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Tips for Writing Songs About Anything…But Love

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From MusicWorld, posted 6.19.19 At my BMI Nashville Songwriters’ Workshops, I screen and critique songs from each attendee. When I find songs that I believe are competitive with those being written by today’s top hitmakers, I forward them to ten music publishers who have agreed to listen. After the last BMI Workshop, I forwarded… Read more...


Breakthrough Hits and Signature Songs: What Can They Teach Us?

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From MusicWorld, posted 2.21.19 Although it was more than sixteen years ago, I still recall chatting with a twenty-something guy who stood in front of me in line as we waited to attend the taping of the David Letterman Show. The guy was excited because his brother Adam would be performing on the show,… 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...


BMI Congratulates its 2019 GRAMMY Nominees

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From News, posted 12.13.18 BMI is exceptionally proud to congratulate its many affiliates nominated for awards by the Recording Academy at the 61st GRAMMY Awards, scheduled to be held on February 10, 2019 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Nominations for the music industry’s most prestigious accolades were announced on December 7. In… Read more...


Harry Gregson-Williams and Other Top Songwriters Honored At 2018 BMI London Awards

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From News, posted 10.01.18 Tonight, BMI proudly honored acclaimed film composer Harry Gregson-Williams with the BMI Icon Award at the 2018 BMI London Awards. Guests including Liam Payne, James Arthur, Natasha Bedingfield, Tinie Tempah and Trevor Rabin attended the awards at London’s Dorchester Hotel for an evening of celebration for UK and European songwriters,… Read more...


BMI to Honor Film Composer Harry Gregson-Williams as a BMI Icon at The 2018 BMI London Awards

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From News, posted 9.11.18 BMI is proud to announce that esteemed composer Harry Gregson-Williams will be named a BMI Icon at this year’s BMI London Awards. Gregson-Williams is receiving the honor in recognition of his unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers. The private event will be held at the Dorchester Hotel… Read more...


Tips for Recording a Compelling Demo

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From MusicWorld, posted 5.10.18 Nowadays even the most basic software package offers home users virtually infinite tracking space, making the temptation to over-record stronger than ever. Bear in mind, however, that some of the most compelling productions through the years have been those that favored space and dynamics, rather than uber-overdubbing. To that end,… Read more...


International Hitmaker Mark Ronson to be Honored With the BMI Champion Award at 2018 BMI Pop Awards

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From News, posted 4.02.18 BMI is pleased to announce that internationally renowned super producer, artist, songwriter and DJ Mark Ronson will be honored with the BMI Champion Award at the 66th Annual BMI Pop Awards. Marking the first time this honor has been given out during the ceremony’s history, the five-time GRAMMY Award-winner will… Read more...


Jay Kay and Top Songwriters Honored at 2017 BMI London Awards

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From News, posted 10.09.17 BMI tonight proudly honored internationally-celebrated musician and songwriter Jay Kay (of Jamiroquai) with the BMI President’s Award at the 2017 BMI London Awards. Music industry guests including Naughty Boy, Foals and Bipolar Sunshine filled London’s Dorchester hotel to celebrate UK and European songwriters, producers and publishers of the most-performed songs… Read more...


Sting and Wayne Shorter Receive Polar Music Prize

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From News, posted 7.31.17 BMI is proud to congratulate two of our truly outstanding and deserving songwriters, Sting and Wayne Shorter, on being named Laureates of the Polar Music Prize. Founded in 1989 by the late Stig ”Stikkan” Anderson, who was the publisher, lyricist and manager of the enormously successful band ABBA, the Polar… Read more...


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