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

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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

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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

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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

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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...


Duets and Featured Artists: The Hot Trend in Recordings

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From MusicWorld, posted 2.25.22. It would be hard to look at a list of current hit songs without noticing a trend: the growing use of featured artists. A featured artist is one who makes a guest appearance on another artist’s recording to create a collaboration. What’s the difference between a duet and a song… Read more...


BMI Congratulates its 2022 BRIT Award Winners

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From News, posted 2.10.22. The BRIT Awards, which recognise the best in British and international music, last night celebrated BMI family members Ed Sheeran as Songwriter of the Year, Inflo as Producer of the Year, and Little Simz as Best New Artist. Sheeran, who is known for his brilliant songwriting, also won BMI London… Read more...


BMI Congratulates its UK Americana Awards 2022 Winners

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From News, posted 1.28.22. Last night, the AMA-UK, a professional trade association representing and advocating for the voice of American Roots music in the UK, announced the winners of this year’s prestigious UK Americana Awards. BMI is proud that several of our songwriters, as well as international writers who choose BMI for U.S. representation,… Read more...


Rolling Stone Names Wizkid, Tems and P2J’s “Essence” Top Song of 2021

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From News, posted 12.06.21. Not only are international affiliates Wizkid, Tems and P2J the first African artists to certify platinum in the U.S, they’ve also just added another prestigious accolade to their growing resume for their blockbuster song “Essence” - it was just named the #1 song of 2021 by Rolling Stone. Since going… Read more...


Breathing Life into Your Recordings

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From MusicWorld, posted 11.19.21. Working completely “in the box”—i.e., using a laptop or other software-base system—certainly has its merits, particularly if your space lacks adequate isolation and you’d rather keep your sounds to yourself. There’s only one problem—your recordings are likely to lack the kind of dimension you often hear on older records that… Read more...


Top Tips From 2021 That Can Put You on the Road to Songwriting Success in 2022

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From MusicWorld, posted 11.19.21. The end of a year—and the beginning of a new one—is a perfect time to reassess our goals and recommit to them. I hope that revisiting the excerpts that follow will help you all attain a successful 2022. Excerpt from “Bring Me Something New—What Song Publishers Really Mean”… Read more...


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