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BMI Celebrates Best in Gospel Music at Trailblazers of Gospel Music Honors in Atlanta


From News, posted 1.14.17. BMI celebrated the best and brightest in gospel music tonight during its 18th annual Trailblazers of Gospel Music Honors at the Rialto Center for the Arts in Atlanta, GA. The night paid tribute to iconic gospel singer/songwriter Marvin Sapp and was hosted for the second consecutive year by previous Trailblazer… Read more...

2017 BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Music Honors to Celebrate Gospel Great Marvin Sapp


From News, posted 1.06.17. BMI will honor gospel music superstar Marvin Sapp at its 18th annual BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Music Honors at the Rialto Center for the Arts in Atlanta, GA on January 14, 2017. This inspirational event will pay tribute to the very best of the gospel music community, with former Trailblazers… Read more...

BMI Atlanta Celebrates Holiday Season with Future FreeWishes Foundation and Ciroc


From News, posted 1.04.17. The BMI Atlanta office celebrated the holiday season and the end of 2016 with a dinner sponsored by Ciroc and in partnership with Future FreeWishes Foundation. Hosted at American Cut Steakhouse, the intimate gathering was the perfect send-off of another successful year. Attendees included the BMI Atlanta staff, top-notch songwriters… Read more...

BMI President and CEO Mike O’Neill & peermusic Honored at AIMP Holiday Mixer & Benefit


From News, posted 12.20.16. Kicking off the holiday season and coming together in a spirit of giving, the Association of Independent Music Publishers (AIMP) Los Angeles chapter held its annual holiday mixer, awards presentation and benefit event at BMI’s LA office on Thursday, December 15, 2016. A great networking opportunity, the celebration also supported… Read more...

Writing and Placing Christmas and Holiday Songs


From MusicWorld, posted 11.28.16. Imagine receiving airplay and earning income from a song year after year and having that same song be recorded by multiple artists over a span of decades. That is what can happen with a holiday-themed song. For many songwriters and music publishers, landing a holiday recording that becomes the next… Read more...

BMI Hosts Americana in the Park


From News, posted 11.22.16. BMI’s Atlanta office hosted two back to back weekends of “Americana in the Park,” showcasing top songwriters in the genre, including GRAMMY award-winning songwriter Bonnie Bishop and rocker Lilly Hiatt the first Friday, and folk singer Faye Webster with the storied country-leaning Sonia Leigh on weekend two. Check out the… Read more...

How to Build Your Own Music Studio


From MusicWorld, posted 11.21.16. Over a decade ago in the pages of MusicWorld, I shared my experiences building a basic soundproofed recording space with attached control room. Since that time I’ve added a second, larger recording room, a live reverberation chamber as well as various other augmentations. Most of all, I’ve learned that home… Read more...

BMI Bulletin Board: November/December


From MusicWorld, posted 11.21.16. WORKSHOPS Jason Blume Songwriting Workshop: Nashville BMI’s popular Songwriters’ Workshop Series in Nashville is held monthly under the tutelage of hit songwriter and best-selling author Jason Blume. When: January 10, April 18, 2017, 12:30 - 4:30 PM. Where: BMI’s Nashville offices (10 Music Square East, Nashville, TN)… Read more...

BMI Mourns the Loss of Legendary Troubadour Leonard Cohen


From News, posted 11.11.16. BMI is saddened by the passing of one of the world’s most eminent songwriters, Leonard Cohen. For nearly five decades, Cohen’s music cut through the lines of traditional genres and was recorded more than 2,000 times by such diverse and renowned artists as Judy Collins, who recorded the timeless “Suzanne,”… Read more...

Take Your Songwriting to the Next Level by Adding a Twist


From MusicWorld, posted 10.14.16. To grab our listeners’ attention we need to separate our songs from the competition, and one way to accomplish this is by including an unexpected twist—an element of surprise. This article examines various ways to incorporate twists into lyrics and melodies. Story Songs With Surprise Endings “Ol’ Red” (written by… Read more...

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