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Billboard Honors BMI’s Alison Smith, Cyndi Lauper, SZA & Kacey Musgraves at 2018 Women in Music


From News, posted 12.07.18. Billboard held its annual Women in Music event on Thursday, December 6, at Pier 36 in New York City, celebrating several talented BMI songwriters and BMI Executive Vice President, Distribution, Publisher Relations & Administration Services, Alison Smith, along with others whose impact on the music industry is indisputable. Longtime BMI… Read more...

What Skills Do You Need to Be a Successful Songwriter?


From MusicWorld, posted 11.28.18. An aspiring songwriter recently asked me several intriguing questions: “What abilities do I need to write songs? Do I need to be able to read and write music? Play keyboards or guitar? Sing in tune?” He followed up by asking what additional skills he would need in order to record… Read more...

Get in Gear With Today’s Recording Essentials


From MusicWorld, posted 11.28.18. As a longtime analog advocate, it came as something of a shock last year when nearly all of my non-digital equipment began to fail one by one, leading me on a reluctant search for suitable modern replacements. That turn of events made me reconsider what kind of equipment qualifies as… Read more...

In the Zone with David Liebman


From MusicWorld, posted 11.28.18. With a staggeringly prolific catalog of more than 500 recorded works, multiple GRAMMY nominations, and stints with jazz legends Miles Davis, Elvin Jones and Chick Corea, jazz saxophonist David Liebman could easily rest on his many laurels. Yet Liebman, who was named among the National Endowment for the Art’s prestigious… Read more...

BMI Bulletin Board: December


From MusicWorld, posted 11.28.18. WORKSHOPS BMI 101 Workshop: New York BMI 101 is a one-hour introductory workshop for writers and publishers, covering the role that BMI plays in the music industry, basics of performing rights, and becoming a BMI affiliate. When: January 31, February 28, March 28, 2019, 12:00 - 1:00… Read more...

BMI Mourns the Loss of Hitmaker Scott English


From News, posted 11.20.18. BMI is saddened by the news of the passing of legendary producer and songwriter Scott English. English is responsible for penning BMI Icon Barry Manilow’s #1 hit “Mandy,” the infectious “Bend Me Shape Me” by The American Breed, as well as songs for Donny Osmond, Andy Williams, Johnny Mathis, Westlife,… Read more...

BMI Congratulates its 2018 Latin GRAMMY Winners


From News, posted 11.16.18. BMI songwriters took home major trophies at the 2018 Latin GRAMMY Awards last night in Las Vegas, including Luis Miguel’s spectacular win for Album of the Year for ¡México Por Siempre!, along with several other big awards for our affiliates. But the excitement didn’t stop at the acceptance speeches. The… Read more...

Texas Governor Greg Abbott and BMI Announce Opening of New Office In Austin


From News, posted 11.08.18. Governor Greg Abbott and BMI today announced that BMI is expanding its presence in the Lone Star State and will open its first creative office in Austin, Texas. The new office, expected to open in early 2019, will allow BMI to work directly with the talented songwriters, composers, publishers and… Read more...

BMI Explains What the Music Modernization Act Means for Songwriters and Composers


From News, posted 11.01.18. Music history was made on October 11, 2018, when the Orrin G. Hatch-Bob Goodlatte Music Modernization Act (MMA) was signed into law. This important legislation updates U.S. copyright law for the digital age and aims to help songwriters and composers receive improved royalty payments for their work when it is… Read more...

BMI Hosts Dinner and Panel Focusing on the Life of “Snuffy” Walden at Woodstock Film Festival


From News, posted 10.17.18. W.G. “Snuffy” Walden’s musical transformation from hard-core rock ‘n roller to award-winning composer was brought to life on the screen at the Woodstock Film Festival this year by filmmaker Mark Maxey in his new documentary Up To Snuff. During his storied career, Walden served as a band member of Stray… Read more...

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