Opportunity: BMI Foundation Announces Opening of 15th Annual John Lennon Scholarship Competition


The opening of the 15th annual John Lennon Scholarship program has been announced by the BMI Foundation, Inc. The 2012 program will award three scholarships to U.S. college student songwriters. Prizes totaling $20,000 will be given for the best original songs submitted to the competition.

Established by Yoko Ono in 1997 in conjunction with the BMI Foundation, these annual scholarships honor the memory of one of the preeminent songwriters of the 20th century, John Lennon. Made possible through generous donations from Ono with matching funds from Gibson Musical Instruments, the program has awarded more than $300,000 to young songwriters over the last 14 years.

According to Samantha Cox, Director of the competition, the program is open to U.S. college students and alumni/alumnae ranging in age from 17 to 24. All lyrics and music must be original. The deadline for entries is April 13, 2012. Competition online.

The BMI Foundation, Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation founded in 1985 to support the creation, performance, and study of music through awards, scholarships, commissions and grants. Tax-deductible donations to the Foundation come primarily from songwriters, composers and publishers, BMI employees and members of the public with a special



Opportunity: Free Webinar For Hypebot Readers: Holiday Music Marketing & The New Digital Consumer

You define your target consumer, and then you plan your marketing campaign to reach them. This holiday season, however, the market has become more fragmented. NARM and eMusic are offering a webinar this Thursday December 1st sharing insights into the new music marketing landscape. Hypebot and MusicThinkTank readers get in free.

This webinar offers an understanding of the digital music consumer breakdown and insights learned from third party research conducted by eMusic. It will take a look at some of the holiday’s biggest trends for the digital music industry, and how they will affect specific consumer segments.

You can register .  Hypebot and MusicThinkTank.com readers get in free using the code: webinar-100

What webinars would you like to see in 2012?

NARM has issued a Call For Presentations to be presented by NARM and in 2012 If you have anything that you’d like to see explore or a program that you’d like to present, contact NARM .



Opportunity: Music In Media Industry Professionals (November 19, 2011)

  MIMIpro™ – definitely not your parents industry mixer! This sexy two-night event will climax the HMMA experience with high level networking and dealmaking that makes red bull seem like a sleeping aid! Get up close and personal with top industry movers & shakers that will be on hand to connect and meet HMMA artists and members. Groovy music, tasty appetizers and full bar set the ambiance for connecting while Award winners, Industry luminaries and Celebrities deliver candid and revealing interviews live in the mid-century styled lounge.  MIMIpro is the latest iteration of perfecting work & play from HMMA and a stellar way to crescendo your HMMA awards experience. All HMMA members, guests, friends and awards attendees are welcome to this complimentary and priceless 2 day experience!  All ages and free admission!

Take advantage of the HMMA’s exclusive group rate at the world-famous Hollywood Renaissance Hotel & Spa!  Make your reservations before Oct. 28th to take advantage of this great offer!

MIMIpro™ (Music In Media Industry Professionals)
Nov. 18 & 19, 2011
7pm-10pm (both nights)
The Renaissance Hotel & Spa Lobby Lounge
1755 N. Highland Avenue
Hollywood CA 90028

Live broadcast via both nights beginning at 8:00 PM (Pacific Standard Time)



Opportunity: Songwriters Law Seminar (October 29 2011)

Please join Beame & Mencher LLP at The Living Room in NYC on Saturday, October 29th, 2011 from 4:00pm – 6:00pm for Verse II of Songwriters Law Seminar – a three-verse series exploring the business of music, songwriters, and music publishing. Verse II will be held on Saturday, October 29th and Verse III on Saturday, November 19th. Register for Verse I ($40.00) or the Three Verse Package ($100.00). Space is limited!

To register, visit

Verse Two: Publishing Contracts (& Other Licensing Deal Terms) : October 29th, 2011 4:00pm at The Living Room 

In part two of the seminar, we’ll introduce the role of the music publisher. This part explores the different types of publishing agreements and the particular deal points to be negotiated. We will also discuss the major deal terms of any licensing contract, focusing on licenses for film, television, commercial, and video games. At the conclusion of this seminar, we’ll discuss the importance of treating your career like a business and walk you through the steps for creating your own business as songwriter/self-publisher; and we’ll present the additional factors a business person should consider in creating a full-fledged publishing company.

• The role of a music publisher.
• Material contract terms of a co-publishing and administration agreement.
• Other music licenses and the important deal points to negotiate.
• Starting your own music company – business formation 101.



Opportunity: BMI 101 Workshop: New York

BMI 101 is a one-hour introductory workshop for writers and publishers, covering the role that BMI plays in the music industry, basics of performing rights, and becoming a BMI affiliate.

This Workshop will take place in BMI’s New York office (7 World Trade Center, 250 Greenwich Street, 30th floor) from 12:00-1:00 PM on the fourth Thursday of every month.

Admission is FREE! SPACE IS LIMITED. Please RSVP with the total number of guests by email to Haley Hard at HHard@bmi.com.

Dates of BMI 101 Workshop
August 25
September 22
October 27
November 17
December 22
(Note: Dates are subject to change)



Opportunity: ASCAP EXPO 2012 – Special Pre-Launch Sale October 28-31, 2011


From October 28th through October 31st, get the lowest EXPO registration price we’re offering all year during our special Pre-Launch Sale – available exclusively via the and the

Registration to the ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO (April 19-21, 2012) includes:

  • Admission to 3 full days of info-packed panels and workshops on a wide range of subjects
  • Admission to evening performances
  • Chance to connect with the best in the music business
  • Opportunities to have your songs and lyrics heard by experts and peers
  • Dozens of Exhibitor booths and Sponsor Sessions as well as an ASCAP Room for your questions
  • Networking ’til you drop
  • A Kick-Off Reception (with the EXPO picking up the tab for the snacks, beer and wine)Additional Opportunities Available

: By purchasing Video Access for $40 during registration, you can watch dozens of hours of panels you missed, re-experience a panel you loved, and catch all of those “only at the EXPO” moments. You will get a passcode after the EXPO to view the panels at your leisure from any computer.

: This is your chance to get advice, solicit feedback and talk with a professional face-to-face about you! The One-on-One Sessions are each 15 minutes long and are available with a $30 processing fee on a first-come, first-served basis. There are only 500 of them and each year they sell out.

: The Lunch Roundtables were a huge hit last year so we are bringing them back! On Friday, April 20th, we will be holding Lunch Roundtables in Twist Restaurant, near the EXPO Registration desk. During this 75 minute event, attendees will be served lunch and will get to meet with industry professionals and panelists – four total – in small group settings. The cost is $40 and the 175 seats will go quickly.

Check back soon

Cancellation/Refund Policy
Cancellations received prior to February 1, 2012 will receive a full refund, less a 15% processing fee. Cancellations received between February 1, 2012 and April 1, 2012 will receive a 50% refund. There will be no refunds after April 1, 2012. To cancel, please call (702) 798-8315 or email ASCAPcustomercare@rhq.com.



Artist Revenue Streams: FMC seeks working musicians for research about changes in artist revenue streams

As one component of our Artists Revenue Streams project, FMC is conducting an online survey from Sept 6 – Oct 28, 2011 to gather crucial information about the ways that US-based musicians and composers are currently generating income from songs, recordings or performances, and how this has changed over the past five years.

FMC urges US-based musicians and composers who are 18 years of age or older to participate in this online survey. Your participation is both voluntary and anonymous. There are no questions that identify you as an individual, and your data will be aggregated with thousands of other musicians.

By participating in this survey, you are contributing to something much bigger than simply providing us with some information about your life and musical work; the results will provide a rich snapshot of the complex nature of being a musician in the 21st century.

We will be sharing the data with organizations, advocates and musicians nationwide in 2012, and it will help us to ensure that policymakers and consumers understand the financial realities of musicians today.

Questions? Technical issues with survey? Email survey@futureofmusic.org |



Opportunity: Durango Songwriters Expo Offers BMI Members Discounted Registration


BMI will sponsor the Durango Songwriters Expo, slated for October 6-8 in Boulder, Colorado at the Omni Interlocken Resort just outside the city. The Colorado countryside will be transformed into a songwriter’s ideal networking and workshopping hotspot. Approximately forty industry pros will be on site to lend hands and ears, from hit songwriters including , Glenn Phillips, and Tim Fagan, to publishers, music supervisors and other executives such as BMI’s Casey Robison, Director of Writer/Publisher Relations in the organization’s Los Angeles office.

More than 200 attendees are expected. Each songwriter will have three listening sessions, showcase or open mic opportunities, as well as the chance to meet and co-write with other music creators.

BMI songwriters, composers and publishers may take 10% off standard registration rates.

For more information, please visit .



Opportunity: IFP Independent Filmmaker Conference

Taking place at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center (144 West 65th Street) during the 33rd annual Independent Film Week (formerly IFP Market), IFP’s five-day Filmmaker Conference: The Future of Film is the must attend event that welcomes the independent film community to take an active role in debating where filmmaking is going next.

Now in its new home at the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, the event will be more intimate and provide greater access than ever before. The Independent Filmmaker Conference brings together top business executives, filmmakers, producers, distributors and new media pioneers for daily case studies, debates, one-to-one “Conversations With,” – and new this year, in-depth master classes on topics ranging from financing your narrative feature to audience building and outreach.

This is more than just a conference – it’s an opportunity for the audience to talk back and to add their voice to the future of film.



The ASCAP Foundation Paul Cunningham Songwriters Workshop

The ASCAP Foundation Paul Cunningham Songwriters Workshop

September 2, 2011

New York, NY

The ASCAP Foundation Paul Cunningham Songwriters Workshop focuses on the discovery, development and education of a select, advanced group of songwriters. The workshop features prominent guest speakers giving advice on topics including A&R, music publishing, artist management, legal issues, etc. Participants will also write and demo-record a new song during the course of the workshop. Past workshop speakers have included songwriter Andy Marvel (Jessica Simpson, Diana King, etc.) and A&R guru and producer Steven Ferrera (American Idol, Kelly Clarkson, Rod Stewart, Natalie Imbruglia, etc.).

The ASCAP Foundation Paul Cunningham Songwriters Workshop in New York is part of an ongoing series of workshops sponsored by The ASCAP Foundation to nurture and encourage songwriters. The ASCAP Foundation funds this workshop through a bequest from lyricist Paul Cunningham, president of ASCAP from 1956-1959. In 1981 The ASCAP Foundation received a bequest from his wife Florence Bennett Cunningham who instructed that the royalties from her husband’s works were to be used to aid worthy American composers of musical compositions.

In connection with Paul Cunningham Songwriters Workshop, The ASCAP Foundation also has a cash award, thanks to the generosity of Patty Allen, wife of the late ASCAP songwriter member, Bob Allen, writer of such classic Pop songs as “Chances Are,” “It’s Not for Me to Say” and the seasonal favorite, “Home for the Holidays.” The ASCAP Foundation Robert Allen Award is presented annually to an ASCAP songwriter participating in ASCAP’s New York Extended Songwriting Workshop who upholds the high standard set by Bob Allen in the writing of popular songs.

How to apply: Submit a CD containing two original songs with typed or neatly written lyrics, along with a brief resume or bio and a written explanation as to why you would like to participate in the workshop. Materials should be sent to the following address:

Attention: The ASCAP Foundation Paul Cunningham Songwriters Workshop
1 Lincoln Plaza
New York, NY 10023

There is no fee or charge to participate in the workshop; however, chosen participants will be responsible for their own transportation, housing and all other living expenses. The workshop is open to all composers regardless of their current performing rights affiliation. Please also note that materials submitted to ASCAP for consideration will not be returned.

Workshop dates: September 12, 14 and 26, 2011

Deadline: September 2, 2011



Opportunity: Converse Offers Free Studio Time to Aspiring Musicians

Brooklyn’s Rubber Tracks allows artists to record their music — and retain all rights — at no cost. The footwear company sees the studio as a way to help musicians “overcome one of the biggest hurdles in their career: affording studio time.”

A free recording studio grows in Brooklyn: that’s the unofficial theme of a Converse-sponsored community initiative to provide aspiring artists with the means to record their own music.

Converse Rubber Tracks, which opens today in Williamsburg, features state-of-the-art equipment designed by Grammy-winning producer/engineer Allen Sides along with access to a team of experienced engineers at no cost. Artists also retain all rights to the finished tracks.

Gear was donated by Guitar Center and includes instruments and amps by Fender, Gibson and Marshall, among other brands. The shoe company sees the studio as a way to help musicians “overcome one of the biggest hurdles in their career: affording studio time.”

The first New York area bands to book time at Rubber Tracks include funk/R&B group Aabaraki (Brooklyn, NY), psych rock group Majuscules (Brooklyn, NY) and the pop-punk Super Rocket Car (New Brunswick, NJ).

Said Ra Ra Riot’s Rebecca Zeller in a statement released Wednesday: “Knowing how hard it is to make a living as a musician and the amount of money it takes to get into a studio of that caliber, it’s unbelievably generous for Converse to provide it for free… Coupled with the fact that artists retain all rights to their music is a testament to Converse.”

The studio teams up with the first ever east coast Grammy Camp on August 2 to 8, during which students will have a front row seat to the recording experience, but viewers at home can also check out exclusive content from Rubber Tracks at the .




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