 - Hal David, Chairman/CEO of The Songwriters Hall of Fame (SHOF), today announced that Sir Tom Jones will be this year’s recipient of the Howie Richmond Hitmaker Award at the 2009 Songwriters Hall of Fame 40th Anniversary Awards dinner, slated for Thursday, June…

Apr 22

Jonathan Wolff speaks at “SESAC Sessions”

Award-winning composer Jonathan Woff was the featured speak at a recent edition of “SESAC Sessions,” a educational forum held at Nashville’s Ocean Way Studios for Belmont University music and music business majors.  Wolff, the composer behind the theme songs for such TV classics as “Seinfeld,” “Will & Grace,” “Married With…

Apr 20

Gloria Estefan Named Icon at 16th Annual BMI Latin Music Awards

BMI held its 16th annual Latin Music Awards Thursday, March 12 at The Breakers Ponce De Leon Ballroom in Palm Beach, Florida. Gloria Estefan was named a BMI Icon; singer/songwriter Espinoza Paz earned his second consecutive Latin Songwriter of the Year; “A Ti Si Puedo Decirte” garnered Song of the…

Apr 7

Songwriters Hall Of Fame Announces 2009 Master Class With Lamont Dozier

New York, N.Y. – April 1, 2009 - Songwriters Hall of Fame (SongHall), now in its 40th year, is pleased to announce their 2009 Master Class event. The spotlight will shine on SongHall Inductee Lamont Dozier, who will be honored with the prestigious 2009 Johnny Mercer Award at the Songwriters…

Apr 1

Holland-Dozier-Holland To Receive Songwriters Hall of Fame Johnny Mercer Award

New York, N.Y. – March 17, 2009 - Hal David, Chairman/CEO of The Songwriters Hall of Fame, today announced that Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Eddie Holland (Holland-Dozier-Holland) will be this year’s recipient of the prestigious Johnny Mercer Award at the 2009 Awards dinner, slated for June 18 at the…

Mar 17

Showcase And Workshop News

New Writers Showcase

It was a packed house at the Bitter End on Thursday, March 12th for the 64th SongHall New Writers Showcase. The night featured songs written by some of the our most talented members, and some wonderful networking opportunities. Stay tuned for news of the next!…

Mar 16

SongHall New Writers Showcase!

Don’t miss the next in our series of New Writer Showcases: Thursday, March 12th

Featuring live performances of original songs by SongHall members:

Nick Howard * Sarah Solovay * Amy Lennard * Israel Gripka * Bootleg Tonic * Julius C * Carmen Michelle * Robbie Gil…

Mar 12

ASCAP New York Sessions: Special Pricing for SongHall Members!

A One-Day Music Career Boost on March 10, 2009
Featuring Keynote Interview with Rob Thomas

Can’t get enough of the “I Create Music” EXPO? Can’t get to it in April? By popular demand, ASCAP is now pleased to offer New York Sessions, a one-day career…

Mar 10

2009 Songwriters Hall Of Fame Inductees Announced!

2009 Awards Ceremony Event To Induct Jon Bon Jovi And Richie Sambora; Felix Cavaliere And Eddie Brigati (The Young Rascals); Roger Cook And Roger Greenaway; Crosby, Stills & Nash; Galt Macdermot, James Rado And Gerome Ragni; And Stephen Schwartz

New York, N.Y. – February 24, 2009 – This…

Feb 24

Eric Beall Packs The House At SongHall Networking Meeting

A full house of eager songwriters attended the SongHall Networking Meeting on February 3rd to hear Eric Beall - A & R for Shapiro Bernstein - discuss his new book entitled “The Billboard Guide to Writing and Producing Songs That Sell”. A spirited Q & A session followed, and after…

Feb 16

Succeeding in Today’s Music Industry Starts at ASCAP New York Sessions

There is no doubt that this has been a tough year for our economy, but music creators like you are still pursuing your careers, succeeding and earning as the music industry changes. The secret to success is gaining a deep understanding of where the music industry is headed. Learning about…

Feb 13

EXPO Adds More Top Names in Music To List of Panelists

Register for the Discount Price of $150 off!

The growing list of exceptional panelists confirmed for the ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO set for April 23-25, 2009 at the Hollywood Renaissance Hotel in Los Angeles, CA now includes:

Antonina Armato
Marilyn Bergman

Feb 9

Eric Beall: From SongHall To The Friars

Eric BeallAfter an SRO Networking event on February 3rd for the SongHall, over a hundred music industry executives, songwriters, producers, and artists celebrated the release of author Eric Beall’s The Billboard Guide To Writing and Producing Songs That Sell on Thursday evening, February 5…

Feb 5

SongHall Networking Group Meeting

Tuesday, February 3rd, 6 - 8:30 PM Open to all! A free event! 

Featuring a special presentation at 6:30 PM by Eric Beall / A&R Shapiro Bernstein on the release of his new book, “The Billboard Guide To Writing and Producing Songs That Sell”.  Eric will share…

Feb 3

Winter Workshops Announced!

Below is the first wave of SongHall workshops scheduled to warm the winter months:

SongHall Writers Workshop “A” Winter 2009

8 Sessions / 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM / Wednesdays
Classes meet on February 4, 11. 18. 25 & March 4, 11, 18, 25…

Jan 30

BMI’s ‘Know Them Now’ Showcase Highlights Tomorrow’s Superstars

An array of hip-hop and r&b talent on the verge of mainstream success commanded the stage at BMI’s “Know Them Now” showcase, held December 16 at The Xchange in New York. Attendees were treated to beverages provided by Hennessy and performances by r&b quartet 718, DC-bred Kal and special guest…

Jan 21

Get Partner Discount Until January 15th For ASCAP’s EXPO 2009

Register for the EXPO online now!
Registration for the 2009 ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO is open. The current registration pricing (Deep Discount Pricing) is listed below. Deep Discount Pricing allows you to save a lot of money off the full registration pricing.

Deep Discount Pricing…

Jan 5

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