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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...

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… 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...

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