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5 Things I’ve Learned as a Songwriter

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From MusicWorld, posted 11.22.19. Looking back on what will be thirty years of writing songs this year, it occurs to me that above and beyond learning more about the actual nuts and bolts of songwriting, I’ve gained some often hard-won experience about what it means to be a songwriter and how to take what I’ve… Read more...


The Art of the Edit: How to Bring Out the Best in Your Songs

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From MusicWorld, posted 11.22.19. Those of us who produce articles for a living understand why it’s necessary to state your case as succinctly as possible — having a solid opening, as well as a story void of excess fat, is key to holding readers’ interest. Many of the same principles apply when songwriting. Is the… Read more...


BMI Bulletin Board: November/December 2019

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From MusicWorld, posted 11.21.19. 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...


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 Ways to Be a Better Collaborator

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From MusicWorld, posted 9.12.19. “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” (African Proverb) Not every great song is the result of collaboration, but a look at recent hits by artists such as Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Keith Urban, Imagine Dragons, Luis Fonsi, P!nk, Adam Levine, Kenny… Read more...


Student Composer Award Winner Juan Pablo Contreras’ Star Continues to Rise

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From MusicWorld, posted 9.12.19. Juan Pablo Contreras is a shining example of why BMI bestows its Student Composer Awards to promising classical composers. It was not that long ago that Contreras won BMI’s William Schuman Prize for his piece, ”El Laberinto de la Soledad.” True to the intent of the accolade, he has continually demonstrated… Read more...


BMI Bulletin Board: September 2019

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From MusicWorld, posted 9.11.19. 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...


5 Things to Do in the First 30 Seconds of Your Song

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From MusicWorld, posted 8.14.19. During a recent song critique, I turned off the recording after listening to the first verse and chorus. The writer protested, “But you’ve got to keep listening. It all comes together in the bridge and then the last chorus explodes!” That might have been the case, but the chances are miniscule… Read more...


BMI Bulletin Board: August

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From MusicWorld, posted 8.13.19. 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...


Sir Nolan Shares His “No Brainer” Tips for Songwriting Success

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From MusicWorld, posted 7.17.19. When Sir Nolan starts talking about his life and career these days, one word tends to come up again and again: evolution. That makes sense, considering that in the two years since MusicWorld last checked in with the U.K.-bred Nolan Lambroza, he’s continued to grow not only as an acclaimed songwriter… Read more...


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