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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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Three Goals to Keep in Mind For Aspiring Songwriters in The New Year

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4 Career “Don’ts” Songwriters Should Keep in Mind

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5 Things I’ve Learned as a Songwriter

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The Art of the Edit: How to Bring Out the Best in Your Songs

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What Technical Skills Do Film, TV and Visual Media Composers Need to Be Successful in Today’s Industry

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10 Ways to Push the Creative Envelope With Your Songs

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How Can I Get Publishers Interested in My Music?

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Producers, Songwriters, and Recording Artists: What Each Can Contribute

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5 Tips for Coping When Your Songs Are Rejected

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5 Ways to Be a Better Collaborator

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How Do Composers Develop Their Own Voice?

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3 Steps to Stop Procrastinating in Your Songwriting Career

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The Dos and Don’ts of Working With Session Musicians

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5 Things to Do in the First 30 Seconds of Your Song

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What Makes a Great Jazz Piece?

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Four Tips for Getting Over Writer’s Block

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10 Tips for Bridging the Gap Between Amateur and Professional Songwriting

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The Dos and Don’ts of Meeting With Music Publishers

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Methods of a Modern Day Manager: In Conversation with Kevin Wolff

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In the Hope of a Hit, Write From Your Heart, Not Just For The Chart