BMI Unsigned Urban Showcase: Atlanta
Warner Bros. Records rapper Curren$y will headline BMI’s 15th Annual Unsigned Urban Showcase, being held at Terminal West (887 West Marietta St NW, Atlanta, GA). G.O.O.D. Music’s Teyana Taylor will co-host the event alongside BMI Director, Writer/Publisher Relations Byron Wright. Doors open at 8 p.m.; the show begins at 9 p.m.
Aspiring artists from all urban genres, including r&b, rap and hip-hop, applied for the opportunity to perform at this lauded, star-spotting annual showcase. Four finalists were selected to compete in front of a panel of music industry heavyweights, including top executives, artists, producers, managers and attorneys.
Open to the public; attendees must be at least 18 years of age with valid identification. Tickets are $20 and are available for purchase by clicking here.
An acoustic evening featuring four singer/songwriters “in-the-round,” Acoustic Lounge offers intimate snapshots of promising up-and-comers. Attended by members of the Southern California songwriter community and industry decision-makers alike, the free showcase is held the first Monday of every month from 7 to 8 p.m. at Genghis Cohen (740 N. Fairfax Ave. LA, CA 90046).
Pick of the Month
BMI’s Pick of the Month is a monthly showcase highlighting a fierce new band or solo artist. Designed to elevate performers already poised for breakthroughs, the series further introduces auspicious up-and-comers to both the industry and general public in a top-tier Los Angeles venue for discounted admission. Past BMI “Picks” include Lady Gaga, Macy Gray, The Feeling and Counting Crows.
8 Off 8th
BMI and Yuengling Beer proudly present 8 off 8th, a free weekly showcase held 9 p.m. every Monday at Nashville music venue Mercy Lounge (1 Cannery Row off 8th Avenue South). Hosted by a rotating lineup of music community impresarios, each night features eight local (and sometimes nationally touring) artists and serves as ground zero for Nashville’s indie rock scene. Whether it’s launching fledging acts fresh out of the garage or showcasing the latest buzz bands, 8 off 8th’s rapid-fire three-song sets satisfy audiences chasing the next big thing.
BMI Presents at 12th & Porter
BMI Presents at 12th & Porter spotlights the lifeblood of the Nashville music community: songwriters. Tapped by BMI in recognition of their current potency or potential, the artists featured reflect the diverse hive of creators impacting today’s country charts and the evolving Music Row hit-making paradigm. The 6 p.m. show is free and held every other month at 12th & Porter (114 12th Avenue North).
BMI Buzz at the Basement
BMI Buzz at the Basement features hand-picked selections of young and hungry singer-songwriters worthy of a closer listen. The series revolves around four quarterly installments. Each show kicks off at 6 p.m., with appetite-wetting three-song sets from four consecutive up-and-comers ready for the mainstream. Shows are staged at Nashville trendometer venue the Basement (1604 8th Avenue South).
East Side Sounds
BMI’s East Side Sounds digs into and shows off Music City’s famously vibrant other side across the river. Staged at Rumours East (1112 Woodland St), the free quarterly showcase profiles independent artists whose freewheeling approaches to music-making are resulting in film and television placements, AAA and pop chart-climbing, and slots on critically acclaimed albums both inside and outside of the mainstream.
Pick of the Month
BMI’s Pick of the Month is a monthly showcase highlighting a fierce new band or solo artist. Designed to elevate performers already poised for breakthroughs, the series further introduces auspicious up-and-comers to both the industry and general public in a top-tier New York City venue for discounted admission. Past BMI “Picks” include Lady Gaga, Macy Gray, The Feeling and Counting Crows.
BMI’s layered approach to songwriter development comprises educational, creative and promotional opportunities, including workshops, showcase series, and stages and slots at other festivals including Lollapalooza, South By Southwest, the French Quarter Festival, Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, the Key West Songwriters Festival, Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits Music Festival, Sundance, Folk Alliance, MOBfest, AthFest, Florida Music Festival, Martha’s Vineyard Songwriters Festival, Sandestin Music Festival, Atlantis Music Conference, and more.