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BMI Wins Pandora Rate Court Battle


From News, posted 5.14.15. In a victorious ruling for all BMI-affiliated songwriters, composers and music publishers, Broadcast Music, Inc. received a favorable decision from a New York Rate Court after a lengthy legal battle over the value of the BMI repertoire to the Pandora digital music service. The ruling concluded that the BMI proposed… Read more...

Foo Fighters Perform as David Letterman Goes Out With a Bang


From News, posted 5.21.15. Ending a historic 33-year career as the king of late night, David Letterman last night closed the final episode of the Late Show with one of his all-time favorite bands, the Foo Fighters. Introducing the BMI-affiliated band, whose founder and frontman is Dave Grohl, Letterman told the touching story of… 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...

BMI London Supports Artist and Manager Awards


From News, posted 4.22.15. Each year for the last four, the Artist and Manager Awards takes one night to celebrate the achievements of artists and managers, as well as some of those who have supported the MMF and FAC via their fine work in the music business. In honoring the art of the artist… Read more...

Finding Great Song Titles and Fresh Angles


From MusicWorld, posted 4.20.15. Your title and concept are the foundations upon which your entire lyric will be built. The strongest lyrics deliver listeners to the title, and the title is the logical conclusion of the lines that precede it. If you build on a weak foundation you’ll be facing an uphill battle to… Read more...

BMI Goes to the Netherlands for 2015 Buma Awards


From News, posted 4.01.15. BMI Executive Director of Writer/Publisher Relations for Europe & Asia, Brandon Bakshi, attended the second Buma Awards black tie ceremony on March 17, at Studio 21 in Hilversum, Netherlands. During an evening full of music, the Dutch society paid tribute to their composers and lyricists, as well as their music… Read more...

BMI London Attends CMA Songwriter Series at the 02


From News, posted 3.24.15. A truly international group gathered together onstage after the sold out “CMA Songwriter Series” concert held at the O2 Indigo in London on Friday, March 6, as part of the hugely successful Country to Country (C2C) show this year. Pictured (L-R) are: Butch Spyridon, President of the Nashville Convention &… Read more...

Show—Don’t Tell: 3 Steps to Writing Better Lyrics


From MusicWorld, posted 3.23.15. Our goal, when we share a song, is to evoke emotion in our listeners—to have them not only know what the singer is feeling, but to empathize—to feel the emotion. One of the most effective ways to achieve this is by bringing your audience inside the world of your… Read more...

BMI Writers Win 69% of 2015 BRIT Awards


From News, posted 2.26.15. Broadcast Music, Inc. songwriters deserve a big congratulations on their win of 69% of the 2015 BRIT Awards. Presented in London’s O2 Arena, February 25, 2015, the evening featured performances of “Bloodstream,” by British Male Solo Artist winner, Ed Sheeran, and chart-topping hit “Blank Space” by International Female Solo Artist… Read more...

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