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BMI Mourns the Loss of Legendary Songwriter/Composer Leslie Bricusse


From News, posted 10.20.21. BMI is saddened by the passing of renowned BMI songwriter and composer Leslie Bricusse, whose music won the hearts of so many throughout his storied career. Bricusse is responsible for such classics as “The Candyman” (Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory), “Talk to the Animals” (Doctor Dolittle), “What Kind of… Read more...

BMI Composer Terence Blanchard’s ‘Fire Shut Up in My Bones’ Opens Met Opera’s New Season


From News, posted 9.21.21. In June of 2019, GRAMMY-winning jazz musician and BMI composer Terence Blanchard’s magnificent work Fire Shut Up in My Bones, with libretto by Kasi Lemmons, made its riveting World Premiere with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. The work was originally requested as part of the Theatre’s commitment to commission new… Read more...

BMI Supports New Song Arts Workshop Starting October 11


From News, posted 9.09.21. BMI is proud to support Song Arts Academy’s new Fall four-week Songwriting Workshop. Taught by Berklee NYC Faculty Songwriting Professor Billy Seidman, this is an established workshop with proven results to write your best songs and network with new co-writers, while learning the “Advanced Craft” tools used by today’s chart-topping… Read more...

BMI Grows Revenue and Distributions to Record Levels During Unprecedented Year


From News, posted 9.08.21. BMI has grown its revenue and distributions to record-setting levels, closing out a full fiscal year marked by ongoing challenges around the Covid-19 pandemic.  The company announced it has distributed and administered a record $1.335 billion to its songwriters, composers and publishers, its highest distribution ever, up $102 million or… Read more...

BMI Mourns the Loss of Groundbreaking Composer, Lyricist and Actress Micki Grant


From News, posted 9.02.21. BMI is saddened by the passing of the first woman ever to write the book, music, and lyrics to a Broadway musical: Micki Grant, whose groundbreaking work Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope, which she also starred in, won the uniquely talented BMI affiliate not only a GRAMMY for the… Read more...

BMI Congratulates its World Soundtrack Awards Nominees


From News, posted 8.10.21. Several talented BMI composers and songwriters are poised to win the coveted TV Composer of the Year, Film Composer of the Year, or Best Original Song Award at the 2021 World Soundtrack Awards. The ceremony and concert, which close out Film Fest Ghent, will be held on October 23, 2021.… Read more...

“Dynamite” Explodes With 1 Billion Streams on Spotify


From News, posted 7.22.21. BMI award-winning songwriters Jessica Agombar and David Stewart’s song “Dynamite,” recorded by superstar act BTS, has blown up the charts, surpassing 1 billion streams on Spotify since its release in August, 2020 – an amazing feat that typically takes years to accomplish. As the Korean band’s first English single, “Dynamite”… Read more...

Making Mixes That Matter – How to Create Distinctive Master Recordings of Your Songs


From MusicWorld, posted 6.25.21. Whether it’s switching microphones or switching off reverb, one thing I try to do is avoid using the same recording mechanics from song to song. This is particularly true of mixing—if the tendency is to have nearly identical ingredients in the same spot on every track, your album is likely… 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...

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