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The Temperature is Just Right for Co-Writing in Bali


From News, posted 8.24.15. It can feel like a first date: sometimes the chemistry works, sometimes it doesn’t. When walking into a co-writing session, artist, producer, and songwriter meet, enter a confined space, and if there’s a creative spark, come out with a song. BMI, in partnership with the Invitational Group, founded by music… Read more...

What to Look For in a Demo Singer


From MusicWorld, posted 8.14.15. Running a Nashville recording studio for almost twenty years, I’ve seen - and heard - an incredible number of vocalists. When it comes to demo singers specifically, I’ve found that the best ones have a very specific and highly developed skill set that allows them to deliver beautiful, compelling renditions… Read more...

‘Drag Me Down’ Brings BMI Band One Direction Up


From News, posted 8.07.15. One Direction’s single “Drag Me Down” did anything but drag down the irresistible BMI band. The song was played 4.75 million times globally on Friday, July 31, setting a new Spotify record for one-day streams. According to Spotify, it’s also the first track ever to hit No. 1… Read more...

BMI Sees Hits Written at Abbey Road Songwriter Sessions


From News, posted 8.06.15. For the second year running, BMI hosted BASS Camp (BMI @ Abbey Road Songwriter Sessions), taking over Studio 3 at Abbey Road Studios in London. The three-day camp, held July 31 – August 2, is the only songwriting camp sponsored by a performing rights organization at the legendary studios, which… Read more...

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...

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