August 3, 1993 |
BMI Unveils Corporate Use Accord: Broadcast Music Inc., a performing rights organization, announced what it called the first agreement to compensate songwriters and composers when their music is used by corporations, ranging from background music to sales presentations to company-sponsored aerobics classes. Companies would pay one annual fee based on the number of their employees, thus cutting the paperwork required. The agreement only covers BMI-licensed music.
August 19, 1991 |
Judge Upholds Effort for Music License Fees: A federal judge denied an antitrust claim by a coalition of cable television operators against Broadcast Music Inc., which holds the rights to more than 2 million musical compositions. U.S. District Judge Joyce Hens Green upheld BMI's effort to boost its revenue by requiring cable companies to pay a "blanket" license fee for music used in syndicated cable television programming.
May 17, 2000 |
Composer Thomas Newman received the Richard Kirk Award for Outstanding Career Achievement at Broadcast Music Inc.'s annual Film and Television Awards dinner Monday night at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel. Newman, 44, is a four-time Oscar nominee for the films "American Beauty," "The Shawshank Redemption," "Little Women" and "Unstrung Heroes." His other scores have included "The Green Mile," "The Player," "The Horse Whisperer," "Scent of a Woman" and "Fried Green Tomatoes."
January 5, 1991 |
Fourteen soul acts will compete tonight at the Hollywood Palladium in the finals of the BMI Showcase, a twice-monthly competition designed to open music industry doors for young talent. This is the culmination of the third annual series of contests. The winning act, chosen by a panel of record company talent scouts, will receive a $1,000 prize, plus 20 hours of free recording studio time and the chance to star in a video.
February 5, 1990 |
The cable-TV industry is trying to block a leading performance rights organization from collecting music royalty fees from both cable networks and local cable operators for the same transmission. The industry argues that the new plan by New York-based Broadcast Music Inc. would violate antitrust and copyright laws. BMI collects millions of dollars in royalty fees on behalf of songwriters, composers and publishers.