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BMI to Challenge 100% Licensing in Federal Court

BMINew York, NY -- ASCAP and BMI, the country's two leading performing rights organizations (PROs) collectively representing more than one million songwriters, composers and music publishers, have joined forces to fight the Department of Justice's (DOJ) recent interpretation of their respective consent decrees and to push for consent decree reform. United in their belief that the DOJ's decision to mandate 100% licensing will cause unnecessary chaos in the marketplace and place unfair financial burdens and creative constraints on songwriters and composers, the two organizations are pursuing a joint campaign: BMI through litigation and ASCAP through legislative reform.

Canadian Songwriters Inspire Claire Lynch's New Album

North By SouthNashville, TN -- Three-time IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year winner and 2016 nominee, Claire Lynch pays homage to Canadian songwriters through a set of bluegrass and Americana tracks on her new album North By South. Inspired by her recent marriage to a Canadian, Lynch began to dig into the vast catalog of songs written by Canadian songwriters. Working with Alison Brown in the producer’s chair, she delivers stand out versions of Ron Sexsmith’s “Cold Hearted Wind” with Jerry Douglas on Dobro, the catchy “Kingdom Come” written by Old Man Luedecke featuring Bela Fleck (banjo) and Stuart Duncan (fiddle) and the gorgeous maritime ballad “Molly May” written by Cape Breton’s J.P. Cormier. Lynch also offers thoughtful reinterpretations of songs by Lynn Miles (“Black Flowers”), Dave Francey (“Empty Train”) and Gordon Lightfoot (“It's Worth Believing”).

BMI Distributes Historic 75-Year High of $840 Million on $1 Billion Revenues

BMINew York, NY -- Broadcast Music, Inc® (BMI®), the global leader in music rights management, today reported that it had achieved the highest revenues and royalty distributions in the Company’s 75-year history for its fiscal year ended June 30th. BMI generated record revenues of $977 million, and distributed and administered more than $840 million to its songwriters, composers and music publishers. These results cap a ten-year period during which BMI has generated more than $8 billion in revenues and distributed royalties of more than $7.5 billion. BMI operates on a non-profit-making basis and returns more than 85% of all revenue to the musical creators and copyright owners it represents.

Lake City Faces Rocky Road to Rocky Top

Rocky Top AlbumLake City, Tennessee has a history of names which originated as Coal Creek, Tennessee. Last year, the town made a decision to change their name again to "Rocky Top, Tennessee" a ficticious town in the song "Rocky Top" and take advantage of the popularity of the song. The town was even going to create a "Rocky Top" theme park. Normally, a town name change is just a formality however, this time, there is an unusual twist.

Bluegrass Legend Del McCoury Thanked by Songwriters Ulisse and Salley

Ulisse, McCoury, SalleyNashville songwriters Donna Ulisse & Jerry Salley recently had the opportunity to thank Del McCoury in person for recording their song "Butler Brothers". The song is a tragic and chilling story song about two brothers fighting on different sides in the Civil War and has been included on the highly anticipated new album The Streets of Baltimore by the Del McCoury Band. Inspiration for the writing team came from a document Ulisse's husband acquired out of a courthouse in Virginia about his great-great-great-great grandfather fighting against his own brother.

Hit Songwriter Larry Cordle to Release All Star Duets Album

Larry CordleNashville, TN -- The long-awaited, highly-anticipated new album by iconic Nashville songwriter, Larry Cordle, is scheduled to be released on October 8th, 2013 on his own label, MightyCord Records. Already being touted as the pinnacle recording of his career, The Cord Files: All-Star Duets features 13 artists joining him on songs they put on their own previous albums (in all cases possible), but this time done with bluegrass or acoustic instrumentation. Duet partners include Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Alison Krauss, Kenny Chesney, Dierks Bentley, Terry Clark, Del McCoury, Diamond Rio, Ricky Skaggs, Travis Tritt, Kathy Mattea, Daryle Singletary, and Kevin Denney.

Songwriter Tom Douglas Saluted as Poet and Prophet on May 18

Tom DouglasNashville, TN -- Hit songwriter Tom Douglas will be honored at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum on Saturday, May 18, as the latest subject of the quarterly programming series Poets and Prophets: Legendary Country Songwriters. The 1:30 p.m. in-depth interview and performance, held in the museum's Ford Theater, is included with museum admission and free to museum members. The program will be streamed live at countrymusichalloffame.org.

2013 IBMA Bluegrass Songwriter Showcase Announced

IBMA Songwriter ShowcaseNashville, TN -- Have you written a new song that the bluegrass industry needs to hear? IBMA will host a Songwriter Showcase to feature the work of 10 selected songwriters during the World of Bluegrass Business Conference to be hosted in Raleigh, NC Sept. 24028. The exact date and time of the Songwriter Showcase will be announced in the future on the IBMA website.

CMA Announces First International Country Music Marketing Summit

CMA InternationalNashville, TN -- The Country Music Association has your passport to reaching and engaging the international marketplace. The Association’s mission is to help expand the format around the world and for the first time, CMA is presenting the International Country Music Marketing Summit, March 1 at Disneyland Paris. The Summit includes panels, research, and a CMA Songwriters Series event with superstars Wynonna and Sugarland’s Kristian Bush, hit songwriters Brett James and Dallas Davidson, and the summit will be hosted by Songwriter Hall of Fame Member Bob DiPiero.

Songwriter Allen Reynolds to be Honored as Poet and Phrophet

Allen ReynoldsNashville, TN -- Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame member Allen Reynolds will take a seat at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum on Saturday, October 6, as the latest subject of the quarterly series Poets and Prophets: Legendary Country Songwriters. The 1:30 p.m., in-depth interview and performance, held in the museum's Ford Theater, is included with museum admission and free to museum members. The program will be streamed live at CountryMusicHallOfFame.org.

Asheville Forest Music Signs Jamie Johnson and Susanne Mumpower-Johnson

Asheville Forest, Jamie & Susanne JohnsonNashville, TN --- Asheville Forest Music, a division of Crossroads Entertainment & Marketing, has announced the signing of songwriters, Jamie Johnson and Susanne Mumpower-Johnson (aka: Iodine). Jamie is known for his work with bluegrass music's super group, The Grascals.

CMA Songwriters Series Makes its Pittsburgh Debut

Rodney Atkins/CMA/ Nashville, TN -- The CMA Songwriters Series makes its Pittsburgh debut bringing some of Nashville’s best tunesmiths to Hard Rock Cafe Pittsburgh on Wednesday, Sept. 12 (8:00 PM show time, doors open at 7:00 PM). Rodney Atkins and Luke Laird will join host Bob DiPiero for a night of music and storytelling.

BMI Tailgate Party to Debut at 2012 CMA Music Festival

BMI Tailgate PartyNashville, TN -- BMI will help make downtown Nashville's beloved celebration of all things Country Music even bigger with the introduction of the BMI Tailgate Partyat 2012 CMA Music Festival, Thursday through Sunday, June 7-10, beginning at 4:30 PM. Located right off the Cumberland River outside LP Field, the new stage will feature a strong selection of BMI's songwriters and artists warming up the audience before they enter LP Field for the Nightly Concerts.

Nashville Songpluggers Join Forces for Better Song Placements

CMA Close Up/CMA/ Nashville, TN -- By Randy Rudder
At 5 PM on a balmy October afternoon, in the offices of Harlan Howard Songs just south of Nashville's Music Row, 15 female publishing executives are sitting in a semicircle around Sony Music Nashville artist Joanna Smith. In the center of the room is an assortment of hors d'oeuvres, cheeses and beverages, but no one seems to be indulging. Smith is pensive as she listens to the first verse and chorus of two songs from each publisher, responding with comments such as "pass," "kinda cute," "not for me," "nice groove" or "hold that one for sure."

Grammy Winning Songwriters and Producers to Support the SADS Foundation

SADS FoundationNashville, TN -- Renowned Nashville-based songwriters/producers Cordle, Jackson & Salley (also known as Larry Cordle, Carl Jackson, and Jerry Salley) will band together on August 18, 2011, to host a benefit concert on behalf of the Fore A Good Kaas Foundation to support the SADS Foundation. The concert is dedicated to the memory of Rob Kaas, a professional golfer who died prematurely at the age of 28 due to SADS – Sudden Arrhythmia Death Syndrome. All funds raised from this benefit concert will be donated to the SADS Foundation.

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