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  1. Del Bryant, Music's Royal Son, Looks Back Ahead of His Retirement

    June 09, 2014 2:45 PM EDT His mom and dad wrote The Everly Brothers' classics, but Del Bryant built his own legacy among songwriters at BMI. This is an extended version of an article first published in the June 14th issue of Billboard Magazine . It's one thing to ...

  2. Licensing Hearings in June Expanded, to Include David Israelite, Neil Portnow

    June 04, 2014 3:58 PM EDT Witnesses from around the music business are set for two House Judiciary Committee hearings that will help shape the future of music licensing. The first hearing, previously announced, will take place on Tuesday, June 10th at 10am ET. Billboard ha ...

  3. U.S. Dept. of Justice to Review ASCAP and BMI Consent Decrees

    June 04, 2014 2:16 AM EDT The antitrust division of the U.S. Dept. of Justice has opened a review to exam whether its decades-old ASCAP and BMI consent decrees should be amended or, as some publishers hope, sunsetted and eliminated. The consent decrees impose regulations ...

  4. Mychael Danna, Mark Mothersbaugh Win at BMI's Film/TV Awards

    May 15, 2014 12:31 PM EDT Mark Mothersbaugh, Danny Elfman and Brian Tyler picked up three awards each for their work on films and television series May 14 at BMI’s annual Film/TV Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. BMI composers scored films that grossed more than $5 bil ...

  5. Stevie Nicks Takes Home BMI Icon Award

    May 14, 2014 8:17 PM EDT Stevie Nicks was the lady of honor at last night’s 62nd Annual BMI Pop Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, the bash at which the songwriters and music publishers behind the year’s most-performed pop songs are rewarded. Related A ...

  6. BMI Head Del Bryant to be Presented with Visionary Leadership Award at Songwriters Hall of Fame

    April 28, 2014 6:12 PM EDT Industry vet to receive the prestigious honor at Induction and Awards Dinner, June 12 in New York City. BMI President Del Bryant will become only the second individual honored with the Visionary Leadership Award at the 45th Annual Songwriters Hall ...

  7. Cobain's Catalog Rights to Stay with BMI Through Q1 2015

    April 14, 2014 2:53 PM EDT While SESAC has cut a deal to represent the complete Kurt Cobain catalog -- as the organization announced on April 7 -- for the remainder of this year, a good portion of the late songwriter's catalog rights will remain with BMI. Related Nirva ...

  8. Composer Mychael Danna to Receive BMI's Richard Kirk Award

    April 07, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Oscar-winning composer Mychael Danna will receive the Richard Kirk Award at BMI’s 2014 Film & Television Awards. Danna will be honored for his career on May 14 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills.   Known for blending non-western mu ...

  9. American Authors, Betty Who, Phox, Rock BMI/Billboard Acoustic Brunch at SXSW

    March 15, 2014 2:14 PM EDT Boasting perhaps the most stellar lineup in its seven-year history, BMI and Billboard's Acoustic Brunch on the lawn of at the Four Seasons kept the mimosas flowing just as steadily as the hit tunes. American Authors, currently at No. 16 on th ...

  10. Carlos Vives Serenades Wife at BMI Latin Music Awards: 'How Can I Not Write Beautiful Songs?'

    March 12, 2014 3:54 PM EDT Award acceptance speeches are usually the kind of thing one tolerates politely. But Carlos Vives took things to a whole new level during the BMI Latin Music Awards March 11 when he got up to perform after accepting the BMI President’s award. Playi ...

  11. Carlos Vives, Espinoza Paz, Roberto Tapia Top Honorees at BMI Latin Music Awards

    March 12, 2014 1:00 AM EDT Espinoza Paz and Roberto Tapia, two regional Mexican stars who have also emerged as critically acclaimed and commercially successful composers, were the top winners at BMI’s 21st annual Latin Music Awards, taking home BMI Latin Songwriter of the Y ...

  12. New Legislation Seeks to Modernize Copyright Act to Benefit Songwriters

    February 25, 2014 11:31 AM EST 47 1.09 k 271 17 A member of Congress has introduced legislation this morning aimed at ensuring that the Copyright Royalty Board also consider fair market value when setting songwriter mechanical royalty rates for digital services. The legislation was int ...

  13. Post Pandora Rate Court Ruling: Universal Music Publishing Re-Ups With BMI

    January 30, 2014 8:51 PM EST Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) has entered into a short-term deal for its entire catalog to remain a part of the blanket license offered by BMI to all music users. Like some other publishers, UMPG had announced it would withdraw digital r ...

  14. Wiz Khalifa, Alex Da Kid, Linda Perry, Charlie Wilson, Others Share Songwriting Stories at BMI's Pre-Grammy Panel

    January 26, 2014 5:58 PM EST 0 6.746 k 26 0 Similar to last year, when Snoop Dogg lit up during BMI’s annual pre-Grammy Awards “How I Wrote That Song” discussion, rapper Wiz Khalifa walked onto the stage Saturday (Jan. 25) at the House of Blues in Los Angeles puffing on a joint befor ...

  15. After Judge's Ruling, Publishing Companies' Digital Rights Withdrawal Anything But Clear-Cut

    January 14, 2014 3:18 PM EST While the BMI website says that four of the five largest music publishing catalogs have withdrawn from BMI, sources tell Billboard that most of those publishers have reached a stand-still agreement with digital music services and BMI while they ...

  16. Carlos Vives to Receive President's Award at BMI Latin Awards

    January 14, 2014 11:31 AM EST Capping off what’s possibly been the best 12 months of his career, Colombian pop/vallenato star Carlos Vives is set to receive the BMI President’s Award during the 22nd annual BMI Latin Awards, taking place March 11 at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Ve ...

  17. Pandora Ruling Has Far-Reaching Implications For U.S. Publishing Industry

    December 23, 2013 11:53 AM EST On Sunday, the smoke began to clear after a round of clarifications by Judge Louis Stanton's on his Dec. 18 ruling against Pandora in the BMI rate court. The immediate upshot is that Pandora--which is still petitioning the Judge to reconsi ...

  18. Watch Dean Dillon's Poignant BMI Icon Award Acceptance Speech In Full: Video

    November 06, 2013 6:33 PM EST Dean Dillon, who has penned hits for George Strait, George Jones, Kenny Chesney and more in his prolific career, was honored as the newest BMI Icon at Tuesday night's (Nov. 5) BMI Country Awards. After Strait, Chesney, Luke Bryan and Lee An ...

  19. BMI Reports Record Annual Collections, Distributions

    September 23, 2013 8:00 AM EDT BMI reported its highest collections in the year, taking in $944 for the year ended June 30, 2013. That represented a 5% increase over the nearly $899 million collected in the prior year. Moreover, the company paid out royalty distributions of ...

  20. BMI Names Michael O'Neill as New President and CEO

    September 06, 2013 11:44 AM EDT Del Bryant, BMI's long-serving president and CEO who has spent over 40 years at the organization and 10 as its head, will be succeeded by Michael O'Neill, it was announced today. O'Neill has been with BMI for 20 years and is movi ...

  21. Backbeat: BMI's Doreen Ringer-Ross Convenes Women Film & TV Composers, Hints at High Hopes

    August 28, 2013 12:47 PM EDT After a trip to International Film Festival of Cordoba, where she spoke on a panel -- "A Feminine Take on Music for Film" -- with Rachel Portman and Miriam Cutler, BMI’s Doreen Ringer-Ross thought it would be a good idea to revisit the ...

  22. Norman Winter, Music Publicist for Michael Jackson, Bob Dylan, Dr. Dre and MCA/Universal Records, Dies

    August 22, 2013 9:16 PM EDT Norman Winter, who in his long Hollywood career as a music publicist represented Michael Jackson, Bob Dylan,  Janet Jackson, Garth Brooks, Paul Anka and many  others, died Thursday in Las Vegas due to complications from Lewy Body disease, accord ...

  23. Backbeat: Billboard/Samsung Galaxy Film & TV Music Conference Advisory Board Luncheon at the W Hotel Hollywood

    June 27, 2013 11:03 AM EDT Billboard and THR hosted an exclusive luncheon for its Film & TV Conference Advisory Board members on Wednesday, June 26 at the W Hotel Hollywood. The event, powered by Samsung Galaxy and led by Billboard editorial director Bill Werde and se ...

  24. Adam Levine Honored, Universal Top Publisher at BMI's Annual Pop Awards

    May 15, 2013 11:06 AM EDT Maroon 5 frontman and “The Voice” judge Adam Levine received the President’s Award last night at the 61st annual BMI Pop Awards. Also honoring the 25 most-performed songs of the year, the ceremony presented statuettes to Universal Music Publishi ...

  25. Del Bryant, BMI President and CEO, Announces Retirement

    May 01, 2013 3:27 PM EDT Del Bryant, Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) President and Chief Executive Officer, today announced his decision to retire in June 2014, starting an orderly leadership transition over the next 14 months. Bryant’s decision to retire comes after workin ...

  26. Adam Levine to Be Honored at BMI Pop Awards

    April 08, 2013 7:19 PM EDT Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine will be presented with the President's Award at this year's Broadcast Music, Inc. Pop Awards, acknowledging his achievement in songwriting and his global impact on pop culture. “Adam has mastered the art ...

  27. Backbeat: Prince Royce, Horacio Palencia, UMPG Celebrate Wins at BMI's Latin Awards in Vegas

    March 28, 2013 10:38 AM EDT Talk of new albums and new deals swirled during the BMI 20th annual Latin music Awards, held March 21 at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. From left: Phil Graham, BMI SVP, writer/publisher relations; songwriter of the year winner Horacio Palencia; Mich ...

  28. Backbeat: Billboard & BMI's Annual SXSW Brunch Brings Together Movers and Shakers from Across the Biz

    March 18, 2013 12:38 PM EDT Another SXSW, another full lawn at the Four Seasons for Billboard and BMI’s annual Acoustic Brunch Friday, which kept the music and coffee flowing long after the fruit and breakfast burritos ran out. Sponsored by SunTrust and Southwest Airlines, ...

  29. Backbeat: BMI Dinner With 'Milius,' 'Twenty Feet From Stardom' 'Our Nixon' Directors and Composers at SXSW Film

    March 11, 2013 3:45 PM EDT   BMI was host to its annual SXSW dinner Sunday at Manuel’s that brings together directors, composers members of the media where the conversation generally concerns the quality of the films screening the anticipated premieres. Read All Our Backb ...

  30. Country Radio Seminar: Thomas Rhett, Warren Brothers Play BMI's WCRS Live Show

    February 28, 2013 10:46 AM EST Above, Thomas Rhett performs The Nashville Songwriters Association International has a motto: “It All Begins With A Song.” That bond between writer and song was celebrated Wednesday afternoon at the Country Radio Seminar with the annual WCRS Live! ...

  31. Universal Music Publishing Plots Exit From ASCAP, BMI

    February 01, 2013 4:10 PM EST On the heels of Sony/ATV and EMI striking a deal to directly license their music to Pandora , Universal Music Publishing has notified ASCAP and BMI that it too will no longer rely on the two performance rights organizations to negotiate digit ...

  32. Sundance Live: Dave Grohl, Muscle Shoals Tribute & Darlene Love in the Mix

    January 20, 2013 3:25 PM EST star-lined Dave Grohl party, a tribute to the music of Muscle Shoals, Ala., and legendary back-up singers stepping into the spotlight are among the music highlights on tap for the Sundance Film Festival. Park City Live, the former Harry O's, ...

  33. Hurricane Sandy Makes Its Mark on CMA Week

    November 02, 2012 7:39 PM EDT Hurricane Sandy left its mark on Nashville during a week filled with awards dinners and the annual CMA Awards. Billboard's FutureSound Conference, takes place November 15-16 in San Francisco. FutureSound will feature keynotes from the top min ...

  34. Luke Laird, Dallas Davidson, Sony/ATV Win Big at 60th BMI Country Awards

    October 31, 2012 4:30 PM EDT Big winners: Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson, Tom T. Hall and Luke Laird attend the 60th Annual BMI Country Awards at BMI on October 30, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Russell/Getty Images for BMI) "Take A Back Road" went cent ...

  35. Backbeat: Viral Jazz Singer Gregory Porter Shines In LA For BMI, KKJZ Execs

    September 26, 2012 9:05 AM EDT BMI director of media relations Marlene Meraz and KKJZ Long Beach (L.A.), Calif. air personality Brad L. Williams flank Gregory Porter after his show. (Photo: Teal Moss) Viral buzz may be all the rage. But good old word-of-mouth is still just as p ...

  36. Drake, Lil Wayne and Mariah Carey Top Honorees at 2012 BMI Urban Awards

    September 08, 2012 1:00 AM EDT (L-R): BMI president/CEO Del Bryant awards YMCMB honcho Bryan "Birdman" Williams the songwriter of the year trophies for both Drake and Lil Wayne, as BMI vice president, writer/publisher relations Catherine Brewton and BMI director, writ ...

  37. Francis W. Preston, 1928-2012

    June 14, 2012 7:30 PM EDT Former BMI ­president/CEO Frances Williams Preston, often referred to as "the best friend a songwriter ever had," died of congestive heart failure on June 13 at her home in Nashville. The tireless executive, whose early career duties inc ...

  38. Frances Preston Remembered by Dolly Parton, Linda Moran, Lamont Dozier, International Publishing Execs, More

    June 13, 2012 3:03 PM EDT Frances Preston in her role as then-vice president of BMI. (Photo: Billboard Archives) The music community was saddened today by news of the passing of Frances Williams Preston, longtime head of BMI and one of the pioneering female executives in t ...

  39. Frances Preston Remembered by Rosanne Cash, Del Bryant, Joe Galante, Many More Execs and Songwriters

    June 13, 2012 11:47 AM EDT The music community was saddened today by news of the passing of Frances Williams Preston, longtime head of BMI and one of the pioneering female executives in the music industry. This morning, many of the artists she helped and executives she work ...

  40. Frances Preston, Former BMI CEO and Pioneering Female Exec, Dead at 83

    June 13, 2012 10:13 AM EDT (Photo: Richard Patire) Frances Williams Preston, longtime president/CEO of BMI, a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and a pioneering executive in the music industry, died this morning in Nashville from congestive heart failure, according t ...

  41. NMPA CEO David Israelite On What He'll Discuss At Annual Meeting

    June 12, 2012 8:46 PM EDT As music publishers convene in New York Wednesday for the National Music Publishers Assn. (NMPA) annual meeting, NMPA president/CEO David Israelite says he will address some of the same issues that he covered in his Congressional testimony last we ...

  42. Backbeat: Rolfe Kent Receives Career Achievement Honor at BMI Film and TV Awards

    May 17, 2012 3:12 PM EDT BMI president and CEO Del Bryant, BMI Richard Kirk Award recipient Rolfe Kent, and BMI vice president of film and television relations Doreen Ringer Ross pose during the 2012 BMI Film & Television Awards. (Photo: Randall Michelson/Wire Image) ...

  43. Pitbull, Songwriters, Publishers Honored At BMI Latin Awards In Las Vegas

    March 31, 2012 1:00 AM EDT Entertainer Pitbull received the BMI President's Award and top industry songwriters and publishers were also recognized at the 19th annual BMI Latin Music Awards at the Encore Las Vegas on March 30. Pitbull, known for his energetic musical an ...

  44. News You May Have Missed During the Annual SXSWi P.R. Barrage

    March 23, 2012 12:42 PM EDT Onesheet Mobile, like many tech companies, introduced it's latest product initiative during SXSWi If you were busy before, during and after SXSW, you may have missed some news items during the annual SXSW press release barrage from Onesheet, ...

  45. Pub Briefs: BMG Chrysalis Signs Bruno Mars; Carole King To Receive BMI Icon Award

    March 23, 2012 7:00 AM EDT BMG Chrysalis Signs Bruno Mars - BMG Chrysalis US has signed an exclusive worldwide publishing deal with Bruno Mars, whose debut album, "Doo-Wops & Hooligans," has scanned 1.7 million units so far in the U.S., according to Nielsen So ...

  46. Photos: Rev Run, RZA, DJ Khaled Talk Songwriting @ BMI 'How I Wrote That Song' Panel

    February 15, 2012 4:00 PM EST Rev Run, Joel Madden, Benjamin (Benji) Madden, RZA, Red One, DJ Khaled talk to an audience about their work at BMI's "How I Wrote That Song" panel the Key Club in West Hollywood. (Photo: David Livingston/WireImage) Some of music ...

  47. The Future of Cloud Music Debated by Publishers, Rights Holders, Digital Services @MIDEM

    January 31, 2012 11:49 AM EST From left: CISAC director general Olivier Hinnewinkel, who introduced the panel; moderator Emmanuel Legrand, a journalist and consultant; Scott Bagby, head of strategic partnerships at Rdio; Richard Conlon, BMI senior VP of corporate strategy, com ...

  48. Shazam Reacquires Audio Recognition Technology from BMI, Renews Partnership

    November 29, 2011 9:00 AM EST Shazam announced today that it has reacquired ownership of its Audio Recognition technology from business partner BMI in a new agreement that will allow the music discovery app company to expand its services. The new agreement reinstates Shazam� ...

  49. Backbeat: George Clooney, Alexandre Desplat Share Notes On Film Scoring

    November 18, 2011 9:26 AM EST "The Ides of March" trio, from left, editor Stephen Mirrione, director and star George Clooney and composer Alexandre Desplat. Hours after recording his score for "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" in New York Tuesday, compo ...

  50. BMI Board of Directors Elects Susan Davenport Austin As Chairman

    October 18, 2011 8:34 PM EDT Susan Davenport Austin was elected chairman of the board of directors of BMI on Tuesday, making her the first woman and first African-American elected to serve to the post. She succeeds Jack Sander. Austin, most recently vice chair of BMI's b ...

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