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BMI Mourns the Loss of Legendary Songwriter Dewayne Blackwell


From News, posted 5.27.21. BMI is saddened by the passing of Dewayne Blackwell, co-writer of one of the most popular songs in modern music history, “Friends in Low Places,” recorded by country star Garth Brooks in 1990. The legendary recording took Single of the Year at both the CMA and ACM Awards, and it… Read more...

Decorated BMI Songwriter Helps Radio Association Celebrate 60 Years


From News, posted 5.27.21. BMI country songwriter Terry McBride helped the International Broadcasters Idea Bank celebrate their 60th anniversary with a spirited and entertaining performance at their Spring Conference held in person recently at the Choctaw Casino in Durant, Oklahoma. The event, hosted by Payne Media Group President Will Payne, attracted independent radio station… Read more...

BMI Congratulates its 2021 Americana Honors and Awards Nominees


From News, posted 5.27.21. The nominations are out and the final winners of this year’s Americana Honors & Awards will be announced on September 22 in a celebration at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. Congratulations to all! Here are the BMI nominees: Album of the Year: Cuttin’ Grass - Vol. 1 (Butcher… Read more...

How to Improve Your Editing Skills…And Your Songs


From MusicWorld, posted 5.21.21. In the earliest days of recording, there was essentially one way to ensure you left the studio with a good product—you came in and performed flawlessly. If there was even a minor miscue along the way, you and everyone else on the session would need to start all over again.… Read more...

Are Your Songs Too Repetitious – or Not Repetitious Enough?


From MusicWorld, posted 5.21.21. If we were collaborating on a song and I suggested that one particular line of lyric – and the melody that accompanies it – be repeated eighteen times, would you think that would be entirely too repetitive to be successful? How about if, in the same song, I insisted that… Read more...

BMI Hosts Intercontinental Rap/R&B Edition of Speed Dating for Songwriters®


From News, posted 4.28.21. Last week, BMI’s Creative teams from London, Austin, Atlanta and Nashville curated a special Rap/R&B cross-office edition of “Speed Dating for Songwriters®.” Using Zoom’s Breakout Rooms feature, the unique event allowed some of the most promising songwriters, producers, and artists in the U.S. and U.K. to creatively collaborate with each… Read more...

BMI Mourns the Loss of Legendary Recording Engineer Al Schmitt


From News, posted 4.28.21. BMI is saddened by the loss of one of our most talented recording engineers, Al Schmitt, who passed away Monday at the age of 91. During his long and continuously impressive career, Schmitt, who joined BMI in 1971, won a record-breaking 20 GRAMMYS for his creative recording talents on more… Read more...

BMI Songwriters Tell Their Stories in “My #1 Moment” Video Series


From News, posted 4.28.21. With music connecting us now more than ever, BMI, Taylor Guitars and Shure continue to partner on the popular social media video series, “My #1 Moment,” which captures intimate versions of BMI songwriters performing their No. 1 songs from their homes and sharing the stories behind the hits that took… Read more...

Which Recording Mixes Do You Need to Increase Your Odds of Getting a Song Cut?


From MusicWorld, posted 4.22.21. Audio mixing can be defined as the process of combining individual tracks from a multitrack recording into a finished product. It includes determining the volume and adding effects such as reverb, delay, compression, and equalization to each track. In stereo and surround sound recordings, mixing also includes placing each track… Read more...

BMI Country Superstar Helps Pay Tribute to Hospitality Industry with Virtual Concert


From News, posted 4.21.21. BMI partnered recently (4/19) with five state restaurant & lodging associations to present a special tribute to the hospitality industry that featured a live streamed performance from Nashville by BMI country superstar Josh Turner. The concert, which was a collaboration between BMI, the South Dakota Retailers Association, the Idaho Lodging… Read more...

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