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Using Chords and Modulations as Musical Hooks in Your Songs

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From MusicWorld, posted 9.24.20 The chords we choose to accompany our melodies not only contribute to the flavor of our songs, they can provide some of those magical musical moments that make our songs hooky, exceptional, and unforgettable. To keep our listeners’ attention we need to include hooks, elements that are catchy and memorable,… Read more...


BMI Hitmaker Closes out Virtual Conference for Media Finance Execs

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From News, posted 9.02.20 As has become tradition, BMI provided one of its award-winning songwriters to perform at the closing luncheon of the annual Media Finance Focus conference presented recently (8/27) by the Media Financial Management Association. As a result of the pandemic, this year’s conference was held virtually over July and August, and… Read more...


BMI Congratulates CMHoF Inductees Hank Williams Jr., Marty Stuart and Dean Dillon

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From News, posted 8.12.20 BMI is proud to announce that our legendary songwriters, Hank Williams Jr., Marty Stuart and Dean Dillon, make up this year’s class of inductees into the Country Music Hall of Fame, bringing the total number of honorees to 142. Dean Dillon, who was named a BMI Icon in 2013, earns… Read more...


Licensing Customers and Assoc. Partners Treated to Special Songwriter Performance in Crested Butte

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From News, posted 1.24.20 As has become tradition, BMI Licensing’s Industry Relations Department hosted a special reception recently (1/17) for customers and association partners who made the trip to Crested Butte, Colorado to attend this year’s Mountain High Music Festival presented by Hall of Fame songwriter Dean Dillon and BMI. The evening featured performances… Read more...


BMI Teams up with Ohio Craft Brewers Association to Bring a Taste of Nashville to Ohio

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From News, posted 8.20.19 BMI once again partnered with the Ohio Craft Brewers Association to bring Nashville to a brewery in the Buckeye state. GRAMMY award-winning BMI songwriter Tim James made the trip to Minerva, OH recently (8/18) to play his songs and tell the stories behind his hits to an enthusiastic audience of… Read more...


Worlds Collide with Dean Dillon and Sundance Head

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From MusicWorld, posted 6.19.19 They came from two very different worlds: Dean Dillon, from east Tennessee, and Jason “Sundance” Head – from Porter, Texas. Dean hitchhiked to Nashville in the early ‘70s and knocked on every door on Music Row to get people to listen to his songs. He recorded multiple studio albums and… Read more...


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 Customers/Association Partners Treated to Special Performance at Mountain High Music Festival

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From News, posted 1.31.19 As has become tradition, BMI Licensing’s Industry Relations department hosted a special dinner for customers and association partners who attended this year’s Mountain High Music Festival, which was presented by BMI Icon Dean Dillon and BMI. The event, held recently (1/16-1/19) in Crested Butte, Colorado, included an evening of great… Read more...


BMI Educates Museum Professionals on Music Licensing

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From News, posted 9.17.18 BMI hosted a panel on music licensing at the 2018 Mountain Plains Museum Association, held recently (9/13) in Billings, Montana. The session focused on the legalities surrounding the use of recorded and live music in museums. As part of the presentation, award-winning Nashville songwriter Tim James provided his perspective on… Read more...


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...


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