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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...


BMI Brings Music to New England Food Show

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From News, posted 3.05.19 BMI and longtime partner the Massachusetts Restaurant Association teamed up recently (3/4) to provide the musical entertainment at “The Toast,” the annual party that takes place after day one of the New England Food Show. BMI songwriter and Vermont native Jamie Lee Thurston entertained more than 200 restaurant owners and… Read more...


BMI Closes Out Summer with Inaugural New Sounds of Nashville Experience

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From News, posted 9.14.18 BMI and the Boca Raton Resort & Beach Club launched the inaugural New Sounds of Nashville experience this Labor Day weekend in South Florida with a series of exclusive events and writing camps. Designed to be an intimate, weekend-long experience that highlights the journey from writing the song to a… Read more...


BMI Songwriter Rodney Atkins Helps Beasley Media Exec Honor Daughter’s Legacy

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From News, posted 3.19.18 BMI was on hand recently (3/17) to help support Beasley Media executive Bob Morency’s effort to raise money in honor of his daughter Meggan, who passed away in 2003 due to injuries sustained while riding in an equestrian event. Morency, who is Beasley’s market manager in Boca Raton, Florida, created… Read more...


BMI Songwriters Thurston & Caballo Perform for Kentucky Broadcasters

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From News, posted 10.16.14 BMI songwriter Jamie Lee Thurston entertained the Kentucky Broadcast Association on October 6th during their annual convention. The Lexington, KY performance saw Thurston showcase tunes including “15 Minutes,” recorded by Rodney Atkins, and “I Ain’t Got It All That Bad,” recorded by Montgomery Gentry. As an added treat, BMI songwriter… Read more...


The Top 5 Melody Pitfalls—and How to Avoid Them

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From MusicWorld, posted 11.25.13 Many of the writers whose songs I listen to at my workshops work long and hard on their lyrics, striving to find unique, fresh ways to tell their stories and express their concepts. But they sometimes forget that we’re not writing poems, but songs—and if we hope to create songs… Read more...


Broadcast Music Inc. Supports Songwriter Rights With Luke Laird and Claude Kelly

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From News, posted 4.25.13 There is nothing more compelling than hearing songwriters talk about and play their own music in front of a crowd. So, who better to bring to the BMI congressional briefing on songwriter rights than songwriters? Armed with the 2012 BMI Country Songwriter of the Year, Luke Laird, and multi-GRAMMY nominated… Read more...


Second Annual Sandestin Music Festival Slated for August 12 and 13

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From News, posted 8.01.11 Blue ribbon songwriters, tomorrow’s stars and a country songbird turned Broadway star compose the lineup of the 2nd annual Sandestin Music Festival, slated for the weekend of August 12-13 in the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. Co-sponsored by BMI, the free, open-to-the-public event will feature BMI contemporary country… Read more...


Rhett Akins, Making Music Row Hits for the Boys and Girls Down Home

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From MusicWorld, posted 6.14.11 Rhett Akins, a friendly and talkative Georgia native and a co-writer of Blake Shelton’s sunny hit, “Honey Bee,” connects with country fans on the simplest of levels. “They’re all just young, country redneck boys and girls in their big jacked-up trucks and rebel flags wavin’,” Akins says. “They just want… Read more...


Music City Songwriting Competition Call for Entries

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From News, posted 10.06.10 Aspiring songwriters, Nashville wants to hear from you: The Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau is proud to present the fourth annual “Music City Songwriting Competition.” Open only to non-professional troubadours, the contest offers an enticing prize package: $1,000; roundtrip airfare for two to Music City courtesy of Southwest Airlines; a… Read more...


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