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  1. 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 ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. Billboard's Women In Music 2011: Barbara Cane

    October 01, 2011 12:00 AM EDT No. 37 Barbara Cane VP/GM of writer/publisher relations, BMI Website: BMI.com Twitter: @bmi Barbara Cane oversees the creative activities of BMI's writer/publisher staff in Los Angeles, dealing with pop, alternative, rock, indie and adult con ...

  4. Backbeat BMI Urban Music Awards With Icon Snoop, Drake, Wiz, RZA, More (Gallery)

    August 27, 2011 10:22 PM EDT Iconography: Warren G, Daz Dillinger, The Game, BMI Icon Snoop Dogg, Kurupt, Charlie Wilson and Bootsy Collins (Photo: Maury Phillips) Hollywood's grand Pantages Theater, a former home of the Academy Awards, was the backdrop for BMI's an ...

  5. Drake, B.o.B., Lex Luger, UMPG Win Big At BMI Urban Awards; Snoop Dogg Honored

    August 27, 2011 3:01 AM EDT Drake took home his first songwriter of the year award during the BMI Urban Awards held earlier this evening (Aug. 26) at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood. B.o.B. and Lexus "Lex Luger" Lewis also made history as the youngest-ever BMI Ur ...

  6. 'Last Airbender,' 'Dexter,' 'Falling Skies' TV Composers Talk Shop at BMI Comic-Con Panel

    July 22, 2011 5:04 PM EDT Panelists Sara Colleton (executive producer, "Dexter"), Daniel Licht (composer, "Dexter"), Michael Dante DiMartino (executive producer, "Avatar: The Last Airbender"), Bryan Konietzko (executive producer, "The Las ...

  7. BMI CEO Hints at YouTube Deal During Film and TV Awards; David Arnold Receives Richard Kirk Award

    May 19, 2011 12:31 PM EDT LOS ANGELES -- BMI expects to sign a deal with YouTube within the next few weeks over rights payments, BMI president and CEO Del Bryant cryptically announced Wednesday at the BMI Film and TV awards gala. Bryant did not identify YouTube or its pare ...

  8. Lady Gaga, Jason Derulo, JR Rotem Win Songwriters of the Year Award at BMI's Pop Music Awards

    May 18, 2011 8:05 AM EDT Lady Gaga, Jason Derulo and JR Rotem were saluted as BMI's pop songwriters of the year at the organization's 59th annual Pop Music Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. Earning pop song of the year honors was the Lady Antebellum hit &quo ...

  9. Publishing Briefs: Eric Benet Signs Management Deal With Primary Wave

    May 05, 2011 9:49 PM EDT Eric Benet Inks Management Deal With Primary Wave -- Grammy Nominated R&B singer Eric Benet has signed a management deal with New York City-based Primary Wave Talent Management ( PrimaryWaveMusic.com ). This new management deal reunites Benet ...

  10. Donata Poveda Leads a Singalong, Luis Fonsi, Lenny y Max Tell Stories at Billboard Latin Music Conference Songwriting Panel

    April 27, 2011 2:28 PM EDT How I Wrote that Song Panelists: (from left to right) Donato Poveda, Luis Fonsi, Jorge Villamizar, Lenny and Max (Photo: Arnold Turner/A. Turner) Pitbull sadly could not make it to the "How I Wrote that Song" panel at the Billboard Latin ...

  11. In Panels And Lightning-Quick Collaborations, Rethink Music Conference Explores The Future

    April 26, 2011 12:09 PM EDT (Left to right) Ben Folds, Amanda Palmer, Damian Kulash, and Neil Gaiman at Mad Oak Studios, in Allston, Mass. Monday, preparing to write and record eight songs in eight hours (which ended up being six songs in 12 hours). (Photo: Phil Farnsworth) ...

  12. David Foster To Be Honored At BMI Pop Music Awards

    March 28, 2011 5:41 PM EDT Songwriter/producer/musician David Foster will be honored as a BMI Icon at the 59th annual BMI Pop Music Awards on Tuesday, May 17 in Los Angeles. The ceremony will honor publishers and songwriters of the most-performed pop songs in the United Sta ...

  13. Publishing Briefs: Clear, Carly Simon, BMG, ASCAP, Primary Wave, EMI, BMI And More

    March 23, 2011 5:40 PM EDT Oleclear acquires Music People clear , the new production music division of Canadian music publishing firm ole, has acquired the Music People, a Canadian production music company founded in 1974, according to an announcement from ole. As part of t ...

  14. Horacio Palencia, Espinoza Paz, Arpa, Universal Lead Winners At BMI Latin Music Awards

    March 11, 2011 10:33 AM EST Songwriters Horacio Palencia and Espinoza Paz, along with publishers Editora Arpa Musical and Universal Music Publishing Group were the lead winners at the 18th annual BMI Latin Music Awards, which took place at the Bellagio in Las Vegas Thursday. ...

  15. 'Anonymous' Hacker Group Attacks BMI Website

    March 09, 2011 3:09 PM EST In a defensive move against the Anonymous hacker group, BMI has temporarily taken down its website, the organization said in a statement today. The statement said that the denial-of-service attack has slowed down external access to BMI.com, but, i ...

  16. Guest Post: William Velez's Open Letter to the Music Industry on Radio Performance Rights

    February 22, 2011 7:01 PM EST With respect to the proposed sound recording performance right, one can sense that things are heating up once again and, frankly, "attention must be paid" (to quote Arthur Miller) to a bit of intellectual honesty. In the interest of disc ...

  17. Janelle Monae Honored at Essence Magazine's Grammy Week Celebration: Photo Gallery

    February 10, 2011 1:44 PM EST Essence magazine held court Feb. 9 at Playhouse Hollywood for its second annual Black Women in Music celebration honoring Janelle Monae for her "vision, creativity, artistry and style," in the words of Essence.com managing editor Emil Wi ...

  18. Taylor Swift, Sony/ATV Among Big Winners At BMI Country Awards

    November 09, 2010 12:00 AM EST Taylor Swift became the youngest person ever to win the BMI country songwriter of the year crown and Sony/ATV Music Publishing Nashville earned its ninth consecutive BMI country publisher of the year title on Tuesday night at the 58th annual BMI C ...

  19. BACKBEAT: THR/Billboard's Film And TV Music Conference - Its A Wrap!

    October 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT For full coverage of THR/Billboard's Film and TV Music Conference CLICK HERE. Now in its 9th year, THR/Billboard’s Film and TV Music conference offered attendees the unique opportunity to learn from, network and expose their music directly to ...

  20. BACKBEAT: BMI Rocks CMJ's 2010 Music Marathon

    October 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT BMI invaded Brooklyn on October 20 with its CMJ showcase at Bar Matchless. The line-up included seven promising acts: progressive pop artists, Debutaunts ; indie upstarts Lesands ; raucous rockers White Belt Yellow Tag ; Tennessee natives Heypenny ...

  21. BACKBEAT: Nashville Toasts Its Greats During The Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony

    October 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) and the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame joined together to toast Nashville's songwriting giants during the 40th Anniversary Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Dinner & Inductio ...

  22. BACKBEAT: The Year's Best Songwriting Celebrated At BMI London Awards

    October 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT On Oct. 6, BMI celebrated Europe’s songwriters, composers and music publishers during its annual BMI London Awards , which honored the most-performed songs of the year on U.S. radio and TV. PHOTOS: MARK ALLEN Del Bryant , BMI president/CEO and son ...

  23. GEMA, YouTube Heading To Court

    September 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The fight between YouTube and the German collection society GEMA is heading into the next round. GEMA announced today (Sept. 30) that they will file a case for principal proceedings in the next few weeks against YouTube. In August, GEMA failed at ...

  24. Lil Wayne, Polow Da Don Top Honorees At BMI Urban Awards

    September 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT For the second consecutive year, Lil Wayne was named urban songwriter of the year at Friday's (Sept. 10) BMI Urban Awards. Earning kudos as urban producer of the year was Polow da Don. And the Black Eyed Peas -- whose frontman will.i.am was a ...

  25. Latin Stars Unite For City Of Hope

    September 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Plácido Domingo and Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villarraigosa were among the VIPs who attended the official launch of "La Gota de la Vida" (The Drop of Life), the song and video recorded by 46 Latin stars -- including Enrique Iglesias, Glo ...

  26. BMI To Honor Don Black

    September 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT British songwriter Don Black will be honored as a BMI Icon next month. The lyricist's long career will be recognized at the U.S. performing right organization's annual London Awards on Oct. 5 at London's Dorchester Hotel. Black wrot ...

  27. BACKBEAT: Fred Foster, Kris Kristofferson and Willie Nelson Honored

    August 31, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The music community came together in Downtown Nashville on August 29 to celebrate pioneers Fred Foster, Kris Kristofferson and Willie Nelson with the seventh annual Leadership Music Dale Franklin Award . Vince Gill hosted the ceremony for a packed ...

  28. BACKBEAT: ASCAP, The Black Eyed Peas, Raphael Saadiq, President Clinton, Usher and many more

    August 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT ASCAP stopped by Dubway Studios in NYC on Auguest 10, where Taio Cruz was recording his iTunes Sessions, to congratulate Cruz on his #1 Billboard Hot 100 smash "Break Your Heart featuring Ludacris." Pictured here, from left, are Alexandr ...

  29. BMI Country Awards Set For November

    July 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The 58th annual BMI Country Awards will take place November 9 at the company’s Music Row offices in Nashville, according to the release. The event will be hosted by BMI president and CEO Del Bryant, along with Nashville writer/publisher VP Jody Wi ...

  30. Rachel Portman, Terence Blanchard Honored by BMI

    May 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Rachel Portman was honored with the Richard Kirk Award and Terence Blanchard received the Classic Contribution Award at BMI's annual Film/TV Music Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on May 19. The Richard Kirk Award is given to composers wh ...

  31. Portman, Blanchard To Be Honored At BMI Film & TV Awards

    April 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Rachel Portman will receive BMI's Richard Kirk Award for outstanding career achievement and Terence Blanchard will receive the Classic Contribution Award at the performing right organization's annual Film & Television Awards on May 1 ...

  32. BMI Aids White House With Intellectual Property Enforcement Strategy

    March 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT BMI has joined other U.S. Copyright organizations in supporting and commenting on the White House efforts to develop a coordinated intellectual property enforcement strategy. The comments were requested by the U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcemen ...

  33. Modest Juanes Accepts BMI Latin Award

    March 05, 2010 12:00 AM EST In accepting the president's award at the 2010 BMI Latin Awards, Colombian star Juanes forwent the pomp and circumstance usually associated with these events in favor of a more subtle, introspected celebration. "Like all my colleagues he ...

  34. Espinoza Paz Named BMI Latin Songwriter Winner

    March 05, 2010 12:00 AM EST Regional Mexican hitmaker Espinoza Paz was named BMI's Latin songwriter of the year for the third time in a row Thursday night, in a ceremony that also named Hussein Barreras' "Te Presumo" song of the year and Editora Arpa Musi ...

  35. Ad-Supported Guvera To Launch in U.S. on March 30

    February 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST Ad-supported music service Guvera announced at its New York City launch party that it will launch in the U.S. on March 30. The Australia-based company also announced at the Feb. 18 event that it has licensing deals with INgrooves, BMI, the Harry F ...

  36. Report: BMI Files Suit Against T-Mobile

    January 10, 2010 12:00 AM EST Performing rights organization BMI has filed a lawsuit in the U.S. Federal Court against mobile carrier T-Mobile USA for allegedly selling ringback tones without acquiring the proper licenses. A report in the Register says the lawsuit was filed on ...

  37. BMI Icon Donovan Honored In London

    October 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Sixties survivor Donovan was honored as a BMI Icon tonight at a gala evening in London's Dorchester Hotel. The Glasgow, Scotland-born singer/songwriter enjoyed 12 consecutive top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 during the 1960s, including &q ...

  38. Lil Wayne, T-Pain Top Songwriters At BMI Urban Awards

    September 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT R&B/hip-hop heavyweights T-Pain, Lil Wayne, Polow Da Don and Kanye West were among those honored at tonight's BMI Urban Awards. Sharing songwriter of the year accolades were T-Pain and Lil Wayne, while producers Polow Da Don and West were ...

  39. Music Industry Remembers Michael Jackson

    July 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT "[A specific memory?] I've got a big one. Thursday morning, 12:30 a.m. He finishes the three-hour rehearsal [at Los Angeles' Staples Center], he goes over and does a group hug with Frank Dileo and Kenny Ortega, then he comes over to ...

  40. BMI CEO Del Bryant Named Chairperson OF FastTrack Board

    June 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT BMI president and CEO Del Bryant has been named chairperson of the FastTrack board of directors, succeeding outgoing chair Prof. Dr. Jürgen Becker of the German Collecting Society GEMA. In addition, SABAM's Christophe Depreter, who will offic ...

  41. Lawrence Takes Top Honor at BMI Christian Awards

    April 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Donald Lawrence was named BMI Songwriter of the Year at the performing rights organization's annual Christian Music Awards held Saturday night, April 18, at the company's Nashville offices. "Never Would Have Made It," co-writte ...

  42. BMI Unveils Mobile Music Predictions

    March 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Performing rights group BMI has released 2009 sales predictions for the mobile music market. The organization predicts ringback tones will amass more than $235 million in U.S. sales by the end of the year, representing 15% growth over the $205 mil ...

  43. CD Album Sales Hold Steady In Germany

    March 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The German recorded music market has reported a decline in overall revenue for the 10th year in succession, but CD albums have not seen the double-digit year-on-year decline of other territories. In Berlin today (March 19), the German music indust ...

  44. Gospel Briefs: 'Sunday Best,' BMI

    February 19, 2009 12:00 AM EST -BET’s “Sunday Best” gospel singing competition begins its second season on March 8 (9 p.m. ET/PT). The weekly competition is hosted by Kirk Franklin, with BeBe Winans and Erica and Tina Campbell of Mary Mary serving as judges. First season winner ...

  45. R&B/Hip-Hop Briefs: Grammy Week, Guru, Chanj

    January 31, 2009 12:00 AM EST -Several urban music-themed events will be held during Grammy Week (Feb. 2-8.): The inaugural MyHangSuite Brunch (Feb. 7, noon-3 p.m.) will feature performances by 2008 Grammy nominees Heavy D, Janelle Monae and Wayna featuring Kokayi at the O Hot ...

  46. Opinion: Copyright Experts Must Be Proactive To Foster Change

    December 01, 2008 12:00 AM EST Earlier this year, BMI, in association with the Creative & Innovative Economy Center at the George Washington University Law School, launched Creative Industries in Transition, a series of symposia that focus on the future of creativity and in ...

  47. Beathard, Swift, Hank Jr., Sony ATV Big Winners At BMI Country Awards

    November 11, 2008 12:00 AM EST Casey Beathard, Taylor Swift, Hank Williams, Jr., and publisher Sony/ATV were the big winners at the 56th Annual BMI Country Awards, which were held Tuesday night (Nov. 11) at the performing rights organization's Music Row offices in Nashvill ...

  48. Icon Ferry Honored By BMI

    October 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Bryan Ferry was honored as a "BMI Icon" at a gala diner in London's Dorchester Hotel tonight. Ferry was added to a list that in recent years has included fellow Brits Ray Davies, Steve Winwood and Peter Gabriel at the 2008 installme ...

  49. Aronofsky, Mansell To Speak At Billboard Film/TV Music Conference

    October 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Director Darren Aronofsky and composer Clint Mansell will speak about their award-winning film "The Wrestler" at the Hollywood Reporter/Billboard Film/TV Music conference, to be held Nov. 13-14 at the Hotel Sofitel in Los Angeles. The pa ...

  50. Hank Jr. To Receive BMI Honor

    September 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Hank Williams Jr. will be honored as a BMI Icon at the U.S. performing right organization’s 56th annual Country Awards, which take place Nov. 11 at the company’s Music Row offices in Nashville. The black-tie, invitation-only gala recognizes the pa ...

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