BMI, YouTube Reveal First Speed Dating For Songwriters In Nashville

BMI’s Leslie Roberts and YouTube’s Lindsay Rothschild pose before the performances. Photo: Steve Lowry/BMI

BMI and YouTube joined forces last night to bring BMI’s Speed Dating for Songwriters™ to Nashville after hosting other successful events in New York and Los Angeles. 

Eight weeks ago, twelve songwriters (four topliners, four artists and four track producers) took advantage of the unique opportunity to mingle and collaborate. Each writer spent exactly seven minutes with each of the other writers, listening to their music, providing feedback and getting to know each other. At the end of the night, they were paired off into four groups and tasked with writing a song within the next six to eight weeks. Last night, friends, family and industry VIPs met at BMI to hear the results. 

Top Row (L-R): Nick Wayne, Danielle Blakey, Cameron Montgomery, Jordan Minton, Johnny Dibb, Mikey Reaves, Joey Crouse. Bottom Row (L-R): BMI’s Leslie Roberts, Caroline Watkins, Emily Landis, Tia Scola, Parker Welling, YouTube’s Lindsay Rothschild. Photo: Allen Ralph/YouTube)


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