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Celebrating Black Music Month: BMI Executive Spotlight


From News, posted 6.30.20. .thumbnail p {line-height: 1;}.text-right{text-align:right;} #content hr{width: 25%; border-top: 2px solid #ddd; margin: 20px auto; box-shadow: 0 1px 3px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.055);} Black Music Month may be ending, but the influence and artistry of Black songwriters, composers and producers has no limit. From R&B to country, pop, hip-hop, jazz, and… Read more...

BMI/NYU TV Workshop Concludes Another Successful Year - Online


From News, posted 7.01.20. The BMI/NYU 12-day TV workshop concluded another successful year, this time online. Led this year by BMI composers Sean Callery (24, Homeland), Blake Neely (Arrow, Riverdale) Peter Nashel (Book Club, I.Tonya, Iconoclasts), Lyle Workman (Good Boys, Superbad) and Chad Fischer (Scandal, Garden State), along with NYU’s Ron Sadoff and Mark… Read more...

Jongnic Bontemps Talks a Life of Musical Opportunities


From News, posted 6.23.20. As any artist knows, there is no set path to a career in music. While a rewarding artistic career can take many shapes and forms, Jongnic “JB” Bontemps learned that patience is a key component, no matter what musical path you choose. Bontemps was drawn to writing and playing music… Read more...

“Toss A Coin To Your Witcher” Composer Sonya Belousova Bewitches Audiences Worldwide


From News, posted 6.23.20. The praise being given to BMI composer Sonya Belousova is more than well deserved. One of Variety’s “Top 10 Composers to Watch,” Belousova, along with Giona Ostinelli, are the composers of Netflix’s smash The Witcher, the soundtrack of which debuted at #1 in iTunes Top Soundtracks worldwide, fueled by their… Read more...

BMI Composer Harry Gregson-Williams Gives Online Presentation to NYU Film Scoring Students


From News, posted 6.17.20. Multiple award-winning composer Harry Gregson-Williams recently presented online insights from his successful career to NYU Steinhardt film scoring students. The presentation, entitled “Behind the Film Score,” was an inside look at the many facets of creativity that go into scoring. Gregson-Williams not only presented his work and answered questions from… Read more...

BMI Congratulates its 2020 Daytime Emmy Nominees


From News, posted 6.04.20. The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has announced the nominees for the 47th Annual Daytime Emmy® Awards, with many BMI composers and lyricists in the running for the prestigious trophies. The awards are presented to individuals and programs broadcast between 2:00 am and 6:00 pm, as well as… Read more...

BMI Mourns the Loss of Renowned Sax Player and Composer Lennie Niehaus


From News, posted 6.03.20. BMI is saddened by the passing of renowned composer and orchestrator, Lennie Niehaus. Niehaus is responsible for the scores to two dozen Clint Eastwood films, including the Oscar-winning Western Unforgiven, the Charlie Parker biopic Bird and the searing Bridges of Madison County. Having started out by playing alto sax and… 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...

BMI Composers Virtually Mentor Film Students at UNC School of the Arts


From News, posted 5.22.20. Last Friday, BMI film composer Craig Richey and BMI’s Doreen Ringer-Ross hosted a Zoom panel with recent graduates of the MFA in Film Music Composition from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Joined by program Chair Christopher Heckman, and BMI composers Rolfe Kent, Ronit Kirchman, and George… Read more...

Composing for the Screen 2020: Online Film Scoring Mentorship Program – Apply Now!


From News, posted 5.22.20. Six emerging film composers will be selected to participate in BMI’s “Composing for the Screen” mentorship program, a prestigious high-level workshop, where music for media will be examined from many perspectives: compositional, psychological, dramatic, stylistic – and more. Hosted digitally by renowned BMI composer Rick Baitz, the 2020 workshop, now… Read more...

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