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Does Your Song Need a New Demo?

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From MusicWorld, posted 6.20.17. I have hundreds of songs sitting on shelves collecting dust—instead of royalties. Many of them were written decades ago and they were in sync, lyrically and melodically, to the eras in which they were composed. But as Larry Beaird, top session guitarist and owner of Beaird Music Group, stated, “Times change… Read more...


BMI Mourns the Loss of Songwriting Legend Curly Putman

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From News, posted 11.03.16. BMI is saddened at the passing of Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame member and multiple BMI award-winner Curly Putman, who died Sunday at the age of 85. Putman’s vast catalog of songs undeniably helped shape country music history and include, among others, “D-I-V-O-R-C-E” and “Green, Green Grass of Home.” He also… Read more...


BMI Signs Songwriter Ben Haggard

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From News, posted 9.01.16. Songwriter Ben Haggard, the 23-year-old son of the late icon Merle Haggard, dropped by the BMI Nashville office August 31 to officially sign as a BMI writer. Ben has been on the road with his brother Noel, continuing their father’s legacy and finishing out Merle’s scheduled tour. The pair have opened… Read more...


BMI Mourns the Loss of BMI Icon Merle Haggard

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From News, posted 4.06.16. BMI is saddened by the news that country legend Merle Haggard passed away today, on his 79th birthday. Haggard influenced generations of artists in all genres of music. He recorded over 70 albums in his six decade career, and was a prolific songwriter writing numerous country classics such as “Workin Man… Read more...


BMI Congratulates its 2015 Dove Award Winners

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From News, posted 10.14.15. BMI affiliates had a great night winning many categories of the 46th Annual GMA Dove Awards, held last night in Nashville. For those who missed the inspirational ceremony, the awards show will air on Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) on Sunday, October 18. Here’s the complete list of BMI winners: Songwriter of… Read more...


BMI Writers Honored With 2015 Dove Award Nominations

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From News, posted 10.06.15. BMI congratulates its 2015 Dove Award nominees including for KING & COUNTRY, which leads the BMI pack with six nods and Matt Maher and Chris Tomlin each with four nominations. The theme of the 46th Annual GMA Dove Awards, which will take place on Tuesday, October 13, 2015, at Allen Arena… Read more...


Current Trends in Country Music: What’s Hot & What’s Not

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From MusicWorld, posted 9.16.15. “That ain’t country!” is a comment I often hear when I play current country hits in my songwriting workshops. It’s true that today’s country hits bear little resemblance to the songs that topped the charts by Elvis, Tammy, Waylon, Willie, and Patsy. Music evolves and the styles that rule the charts… Read more...


BMI Writers Sweep 2015 CMA Nominations

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From News, posted 9.15.15. BMI songwriters have once again completely dominated the CMA nominations, with nods across all of the categories. Leading the pack with the most nominations are Eric Church and Little Big Town, each with an astounding five. Church’s nominations include Male Vocalist; Single of the Year for “Talladega”; Song of the Year… Read more...


BMI Songwriters Take Home More Than 78% of ACMs

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From News, posted 4.20.15. Broadcast Music, Inc. songwriters were overwhelmingly honored at the 2015 Academy of Country Music Awards with an astounding 78% of the trophies! Powerhouse Miranda Lambert earned an incredible five awards, including a 50th Anniversary Milestone Award, Female Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year and two for Song of the… Read more...


GRAMMY Award-Winning BMI Artist Dazzles at Radio Convention

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From News, posted 6.02.14. BMI was proud to present a special performance by GRAMMY award-winning Country/Americana artist Suzy Bogguss at the International Broadcasters Idea Bank’s Spring Convention held recently (5/19) at the Hyatt Regency in Sarasota, FL. Bogguss performed in front of a large and enthusiastic group of radio station owners and operators from across… Read more...


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