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How to Write a Song That’s Fun to Listen to—and Fun to Sing

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From MusicWorld, posted 7.19.18 When it was suggested I write about songs that are fun to sing, the jukebox in my brain instantly thought of “The Name Game” (recorded by Shirley Ellis, written by Lincoln Chase and Shirley Elliston). Anyone of a certain age remembers plugging his or her name into the… Read more...


Mark Ronson Receives the BMI Champion Award at the 66th BMI Pop Awards

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From News, posted 5.08.18 BMI honored internationally renowned super producer, artist, songwriter and DJ Mark Ronson last night with the BMI Champion Award at its 66th Annual BMI Pop Awards. The evening also celebrated the songwriters, publishers and administrators of the past year’s most-performed pop songs in the United States from BMI’s extensive catalogue.… Read more...


How to Write Non-Visual Lyrics That Engage Listeners

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From MusicWorld, posted 4.12.18 “Show—Don’t Tell” is one of the basic tenets taught in almost every songwriting class. Writing cinematic lyrics—lyrics that incorporate visual imagery that listeners can envision like a movie in their minds—is often thought of as one of the most effective ways to connect with audiences. Cinematic lyrics do not spell… Read more...


International Hitmaker Mark Ronson to be Honored With the BMI Champion Award at 2018 BMI Pop Awards

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From News, posted 4.02.18 BMI is pleased to announce that internationally renowned super producer, artist, songwriter and DJ Mark Ronson will be honored with the BMI Champion Award at the 66th Annual BMI Pop Awards. Marking the first time this honor has been given out during the ceremony’s history, the five-time GRAMMY Award-winner will… Read more...


BMI Writers Take Major GRAMMY Nominations

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From News, posted 12.27.16 After another prolific year of incredible music, BMI songwriters made a strong showing in the nominations for the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards, slated to be presented Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Earning multiple nods across the prestigious Recording Academy accolade’s 84 separate categories, the… Read more...


Rewind With BMI’s 2016 Songs of the Year

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From News, posted 12.27.16 Every year BMI celebrates the immense talent of our affiliates over the course of eight different awards shows. The coveted Song of the Year award, which is given to the track that received the most performances within that genre, salutes the songwriter’s ability to dominate the airwaves. Here’s a chance… 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...


Sting and Top Songwriters Honored at 2016 BMI London Awards

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From News, posted 10.10.16 BMI proudly honored internationally-celebrated songwriter Sting as a BMI Icon today at the 2016 BMI London Awards. Music industry guests including Hozier, Rudimental, Snow Patrol, Disciples and Wayne Hector filled London’s Dorchester hotel to celebrate the UK and European songwriters, producers and publishers of the most-performed songs of 2015 on… 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...


BMI Salutes its 2016 GRAMMY Winners

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From News, posted 2.16.16 BMI songwriters had an amazing night at the 58th GRAMMYs at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA, on Monday, taking home top awards across the board. Taylor Swift continued her ascendance by winning Best Pop Vocal Album and Album of The Year for 1989, Mark Ronson snagged Record of… Read more...


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