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Ken Burns Explores Country Music in New PBS Documentary Series

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From News, posted 9.12.19 On September 15, master storytellers Ken Burns, Dayton Duncan and Julie Dunfey’s new eight-part documentary, Country Music, will debut on PBS. The much-awaited series chronicles the evolution of country music and explores the question most asked about the genre, especially in today’s world, “What is country music?” The Emmy-winning trio… 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...


What Makes a Song a Hit?

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From MusicWorld, posted 1.23.19 When I worked in the A & R Department at a major record label, and later, as production coordinator for albums by hit artists, in many cases, my ears were the first barrier that had to be crossed when a song was submitted for those acts. Almost all the songs… Read more...


BMI Congratulates its 2019 GRAMMY Nominees

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From News, posted 12.13.18 BMI is exceptionally proud to congratulate its many affiliates nominated for awards by the Recording Academy at the 61st GRAMMY Awards, scheduled to be held on February 10, 2019 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Nominations for the music industry’s most prestigious accolades were announced on December 7. In… Read more...


BMI Congratulates Loretta Lynn With Million-Air Award

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From News, posted 4.17.17 BMI’s Jody Williams stopped by BMI songwriter Loretta Lynn’s 85th birthday bash at the Ryman Auditorium on April 15, to present the country star with a Million-Air award in recognition of two million radio spins of her song “Coal Miner’s Daughter.” Lynn’s celebratory show lasted two hours and was chockfull… 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...


Writing and Placing Christmas and Holiday Songs

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From MusicWorld, posted 11.28.16 Imagine receiving airplay and earning income from a song year after year and having that same song be recorded by multiple artists over a span of decades. That is what can happen with a holiday-themed song. For many songwriters and music publishers, landing a holiday recording that becomes the next… Read more...


Lady Gaga Celebrated as Billboard’s 2015 Woman of the Year

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From News, posted 12.16.15 2015 was an incredible year for visionary songwriter and pop icon Lady Gaga, who was named Billboard’s 2015 Woman of the Year during its Women in Music event held December 11, at New York City’s Cipriani. In accepting the prestigious accolade, which is given to “a key influential figure who… Read more...


BMI Writers Honored With ACM Nominations and Awards

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From News, posted 4.14.15 Broadcast Music, Inc. writers were honored with nominations in nearly every category of the 2015 Academy of Country Music Awards. Powerhouse Miranda Lambert has nominations in an astounding seven categories, including Entertainer of the Year and Female Vocalist of the Year, while Luke Bryan has four nods, including Entertainer of… Read more...


BMI Songwriters Honored at TN Governor’s Awards

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From News, posted 3.20.15 BMI songwriters Loretta Lynn, B.B. King and Dr. Bobby Jones were recently celebrated at the Tennessee Governor’s Art Awards. Presented by the Tennessee Arts Commission, the awards are given to Tennessee artists “of exceptional talent and creativity” who have influenced the arts on a state and national level. Congratulations to… Read more...


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