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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...


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...


What Makes a Song a Hit?

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From MusicWorld, posted 1.23.19 When I worked in the A & R Department at a major record label, and later, as production coordinator for albums by hit artists, in many cases, my ears were the first barrier that had to be crossed when a song was submitted for those acts. Almost all the songs… Read more...


Nashville Newcomer Morgan Evans Takes Off

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From MusicWorld, posted 6.15.18 Nashville is a fabled destination for many aspiring singer-songwriters, and those who’ve made the trek will tell you that it’s rarely an easy road to get there. But if there’s a prize for the most frequent flyer miles earned on the path to Music City, it might go to Morgan… Read more...


BMI Congratulates its 2018 ACM Nominees

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From News, posted 3.01.18 The Academy of Country Music has announced this year’s award nominees and many talented BMI songwriters are again taking center stage. Leading the BMI pack is Thomas Rhett with 6 nominations; Keith Urban with 5; Miranda Lambert and Maren Morris, each with 4; and Little Big Town and Midland, each… Read more...


BMI Congratulates its 2018 GRAMMY Nominees

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From News, posted 11.28.17 BMI is very proud to congratulate our many talented affiliates on their prestigious GRAMMY nominations, which were announced this morning by the Recording Academy. The 60th GRAMMY Awards, to be held in Madison Square Garden in New York City on Sunday, January 28, 2018, will salute a wide array of… Read more...


BMI Congratulates its 2017 CMA Award Winners

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From News, posted 11.09.17 Last night, at the CMA Awards in Nashville, the country music community came together in a powerful show of unity to honor not only the top country singers and songwriters, including those who passed away in the last year, but also the victims of the tragic shooting last month in… Read more...


BMI Congratulates its 2017 CMA Nominees

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From News, posted 9.07.17 Nominations for the 51st CMA Awards are in, with BMI writers taking major nods again this year. Leading the pack with an incredible five nods is Miranda Lambert for Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Music Video of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year and Single of… Read more...


BMI Mourns the Loss of Music Legend Glen Campbell

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From News, posted 8.08.17 BMI is saddened by the loss of one of our most legendary affiliates, Glen Campbell, who passed away this morning at the age of 81. With 21 Top 40 hits showcasing his distinctive tenor voice, Campbell sold more than 45 million records during his six decade-long career. His recordings of… Read more...


Writing and Placing Christmas and Holiday Songs

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From MusicWorld, posted 11.28.16 Imagine receiving airplay and earning income from a song year after year and having that same song be recorded by multiple artists over a span of decades. That is what can happen with a holiday-themed song. For many songwriters and music publishers, landing a holiday recording that becomes the next… Read more...


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