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BMI Congratulates its Ivor Novello Award Winners


From News, posted 9.02.20. The winners of this year’s Ivor Novello Awards, in conjunction with Apple Music, have been announced, with BMI songwriters taking a large share of the trophies. The prestigious awards represent a pinnacle of achievement, recognized by peers within the UK music creator community. Congratulations to all! Here’s the list of… Read more...

How Songwriting Makes You A Better Innovator


From MusicWorld, posted 8.19.20. After over 30 years of writing songs, I’ve come to the realization that while songwriting, in and of itself, is a wonderful thing, the benefits extend far beyond the boundaries of music. Among the many areas that learning to write songs can develop are a set of seven skills uniquely… Read more...

BMI Congratulates its AIM Award Winners


From News, posted 8.13.20. Earlier this week, the Association of Independent Music announced online, their 2020 award recipients with BMI-affiliated songwriters taking center stage in several categories. This year’s awards mark the twenty-first year of AIM, whose awards champion industry-leading creativity, innovation, and performance shown by independent artists, labels and outstanding individuals. Congratulations to… Read more...

BMI London Hosts Speed Dating for Songwriters® - Zoom Edition


From News, posted 7.28.20. In keeping with the times, BMI’s “Speed Dating for Songwriters®” has been revamped into a new online format using Zoom’s Breakout Rooms feature. With the aim of continuing to foster creative collaboration among some of the most promising songwriters, producers, and artists, participants through BMI’s London office, which hosted the… Read more...

BMI Congratulates Its Ivor Novello Nominees for 2020


From News, posted 7.21.20. Following the announcement of their Rising Star nominees earlier this month, the Ivors Academy announced their full list of nominations for this year’s Ivor Novello Awards, and BMI is very pleased to congratulate its many prominent affiliates recognized among them. Representing the most impactful accomplishments in songwriting and composing, the… Read more...

BMI Congratulates its Ivor Novello Rising Star Award Nominees


From News, posted 7.07.20. The prestigious Ivor Novello Awards represent a pinnacle of achievement which is recognized by peers within the UK music creator community, and beyond. Recently the Ivors Academy announced the nominees for the Rising Star Awards with Apple Music and many BMI-affiliated songwriters are taking top spots, including 4 out of… Read more...

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...

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