BMI Trademarks ‘Speed Dating For Songwriters’

Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) has filed for a trademark of its 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. 18, beginning at 4:30 p.m. with performances at 5 p.m.

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 whose paths may not have otherwise crossed. 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.”

During BMI’s Speed Dating for Songwriter initiative, 12-15 participants get acquainted, listen to each other’s music, and form collaborations as well as receive feedback. After the event, the writers are split into groups of three or four to pen a song, which they then perform six to eight weeks later in front of their peers and BMI’s Creative team.


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