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How to Write Non-Visual Lyrics That Engage Listeners

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From MusicWorld, posted 4.12.18. “Show—Don’t Tell” is one of the basic tenets taught in almost every songwriting class. Writing cinematic lyrics—lyrics that incorporate visual imagery that listeners can envision like a movie in their minds—is often thought of as one of the most effective ways to connect with audiences. Cinematic lyrics do not spell out… Read more...


BMI Mourns the Loss of Jazz Legend Hugh Masekela

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From News, posted 1.23.18. BMI is saddened by the news that trumpeter, composer, flugelhorn player, bandleader, singer and political activist Hugh Masekela has passed away at the age of 78. The legendary South African jazz musician recorded more than 40 solo albums in his storied career, while also collaborating with countless diverse musical icons including… Read more...


‘Paul Simon: Words & Music’ Comes to the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles

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From News, posted 4.24.17. Both throughout his prolific solo career and his enduring legacy as one half of Simon & Garfunkel, Paul Simon is a monumental figure in the canon of American songwriters. His remarkable oeuvre is one rich with intricately woven narratives, seamless pop hooks, deep emotional resonance and timeless melodies. From the poignant… Read more...


Getting to Know Hit Writer Jamie Scott

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From MusicWorld, posted 11.22.16. The “Story of My Life” writer talks about the twists and turns that led him to success. Read more...


Catching Up With Kiyanu Kim

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From News, posted 3.21.16. With already a decade and a half under his belt of producing, mixing, performing and songwriting, Kiyanu Kim is a driven music creator. This guitar-slinging New Yorker is building a name for himself as a writer, collaborator and musician, and gradually accruing a reputation for relaxed collaboration and a style of… 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 Icon Willie Nelson Honored By Library of Congress With Gershwin Prize for Popular Song

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From News, posted 11.19.15. Willie Nelson, legendary BMI Icon and writer of Patsy Cline’s unforgettable signature hit, “Crazy,” among many other incomparable works, was the 2015 recipient of the Library of Congress’ Gershwin Prize for Popular Song in Washington, D.C. last night. Nelson, who’s 60-year career includes seven GRAMMY Awards as well as the GRAMMY… Read more...


BMI Mourns the Loss of Allen Toussaint

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From News, posted 11.10.15. BMI mourns the loss of longtime BMI affiliate Allen Toussaint, who passed away yesterday at the age of 77. Hailed as a gifted, prolific and versatile producer, songwriter, pianist and singer who was a fixture of New Orleans R&B, Toussaint also had his music covered widely by many other musicians. Al… Read more...


BMI Presents Music as the Unifying Force Panel at the 15th Annual Woodstock Film Festival

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From News, posted 10.06.14. Film industry veterans, independent filmmakers, artists and other creative spirits will gather for the 15th Annual Woodstock Film Festival on October 15–19, 2014, in Woodstock, New York. The event includes screenings of independent films, educational panels, concerts and other special events. As part of the festival screenings, the documentary, A Snake… Read more...


10 Questions With George Marinelli

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From MusicWorld, posted 6.25.14. “I look at the guitar as another way of singing.” Read more...


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