International organisation BMI (Broadcast Music Inc) hosts awards every year to celebrate songwriters and composers in music. "BMI is the bridge between songwriters and the businesses and organizations that want to play their music publicly... BMI serves as an advocate for the value of music, representing over 17 million musical works created and owned by more than 1.1 million songwriters, composers and music publishers."
BMI payed tribute to UK singer/songwriter and composers by announcing the award winners at the start of October. These include the likes of Ellie Goulding for her song ‘Hate Me’ and ‘Close to me’. Niall Horan for co-writing 'Nice To Meet Ya', Caroline Ailin for co-writing ‘Don’t Start Now’ (recorded by Dua Lipa), and Camille “Kamille” Purcell was recognised for ‘Don’t Call Me Up’ (recorded by Mabel). Top of the list was for 'Song of the Year', ‘Dancing with a stranger’ by Sam Smith and Normani. Click Here for the full list.
What makes these awards so special is that all songwriters receive recognition even if they are not necessarily within the public eye. AWTY also couldn’t help but notice the amount of female songwriters receiving recognition and awards, a big change on previous years!
Given the current epidemic, naturally a normal ceremony was not able to take place with awards and speeches. Nonetheless artists readily responded to winning awards. Here you can see some of the winners messages. Despite some sectors of the music industry really struggling, it is not all doom and gloom. BMI had released in September some surprising news, that this
year has been the best income as they have been able to pay in royalties to their songwriters and composers.
As CEO, Mike O’Neil explained in Music Week:
“During this unprecedented year, our songwriters and composers’ incredible creativity, talent and resilience were beyond compare and truly inspiring.
"We were thrilled to be able to distribute our highest royalties ever and deliver them earlier than scheduled to help ease the concerns of our creators and publishers during this challenging time.
"BMI remains committed to supporting our affiliates during this crisis and beyond, and our team continues to work hard every day to protect the profession of songwriting and composing and ensure the ongoing creation of new music”.
Even though we wait for live music to return in its full glory it is fantastic to see that digital has boomed and to see so many song writers receiving recognition especially during these uneasy times.
See Music Week for Mike O'Neil's full comments