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Tips for Writing Songs About Anything…But Love

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From MusicWorld, posted 6.19.19. At my BMI Nashville Songwriters’ Workshops, I screen and critique songs from each attendee. When I find songs that I believe are competitive with those being written by today’s top hitmakers, I forward them to ten music publishers who have agreed to listen. After the last BMI Workshop, I forwarded two… Read more...


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

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From MusicWorld, posted 2.21.19. Although it was more than sixteen years ago, I still recall chatting with a twenty-something guy who stood in front of me in line as we waited to attend the taping of the David Letterman Show. The guy was excited because his brother Adam would be performing on the show, along… Read more...


BMI Rocks Las Vegas at 8th Annual ‘Los Producers’ Charity Event

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From News, posted 11.15.18. Last night, BMI and Rebeleon Entertainment presented the highly anticipated 8th annual Los Producers at the Vinyl in the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV. The exclusive, invite-only live music event, hosted by Pili Montilla, featured performances by some of this year’s Latin GRAMMY Award nominees and industry… Read more...


A Match Made in Heaven: Meet Michael and Tanya Trotter of The War and Treaty

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From News, posted 10.22.18. If you’ve seen Michael and Tanya Trotter — better known as The War and Treaty —live in concert, you’ve witnessed the magical chemistry of this rising duo. The Trotters have found a welcoming home in the Americana community, known for embracing multiple musical genres and for having a particular fondness for… Read more...


BMI Mourns the Loss of Soul Legend Aretha Franklin

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From News, posted 8.16.18. BMI is deeply saddened to learn of the death of trailblazing music legend, Aretha Franklin, who passed away today at the age of 76. A BMI affiliate for five decades, Franklin was hailed as the Queen of Soul, in the 1960s, for her unquantifiable contributions to the canon of contemporary music.… Read more...


BMI Congratulates its 2018 Songwriters Hall of Fame Inductees

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From News, posted 2.06.18. The Songwriters Hall of Fame announced its latest class of inductees for 2018, and BMI is very proud to count six of these remarkably talented songwriters as longtime affiliates. We happily join our friends at the Hall in celebrating their amazing music. Dedicated to honoring the contributions of the composers and… Read more...


BMI Mourns the Loss of Legendary Troubadour Leonard Cohen

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From News, posted 11.11.16. BMI is saddened by the passing of one of the world’s most eminent songwriters, Leonard Cohen. For nearly five decades, Cohen’s music cut through the lines of traditional genres and was recorded more than 2,000 times by such diverse and renowned artists as Judy Collins, who recorded the timeless “Suzanne,” one… Read more...


BMI Congratulates its 2016 Songwriters Hall of Fame Inductees and Honorees

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From News, posted 6.17.16. BMI is proud to congratulate Nile Rodgers and Chip Taylor, who led this year’s class of inductions into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, as well as BMI affiliates Seymour Stein, who was presented with the Howie Richmond Hitmaker Award, and Nick Jonas, who received the Hal David Starlight Award,… Read more...


The Clyde Otis Music Group Signs Admin Deal with Third Side Music

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From News, posted 6.09.16. The Clyde Otis Music Group, which represents the iconic music of BMI songwriter, producer and A&R executive, the late Clyde Otis, has entered into an admin partnership with Third Side Music. Otis’ catalogue, which is managed by his son, Isidro Otis, includes hits by Nat “King” Cole, Aretha Franklin,… Read more...


BMI Luminaries Nile Rodgers and Chip Taylor to be Inducted in Songwriters Hall of Fame

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From News, posted 3.04.16. Sire Records’ Seymour Stein to receive Howie Richmond Hitmaker Award, Nick Jonas to receive Hal David Starlight Award Read more...


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