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BMI Congratulates its HMMA Visual Media Award Winners

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From News, posted 1.28.21 The Hollywood Music In Media Award (HMMA) winners have been announced, with many BMI composers taking top Visual Media honors as well as nominations. The prestigious awards are the first in the year to honor original music (song and score) in all visual media from around the globe, including film,… Read more...


“Amazed” Songwriter Aimee Mayo Shares Her Unexpected Journey to Hitmaker

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From MusicWorld, posted 1.19.21 Aimee Mayo’s life story sounds like a movie plot. She endured a volatile childhood growing up in Gadsden, Alabama, changing schools 11 times before fourth grade. Her father shot himself when she was 8 years old; he survived, and after Mayo’s parents divorced, her mother married an abusive man. She… Read more...


BMI Congratulates its 2021 GRAMMY Nominees

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From News, posted 11.24.20 In a year like no other, BMI is once again very excited to congratulate its many talented affiliates who received GRAMMY nominations in recognition of their contributions to the year’s most impactful music. As the industry’s highest accolade, the prestigious GRAMMY Awards celebrate the very best in the fields of… Read more...


BMI Congratulates its 2020 ACM Winners

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From News, posted 9.17.20 Last night was a great one for BMI songwriters who took the majority of this year’s ACM Awards and gave outstanding performances from various venues across Nashville and others parts of the country. The ceremony, which adhered to social distancing protocols, still managed to bring country fans together with the… Read more...


When it Comes to Song Titles, Don’t Hit the Nail Too Squarely on the Head

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From The Weekly, posted 6.03.20 Most of the writers who attend my songwriting workshops already know how to write perfectly crafted songs. My job is to help them write the kinds of songs that a music publisher, record label executive, record producer, or recording artist will feel compelled to choose over the competition. One of… Read more...


5 Tips for Making Your Lyrics Stand Out

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From MusicWorld, posted 5.22.20 At my songwriting workshops I stress the importance of including lyric and melodic elements in our songs that will compel listeners and decision-makers to choose our material over the tough competition. Let’s look at some ways to write lyrics that command attention. 1. Find a Fresh Angle It’s unlikely that… Read more...


What Makes a Song a Worldwide Phenomenon?

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From MusicWorld, posted 2.20.20 Warning: Listening to the songs referenced in this article is likely to result in an inability to get them out of your brain. It is an incredible accomplishment for a song to reach the top of one of the Billboard charts. Occasionally, songs connect with listeners sufficiently to… Read more...


Best of ‘MusicWorld’ 2019

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From News, posted 12.30.19 MusicWorld rocked with unbeatable tips in 2019. Here are our top 10! Not a subscriber to MusicWorld? Sign up now!5 Things to Do in the First 30 Seconds of Your Song During a recent song critique, I turned off the recording after listening to the… Read more...


BMI Congratulates its 2020 Golden Globe Nominees

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From News, posted 12.09.19 The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has announced this year’s Golden Globe nominees with several BMI songwriters and composers poised to win big. The annual celebration will air live on NBC January 5, 2020, from the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles. Congratulations to all! Here’s the list of BMI nominees: Best… Read more...


10 Ways to Push the Creative Envelope With Your Songs

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From MusicWorld, posted 10.23.19 Sometimes, playing it safe is the most dangerous thing we can do. This is especially applicable when our goal is to write songs that rise above the competition; songs that become artists’ signature songs; and songs that impact audiences and propel artists to a next level. We need to find… Read more...


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