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BMI Congratulates Its Winning Songwriters at the 2020 BET Awards

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From News, posted 6.29.20 BMI songwriters made a strong showing, Sunday night, at the 2020 BET Awards, with several of our affiliates claiming major awards for their tremendous contributions over the last year. While BET made the celebration virtual in light of the pandemic, this year’s event — celebrating not only twenty years of… Read more...


BMI Congratulates its 2020 BET Nominees

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From News, posted 6.16.20 Nominations for this year’s BET awards were announced yesterday with many BMI songwriters taking center stage in the music categories. The 20th anniversary of the event will air live on CBS and other Viacom networks, Sunday, June 28 at 8PM EST. Congratulations to all the nominees! Here’s the list 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...


Writing Songs in Times of Crisis

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From The Weekly, posted 5.19.20 Many of the songs we write are reflections of our times. They are snapshots that capture the emotions and events that define our worlds. So, I was not surprised during my recent songwriters workshop (which was held online) when several writers shared songs that had been sparked by their feelings… Read more...


BMI Congratulates its 2020 GRAMMY Winners

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From News, posted 1.27.20 During a star-studded celebration of the most popular and impactful music from the past year, many BMI affiliates were singled out for their achievements at the Recording Academy’s 62nd GRAMMY Awards, held last night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Among the multiple-award winners came Lizzo, who, after opening… Read more...


Vinyl 101: How to Make a Traditional Two-Sided Vinyl 45 Single

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From MusicWorld, posted 1.15.20 Given that we can all upload and distribute our music to any number of digital platforms quickly and cheaply, why even bother with a physical record anymore? Though it may seem antiquated, there are still plenty of music fans who want a tangible product (other than a cold compact disc,… Read more...


BMI and Tunespeak to Set the Stage on Fire at LouFest 2017

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From News, posted 8.22.17 BMI will return to LouFest with co-sponsor Tunespeak to showcase a brand-new lineup of the industry’s hottest up-and-comers on September 9-10 in St. Louis. In its fifth year at the festival and the second year in partnership with Tunespeak, the BMI stage has become a LouFest staple and acts such… Read more...


Indie Artist Spotlight!

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From News, posted 1.31.14 Read about some of BMI’s most buzzworthy acts in our recurring Indie Artist series. This month, the spotlight is on Elektrik People, The Electric Sons, Kiven, Blake Brown, MODOC, Palter Ego, Sol Cat, EarlyRise, and Lizzo. bmi.com/indie Read more...


Indie Spotlight: Lizzo

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From News, posted 1.30.14 Known for her work with GRRRL PRTY, Minneapolis-based rapper and singer Lizzo has worked tirelessly to make a name for herself the past few years. Formerly part of the critically acclaimed all-female rap group The Chalice, as well as the electro-pop duo Lizzo & The Larva Ink, she recently collaborated… Read more...