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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...


Get Inspired by Writing Songs to a Prompt

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From The Weekly, posted 10.23.18. At a recent workshop, I guided the attendees through a creative exercise that began with a prompt–a suggestion intended to stimulate lyric ideas that would hopefully lead to a song. Rather than providing them with a specific title or idea to write about, I asked them to look around the room… Read more...


Top Songwriting Workshop Questions - and Their Answers

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From MusicWorld, posted 10.17.18. Cliff Goldmacher answers 9 burning questions about the music business, co-writing and the demo process Read more...


BMI Bulletin Board: October

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From MusicWorld, posted 10.17.18. Workshops, conference, contest and festival opportunities for songwriters and composers. Read more...


What’s Hot—and What’s Not When it Comes to Instrumentation

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From The Weekly, posted 10.16.18. If history is any indication, one thing we can count on is that music is constantly evolving–and that includes which instruments and sounds are popular at any given time. In some instances, the invention of a new instrument changes the musical landscape. But more often, the instrumentation heard in popular songs… Read more...


The Value of Listening Differently to Your Song

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From The Weekly, posted 10.09.18. The blessing and the curse of recording your finished song is that you can really dig in and scrutinize every detail. The “blessing” part is being able to hear all of the things that are coming together to make your song sound great but the “curse” is that by listening so… Read more...


What Do You Listen For in an Aspiring Composer’s Music That Gets You Excited About Their Career?

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From The Weekly, posted 10.02.18. A lot of composers ask what they need to do to catch the ears of the industry. So, we asked our film/TV expert to tell us what it is about music creators that she thinks creates a buzz. Here’s what she said: Doreen Ringer-Ross, Vice President Creative, Film, TV & Visual… Read more...


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...


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