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Hall of Fame Songwriter Steve Dorff Performs at Idea Bank Fall Conference

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From News, posted 11.04.19 In what has become an annual tradition, BMI provided the musical entertainment at the International Idea Bank fall conference, held recently (10/22) in Elko, Nevada. The GRAMMY and Emmy-nominated songwriter Steve Dorff performed at The Ruby 360 Lodge for an audience of radio executives from around the world. Dorff has… 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...


Legendary BMI Songwriter Steve Dorff Shares Stories and Songs

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From News, posted 11.19.18 BMI and Hearst Radio were on hand in Baltimore recently (11/14) when Hall of Fame songwriter Steve Dorff performed at Germano’s Piattini Cabaret, a long time BMI customer that has been supporting BMI songwriters for a number of years through the licensing fees they pay for their live music. The… 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...


Take Your Songwriting to the Next Level by Adding a Twist

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From MusicWorld, posted 10.14.16 To grab our listeners’ attention we need to separate our songs from the competition, and one way to accomplish this is by including an unexpected twist—an element of surprise. This article examines various ways to incorporate twists into lyrics and melodies. Story Songs With Surprise Endings “Ol’ Red” (written by… Read more...


Like Father, Like Son: A Conversation With Hit Songwriters Steve and Andrew Dorff

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From MusicWorld, posted 10.14.16 Songwriting, like any art form, is shaped by both nature and nurture. Hit songwriter and composer Steve Dorff – who has been honored with more than 40 BMI Awards, 11 Billboard #1 songs, and multiple GRAMMY and Emmy nominations – could have viewed his adolescent son Andrew’s interest in writing… Read more...


Labor of Love: A Conversation With GRAMMY-Winning Hitmaker Linda Perry And Her Wife, Sara Gilbert

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From MusicWorld, posted 11.13.15 Two decades ago, Linda Perry’s voice permeated the airwaves with 4 Non Blondes’ massive hit, “What’s Going On?” But penning one of Gen X’s anthems was just the tip of the iceberg for Perry, who went on to compose and produce hits for Christina Aguilera (“Beautiful”), Gwen Stefani (“What You… Read more...


D’Mile Produces Tracks for GRAMMY-nominated Album

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From News, posted 2.10.15 Singer-songwriter-producer Dernst Emile II, aka D’Mile, expressed his musical talents early. At the age of six, he ably performed pieces from the book, Hanon: The Virtuoso Pianist in Sixty Exercises. From there, he mastered the acoustic, bass and electric guitars and drums. His classical training (instilled by his father, Dernst… Read more...


Writing and Placing Songs Internationally

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From MusicWorld, posted 7.28.14 With so many artists and producers writing or co-writing their own material, there seem to be fewer opportunities than ever for writers and music publishers to pitch and place songs. It’s become increasingly important to think outside the box when writing and promoting material—and that includes looking beyond our own… Read more...


10 Things You Need to Know About Placing Music on TV and in Films

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From Songwriter 101, posted 4.25.14 You want every chance to generate income from your music, and while mechanical royalties (for sales of tangible product and digital downloads) have diminished, there are more opportunities than ever to have your music heard on television and in movies. In addition to the financial benefit, for songwriters who are… Read more...


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