Industry Ink: RIAA, Music Health Alliance, BMI

RIAA Gold and Platinum Certification Holiday Schedule


The RIAA will be closing the books for Gold & Platinum certifications early, on Friday, Dec. 9. After Dec. 9, 2016 they will not accept requests to certify any titles until after the first of the new year.

In an effort to allow industry members to submit fourth quarter certifications, the RIAA will temporarily suspend its 30-day physical album release requirement as shown below:

  • Released by Friday 11/11/16 – eligible for certification beginning Friday 12/2/16
  • Released by Friday 11/18/16 – eligible for certification beginning Friday 12/9/16


Music Health Alliance Sets Free “Get Covered” Seminar at BMI

Music health allianceNashville non-profit Music Health Alliance is working around the clock to offer assistance to members of the music community, ahead of the 2017 healthcare open enrollment deadline on Dec. 15. Music Health Alliance, in partnership with MusiCares, will offer a free “Get Covered” seminar on Tuesday, Dec. 6 at BMI (10 Music Square East) from noon to 2 p.m.

Those interested in attending should RSVP to Shelia Shipley-Biddy (

Music Health Alliance has provided free assistance to more than 450 members of the creative community as they navigate the complicated health insurance system. In that time, Music Health Alliance has helped realize nearly $1 million dollars in premium savings for its clients.


18th Annual BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Music Honors Names Honorees

Pictured (L-R): Kim Burrell, Marvin Sapp

Pictured (L-R): Kim Burrell, Marvin Sapp

BMI will honor Gospel music artists Kim Burrell and Marvin Sapp at the 18th annual BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Music Honors at the Rialto Center for the Arts in Atlanta, GA on Jan. 14, 2017. The event will pay tribute to the best of the gospel music community with former Trailblazers award recipient Yolanda Adams returning to the stage as host alongside gospel singer-songwriter VaShawn Mitchell.

The invitation-only event will be attended by gospel music’s top songwriters, stars, and industry executives. In addition to honoring Burrell and Sapp, BMI will also announce the “Most Performed Gospel Song of the Year.”

“BMI is thrilled to be back in Atlanta celebrating the brightest talent in gospel music today,” said BMI Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations in Atlanta, Catherine Brewton. “Kim Burrell and Marvin Sapp are paving the way for future generations of gospel songwriters by effortlessly crossing genres and exposing inspirational music to a wider audience. Both epitomize what it truly means to be a Trailblazer of gospel music and are positive role models in faith, charity and beyond.”


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