BMI SPONSORED ISLAND HOPPER SONGWRITER FEST BRINGS OVER 70 SONGWRITERS TO SOUTHWEST FLORIDA
Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) recently sponsored the sixth annual Island Hopper Songwriters Festival presented by the Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau and co-sponsored by iHeartMedia. The ten-day festival spanned across Captiva Island, Fort Myers Beach and Downtown Fort Myers and promoted music creators and songwriters while also bringing in extra income to the local bars, restaurants and hotels.
The 2019 Island Hopper Songwriters Fest attracted diverse crowds to Southwest Florida featuring more than 70 BMI songwriters performing across 21 venues. The goal of the festival was to highlight the art of songwriting while boosting the local economy during a notoriously slow travel season by bringing locals and tourists into the hotels and restaurants, and this year’s festival attendance based on venue capacity increased by 16% compared to 2018. The Island Hopper Songwriters Festival has always been a way to help give back to the BMI-licensed businesses in Southwest Florida who have supported BMI songwriters throughout the years with the licensing fees they pay.
Ryan Hurd entertains the crowd in Downtown Fort Myers at the 2019 Island Hopper Songwriter Festival.
BMI songwriters gathered for a team photo at the annual Island Hopper Songwriter Fest VIP reception hosted by South Seas Plantation on Captiva Island.