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Writing and Placing Songs Internationally


From MusicWorld, posted 7.28.14. With so many artists and producers writing or co-writing their own material, there seem to be fewer opportunities than ever for writers and music publishers to pitch and place songs. It’s become increasingly important to think outside the box when writing and promoting material—and that includes looking beyond our own borders.… Read more...

Songwriter’s Rendez-Vous Offers BMI Members 10% Discount


From News, posted 7.23.14. The Songwriter’s Rendez-Vous is a six-week series of songwriting mentoring sessions with music business veteran Suzan Koç. The purpose of the workshop is to understand the craft of songwriting, to expose yourself to the reality of the marketplace and ultimately to help you become a better songwriter. Every week your song will… Read more...

BMI Announces Lineup That’s Guaranteed to Rock LouFest


From News, posted 7.16.14. Broadcast Music, Inc. has announced the lineup for its second annual BMI stage at the LouFest Music Festival on September 6-7, 2014. Set in Forest Park, the heart of St. Louis, MO, the fifth annual LouFest Music Festival will feature nearly 40 dynamic bands ranging from funk and indie-rock to… Read more...

BMI CEO Michael O’Neill Adds Title of President


From News, posted 7.11.14. Broadcast Music, Inc. Chief Executive Officer Michael O’Neill has assumed the additional title of President, as he succeeds former President and CEO Del Bryant, who has retired after 42 years of continuous service to the Company. In May 2013, Bryant announced his upcoming retirement and in September 2013, the BMI… Read more...

Songwriters Hall of Fame Extends Deadline for Inaugural Song Competition


From News, posted 6.25.14. The deadline to enter the Songwriters Hall of Fame’s first-ever “Song Competition” has been extended to September 22, 2014! With valuable prizes that could immediately change the trajectory of your career, the competition is open to all amateur and professional songwriters and to Songwriters Hall of Fame members and non-members.… Read more...

How to Write and Pitch for Different Genres and Music Centers


From MusicWorld, posted 6.25.14. Great songs are at the heart of every style of music. But the process of writing and demoing those songs—as well as business practices—varies by genre, and is approached differently in various music centers. This article will examine those differences. How the Songs Are Written In… Read more...

BMI Bulletin Board: June 2014


From MusicWorld, posted 6.25.14. WORKSHOPS BMI 101 Workshop: Los Angeles BMI 101 is a one-hour introductory workshop for writers and publishers, covering the role that BMI plays in the music industry, basics of performing rights, and becoming a BMI affiliate. When: July 24, August 21, September 18, 2014, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.… Read more...

Hip-Hop Crooner August Alsina’s ‘Testimony’ Holds Nothing Back


From News, posted 6.11.14. New Orleans newcomer and recently signed BMI affiliate August Alsina leads the pack of BMI BET nominees with an impressive four nods, including Best New Artist and Best Male R&B Pop Artist. His debut album, Testimony, on NNTME/Def Jam Recordings, offers an inspirational tale of surviving one of America’s most treacherous… Read more...

Songwriter Equity Act Officially Introduced in Senate, Picks Up Key Co-Sponsor


From News, posted 6.09.14. On May 12, Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee (@SenAlexander) officially introduced S. 2321, The Songwriter Equity Act of 2014, in the U.S. Senate. Originally co-sponsored by Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) (@SenBobCorker) and Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) (@OrrinHatch), this companion bill to Rep. Read more...

BMI Bowls for Charity


From News, posted 6.06.14. BMI presented a celebrity bowling event for charity on June 5 at Bowlmor Atlanta. Sponsored by Ciroc and Crown Royal, the event consisted of six bowling teams led by actress Keshia Knight Pulliam, southern rapper Big K.R.I.T., gospel music troubadour Isaac Carree,  Atlanta Hawks basketball player Lou Williams, manager Chaka… Read more...

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