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Career Advice for Songwriters


How to Write, Record & Pitch Your Songs


One of our roles at BMI is to nurture the creation of music and help songwriters and composers be the best they can be. In addition to the many programs that BMI supports through various educational outlets, we hope you find that these articles also provide guidance in your careers. Good luck and enjoy!


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Are Your Songs Too “Rangy” for Today’s Singers?

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How Making Multiple Demos Can Lead to a Better Song

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How Can Songwriters Learn to Set Trends Instead of Follow Them?

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What Session Musicians Can Bring to Your Recordings

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How to Comp Your Way into a Great Recording

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How to Prepare for a Co-Writing Session

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What Advice Do You Have For Young Composers Just Leaving Their Graduate Programs?

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How to Write a Song That’s Fun to Listen to—and Fun to Sing

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What’s Expected of a Songwriter When it Comes to Recording Demos

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Tips for Writing “The Next Big Thing”

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What Are The Pitfalls to Avoid When Recording And Submitting a Demo?

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How to Write Songs That Are Both Personal and Universal

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What’s Holding Your Song Back?

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What a Recording Engineer Can and Should Bring to the Session

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Networking Tips for Songwriters From a Music Industry Expert

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What Are The Key Elements of a Successful Musical Theatre Piece?

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BMI Bulletin Board: May

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Tips for Recording a Compelling Demo

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3 Tips for Writing to a Title

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6 Tips for Exercising Your Songwriting Muscles