Songwriter and producer, Bryan-Michael Cox hosted his 11th annual Society of European Stage Authors and Composers; SESAC brunch. The event, this year held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, honors the industry’s top musicians, producers and songwriters. Among the honorees are T.I., Dame Dash and Grand Hustle CEO, Jason Geter.

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Prior to the 2015 Grammy Award, Cox spoke with The Source about the importance of musicians being involved in SESAC, his start in songwriting and his big break. You’ll never guess what, or shall I say, who. “Iggy Azalea,” he exclaims. “That was my first placement and to have that nominate for a GRAMMY – and that was two years ago when she first took the song.”

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Why do you think it’s important to writers to join organizations like ASCAP, BMI or SESAC?

Cox: I think it’s important for songwriters all across the nation in ASCAP or BMI, SESAC. The pros really do this like this because this is how we stay connected. This is like our union … And most importantly, they pay us … And you know, it’s really about the relationships … It’s about the writers, the songwriting community, relating to one another, and the relationships turn it into business. You know what I mean? So you know, I come to the ASCAP brunch, and some writers that I haven’t seen in a year or two, I say “hey listen, I’m in town for the next week, come to the studio.” And that turns into copyrights. And next thing you know, all the promotions. The pros are sharing copyrights on a big record. So it’s really about unifying songwriters. That’s what I’m about. That’s what I’ve been about.

Where did you get your start in songwriting?

Oh, I’ve been an artist, I’m an Indian classical dancer so I just started doing music when I was 13 and I realized there are so many songs that other people can sing to, you write a song a day, that’s too many for yourself, so I just learned you can emote through different expressions if you work with other people.

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