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Using Chords and Modulations as Musical Hooks in Your Songs

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From MusicWorld, posted 9.24.20. The chords we choose to accompany our melodies not only contribute to the flavor of our songs, they can provide some of those magical musical moments that make our songs hooky, exceptional, and unforgettable. To keep our listeners’ attention we need to include hooks, elements that are catchy and memorable, not… Read more...


How Songwriting Makes You A Better Innovator

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From MusicWorld, posted 8.19.20. After over 30 years of writing songs, I’ve come to the realization that while songwriting, in and of itself, is a wonderful thing, the benefits extend far beyond the boundaries of music. Among the many areas that learning to write songs can develop are a set of seven skills uniquely designed… Read more...


5 Tips for Making Your Lyrics Stand Out

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From MusicWorld, posted 5.22.20. At my songwriting workshops I stress the importance of including lyric and melodic elements in our songs that will compel listeners and decision-makers to choose our material over the tough competition. Let’s look at some ways to write lyrics that command attention. 1. Find a Fresh Angle It’s unlikely that we’re… Read more...


Tips for Livestreaming Your Music from Home

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From MusicWorld, posted 4.23.20. As songwriters and recording artists, we are moved to share our emotions—our love, hope, joy, pain, and fear—through songs. This is how we express ourselves, entertain our fans, and allow our listeners to feel the comfort of knowing that others share their feelings. Despite artists’ tours and major music events such… Read more...


A Message From BMI President & CEO Mike O’Neill Regarding Royalty Payments

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From News, posted 4.08.20. On April 7, BMI President & CEO Mike O’Neill sent an email to BMI affiliates reassuring them that their distributions will be on time and outlining the company’s steps to minimize the financial impact of COVID-19 on their future royalties. Read the full letter below. Dear BMI Songwriters, Composers &… Read more...


BMI Congratulates its Class of 2019 National Recording Registry Inductees

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From News, posted 3.25.20. This morning, the Library of Congress announced the newest works to be listed in the prestigious National Recording Registry, with several BMI songwriters and composers receiving the honors. The inductions will become part of an elite group of recordings destined for special preservation and scholarship attention due to their “cultural, historic… Read more...


Recording Tips for Building a Better Bass Track

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From MusicWorld, posted 3.18.20. From choosing string gauges to using optimal miking methods, a handful of thoughts for making your bass sound that much better the next time out Read more...


BMI Bulletin Board: February 2020

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From MusicWorld, posted 2.20.20. Workshops, conference, contest and festival opportunities for songwriters and composers Read more...


What Makes a Song a Worldwide Phenomenon?

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From MusicWorld, posted 2.20.20. Warning: Listening to the songs referenced in this article is likely to result in an inability to get them out of your brain. It is an incredible accomplishment for a song to reach the top of one of the Billboard charts. Occasionally, songs connect with listeners sufficiently to retain… Read more...


BMI Rings In the Holidays With Atlanta’s Best and Brightest

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From News, posted 12.20.19. Last week, Atlanta’s best and brightest turned out in full force for the annual BMI Atlanta holiday party. The festitivites were sponsored by Hennessy, who provided signature cocktails for the private dinner, held at culinary gem Cape Deutch, featuring a selection of the restaurant’s most popular dishes. The… Read more...


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