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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...

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 Supports Unsigned Acts at MPA/PRS Showcase in London


From News, posted 11.21.16. In keeping with the Company’s commitment to support and nurture aspiring songwriters, BMI Executive Director, Writer/Publisher Relations, Europe & Asia, Brandon Bakshi, recently attended a showcase presented by the Music Publishers Association in Partnership with PRS Foundation in support of three unsigned acts: CaStLeS, Calva Louise and Estee Blu. The… 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...

BMI London Attends “Songwriter Speakers” Event With Special Guest Martin Brammer


From News, posted 11.10.16. Acclaimed songwriter Martin Brammer was the special guest at the Songwriter Speakers event hosted by APRA AMCOS and the Australian High Commission at Australia House in London on November 10. The Ivor Novello-nominated Brammer was the main vocalist with the 1980’s pop rock trio Kane Gang and has since continued… Read more...

BMI London Helps Support Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Program


From News, posted 10.25.16. BMI’s Executive Director of Writer/Publisher Relations for Europe & Asia, Brandon Bakshi, was on hand at the Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Boxing Dinner on October 24, to support the charity organization’s efforts to bring the healing power of music to those in need. Held at the London Hilton Hotel, Park Lane,… 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...

Get to Know GRAMMY-Winning UK Writer Corinne Bailey Rae


From MusicWorld, posted 10.14.16. Corinne Bailey Rae’s self-titled debut turned her into a global superstar in 2006 – earning her two GRAMMYS, a BMI Pop Award and sales upward of four million albums. Her knack for warm, lush grooves may belie the fact that the U.K. native started out in an all-female band, Helen,… Read more...

Sting and Top Songwriters Honored at 2016 BMI London Awards


From News, posted 10.10.16. BMI proudly honored internationally-celebrated songwriter Sting as a BMI Icon today at the 2016 BMI London Awards. Music industry guests including Hozier, Rudimental, Snow Patrol, Disciples and Wayne Hector filled London’s Dorchester hotel to celebrate the UK and European songwriters, producers and publishers of the most-performed songs of 2015 on… Read more...

BMI and Frukt Celebrate Another Year of Monthly Showcases in London


From News, posted 10.07.16. BMI and Frukt recently celebrated the third anniversary of their monthly showcase, “The Fix,” held at The Social in London. The night featured an electrifying set from ex-Catfish and the Bottlemen member Billy Bibby and his band The Wry Smiles. Previous performers at “The Fix” have included Arrow Benjamin, Conrad… Read more...

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