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Top Tips From 2021 That Can Put You on the Road to Songwriting Success in 2022

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From MusicWorld, posted 11.19.21 The end of a year—and the beginning of a new one—is a perfect time to reassess our goals and recommit to them. I hope that revisiting the excerpts that follow will help you all attain a successful 2022. Excerpt from “Bring Me Something New—What Song Publishers Really Mean”… Read more...


What’s Hot—and What’s Not In Songwriting

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From MusicWorld, posted 7.23.21 I was recently asked how the tools and techniques I teach today differ from those I have taught in the past. Have I noticed any recent changes in successful songs and in the processes of writing them? I looked back over the thirty years that I have been teaching songwriting,… Read more...


BMI Celebrates the 20th Anniversary of its R&B/Hip-Hop Awards Honoring the Genre’s Best Songwriters, Producers and Music Publishers

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From News, posted 9.14.20 BMI is proud to celebrate the 20th anniversary of its R&B/Hip-Hop Awards, recognizing the genre’s top songwriters, producers and publishers of the previous year. BMI’s Song of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, Producer of the Year, Publisher of the Year and 2020’s Social Star were announced across BMI’s digital… Read more...


Harry Gregson-Williams and Other Top Songwriters Honored At 2018 BMI London Awards

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From News, posted 10.01.18 Tonight, BMI proudly honored acclaimed film composer Harry Gregson-Williams with the BMI Icon Award at the 2018 BMI London Awards. Guests including Liam Payne, James Arthur, Natasha Bedingfield, Tinie Tempah and Trevor Rabin attended the awards at London’s Dorchester Hotel for an evening of celebration for UK and European songwriters,… Read more...


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...


Storied BMI Songwriter Lamont Dozier Enthralls USC at Songwriters Hall of Fame Master Session

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From News, posted 3.25.16 Motown legend Lamont Dozier returned to USC on Friday, February 26, to partake in a Master Session for the Songwriters Hall of Fame. No stranger to the campus, as Dozier previously acted as an Artist in Residence Professor at USC Thornton, playing a role in the creation of the Popular… Read more...


Catching Up With Kiyanu Kim

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From News, posted 3.21.16 With already a decade and a half under his belt of producing, mixing, performing and songwriting, Kiyanu Kim is a driven music creator. This guitar-slinging New Yorker is building a name for himself as a writer, collaborator and musician, and gradually accruing a reputation for relaxed collaboration and a style… Read more...


The Good, the Bad and the Hits That Come From Collaboration

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From MusicWorld, posted 10.27.15 At the time this article was written every song in the top-10 on Billboard’s Pop, Country, Christian, and R & B/Hip-Hip charts was the result of collaboration. Out of forty top-10 hits, zero were created by a solo writer. I’m not insinuating that successful songs are never written by one… Read more...


Legendary Holland Brothers Celebrate Million-Air Awards At BMI’s NY Office

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From News, posted 2.10.15 Rock n’ Roll Hall of Famers responsible for so many indelible moments in music history, Eddie and Brian Holland visited Broadcast Music, Inc.’s New York office to celebrate an incredible 10 million performances of their 1960s mega-hit “You Can’t Hurry Love,” as well as multiple million performance awards for “Stop… Read more...


BMI Bulletin Board: August 2014

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From MusicWorld, posted 8.26.14 WORKSHOPS Jason Blume Songwriting Workshop: Nashville BMI’s popular Songwriters’ Workshop Series in Nashville is held monthly under the tutelage of hit songwriter and best-selling author Jason Blume. When: September 9, October 14, December, 16, 2014 12:30 - 4:30 p.m. Where: BMI’s Nashville offices (10 Music Square East,… Read more...


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