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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...


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...


Stevie Nicks and Top Songwriters Honored at 62nd Annual BMI Pop Awards

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From News, posted 5.14.14 Broadcast Music, Inc. was proud to honor the songwriters and music publishers behind the year’s most-performed pop songs at the 62nd Annual BMI Pop Awards, held at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, on May 13, 2014. Legendary singer-songwriter Stevie Nicks received the BMI Icon Award in recognition… 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...


Sundance 2012 Blog: Keaton Simons

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From Blog, posted 1.25.12 I’ve always had a special connection to Sundance because my late grandpa David Rayfiel and festival founder Robert Redford were extremely close friends and associates. My grandpa David wrote The Way We Were, Three Days of the Condor, Out Of Africa, and many other films starring Redford. Admittedly this is… Read more...


New York Songwriters Circle Now Accepting Submissions for Songwriting Contest

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From News, posted 10.07.09 The New York Songwriters Circle (NYSC) is currently accepting submissions for the organization’s 2009 Songwriting Contest. While each entry’s lyrics must be in English, NYSC encourages composers from all over the world, who create original tunes in every genre—and every musical gray area in between—to enter. 2008 2nd-place winner Gillian… Read more...


New York Songwriters Circle Launches 2008 Contest

From News, posted 5.16.08 The New York Songwriters Circle is now accepting submissions from songwriters of all musical genres for its 2008 Songwriters Contest. Founded and directed by singer/songwriter Tina Shafer, The New York Songwriters Circle has been at the forefront of discovering top new songwriting talent for over 18 years. Writers who have… Read more...


Prima J Signs With BMI

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From News, posted 2.21.08 Geffen Records recording artist Prima J, comprising sisters Jessica and Janelle Martinez, made a visit to BMI’s Los Angeles office to be welcomed as new additions to the BMI songwriting family. The sisters have a reality program on Mun2 and are currently wrapping up their debut album with songwriter, producer… Read more...


Diverse Lineup at BMI 2008 ‘Sundance Snowball’  Showcase

From News, posted 1.08.08 BMI and Sundance will host the sixth annual Sundance Snowball showcase on Wednesday, January 23 during the 2008 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Scheduled to perform are Los Angeles “dirty reggae”/rock group The Aggrolites, Nick Urata from “gypsy punk” band DeVotchKa, Steve Smith from rock group Dirty Vegas… Read more...


New York Songwriters Circle 2007 Contest Underway

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From News, posted 7.31.07 The New York Songwriters Circle, home to such artists and writers as Norah Jones, Vanessa Carlton, Lisa Loeb, Jesse Harris and many more, is now accepting submissions for its 2007 Songwriting Contest. Vanessa Carlton Lisa Loeb Jesse Harris Founded and directed… Read more...


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