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BMI Brings Over 70 Songwriters to Southwest Florida for Island Hopper Songwriters Festival

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From News, posted 10.18.19 BMI recently partnered with the Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau and iHeartMedia to present the sixth annual Island Hopper Songwriters Festival. The ten-day festival spanned across Captiva Island, Fort Myers Beach and downtown Fort Myers, promoting music creators and songwriters, while also bringing in extra revenue to the local… Read more...


BMI Wraps 2019 Summer Rooftop on the Row Series with Gone West and Mitchell Tenpenny

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From News, posted 8.28.19 Despite storms looming on the horizon, the final evening of Rooftop on the Row for the 2019 summer season was packed with guests eager to hear from rising Country music acts Gone West and Mitchell Tenpenny. Long-time friends and co-writers Colbie Caillat, Justin Young, Jason Reeves, and Nelly Joy kicked… Read more...


10 Tips for Switching Gears When a Song Isn’t Working

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From The Weekly, posted 5.07.19 A songwriter recently posed an intriguing question: what can we do when we have a strong idea for a song, but realize that the song we’re writing is not turning out nearly as well as we hoped? How do we change direction? How can we switch gears when we have… Read more...


Are Your Songs Too “Rangy” for Today’s Singers?

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From MusicWorld, posted 9.19.18 At the beginning of my career, I had a song go on hold for a female country music star whose singles regularly went to #1. The head of her record label said my song was a “must-cut” situation, and I was faced with a daunting decision: should I buy a… Read more...


Mark Batson, Faith Evans, Tory Lanez & RedOne Discuss Their Hits at BMI’S ‘HOW I WROTE THAT SONG’®

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From News, posted 1.29.18 On Saturday, January 27, BMI presented its annual pre-GRAMMY event How I Wrote That Song® (HIWTS), in partnership with the Apollo Theater, at the legendary performance hall. The audience was treated to an enlightening panel discussion that featured multi-platinum and GRAMMY award-winning music producer Mark Batson, GRAMMY award-winning R&B royalty… Read more...


The How and Why of Building Bridges in Your Songs

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From MusicWorld, posted 2.23.17 At a songwriting conference I attended, GRAMMY winning singer/songwriter Colbie Caillat shared some comments that her father, record producer and engineer Ken Caillat (Fleetwood Mac, Frank Sinatra, the Beach Boys) had made regarding bridges in songs. He had stated that bridges are crucial elements because they are typically the final… Read more...


BMI Celebrates the 10th Anniversary of ‘How I Wrote That Song’

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From News, posted 2.03.17 BMI will celebrate the 10th Anniversary of “How I Wrote That Song,” Saturday, February 11 at 1 Oak Los Angeles. Moderated by BMI Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations Catherine Brewton, the highly anticipated annual pre-GRAMMY event will feature rap superstar Fat Joe, multi-hyphenate phenom DJ Khaled, GRAMMY Award-winning music producer Alex… Read more...


BMI Supports Songs of Hope Benefit’s Worthy Cause

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From News, posted 9.12.16 BMI is proud to announce its support for the 12th Annual ‘Songs of Hope’ event on September 15 in Los Angeles, a special star-studded evening of music benefiting City of Hope, an independent biomedical research institution and cancer treatment center. This year’s iteration will feature storied recorded executive, producer and… Read more...


BMI Honors Taylor Swift and Legendary Songwriting Duo Mann & Weil at the 64th Annual BMI Pop Awards

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From News, posted 5.11.16 BMI celebrated the songwriters and publishers behind the year’s most-performed pop songs at the 64th Annual BMI Pop Awards last night at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. Global superstar Taylor Swift was presented with the first-ever Taylor Swift Award, a special award bearing her name in recognition… Read more...


City of Hope Offers BMI Members 30% Off Tickets to ‘Songs of Hope X’

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From News, posted 5.20.14 A leading research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases, City of Hope this year is marking its 10th anniversary of ‘Songs of Hope X.’ This special benefit and silent auction will be presented by City of Hope’s Music and Entertainment Industry on June 4, 2014,… Read more...


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