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5 Tips for Making Your Lyrics Stand Out


From MusicWorld, posted 5.22.20. At my songwriting workshops I stress the importance of including lyric and melodic elements in our songs that will compel listeners and decision-makers to choose our material over the tough competition. Let’s look at some ways to write lyrics that command attention. 1. Find a Fresh Angle It’s unlikely that… Read more...

Tips for Livestreaming Your Music from Home


From MusicWorld, posted 4.23.20. As songwriters and recording artists, we are moved to share our emotions—our love, hope, joy, pain, and fear—through songs. This is how we express ourselves, entertain our fans, and allow our listeners to feel the comfort of knowing that others share their feelings. Despite artists’ tours and major music events… Read more...

A Message From BMI President & CEO Mike O’Neill Regarding Royalty Payments


From News, posted 4.08.20. On April 7, BMI President & CEO Mike O’Neill sent an email to BMI affiliates reassuring them that their distributions will be on time and outlining the company’s steps to minimize the financial impact of COVID-19 on their future royalties. Read the full letter below. Dear BMI Songwriters, Composers… Read more...

BMI Congratulates its Class of 2019 National Recording Registry Inductees


From News, posted 3.25.20. This morning, the Library of Congress announced the newest works to be listed in the prestigious National Recording Registry, with several BMI songwriters and composers receiving the honors. The inductions will become part of an elite group of recordings destined for special preservation and scholarship attention due to their “cultural,… Read more...

Recording Tips for Building a Better Bass Track


From MusicWorld, posted 3.18.20. In my experience, electric bass has always been one of the most confounding instruments to record. For one thing it’s seldom a set-it-and-forget-it operation—levels that worked great on one session may be less effective the next time, particularly when working with different dynamics or instrumentation. In other words, it’s helpful… Read more...

BMI LA Goes ‘Back to the Future’ at Opera House Manchester


From News, posted 3.06.20. GRAMMY-winning BMI composer Alan Silvestri has another hit on his hands. This time it’s with the new score and original songs he co-wrote with Glen Ballard for Back to The Future the Musical. The 1985 movie and pop culture phenomenon that’s now more loved than ever has been transported to… Read more...

Speed Dating for Songwriters® a Hit at BMI London


From News, posted 3.03.20. A year after it was first introduced in our London office, BMI’s U.K. team hosted another fantastic “Speed Dating for Songwriters®.” A popular event in BMI’s Nashville, LA and New York offices, the gathering enables 12 to 15 participants to meet, get acquainted, and listen to each other’s music with… Read more...

What Makes a Song a Worldwide Phenomenon?


From MusicWorld, posted 2.20.20. Warning: Listening to the songs referenced in this article is likely to result in an inability to get them out of your brain. It is an incredible accomplishment for a song to reach the top of one of the Billboard charts. Occasionally, songs connect with listeners sufficiently to… Read more...

BMI Congratulates its 2020 BAFTA Nominees


From News, posted 1.07.20. The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has honored several BMI composers with prestigious nominations for Original Score. In fact, BMI is proud to relay that 4 out of the 5 nominees are BMI affiliates. The winners will be announced Sunday, February 2, during a ceremony at the… Read more...

BMI’s London Team Attends 2019 Artist and Manager Awards


From News, posted 11.25.19. On November 14, BMI’s London team proudly attended the 2019 Artist and Manager Awards, which was founded by the Music Managers Forum (MMF) and Featured Artists Coalition (FAC). The event showcases achievement and excellence in the artist and management community. During the ceremony, BMI’s VP Europe, Shirin Foroutan, presented the… Read more...

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