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How to Write Songs That Are Both Personal and Universal

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From MusicWorld, posted 6.15.18 Most of us who are in the business of creating songs are aware of the importance of writing lyrics that have universal appeal, lyrics that connect with millions of hearts. We have also heard about the importance of writing songs that emanate from our hearts, from personal experience. On the… Read more...


Kenny Chesney Receives BMI President’s Award at the 2016 BMI Country Awards

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From News, posted 11.02.16 BMI proudly presented its 2016 BMI Country Awards last night, honoring the prolific songwriting career of BMI President’s Award winner Kenny Chesney, as well as the Country Songwriter, Song and Publisher of the Year. The 64th annual event, which is the genre’s oldest awards ceremony, also celebrated the songwriters and… Read more...


Show—Don’t Tell: 3 Steps to Writing Better Lyrics

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From MusicWorld, posted 3.23.15 Our goal, when we share a song, is to evoke emotion in our listeners—to have them not only know what the singer is feeling, but to empathize—to feel the emotion. One of the most effective ways to achieve this is by bringing your audience inside the world of your… Read more...


BMI Writers Win Nearly 80% of 2014 ACM Awards

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From News, posted 4.09.14 BMI songwriters took home nearly 80% of the 49th Annual ACM Awards presented on the show in Las Vegas on April 6, 2014. The star-studded show, which was hosted by BMI members Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan, aired live on CBS from the MGM Grand Garden Arena. In addition, BMI… Read more...


GRAMMY Nods Showcase Depth of BMI Roster

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From News, posted 1.16.14 The 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards are less than two weeks away and the dozens of BMI affiliates nominated are well positioned for a huge evening. Rapidly ascendant newcomers Macklemore & Ryan Lewis snagged an impressive seven nods, including  Album of the Year for The Heist, Song of the Year and… Read more...


BMI Writers Dominate at 2013 CMAs

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From News, posted 11.08.13 Once again, Broadcast Music, Inc. writers took the vast majority of Country Music Association Awards on November 6, 2013, in Nashville - this time with more than 90% of the trophies! The night included multiple wins for Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw, Florida Georgia Line and Taylor Swift, who won the… Read more...


BMI Writers Owen, Steele, Jennings and Martine Honored at NaSHOF

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From News, posted 10.17.13 On Sunday, October 13, 2013, friends, family and music industry notables celebrated the induction of Broadcast Music, Inc.’s legendary songwriters Jeffrey Steele, Layng Martine Jr., Will Jennings and Randy Owen into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. Among other chart-busters, Steele’s work includes “The Cowboy in Me,” “Everytime I Hear… Read more...


BMI Writers Rack Up Multiple CMA Nominations

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From News, posted 10.15.13 On the heels of last year’s sweep of the CMA Awards, BMI’s country music songwriters and producers are well positioned for another great year in 2013. BMI affiliates received the vast majority of award nominations - four out of five in most categories, the entirety of the Male Vocalist of… Read more...


BMI Members Take 67% of Music Row Awards

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From News, posted 6.26.13 The 25th annual Music Row Awards, held last night in Nashville, highlighted the diverse talents of Broadcast Music, Inc. members by honoring them with artist, songwriter and musician awards. Kacey Musgraves won both Breakthrough Songwriter and Breakthrough Artist while also tying for Song of the Year with “Merry Go Round,”… Read more...


#1 Song “I Drive Your Truck” Inspired by Army Dad’s Moving Story

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From News, posted 5.21.13 Broadcast Music, Inc. songwriter, Connie Harrington, was listening to a public radio program when she happened to hear a story about a father remembering his son, killed in Afghanistan in 2006. Harrington was so moved by the dad who coped with his grief by driving his son’s truck, that she… Read more...


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