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5 Tips for Making Your Lyrics Stand Out

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From MusicWorld, posted 5.22.20 At my songwriting workshops I stress the importance of including lyric and melodic elements in our songs that will compel listeners and decision-makers to choose our material over the tough competition. Let’s look at some ways to write lyrics that command attention. 1. Find a Fresh Angle It’s unlikely that… Read more...


From the Streets to the Studio: BMI Composer Kurt Farquhar Shares His Incredible Story

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From MusicWorld, posted 2.19.20 As one of the most talented TV and film composers working today, Kurt Farquhar knows the value of a good story better than most. Having composed for series including CBS’ King of Queens, BET’s Being Mary Jane and dozens more, the Chicago native also created several enduring theme songs—including the… Read more...


Passion With a Purpose: MAJOR. Opens Up About “Even More”

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From The Weekly, posted 2.18.20 When Texas-born singer/songwriter MAJOR. dropped his debut album, I Am MAJOR. in 2016, his signature blend of joyful, technicolor R&B made an immediate impression. Via lushly produced, romantic singles like “Why I Love You” and “Honest,” MAJOR. captivated listeners with his blend of contemporary stylings and classic melodicism, and earned… Read more...


Brandy to be Honored With the BMI President’s Award at the 2019 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards

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From News, posted 7.31.19 BMI will honor multi-platinum, GRAMMY Award-winning singer/songwriter and actress Brandy with the BMI President’s Award at its 2019 R&B/Hip-Hop Awards on Thursday, August 29. The private event, held at the Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center in Atlanta, will be hosted by BMI President & CEO Mike O’Neill and BMI Vice… Read more...


Mark Batson, Faith Evans, Tory Lanez & RedOne Discuss Their Hits at BMI’S ‘HOW I WROTE THAT SONG’®

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From News, posted 1.29.18 On Saturday, January 27, BMI presented its annual pre-GRAMMY event How I Wrote That Song® (HIWTS), in partnership with the Apollo Theater, at the legendary performance hall. The audience was treated to an enlightening panel discussion that featured multi-platinum and GRAMMY award-winning music producer Mark Batson, GRAMMY award-winning R&B royalty… Read more...


D’Mile Produces Tracks for GRAMMY-nominated Album

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From News, posted 2.10.15 Singer-songwriter-producer Dernst Emile II, aka D’Mile, expressed his musical talents early. At the age of six, he ably performed pieces from the book, Hanon: The Virtuoso Pianist in Sixty Exercises. From there, he mastered the acoustic, bass and electric guitars and drums. His classical training (instilled by his father, Dernst… Read more...


BMI Visited by ‘Songwriter to Watch’ Rob. A

From News, posted 10.06.08 BMI’s Los Angeles office received a visit Thursday, October 2 from BMI songwriter Robert “Rob. A” Allen, recently named one of the “Urban Songwriters to Watch” in the October 4 issue of Billboard. Rob. A is part of the Los Angeles songwriting and production collective Graffiti, a creative hive similar… Read more...


BMI & Los Angeles Times Announce 2nd Annual ‘How I Wrote The Song’ Panel

From News, posted 2.04.08 Marquee Lineup Includes Rodney Jerkins, Chris Daughtry, Mos Def, Ben Moody, Polow Da Don, Anthony Hamilton and Brian Howes BMI will pair with the Los Angeles Times to present the second annual “How I Wrote the Song” panel Saturday, February 9, from 1p.m. until 3p.m., at the Key Club in… Read more...


Kauai Music Festival Extends “Early-Bird” Registration Deadline

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From News, posted 5.16.07 The Kauai Music Festival, a four-day celebration of the art of songwriting held on the island of Kauai, Hawaii is set for August 1-4, 2007. The festival offers an opportunity to learn songwriting from some of the best songwriters in America. Attendees can consult, one-on-one, with award-winning songwriters, Grammy-winning producers,… Read more...


BMI Offers Backstage Pass to the Rock Star Life with Free Seminar

From News, posted 8.08.06 BMI is your backstage pass to the rock star life, offering a free seminar entitled "The Star In You" on Tuesday, Aug. 29 in New York City. Designed to help songwriters, artists and the general public learn how to live like a rock star, the seminar will be held at… Read more...


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