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Singer-Songwriter Deanna Signs With BMI


From News, posted 2.08.16. Riding the wave of her new single “Ghost Love,” singer-songwriter Deanna met with BMI’s Executive Director of Writer/Publisher Relations for Europe & Asia, Brandon Bakshi, in the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago. During the meeting, Deanna signed on as an official affiliate of BMI. Catch her video, shot in beautiful… Read more...

The Signature Lick: What, How, Why and Where


From MusicWorld, posted 2.08.16. As songwriters, one of our primary goals is to discover and act on whatever will make our songs unique and recognizable. Typically, that job falls to the hook. Often, hooks are thought of as a part of the lyric that serves as the song’s main message as well as the… Read more...

Singer-Songwriter Amy Winehouse is the Subject of Oscar-Nominated Documentary


From News, posted 1.15.16. The life of six-time GRAMMY winner and BMI via PRS affiliate, Amy Winehouse, has been meticulously captured on film by director Asif Kapadia and James Gay-Rees in the newly Oscar-nominated film AMY. Winehouse, who tragically died in 2011, at the age of 27 from substance abuse, tells the story of… Read more...

BMI Mourns the Loss of David Bowie


From News, posted 1.11.16. Two days after the release of his last album, Blackstar, the legendary David Bowie, who gave the world, among so many iconic songs, “Changes,” “Space Oddity,” “Let’s Dance” and “Fame,” passed away at the age of 69. His music was an influence on too many rockers, punks, hip-hoppers, pop stars,… Read more...

To Bridge or Not to Bridge? Answers to Hit Song Structure Questions


From MusicWorld, posted 1.07.16. When I took my first songwriting workshop I had no idea that verses, choruses, and bridges were the primary building blocks used in popular songs. Nor did I know that the vast majority of the songs I listened to on the radio combined these components into one of four… Read more...

2015 Rewind: BMI Songs of the Year That Dominated the Airwaves


From News, posted 12.29.15. BMI’s Song of the Year award, given out at the Company’s annual awards shows, celebrates the track that received the most performances on U.S. radio and TV within that genre in the previous year. Here’s a look back and a chance to listen again to the songs that… Read more...

BMI Signs New Licensing Agreement With Pandora; Benefits Songwriters, Composers and Publishers


From News, posted 12.22.15. In a significant move that will modernize compensation in the U.S. for its affiliates, BMI is pleased to announce that it has executed a new, multi-year licensing agreement with music streaming service Pandora, which will result in improved performance royalties for BMI’s songwriters, composers and publishers. In connection with this… Read more...

BMI’s LA Office Hosts AIMP Holiday Mixer


From News, posted 12.17.15. 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 10, 2015. A great networking opportunity for AIMP members and… Read more...

BMI Songwriters and Composers Shine With 2016 Golden Globe Nominations


From News, posted 12.16.15. Whether eight-time nominee Alexandre Desplat or new to the world of film music Sam Smith, BMI is honored to represent the music of an impressive six 2016 Golden Globe nominees. The annual ceremony, which is the signature event of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFP), will mark the start of… Read more...

BMI’s SVP Ann Sweeney Named by Billboard as One of the Most Powerful Women in Music


From News, posted 12.14.15. BMI is proud to announce that Ann Sweeney, Senior Vice President of Global Policy and International, has been named by Billboard as one of the 50 most powerful women in the music industry. Since joining BMI last year, Sweeney has led several advocacy efforts in Washington, D.C., on behalf of… Read more...

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