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BMI Congratulates its 2020 BET Nominees

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From News, posted 6.16.20 Nominations for this year’s BET awards were announced yesterday with many BMI songwriters taking center stage in the music categories. The 20th anniversary of the event will air live on CBS and other Viacom networks, Sunday, June 28 at 8PM EST. Congratulations to all the nominees! Here’s the list of… Read more...


When it Comes to Song Titles, Don’t Hit the Nail Too Squarely on the Head

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From The Weekly, posted 6.03.20 Most of the writers who attend my songwriting workshops already know how to write perfectly crafted songs. My job is to help them write the kinds of songs that a music publisher, record label executive, record producer, or recording artist will feel compelled to choose over the competition. One of… Read more...


5 Tips for Making Your Lyrics Stand Out

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From MusicWorld, posted 5.22.20 At my songwriting workshops I stress the importance of including lyric and melodic elements in our songs that will compel listeners and decision-makers to choose our material over the tough competition. Let’s look at some ways to write lyrics that command attention. 1. Find a Fresh Angle It’s unlikely that… Read more...


Healing & Renewal: A Conversation with Kathryn Bostic

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From News, posted 4.14.20 As a seasoned composer for multiple media, an accomplished singer/songwriter and a performer, Kathryn Bostic has cultivated a rich and varied career as a versatile musician that is punctuated by her drive to create and share. She has earned numerous awards and fellowships for her work, including the Sundance Time… Read more...


BMI Writers Continue Their Trend With Multiple GRAMMY Nominations

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From News, posted 12.10.12 Live from Nashville and televised on CBS, the 55th Annual GRAMMY Award nominations were announced at a star-studded concert Wednesday evening, December 5th.  This is the first time that the nominations have been announced in Music City, confirming the town’s validity as a vibrant music center for all genres of… Read more...


Indie Spotlight: PushMethod

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From News, posted 4.17.12 PushMethod’s music is sprayed with colors from Tavis Sage Eaton, who has shared the stage with Wu Tang Clan, Nas, Rae Kwon, Fabulous, and Fat Joe. They’re fused with the vibrancy of Michael Dustin “Dusty” Youree, whose inspiration stems from not only the international theater tours of Pipin, Alice in… Read more...


Indie Spotlight: Meleni Smith

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From News, posted 4.17.12 Born in Flint, Michigan, raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Meleni Smith began singing at the age of six. Brought up by a Jamaican mother, Meleni never knew exactly where she fit in this world but knew that music would help her find how she fits in it. She recently signed a… Read more...


Save the Date: Grammy Edition of BMI’s “How I Wrote That Song” Slated for Feb. 11 in L.A.

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From News, posted 1.26.12 Grammy-winning hip-hop icon Rev Run; RZA, the Grammy-winning founder of Wu-Tang Clan; Good Charlotte co-founders Joel and Benji Madden; multiple Grammy nominee/producer/artist and official voice of South Florida DJ Khaled; and Grammy-winning songwriter/producer RedOne are confirmed panelists for BMI’s “How I Wrote That Song” 2012, slated for Saturday, February 11,… Read more...


‘Rolling Papers’ Propels Wiz Khalifa’s Rise

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From MusicWorld, posted 12.01.11 In just one year, Wiz Khalifa went from underground mixtape king to top-selling rapper. The Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native’s infectious single “Black and Yellow” reached stadium status with a performance at this year’s Super Bowl. When all eyes and ears turned to him, Khalifa stared right back and held… Read more...


Snoop Dogg, Drake, B.o.B, Lex Luger, Universal Music Publishing & More Honored at BMI Urban Awards

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From News, posted 8.27.11 Urban music’s top creators shared the stage tonight at BMI’s Urban Awards at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood. The annual event celebrates the songwriters, producers and music publishers of the past year’s most-performed r&b, rap and hip-hop songs in the BMI repertoire. The 2011 ceremony featured high-wattage star power and… Read more...


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