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What’s Hot—and What’s Not In Songwriting

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From MusicWorld, posted 7.23.21 I was recently asked how the tools and techniques I teach today differ from those I have taught in the past. Have I noticed any recent changes in successful songs and in the processes of writing them? I looked back over the thirty years that I have been teaching songwriting,… Read more...


BMI Salutes its Top Songwriters for the 2020 BMI Country Awards

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From News, posted 11.09.20 BMI paid tribute to the best in songwriting for its 68th Annual BMI Country Awards. The top songwriters, publishers and administrators of the previous year’s most-performed Country songs were celebrated across BMI’s digital and social channels. Major award winners for Song of the Year, Songwriter of the Year and Publisher… Read more...


BMI Congratulates its 2020 ACM Nominees

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From News, posted 2.28.20 The nods are out for the 55th annual ACM Awards with BMI songwriters poised to win big again this year. Leading the pack are Maren Morris and Thomas Rhett, who each received a resounding five nominations. Blake Shelton and Luke Combs were also awarded four and three nods, respectively, with… Read more...


BMI Songwriters Jim McCormick and Payton Smith Highlight Broadcasters Convention in New Orleans

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From News, posted 6.11.19 BMI provided the closing entertainment for the Louisiana and Mississippi Broadcasters Associations at their joint annual convention held recently (5/30/19) at the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans. BMI songwriters and Louisiana natives, Jim McCormick and Payton Smith, entertained a room of radio and TV executives from across both states. Three-time… Read more...


Bob DiPiero Receives BMI Icon Award at 2017 BMI Country Awards

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From News, posted 11.08.17 BMI proudly presented its 2017 BMI Country Awards last night, honoring the prolific songwriting career of BMI Icon Award recipient Bob DiPiero, as well as the Country Songwriter, Song and Publisher of the Year. The 65th annual event, which is the genre’s oldest awards ceremony, also celebrated the songwriters and… Read more...


Special Concert by Nashville Country Artists Highlight Beasley Broadcast Group GM Meeting

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From News, posted 9.06.17 BMI helped Beasley Broadcast Group honor the radio group’s top performers by providing musical entertainment at their annual awards dinner held August 24, at The Ritz-Carlton in Naples, FL. BMI singer-songwriter and Columbia Nashville recording artist Tyler Farr, along with BMI songwriter and Curb recording artist Lee Brice, did a… 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...


Mac Davis Recognized as BMI Icon at 2015 BMI Country Awards

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From News, posted 11.04.15 BMI proudly presented its 2015 BMI Country Awards last night, honoring the prolific songwriting career of BMI Icon Mac Davis, as well as the Country Songwriter, Song and Publisher of the Year. The 63rd annual event, which is the genre’s oldest awards ceremony, also celebrated the songwriters and publishers of… Read more...


Current Trends in Country Music: What’s Hot & What’s Not

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From MusicWorld, posted 9.16.15 “That ain’t country!” is a comment I often hear when I play current country hits in my songwriting workshops. It’s true that today’s country hits bear little resemblance to the songs that topped the charts by Elvis, Tammy, Waylon, Willie, and Patsy. Music evolves and the styles that rule the… Read more...


BMI Writers Jim McCormick and Payton Smith Highlight Broadcasters Convention in Biloxi

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From News, posted 6.02.15 BMI provided the closing entertainment for the Louisiana and Mississippi Broadcasters Associations at their joint annual convention held recently (5/21/15) at the Beau Rivage Resort and Casino in Biloxi, MS. BMI songwriters and Louisiana natives, Jim McCormick and Payton Smith entertained together and separately, wowing the crowd during the closing… Read more...


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