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How to Write Non-Visual Lyrics That Engage Listeners

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From MusicWorld, posted 4.12.18 “Show—Don’t Tell” is one of the basic tenets taught in almost every songwriting class. Writing cinematic lyrics—lyrics that incorporate visual imagery that listeners can envision like a movie in their minds—is often thought of as one of the most effective ways to connect with audiences. Cinematic lyrics do not spell… Read more...


BMI Congratulates its 2018 GRAMMY Winners

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From News, posted 1.29.18 The 60th GRAMMY Awards returned to New York City, last night, for the first time since 2003, for a special anniversary celebration on the hallowed stage of Madison Square Garden. BMI songwriters from across the genre spectrum were on hand to claim their well-earned accolades for some of the year’s… Read more...


BMI Congratulates its 2018 GRAMMY Nominees

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From News, posted 11.28.17 BMI is very proud to congratulate our many talented affiliates on their prestigious GRAMMY nominations, which were announced this morning by the Recording Academy. The 60th GRAMMY Awards, to be held in Madison Square Garden in New York City on Sunday, January 28, 2018, will salute a wide array of… Read more...


BMI Mourns the Loss of Legendary Troubadour Leonard Cohen

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From News, posted 11.11.16 BMI is saddened by the passing of one of the world’s most eminent songwriters, Leonard Cohen. For nearly five decades, Cohen’s music cut through the lines of traditional genres and was recorded more than 2,000 times by such diverse and renowned artists as Judy Collins, who recorded the timeless “Suzanne,”… Read more...


Write On: Amanda Shires

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From MusicWorld, posted 10.25.13 Amanda Shires doesn’t shy away from the dark. Instead, she fearlessly and beautifully explores it in her songwriting, finding comfort in the universal emotions we all feel, and the universal discoveries we make when we come out of the darkness and into the light. “I like exploring the darker things,”… Read more...


The Top 5 Lyric Pitfalls

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From MusicWorld, posted 9.23.13 I’m in my eighteenth year of teaching BMI’s Nashville Songwriters’ Workshop. In those classes I’ve listened to 40 to 50 songs at least 10 times a year. I did some math: I’ve reviewed more than 8,000 songs—and that does not include the songs I critiqued in the master classes,… Read more...


Indie Spotlight: Garrett Pierce

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From News, posted 4.08.11 Garrett Pierce pens songs that peek into that same dark, yet optimistic place that Henry Miller and Leonard Cohen tapped into. His voice seems to soar alongside acoustic ballads or dirgey rock songs with the emotional confidence of someone who has found his path after years of yearning. Born and… Read more...


Allen Toussaint to be Inducted into Songwriters Hall of Fame

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From News, posted 2.22.11 BMI great Allen Toussaint will become the newest member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame at the organization’s 42nd Annual Induction and Awards Dinner. The star-studded event is slated for Thursday, June 16 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City. Additional special award honorees will be announced soon.… Read more...


Leonard Cohen, David Foster Among BMI Greats Honored at 2010 Songwriters Hall of Fame Ceremony

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From News, posted 6.21.10 BMI legends Leonard Cohen (SOCAN) and David Foster were officially welcomed into the Songwriters Hall of Fame during the organization’s annual ceremony, staged Thursday, June 17 in New York. The Hall of Fame saluted Cohen’s rich catalogue with performances by an all-star lineup that included BMI trendsetter kd lang and… Read more...


Taylor Swift to Receive Hal David Starlight Award

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From News, posted 5.17.10 Taylor Swift will receive the prestigious Hal David Starlight Award during the 2010 Songwriters Hall of Fame Awards dinner, slated for Thursday, June 17 at the New York Marriott Marquis Hotel. In making the announcement, Hal David, Chairman/CEO of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, emphasized the magnitude of Swift’s breakthrough:… Read more...


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