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BMI Congratulates its 2017 BAFTA Nominees


From News, posted 1.11.17. The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has honored several BMI composers with Best Original Music nominations to recognize their excellence in supporting films. In fact, BMI-affiliated composers created or co-created the music for four out of the five films up for the award. The prestigious ceremony will take… 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...

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...

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