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Enjoy a Double Issue of Music World!


From News, posted 11.30.22. In this issue: Jason Blume Shares How to Stretch Yourself Melodically Dave Simons Explains the Benefits of Using a Condenser Mic BMI Honors Toby Keith at the 2022 BMI Country Awards BMI Presents “El Camp: Los Compositoras Edition” with Amazon and Erika… Read more...

A Mic for All Sessions


From MusicWorld, posted 11.30.22. Like most of my engineering peers, early on I endeavored to fill my home studio with as many different types of microphones as my budget would allow, from lovely old Sennheisers to the more workmanlike family of Shure dynamics. Eventually my insatiable appetite for guitars meant selling off many of… Read more...

How to Stretch Yourself Melodically


From MusicWorld, posted 11.30.22. When I critique songs in my BMI Songwriting Workshops, I often hear melodies with a range (the interval between its lowest and the highest notes) limited to one octave or less. When I ask the writers to share their intentions for these songs, they sometimes respond, “My goal is to… Read more...

From Stage to Studio


From MusicWorld, posted 10.27.22. If you’re looking to take a break from the studio routine, you might consider bringing your songs and recording equipment to a suitable music venue in order to capture the spontaneous energy of a live gig. Naturally, there are all kinds of challenges when attempting to cut band tracks in… Read more...

An Important Company Update from Mike O’Neill


From News, posted 10.12.22. Today, BMI President & CEO Mike O’Neill announced exciting and transformational news about the future of the company. Below is a note that was sent to BMI affiliates describing the company’s decision to change its business model from operating on a not-for-profit making basis to for-profit, and the benefits to… Read more...

Composer Emer Kinsella Brings “Renovation” to the Culver Steps


From News, posted 9.27.22. This past Saturday, BMI composer Emer Kinsella helped bring to fruition a truly ambitious and unique immersive concert performance in downtown Culver City on the newly renovated Culver Steps. Kinsella performed her own dynamic pieces, as well as work from composers Allyson Newman, Carla Patullo, Yuichiro Oku and Justin Bell… Read more...

Soundalike Suggestions


From MusicWorld, posted 9.22.22. When trying to compose a new song and nothing is happening right away, occasionally I find it helpful to conjure a particular artist, genre or era, and use that as the basis for crafting something original. For instance, I might think of a riff that hints at early-‘80s techno pop,… Read more...

A Day in the Life of a Demo


From MusicWorld, posted 8.19.22. Having run a professional recording studio as an engineer and producer for close to thirty years, the process of taking a songwriter’s rough recording to a finished master is second nature to me. However, I’m well aware that for songwriters getting ready to demo one of their songs for the… Read more...

BMI Congratulates its 2022 Billboard Latin Music Award Nominees


From News, posted 8.19.22. The nominees for the 29th annual Billboard Latin Music Awards have been announced with several BMI songwriters up for the prestigious trophies, including Karol G, who captured an impressive 15 nods in 11 categories – breaking the record for a female artist. Other top BMI nominees with multiple honors include… Read more...

BMI Congratulates its 2022 World Soundtrack Awards Nominees


From News, posted 8.08.22. BMI is proud to congratulate the seven BMI composers who have been honored in the first round of prestigious nominations for this year’s World Soundtrack Awards, including Nicholas Britell, who scored nods in two categories: Television Composer of the Year and Best Original Song. Additional category nominations will be announced… Read more...

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