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Tips for Writing Songs About Anything…But Love

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From MusicWorld, posted 6.19.19. At my BMI Nashville Songwriters’ Workshops, I screen and critique songs from each attendee. When I find songs that I believe are competitive with those being written by today’s top hitmakers, I forward them to ten music publishers who have agreed to listen. After the last BMI Workshop, I forwarded two… Read more...


How to Write Songs That Are Both Personal and Universal

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From MusicWorld, posted 6.15.18. Most of us who are in the business of creating songs are aware of the importance of writing lyrics that have universal appeal, lyrics that connect with millions of hearts. We have also heard about the importance of writing songs that emanate from our hearts, from personal experience. On the surface,… Read more...


When Clever is Too Clever in Songwriting

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From MusicWorld, posted 11.15.17. Before addressing what might constitute being “too clever” in lyrics, I’ll begin by defining what I mean by “clever” lyrics. For the purposes of this article I’m referring to songs with lyrics that are witty, tongue-in-cheek, humorous, or amusing. These are in contrast to those that fall into the category of… Read more...


Worlds Collide: BMI Hosts Pop and Country Writers for Retreat at Fontanel

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From News, posted 3.10.16. BMI invited top pop songwriters from L.A. and country songwriters from Nashville to hunker down at the historic Fontanel Mansion in Nashville from January 18 to 22 and collaborate on new songs. The writers held multiple brainstorming sessions in the storied mansion, with special performance of the new tracks to cap… Read more...


P!nk Receives President’s Award at 63rd Annual BMI Pop Awards

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From News, posted 5.13.15. Taylor Swift, Avicii, Benny Blanco, Ed Sheeran and Noel Zancanella share Songwriter of the Year crown; ‘All of Me’ named Song of the Year; and Sony/ATV Publishing earns Publisher of the Year Read more...


BMI and Denise Rich Songs Co-Host Aspen Songwriting Retreat

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From News, posted 11.21.14. When songwriter Denise Rich (who penned the Sister Sledge hit song “Frankie”) approached BMI six years ago with the idea to host a songwriter retreat, pairing writers beginning their careers with writers whose songs have hit the charts, a tradition between BMI and Denise Rich Songs was created. This tradition has… Read more...


How to Write and Pitch for Different Genres and Music Centers

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From MusicWorld, posted 6.25.14. Great songs are at the heart of every style of music. But the process of writing and demoing those songs—as well as business practices—varies by genre, and is approached differently in various music centers. This article will examine those differences. How the Songs Are Written In pop,… Read more...


GRAMMY Nods Showcase Depth of BMI Roster

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From News, posted 1.16.14. The 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards are less than two weeks away and the dozens of BMI affiliates nominated are well positioned for a huge evening. Rapidly ascendant newcomers Macklemore & Ryan Lewis snagged an impressive seven nods, including  Album of the Year for The Heist, Song of the Year and Best… Read more...


BMI London Supports Bali for Songwriting Summit

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From News, posted 1.15.14. Broadcast Music, Inc. takes pride in its role as an early support system for aspiring songwriters, providing unique opportunities for collaborations and new industry connections. Since 2011, BMI’s London office has played an instrumental role in the Bali Songwriting Summit, a ten day creative gathering of some the globe’s most promising… Read more...


BMI Songwriter Bonnie McKee is Ready for Her Close-Up

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From MusicWorld, posted 7.22.13. Get to know the writer behind the top pop songs Read more...


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