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The “3 P’s” of Songwriting Success

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From The Weekly, posted 1.04.22. I often tell my songwriting students that I teach tools—not rules. There are no rules in songwriting. Similarly, there is no road map that points the way to guaranteed success. But there are three things I consistently see in those who achieve their songwriting goals. Let’s look at the “3 P’s”… Read more...


“Bring Me Something New”—What Song Publishers Really Mean

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From MusicWorld, posted 8.19.21. I recently forwarded three songs to a list of publishers who have agreed to listen to songs that I screen. One of the publishers responded, “This song is very well written and commercial. But I’ve already got this kind of stuff by the dozens. Seems that most writers are all caught… Read more...


BMI Congratulates 2021 Guild of Music Supervisors Award Winners

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From News, posted 4.13.21. Atticus Ross, Celeste win Best Song Awards for TV and Film while renowned Music Supervisor Maureen Crowe honored with Legacy Award Read more...


BMI Congratulates Atticus Ross on his 2021 Golden Globe Win

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From News, posted 3.01.21. BMI composer Atticus Ross added yet another award to his impressive resume with his Golden Globe win last night for Best Original Score to Soul. The Oscar, GRAMMY and Emmy-winning Ross notably received two Globe nominations this year, the other for his score to the blockbuster film Mank. Soul also captured… 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...


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...


10 Ways to Push the Creative Envelope With Your Songs

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From MusicWorld, posted 10.23.19. Sometimes, playing it safe is the most dangerous thing we can do. This is especially applicable when our goal is to write songs that rise above the competition; songs that become artists’ signature songs; and songs that impact audiences and propel artists to a next level. We need to find ways… Read more...


A Conversation With Tree Adams

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From MusicWorld, posted 2.08.16. From ‘long-haired, touring bluesy rock guy to long-haired, studio-rat computer nerd,’ composer Tree Adams talks scoring and storytelling Read more...


BMI Hosts ‘The Blurred Line Between Film and TV Panel’ at Billboard + Hollywood Reporter Conference

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From News, posted 11.17.14. Broadcast Music, Inc. recently hosted the panel, “The Blurred Line Between Film and Television,” at the 2014 Billboard + The Hollywood Reporter Film and TV Music Conference on Wednesday, November 5, at The Globe Theatre, Universal Studios, Universal City, Calif. Moderated by BMI Vice President Film/TV Relations, Doreen Ringer-Ross, the panel… Read more...


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