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Nashville Newcomer Morgan Evans Takes Off

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From MusicWorld, posted 6.15.18 Nashville is a fabled destination for many aspiring singer-songwriters, and those who’ve made the trek will tell you that it’s rarely an easy road to get there. But if there’s a prize for the most frequent flyer miles earned on the path to Music City, it might go to Morgan… Read more...


BMI Radio Customers and Association Partners Treated to VIP Experiences at Key West Festival

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From News, posted 5.14.18 BMI helped host two VIP receptions for licensing customers and association partners who traveled to the southernmost point in the continental U.S. to enjoy the 2018 Key West Songwriters Festival, held May 9-13. The first event was held in partnership with the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association at the Southernmost… Read more...


BMI Songwriter Brings Stories and Songs to Colorado Bar & Restaurant Expo

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From News, posted 5.01.18 BMI partnered with the Tavern League of Colorado recently (4/29) to provide the musical entertainment at the trade association’s annual Bar & Restaurant Expo. The event, which was held at the Cowboy Lounge in Denver, is designed to connect vendors and sponsors with the decision makers from locally owned bars,… Read more...


The Most Important Lines of Lyric

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From The Weekly, posted 3.19.18 Of course, every line in a lyric is important, but are some more important than others? Let’s examine several lines that serve special, unique functions because of their locations within a lyric. These are lines that can propel a lyric from “good” to “wow.” Opening Lines We get only one… Read more...


Talking With: Devin Dawson

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From MusicWorld, posted 1.09.18 Devin Dawson’s debut album Dark Horse comes out January 19, and he couldn’t be more excited for you to hear it. The Orangevale, California native moved to Nashville in 2012 and has immersed himself in the songwriting community since. No stranger to the life of a musician — Dawson previously… Read more...


How to Write Song Hooks That “Hook” You in

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From MusicWorld, posted 1.09.18 What constitutes a hook? Any element of a song that grabs a listener’s attention and “hooks” them in. With there being so much competition for our listeners’ attention, including multiple hooks throughout our songs has become more important than ever. According to an article in The Atlantic magazine, “A short-attention-span… Read more...


When Clever is Too Clever in Songwriting

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From MusicWorld, posted 11.15.17 Before addressing what might constitute being “too clever” in lyrics, I’ll begin by defining what I mean by “clever” lyrics. For the purposes of this article I’m referring to songs with lyrics that are witty, tongue-in-cheek, humorous, or amusing. These are in contrast to those that fall into the category… Read more...


Indie Spotlight: Caitlyn Smith

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From News, posted 7.06.17 Raised in Cannon Falls, Minnesota, Caitlyn Smith grew up singing in the church and at county fairs. She wrote her first songs at the age of eight, and convinced her parents she was meant to be an artist, eventually landing in Nashville. She’s composed songs for Dolly Parton, Garth Brooks,… Read more...


BMI Brings Award-Winning Country Songwriter to Alaska to Entertain Hotel Executives

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From News, posted 1.27.17 BMI brought Nashville to Anchorage recently (1/19) as award winning country songwriter Wynn Varble entertained hoteliers at the Alaska Hotel and Lodging Association’s Annual Stars of Industry Awards Dinner where the trade organization honored hotel executives and their employees for outstanding accomplishments, service, and leadership in the lodging industry. Later… Read more...


BMI Helps Radio Executives Experience the Art of Songwriting

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From News, posted 11.04.16 The Radio Advertising Bureau’s fall Board meeting was highlighted by an appearance from three of BMI’s most successful country songwriters who led the Board in a songwriting exercise and then entertained them with a traditional Bluebird Café-style guitar pull. The meeting, held recently (11/1-11/2) at the Gwen Hotel in Chicago,… Read more...


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