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Are Your Songs Too “Rangy” for Today’s Singers?

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From MusicWorld, posted 9.19.18 At the beginning of my career, I had a song go on hold for a female country music star whose singles regularly went to #1. The head of her record label said my song was a “must-cut” situation, and I was faced with a daunting decision: should I buy a… Read more...


Superstar Janet Jackson Named BMI Icon at The 2018 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards

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From News, posted 8.31.18 Last night, BMI celebrated the songwriters, producers and publishers of the year’s most-performed R&B/Hip-Hop songs during the 2018 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards held at The Woodruff Arts Center’s Symphony Hall in Atlanta. Multiple award-winning superstar Janet Jackson took home the night’s highest honor of BMI Icon in recognition of her groundbreaking… Read more...


Indie Spotlight: Mikky Ekko

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From News, posted 7.13.18 After collaborating with celebrated names like Rihanna, Ryan Tedder and Stargate, Nashville-based songwriter Mikky Ekko found himself straddling the worlds of hit-making co-writers like Pharrell while also working with more alternative-minded artists like TV on the Radio’s Dave Sitek. By exploring both sides of his creative muse and his knack… Read more...


Mark Ronson Receives the BMI Champion Award at the 66th BMI Pop Awards

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From News, posted 5.08.18 BMI honored internationally renowned super producer, artist, songwriter and DJ Mark Ronson last night with the BMI Champion Award at its 66th Annual BMI Pop Awards. The evening also celebrated the songwriters, publishers and administrators of the past year’s most-performed pop songs in the United States from BMI’s extensive catalogue.… Read more...


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...


BMI Congratulates its 2018 GRAMMY Winners

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From News, posted 1.29.18 The 60th GRAMMY Awards returned to New York City, last night, for the first time since 2003, for a special anniversary celebration on the hallowed stage of Madison Square Garden. BMI songwriters from across the genre spectrum were on hand to claim their well-earned accolades for some of the year’s… Read more...


How to Write Song Hooks That “Hook” You in

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From MusicWorld, posted 1.09.18 What constitutes a hook? Any element of a song that grabs a listener’s attention and “hooks” them in. With there being so much competition for our listeners’ attention, including multiple hooks throughout our songs has become more important than ever. According to an article in The Atlantic magazine, “A short-attention-span… Read more...


Jay Kay and Top Songwriters Honored at 2017 BMI London Awards

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From News, posted 10.09.17 BMI tonight proudly honored internationally-celebrated musician and songwriter Jay Kay (of Jamiroquai) with the BMI President’s Award at the 2017 BMI London Awards. Music industry guests including Naughty Boy, Foals and Bipolar Sunshine filled London’s Dorchester hotel to celebrate UK and European songwriters, producers and publishers of the most-performed songs… Read more...


BMI Recognizes Bayjun Beat Music for Usher’s “No Limit”

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From News, posted 10.05.17 Unable to attend BMI’s 2017 R&B/Hip-Hop Awards in Atlanta this past September, Bayjun Beat Music’s Evan Rogers and Carl Sturken received a visit from BMI’s Charlie Feldman this week at their studio in Bronxville, NY, and accepted their award recognizing the success of “No Limit.” Beyond this accolade, Sturken and… Read more...


Songwriters Hall of Fame & GRAMMY Museum to Host Chart-Topping Songwriter/Producer Panel 

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From News, posted 10.03.17 As an organization dedicated to celebrating the rich and storied legacy of countless established songwriters, the Songwriters Hall of Fame is also an institution that seeks to shine a light on new talent distinguishing itself in the songwriting continuum and paving the way for future generations. It is with this… Read more...


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