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Top Tips for Session Etiquette in a Recording Studio


From MusicWorld, posted 7.22.22. It takes a certain kind of personality to excel at tricky recording maneuvers while simultaneously working with an equally tricky recording artist. Perhaps it’s for that reason alone that I admittedly never sought full-time studio operator status, choosing instead to track guests on a case-by-case basis. But even in a… Read more...

Kenny Garrett and Louis Hayes to be Named 2023 NEA Jazz Masters


From News, posted 7.15.22. The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has announced the 2023 recipients of the NEA Jazz Masters Fellowship with two BMI affiliates taking top accolades: Kenny Garrett and Louis Hayes. These fellowships are the highest honor bestowed upon musicians in the world of jazz and include an award of $25,000.… Read more...

BMI Sponsors League of American Orchestras’ 77th National Conference


From News, posted 7.13.22. BMI was the exclusive sponsor of the opening session of the League of American Orchestras’ National Conference, held at Walt Disney Concert Hall in LA on Wednesday, June 1. Attendees of the “Forward Together” event were treated to an exciting live performance by YOLA (Youth Orchestra Los Angeles). Following the… Read more...

BMI Composers Share Their Expertise in NYU TV Scoring Workshop


From News, posted 6.29.22. BMI was proud to partner once again with NYU for this year’s renowned TV Scoring Workshop in which BMI composers give insights, as well as feedback, to NYU scoring students. This year’s BMI mentors included John Kaefer, Ben Decter, Sherri Chung, and Sean Callery. The 12-day workshop, which ran from… Read more...

How to Write to a Music Track: The Art of Toplining


From MusicWorld, posted 6.23.22. For genres like pop, hip-hop, R&B, and EDM/dance music, in most instances, the backing track is created before the words and vocal melody. The track consists of essentially all the music that will accompany the vocal and typically includes drums and percussion, keyboards, and bass. Live guitars or computer generated… Read more...

BMI Composers Open Up at Tribeca Talks: The Art and Business of Scoring for Film, TV & Visual Media


From News, posted 6.15.22. On Saturday, June 11, BMI presented Tribeca Talks: The Art and Business of Scoring for Film, TV & Visual Media, as part of the Tribeca Festival’s Music Lounge at Baby’s All Right in Brooklyn. The panel, moderated by BMI’s Senior VP, Creative Alex Flores featured leading composers Kathryn Bostic, Carlos… Read more...

Helen Sung Wins Charlie Parker Prize/Manny Albam Commission at BMI’s Jazz Composers Showcase


From News, posted 6.15.22. BMI’s 33rd annual Jazz Composers Workshop Summer Showcase, held at Dizzy’s Club in New York City on June 13, featured the best new big band and jazz orchestra compositions created in the workshop during the 2021-2022 season. The evening was hosted by Musical Director Andy Farber and Assistant Musical Director… Read more...

BMI Presents “The Art and Business of Scoring for Film, TV & Visual Media” During Tribeca Festival


From News, posted 6.06.22. BMI is excited to present Tribeca Talks: The Art and Business of Scoring for Film, TV & Visual Media, a panel that will be included as part of the Tribeca Festival’s Music Lounge, on Saturday, June 11 at 5:30PM at Baby’s All Right in Brooklyn. The panel will be moderated… Read more...

Check Out May’s MusicWorld With Must-Read Tips


From News, posted 5.27.22. In this issue: Jason Blume Weighs in on “What Makes the Perfect Demo?” Brian Tyler’s Music Has All Wondering “Are We Dreaming?” Pop Legend Carole Bayer Sager Opens Up About, Life, Love & Collaboration A Conversation With Songwriting Legend Mike Stoller… Read more...

What Makes the Perfect Demo?


From MusicWorld, posted 5.27.22. “How good do demos need to be?” is one of the questions I am asked most often in my workshops. To effectively answer this question, you need to identify the purpose of your demo recording. For example, is it intended to be pitched in the hopes of finding a home… Read more...

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