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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 Hosts Reception for International Planned Music Association Board Members

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From News, posted 2.08.19 BMI hosted a private reception for the Board of the International Planned Music Association (IPMA) at the Company’s Nashville office on February 6th, where the group was treated to a special performance by BMI singer-songwriter Lindsay Ell. In the last year, Ell opened for Brad Paisley’s Weekend Warrior World Tour,… Read more...


Composer Matt Mahaffey Animatedly Talks About Life With Shrek, The Ninja Turtles, and More

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From MusicWorld, posted 1.23.19 When songwriter, composer and producer Matt Mahaffey started scoring for animated projects with the game-changing Shrek, the transition was not only serendipitous, but also a kind of full-circle turn. Mahaffey was just four years old when he started writing songs and playing drums, and soon honed his craft performing at… 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...


What Skills Do You Need to Be a Successful Songwriter?

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From MusicWorld, posted 11.28.18 An aspiring songwriter recently asked me several intriguing questions: “What abilities do I need to write songs? Do I need to be able to read and write music? Play keyboards or guitar? Sing in tune?” He followed up by asking what additional skills he would need in order to record… Read more...


BMI Congratulates its 2018 CMA Winners

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From News, posted 11.15.18 BMI is so proud to congratulate our affiliates who took home prestigious CMA trophies in nearly every category last night, including Kacey Musgraves (Album of the Year), Keith Urban (Entertainer of the Year), Carrie Underwood (Female Vocalist of the Year) and Luke Combs (New Artist of the Year). The ceremony,… Read more...


Steve Cropper Receives BMI Icon Award at 2018 BMI Country Awards

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From News, posted 11.13.18 BMI proudly presented its 2018 BMI Country Awards this evening, honoring the prolific musical career of BMI Icon Award recipient Steve Cropper, as well as the Country Songwriter, Song and Publisher of the Year. The 66th annual event, which is the genre’s oldest awards ceremony, also celebrated the songwriters and… Read more...


Country Music: What’s New—and What’s Next

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From The Weekly, posted 11.06.18 Music in all genres is constantly evolving, and that is certainly evident on today’s country music charts. Hits by artists such as Keith Urban, Florida Georgia Line, Carrie Underwood, and Thomas Rhett bear little resemblance to those by country music legends who paved the way, such as Willie Nelson, Dolly… Read more...


Indie Spotlight: WILD

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From News, posted 9.25.18 The origin story of WILD, a Los-Angeles–based trio, might be described as a series of lucky coincidences. Tyler Thompson (producer/bass) and Zach Daegatano (guitar/vocals) met through a mutual friend and began writing soulful, pop-influenced songs. Then they met Lauren Luiz, and they knew the former opera singer’s powerful vocals would… Read more...


Are Your Songs Too “Rangy” for Today’s Singers?

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From MusicWorld, posted 9.19.18 At the beginning of my career, I had a song go on hold for a female country music star whose singles regularly went to #1. The head of her record label said my song was a “must-cut” situation, and I was faced with a daunting decision: should I buy a… Read more...


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