WORKSHOPS & EVENTS
BMI SONGWRITING WORKSHOPS
Jason Blume will provide a constructive critique of one song from each participant and will share a melody or lyric technique. Selected songs are forwarded to up to (10) publishers (depending on genre).
During the more than 30 years that Jason has been teaching this workshop, attendees have had #1 singles, signed staff-writing deals, and placed songs with artists, publishers, and in TV and films. But only a small percentage of songs are forwarded. This event is primarily an educational and networking opportunity; a chance to make your song as strong as it can possibly be. It is not intended as a pitch. These interactive workshops are ONLINE and typically run more than 4 hours. Advance registration is required and these events always fill within minutes.
$75 Registration Fee
Contact Neil at JBSongdoc@gmail.com with any questions.
THE APRIL 18TH WORKSHOP
HAS BEEN POSTPONED.
A NEW WORKSHOP DATE
AND REGISTRATION DATE
WILL BE POSTED
* * *
BMI does NOT handle registration for these events.
NOTE: PARTICIPATING PUBLISHERS HAVE REQUESTED THAT JASON NOT FORWARD THE KINDS OF SONGS THEIR OWN STAFF-WRITERS MIGHT HAVE WRITTEN. THEY ARE LOOKING FOR FRESH, ORIGINAL LYRICS, CONCEPTS, MELODIES AND RHYTHMS THAT SOUND LIKE FUTURE HITS.
YOU DO NOT NEED TO BE A BMI MEMBER TO ATTEND –
OR TO HAVE YOUR SONG CONSIDERED.
Online Interactive Song Critique Webinars
Limited to (7) attendees on AUDITION BASIS.
These webinars run approximately 3 hours.
To audition and be notified of future dates,
email an MP3 or link to your song
and a lyric sheet to Neil at email@example.com.
Each participant receives an in-depth, detailed critique by Jason Blume -- including melody, lyric, and commercial potential. You can ask questions and make comments about your critique. All attendees can share comments and suggestions about every song, so you get Jason’s critique, as well as peer feedback.
As issues come up, Jason shares lessons, tools, and techniques that will benefit all attendees.
Cost: $75 (per song; one song per person)
You will be able to re-watch the webinar for a limited time after the online event.
Which song(s) should I play?
Play the song you want help with. There is no benefit in playing a song you have already released, unless you are willing to revise it.
Does it have to be a full demo?
No. Jason urges you to submit rough recordings. Why spend time and money recording something that you might need to change? All he needs to hear is the melody and lyrics. If you don’t have chords, sing it a capella.
What styles of music will you be dealing with?
All types of pop, country, rock, and Americana/singer-songwriter songs, Broadway/Cabaret, and instrumentals. At this time, no rap or jazz.
What if I only have a lyric?
That’s fine. Jason can critique a lyric.
Should I have the song copyrighted first?
Can someone steal my song?
Someone can steal your concept and your title anytime you play your song anywhere—or post it online. Titles and concepts are not protected by copyright. However, having a song stolen happens far more rarely than most people think.
The moment your song is in a “fixed” form (i.e., a rough recording) you own the vast majority of rights to the song. Registering your song with the copyright office confers some additional rights, but many professional songwriters and music publishers do NOT copyright their songs until they are being commercially released. You will have eight witnesses and a recording to prove that you played your song during the webinar. In the extremely unlikely event that there is an infringement case you will be well protected. But ultimately, you have to decide whether you are comfortable with others hearing your work before you have registered it with the copyright office.
Can I sign up just to get my own song critiqued?
I don’t want to hear other writers’ songs.
Yes, but we do not advise it. This is a learning and networking opportunity
and there is much that will be gleaned by hearing what works, and what does not work
in other writers’ songs.