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Sir Nolan Shares His “No Brainer” Tips for Songwriting Success


From MusicWorld, posted 7.17.19. When Sir Nolan starts talking about his life and career these days, one word tends to come up again and again: evolution. That makes sense, considering that in the two years since MusicWorld last checked in with the U.K.-bred Nolan Lambroza, he’s continued to grow not only as an acclaimed…Read more...

BMI Congratulates Zuberi “@uD!o” Mackson for Winning The Curtis Mayfield Scholarship Award


From News, posted 6.18.19. BMI is proud to congratulate versatile singer/songwriter/producer Zuberi “@uD!o” Mackson for earning the 2019 Curtis Mayfield Scholarship Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Originally from Lakewood, New Jersey, this up-and-coming music creator first started defining his vocation at Five Towns Music College in Dix Hills, New York, delving deeply…Read more...

BMI Celebrates its Songwriters at 2019 Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony


From News, posted 6.18.19. BMI is very proud of its affiliates honored at the Songwriters Hall of Fame 50th Annual Induction & Award Gala, held June 13 at the Marriott Marquis in New York City. BMI songwriters inducted into the prestigious institution this year included Dallas Austin, Tom T. Hall, and recent BMI Troubadour…Read more...

Living & Learning: BMI Singer/Songwriter DAVIE Looks Ahead


From The Weekly, posted 6.18.19. Having musically cut his teeth singing for his family’s traveling gospel ensemble, it wasn’t until New Jersey native James Treadwell was in high school that he was encouraged to pursue a full-time solo career. Relocating to Los Angeles after college, the aspiring singer/songwriter started singing backup vocals for artists like…Read more...

Multiple GRAMMY and Pulitzer Prize Winner Kendrick Lamar Signs With BMI


From News, posted 4.29.19. BMI is incredibly pleased to announce that multiple award-winning superstar and Top Dawg Entertainment/Interscope Records recording artist Kendrick Lamar has signed a long-term deal with the performing rights organization to represent his critically-acclaimed catalog of music worldwide. Lamar joins BMI’s growing roster of more than 900,000 songwriters, composers and music…Read more...

What’s the most important part of a demo – the vocal or the production?


From The Weekly, posted 4.16.19. Just as genres are different, so are the musical elements that best support them on a demo. BMI’s Creative team listens to music all day every day. Here’s what they had to say about what makes them turn up the volume on a demo. MaryAnn Keen, Creative, Nashville (Country) …Read more...

BMI Mourns the Loss of Nipsey Hussle


From News, posted 4.01.19. BMI is mourning the loss of Nipsey Hussle, a phenomenal rapper, songwriter, philanthropist and dedicated community activist who passed away Sunday at the age of 33. Originally from the Crenshaw district of South Los Angeles, Hussle’s name quickly rose to prominence on the back of various influential mixtapes, notably the…Read more...

In and Out of the Studio With the Highly Sought-After Lido


From MusicWorld, posted 3.20.19. Lido, the songwriter and producer revered for his drum work and stunning remixes, has come a long way from his tiny hometown in Norway. Having discovered gospel music through his father, Lido—born Peder Losnegård—had his musical sensibilities shaped by annual sojourns to the U.S. to see gospel performed in the…Read more...

BMI Congratulates Its 2019 GRAMMY Winners


From News, posted 2.11.19. Music’s biggest night returned to Los Angeles’ Staple Center, last night, for the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards, and true to form, a robust showing of BMI affiliates went home with the gold.  Childish Gambino’s incendiary single “This is America” made history by being the first rap song to win both…Read more...

BMI Writers Dallas Austin, Tom T. Hall & John Prine to be Inducted into Songwriters Hall of Fame


From News, posted 1.15.19. BMI is exceptionally proud of its affiliates being inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame for 2019. As announced on Saturday, January 12, the Hall will soon welcome in BMI songwriters Dallas Austin, Tom T. Hall and recent BMI Troubadour Award recipient John Prine. Dedicated to honoring the contributions of…Read more...

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