BMI Trademarks "Speed Dating for Songwriters"

Broadcast Music, Inc.® (BMI®), the music rights management, announced the recent trademark filing of its popular Speed Dating for Songwriters™ initiative. The next Speed Dating for Songwriters™, in partnership with YouTube, will showcase performances by Nashville’s rising stars at BMI’s office on Music Row (10 Music Square East) on Wednesday, Oct. 18th, beginning at 4:30 PM with performances at 5 PM.

Established in 2013, BMI’s Speed Dating for Songwriters™ initially began as a way to introduce and foster creativity among some of BMI’s most promising NYC-based songwriters, producers and artists. Since then, the program has expanded to Los Angeles and Nashville and spawned several success stories. After making a connection during a Speed Dating session, songwriter Mike Campbell went on to co-write Daya's Billboard chart-topping single, “Sit Still, Look Pretty" and Andrew Seltzer co-penned Maggie Rogers’ latest single “Split Stones,” which is currently featured in an ad campaign for The North Face.

“I am extremely proud of what Speed Dating for Songwriters™ has done for our affiliates,” said Samantha Cox, Assistant VP, Creative (NYC). “With this initiative, we have established a strong sense of community among our writers, fostering a thriving and supportive network of creatives. BMI is cultivating the next great generation of music creators and by providing our writers with this unique resource, Speed Dating is a testament to that commitment.”

Here’s how it works: 12 to 15 participants get acquainted, listen to each other’s music, form collaborative partnerships and obtain instant feedback, all in a short amount of time. After the event, the songwriters are then split up into groups of three or four and tasked with writing a song, which they will then perform six to eight weeks later in front of their peers and BMI’s Creative team. With the recent YouTube partnership, participants are also given an invaluable tutorial on how to increase fan engagement and viewership on the platform, and their performances are filmed in front of a live audience for each of the songwriters to share on their respective YouTube channels.

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