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Using Chords and Modulations as Musical Hooks in Your Songs

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From MusicWorld, posted 9.24.20. The chords we choose to accompany our melodies not only contribute to the flavor of our songs, they can provide some of those magical musical moments that make our songs hooky, exceptional, and unforgettable. To keep our listeners’ attention we need to include hooks, elements that are catchy and memorable,… Read more...


Classical Music Finds a Way to Showcase New Works

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From News, posted 9.01.20. Across the country beginning in early March, classical concerts were being postponed, then canceled. Since then, though concert halls remain dark, the creation and performance of music has continued, thanks to numerous classical music organizations that have stepped up during these unprecedented times to ensure that classical composers have platforms… Read more...


How Songwriting Makes You A Better Innovator

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From MusicWorld, posted 8.19.20. After over 30 years of writing songs, I’ve come to the realization that while songwriting, in and of itself, is a wonderful thing, the benefits extend far beyond the boundaries of music. Among the many areas that learning to write songs can develop are a set of seven skills uniquely… Read more...


BMI Supports New Song Arts Academy Online Summer Songwriting Workshop Starting August 10

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From News, posted 7.07.20. BMI is proud to support Song Arts Academy’s summer online songwriting workshop starting Monday, August 10. The workshop is a proven and unique learning destination taught by NYU Steinhardt, New School Songwriting faculty member and Berklee NYC/Valencia consultant Billy Seidman. Past writers trained in the workshop’s “Advanced Song Craft Method”™… Read more...


BMI/NYU Scoring for Advertising Workshop an Online Success

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From News, posted 7.07.20. BMI composers Mark Suozzo and Eric Hachikian are lending their expertise to students interested in scoring for advertising this week. The BMI/NYU crash-course provides valuable insights on staying calm under the clock, as well as tips on how to write creative, effective music in only a few hours. The workshop,… Read more...


BMI/NYU TV Workshop Concludes Another Successful Year - Online

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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...


Celebrating Black Music Month: BMI Executive Spotlight

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

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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 Supports New Song Arts Academy Online Songwriting Workshop Starting June 29

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From News, posted 6.04.20. BMI is proud to support Song Arts Academy’s next online songwriting workshop starting Monday, June 29. The workshop is a proven and unique learning destination taught by NYU Steinhardt, New School Songwriting faculty member and Berklee NYC consultant Billy Seidman. Past writers trained in the workshop’s “Advanced Song Craft Method”™… Read more...


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

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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...


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