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Celebrate the Value and Art of Songwriting as BMI and NYSRA Present "Nashville Meets New York"

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Admired BMI Singer-Songwriters Perform an Intimate Showcase at the Legendary
Cornelia Street Café on Monday, November 23rd


NEW YORK, NY November XX, 2015- Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) a global leader in music rights and The New York State Restaurant Association (NYSRA) present, “Nashville Meets New York,” on Monday, November 23rd, as part of The Cornelia Street Café’s beloved Sound Exchange showcase. This intimate evening will feature acclaimed BMI-affiliated songwriters as they share the stories behind some of country music’s biggest hits written for superstars such as Tim McGraw, Sugarland, The Band Perry, Jason Aldean and many more.

After almost 40 years of showcasing up-and-coming songwriters, the Cornelia Street Café welcomes back veterans of the Greenwich Village music scene, Carolyne Mas and David Massengil, who back in 1977 hosted the first-ever Sound Exchange event.  They will join award-winning BMI songwriters, Jeff Cohen and Dylan Altman for an evening that promises to mesh the spirit of Music Row with the New York-centric Greenwich Village.  Each artist will share how their songs went from pen and paper to the top of the charts.

With songs featured in hit films and TV shows including “Army Wives” and “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” as well as the top 20 of Billboard’s Hot 100 chart, Jeff Cohen has written for top artists like Evan and Jaron, The Band Perry, and Josh Groban to name a few. After almost 20 years in Nashville, Dylan Altman has recorded with country music’s finest, resulting in three #1 Country songs including Jason Aldean’s “Take A Little Ride,” Tim McGraw’s “Watch the Wind Blow By,” and Jake Owen’s “Barefoot Blue Jean Night.”

As a bar and restaurant owner, Robin Hirsch, owner of the Cornelia Street Café, recognizes the importance of giving aspiring songwriters a place to showcase their work. "The key series of our early years was the Songwriters Exchange, in which songwriters gathered in one room on Monday evenings and were allowed, by their own rules, to sing only what they had written that week.  Thousands of songs were born on those Monday nights as well as the careers of dozens of artists. Now after 38 years of presenting artists in every conceivable genre, it is wonderful to go back to our roots, which began with [legendary singer-songwriters like] Bob Dylan and Joan Baez.”

Dan Spears, BMI’s Vice President of Industry Relations, commented, “BMI is proud to team up with the New York State Restaurant Association to give back to a long time BMI customer and Association member. The Cornelia Street Cafe has always been a huge supporter of our songwriters and we are excited to partner with the NYSRA to bring this unique show to this legendary music venue."

Don’t miss your chance to experience the value and art of songwriting with BMI, NYSRA, and Cornelia Street Café. 

Monday, November 23rd at 6PM
Cornelia Street Café
29 Cornelia St, New York, NY 10014
Tickets- $10.00 plus $10.00 minimum purchase

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Celebrating 75 years of service to songwriters, composers, music publishers and businesses, Broadcast Music, Inc. ® (BMI®) is a global leader in music rights management, serving as an advocate for the value of music. BMI represents the public performance rights in more than 10.5 million musical works created and owned by more than 700,000 songwriters, composers, and music publishers. The Company negotiates music license agreements and distributes the fees it generates as royalties to its affiliated writers and publishers when their songs are performed in public. In 1939, BMI created a groundbreaking open-door policy becoming the only performing rights organization to welcome and represent the creators of blues, jazz, country, and American roots music. Today, the musical compositions in BMI's repertoire, from chart toppers to perennial favorites, span all genres of music and are consistently among the most-performed hits of the year. For additional information and the latest BMI news, visit, follow us on Twitter @BMI or stay connected through Broadcast Music, Inc.'s Facebook page.



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