The Country Music Association’s popular CMA Songwriters Series is taking its first ever European vacation February 22-25, 2012 with performances scheduled for London, Belfast, and Dublin. BMI has joined as a partner on the event, which will be dubbed CMA & BMI Present the CMA Songwriter Series.
“The CMA Songwriter Series began in 2005 in New York and has expanded to cities across the United States including Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Nashville, and Washington D.C.,” said CMA CEO Steve Moore. “The popularity of our music overseas and the appreciation the audience in the U.K. has for our songwriters made this a good fit and an opportune time to travel the series abroad. And it is terrific to have BMI as a partner in this exciting initiative.”
As usual, Bob DiPiero will host the proceedings and perform. Additional songwriter performers include country artist/songwriter favorites Bill Anderson and Clint Black.
“I think it’s great,” noted Anderson. “I’ve toured there several times as an artist, and have always been amazed at the fans’ depth of knowledge concerning Country Music. This will be my first time appearing as a writer. I have a feeling that I’ll find great interest in how the songs are created, as well as performed.”