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How to Write Songs That Are Both Personal and Universal

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From MusicWorld, posted 6.15.18. Most of us who are in the business of creating songs are aware of the importance of writing lyrics that have universal appeal, lyrics that connect with millions of hearts. We have also heard about the importance of writing songs that emanate from our hearts, from personal experience. On the… Read more...


BMI Congratulates its 2018 Tony Award Winners

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From News, posted 6.11.18. The Band’s Visit swept the Tony Awards last night, winning an astounding 10 Tonys, including Best Musical, Best Original Score, and Best Orchestrations. Congratulations to all who are a part of this incredible production. Nice work! Below are the talented music creators who took home prestigious honors: Best Original Score: Read more...


Tips for Recording a Compelling Demo

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From MusicWorld, posted 5.10.18. Nowadays even the most basic software package offers home users virtually infinite tracking space, making the temptation to over-record stronger than ever. Bear in mind, however, that some of the most compelling productions through the years have been those that favored space and dynamics, rather than uber-overdubbing. To that end,… Read more...


How to Write Non-Visual Lyrics That Engage Listeners

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From MusicWorld, posted 4.12.18. “Show—Don’t Tell” is one of the basic tenets taught in almost every songwriting class. Writing cinematic lyrics—lyrics that incorporate visual imagery that listeners can envision like a movie in their minds—is often thought of as one of the most effective ways to connect with audiences. Cinematic lyrics do not spell… Read more...


Create Better Songs by Painting With Sound

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From MusicWorld, posted 3.16.18. It takes a keen ear to understand how to produce tracks that have warmth, depth and above all, layers of color, as if the finished product were a painting rather than a recording. In director Matthew Longfellow’s 2010 documentary on the making of Damn the Torpedoes, Mike Campbell, sidekick to… Read more...


BMI Congratulates BAFTA Winner Alexandre Desplat

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From News, posted 2.20.18. The Shape of Water composer Alexandre Desplat won the prestigious BAFTA for his music to the popular film over the weekend. The British Academy Film and TV Award is yet another trophy for Desplat, who took home the 2018 Golden Globe and is also nominated for this year’s Oscar for… Read more...


BMI Bulletin Board: February

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From MusicWorld, posted 2.15.18. WORKSHOPS Jason Blume Songwriting Workshop: Nashville BMI’s popular Songwriters’ Workshop Series in Nashville is held monthly under the tutelage of hit songwriter and best-selling author Jason Blume. When: April 17, 2018, 12:30 - 4:30 PM. Where: BMI’s Nashville offices (10 Music Square East, Nashville, TN) Who: Aspiring… Read more...


BMI Names Randall McMillan Vice President, Business Affairs, Creative & Licensing

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From News, posted 1.09.18. BMI is pleased to announce that Randall McMillan has been named to the newly created position of Vice President, Business Affairs, Creative & Licensing, effective immediately. Reporting to Mike Steinberg, Executive Vice President, Creative & Licensing, McMillan will be based in BMI’s New York office. In his role, McMillan will… Read more...


BMI Bulletin Board: January

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From MusicWorld, posted 1.09.18. WORKSHOPS Jason Blume Songwriting Workshop: Nashville BMI’s popular Songwriters’ Workshop Series in Nashville is held monthly under the tutelage of hit songwriter and best-selling author Jason Blume. When: April 17, 2018, 12:30 - 4:30 PM. Where: BMI’s Nashville offices (10 Music Square East, Nashville, TN) Who: Aspiring… Read more...


BMI Congratulates its 2018 Golden Globe Nominees

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From News, posted 12.11.17. The 75th annual Golden Globe nominations are in and BMI composers and songwriters are poised to win big in the two music categories. The prestigious star-studded ceremony will be held at the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton on January 7 and will air live on NBC at 5 P.M.… Read more...


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