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How to Write Non-Visual Lyrics That Engage Listeners

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From MusicWorld, posted 4.12.18 “Show—Don’t Tell” is one of the basic tenets taught in almost every songwriting class. Writing cinematic lyrics—lyrics that incorporate visual imagery that listeners can envision like a movie in their minds—is often thought of as one of the most effective ways to connect with audiences. Cinematic lyrics do not spell… Read more...


Indie Spotlight: MOONZz

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From News, posted 9.14.16 Need proof that the music of electronic singer-songwriter MOONZz (aka Molly Williams) is sultry? Her single “Satisfy” was used in two Victoria’s Secret commercials for the Spring 2016 collection, leading to international success on iTunes’ Top Electronic Chart, peaking at number 8 in the U.S. Her new EP, Trust Cycles,… Read more...


Higher Learning: Josh Abbott Band Surveys the Music Scene

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From MusicWorld, posted 6.17.16 In 2006, Josh Abbott was just months away from earning his master’s degree at Texas Tech University when he decided to pursue music with his namesake band. The Josh Abbott Band, which he’d recently started with a couple of his fraternity brothers, was gaining momentum quickly, and Josh knew he… Read more...


BMI to Present 18th Annual Composer/Director Roundtable at 2016 Sundance Film Festival

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From News, posted 1.19.16 BMI will once again partner with the Sundance Institute to present the 18th annual “Music & Film: The Creative Process” Composer/Director Roundtable and 14th annual Snowball showcase during the 2016 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. The roundtable will take place on Monday, January 25, from 2:30 p.m. to… Read more...


BMI Writers Receive Multiple GRAMMY Nominations

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From News, posted 12.15.15 2015 proved to be another explosive year for BMI songwriters. In advance of the 58th Annual GRAMMY awards, BMI is very proud to congratulate all of our many affiliates who have earned impressive nominations for their musical contributions across a wide range of genres, including Taylor Swift and Maroon 5… Read more...


Indie Spotlight: Vinyl Theatre

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From News, posted 9.16.15 Milwaukee-based quartet Vinyl Theatre knows all about music’s power to unite. A shared dedication to cross-country track in high school and reverence for bands like The Killers, Two Door Cinema Club, Death Cab For Cutie and The Shins is what initially brought the band members together in 2012… Read more...


BMI Presents “Music & Film” Roundtable and Snowball Showcase at Sundance

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From News, posted 12.21.12 BMI’s 15th annual Composer/Director Roundtable and 11th annual Snowball showcase will take place Wednesday, January 23, during the 2013 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Entitled “Music & Film: The Creative Process,” the roundtable will begin at 11 a.m. and run until 1 p.m. at the Sundance House. The… Read more...


Death Cab for Cutie: The Importance of Being Earnest

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From MusicWorld, posted 11.16.11 Indie rock can be the paradise of the jaded and the irony-driven, so for that world’s songwriters, focusing on the art of earnestness can be tricky. A well-cultivated sense of detachment sometimes scrapes up against naked baring of emotion in the most unpleasant ways. However, for nearly 15 years, West… Read more...


Tracie Verlinde Promoted to BMI Executive Director, Writer/Publisher Relations

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From News, posted 1.19.11 BMI has promoted Tracie Verlinde to Executive Director, Writer/Publisher Relations, Los Angeles. The announcement was made by Barbara Cane, Vice President & General Manager, Writer/Publisher Relations, Los Angeles. Verlinde will continue to report to Cane, and will share oversight of the Los Angeles Writer/Publishers Relations department with her. She was… Read more...


BMI’s New Holiday Standards Announce That Time of Year

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From News, posted 12.08.10 Holiday songs are no longer elevator music for the month of December—nor, as seems to increasingly be the case, for late October and November. The BMI repertoire is stacked with new classics that command attention, channeling lovesick blues, winking irreverence and funk-laced grooves into original odes to the season. In… Read more...


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