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Resilient Vinyl 2.0 Industry Keeps Pressing Despite Challenges

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From News, posted 4.01.20 For a format that many at the start of the 21st century would have written off, vinyl’s astounding resurgence as music lovers’ favorite deluxe format won’t let a run of bad luck in the past six months interfere with its standing as the most improbable home entertainment comeback of the… Read more...


Lolla Indie Spotlight: Illiterate Light

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From News, posted 7.08.19 Rock duo, Illiterate Light, have an eclectic background that is reflected in their music. Floating between postmodern confusion and vibrant, life-affirming optimism, Illiterate Light’s Jeff Gorman and Jake Cochran allow their pasts—which includes running an organic farm, touring the mid-Atlantic by bicycle, and living in small communities while pursing alternative… 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...


SXSW Indie Spotlight: Illiterate Light

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From News, posted 2.27.19 Railing against the perceived limitations of being a duo, Harrisonburg, VA’s Illiterate Light makes sure to produce a huge sound despite their small numbers. Between Jeff Gorman’s gritty guitar melodies, Jake Chochran’s spartan drum set-up and their combined, soaring harmonies, the duo’s distinctive blend of incendiary indie rock is building… Read more...


BMI Entertains and Educates Licensing Executives

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From News, posted 10.05.18 The National Association of Licensing Compliance Professionals (NALCP) held their annual conference (10/2-10/4) in Nashville recently and BMI was there to provide the musical entertainment and participate on a music licensing panel. BMI songwriter Jason White performed in front of more than 100 licensing executives representing national chains such as… Read more...


Tips for Recording a Compelling Demo

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From MusicWorld, posted 5.10.18 Nowadays even the most basic software package offers home users virtually infinite tracking space, making the temptation to over-record stronger than ever. Bear in mind, however, that some of the most compelling productions through the years have been those that favored space and dynamics, rather than uber-overdubbing. To that end,… Read more...


Indie Spotlight: Lillie Mae

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From News, posted 5.05.17 Nashville-based singer-songwriter Lillie Mae has been performing since she was three years old. Her father, Forrest Carter Rische, fronted the traveling Forrest Carter Family Band, a country, gospel and bluegrass group that included Lillie Mae and her four siblings. Later, the Rische kids would form Jypsi, scoring a 2008 Top… Read more...


BMI Writers Take Major GRAMMY Nominations

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From News, posted 12.27.16 After another prolific year of incredible music, BMI songwriters made a strong showing in the nominations for the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards, slated to be presented Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Earning multiple nods across the prestigious Recording Academy accolade’s 84 separate categories, the… Read more...


BMI Songwriters Win More Than Half of 2015 GRAMMYs

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From News, posted 2.09.15 Broadcast Music, Inc. congratulates all of its GRAMMY-winning songwriters and composers, announced during a star-studded event full of performances by top artists Sunday night in Los Angeles. Sam Smith, the winner of the coveted Best New Artist trophy, was also the winner of the Best Pop Vocal Album for In… Read more...


Indie Spotlight: The Wans

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From News, posted 2.03.15 The Wans are perfectly positioned for 2015 to be their year. The two-year-old band wrote more than 40 songs for their album He Said, She Said, whittling the tally down to 10 gritty rock tracks with the help of producer Dave Cobb, who counts the likes of Rival Sons and… Read more...


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