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Noel Gallagher to be Honored With BMI President’s Award at 2019 BMI London Awards


From News, posted 9.17.19. BMI announced today that Britpop icon and award-winning songwriter, Noel Gallagher, will receive the BMI President’s Award at this year’s BMI London Awards in recognition of his influence on songwriting within the music industry. The event will take place at London’s Savoy Hotel on October 21, 2019 and will be… Read more...

5 Ways to Be a Better Collaborator


From MusicWorld, posted 9.12.19. “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” (African Proverb) Not every great song is the result of collaboration, but a look at recent hits by artists such as Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Keith Urban, Imagine Dragons, Luis Fonsi, P!nk, Adam Levine,… Read more...

BMI Names Shirin Foroutan Vice President, Creative, Europe


From News, posted 9.11.19. BMI is pleased to announce that Shirin Foroutan has been named Vice President, Creative, Europe. Foroutan will be based out of BMI’s London office and report to Alex Flores, Senior Vice President, Creative, effective immediately. In this role, Foroutan will work closely with BMI’s London office to expand its creative… Read more...

BMI Sets Revenue Records With $1.283 Billion


From News, posted 9.09.19. BMI ended its fiscal year on June 30 once again breaking revenue records with $1.283 billion, up 7% over the previous year. BMI also distributed and administered $1.196 billion to its songwriters, composers and publishers, its highest distributions ever, and a 7% or $78 million increase over last year. These… Read more...

5 Things to Do in the First 30 Seconds of Your Song


From MusicWorld, posted 8.14.19. During a recent song critique, I turned off the recording after listening to the first verse and chorus. The writer protested, “But you’ve got to keep listening. It all comes together in the bridge and then the last chorus explodes!” That might have been the case, but the chances are… Read more...

10 Tips for Bridging the Gap Between Amateur and Professional Songwriting


From MusicWorld, posted 7.17.19. Above and beyond the inspiration that often serves as the seed for all songwriters, there are lots of significant things to consider when it comes to refining your songwriting craft. Here are a few tips and things to keep in mind if you’re wondering how to make the leap from… Read more...

Tips for Writing Songs About Anything…But Love


From MusicWorld, posted 6.19.19. At my BMI Nashville Songwriters’ Workshops, I screen and critique songs from each attendee. When I find songs that I believe are competitive with those being written by today’s top hitmakers, I forward them to ten music publishers who have agreed to listen. After the last BMI Workshop, I forwarded… Read more...

What’s A Common Mistake Songwriters Make And How Can It Be Avoided?


From The Weekly, posted 6.18.19. Trying to navigate the music industry can be tricky, and as in any job, there are pitfalls for songwriters. The good news is, mistakes can be avoided. Here to weigh in on how to do just that is BMI’s Creative team, from LA to London. Jessa Gelt, BMI Creative, Los… Read more...

BMI’s Karen Buse Receives MBE in Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2019


From News, posted 6.10.19. BMI is very proud to congratulate Managing Director, European Society Relations, Karen Buse, who was named a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) for services to music on The Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2019. The prestigious List recognizes outstanding achievements of people across the United… Read more...

Tips for Using Reverb and Compression Effects on Your Songs


From MusicWorld, posted 5.22.19. Almost from the start, two of the most frequently used effects in recording have been reverberation and compression. And with good reason—perhaps more than any other sound enhancer, each one has the ability to transform a bare-bones demo into a pro-leaning product. There’s a flip side, however. Some of these… Read more...

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