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BMI Helps Shaggy Launch His Single ‘I Need Your Love’


From News, posted 7.27.15. BMI’s Executive Director of Writer/Publisher Relations for Europe & Asia, Brandon Bakshi, lent his support during the exclusive performance and launch of BMI songwriter Shaggy’s single “I Need Your Love.” Read more...

BMI Bulletin Board: July


From MusicWorld, posted 7.27.15. 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: August 11, September 15, 2015, 12:30 - 4:30 PM. Where: BMI’s Nashville offices (10 Music Square East, Nashville, TN) Who:… Read more...

The Art of Rewriting Songs


From MusicWorld, posted 7.27.15. It’s been said that great songs are rarely written—they are rewritten. Sometimes magic happens and we get a “gift”—a first draft of a song that truly needs no polishing. But more often, successful songwriters have to dig to find those gems. What is the chance that every word and every… Read more...

BMI Writers Take More Than 54% of 2015 BETs


From News, posted 7.01.15. The 15th annual BET Awards, which celebrate stars from music, television, radio, film and sports, was held at the Microsoft Theater in downtown LA on Sunday, June 28, with BMI superstars taking home more than 54% of the music category awards. In addition, BMI songwriter Janet Jackson was presented with… Read more...

BMI Composer Junkie XL Launches New Video Tutorial Series


From News, posted 6.30.15. BMI composer/artist Tom Holkenborg, also known as Junkie XL, renowned for his collaborations with Depeche Mode, Justin Timberlake and Coldplay, his video game music, and scoring films such as Mad Max: Fury Road, 300:Rise of an Empire and Divergent, recently launched a web tutorial series for aspiring musicians,… Read more...

7 Tips for Instantly Better Lyrics


From MusicWorld, posted 6.23.15. At its best, lyric writing is a magical mixture of creativity and storytelling that can bring your listener into a world you’ve created and hold them there for the length of your song. However, in order to create the perfect, tightly-scripted narrative that great lyrics possess, countless hours of writing… Read more...

Nile Rodgers to be Named BMI Icon at the 2015 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards


From News, posted 6.17.15. Broadcast Music, Inc. has announced that GRAMMY-winning composer, producer, arranger and guitarist Nile Rodgers will receive the BMI Icon Award at the Company’s 2015 R&B/Hip-Hop Awards, to be held Friday, August 28, at the Saban Theatre in Los Angeles. Rodgers, a musical architect of the influential band CHIC and perennial… Read more...

BMI Writers Honored With Ivor Novello Awards


From News, posted 5.28.15. Foreign songwriters, whose music is licensed in the U.S. through BMI, recently took home some impressive Ivor Novello Awards, including Best Song Musically and Lyrically, which was awarded to Hozier for his smash hit “Take Me To Church” and Songwriter of the Year, which went to pop powerhouse Ed Sheeran.… Read more...

Big Night for BMI Writers at 2015 Billboard Music Awards


From News, posted 5.20.15. Broadcast Music, Inc. affiliates took home the majority of the 2015 Billboard Music Awards, including songstress Taylor Swift, who earned an astounding 8 awards, including Top Artist, Top Female Artist and Top Billboard 200 Artist. Announced during a live broadcast from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas May… Read more...

What Kinds of Songs Work Best for TV and Film Placements — and How Do You Find Them?


From MusicWorld, posted 5.18.15. I asked this question to ten industry professionals who have great track records placing music in television shows and films. Their answers reveal some interesting information about the kinds of songs with which they typically have the most success—and the sources they use to find those songs. 1. The… Read more...

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