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How to Write to a Music Track: The Art of Toplining

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From MusicWorld, posted 6.23.22. For genres like pop, hip-hop, R&B, and EDM/dance music, in most instances, the backing track is created before the words and vocal melody. The track consists of essentially all the music that will accompany the vocal and typically includes drums and percussion, keyboards, and bass. Live guitars or computer generated guitar… Read more...


Check Out May’s MusicWorld With Must-Read Tips

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From News, posted 5.27.22. In this issue: Jason Blume Weighs in on “What Makes the Perfect Demo?” Brian Tyler’s Music Has All Wondering “Are We Dreaming?” Pop Legend Carole Bayer Sager Opens Up About, Life, Love & Collaboration A Conversation With Songwriting Legend Mike Stoller Read more...


What Makes the Perfect Demo?

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From MusicWorld, posted 5.27.22. “How good do demos need to be?” is one of the questions I am asked most often in my workshops. To effectively answer this question, you need to identify the purpose of your demo recording. For example, is it intended to be pitched in the hopes of finding a home with… Read more...


BMI Congratulates its 2022 Ivors With Apple Music Award Winners

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From News, posted 5.20.22. This year’s Ivor Novello Awards, held at Grosvenor House in London on Thursday, had several of BMI’s most talented affiliates taking top honours. Representing the most impactful accomplishments in songwriting and composing, the prestigious awards are presented to music creators by their peers from within the United Kingdom. Highlights included Forever… Read more...


What to Say and Do When You Meet a Publisher for the First Time

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From MusicWorld, posted 4.20.22. Back in the days when songwriting success was a distant dream, each time I met with a music publisher, I was a nervous wreck leading up to that meeting. I hoped the publisher would instantly recognize that my songs were destined to be GRAMMY-winning hits, and I would be offered a… Read more...


BMI Congratulates its 2022 Ivor Novello Nominees

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From News, posted 4.07.22. The Ivors Academy has announced their list of nominations for this year’s coveted Ivor Novello Awards, and BMI is very pleased to congratulate our writers who are included in every single category for 2022! Leading the pack with an incredible four nominations, including three in the Best Album category, is BMI’s… Read more...


5 Ways to Make Your Songs More Memorable

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From MusicWorld, posted 3.25.22. Marketing and advertising studies show that we are better able to remember ads we are exposed to multiple times. When we see or hear something once, we are likely to forget it. But with repeated exposure it is more apt to stick in our brains. This also applies to melodies. In… Read more...


Song Recycling Strategies

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From MusicWorld, posted 2.25.22. If you’re having trouble starting from scratch, sometimes building new songs from old ideas can be the next best thing Read more...


Duets and Featured Artists: The Hot Trend in Recordings

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From MusicWorld, posted 2.25.22. It would be hard to look at a list of current hit songs without noticing a trend: the growing use of featured artists. A featured artist is one who makes a guest appearance on another artist’s recording to create a collaboration. What’s the difference between a duet and a song with… Read more...


BMI Congratulates its 2022 BRIT Award Winners

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From News, posted 2.10.22. The BRIT Awards, which recognise the best in British and international music, last night celebrated BMI family members Ed Sheeran as Songwriter of the Year, Inflo as Producer of the Year, and Little Simz as Best New Artist. Sheeran, who is known for his brilliant songwriting, also won BMI London Awards… Read more...


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