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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...


Using Chords and Modulations as Musical Hooks in Your Songs

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From MusicWorld, posted 9.24.20. The chords we choose to accompany our melodies not only contribute to the flavor of our songs, they can provide some of those magical musical moments that make our songs hooky, exceptional, and unforgettable. To keep our listeners’ attention we need to include hooks, elements that are catchy and memorable, not… Read more...


BMI Congratulates its 2020 CMA Nominees

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From News, posted 9.02.20. The CMA nods are out with BMI affiliates taking center stage in nearly every category. Miranda Lambert leads the pack with an incredible seven nominations, including her fourth for Entertainer of the Year. Carrie Underwood, who is up for two awards, was also nominated for Entertainer of the Year, making it… 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...


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...


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...


5 Tips for Songwriting Success in Today’s Music Industry

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From MusicWorld, posted 4.18.19. I taught my first songwriting class at Los Angeles’ Pierce College in 1991. Back then, if my car radio were tuned to a pop station, it was likely I would hear chart-topping artists such as Michael Jackson, Wilson Phillips, Janet Jackson, Michael Bolton, Poison, and Roxette. During that same era, if… Read more...


Bob DiPiero Receives BMI Icon Award at 2017 BMI Country Awards

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From News, posted 11.08.17. Reba, Brooks & Dunn, and Jon Pardi pay tribute to the songwriting legend; Keith Urban receives BMI Champion Award; Ross Copperman, Sony/ATV among honorees Read more...


BMI Writers Honored With CMA’s ‘Triple Play’ Award

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From News, posted 2.16.17. Ten BMI songwriters were honored with the Country Music Association’s coveted “Triple Play” Award, given to the writers who have written three #1 hits in a 12 month period: Rhett Akins, Luke Bryan, Rodney Clawson, Ross Copperman, Dallas Davidson, Brett Eldredge, Jess Frasure, Shay Mooney, Cole Swindell and Carrie Underwood. Ross… Read more...


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