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Top Tips for Session Etiquette in a Recording Studio


From MusicWorld, posted 7.22.22. It takes a certain kind of personality to excel at tricky recording maneuvers while simultaneously working with an equally tricky recording artist. Perhaps it’s for that reason alone that I admittedly never sought full-time studio operator status, choosing instead to track guests on a case-by-case basis. But even in a… Read more...

BMI Congratulates its O2 Silver Clef Award Winners


From News, posted 7.05.22. Nordoff Robbins, the United Kingdom’s largest music therapy charity, held its prestigious annual O2 Silver Clef Awards last week to honour songwriters and artists from across the music industry while raising funds for their important work in supporting some of the UK’s most vulnerable. The star-studded ceremony, which took place… Read more...

How to Write to a Music Track: The Art of Toplining


From MusicWorld, posted 6.23.22. For genres like pop, hip-hop, R&B, and EDM/dance music, in most instances, the backing track is created before the words and vocal melody. The track consists of essentially all the music that will accompany the vocal and typically includes drums and percussion, keyboards, and bass. Live guitars or computer generated… Read more...

Check Out May’s MusicWorld With Must-Read Tips


From News, posted 5.27.22. In this issue: Jason Blume Weighs in on “What Makes the Perfect Demo?” Brian Tyler’s Music Has All Wondering “Are We Dreaming?” Pop Legend Carole Bayer Sager Opens Up About, Life, Love & Collaboration A Conversation With Songwriting Legend Mike Stoller… Read more...

What Makes the Perfect Demo?


From MusicWorld, posted 5.27.22. “How good do demos need to be?” is one of the questions I am asked most often in my workshops. To effectively answer this question, you need to identify the purpose of your demo recording. For example, is it intended to be pitched in the hopes of finding a home… Read more...

BMI Congratulates its 2022 Ivors With Apple Music Award Winners


From News, posted 5.20.22. This year’s Ivor Novello Awards, held at Grosvenor House in London on Thursday, had several of BMI’s most talented affiliates taking top honours. Representing the most impactful accomplishments in songwriting and composing, the prestigious awards are presented to music creators by their peers from within the United Kingdom. Highlights included… Read more...

What to Say and Do When You Meet a Publisher for the First Time


From MusicWorld, posted 4.20.22. Back in the days when songwriting success was a distant dream, each time I met with a music publisher, I was a nervous wreck leading up to that meeting. I hoped the publisher would instantly recognize that my songs were destined to be GRAMMY-winning hits, and I would be offered… Read more...

BMI Congratulates its 2022 Ivor Novello Nominees


From News, posted 4.07.22. The Ivors Academy has announced their list of nominations for this year’s coveted Ivor Novello Awards, and BMI is very pleased to congratulate our writers who are included in every single category for 2022! Leading the pack with an incredible four nominations, including three in the Best Album category, is… Read more...

5 Ways to Make Your Songs More Memorable


From MusicWorld, posted 3.25.22. Marketing and advertising studies show that we are better able to remember ads we are exposed to multiple times. When we see or hear something once, we are likely to forget it. But with repeated exposure it is more apt to stick in our brains. This also applies to melodies.… Read more...

Song Recycling Strategies


From MusicWorld, posted 2.25.22. While good writers may vary in their approach to the craft, over the years one theme seems to stand out as universal—that the most enduring songs tend to come quickly and are often finished in a single sitting. For those of us who regularly fish the waters of creativity hoping… Read more...

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