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Are Your Songs Too “Rangy” for Today’s Singers?

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From MusicWorld, posted 9.19.18. At the beginning of my career, I had a song go on hold for a female country music star whose singles regularly went to #1. The head of her record label said my song was a “must-cut” situation, and I was faced with a daunting decision: should I buy a Mercedes… Read more...


BMI Bulletin Board: September

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From MusicWorld, posted 9.19.18. Workshops, conference, contest and festival opportunities for songwriters and composers. Read more...


BMI Closes Out Summer with Inaugural New Sounds of Nashville Experience

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From News, posted 9.14.18. BMI and the Boca Raton Resort & Beach Club launched the inaugural New Sounds of Nashville experience this Labor Day weekend in South Florida with a series of exclusive events and writing camps. Designed to be an intimate, weekend-long experience that highlights the journey from writing the song to a smash… Read more...


How Making Multiple Demos Can Lead to a Better Song

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From The Weekly, posted 8.28.18. Rather than squelching spontaneity, making a number of different scratch demos of your song-in-progress process can help you gather production ideas, alter chord changes, edit lyrics and more, all in service of the final production Read more...


How Can Songwriters Learn to Set Trends Instead of Follow Them?

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From The Weekly, posted 8.21.18. This month, BMI’s Creative Team focuses on the importance of being a leader instead of a follower. Here are some tips on how to do it. Nina Carter, Creative, Nashville: With technology at our fingertips, it’s so easy to access music and fall into the current trends. If you spend… Read more...


What Session Musicians Can Bring to Your Recordings

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From The Weekly, posted 8.14.18. One of my great joys over the past twenty years as a music producer in Nashville is the regular privilege of getting to work with some of the finest session musicians in the world. These men and women have played on some of the best known albums of all time and… Read more...


How to Comp Your Way into a Great Recording

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From MusicWorld, posted 8.14.18. Tips for building a composite or “comped” master take using “best” sections culled from multiple versions of the same performance Read more...


BMI Bulletin Board: August

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From MusicWorld, posted 8.14.18. Workshops, conference, contest and festival opportunities for songwriters and composers. Read more...


How to Prepare for a Co-Writing Session

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From The Weekly, posted 8.07.18. Seven years after moving to Los Angeles to become an overnight sensation, I had my first song recorded and it was slated to be a single. During a phone call, the producer of that song casually mentioned that he would like to write with me the next time I visited Nashville.… Read more...


What Advice Do You Have For Young Composers Just Leaving Their Graduate Programs?

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From The Weekly, posted 7.31.18. This month, ‘On the Record’ puts its focus on classical music, and who better to ask about the genre than Deirdre Chadwick, Executive Director, Creative, Classical Music, New York. In music, as in life, we rise and fall based on our relationships with others, and I don’t mean that it’s… Read more...


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