For seventeen years, now, BMI has been partnering with the Austin City Limits Music Festival in Austin, TX and bringing the most promising emerging acts from across the genre spectrum to its stage in Zilker Park. The list of singers, songwriters and bands who’ve assumed the BMI Stage at ACL is a formidable list of luminaries including GRAMMY-winner Maren Morris, Shakey Graves, Gary Clark Jr., Sweet Spirit, Alesia Cara, Jon Pardi, Ruston Kelly, Davie and Miranda Lambert, to name a few.
“I played the BMI stage at ACL Fest in 2017, after my first single went number one,” said Country-chart-ruling GRAMMY-nominated singer/songwriter Luke Combs. “I remember that the crowd was huge, and the energy was fantastic. It was one of my first festival stages and I really enjoyed the experience.”
As both a hotbed of music discovery for ACL attendees and a crucial catalyst for BMI’s affiliates, the BMI Stage at ACL Fest continues its mission this year. “We’re so excited to celebrate our first ACL Fest since the opening of our new Austin office earlier this year,” says Mason Hunter, AVP Creative, Nashville. “This has been a historic year for BMI and we’re so thankful to our partners at C3 for allowing us to continue investing in Austin’s music scene.”
In addition to regularly presenting emerging singer/songwriters and Country music’s rising stars, the BMI Stage has routinely shone a spotlight on local, homegrown talent who have swiftly been embraced by fans and the industry alike. Austin residents like Sweet Spirit, Shaky Graves and Gary Clark Jr. played the BMI Stage at ACL Fest in years past on their way to becoming the internationally renowned music creators they are today, helping to pave the way for BMI’s new office in the Lone Star state.
In keeping with the momentous debut of BMI’s newest location, this year’s BMI Stage at ACL will continue to push the envelope by presenting featured performances by Weyes Blood, BONES UK, Billy Strings, The Score, Chris Shiflett and Wrabel, among others.