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Ellie Goulding to be Honoured with BMI President’s Award at 2022 BMI London Awards

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From News, posted 9.01.22 BMI today announced that world-renowned singer/songwriter Ellie Goulding will receive the BMI President’s Award at the 2022 BMI London Awards. The chart-topping musical luminary will be honoured for her exemplary contributions to the art of music and songwriting. In addition, globally acclaimed singer/songwriter and producer Tems will receive the BMI… Read more...


BMI Honors Songwriter/Producer D’Mile For His Creative Brilliance

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From News, posted 6.29.22 BMI paid tribute to Oscar and GRAMMY award-winning songwriter and producer Dernst “D’Mile” Emile II at Catch LA in West Hollywood, this past weekend, in honor of D’Mile’s groundbreaking artistry, creative vision and brilliant contributions to the future of music. Already a seasoned music creator, D’Mile started his production career… Read more...


BMI Indie Spotlight: Tia Tia

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From News, posted 2.22.22 With a name so nice, you gotta say it twice! Born and raised in New Jersey, Tia Tia made her way to the west coast with a splash. Since moving to LA in 2019, she has penned multiple hits, co-writing “Off My Face” from Justin Bieber’s platinum-selling, GRAMMY-nominated Justice album… Read more...


BMI Indie Spotlight: BEAM

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From News, posted 11.19.21 BEAM is a Jamaica-born, Florida-raised, GRAMMY Award-winning rapper, singer, and producer who uses his music to dive down rabbit holes of memories, muse on relationships, and confront mental health struggles, all while pondering what it means to grow up in today’s world. His hip-hop, dancehall, and R&B inspirations come together… Read more...


10 Ways to Push the Creative Envelope With Your Songs

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From MusicWorld, posted 10.23.19 Sometimes, playing it safe is the most dangerous thing we can do. This is especially applicable when our goal is to write songs that rise above the competition; songs that become artists’ signature songs; and songs that impact audiences and propel artists to a next level. We need to find… Read more...


Multiple GRAMMY and Pulitzer Prize Winner Kendrick Lamar Signs With BMI

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From News, posted 4.29.19 BMI is incredibly pleased to announce that multiple award-winning superstar and Top Dawg Entertainment/Interscope Records recording artist Kendrick Lamar has signed a long-term deal with the performing rights organization to represent his critically-acclaimed catalog of music worldwide. Lamar joins BMI’s growing roster of more than 900,000 songwriters, composers and music… Read more...


5 Tips for Songwriting Success in Today’s Music Industry

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From MusicWorld, posted 4.18.19 I taught my first songwriting class at Los Angeles’ Pierce College in 1991. Back then, if my car radio were tuned to a pop station, it was likely I would hear chart-topping artists such as Michael Jackson, Wilson Phillips, Janet Jackson, Michael Bolton, Poison, and Roxette. During that same era,… Read more...


Breakthrough Hits and Signature Songs: What Can They Teach Us?

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From MusicWorld, posted 2.21.19 Although it was more than sixteen years ago, I still recall chatting with a twenty-something guy who stood in front of me in line as we waited to attend the taping of the David Letterman Show. The guy was excited because his brother Adam would be performing on the show,… Read more...


What Skills Do You Need to Be a Successful Songwriter?

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From MusicWorld, posted 11.28.18 An aspiring songwriter recently asked me several intriguing questions: “What abilities do I need to write songs? Do I need to be able to read and write music? Play keyboards or guitar? Sing in tune?” He followed up by asking what additional skills he would need in order to record… Read more...


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...


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