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Lolla Indie Spotlight: HOKO

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From News, posted 7.19.21 After sharing numerous singles and weaving their indie influences, HOKO released their debut EP, Heathen, in March 2021. The project, which not only bends genres but features intense visuals inspired by the likes of David Bowie and Queen, was two years in the making and features production work from GRAMMY-nominated… Read more...


BMI Indie Spotlight: Kid Bloom

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From News, posted 6.09.21 For Kid Bloom, neon production, hip-hop beat-work, and psychedelic guitar emissions revolve around unfiltered honesty. The Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist crafts a signature style independent of era and genre: “When I’m writing, I do what comes naturally. I’m distilling all of my favorite things into one futuristic and nostalgic world.” Kid… Read more...


BMI Continues its Support of Sundance Institute Film Music and Sound Design Lab

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From News, posted 7.29.20 BMI proudly continues its support of the Sundance Institute Film Music and Sound Design Lab in collaboration with Skywalker Sound. The prestigious program returns this year with a new reimagined digital format on Sundance Co//ab from July 27–August 14, 2020. BMI composers Aaron Parks, Ariel Marx and Jeff… Read more...


BMI Indie Spotlight: Atarah Valentine

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From News, posted 5.20.20 Atarah Valentine is a Los Angeles-based performer who is using his uniquely personal health and wellness metamorphosis as the foundation for his music. Valentine’s lush sounds, rich vocal harmonies and modern drum programming bolster his wickedly human lyrics, and his sound could be justly compared to Florence and the Machine,… Read more...


Writing Songs in Times of Crisis

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From The Weekly, posted 5.19.20 Many of the songs we write are reflections of our times. They are snapshots that capture the emotions and events that define our worlds. So, I was not surprised during my recent songwriters workshop (which was held online) when several writers shared songs that had been sparked by their feelings… Read more...


Still Striving & Prospering: Five Minutes with A$AP Ferg

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From The Weekly, posted 9.24.19 On the eve of the release of his acclaimed new EP, Floor Seats, Harlem native, A$AP Mob rapper and BMI songwriter A$AP Ferg dropped by BMI’s New York office in the World Trade Center. We quickly sat down with him to discuss his new material, his approach to making music… Read more...


Tips for Writing Songs About Anything…But Love

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From MusicWorld, posted 6.19.19 At my BMI Nashville Songwriters’ Workshops, I screen and critique songs from each attendee. When I find songs that I believe are competitive with those being written by today’s top hitmakers, I forward them to ten music publishers who have agreed to listen. After the last BMI Workshop, I forwarded… Read more...


BMI Rocks Las Vegas at 8th Annual ‘Los Producers’ Charity Event

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From News, posted 11.15.18 Last night, BMI and Rebeleon Entertainment presented the highly anticipated 8th annual Los Producers at the Vinyl in the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV. The exclusive, invite-only live music event, hosted by Pili Montilla, featured performances by some of this year’s Latin GRAMMY Award nominees and… Read more...


BMI to Honor Film Composer Harry Gregson-Williams as a BMI Icon at The 2018 BMI London Awards

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From News, posted 9.11.18 BMI is proud to announce that esteemed composer Harry Gregson-Williams will be named a BMI Icon at this year’s BMI London Awards. Gregson-Williams is receiving the honor in recognition of his unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers. The private event will be held at the Dorchester Hotel… Read more...


How to Write a Song That’s Fun to Listen to—and Fun to Sing

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From MusicWorld, posted 7.19.18 When it was suggested I write about songs that are fun to sing, the jukebox in my brain instantly thought of “The Name Game” (recorded by Shirley Ellis, written by Lincoln Chase and Shirley Elliston). Anyone of a certain age remembers plugging his or her name into the… Read more...


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Nile Rodgers: Nile Rodgers, Producer: Working with David Bowie and Other Studio Memories

Captured at A Conversation with BMI Icon Nile Rodgers

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