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What You Can Learn From Cover Songs

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From MusicWorld, posted 5.23.16. Cover songs come in a variety of flavors, from radical reinterpretations with little resemblance to the original, to letter-perfect copies featuring nearly identical backing tracks (some even using the same make/model instruments and recording gear as on the original). While there are those who believe that a cover isn’t really… Read more...


BMI-Affiliated Songwriters Take Home Majority of Ivor Novello Awards

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From News, posted 5.20.16. BMI congratulates our members as well as international affiliates, who license their music through BMI in the U.S., for their impressive showing yesterday at the 61st Ivor Novello Awards, held at the Grosvenor House in London. Acknowledged as one of the most prestigious awards for music creators, the Ivors celebrate… Read more...


BMI Appoints Eddie Gulley as New CIO

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From News, posted 4.14.16. BMI is pleased to welcome Eddie Gulley as the Company’s new Senior Vice President/Chief Information Officer. Gulley, who is based in BMI’s Nashville office, will be responsible for BMI’s strategy and leadership in technology innovation, product and application development, network operations and project management. He will report to BMI’s President… Read more...


How Much Would You Pay to Advance Your Songwriting Career?

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From MusicWorld, posted 4.07.16. In their quests for songwriting success, many writers engage a variety of paid services. This article offers a glimpse at some of the companies and services that pitch songs for licensing in television and films, and those that pitch their members’ material for placement with recording artists, music publishers, and… Read more...


BMI to Honor Taylor Swift With First-Ever Taylor Swift Award at 64th Annual BMI Pop Awards

From News, posted 4.05.16. BMI will present Taylor Swift with an award bearing her name in recognition of her incomparable creative and artistic talent and influence on music lovers throughout the world. The first-ever Taylor Swift Award will be given at the 64th annual BMI Pop Awards on Tuesday, May 10, at the Beverly… Read more...


Music Apps for Fast Tracking Your Way to Success

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From MusicWorld, posted 3.14.16. It’s 9 o’clock at night, you’ve just switched off NCIS and suddenly, without warning, a full verse and chorus hook pops into your head out of nowhere, and it’s not a bad one at that. Knowing you’ve only got minutes until the song gods decide you’re not worthy and snatch… Read more...


BMI Mourns the Loss of Beatles Producer Sir George Martin

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From News, posted 3.09.16. BMI mourns the loss of legendary music producer Sir George Martin, who died Tuesday at the age of 90. Responsible for signing the Beatles to a recording contract in 1962, and, in fact, often referred to as the “Fifth Beatle,” Martin was the iconic group’s closest collaborator, producing almost all… Read more...


BMI’s British Affiliates Take 64% of BRIT Awards

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From News, posted 3.02.16. BMI proudly congratulates its British songwriters who had a terrific night at the BRIT Awards on February 24 at London’s O2. With their works licensed by BMI in the United States, all of these affiliates have garnered unstoppable international success, including Adele, who took home an incredible four awards. In… Read more...


Singer-Songwriter Deanna Signs With BMI

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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

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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...


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