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Writing and Placing Christmas and Holiday Songs

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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...


BMI Bulletin Board: October

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From MusicWorld, posted 10.14.16. 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: November 15, 2016, January 10, April 18, 2017, 12:30 - 4:30 PM. Where: BMI’s Nashville offices (10 Music Square… Read more...


BMI Presents “Americana in the Park” in Atlanta, GA

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From News, posted 10.13.16. BMI is proud to present “Americana in The Park,” two Friday nights of not-to-be-missed performances at Park Tavern (500 10th Street NE) in Atlanta. Performing the first night of the two-part concert series on November 11 will be GRAMMY -winning singer-songwriter Bonnie Bishop along with hard-hitting rocker Lilly Hiatt who… Read more...


How to Write and Pitch Songs for the J-Pop and K-Pop Markets

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From MusicWorld, posted 9.13.16. J-Pop and K-Pop, respectively, refer to wildly popular (and lucrative) genres of pop music recorded in Japan and South Korea. In many instances, these songs garner airplay and sales in additional Asian countries, and are sometimes translated into Mandarin for promotion in the Chinese market, as well. Young hopeful artists… Read more...


BMI Bulletin Board: September

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From MusicWorld, posted 9.13.16. 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: November 15, 2016, 12:30 - 4:30 PM. Where: BMI’s Nashville offices (10 Music Square East, Nashville, TN) Who: Aspiring… Read more...


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