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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...


Hitmaker Aaron Watson Celebrates 20 Years of Making — and Releasing — Music His Way

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From MusicWorld, posted 6.19.19 Aaron Watson learned about the power of music at a young age. His father, a Vietnam War veteran, sought comfort in music, and Aaron grew up listening to his dad’s records, gaining an early appreciation for songcraft and strong melodies. He started penning his own songs at a young age,… Read more...


BMI Brings a Taste of Nashville to Hotel Association Gathering in Richmond

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From News, posted 6.17.19 Awarding winning BMI songwriter and Nashville artist Jason White brought his unique blend of country, pop and blues to the summer meeting of the International Society of Hotel Associations held recently (6/11) at the Jefferson Hotel in Richmond. White, an accomplished independent artist himself, performed some of his original material… Read more...


5 Tips for Songwriting Success in Today’s Music Industry

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From MusicWorld, posted 4.18.19 I taught my first songwriting class at Los Angeles’ Pierce College in 1991. Back then, if my car radio were tuned to a pop station, it was likely I would hear chart-topping artists such as Michael Jackson, Wilson Phillips, Janet Jackson, Michael Bolton, Poison, and Roxette. During that same era,… Read more...


BMI Songwriters Take the Stage and the Trophies at 2019 ACM Awards

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From News, posted 4.08.19 BMI proudly congratulates our affiliates who took home the majority of Academy of Country Music Awards last night in Las Vegas. The star-filled evening also featured unforgettable performances by members of the BMI family who commanded the stage, including Keith Urban, Brooks and Dunn, Luke Combs, Eric Church, Ashley McBryde,… Read more...


Ruston Kelly: A Supernova is Born

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From MusicWorld, posted 2.21.19 When Ruston Kelly’s debut full-length, Dying Star, came out on Rounder Records in September, he was immediately pegged as an artist to watch, drawing comparisons to the likes of Bruce Springsteen and Townes Van Zandt. Lauded for his vulnerable, fearless songwriting – and a masterful melodic sensibility, no doubt shaped… Read more...


BMI Congratulates its 2019 ACM Nominees

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From News, posted 2.21.19 The Academy of Country Music has again this year honored BMI affiliates with the majority of ACM award nominations. The highly anticipated show will broadcast live from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Sunday, April 7, from 8:00-11:00PM ET/(delayed PT) on CBS. A well-deserved congratulations to all! Here’s the… Read more...


How to Use the “List Technique” in Your Song

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From The Weekly, posted 2.19.19 What do the songs in the list below have in common? “The Twelve Days of Christmas” (traditional) “Achy Breaky Heart” (recorded by Billy Ray Cyrus, written by Don Von Tress) Sting’s “If I Ever Lose My Faith” (written by Sting) Carrie Underwood’s “ 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...


BMI Teams up with Aloft Hotels on Songwriters Showcase

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From News, posted 11.16.18 BMI and the Ohio Hotel & Lodging Association recently (11/11) collaborated with the Aloft Downtown Cleveland on a special songwriters showcase featuring 3 BMI songwriters with roots in the state. The show was headlined by Jason White, an award-winning BMI songwriter, who has a huge following in Northeast Ohio as… Read more...


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