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David Yazbek Wins Coveted Awards For Best Music and Lyrics at 2019 Drama Desk Awards

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From News, posted 6.03.19. BMI extends its warm congratulations to its talented affiliates singled out for prestigious accolades at last night’s 64th Annual Drama Desk Awards at Town Hall in New York City. Lyricist/composer David Yazbek was recognized for his work in the new Broadway production of Tootsie, winning the awards for both Outstanding… Read more...


Musical Theatre Bookwriting Basics Workshop – Apply Now!

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From News, posted 5.23.19. This fall, BMI will again be offering a course to act as a prologue to the Lehman Engel Librettists Workshop. The year-long course, called “Musical Theatre Bookwriting Basics,” is taken by incoming members before joining the current librettists workshop. The course will be taught in two semesters by Adam Mathias… Read more...


BMI Congratulates its 2019 Tony Nominees

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From News, posted 4.30.19. This year’s Tony nominations reflect the immense contributions that BMI composers and songwriters have made to the theatre genre. We proudly acknowledge seven affiliates who have been nominated for the prestigious awards, which will be bestowed Sunday, June 9, at Radio City Music Hall in NYC, and will be broadcast… Read more...


BMI Congratulates its 2019 Drama Desk Award Nominees

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From News, posted 4.29.19. BMI is proud to congratulate David Yazbek, who has been nominated for two 2019 Drama Desk Awards: Outstanding Music and Outstanding Lyrics for his work in Tootsie. The tremendously popular Tootsie is also up for Outstanding Musical, as well as several other accolades. In addition to Yazbek, BMI affiliate Elaine… Read more...


The BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop Highlights Emerging Broadway Talent

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From News, posted 4.03.19. On Monday, April 1, the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop held a special performance of memorable songs created during this year’s workshop at the quaint Marjorie S. Deane Little Theater in New York City. This esteemed workshop has been cultivating rising talent since 1961 and fostered some of the… Read more...


BMI Congratulates Its 2019 GRAMMY Winners

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From News, posted 2.11.19. Music’s biggest night returned to Los Angeles’ Staple Center, last night, for the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards, and true to form, a robust showing of BMI affiliates went home with the gold.  Childish Gambino’s incendiary single “This is America” made history by being the first rap song to win both… Read more...


BMI Celebrates Its Songwriters at the 2018 Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

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From News, posted 6.20.18. Several legendary BMI affiliates were honored at the Songwriters Hall of Fame 49th Annual Induction & Awards Gala, held June 14 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City. This year saw the prestigious induction of BMI songwriters Bill Anderson, Steve Dorff, Allee Willis and Robert “Kool” Bell, George… Read more...


BMI Congratulates its 2018 Tony Award Winners

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From News, posted 6.11.18. The Band’s Visit swept the Tony Awards last night, winning an astounding 10 Tonys, including Best Musical, Best Original Score, and Best Orchestrations. Congratulations to all who are a part of this incredible production. Nice work! Below are the talented music creators who took home prestigious honors: Best Original Score: Read more...


BMI Congratulates its 2018 Drama Desk Award Winners

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From News, posted 6.04.18. BMI applauds its affiliates Yolanda Adams, Jonathan Coulton, Cyndi Lauper, John Legend and They Might Be Giants for their work on SpongeBob SquarePants, which took home the prestigious Drama Desk award for Outstanding Musical last night at Town Hall in Manhattan. This year’s Drama Desk awards considered shows that opened… Read more...


What Are The Key Elements of a Successful Musical Theatre Piece?

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From The Weekly, posted 5.15.18. Each month, different members of BMI’s Creative team give their feedback on burning questions asked by our songwriters and composers. This time, we asked Patrick Cook, BMI’s Director of Musical Theatre and Jazz: The most important element in a musical is that everyone is writing the… Read more...