News: 2010

Eminem Leads BMI Wins at 2010 American Music Awards

Eminem added two more wins to his already long list of career accolades during the fan-voted American Music Awards, broadcast live on ABC Sunday, November 21. With trophies for Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Male Artist and Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album (Recovery), the hip-hop icon underscored his undeniable staying power. The Black Eyed Peas’…

Dec 21

Introducing New ASCAP Member Benefit: MyWerx

MyWerx and ASCAP have teamed up to provide ASCAP members with 600 MB of FREE revolutionary Copyright Protection through its WerxProof service. MyWerx simple copyright management platform provides songwriters with WerxPost, a free database for managing their life’s work, and WerxConnect, a social network that connects Creators and their collaborators…

Dec 15

Hal David Steps Down As Songwriters Hall Of Fame Chairman

NEW YORK, December 13, 2010 – Hal David today announced his resignation as Chairman of the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Said David, “I feel the goals I set when I accepted the Songwriters Hall of Fame chairmanship 10 years ago have largely been accomplished, including the establishment of…

Dec 13

NARM/CMA Entertainment Law Conference Panel Features Insight from BMI

During the NARM/CMA Entertainment Law Conference held earlier this month in Nashville, Fred Cannon, BMI Senior Vice President of Government Relations, was invited to speak as part of a panel of experts who discussed myriad ways in which recent changes will dramatically alter the way Congress addresses entertainment industry issues…

Dec 6

EMI, Downtown, Shapiro Bernstein And Savoir Adore Educate At ASCAP’s Night School

Copyrights, co-publishing, exploitation, synchronization; these are some of the terms that were thrown around throughout the first class of ASCAP and Music Unites’ Night School series. The joint endeavor, created to provide support and accessibility to emerging musical artists, kicked off Tuesday night at New York’s Norwood Club with ‘Music…

Dec 1

SongHall on Facebook and Twitter!

You can never have too many friends… and now the SongHall is on Facebook and Twitter! Go to our official pages via the clickable links on the bottom of each page of the site. Watch for our new features, such as songwriter trivia and inductee/honoree news bites. We will…

Nov 30

BMI Composers Sweep World Soundtrack Awards

BMI composers swept the 10th Annual World Soundtrack Awards, held Saturday, October 23 as the celebratory conclusion of the 37th Ghent International Film Festival. Alexandre Desplat (SACEM) earned the Film Composer of the Year crown thanks to his sublime work on films including Julie & Julia, The Ghost Writer, The…

Nov 25

Writer Workshop And Our New 2011 Schedule

We are excited to announce the 2011 Winter/Spring Writer Workshops schedules below. These workshops fill quickly and pre-registration is required - so don’t wait!

Workshop A - 8 consecutive Tuesdays / 6:30-8:30 PM
1/18,1/25, 2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 2/22, 3/1, 3/8
Nov 23

Barbara and John LoFrumento Establish A Program to Assist Autistic Students

SongHall Board Member and ASCAP CEO John LoFrumento and his wife Barbara, have established The ASCAP Foundation Barbara and John LoFrumento Award to support music and music therapy programs for autistic learners. This award, which was recently presented to the Music Conservatory of Westchester Music Therapy Institute, will enable the…

Nov 16

The Hit Factory: Making Your Music Make Money, With Eric Beall

1 Day Intensive / 10AM-4:30PM / Saturday, November 6th, 2010
LOCATION: SHETLER STUDIOS, 244 West 54th St.,12th Floor (Bdwy & 8th Ave)

The SongHall is pleased to announce the return of this one-day workshop. The Hit Factory takes a strategic approach to building your songwriting business.…

Nov 6

ASCAP EXPO 2011 - Registration Now Open!

ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO
April 28-30, 2011
Renaissance Hollywood Hotel • Los Angeles, CA
Registration Now Open! Early Bird Discount During November!

SongHall Members Receive Deep Discounts on Registration

You have the music. You have the ambition. Now you…

Nov 3

SongHall Inductee Don Black: Sitting at Home, Writing Songs

London’s leafy Green Park means many things to many people, but to lyricist Don Black it will always be the place where he wrote the hit song “Tell Me on a Sunday” to the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber. The kitchen in his ’60s home in Mill Hill in Northwest…

Oct 25

Master Class At SHOF Gallery With Barry Mann And Cynthia Weil

The GRAMMY Museum’s Clive Davis Theater will host the final special event of the SHOF launch week on Thursday, October 21 from 8 to 9:30 pm – a Master Class with one of the great songwriting duos in Pop music history, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, also Songwriters Hall of…

Oct 21

Songwriters Hall of Fame Gallery Opens In LA

Led by Chairman/CEO Hal David, and with a bevy of legendary tunesmiths in the house, the ribbon was cut at the October 19th opening of the Songwriters Hall of Fame Gallery at L.A.’s GRAMMY Museum.

Welcoming speeches were given by Hal David, NARAS President Neil Portnow and GRAMMY…

Oct 20

Songwriters Hall Of Fame Gallery At The GRAMMY Museum® Launch!

The opening activities for the SHOF Gallery in Los Angeles will commence with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday, October 19 at 6:15 pm, hosted by Hal David, Bob Santelli and Neil Portnow, and attended by songwriting and recording dignitaries. The ribbon-cutting ceremony will be followed by a Songwriting Legends-in-the-Round performance…

Oct 19

TuneCore Offers Ten Tips to Sell More Music Online

The majority of music now being created, distributed, shared, bought and discovered is happening outside the traditional music industry. Even better, more revenue is being made by artists than ever before.

In 2009 alone, the “unsigned” self-distributing bands via TuneCore sold and got paid from streams from over…

Oct 18

SongHall Announces Nominees For 2011

It’s Time To 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 42nd Annual Awards Gala in 2011 have been announced today!

If you are an eligible voting member, watch…

Oct 15

Workshop “B” Welcomed Mighty Seven Songs

The SongHall’s Fall Writers Workshop “B” group welcomed Mighty Seven Songs creative director Randi Razzano to a recent session. Her music industry experience includes stints at Mercury/Island and Motown records. Randi listened to songs from the workshop group and shared her comments along with her insights into music publishing today.…

Oct 14

The Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Awards

Created in honor of Stephen Sondheim’s 80th birthday through the generous support of Freddie and Myrna Gershon, the awards publicly recognize the contributions of specific teachers and rewards them for their dedication and service. Teachers of all grade levels and subject areas are eligible. By spotlighting the extraordinary impact teachers…

Oct 13

BMI Presents Building the Beat during A3C Hip Hop Festival

Now in its 6th year, the A3C Hip Hop Festival is a two-day, three-night event held annually in Atlanta, GA. This year’s festival is slated for Oct 7-10, 2010. Since 2005, the event has featured over 500 of the most powerful artists in hip-hop, including B.o.B, Black Sheep, The Clipse,…

Oct 7

ASCAP Launches App for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch

John A. LoFrumento, CEO of ASCAP (the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers), announced the launch of ASCAP Mobile, a new app for iPhone®, iPad® and iPod touch®. The app provides ASCAP’s songwriter, composer and publisher members with 24/7 access to their membership, catalog, performance and royalty information via…

Oct 4

Writers Workshop Greets A&R Director David Novik

SongHall Writers Workshop “A” recently hosted special guest David Novik who shared his experience in the music industry as an A&R director for labels like Universal Records, RCA/BMG among many others. His involvement in the music industry includes working with artists like the Dave Matthews Band, NYSNC, Bruce Hornsby and…

Oct 4

Songhall Writers Workshop “B” Fall 2010

8 Sessions / 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM / Wednesdays
Classes meet on September 29, October 6, 13, 20, 27 & November 3, 10, 17

Workshop Goal: To strengthen the songwriting skill set and bring the emerging writer closer to the music industry through workshop sessions…

Sep 29

September Showcase Shines!

The Bitter End was treated to an evening of wonderfully talented songwriter/performers as part of the SongHall’s New Writer Showcase program. The night featured writers who traveled from as far away as Nashville and Orlando to perform to an enthralled audience. Many of the performers came through our Writer Workshops…

Sep 27

SongHall New Writers Showcase

One of the ways the SongHall supports up-and-coming songwriters is through our New Writers Showcases. You won’t want to miss performances by our talented member writers including soloists, workshop collaborations and music groups. Our performers for the evening will be JK Lee, Jessica Fine, Matt Rein, Beth Walker, Live Society,…

Sep 22

BMI Appeals DMX Rate-Court Decision

BMI has filed an appeal of the DMX decision issued by Judge Louis Stanton, BMI’s rate-court judge to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. BMI’s appeal on behalf of its songwriters, composers and music publishers will seek reversal of a court decision that, according to DMX’s…

Sep 20

ASCAP/CBDNA Frederick Fennell Prize for the Best Original Score for Concert Band

Program Administered by ASCAP’s Concert Music Department
September 15, 2010

ASCAP and the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) seek to recognize talented young composers who write music for Concert Band. The prize is $5,000. The ASCAP/CBDNA Frederick Fennell prize is awarded bi-annually. The winning score…

Sep 15

Songhall Writers Workshop “A” Fall 2010

8 Sessions / 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM / Tuesdays
Classes meet on September 7, 14, 21, 28 & October 5, 12, 19, 26

Workshop Goal: To strengthen the songwriting skill set and bring the emerging writer closer to the music industry through workshop sessions with…

Sep 7

SESAC hosted the 3rd Annual Songwriters Bootcamp

SESAC hosted the third annual Songwriters Bootcamp on August 6, at LA’s Skirball Cultural Center.  The event is a no-cost symposium devoted to offering information on all aspects of the music industry to artists, songwriters and publishers, offering panel lectures and discussions courtesy of an array of established writers, producers,…

Sep 1

The ASCAP Foundation 2010 Lester Sill Songwriters Workshop

Now Accepting Submissions!

August 27, 2010

Los Angeles, CA

The ASCAP Foundation 2010 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 mid-October for a series of eight sessions.…

Aug 27

SongHall Mourns Inductee George David Weiss

The SongHall was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of inductee and long-time Board Member George David Weiss on August 23rd.

Born on April 9, 1921 in New York, Weiss originally planned a career as a lawyer or accountant, but his love for music led him to…

Aug 24

SESAC Hosts Regie Hamm Book & Album Party

SESAC’s Nashville headquarters was the setting for an album and book release party for singer/songwriter/author Regie Hamm recently.  Friends, family and music industry personnel gathered at the Music Row offices to celebrate the release of Hamm’s new album, Set It On Fire, as well as his first book project, “Angels…

Aug 23

Summer Nights Turn to September; Showcase, Events and Workshops!

The SongHall celebrated it’s final Summer Nights series at the Caffe Cielo on August 17th with performances by Abby Bernstein, Jason Yudoff and Nick Howard.  We welcomed new members in the crowd who have already been accepted into the Writer Workshops beginning soon.

Our “Writer Workshops” for the…

Aug 23

BMI Presents Demo-Demolition Panel at the 2010 monitorLATINO Convention

BMI’s Delia Orjuela will moderate an anticipated panel during the 2010 installment of the monitorLATINO Convention at Hilton Hotel Guadalajara, Mexico. Slated for Monday, August 16 from 4 until 5 p.m., the panel—entitled “Demo-Demolition: Ideas y Propuestas”—will feature insight from industry insiders Miguel Trujillo, Humberto Gómez, Dagoberto Reyes, Yvonne Drazan,…

Aug 16

BMI Offers Bold Breakout Performers During Lollapalooza

BMI is proud to present the performers on its 2010 Lollapalooza stage. Running August 6, 7, and 8 at Grant Park’s Hutchinson Field in Chicago, IL, BMI’s stage will kick off performances at 11:15 a.m. each day, setting the pace at the mammoth music festival.

The BMI/Lollapalooza stage,…

Aug 6

Paul Williams Responds to Copyleft Challenge

Anti-copyright crusaders are currently engaged in a publicity campaign to discredit ASCAP’s efforts to defend the copyrights of our professional songwriter and composer members.

As the basis of their publicity campaign against ASCAP, they are using a letter from ASCAP President and Chairman Paul Williams to ASCAP members…

Aug 3

SongHall Summer Nights heat up NYC!

Our first SongHall Summer Night at the Caffe Cielo featured hot performances from our past showcased songwriters: Shannon Marsyada, Amy Lennard, Jennifer Logue and Dani Tersini, along with 2010 ASCAP Abe Olman Writer Award recipient Rebecca Jordan.

Our next evening is Tuesday, August 3rd when we will be…

Jul 24

SESAC Celebrates at 2010 Television & Film Composers Awards

Beverly Hills, CA –SESAC honored its stellar roster of top film and television composers with the annual SESAC Television & Film Composers Awards Dinner. The invitation-only event was held at Chaya in Beverly Hills, CA, celebrated the composers of music featured in 2009’s biggest films, primetime television shows and cable…

Jul 22

SongHall Summer Nights

The SongHall celebrates the days of summer with a series of 3 Tuesday evenings of special music. We will be featuring the songs and performances of some of our past showcase and workshop writers on July 20th, August 3rd and August 17th from 9-12PM at the Caffe…

Jul 20

The ASCAP Deems Taylor Awards

For Books, Articles, Liner Notes, Broadcasts and Websites on Music

Submissons Open: June 15, 2010
Submission Deadline: July 31, 2010

About The Awards
The ASCAP Deems Taylor Awards Competition (for books, articles, liner notes, broadcasts and websites on the subject of music)…

Jul 15

BMI Partners with Community Foundation to Create BMI Flood Relief Fund

BMI to match donations up to $50,000, contributes additional $50,000 to recovery efforts

BMI has announced the creation of a two-part campaign designed to help fuel rebuilding efforts after the historic flood that devastated Middle Tennessee last month. The initiative was unveiled by BMI President & CEO Del…

Jul 5

ASCAP Initiates 21 Infringement Actions

New York, NY, June 21, 2010: ASCAP (the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) announced that it has filed 21 separate infringement actions against nightclubs, bars and restaurants in 13 states.

In each of the cases filed, the business or establishment has either publicly performed the copyrighted…

Jul 2

Annual Awards Gala!

The Songwriters Hall of Fame Annual Awards Gala will take place June 17th, 2010, at the New York Marriott Marquis. You’ll find all of the up-to-the-minute details on our website.
If you’d like to inquire about tickets to this unforgettable event, please contact Buckley…

Jun 17

SongHall on Sirius XM!

To celebrate our slate of inductees and awardees who will attend our Annual Awards Gala on Thursday, June 17th, Sirius/XM will air interviews and music beginning today. We hope you will tune in!

Songwriter Hall of Fame special features have begun airing today on the following channels:

Jun 16

Annual SongHall Silent Auction Goes Live!

The annual Songwriters Hall of Fame Silent Auction is live June 9th – June 30th on Some items available for bidding include a black Yamaha “G2” piano signed by Carole Bayer Sager, a piano bench signed by Burt Bacharach, Kings of Leon live in Concert, and Stephen Schwartz’ personal…

Jun 10

Keith Mardak To Receive The Abe Olman Publisher Award At SongHall Gala

New York, N.Y.- June9, 2010- Hal David, Chairman/CEO of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, announced today that Keith Mardak will receive the Abe Olman Publisher Award at this year’s Songwriters Hall of Fame Awards Gala, taking place Thursday June 17, at the New York Marriott Marquis Hotel.


Jun 10

Songwriters Hall of Fame Presenters and Performers Announced

New York, N.Y.- June 8, 2010- Karrin Allyson, Kim Carnes, Peter Cetera, Charice, Judy Collins, Bruce Hornsby, Billy Joel, kd Lang, John Mayer, Brian Stokes Mitchell, LA Reid, Raphael Saadiq, Paul Shaffer, Dionne Warwick, Elizabeth Withers and Nikki Yanofsky have signed on to be either a presenter and/or performer at…

Jun 8

All-Star Lineup Of Presenters And Performers Slated For The 2010 Annual Awards Gala!

Kim Carnes, Judy Collins, Bruce Hornsby, Billy Joel, Diana Krall, kd Lang, John Mayer, Brian Stokes Mitchell, LA Reid, Raphael Saadiq, Paul Shaffer, Dionne Warwick, Elizabeth Withers And Nikki Yanofsky Announced To Present And/Or Perform At The 2010 Songwriters Hall Of Fame Awards Gala

Previously Announced Inductees Include…

Jun 3

All New SongHall Songbook

Music Dispatch, a SongHall partner, has made available for sale the second in a series of Songwriters Hall of Fame Songbooks with nearly three dozen songs by our esteemed inductees. This book features photos and a bio for each composer, ten songs from the 2010 inductees, plus a bonus song…

Jun 2

SESAC Holds 14th Annual New York Music Awards

SESAC awarded Nate “Danja” Hills with top honors at the “14th Annual SESAC New York Music Awards” when he was named Songwriter of the Year at the event which was held May 12, at Manhattan’s IAC Building . Hills also took home the trophy for Song Of The Year for…

Jun 1

SongHall Spring Writers Workshops In Full Bloom!

Our current SongHall Writers Workshop sessions were recently expanded into two groups due to the great interest and demand in our programs! These workshops are designed to help instill the foundations of songwriting through assignments shared weekly over the course of eight weeks. Special guests include record company A&R, music…

May 28

“Bridge Over Troubled Water” To Receive Prestigious 2010 Towering Song Honor

Previously Announced Inductees Include Leonard Cohen, Jackie DeShannon, David Foster, Johnny Mandel and Earth, Wind & Fire’s Maurice White, Philip Bailey, Verdine White, Larry Dunn and Al McKay.

Recently Announced Posthumous Inductees Include Tom Adair and Matt Dennis, Bob Marley, Laura Nyro, Sunny Skylar and Jesse Stone.

May 26

SESAC Joins McNally Smith College of Music for Unforgettable Spring Break Event

Broadway’s bright lights, celebrity songwriters, the bustling streets and towering buildings of Manhattan all contributed to an unforgettable trip recently for 20 McNally Smith students hitting New York City for Spring Break. While other college kids flocked to the hot beaches of Florida and Mexico, these college music students were…

May 26

SongHall Writers Workshop “A” Spring Underway

Classes meet on April 28, May 5, 12, 19, 26, June 2, 9 &16
Workshop Goal: To strengthen the songwriting skill set and bring the emerging writer closer to the music industry through workshop sessions with hit songwriters and industry professionals in publishing, music licensing and A&R.

May 5

First Slate Of Posthumous Songwriters To Be Inducted

This year, in an effort to honor those songwriters who are deceased, the Songwriters Hall of Fame will induct Tom Adair & Matt Dennis, Bob Marley, Laura Nyro, Sunny Skylar and Jesse Stone.

Lyricist Tom Adair (1913 – 1988) and composer Matt Dennis (1914 - 2004) teamed up…

Apr 22

SESAC Affiliates Sweep DOVE Nominations

SESAC affiliated songwriters, producers and artists made a grand showing in the recently announced “41st Annual DOVE Awards” nominations.  Landing over 20 nods in a multitude of categories including Song Of The Year, Group Of The Year and Producer Of The Year were such lauded SESAC affiliates as Tenth Avenue…

Apr 21

Hip-Hop Laureate Drake to Headline BMI’s 13th Annual Unsigned Urban Showcase

BMI will present its 13th Annual Unsigned Urban Showcase Tuesday, April 20, featuring a combination of the recording industry’s eminent stars and most-promising unsigned talent. Staged at the Havana Club (3112 Piedmont Road Northeast, Atlanta, GA), the event begins at 10 p.m.; doors open at 9 p.m. The festivities are…

Apr 20

Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley Lead ASCAP ACM Awards Nominations

ASCAP’s country music writers and artists dominated the nominations for the 45th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, which were announced on March 2nd, 2010, in New York City. Kenny Chesney and Brad Paisley led ASCAP nominees with four each, sharing the categories Entertainer of the Year and Top Male…

Apr 18

BMI IPEC Filing Aids Government Intellectual Property Enforcement Strategy

The White House has undertaken a landmark effort to develop a coordinated multi-agency intellectual property strategy that builds on the immense knowledge and expertise of the copyright community, including BMI and other agencies charged with enforcing intellectual property rights. By committing to common goals, the government hopes to more effectively…

Apr 14

Phil Ramone To Receive SongHall’s Howie Richmond Hitmaker Award

NEW YORK, NY- APRIL 7, 2010 – Hal David, Chairman/CEO of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, announced today that Phil Ramone will be the 2010 recipient of the Howie Richmond Hitmaker Award at the Annual Awards dinner slated for Thursday, June 17 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York…

Apr 7

Spring Showcase Rocks the Bitter End!

The SongHall welcomed it’s biggest crowd ever at the Bitter End for the April 1st New Writer Showcase. The audience was treated to everything from a wide variety of soft acoustic sounds and vocals to hardcore rock and dance tracks with each performer presenting two songs. Most of the featured…

Apr 5

SongHall New Writers Showcase Announced!

One of the ways the SongHall nurtures up-and-coming songwriters is through our New Writers Showcases. The next in the series is scheduled for April 1st, and you won’t want to miss performances by our talented members:

Danny Ross * Kimberly Korn * Shannon Marsyada * JC Cassis *…

Apr 1

SongHall Mourns Executive Director Julius Goldberg

We were greatly saddened to learn of the passing of our Executive Director and good friend Julius Goldberg on March 28th.

Married to President Emeritus Sammy Cahn’s sister Feigy, Jules developed a keen interest in the Songwriters Hall of Fame in its early years, and made use of…

Mar 29

ASCAP Elevates Nashville to Regional Office to Serve all Musical Genres

ASCAP CEO John LoFrumento announced a major expansion of the company’s Nashville operations which will be elevated to a Regional Office serving all genres of music.

Effective immediately, the newly established ASCAP Nashville Regional Office will be overseen by Nashville-based industry veteran Tim DuBois, who has been appointed…

Mar 26

Peter Thall Packs the House at Networking Meeting

It was standing room only at the March 23rd SongHall Networking Meeting at Shetler Studios. Songwriters, artists and producers attended and mingled from the moment doors opened at 6PM.  The evening included a feature presentation by music industry attorney Peter M. Thall who was on hand to discuss and sign…

Mar 24

SongHall Networking Meeting With Peter M. Thall

Tuesday, March 23rd, 6:15 - 9:30 PM
Location: SHETLER STUDIO, 244 West 54th St., 12th Fl., Penthouse #1


Make new connections and grow your network to expand your music’s reach! Bring your iPods w/headphones with your songs…

Mar 23

Eric Beall’s Hit Factory

The SongHall enjoyed a full house for Eric Beall’s one day intensive workshop “The Hit Factory: Making Your Music Make Money.” We were thrilled to welcome participants who made the trip to New York City from as far away as Florida, Chicago, Maryland, Boston,and Austin. Everyone received copies of Eric’s…

Mar 22

ASCAP’s Paul Williams: 30,000 Songwriters in the Making

I’m a songwriter. I’ve also been an actor, a performer, a public speaker, a husband, a dad and—currently—the president and chairman of the board of ASCAP (the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers). But I’ll always be a songwriter, because creating music is a big part of how I…

Mar 18

BMI Giants Dominate List of 2010 Blues Hall of Fame Inductees

The Blues Foundation recently announced the 2010 list of Blues Hall of Fame inductees, the majority of whom are BMI heavyweights. Lonnie Brooks, Charlie Musselwhite, Gus Cannon and Cannon’s Jug Stompers, and Amos Milburn will officially enter the hallowed hall during the annual ceremony, slated for Wednesday, May 5, at…

Mar 16

The Hit Factory: Making Your Music Make Money, With Eric Beall

1 Day Intensive / 10AM-4:30PM / Saturday, March 13th, 2010
LOCATION: Bridge Theater at SHETLER STUDIOS, 244 West 54th St.,12th Floor (Bdwy & 8th Ave)

This one-day workshop takes a strategic approach to building your songwriting business. It will focus on understanding your market and developing…

Mar 13

SESAC Honors Jim Brickman

SESAC’s Pat Collins and Tim Fink honored top-selling artist and songwriter Jim Brickman during his show with the Nashville Symphony at the famed Schermerhorn Fink presented Brickman with a plaque acknowledging his astounding achievements in music citing his 20+ #1 albums, successful touring and chart-topping singles.
See story…

Mar 10

Phil Collins To Receive Prestigious Johnny Mercer Award At 2010 Gala

New York, NY- March 10, 2010- Hal David, Chairman/CEO of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, announced today that Phil Collins will be the 2010 recipient of the esteemed Johnny Mercer Award at the Annual Awards dinner, slated for Thursday, June 17th at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City. …

Mar 10

BMI Industry Insider Slated for March 4 in New York

BMI will present an edition of its Industry Insider Series on Thursday, March 4 at the Highline Ballroom (431 W. 16th Street, btwn 9th & 10th Avenues, New York City). Entitled “How I Produced the Record,” the event will offer in-depth discussion and exclusive performances.

Moderator Allison Hagendorf…

Mar 4

Cherry Lane’s Richard Stump’s Insights And The “Sticky” Chorus

Richard Stump - SVP, A&R, Cherry Lane—visited the Writers Workshop Winter Session. Richard shared some great insights into the business of promoting songs for licensing opportunities along with the more traditional writing for pop artists.  The workshop members played their songs and discussed the importance of the “sticky” chorus -…

Mar 4

Songwriters Hall of Fame Spotlighted At Music Dispatch

The Music Dispatch website has just made available a Songwriters Hall of Fame section, presenting books with songs by some of our many inductees, and highlighted by the previously announced official Songwriter’s Hall of Fame Songbook, featuring 38 songs by inductees from the classes of 2003 through 2009. Click on…

Mar 2

SESAC congratulates their Stellar Award winners!

SESAC congratulates Hezekiah Walker, Bishop Paul S. Morton and Da’ T.R.U.T.H on their Stellar Awards.  The Stellar Awards were held in Nashville, TN at The Grand Ole Opry on January 16th, 2010.  Hosted by Kirk Franklin, Vickie Winans and Donnie McClurkin, the televised event was highlighted by multiple performances, including…

Feb 25

SongHall Workshop With Ari Martin

The SongHall Writers Workshop welcomed Ari Martin of Nettwerk Mgmt. to share his insight into some of todays greatest artist/songwriters and listen to workshop participant songs. Ari has helped guide the careers of artists like Sarah McLachlan, Avril Lavigne, Bare Naked Ladies and Dido.

Our Spring Writers Workshop…

Feb 25

The Advantages of Using Session Musicians on Your Song Demo

Why do professional recordings sound, well . . . professional? There are a number of reasons, including high quality microphones, pre-amps, an experienced engineer and a well-designed studio space. But one of the single most important elements in a great-sounding, professional recording is the performance of the session musicians. There…

Feb 23

SongHall Announces 2010 Inductees!

New York, NY – February 16, 2010 Leonard Cohen, Jackie DeShannon, David Foster, Johnny Mandel and Earth, Wind & Fire’s Maurice White, Philip Bailey, Verdine White, Larry Dunn and Al McKay will be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame this year, SHOF Chairman/CEO Hal David announced today. The…

Feb 16

The ASCAP Foundation/Disney Musical Theatre Workshop in New York

The ASCAP Foundation and Walt Disney Feature Animation have formed The ASCAP Foundation Disney Musical Theatre Workshop. Directed by Academy Award-winning composer/lyricist (and SongHall Inductee) Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Prince of Egypt, Godspell, Pippin, Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame), the workshop is part of an ongoing series of workshops sponsored…

Feb 15

Quincy Jones, John Mayer, and Bill Withers To Lead Speaker Line Up At ASCAP EXPO

The fifth annual ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO will put you face to face with some of the world’s most successful songwriters, composers, producers and music business leaders, including keynote speakers Quincy Jones, John Mayer and Bill Withers and luminary panelists Kenny Burrell, Desmond Child, Dre & Vidal, Dr. Luke,…

Feb 1

BMI’s Richard Conlon Discusses Online Media Licensing with Fox Business News

BMI’s Richard Conlon sat down with Fox Business on Friday, December 18 to discuss new trends in music licensing. Conlon explained the current shift from music as product to music as service, emphasizing the growing popularity of streaming songs instead of actually owning singles. With new statistics detailing the music…

Jan 27

2010 Winter/Spring Workshop Initiatives

We’re breaking out in song to warm the winter months right into Spring, and here is our line up:

SongHall Writers Workshop “A” - Winter/Spring 2010 Sessions
8 Sessions / 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM / Wednesdays
Classes meet on February 10, 17, 24…

Jan 26

SESAC co-hosts Bryan-Michael Cox Birthday Bash

SESAC co-hosted a birthday bash honoring songwriter/producer, Bryan-Michael Cox at Atlanta’s W Hotel.  The party theme was “Mad Men” and drew a celebratory crowd of friends as well as fellow musicians, producers and songwriters all decked out and eager to celebrate the Grammy Award-winning Cox on his special day.

Jan 21

BMI Foundation Names Gerrit Wunder Winner of 21st Annual Pete Carpenter Fellowship

The BMI Foundation has named Gerrit Wunder the winner of the 21st annual Pete Carpenter Fellowship for aspiring film composers under the age of 35. The Fellowship was established by the BMI Foundation and Mr. Carpenter’s family, colleagues, and friends to honor the late co-composer of television themes and scores…

Jan 18

SongHall Board Member, ASCAP’s Marilyn Bergman Honored with AIMP Indie Award

Former ASCAP President & Chairman Marilyn Bergman was recently honored with the AIMP (Association of Independent Music Publishers) Indie Award for her years of service to the music community. The presentation was made by AIMP President (and Carlin America President & CEO) Caroline Bienstock at the annual AIMP Holiday Party…

Jan 14

The Bushwick Book Club

There is a place in Brooklyn where songwriters know no fear. These songwriters conjure songs from a different literary work each month and share them in front of an astounded audience at Goodbye Blue Monday - a Bushwick venue brave enough to be home to such obscene creativity. The 2009…

Jan 5

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