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From MusicWorld, posted 1.09.18. The grittiness of rock, the emotion of soul, and the songwriting and lyrical content of country. Read more...


BMI Congratulates its 2018 GRAMMY Nominees

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From News, posted 11.28.17. BMI is very proud to congratulate our many talented affiliates on their prestigious GRAMMY nominations, which were announced this morning by the Recording Academy. The 60th GRAMMY Awards, to be held in Madison Square Garden in New York City on Sunday, January 28, 2018, will salute a wide array of BMI… 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...


BMI Congratulates its 2017 CMA Award Winners

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From News, posted 11.09.17. Last night, at the CMA Awards in Nashville, the country music community came together in a powerful show of unity to honor not only the top country singers and songwriters, including those who passed away in the last year, but also the victims of the tragic shooting last month in Las… 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 Congratulates its 2017 NaSHOF Inductees and NSAI Award Winners

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From News, posted 10.25.17. October 23 was a big night for BMI writers at the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Inductions and NSAI Awards ceremony. Legendary BMI songwriters Jim McBride, Tim Nichols and Dwayne Blackwell were inducted into the prestigious NaSHOF, while country superstar Luke Bryan won NSAI’s Artist/Songwriter of the Year. In addition to… Read more...


The Song or the Studio: Which Comes First?

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From MusicWorld, posted 9.13.17. There are those who won’t even think of entering the studio until they have a completed work in hand; others turn on the red light in hopes of capturing song seeds as they spontaneously germinate. Which approach is best? Read more...


BMI Congratulates its 2017 CMA Nominees

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From News, posted 9.07.17. Nominations for the 51st CMA Awards are in, with BMI writers taking major nods again this year. Leading the pack with an incredible five nods is Miranda Lambert for Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Music Video of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year and Single of the… Read more...


The Inside Track to Writing Songs With Artists

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From MusicWorld, posted 5.17.17. I can’t count how many times I’ve heard songwriters complain that they can’t get a song recorded unless they write it with the artist. It’s true that you would be hard-pressed to find more than a handful of current pop, R&B, hip-hop, rock, Americana, or alternative recording artists who rely solely… Read more...


The How and Why of Building Bridges in Your Songs

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From MusicWorld, posted 2.23.17. At a songwriting conference I attended, GRAMMY winning singer/songwriter Colbie Caillat shared some comments that her father, record producer and engineer Ken Caillat (Fleetwood Mac, Frank Sinatra, the Beach Boys) had made regarding bridges in songs. He had stated that bridges are crucial elements because they are typically the final new… Read more...


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