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What Skills Do You Need to Be a Successful Songwriter?

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From MusicWorld, posted 11.28.18. An aspiring songwriter recently asked me several intriguing questions: “What abilities do I need to write songs? Do I need to be able to read and write music? Play keyboards or guitar? Sing in tune?” He followed up by asking what additional skills he would need in order to record… Read more...


Get in Gear With Today’s Recording Essentials

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From MusicWorld, posted 11.28.18. As a longtime analog advocate, it came as something of a shock last year when nearly all of my non-digital equipment began to fail one by one, leading me on a reluctant search for suitable modern replacements. That turn of events made me reconsider what kind of equipment qualifies as… Read more...


BMI Mourns the Loss of Hitmaker Scott English

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From News, posted 11.20.18. BMI is saddened by the news of the passing of legendary producer and songwriter Scott English. English is responsible for penning BMI Icon Barry Manilow’s #1 hit “Mandy,” the infectious “Bend Me Shape Me” by The American Breed, as well as songs for Donny Osmond, Andy Williams, Johnny Mathis, Westlife,… Read more...


BMI Congratulates its 2018 Latin GRAMMY Winners

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From News, posted 11.16.18. BMI songwriters took home major trophies at the 2018 Latin GRAMMY Awards last night in Las Vegas, including Luis Miguel’s spectacular win for Album of the Year for ¡México Por Siempre!, along with several other big awards for our affiliates. But the excitement didn’t stop at the acceptance speeches. The… Read more...


Texas Governor Greg Abbott and BMI Announce Opening of New Office In Austin

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From News, posted 11.08.18. Governor Greg Abbott and BMI today announced that BMI is expanding its presence in the Lone Star State and will open its first creative office in Austin, Texas. The new office, expected to open in early 2019, will allow BMI to work directly with the talented songwriters, composers, publishers and… Read more...


Top Songwriting Workshop Questions - and Their Answers

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From MusicWorld, posted 10.17.18. In teaching songwriting and music business workshops over the past fifteen years, I’ve observed that there is a “greatest hits” of questions that I get over and over again from my attendees. I thought it might be helpful to share those questions and my answers here. Music Business 1. When… Read more...


Harry Gregson-Williams and Other Top Songwriters Honored At 2018 BMI London Awards

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From News, posted 10.01.18. Tonight, BMI proudly honored acclaimed film composer Harry Gregson-Williams with the BMI Icon Award at the 2018 BMI London Awards. Guests including Liam Payne, James Arthur, Natasha Bedingfield, Tinie Tempah and Trevor Rabin attended the awards at London’s Dorchester Hotel for an evening of celebration for UK and European songwriters,… Read more...


BMI Re-Elects Six Members to Board of Directors

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From News, posted 9.26.18. BMI re-elected six members of its Board of Directors during the Company’s Annual Meeting of Shareholders held Monday, September 24, at BMI’s office in Nashville, TN. The following Board members have been elected to new three-year terms: Caroline Beasley, CEO, Beasley Media Group, LLC; Amador Bustos, President and CEO, Bustos… Read more...


Karen Buse Joins BMI as Managing Director, European Society Relations

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From News, posted 9.17.18. BMI is pleased to announce that longtime PRS for Music executive Karen Buse is joining BMI as Managing Director, European Society Relations, effective immediately. She will be based in BMI’s London office and report to Ann Sweeney, Senior Vice President, International & Global Policy. In this newly-created role, Buse will… Read more...


BMI Congratulates its 2018 Americana Music Award Winners and Honorees

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From News, posted 9.13.18. The Ryman Auditorium in Nashville was the place to be last night for the Americana Music Honors & Awards Show. Again this year, BMI songwriters were at the top of the list of wins with Jason Isbell taking a notable three awards for Album of the Year for The Nashville… Read more...


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