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BMI Bulletin Board: November

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From MusicWorld, posted 11.15.17 WORKSHOPS Jason Blume Songwriting Workshop: Nashville BMI’s popular Songwriters’ Workshop Series in Nashville is held monthly under the tutelage of hit songwriter and best-selling author Jason Blume. When: January 9, April 17, 2018, 12:30 - 4:30 PM. Where: BMI’s Nashville offices (10 Music Square East, Nashville, TN)… Read more...


Does Your Song Need a New Demo?

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From MusicWorld, posted 6.20.17 I have hundreds of songs sitting on shelves collecting dust—instead of royalties. Many of them were written decades ago and they were in sync, lyrically and melodically, to the eras in which they were composed. But as Larry Beaird, top session guitarist and owner of Beaird Music Group, stated, “Times… Read more...


BMI Presents Music Licensing Session and Songwriter Performance at RRCA National Conference

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From News, posted 3.21.17 BMI was asked to host a music licensing presentation at the Road Runners Club of America’s (RRCA) 59th national conference held recently (3/10) in Detroit. The presentation provided an inside look at the music licensing process, the service BMI provides to RRCA members and the role BMI plays in ensuring… Read more...


How I Wrote That Song Spotlight: Panelist Natalie Hemby

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From News, posted 1.29.15 Natalie Hemby (@nataliehemby) is a driving force among songwriters, revered as one of the top female scribes in the industry. Hemby signed her first publishing deal in 1997 and has since written songs recorded by artists Sheryl Crow, Miranda Lambert, Eli Young Band, Lady Antebellum, Rosi Golan, Toby Keith, Little… Read more...


10 Questions With Dean Dillon

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From MusicWorld, posted 11.25.13 Dean Dillon’s life has been the stuff of country songs—hard-living, hard-earned, bootstrapping, boot-wearing. He grew up poor in East Tennessee, and just out of high school in 1973, hitchhiked to Nashville to take his chances as a songwriter. That’s where he met George Strait, presented to Dillon then as a… Read more...


Pistol Annies Shoot Straight

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From MusicWorld, posted 9.14.11 The name Pistol Annies evokes a gang of six-gun toting bad women from the days of Deadwood, which isn’t entirely off the mark. Despite their angelic harmonies, the trio of hotshot country singer-songwriters Ashley Monroe, Miranda Lambert and Angaleena Presley bring desperado attitude to their music. “When we started co-writing,… Read more...


Great Songs Do Win: Scotty McCreery Cuts ‘Out of Summertime’ and Brings It Full Circle

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From News, posted 5.31.11 Every song has a story. For some, the road from writer’s dream to the top of the charts is a fast, straight shot. For others, the road twists and turns, as dead ends and false starts threaten to end the journey. “Out of Summertime” was written by Nashville hit-makers Tim… Read more...


David Lee, Lessons Learned

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From MusicWorld, posted 1.28.11 Over the last 20 years, David Lee has emerged as reliable Nashville hit songwriter, with cuts by George Strait, Lee Ann Womack, Trace Adkins, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill. But the story behind Lee’s latest songwriting success, Lady Antebellum’s “Hello World,” stretches back to his earliest days in Music City.… Read more...


Fred Foster, Kris Kristofferson and Willie Nelson Saluted with Leadership Music Dale Franklin Award

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From News, posted 8.31.10 The Nashville music community came together to celebrate BMI pioneers Fred Foster, Kris Kristofferson and Willie Nelson with the seventh annual Leadership Music Dale Franklin Award, presented during the organization’s gala dinner on Sunday, August 29 at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Music City. Vince Gill hosted the ceremony and… Read more...


Hank Cochran Dies

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From News, posted 7.15.10 Iconic songwriter Hank Cochran died Thursday morning at his home in Hendersonville, Tennessee. The writer behind country standards including “Make the World Go Away,” “She’s Got You,” “I Fall to Pieces,” “The Chair,” “Ocean Front Property,” “Don’t You Ever Get Tired of Hurting Me,” “Is It Raining at Your House,”… Read more...


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