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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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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

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Tips for Writing Songs About Anything…But Love

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What’s A Common Mistake Songwriters Make And How Can It Be Avoided?

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Casting Songs: How to Gauge Which Artist Might Record Your Song?

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Simple Advice for Songwriters

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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