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The Most Important Trait for Songwriters and Recording Artists - Persistence

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From MusicWorld, posted 11.19.20. During a recent workshop I was asked if I could identify the most important trait or skill for songwriters to possess. Was it an innate talent to craft a fresh, memorable melody? Was it the ability to craft a lyric that touched millions of hearts? Or was it something else? As… Read more...


BMI Salutes its Top Songwriters for the 2020 BMI Country Awards

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From News, posted 11.09.20. Ross Copperman named Songwriter of the Year; “Whiskey Glasses” by Ben Burgess received Song of the Year; Warner-Chappell Music Publishing awarded Publisher of the Year The 50 Most-Performed Country Songs of the Previous Year Were Also Celebrated Read more...


BMI Songwriters Take Center Stage at 2020 Billboard Music Awards

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From News, posted 10.15.20. BMI is once again exceptionally proud of its songwriters who were recognized for their creative work at last night’s 2020 Billboard Music Awards. Held without an audience due to COVID-19 restrictions at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles, the ceremony was nonetheless a star-studded event filled with stirring moments and unforgettable… Read more...


BMI Celebrates the 20th Anniversary of its R&B/Hip-Hop Awards Honoring the Genre’s Best Songwriters, Producers and Music Publishers

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From News, posted 9.14.20. J. Cole, Khalid, Nick Mira, Post Malone and Sony/ATV Music Publishing Among Major Award Honorees BMI’s 2020 Social Star and the Songwriters of the Top 35 Songs of the Previous Year Were Also Announced Read more...


When it Comes to Song Titles, Don’t Hit the Nail Too Squarely on the Head

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From The Weekly, posted 6.03.20. Most of the writers who attend my songwriting workshops already know how to write perfectly crafted songs. My job is to help them write the kinds of songs that a music publisher, record label executive, record producer, or recording artist will feel compelled to choose over the competition. One of the… 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...


BMI Congratulates its 2020 ACM Nominees

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From News, posted 2.28.20. The nods are out for the 55th annual ACM Awards with BMI songwriters poised to win big again this year. Leading the pack are Maren Morris and Thomas Rhett, who each received a resounding five nominations. Blake Shelton and Luke Combs were also awarded four and three nods, respectively, with Miranda… 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 Congratulates its 2020 GRAMMY Winners

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From News, posted 1.27.20. During a star-studded celebration of the most popular and impactful music from the past year, many BMI affiliates were singled out for their achievements at the Recording Academy’s 62nd GRAMMY Awards, held last night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Among the multiple-award winners came Lizzo, who, after opening the… Read more...


BMI Congratulates its 2019 CMA Winners

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From News, posted 11.14.19. It was a big night at this year’s CMA awards in Nashville with BMI songwriters taking the majority of the prestigious honors. In addition to the awards, which included double trophies to big winners Luke Combs and Kacey Musgraves, the evening was filled with unforgettable performances. Starting with the show’s kick… Read more...


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