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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...


What’s the most important part of a demo – the vocal or the production?

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From The Weekly, posted 4.16.19. Just as genres are different, so are the musical elements that best support them on a demo. BMI’s Creative team listens to music all day every day. Here’s what they had to say about what makes them turn up the volume on a demo. MaryAnn Keen, Creative, Nashville (Country) Let’s… Read more...


BMI Bulletin Board: April ‘19

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From MusicWorld, posted 4.16.19. WORKSHOPS BMI/Cliff Goldmacher Songwriter Workshop-The Organized Songwriter: Nashville Being Creative isn’t all it takes to be successful in the music business. This workshop is designed to help songwriters create a work flow from when they first write a song all the way through pitching their finished demo so that good… Read more...


The Perils of Overproduction

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From The Weekly, posted 4.02.19. As we’ve often noted, giving everyone on the planet unbridled recording capability has had at least one significant downside—that is, never having to say never when it comes to piling on the takes. As a home recordist with a penchant for nitpicking when given the opportunity, for years I steered clear… Read more...


BMI Sponsors Groundbreaking Mixing Program at USC with Renowned Sound Engineer Dennis Sands

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From News, posted 3.29.19. As part of The University of Southern California’s Scoring for Motion Picture & Television, a remarkable program overseen by Professor of Practice at USC Thornton School of Music, Dan Carlin that gives its students an edge in our competitive industry by providing the greater ability to communicate with audio professionals, BMI… Read more...


Hands On Your Songs: Mix Surfaces Reconsidered

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From MusicWorld, posted 3.20.19. While most folks have no problem pointing and clicking their way through a computer-based recording project, there are still those who prefer a fistful of real faders to a wrist-twisting mouse. Here, we look at some newer solutions for those tactile types, including “hybrid” mix consoles that capture the aesthetic and… Read more...


BMI Bulletin Board: March 2019

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From MusicWorld, posted 3.19.19. WORKSHOPS BMI 101 Workshop: Nashville BMI 101 is a one-hour introductory workshop for anyone interested in learning more about the current role BMI plays in the complex world of the music industry. You’ll spend the hour with two BMI Employees outlining the history of BMI, how to utilize our… Read more...


What’s Your Top Tip for Aspiring Songwriters to Become Successful?

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From The Weekly, posted 3.05.19. Mary Nelly Russe, NY Creative (Latin) I think it really comes down to: don’t copy others, don’t imitate. Look for your own voice, your own words, your own story, your own sound. It’s o.k. to have influences from admiring other songs, but so many songwriters want to be like one artist… Read more...


BMI Supports New Song Arts Academy Workshop Starting April 1

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From News, posted 2.28.19. BMI is proud to support Song Arts Academy’s new workshop intensive starting on Monday, April 1. The workshop is a proven and unique learning destination taught by NYU Steinhardt, New School Songwriting faculty member and Berklee NYC consultant Billy Seidman. Past writers trained in the workshop’s “Advanced Song Craft Method”™ include… Read more...


BMI Bulletin Board: February 2019

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From MusicWorld, posted 2.21.19. WORKSHOPS BMI 101 Workshop: Nashville BMI 101 is a one-hour introductory workshop for anyone interested in learning more about the current role BMI plays in the complex world of the music industry. You’ll spend the hour with two BMI Employees outlining the history of BMI, how to utilize our… Read more...


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