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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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What Makes a Song Sound Current Versus Dated?

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What Skills Do You Need to Be a Successful Songwriter?

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Get in Gear With Today’s Recording Essentials

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What Are Your Best Tips for Networking & Getting to Know Decision-Makers?

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Country Music: What’s New—and What’s Next

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Adding Luster to Your Master

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Get Inspired by Writing Songs to a Prompt

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Top Songwriting Workshop Questions - and Their Answers

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What’s Hot—and What’s Not When it Comes to Instrumentation

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The Value of Listening Differently to Your Song

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What Do You Listen For in an Aspiring Composer’s Music That Gets You Excited About Their Career?

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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