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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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Tips for Using Reverb and Compression Effects on Your Songs

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How Can Songwriters be Influenced by Music They Hear And Still be Unique?

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The Dos and Don’ts of Working With Producers

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10 Tips for Switching Gears When a Song Isn’t Working

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5 Tips for Songwriting Success in Today’s Music Industry

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

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The Perils of Overproduction

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Hands On Your Songs: Mix Surfaces Reconsidered

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The Dos and Don’ts of Working With Demo Singers

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What’s Your Top Tip for Aspiring Songwriters to Become Successful?

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Breakthrough Hits and Signature Songs: What Can They Teach Us?

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How to Use the “List Technique” in Your Song

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What a Difference a Mix Makes

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What Do You Listen For When You Hear a Songwriter’s Music For The First Time?

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What Makes a Song a Hit?

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Song Critiques: Which Ones Should You Trust?

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5 Tips for Strengthening Your Song’s Melodic Hooks

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“The Weekly’s” 2018 Hottest Tips!

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The Best of ‘MusicWorld’ 2018

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What Makes a Song Sound Current Versus Dated?