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When Clever is Too Clever in Songwriting

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From MusicWorld, posted 11.15.17 Before addressing what might constitute being “too clever” in lyrics, I’ll begin by defining what I mean by “clever” lyrics. For the purposes of this article I’m referring to songs with lyrics that are witty, tongue-in-cheek, humorous, or amusing. These are in contrast to those that fall into the category… Read more...


BMI Helps Ohio Restaurateurs Honor ProStart Winners

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From News, posted 2.22.17 BMI teamed up with the Ohio Restaurant Association and the ORA’s Education Foundation to honor the winners of their annual Pro-Start competition by providing the musical entertainment at the awards ceremony held recently (2/19) in Columbus. 17 culinary, 11 management and 15 Burger Battle ProStart Ohio high school student teams… Read more...


Finding Great Song Titles and Fresh Angles

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From MusicWorld, posted 4.20.15 Your title and concept are the foundations upon which your entire lyric will be built. The strongest lyrics deliver listeners to the title, and the title is the logical conclusion of the lines that precede it. If you build on a weak foundation you’ll be facing an uphill battle to… Read more...


2014 Rewind: Songs of the Year From BMI Awards Shows

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From News, posted 12.30.14 The penchant for penning certified hits comes to fruition at BMI Awards shows, as the Song of the Year award, given to the track that received the most performances within that genre, celebrates a songwriter’s ability to enthrall music fans. Take a look back, listen to the 2014 Songs of… Read more...


BMI Congratulates its GRAMMY Nominees

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From News, posted 12.23.14 Broadcast Music, Inc. writers have a lot to celebrate following the announcement of the 2015 GRAMMY nominations. The winners will be revealed during the 57th annual GRAMMY awards, held in the Staples Center in Los Angeles and broadcast live February 8, 2015 on CBS. BMI writers are present in nominations… Read more...


How to Write and Pitch for Different Genres and Music Centers

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From MusicWorld, posted 6.25.14 Great songs are at the heart of every style of music. But the process of writing and demoing those songs—as well as business practices—varies by genre, and is approached differently in various music centers. This article will examine those differences. How the Songs Are Written In… Read more...


Martin Terefe, Making the Personal Professional

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From MusicWorld, posted 12.27.09 Martin Terefe enjoys having a career that includes both writing songs and producing records, often for fellow songwriters. “Sometimes when you produce stuff you grow as a songwriter,” he observes. “And when you are writing songs, you get ideas about arranging stuff and putting things together where you get your… Read more...


Indie Spotlight: Rob Roy

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From News, posted 12.17.09 If you haven’t seen the video for “Fur In My Cap,” you may as well have been living under the rocks. Rob Roy’s first official video has the internet going nuts, with Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, Justin Timberlake, Chris Brown and ?uestlove all showing love to the multi-talented rapper/singer/producer from… Read more...


BMI Boasts Eclectic CMJ Lineup

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From News, posted 10.07.09 BMI has announced the performers at the 2009 BMI-sponsored CMJ Music Marathon Festival showcase on Wednesday, October 21 at 7:30 p.m. A diverse lineup of talent will hit the stage at Crash Mansion (199 Bowery, NYC), continuing CMJ’s 29-year history of celebrating new music first. Entry is free for CMJ… Read more...


Grammy Winners and Nominees to Discuss ‘How I Wrote That Song’ at Key Club in LA

From News, posted 1.28.09 BMI Panel Discussion will Feature will.i.am, T-Pain, Chad Hugo (Neptunes), Makeba Riddick, Keri Hilson and Surprise GuestsBMI will present its annual “How I Wrote That Song” panel Saturday, February 7, from 1 until 3 p.m. at the Key Club (9039 Sunset Blvd.) in Los Angeles. Led by BMI’s Catherine Brewton,… Read more...


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