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5 Tips for Songwriting Success in Today’s Music Industry

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From MusicWorld, posted 4.18.19 I taught my first songwriting class at Los Angeles’ Pierce College in 1991. Back then, if my car radio were tuned to a pop station, it was likely I would hear chart-topping artists such as Michael Jackson, Wilson Phillips, Janet Jackson, Michael Bolton, Poison, and Roxette. During that same era,… Read more...


BMI Songwriters Take the Stage and the Trophies at 2019 ACM Awards

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From News, posted 4.08.19 BMI proudly congratulates our affiliates who took home the majority of Academy of Country Music Awards last night in Las Vegas. The star-filled evening also featured unforgettable performances by members of the BMI family who commanded the stage, including Keith Urban, Brooks and Dunn, Luke Combs, Eric Church, Ashley McBryde,… Read more...


Sebastián Krys Recibirá El Champion Award Durante La Ceremonia De Los Premios Latinos BMI

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From News, posted 3.04.19 BMI se enorgullece de otorgar a Sebastián Krys el Champion Award durante la 26a edición de los Premios Latinos de BMI. El galardonado productor recibirá el reconocimiento por su excelencia musical y numerosos esfuerzos filantrópicos. Como se anunció anteriormente, Mario Quintero Lara de Los Tucanes de Tijuana recibirá el Premio… Read more...


Sebastian Krys to be Presented with the BMI Champion Award at the 2019 BMI Latin Awards

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From News, posted 3.04.19 BMI is proud to honor Sebastian Krys with the BMI Champion Award at the 26th Annual BMI Latin Awards. The multiple award-winning producer will receive this honor in recognition of his musical excellence and numerous philanthropic efforts. As previously announced, Mario Quintero Lara of Los Tucanes de Tijuana will receive… Read more...


BMI Congratulates its 2019 ACM Nominees

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From News, posted 2.21.19 The Academy of Country Music has again this year honored BMI affiliates with the majority of ACM award nominations. The highly anticipated show will broadcast live from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Sunday, April 7, from 8:00-11:00PM ET/(delayed PT) on CBS. A well-deserved congratulations to all! Here’s the… 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 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...


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