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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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Top Tips From 2021 That Can Put You on the Road to Songwriting Success in 2022

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How to Place Outside Songs

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5 Steps to Getting a “YES” from Music Publishers

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4 More Tips for Instantly Better Lyrics

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5 Mistakes to Avoid When Casting Your Songs

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“Bring Me Something New”—What Song Publishers Really Mean

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More Quick Mix Fix Tips

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What’s Hot—and What’s Not In Songwriting

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Secrets From The Shaman: An Exclusive Conversation with BMI Icon Donovan

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Making Mixes That Matter – How to Create Distinctive Master Recordings of Your Songs

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How to Improve Your Editing Skills…And Your Songs

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Are Your Songs Too Repetitious – or Not Repetitious Enough?

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3 More Things I’ve Learned as a Songwriter

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Which Recording Mixes Do You Need to Increase Your Odds of Getting a Song Cut?

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Mic Moves: The Right Placement for Your Songs

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5 Tips to Help Find Good Homes for Your Songs

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Three Rules for Contacting Anyone in the Music Business

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Tracking Alternatives – Which Recording Formats Are Right for You?

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Does Your Song Have a Compelling Intro?

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5 Tips to Rebound, Reset, and Reinvigorate Your Songwriting