News: 2011

SESAC Latina Tops Three Billboard Charts

SESAC Latina has dominated the tops of THREE Billboard charts with a Rico Love song entitled “Promise.” Rico Love is one of music’s biggest songwriters penning hits by the likes of Usher, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Beyoncé, Nelly and Kelly Rowland. The song “Promise”, recorded by Romeo Santos and Usher, hit…

Dec 16

SHOF Mourns The Passing Of Barbara Orbison

By Jim Bessman
(Also view this article on the Examiner website)

It seemed only fitting that Barbara Orbison would die on the anniversary of her beloved husband Roy Orbison’s death in 1988. She remained devoted to him and his music when she herself passed…

Dec 14

ASCAP’s Ralph Murphy Receives CMA’S Jo Walker-Meador International Award

During the annual CMA International Reception held on Nov. 7, 2011, as part of festivities surrounding the 45th Annual CMA Awards, Ralph Murphy, songwriter, producer and Vice President of International Membership at ASCAP in Nashville, was given the 2011 Jo Walker-Meador International Award. The Award was presented by CMA CEO…

Dec 8

Dr. David L. Sanjek, Friend of the SHOF, Passes Suddenly

Dr. David L.Sanjek passed away in New York on November 29, 2011 while passing through Customs at JFK International Airport on his way to a historic recordings preservation conference at the Library of Congress in Washington DC.  The cause was longstandingcardiovascular disease resulting in a fatal heart attack.

Dec 2

BMI Offers Stacked CMJ Showcase

Seven auspicious acts ranging from indie upstarts to progressive pop amalgamators hit the stage at Arlene’s Grocery for the 2011 BMI-presented, Lewitt-sponsored CMJ Music Marathon Festival showcase, held on October 20 in New York City. The 31st Annual CMJ Music Marathon Festival took over Greenwich Village from October 18-22, providing…

Nov 29

SESAC Names Erin Collins To Vice President, Film, Television & Developing Media

SESAC, the nation’s most progressive performing rights organization, has announced the appointment of Erin Collins to Vice President, Film, Television & Developing Media. Erin will work closely with the Los Angeles staff and SESAC’s film, television, and developing media writers and music publishers.  She will also assist SESAC in identifying…

Nov 24

BMI, Minnesota Licensed Beverage Assn. Create “Win-Win” Partnership

There was a time when a visit or phone call from a representative of a performing right organization to a club, bar or restaurant owner was as welcome as a knock on the door by the Big Bad Wolf. But a partnership between the Minnesota Licensed Beverage Association and BMI…

Nov 7

ASCAP Rocks the Canal Room at CMJ 2011

Into every life a little rain must fall. And a lot of rock must rule. Such was the case in Manhattan on Wednesday, October 19th as torrents of rain fell on the thousands of attendees in town for this year’s CMJ Music Festival. But that didn’t stop music lovers from…

Nov 2

BMI Stage Digs Deep at ACL Fest 2011

BMI spiked the mix at the Austin City Limits Music Festival, held September 16-18. In the spirit of BMI’s diverse roster and of the festival itself, the BMI stage drew deep crowds with genre-jumping panache. Blues, folk-rock, indie rap and country took turns as singer/songwriters from Nashville, the U.K., the…

Oct 27

SongHall Inductee Glenn Frey Guests At Master Session At NYU

It was an intimate view of a master of the craft of songwriting at last night’s Songwriters Hall of Fame Master Session at NYU with guest Glenn Frey. Moderated seamlessly by NYU Songwriter-in-Residence Phil Galdston, the evening began with opening remarks by SHOF Chairman Jimmy Webb, who extolled Frey’s contributions…

Oct 26

Los Angeles Legends-In-The-Round Event Captivated

The Songwriters Hall of Fame, in association with the Los Angeles Grammy Museum, presented a Songwriting Legends-in-the-Round event at the Museum’s Clive Davis Theater, where a stellar gathering of Songwriters Hall of Fame inductees discussed their careers and performed their songs. The all-star lineup included: Jeff Barry (“Chapel Of Love,”…

Oct 25

SESAC Latina Welcomes Singer/Songwriter/Actor Jencarlos Canela

SESAC Latina has signed heartthrob singer/songwriter/musician and film/stage/TV actor Jencarlos Canela and now represents the public performance rights of his compositions around the world. The affiliation with SESAC Latina comes just as he releases his new album, “Un Nuevo Día,” which features the first single “Mi Corazón Insiste” (My Heart…

Oct 17

Songwriters Hall Of Fame 2012 Nominees For Induction Announced!

New York, NY – October 14, 2011Jimmy Webb, Chairman of the Songwriters Hall of Fame has announced the slate of 2012 nominees for induction. The organization, which is dedicated to recognizing the work and lives of those composers and lyricists who create popular music around the world, holds…

Oct 14

ASCAP’s Music Publishing 101 Panel Educates at Fordham Law

On Tuesday, September 20, ASCAP’s Rhythm & Soul Team hosted Music Publishing 101, all you need to know about music publishing, at Fordham Law in New York. The panel featured moderator Matthew Middleton, Esq., of Simon, Eisenberg & Baum, and fellow expert music business lawyers Todd Rubenstein, Esq., of Beinstock…

Oct 7

Marco Beltrami Helms Recording Session for Composer-In-Residence Program at USC

On September 16th, at the visually and sonically inspiring studio of ASCAP film composer Marco Beltrami, students from the USC Film Scoring Program were afforded a unique educational opportunity through The ASCAP Foundation’s Composer-in-Residence Program. This three-part workshop concluded with a scoring session at Beltrami’s Pianella Studio in Malibu, California.…

Oct 3

Songwriters Hall Of Fame Legends-In-The-Round Event

Jeff Barry, Charles Fox, Albert Hammond And Bill Withers To Be Featured Guests
Presented By The Songwriters Hall of Fame And The GRAMMY Museum
Thursday, October 20, 2011; 7:30 p.m

The Songwriters Hall of Fame, in association with the Los Angeles GRAMMY Museum, will…

Sep 21

SESAC Steps Up For Miller Harris Foundation Benefit

SESAC was front and center at the annual Miller Harris Foundation Benefit show at Nashville’s legendary Bluebird Café.  The event, which raised funds for asthma education and awareness programs, featured an impressive line-up of songwriting talent including SESAC affiliates Rob Hatch, Lance Miller as well as other hit artists/songwriters such…

Sep 12

SongHall Spotlight On Labor Day Telethon

The SongHall is being spotlighted during this Sunday’s Muscular Dystrophy telethon (9/4/11), being broadcast nationally from 6:00 PM to midnight (EST) on New York’s WWOR, Channel 9. Check your local listings for details in your area.
Our segment which will include an introduction by inductee/Johnny Mercer Award recipient…

Sep 4

SESAC/NYC Rising Musicians Scholarshi​p Program/Co​ntest

To all SESAC writers, bands, musicians: 
NYC Rising is a musician scholarship program in partnership with marketing company The Musebox, music-marketing platform ReverbNation, and clothing retailer Brooklyn Industries. NYC Rising will give Tri-State area (NY, NJ, CT) musicians the chance to win a scholarship that will offer 5…

Aug 25

SHOF Mourns Songwriting Greats Nickolas Ashford and Jerry Leiber

The Songwriters Hall of Fame was exceptionally saddened to learn of the passing of two of our esteemed inductees.

“Yesterday we lost two of our brothers, Jerry Leiber and Nick Ashford, two of the gentlest, brightest and most talented souls that it has been our pleasure to know…

Aug 23

Timbaland: The Origins of a Hit Machine

Timothy Mosley – Timbaland to you and me—was born in 1972. His dad worked for Amtrak and his mom for a homeless shelter. They raised him in Norfolk, home to the world’s largest naval base, and he later built a mas­sive recording studio nearby, in a Virginia Beach industrial park.…

Aug 17

The Method to the Madness of Nicki Minaj

Autobiography plays a huge role in hip-hop music. MCs rap about their abilities, their street cred and their rags-to-riches stories. They name-drop friends. They stoke feuds with enemies. They take their share of liberties with the literal truth. But they remain, without question, the central characters in the dramas.

Aug 14

Industry Profile: Hal David, By Larry LeBlanc

This week In the Hot Seat with Larry LeBlanc: Hal David, lyricist.

Hal David’s name should be a lyric.

This prolific American lyricist who turned 90 on May 25, 2011, is Chairman Emeritus of the Songwriters Hall of Fame (having formerly been its hairman/CEO), and was…

Aug 9

SESAC Promotes James Leach to Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations, West Coast Operations

SESAC, the nation’s most progressive performing rights organization announces the promotion of James Leach to Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relation, West Coast Operations. Formerly Associate Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations & New Technologies, Leach has been with SESAC for ten years and will now be responsible for SESAC’s Los Angeles office operations. …

Aug 8

You Might Not Expect It, But Mid-Year Album Sales are Up!

For all the talk of crumbling record sales, it is refreshing to hear that the impact of digital music sales looks to be making up for some of the decline in album sales. Mid-year sales are up 8.7% to 817.7 million units. Though ASCAP isn’t directly involved in royalties deriving…

Aug 3

BMI Jazz Composers Workshop Marks 23rd Anniversary with Showcase Concert

The BMI Jazz Composers Workshop, a noted creative forum for musical exploration and development, highlighted the best new jazz compositions created during the last year at its 23rd Anniversary Summer Showcase Concert on July 1 at Christ & St. Stephen’s Church. The concert featured the BMI/New York Jazz Orchestra, a…

Jul 27

SESAC Summer Sessions Heats Up

SESAC Summer Sessions kicked off in great style recently when new artist D. Woods performed a electrifying set at the showcase held at LA’s Sofitel.  Co-hosted by SESAC’s Songwriter of the Year Rico Love, this particular SESAC Summer Sessions was highlighting the BET Music Awards 2011 as well as Black…

Jul 15

ASCAP Members Help Joplin Recover

There are no words to adequately capture the tragedy that befell Joplin, MO when a class F5 tornado struck the city on May 22nd. And yet, devastating as it was, the tornado couldn’t destroy Joplin’s spirit. We’ve all read news stories about the simple acts of kindness and humanity in…

Jul 11

ASCAP Music Directors Shine at Shaping the Sound of Television Panel

On Wednesday, June 8th, a group of prominent African-American music directors gathered at the California African American Museum in Los Angeles for Shaping The Sound of Television: The Black Music Directors. ASCAP members Michael Bearden, Greg Phillinganes, Harold Wheeler, Big Jim Wright and Patrice Rushen were among the panelists. They…

Jul 5

SongHall Annual Awards Gala: Save The Date!

SongHall’s 2011 Annual Awards Gala is scheduled to take place on Thursday, June 16th at the New York Marriott Marquis. Save the date and read all of the news about our exciting slate of Inductees and Awardees!

Jun 16

Premier Master Session At NYU With Jimmy Webb Captivates

It was an evening of exceptional moments last night, when a crowd of music enthusiasts and supporters gathered at the Frederick Loewe Theater at the NYU Steinhardt School for the inaugural Master Session with Jimmy Webb, followed by the SHOF annual scholarship presentations and showcase. After welcoming remarks by Robert…

Jun 15

SESAC Hosts 15th Annual New York Music Awards

SESAC awarded Rico Love with top honors at the “15th Annual SESAC New York Music Awards” when he was named Songwriter of the Year at the event which was held May 11, at Manhattan’s IAC Building . Hillary Scott of multi-platinum powerhouse trio Lady Antebellum took home Song of the…

Jun 8

2011 Annual Awards Gala Presenters And Performers Announced

BILLY JOEL, DWIGHT YOAKAM, BILL MEDLEY, BOZ SCAGGS, CHRISSIE HYNDE, DOMINIC CHIANESE, JIMMY JAM, NICKOLAS ASHFORD AND VALERIE SIMPSON, SAM MOORE, SKYLAR GREY, AND TRISHA YEARWOOD ANNOUNCED TO PRESENT AND/OR PERFORM AT THE 2011 SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME ANNUAL INDUCTION AND AWARDS GALA

PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED INDUCTEES INCLUDE JOHN…

Jun 7

BMI Songwriters Win Big at 2011 Ivor Novellos

BMI’s international songwriting family enjoyed a big night at the 56th Ivor Novello Awards, the august ceremony celebrating the writers behind the UK’s most finely crafted hits of the year. While many UK writers are members of their home country performing right organizations, BMI represents them in the United States…

Jun 6

RAB, BMI and MIW Present 4th Annual ‘Rising Through the Ranks’ Seminar

Alison Smith, Senior Vice President, Performing Rights at BMI, and “Rising Through the Ranks” Alumna Taja Graham to Deliver Keynote Addresses

Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB), BMI and Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio Group (MIW) will continue to enhance women’s knowledge and expertise in radio sales management with…

May 26

SESAC Composer Lab

On April 20, SESAC held the first-ever Composer Lab at the performing rights organization’s chic new Hollywood offices featuring a panel of the best professionals in the business.  Composers Jeff Beal (Appaloosa), Christophe Beck (The Hangover), Danny Lux (Grey’s Anatomy), John Swihart (How I Met Your Mother) and moderator John…

May 24

SongHall Workshop Reunion Nights in NYC!

The SongHall “Writer Workshops” have become a special place for talented, up and coming writers to hone their craft, expand their writing through assignments, and meet industry professionals. Over the course of 8 weeks, the group becomes each other’s support network and trusted second ear. By the end of the…

May 23

SESAC at Key West Songwriters’ Festival 2011

SESAC showcased some of music’s most talented tunesmiths at the “16th Annual Key West Songwriters’ Festival” during the event’s entertainment-packed five-day run.  At SESAC’s annual Brunch and Showcase such top Nashville-based songwriters as Brian White, Lance Miller, Rob Hatch, Nathan & Cary Barlowe, Rebecca Lynn Howard and Lee Brice performed…

May 18

BMI Foundation Presents Outstanding Service Award To New York Youth Symphony

The BMI Foundation has presented the New York Youth Symphony with a special Outstanding Service Award and a $25,000 grant acknowledging the organization for their “outstanding contributions to music education and excellence in performance over many decades.” In making the presentation, BMI Foundation President Ralph N. Jackson said, “we are…

May 17

Jimmy Webb To Be Inaugural Guest Of New Master Session Series

Scholarship Presentations and Musical Showcase to Follow

NYU Steinhardt School and the Songwriters Hall of Fame have announced that Jimmy Webb, chairman of the Songwriters Hall of Fame (SHOF), will be the inaugural guest of its recently announced Master Session Series at NYU.  The inaugural session will take…

May 12

The California Copyright Conference Goes Global

The California Copyright Conference (CCC) presented a summit on international music rights on Wednesday, April 13th, 2011. Titled “Music Rights: A Global Perspective,” the evening brought together a panel of international music executives, each of whom shared valuable information regarding their territories and their perspective on global music rights in…

May 9

ASCAP Composer Zhou Long Wins Pulitzer Prize for Music

ASCAP composer Zhou Long has been awarded the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Music for his opera, Madame White Snake, which was premiered by the Boston Opera in February of last year. This was Zhou’s first opera and tells the story of a snake demon that chooses to take on a…

May 4

Mighty Seven Songs’ Randi Razzano Visits Workshop “C”

The SongHall’s Writers Workshop welcomed a visit from Mighty Seven Songs creative director Randi Razzano. Her music industry experience includes stints at Mercury/Island and Motown records. Randi listened to songs from the workshop group and discussed her role as a publisher and manager in todays ever-changing world of music. The…

May 4

Chaka Khan To Receive Howie Richmond Hitmaker Award

Previously Announced Inductees Include John Bettis, Garth Brooks, Leon Russell, Billy Steinberg & Tom Kelly and Allen Toussaint

NEW YORK, NY- May 3, 2011 –Songwriters Hall of Fame Chairman Jimmy Webb announced today that Chaka Khan will be the 2011 recipient of the prestigious Howie Richmond Hitmaker Award

May 3

ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO Begins!

April 28-30, 2011
Renaissance Hollywood Hotel • Los Angeles, CA

You have the music. You have the ambition. Now you have a place you can go to further your career.

The ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO puts you in the heart of ASCAP’s…

Apr 28

Troubadours Screening: One For The Records

On March 30th, the Songwriters Hall of Fame, GRAMMY Museum and Concord Records presented a special movie screening of Troubadours, a first-hand account of the genesis of the singer-songwriter movement, centering on the historic collaboration between Carole King and James Taylor, as well as on Jackson Browne, David Crosby, Joni…

Apr 25

SongHall Writers Workshop * 2011 - C

8 Sessions / 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM / Tuesdays
Classes meet on April 19, 26, May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 & June 7

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

Apr 19

BMI Partners with Boardwalk Entertainment for ‘Majors & Minors’ Reality Series

The Boardwalk Entertainment Group, in partnership with BMI and Sony Music Entertainment’s RCA /JIVE Label Group, has announced the launch of nationwide casting search for kids to be mentored by the biggest and most established artists in the music industry in a groundbreaking new reality series. Called “Majors & Minors,”…

Apr 13

BMI Heads to New Orleans for 2011 French Quarter Festival

The 2011 French Quarter Festival will highlight New Orleans’ signature music, food, and culture April 7-10 in the event’s historic neighborhood namesake. For the second consecutive year, the BMI day stage will feature 16 of the region’s finest up-and-comers on Saturday April 9 and Sunday, April 10, from 11 a.m.…

Apr 7

NYU And The Songwriters Hall Of Fame To Launch Master Session Series

New York, NY - April 7, 2011- Robert Rowe, director of music and performing arts professions at New York University’s The Steinhardt School of Education, Culture, and Human Development, and Jimmy Webb, Chairman of the Songwriters Hall of Fame (SHOF), have jointly announced that the two institutions will collaborate to…

Apr 7

New Writer Showcase Rocks The Bitter End!

It was an exciting evening of original songs and performances in front of a cheering audience at our most recent showcase. The talent ranged from our recent Writers Workshop members, veteran writer/performers, and up and coming new artists.  The evening was capped with a performance by the new group XELLE. …

Apr 4

ASCAP New York Sessions, A One-Day Music Career Boost

Once again, ASCAP will bring top songwriters, composers and producers together for a full day devoted to the craft, creativity and business of being a music creator, all to help you strengthen your skills, knowledge and connections. ASCAP New York Sessions will take place at the Kaufmann Concert Hall at…

Mar 31

SongHall Hosts Internatio​nal Music Students

The SongHall welcomed 30 music students visiting from the Hoptrup Efterskole in Denmark to join us at our SongHall Sunday Open Mike event, adding their distinctive voices to the evening. The students were brought to New York City to experience music programs and after the Efterskole’s Kasper Skytte contacted the…

Mar 30

SongHall Sunday….Let’s Do It Again!

SongHall Sunday at Tom and Toon, 241 West 51st St. 
4PM-9PM on March 27th! 

Tom and Toon is the place to be for member singer/songwriters to perform at the new SongHall open mike event. It’s a wonderful, creative way to spend a Sunday, networking with…

Mar 27

BMI to Host Judy Stakee Songwriter Workshop in Los Angeles

BMI will proudly host a one-day workshop with veteran music publisher Judy Stakee on Thursday, March 24, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the company’s Los Angeles offices (8730 Sunset Blvd. 3rd Floor LA, CA 90069). Designed to help participants strengthen their individual creative processes, the event will draw…

Mar 24

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 Carly Eden, Eugene Ruffolo, Megan Burtt & The…

Mar 22

SESAC at New Music Seminar

New Music Seminar completed a successful multi-day conference and event from February 14th through 16th, 2011, at NMS Revolution Hall at the Sheraton Universal Hotel.
The two day, three night conference included a symphony of five “movements” (focused discussions) over the course of two days, 12-18 minute Intensives…

Mar 21

Hit Factory Heats Things Up!

There’s no better way for songwriters to spend a Saturday than to hone their business and song crafting skills!  Eric Beall, A&R for Shapiro Bernstein Music, shared his expertise in helping all strategize their careers. Everyone received copies of Eric’s books “Making Music Make Money (An Insider’s Guide To Becoming…

Mar 21

New Workshop: The Hit Factory With Eric Beall

One-Day Intensive / 10AM-4:30PM / Saturday, March 19th, 2011
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This one-day workshop takes a strategic approach to building your songwriting business. It will focus on understanding your market and developing your brand, turning your songs into hits, and selling those hits to the…

Mar 19

Celebrating Jimmy Webb

SHOF Board Member and inductee Desmond Child graciously hosted a dinner party on the evening of March 10th at his NYC residence, in honor of new Chairman Jimmy Webb. The event was attended by SHOF Board Members, spouses and invited guests. Kate Ferber, recipient of the 2010 ASCAP Foundation Desmond…

Mar 14

SHOF Inductee Desmond Child’s Master Class in Songwriting

Desmond Child to Lead Three Special 20 Person Master Classes at ASCAP EXPO - Must be Registered by March 21st to be Considered!

Desmond Child has written more than 70 Top 40 hits, including “Livin ‘ On A Prayer,” “You Give Love A Bad Name,” “Dude Looks Like…

Mar 4

SongHall Writers Workshop * 2011 - B

8 Sessions / 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM / Wednesdays
Classes meet on March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 & April 6, 13, 20

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

Mar 2

SongHall Sunday A Success!

Tom and Toon was the place to be for member singer/songwriters to perform at the new SongHall open mike event. It was a wonderful, creative way to spend a Sunday, networking with and being entertained by other writers!  Tom and Toon provided a special food and bar menu with reduced…

Mar 1

Announcing “SongHall Sunday” Open Mike Night

February 27th 4PM - 9PM at TOM & TOON, 241 West 51st Street
A “Toon-full” way to come out and play on a Sunday in NYC! We welcome all SongHall members (don’t forget to sign up in advance!) to come and share a song or two in…

Feb 27

Writers Workshop Welcomes TheTapMusic.com

The Writers Workshop enjoyed a visit from Jarrett Cato, Music Supervisor, VP of TheTapMusic.com.

The Tap Music is a music research and licensing company that has been behind some of the most memorable and successful music-brand pairings in advertising history.  Specializing in broadcast commercial placements, Internet and TV,…

Feb 23

Songwriters Hall Of Fame Announces 2011 Inductees

John Bettis, Garth Brooks, Leon Russell, Billy Steinberg & Tom Kelly, and Allen Toussaint
to be Inducted June 16 in NYC

New York, NY – February 22, 2011 – Musical titans John Bettis, Garth Brooks, Leon Russell, Billy Steinberg & Tom Kelly and Allen Toussaint will…

Feb 22

ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO News

The 6th Annual ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO will be back at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel April 28-30, 2011. After all the excitement of this year’s action-packed three days, we can already imagine the great times and amazing connections we’re all going to make together in 2011.

Registration…

Feb 21

BMI Songwriting Workshop - New York

Starting February 2, the 2011 Contemporary Professional Songwriting Workshop will meet every Wednesday for eight consecutive weeks, excluding February 23rd, from 6:30-8:30 PM. The eight-week workshop is taught by renowned BMI songwriter Billy Sideman and is designed to help writers hone their skills by focusing on lyric writing, music theory…

Feb 16

SESAC Congratulates Grammy Award Winners!

SESAC Congratulation Lady Antebellum, Angela Hunte, Swizz Beatz and El Güero Y Su Banda Centenario on their Grammy wins at last night’s 53rd Annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.  Performances on the awards included Bob Dylan, The Avett Brothers and Mumford & Sons as well as…

Feb 15

John DeNicola Shares His Hits

A packed room full of songwriters listened intently as John DeNicola shared the story behind his songs “I’ve Had The Time of My Life” and “Hungry Eyes” featured in the classic movie Dirty Dancing.  He discussed the creation of the song and the pitch to the movie company, then played…

Feb 15

SongHall Mourns Inductee John Barry

The SongHall was saddened to learn of the passing of five-time Oscar-winning composer John Barry on Sunday. He was 77.

Born John Barry Prendergast, he recalled growing up “exposed to the fantasy life of Hollywood” at the eight theaters his father owned in Northern England. Barry, who was…

Jan 31

New SongHall Networking Events!

Here are two new events to warm the winter months:

SongHall Networking Meeting
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 10th , 6:00PM - 9:30 PM 


Location: SHETLER STUDIO, 244 West 54th St., 12th Floor - Studio 1

OPEN TO ALL!!!  A FREE EVENT!!!

Jan 21

Legendary Songwriter Jimmy Webb Elected Chairman Of The Songwriters Hall Of Fame

New York, NY, January 19, 2011: Multi-talented songwriter Jimmy Webb has been elected Chairman of the Board of the Songwriters Hall of Fame by its Board of Directors. Webb’s election follows Hal David’s decision last month to step down from the SHOF Chairmanship after more than a decade of distinguished…

Jan 19

SongHall Writers Workshop * 2011 - A

8 Sessions / 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM / Tuesdays
Classes meet on January 18, 25, February 1, 8, 15, 22 & March 1, 8

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

Jan 18

SongHall Mourns Margaret Whiting and Don Kirshner

The SongHall was saddened to learn of the recent passing of former Board Member and friend Margaret Whiting, and 2007 Abe Olman Publisher Awardee for Lifetime Acheivement in the Music Industry Don Kirshner.

Margaret Whiting, whose father was Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee Richard Whiting,…

Jan 18

ASCAP’s Top 10 Albums, etc. of 2010

It might surprise you to know that ASCAP staffers don’t just sit around silently and count your money all day. We listen to music too (some of us even make it in our spare time), and while of course we all support the act of music creation in general, we…

Jan 17

BMI Foundation Announces Opening of peermusic Latin Scholarship Competition

The BMI Foundation, Inc. has announced the opening of the 8th Annual peermusic Latin Scholarship, a competition for young songwriters and composers. Established by music publisher Ralph Peer II and funded by peermusic, a $5,000 scholarship will be awarded for the best song or instrumental composition in a Latin genre.…

Jan 14

BMI 101 Workshop: Los Angeles

BMI 101 is a one-hour introductory workshop for writers and publishers, covering the history of performing rights, the origins of BMI, and the current role that BMI plays in the music business, taking place in BMI’s Los Angeles office (8730 Sunset Blvd., 3rd Floor West, Los Angeles) on a bi-monthly…

Jan 10

ASCAP Lesson: Wendy & Lisa on The Art of Collaboration

Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman gave the “We Create Music” Blog its first ever video interview, right after they won the Emmy for their theme to Nurse Jackie. We thought it only appropriate that the songwriting/composing duo also inaugurate our “ASCAP Lesson” series. In the 25-odd years that Wendy and…

Jan 5

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