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10 Tips for Bridging the Gap Between Amateur and Professional Songwriting

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From MusicWorld, posted 7.17.19. Above and beyond the inspiration that often serves as the seed for all songwriters, there are lots of significant things to consider when it comes to refining your songwriting craft. Here are a few tips and things to keep in mind if you’re wondering how to make the leap from… Read more...


Tips for Writing Songs About Anything…But Love

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From MusicWorld, posted 6.19.19. At my BMI Nashville Songwriters’ Workshops, I screen and critique songs from each attendee. When I find songs that I believe are competitive with those being written by today’s top hitmakers, I forward them to ten music publishers who have agreed to listen. After the last BMI Workshop, I forwarded… Read more...


What’s A Common Mistake Songwriters Make And How Can It Be Avoided?

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From The Weekly, posted 6.18.19. Trying to navigate the music industry can be tricky, and as in any job, there are pitfalls for songwriters. The good news is, mistakes can be avoided. Here to weigh in on how to do just that is BMI’s Creative team, from LA to London. Jessa Gelt, BMI Creative, Los… Read more...


BMI’s Karen Buse Receives MBE in Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2019

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From News, posted 6.10.19. BMI is very proud to congratulate Managing Director, European Society Relations, Karen Buse, who was named a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) for services to music on The Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2019. The prestigious List recognizes outstanding achievements of people across the United… Read more...


Tips for Using Reverb and Compression Effects on Your Songs

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From MusicWorld, posted 5.22.19. Almost from the start, two of the most frequently used effects in recording have been reverberation and compression. And with good reason—perhaps more than any other sound enhancer, each one has the ability to transform a bare-bones demo into a pro-leaning product. There’s a flip side, however. Some of these… 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,… Read more...


BMI London Hosts Copyright Meet & Greet

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From News, posted 4.05.19. BMI’s London office hosted its annual Copyright Meet & Greet at The Windsor Castle Pub in Marylebone on March 28. Attended by copyright managers from various publishing companies, the event recognized their important role in the industry, while offering a chance to catch up with some colleagues and friends. This… 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… Read more...


Mitch Ballard Named Senior Director, Creative of BMI’s New Austin, Texas Office

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From News, posted 3.04.19. BMI is pleased to announce that Mitch Ballard has been named Senior Director, Creative, Austin, effective immediately. In this role, Ballard will be responsible for providing service to our existing BMI affiliates in Texas, signing new talent, and providing enhancement for the already vibrant songwriting community in Austin. Ballard reports… Read more...


BMI London Hosts Speed Dating for Songwriters®

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From News, posted 2.27.19. Earlier this month, BMI’s London office hosted their first ‘Speed Dating for Songwriters®,’ a program developed to foster creative collaboration among some of the Company’s most promising songwriters, producers, and artists, whose paths may not have otherwise crossed. Having already been successful in BMI’s Nashville, LA and New York offices,… Read more...


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