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From Stage to Studio

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From MusicWorld, posted 10.27.22. If you’re looking to take a break from the studio routine, you might consider bringing your songs and recording equipment to a suitable music venue in order to capture the spontaneous energy of a live gig. Naturally, there are all kinds of challenges when attempting to cut band tracks in… Read more...


An Important Company Update from Mike O’Neill

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From News, posted 10.12.22. Today, BMI President & CEO Mike O’Neill announced exciting and transformational news about the future of the company. Below is a note that was sent to BMI affiliates describing the company’s decision to change its business model from operating on a not-for-profit making basis to for-profit, and the benefits to… Read more...


Soundalike Suggestions

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From MusicWorld, posted 9.22.22. When trying to compose a new song and nothing is happening right away, occasionally I find it helpful to conjure a particular artist, genre or era, and use that as the basis for crafting something original. For instance, I might think of a riff that hints at early-‘80s techno pop,… Read more...


A Day in the Life of a Demo

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From MusicWorld, posted 8.19.22. Having run a professional recording studio as an engineer and producer for close to thirty years, the process of taking a songwriter’s rough recording to a finished master is second nature to me. However, I’m well aware that for songwriters getting ready to demo one of their songs for the… Read more...


Top Tips for Session Etiquette in a Recording Studio

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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...


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