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BMI’s Jazz Composers Workshop Presents 31st Annual Summer Showcase

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From News, posted 5.23.19 The BMI Jazz Composers Workshop, a prestigious creative forum for musical creation and development, will present the best new big band and jazz orchestra compositions produced during the past year at the 31st annual summer showcase. The BMI/New York Jazz Orchestra, a modern repertory ensemble made up of leading New… Read more...


How to Use the “List Technique” in Your Song

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From The Weekly, posted 2.19.19 What do the songs in the list below have in common? “The Twelve Days of Christmas” (traditional) “Achy Breaky Heart” (recorded by Billy Ray Cyrus, written by Don Von Tress) Sting’s “If I Ever Lose My Faith” (written by Sting) Carrie Underwood’s “ Read more...


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 Mourns the Loss of Jazz Legend Hugh Masekela

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From News, posted 1.23.18 BMI is saddened by the news that trumpeter, composer, flugelhorn player, bandleader, singer and political activist Hugh Masekela has passed away at the age of 78. The legendary South African jazz musician recorded more than 40 solo albums in his storied career, while also collaborating with countless diverse musical icons… Read more...


‘Paul Simon: Words & Music’ Comes to the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles

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From News, posted 4.24.17 Both throughout his prolific solo career and his enduring legacy as one half of Simon & Garfunkel, Paul Simon is a monumental figure in the canon of American songwriters. His remarkable oeuvre is one rich with intricately woven narratives, seamless pop hooks, deep emotional resonance and timeless melodies. From the… Read more...


Getting to Know Hit Writer Jamie Scott

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From MusicWorld, posted 11.22.16 32-year-old U.K. native Jamie Scott has lived many lives in his career: early gigs in London; writing and producing under the name J.S. Baylin; playing in the band Jamie Scott & The Town; and then joining the duo Graffitti6, which got placements on TV shows including Grey’s Anatomy. It’s his… Read more...


Catching Up With Kiyanu Kim

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From News, posted 3.21.16 With already a decade and a half under his belt of producing, mixing, performing and songwriting, Kiyanu Kim is a driven music creator. This guitar-slinging New Yorker is building a name for himself as a writer, collaborator and musician, and gradually accruing a reputation for relaxed collaboration and a style… Read more...


A Conversation With Tree Adams

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From MusicWorld, posted 2.08.16 Tree Adams’ musical roots run deep. A seasoned composer, songwriter, musician and storyteller whose work has filled many a smoky roadhouse as well as several films, some of television’s most popular series and even the occasional video game, Adams thrills to playing both sides of the divide. His diverse string… Read more...


BMI Icon Willie Nelson Honored By Library of Congress With Gershwin Prize for Popular Song

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From News, posted 11.19.15 Willie Nelson, legendary BMI Icon and writer of Patsy Cline’s unforgettable signature hit, “Crazy,” among many other incomparable works, was the 2015 recipient of the Library of Congress’ Gershwin Prize for Popular Song in Washington, D.C. last night. Nelson, who’s 60-year career includes seven GRAMMY Awards as well as the… Read more...


BMI Mourns the Loss of Allen Toussaint

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From News, posted 11.10.15 BMI mourns the loss of longtime BMI affiliate Allen Toussaint, who passed away yesterday at the age of 77. Hailed as a gifted, prolific and versatile producer, songwriter, pianist and singer who was a fixture of New Orleans R&B, Toussaint also had his music covered widely by many other musicians.… Read more...


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