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5 Tips for Strengthening Your Song’s Melodic Hooks

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From The Weekly, posted 1.15.19. Melodic hooks can be the heartbeat of a song. These tasty bits of ear candy can make the difference between an “almost” – and a life-changing hit. They can be instrumental or sung and can occur in any section of a song – the intro, verse, chorus, pre-chorus, post-chorus, bridge, or… Read more...


“The Weekly’s” 2018 Hottest Tips!

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From News, posted 12.28.18. Here’s a look back at the year’s best career advice for songwriters as published in BMI’s The Weekly. Want to subscribe? Click here. Happy Holidays! What Are Some Good Ways to Get Publishers Interested in My Music? BMI’s Creative teams are back in The Weekly providing tips… Read more...


The Best of ‘MusicWorld’ 2018

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From News, posted 12.26.18. Here are the year’s top tips for making your songs the best they can be.  Don’t have a subscription to BMI’s monthly digital magazine, MusicWorld? Click here.  Enjoy! How to Write Song Hooks That “Hook” You in What constitutes a hook? Any element of a song that… Read more...


What Makes a Song Sound Current Versus Dated?

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From The Weekly, posted 12.11.18. Successful songwriters are at the top of the list when it comes to setting new trends. But trying to chase trends isn’t what will make your music stand out. BMI’s Creative Team weighs in on what will work. Have a look! Brandon Haas, BMI Creative, New York: Genres evolve quickly, especially… Read more...


What Skills Do You Need to Be a Successful Songwriter?

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From MusicWorld, posted 11.28.18. An aspiring songwriter recently asked me several intriguing questions: “What abilities do I need to write songs? Do I need to be able to read and write music? Play keyboards or guitar? Sing in tune?” He followed up by asking what additional skills he would need in order to record demos… Read more...


Get in Gear With Today’s Recording Essentials

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From MusicWorld, posted 11.28.18. A starter sampler of really useful tools for everyday recording Read more...


BMI Bulletin Board: December

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From MusicWorld, posted 11.28.18. Workshops, conference, contest and festival opportunities for songwriters and composers. Read more...


What Are Your Best Tips for Networking & Getting to Know Decision-Makers?

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From The Weekly, posted 11.13.18. Songwriters often ask, “How do I build relationships in the industry?” This week, BMI’s Creative Team weighs in on where to be, what to say and how to go about trying to meet industry insiders. Tracie Verlinde, Creative, Los Angeles: The concept of networking is often daunting and overwhelming to… Read more...


Country Music: What’s New—and What’s Next

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From The Weekly, posted 11.06.18. Music in all genres is constantly evolving, and that is certainly evident on today’s country music charts. Hits by artists such as Keith Urban, Florida Georgia Line, Carrie Underwood, and Thomas Rhett bear little resemblance to those by country music legends who paved the way, such as Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton,… Read more...


Adding Luster to Your Master

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From The Weekly, posted 10.30.18. Incorporating a few fundamentals of mixing and mastering can help give your work the sheen it needs to get listeners’ attention Read more...


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