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Writing Songs in Times of Crisis

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From The Weekly, posted 5.19.20 Many of the songs we write are reflections of our times. They are snapshots that capture the emotions and events that define our worlds. So, I was not surprised during my recent songwriters workshop (which was held online) when several writers shared songs that had been sparked by their feelings… Read more...


What Makes a Song a Worldwide Phenomenon?

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From MusicWorld, posted 2.20.20 Warning: Listening to the songs referenced in this article is likely to result in an inability to get them out of your brain. It is an incredible accomplishment for a song to reach the top of one of the Billboard charts. Occasionally, songs connect with listeners sufficiently to… Read more...


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...


Noel Gallagher and World’s Top Songwriters Honored at 2019 BMI London Awards

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From News, posted 10.21.19 Tonight, BMI honored Noel Gallagher with the BMI President’s Award at the 2019 BMI London Awards. Guests included Raye, who also performed her brand new track, “Love Me Again,” and who was recognized with the BMI Impact Award (a brand new award for 2019). Anne-Marie and Niall Horan also attended… 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...


Take Your Songwriting to the Next Level by Adding a Twist

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From MusicWorld, posted 10.14.16 To grab our listeners’ attention we need to separate our songs from the competition, and one way to accomplish this is by including an unexpected twist—an element of surprise. This article examines various ways to incorporate twists into lyrics and melodies. Story Songs With Surprise Endings “Ol’ Red” (written by… Read more...


BMI Writers Owen, Steele, Jennings and Martine Honored at NaSHOF

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From News, posted 10.17.13 On Sunday, October 13, 2013, friends, family and music industry notables celebrated the induction of Broadcast Music, Inc.’s legendary songwriters Jeffrey Steele, Layng Martine Jr., Will Jennings and Randy Owen into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. Among other chart-busters, Steele’s work includes “The Cowboy in Me,” “Everytime I Hear… Read more...


2013 Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Inductees All BMI Writers

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From News, posted 8.16.13 Broadcast Music, Inc. songwriters Randy Owen, Jeffrey Steele, Will Jennings and Layng Martine, Jr. will all be inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame during the 43rd Annual Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Dinner & Induction Ceremony to be held on Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013, at the Music City… Read more...


Rolfe Kent Receives Richard Kirk Award at BMI Film & TV Awards

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From News, posted 5.17.12 Global music rights leader Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) held its annual Film/TV Awards tonight at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills. The ceremony saluted the composers of music featured in the past year’s top-grossing films, top-rated primetime network television series, and highest-ranking cable network programs. Rolfe Kent… Read more...


BMI Songwriters Chart Big on Billboard Hot 100’s First 1,000 No. 1s

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From News, posted 11.16.11 In 1958, Billboard magazine created the “Hot 100,” a listing showing the top songs being purchased and aired in the U.S. week after week. Decade after decade, BMI songwriters have dominated the chart with some of the greatest hits ever written, from “Lonely Boy,” “Stop in the Name of Love,”… Read more...


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